2008 Ironman World Championship

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The 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship was held on October 11, 2008 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was the 32nd such Ironman Triathlon World Championship, which has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978. The champions were Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington. The championship was organised by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).

Medallists[edit]

Men[edit]

Pos. Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
Gold medal icon.svg 8:17:45 Craig Alexander  Australia 51:43 1:41 4:37:19 2:04 2:45:01
Silver medal icon.svg 8:20:50 Eneko Llanos  Spain 51:39 1:48 4:33:27 2:10 2:51:49
Bronze medal icon.svg 8:21:23 Rutger Beke  Belgium 54:44 1:50 4:34:45 2:16 2:47:49
4 8:21:46 Ronnie Schildknecht   Switzerland 54:56 1:58 4:34:26 2:08 2:48:20
5 8:26:17 Cameron Brown  New Zealand 51:50 2:04 4:36:47 1:59 2:53:39
6 8:30:23 Patrick Vernay  New Caledonia 51:58 1:52 4:42:49 2:06 2:51:40
7 8:33:50 Andy Potts  United States 48:40 1:48 4:46:00 2:51 2:54:31
8 8:34:02 Mathias Hecht   Switzerland 51:42 1:46 4:36:55 2:28 3:01:13
9 8:34:47 Michael Lovato  United States 52:58 1:52 4:45:21 2:27 2:52:12
10 8:36:53 Eduardo Sturla  Argentina 54:47 2:02 4:34:27 2:20 3:03:19
Source:[1]

Women[edit]

Pos. Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
Gold medal icon.svg 9:06:23 Chrissie Wellington  Great Britain 56:20 2:06 5:08:16 1:59 2:57:44
Silver medal icon.svg 9:21:20 Yvonne van Vlerken  Netherlands 1:06:49 1:50 5:05:34 2:42 3:04:27
Bronze medal icon.svg 9:22:52 Sandra Wallenhorst  Germany 1:03:21 2:33 5:14:57 3:28 2:58:36
4 9:24:49 Erika Csomor  Hungary 59:09 2:19 5:18:12 2:06 3:03:05
5 9:28:51 Linsey Corbin  United States 1:00:35 2:22 5:14:33 2:07 3:09:16
6 9:29:15 Virginia Berasategui  Spain 58:50 2:10 5:22:17 2:12 3:03:48
7 9:34:08 Bella Comerford  Great Britain 59:02 2:27 5:21:46 2:25 3:08:31
8 9:36:53 Gina Ferguson  New Zealand 54:45 2:15 5:26:29 2:07 3:11:19
9 9:37:06 Gina Kehr  United States 54:45 2:00 5:21:46 4:02 3:14:36
10 9:39:53 Dede Griesbauer  United States 54:52 2:06 5:20:52 2:48 3:19:17
Source:[1]

The championship race had a total of 1,731 athletes competing (1,256 men and 475 women) from 51 countries started the race with 1,634 finished, 94 did not finish and 3 were disqualified.[2] A maximum temperature of 81.6 °F (27.6 °C) made for warm racing conditions with wind gusts reaching 13.0 mph (20.9 km/h).

Qualification[edit]

To enter for the 2008 World Championship race, athletes were required to qualify through performance at an Ironman or selected Ironman 70.3 race, through Hawaii residency, through a random allocation lottery, or by invitation from the WTC.

The Ironman 2008 Series consisted of 21 Ironman qualifying races plus the Ironman World Championship 2008 which was itself a qualifier for the 2009 Ironman World Championship. The series started with Ironman Wisconsin 2007 held on September 9, 2007, and in total 1,800 athletes qualified for the World Championship race.

Qualifying Ironmans[edit]

Date Event Location
Sep 9, 2007 Ford Ironman Wisconsin United States Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Oct 13, 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship United States Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Nov 3, 2007 Ford Ironman Florida United States Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
Dec 2, 2007 Ironman Western Australia Australia Busselton, Western Australia, Australia
Feb 23, 2008 Ironman Malaysia Malaysia Langkawi, Malaysia
Mar 1, 2008 Ironman New Zealand New Zealand Taupo, New Zealand
Apr 6, 2008 Ironman Australia Australia Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Apr 13, 2008 Ironman South Africa South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
Apr 13, 2008 Ford Ironman Arizona United States Tempe, Arizona, United States
Apr 20, 2008 Ironman China China Hainan Island, China
May 24, 2008 Ironman Lanzarote Spain Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain
May 25, 2008 Ironman Brazil Brazil Florianópolis Island, Brazil
Jun 22, 2008 Ironman France France Nice, France
Jun 22, 2008 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene United States Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Jul 6, 2008 Ironman Germany Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Jul 13, 2008 Ironman Austria Austria Klagenfurt, Austria
Jul 13, 2008 Ironman Switzerland Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland
Jul 20, 2008 Ironman Lake Placid United States Lake Placid, New York, United States
Aug 24, 2008 Ironman Canada Canada Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Aug 31, 2008 Ironman Louisville United States Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Sep 7, 2008 Ironman UK United Kingdom Sherborne, Dorset, United Kingdom

There were 33,769 recorded Ironman finishing times during the 2008 series, with the fastest time of 7:59:55 set by Chris McCormack in the Ironman European Championship 2008.[3]

2008 Ironman Series results[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time Reference
Wisconsin  Maik Twelsiek (GER) 8:52:49  Paul Fritzsche (USA) 9:03:22  Uzziel Valderrabano (MEX) 9:06:05 [4]
World Champs 07  Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:15:34  Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:19:04  Torbjørn Sindballe (DEN) 8:21:30 [5]
Florida  Stephan Vuckovic (GER) 8:21:29  Sergio Marques (POR) 8:23:49  Bryan Rhodes (NZL) 8:26:52 [6]
Western Australia  Patrick Vernay (NCL) 8:06:00  Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:09:20  Mitchell Anderson (AUS) 8:12:20 [7]
Malaysia  Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 8:34:42  Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 9:04:54  Elmar Schuberth (AUT) 9:06:03 [8]
New Zealand  Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:24:49  Frederik van Lierde (BEL) 8:31:35  Kieran Doe (NZL) 8:33:35 [9]
Australia  Patrick Vernay (NCL) 8:31:33  Mitchell Anderson (AUS) 8:40:19  Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:42:48 [10]
South Africa  Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:18:23  Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:23:09  Peter Schoissengeier (AUT) 8:33:24 [11]
Arizona  Jozsef Major (HUN) 8:34:19  TJ Tollakson (USA) 8:34:36  Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:35:04 [12]
China  Olaf Sabatschus (GER) 8:52:14  Byung Hoon Park (KOR) 9:13:15  Timothy Marr (USA) 9:14:17 [13]
Lanzarote  Bert Jammaer (BEL) 8:59:37  Teemu Toivanen (FIN) 9:08:15  Ain-Alar Juhanson (EST) 9:08:36 [14]
Brazil  Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 8:28:24  Olaf Sabatschus (GER) 8:38:56  Sanson Benjamin (FRA) 8:41:32 [15]
France  Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP) 8:34:18  Hervé Faure (FRA) 8:41:55  Patrick Bringer (FRA) 8:45:15 [16]
Coeur d'Alene  Tom Evans (CAN) 8:34:22  Victor Zyemtsev (USA) 8:43:56  Michael Lovato (USA) 8:48:22 [17]
Germany  Chris McCormack (AUS) 7:59:55  Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:00:49  Timo Bracht (GER) 8:04:16 [18]
Austria  Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:06:11  Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:13:53  Hannes Hempel (AUT) 8:16:56 [19]
Switzerland  Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 8:16:05  Stefan Reisen (SUI) 8:32:10  Frank Vytrisal (GER) 8:40:53 [20]
Lake Placid  Francisco Pontano (ESP) 8:43:32  Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 8:55:20  Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:56:33 [21]
Canada  Bryan Rhodes (NZL) 8:30:12  Bernard Hiebl (AUT) 8:34:34  Jasper Blake (CAN) 8:36:08 [22]
Louisville  Maximilian Longree (GER) 8:33:58  Chris McDonald (AUS) 8:54:52  Sergio Marques (POR) 8:59:15 [23]
UK  Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:53:58  Scott Neyedli (GBR) 9:04:29  Andreas di Bernardo (AUT) 9:08:24 [24]

Women[edit]

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time Reference
Wisconsin  Gina Ferguson (NZL) 9:37:03  Hilary Biscay (USA) 10:01:30  Ina Reinders (GER) 10:03:39 [4]
World Champs 07  Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 9:08:45  Samantha McGlone (USA) 9:14:04  Kate Major (USA) 9:19:13 [5]
Florida  Nina Kraft (GER) 9:05:35  Heleen bij de Vaate (NED) 9:07:40  Tyler Stewart (USA) 9:09:18 [6]
Western Australia  Charlotte Paul (AUS) 9:00:55  Gina Ferguson (NZL) 9:08:23  Bella Comerford (GBR) 9:14:25 [7]
Malaysia  Belinda Granger (AUS) 9:29:21  Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 9:35:46  Yasuko Miyazaki (JPN) 10:14:01 [8]
New Zealand  Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:16:00  Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 9:20:06  Emi Shiono (JPN) 9:23:26 [9]
Australia  Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 9:03:55  Kate Major (USA) 9:09:12  Prue Oswin (AUS) 10:00:11 [10]
South Africa  Bella Comerford (GBR) 9:27:48  Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 9:27:53  Lucie Zelenková (CZE) 9:34:09 [11]
Arizona  Erika Csomor (HUN) 9:14:49  Michellie Jones (USA) 9:25:52  Heather Gollnick (USA) 9:32:07 [12]
China  Belinda Granger (AUS) 10:08:37  Donna Phelan (CAN) 10:37:11  Abigail Bayley (GBR) 10:43:11 [13]
Lanzarote  Bella Comerford (GBR) 10:02:27  Heleen bij de Vaate (NED) 10:12:07  Tara Norton (CAN) 10:13:16 [14]
Brazil  Fernanda Keller (BRA) 9:42:50  Hillary Biscay (USA) 9:56:08  Ladislava Cisarovska (CZE) 10:06:10 [15]
France  Martina Dogana (ITA) 9:35:29  Katja Schumacher (GER) 10:00:59  Alexandra Louison (FRA) 10:03:46 [16]
Coeur d'Alene  Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:38:58  Heather Gollnick (USA) 9:50:34  Tiina Boman (FIN) 9:55:28 [17]
Germany  Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:51:24  Nicole Leder (GER) 9:17:26  Wenke Kujala (GER) 9:24:54 [18]
Austria  Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 8:47:26  Bella Comerford (GBR) 8:51:17  Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 8:59:45 [19]
Switzerland  Sibylle Matter (SUI) 9:30:12  Kathrin Pätzold (GER) 9:35:05  Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:37:24 [20]
Lake Placid  Caitlin Shea-Kenney (USA) 9:51:00  Kim Loeffler (USA) 9:54:55  Hillary Biscay (USA) 9:58:45 [21]
Canada  Belinda Granger (AUS) 9:17:58  Alison Fitch (AUS) 9:26:15  Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:39:51 [22]
Louisville  Mariska Kramer-Postma (NED) 9:54:17  Heather Gollnick (USA) 9:56:53  Lisbeth Kristensen (DEN) 9:58:33 [23]
UK  Bella Comerford (GBR) 9:49:06  Heike Funk (GER) 10:24:40  Susanne Buckenlei (GER) 10:28:41 [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ford Ironman World Championship". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Ironman World Championship 2008". ironzip.com. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  3. ^ "2008 Ironman Worldwide Ranking". ironzip.com. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  4. ^ a b "Ironman Wisconsin 2007 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b "2007 Official Results Ironman World Championships" (PDF). World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Ironman Florida 2007 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Ironman Western Australia 2007 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Ironman Malaysia 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Ironman New Zealand 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Ironman Australia 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Ironman South Africa 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Ironman Arizona 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Ironman China 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Ironman Lanzarote 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Ironman Brazil 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Ironman France 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  17. ^ a b "Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  18. ^ a b "Ironman Germany 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  19. ^ a b "Ironman Austria 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  20. ^ a b "Ironman Switzerland 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  21. ^ a b "Ironman Lake Placid 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  22. ^ a b "Ironman Canada 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  23. ^ a b "Ironman Louisville 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  24. ^ a b "Ironman UK 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.

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