Kathleen McCartney Hearst

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Kathleen McCartney Hearst
Medal record
Women's triathlon
Representing  United States
Ironman World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1982 (Feb) Individual

Kathleen McCartney Hearst[1] is an American former triathlete who won the Ironman World Championship in February 1982.[2] She passed Julie Moss, who collapsed less than 10 yards from the finish line, and won the race. The New York Times credited the race with "raising the levels of enthusiasm and participation for the sport".[3]


Date Position Event Swim
February 6, 1982 1st Ironman World Championship 1:32:00 5:51:12 3:46:28 11:09:40
October 9, 1982 4th Ironman World Championship 1:14:05 5:51:43 4:05:05 11:10:53
October 22, 1983 15th Ironman World Championship 1:09:31.8 6:10:53.1 4:14:16.7 11:34:40.8

Personal life[edit]

Kathleen Hearst had three children and was living in La Jolla, California in 2004.[1] Her daughter, Madeline, earned a rowing scholarship at University of California, Berkeley.[4] Hearst's nephew, Kevin Love, is a basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[5]


  1. ^ a b Chapple, Steve (January 25, 2004). "Famous for dragging her worn-out body across the Ironman finish line in 1982, Julie Moss gives it another go 22 years later". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. In fact, Ironman 2003 is sort of a "Battle of the Moms," in Moss' view, because McCartney (now McCartney Hearst) has three children and lives in La Jolla, only miles from where Moss grew up, in Oceanside.
  2. ^ "Statistics from the Ford Ironman World Championship". ironman.com. 2007-10-07. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
  3. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent (October 18, 2003), "TRIATHLON; Winner Who Didn't Finish First", New York Times, retrieved February 23, 2011, As Moss lay writhing in the darkness, she was passed by Kathleen McCartney, who was unaware she had won the race.
  4. ^ Davis, Rick (March 25, 2010). "Demands of rowing are what attracted athlete". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved February 23, 2011. “I earned varsity letters in both cross country and track as a freshman, but, as a sophomore, felt I wanted to try some new sport,” said Hearst, 17, whose fitness-minded parents, Carmel Valley residents Dennis and Kathleen Hearst, are Ironman triathletes.
  5. ^ "Player Bio: Kevin Love". UCLABruins.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2009-12-11.