Paula Newby-Fraser

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Paula Newby-Fraser
Medal record
Competitor for  Zimbabwe
Women's triathlon
Ironman World Championship
Gold 1986 Individual
Gold 1988 Individual
Gold 1989 Individual
Gold 1991 Individual
Gold 1992 Individual
Gold 1993 Individual
Gold 1994 Individual
Gold 1996 Individual
Silver 1990 Individual
Bronze 1985 Individual
Bronze 1987 Individual

Paula Newby-Fraser (born June 2, 1962) is an Ironman triathlete and duathlete.

Biography[edit]

She was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and raised in South Africa, where she was a nationally ranked swimmer as a child.

She won the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii 8 times: 1986, 1988–1989, 1991–1994, and 1996. Because of her unprecedented winning streak, she is also referred to as "The Queen of Kona".[citation needed] Over 12 years Newby-Fraser won 21 of 26 Ironman races she entered around the globe, and dozens of shorter races as well.[1]

Newby-Fraser won 24 Ironman races overall between 1986 and 2002. In the 1990s, she also competed in long distance duathlons like the PowerMan Zofingen, Switzerland and the 1990 World Duathon Championships in Palm Springs. She beat the Queen of the Duathlon, Liz Downing.

Among numerous other awards, the United States Sports Academy named her as one of the top 5 professional women athletes of the last 25 years (1972–1997). Paula Newby-Fraser held the Ironman Women's world record of 8:50:28, until 2008-07-13, when Yvonne van Vlerken of the Netherlands posted a time of 8:45:48. Paula Newby-Fraser is regarded as an icon for the Ironman distance in triathlon.

In 1991 Paula Newby-Fraser appeared with cycling master John Howard (cyclist), in "John Howard's Lessons In Cycling" video produced by New & Unique Videos of San Diego, California. Newby-Fraser demonstrated the cycling technique called "The Hot Stop."

John Howard instructs Paula Newby-Fraser, Encinitas, California, 1991 - Photo by Patty Mooney
Paula Newby-Fraser Demonstrates Road Racing Techniques in "John Howard's Lessons in Cycling" Videotape, Encinitas, California, 1991 - Photo by Patty Mooney

Later in her career, Newby-Fraser began running ultramarathons, which are running races of 50 km or more. At the Ridgecrest High Desert 50K in April 1997, she set a blistering pace and won with a new course record of 4 hours and 6 minutes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Ken McAlpine] (1997-10-06). "Ironwoman". CNN.