The location is simply amazing – swimming in the crystal clear waters, the legendary Tour De France climbs and hairpin descents which pass through lush forest, green meadows and small alpine villages, and the beautiful views from the run course at the top of Alp D’Huez itself. Si è laureata, inoltre, campionessa del mondo di triathlon long distance ad Almere nei Paesi Bassi nel 2008. After the race, her coach Dave Scott told journalist T J Murphy that Wellington was "traumatised" by the effects of her injuries, and that despite her "stoic" attitude, her injuries were "worse than any of us might have imagined", adding, "I don't think Chrissie will appreciate me telling you this, but it's important."  Only twenty days later, she attempted her first World Cup race, the Tongyeong BG Triathlon in Korea, but could only finish in 22nd place. My name is Chrissie Wellington and I am a British Triathlete and four time World Ironman Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011). That's why she was in Nepal. Within 5 days she had handed in her notice at DEFRA, and in February flew out to Thailand to join Sutton's teamTBB at their base in Phuket..  In her victory speech at the 2007 Hawaii Ironman, she referred to her experience teaching at Beaver Country Day School near Boston, where she first noticed the difference that sport can make to children's lives. And sport is one vehicle for doing so. , After winning the world amateur title, Wellington began to consider taking the risk of giving up her job in order to become a professional triathlete. © Copyright 2021 - Chrissie Wellington, All Rights Reserved.  She enjoyed some success in B and C grade cross-country events around London, winning several races including the South of Thames Championship in December 2006. Rebekah Keat, who finished second, 7 minutes 25 seconds behind Wellington, also beat van Vlerken's time. She required surgery under general anaesthetic to insert wires (later removed) into her arm and wrist and had to wear a cast on her arm for six weeks. And more importantly to stand there until midnight watching people achieve their dreams, is a memory that will never fade and one which I will treasure forever. Chrissie “Smiles” Wellington OBE won the IRONMAN® World Championship in three consecutive years (2007–2009), but could not start the 2010 World Championship race because of illness. In addition to the Ironman titles, she was also the 2006 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Age Group World Champion and the 2008 ITU long-distance World Champion. In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. The 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship was a triathlon race held on October 13, 2007 in Kailua, Hawaii County, Hawaii. The following table includes a complete list of all Chrissie Wellington's races as a professional triathlete. On 2 May 2015 Wellington married Tom Lowe. Her marathon time was a course record until Carfrae crossed the line in second place 2 minutes 49 seconds later, in turn setting a new marathon course record of 2:52:09.  Wellington's victory was described as "stunning" and "even more dominant" than usual. She posts a 2:57:44 marathon—breaking , After this race, her former coach Brett Sutton wrote, "The triathlon world should be rejoicing. Chrissie Wellington is a 4x IRONMAN World Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011). Nach dem Abschluss ihres Geographie-Studiums mit Auszeichnung 1998 an der University of Birmingham bereiste sie zunächst für zwei Jahre die Welt, bevor sie im Oktober 2001 zum Master in Entwicklungsforschung an der University of Manchester graduierte. Though, to be honest, I went into the race totally blind, not really appreciating the scale and magnitude of the event. In fact, I had only learned that Ironman even existed in 2005 when I met a girl who was training for IM Zealand – and I remember saying to her “You run a marathon after cycling 180km….are you completely crazy?!”.  She recorded the fastest overall time for the ascent of les 21 virages (pictured, right).  She won the World Championship in three consecutive years (2007–2009), but could not start the 2010 World Championship race because of illness, then – while suffering from injuries so severe that her former coach Brett Sutton said she should "not even be on the start line" – regained the title in 2011. Her time was the third-fastest female ironman-distance time to date, beaten only by her two records in Roth. Chrissie Wellington jest czterokrotną zwyciężczynią Mistrzostw Świata Ironman w Kona na Hawajach (2007, 2008, 2009 i 2011). Chrissie Wellington is the world's No 1 female Ironman triathlete, a four times World Champion, having recently won the her fourth title in October 2011 and the World Record holder. I hope that I [...] can, in a small way, help to inspire people to take up sport, realise their own dreams and their full potential. She also noted, from her experience in Nepal, how sport can bring conflict-affected communities together.  She wrote, "If I judged every day by whether I win or lose, yesterday would be considered a 'bad day' [...] But I need to have these days - because the 'defeats' expose my weaknesses, and enable me to grow, learn and develop as an athlete. On Monday she tried a four-kilometre swim, her first hard swim since the crash; this produced pain in her pectoral muscle, which worsened over subsequent training sessions. It was the 31st Ironman World Championship, which has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978. She finished in 8th place overall, nearly 35 minutes ahead of runner-up Rachel Joyce, who in turn broke the previous course record by 8 minutes. This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 08:59. In 2008 she won at Ironman As a newcomer to the sport and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. I also did the Alp D’Huez Long Course Triathlon in July 2007.  Spectators were aware throughout the race that Wellington was close to breaking the world record, but she did not know exactly what it was, and in any case preferred to slow down to celebrate her victory over the last few kilometres, exchanging greetings and hi-fives with the crowd. ", At the Ironman Australia Triathlon in April 2008, her first Ironman since Hawaii, Wellington again won by a margin of five minutes, finishing 9th overall. Sure, anyone who had been closely watching her career up to that point may have considered her a dark horse. She would continue to be associated with the sport, but not as a professional racer.. I never expected to win Ironman Korea, but doing so gave me the best ticket that I could have hoped for – my passport to the World Ironman Championships in Kona. She holds, or held, all three world and championship records relating to ironman-distance triathlon races: firstly, the overall world record, secondly, the Ironman World Championship course record (from 2009 until Mirinda Carfrae lowered it in 2013), and thirdly, the official world record for all Ironman-branded triathlon races over the full Ironman distance. On Tuesday she tried another swim session: after 1 km she had to stop, and again had to be lifted out of the pool by Lowe. ", On Saturday 2 January, during an intended 5-hour training ride in the Surrey Hills with her boyfriend and two other friends, Wellington fell from her bicycle when it slipped on black ice. Hun har vundet verdensmesterskaberne på ironman-distancen i Kailua-Kona på Hawaii fire gange, herunder tre gange i træk i perioden 2007-2009.. , Christine Wellington was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and grew up in Feltwell, a small village in Norfolk. , In October Wellington returned to Kona as defending champion and retained her title, setting a new Hawaii marathon course record of 2:57:44. But this time she was not only injured, she was going up against a woman who was the defending champion and was considered the best pure runner in the sport. If we take a look at running, a Haile Gebrselassie, a Paula Radcliffe." , Commenting on Wellington's record, Newby-Fraser said, "But the revelation I had was watching how hard she worked for it ... and it was clear she was going to the well. When riding around the outlying villages on her mountain bike she would often have to wait for male co-workers to catch up with her. The champions were Chris McCormack and Chrissie Wellington. Wellington's main concern, though, was Mirinda Carfrae, the 2010 champion who was only a little over three minutes behind her, and the only woman who had run faster than her on this course – a serious worry, given Wellington's injuries.. Murphy described her performance as "inspirational", but added, "it was more than that. To win the race was something that hadn’t crossed my mind, so to find myself in the lead at about 120km on the bike, to cross the line in first place and be crowned World Ironman Champion was amazing, surprising and incredibly overwhelming. Van Vlerken finished in third place, 19 minutes behind Wellington.  In August she joined the BBC's television commentary team for both the men's and women's Olympic triathlon events. Chrissie Wellington turns pro at the beginning of 2007. After winning her first race in Korea in 2007, Great Britain’s Wellington dominated the race here in Kona a few months later. She holds the world record for the IRONMAN distance of 8:18:13. I got my first time trial bike that weekend, and spent the month before Kona learning how to ride in what was a completely alien position. Her hip had been in constant pain during the bike stage, but once she started on the marathon, her hamstrings began seizing up as well. She was not one of the favorites to win the race; the announcers had a hard time figuring out her name, and on the bike leg, she went with a …  You only get one chance at life and the most important thing is for me to know that I have given it everything, fulfilled my potential and been the best that I can be. The gist is basically this. I was so proud and pleased just to have been on the start line at Kona – to come up against some of the best triathletes in the world was an amazing opportunity for me. She won the world titles in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, and earned overall 13 iron-distance victories in her career—going undefeated at the distance. , By Saturday, the infection had died down, and she flew to Kona. For the first time in the women's sport and second time in this sport they have a true champion not just a champion of the sport like Erin Baker and Paula Newby Fraser, but also a champion on the level of a Kieren Perkins, a 'Thorpedo' or a Michael Phelps if we look at swimming. , Shortly after her return to the UK she won the 2006 Shropshire Olympic Triathlon. , In July, Wellington bettered her own ironman-distance world record at Challenge Roth by exactly one minute, to 8:18:13. Ironman World Champion 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, Chrissie Wellington is an iconic figure in the history of triathlon. ", At the Ironman European Championship race held in Frankfurt, Germany on 6 July 2008, in perfect weather conditions, Wellington recorded the second-fastest time to date by a woman over the Ironman distance, just 32 seconds outside Paula Newby-Fraser's world record of 8:50:53 set in the 1994 Ironman Europe race, which was then held in Roth. ", Having trained in Stellenbosch since mid-February, Wellington won Ironman South Africa on 10 April in a new "M-dot" world record time of 8:33:56, lowering her own record by a little over 2 minutes. She didn't take a moment to enjoy until she crossed the line.  In the following two months, she won this race on both occasions. 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship Results She’s never lost an Ironman. Six hours of tests showed that she had no fractures, nor any embolism, but that she did have damaged pectoral and intercostal muscles; the badly infected state of her leg was obvious from the appalling smell when the bandages were removed. After Korea I flew straight to Singapore to do the 70.3 there. At DEFRA, she was part of the team that negotiated for the UK at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and became involved in following up the UK government's commitments on water and sanitation. I was put in touch with the well known coach Brett Sutton, and jumped at the chance to spend a week with him at his camp in Switzerland in January 2007. Later that month, she retained her title at the long-distance Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, finishing second overall, more than 25 minutes ahead of second-placed Aléxandra Louison and only 1 minute 23 seconds behind the winning man, Marcus Ornellas. Six weeks later, all the issues from Hawaii were behind her, and today she was phenomenal", to which Carlson added, "Phenomenal might have been an understatement. , In October, Wellington won the world championship for the third time with a new course record of 8:54:02, beating Paula Newby-Fraser's record of 8:55:28 which had stood since 1992. Following her 2010 world record, her former coach Brett Sutton described Wellington as "a person of true international sporting excellence that is overshadowed by no one in any other sport.". ", In February 2006 she entered the Coast to Coast, a 243 km, two-day endurance race across the Southern Alps of New Zealand involving running, cycling and kayaking. L'edizione dei Campionati del Mondo di Ironman del 2007 si è tenuta a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  She finished in 9:08:45, five minutes ahead of Samantha McGlone, running the marathon leg in 2:59:58, the second-fastest time recorded to date by a woman on the Hawaii course. It was described as the ‘biggest upset in Ironman history’ and ‘a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships’. Every breath hurt and I couldn't move my arm properly. She crossed the finish line with a marathon time of 2:52:41, winning in an overall time of 8:55:08. This has to be one of the best, most beautiful and well organised races I have ever done. She later wote, "I was 'crying into my goggles', and described the pain as 'unbearable'", adding, "I was convinced I'd broken my rib.  She was educated at her local comprehensive school, Downham Market High School and Sixth Form, where she was a member of most school sports teams, but "focused more on my studies than I did on reaching my full potential on the pitch. Paula Newby-Fraser's course record at the Ironman World Championships had stood for 17 years until Wellington broke it in 2009. , On a routine training ride near Boulder, Wellington suffered a serious bike crash on Saturday 24 September, exactly two weeks before the World Championships in Kona.  By winning this race, she earned a slot to race at the Ironman world championships in Hawaii. Timothy Carlson, after Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, commenting on Wellington's retirement.  She said of Sutton, "my training was more geared to standard distance, with not much high volume. The infection was causing her fever and night sweats, and the hip pain had disturbed her running gait. I was quietly hoping I could break into the top ten, but at the end of the day I was just excited to go out there on the lava fields, give it everything and enjoy every minute.  Despite riding the last two miles of the bike course on a flat tyre, she beat the previous course record by 35 minutes, and runner-up Linsey Corbin's time by 29 minutes. Any sponsor who does not believe this is a priority, we can do without. After 10 days of acclimatisation at her team's base in Thailand, Wellington won Ironman Korea, in very hot conditions, finishing over 50 minutes ahead of 2nd placed Yasuko Miyazaki, in 7th place overall. ), Member of the Order of the British Empire, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, ITU Long Distance World Championship (O3), "Ironman World Championship 2011 race results", "Timberman 70.3 2009 Pro Order of Finish", "Ironman Australia Triathlon results (athlete tracker)", "World Championships Triathlon Long Distance (O3) Almere 31-08-2008", "Timberman 70.3 2008 Pro Order of Finish", "Le Longue Distance Vaujany - l'Alpe d'Huez, Mercredi 30 juillet 2008", "2008 Tongyeong BG Triathlon World Cup results", "2007 Aviva Singapore Ironman 70.3 Triathlon", "Le Longue Distance Vaujany - l'Alpe d'Huez, 1er août 2007", "TRIATHLON DE LORIENT Chp. They have a daughter named Esme. I loved every minute of my first Ironman – despite the oppressively hot and humid conditions. Christine Ann Wellington OBE (born 18 February 1977) is an English former professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. Elle fait ses études à l'école polyvalent locale la Downham Market High School où elle est membre de plusieurs équipes sportives mais s'adonne tout d'abord à la poursuite de ses études1. And I am certain she had to leave a little bit of herself out there to get it done. I don't seem to need high-volume work like three-hour runs. What happened in the Pro Women's race at the Hawaii Ironman in Kona this year was nothing short of incredible. 2007 started very well, I came second in my first ITU points race in Thailand, won an Olympic distance race in Bangkok, the ITU points race at Subic Bay in the Philippines, an Olympic distance event in Zurich and the wonderful sprint triathlon in Bleinheim, UK. teamTBB is focused on helping "development athletes" who might otherwise not have the opportunity to succeed in professional triathlon. , The injury severely limited her training, but once the cast was removed she was able to train intensively with her friend Catriona Morrison near Águilas in south-east Spain.  In so doing, she set a new women's record for the bike split of 4:36:33, and then finished the race with a "stunning" 2:48:54 for the marathon, beating Erin Baker's record of 2:49:53 which had stood since 1990. ", In August, Wellington dropped her coach Simon Lessing to become self-coached.  She was a competitive swimmer as a teenager, when she swam for Thetford Dolphins, and went on to swim for her university.  Her winning margin (32:57) over second-placed Rebekah Keat was greater than her time (26:37) behind the winning man.  She had hoped to improve her marathon time in the April 2003 London Marathon, but in March she collided with a car while riding her commuter bike in Clapham. , Chrissie Wellington was named the 2009 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year at an awards ceremony on 23 November 2009, ahead of Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton in an online public vote. Part of me was gratified by that. Tra gli uomini ha vinto l'australiano Chris McCormack, mentre tra le donne si è laureata campionessa del mondo "ironman" la britannica Chrissie Wellington.  She also performed many other tasks for RRN, including preparing project proposals, editing books and writing papers. Wellington won with a "dominating performance", more than 17 minutes in front of Denmark's Charlotte Kolters. , Two weeks later, Wellington announced that, instead of Cliff English (fiancé and coach of her rival Samantha McGlone) her new coach would be Simon Lessing. I've done none of these since I've been with Brett. Towards the end of July, her coach had suggested that she was ready for an Ironman, despite the relatively low volume of her training. She is the first British athlete to hold the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and was undefeated in all thirteen of her races over the ironman distance. " In 2000, supported by a £10,000 scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council, she enrolled in an MA course in development studies at the University of Manchester. Simply amazing. It was Brett that advised me to turn pro, he told me to do an Ironman and he trained me to win two World Ironman Championships. Not only that, the Team framework enabled me to train with some of the best athletes in the world; to grow and develop as a person and to learn some incredibly important lessons. Chrissie Wellington has said she has two passions in life: sport and development.  Her coach, Brett Sutton, believes this experience to have been very useful altitude training for her later professional career, while Wellington herself regards it as having given her lasting mental strength. Werdegang Chrissie Wellington wuchs in dem Dorf Feltwell bei Thetford auf und war in ihrer Jugend als Schwimmerin aktiv. After Chrissie miała jednak przemożny pęd do samodoskonalenia, niezaspokojony apetyt na nowe wyzwania i żelazną zasadę, by pozostać otwartą na wszystko, co życie ma do zaoferowania. Does her first Ironman in Korea about 7 weeks ago and wins.  Every morning before work she would cycle around the neighbouring countryside on her mountain bike, with a group of foreign and Nepali cyclists known as the "Mongolian Cycling Team". Graduating with a Distinction in October 2001, she joined the UK government agency DEFRA in London to work on international development policy. Where transition times are not shown explicitly, they are included in the split times (usually the bike time). Chrissie Wellington’s Journey I was staring at the television watching the 2007 Kona Ironman and wondering who Chrissie Wellington is? 'You are going to hurt like hell', I said to myself, because this is just the start. Despite a puncture and being forced off the road by an oncoming vehicle during a fast descent, she finished the bike stage 19 mins 30 sec in front of her nearest rival, Sione Jongstra, and extended her lead on the running stage to win the race by over 29 minutes, in 9th place overall. When she won the IRONMAN World Championship in her first attempt it was She became, after meeting the parents of Jon Blais at her first world championship, an ambassador for the Blazeman Foundation, performing a "Blazeman roll" in his memory at the finish line of all her triathlon races since then.  During a religious holiday, she spent two weeks cycling with friends some 1400 km from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet to Kathmandu, crossing mountain passes over 5000 m, enduring sandstorms and blizzards, and reaching Base Camp on the northern (Tibetan) side of Mount Everest at 5208 m (17090 ft). Christine Ann Wellington MBE, (født 18. februar 1977) er en tidligere britisk triatlet og verdensrekordholder på ironman-distancen. He said I was ready even on the training I was doing.". She later became its Head of Health and Wellbeing. If it costs me a little money, I am at ease with that." All I said was “am I ready?” Next thing I knew it was 26 August and I was on the start line at Ironman Korea. Christine Wellington est née à Bury St Edmunds dans le Suffolk et a grandi à Feltwell (en), un petit village dans le Norfolk. , On 21 November, having allowed herself six weeks to recover from her illness, Wellington set a new world record for an Ironman-branded race over the full Ironman distance in Tempe, Arizona of 8:36:13. , On 3 December Wellington announced that she had decided to make her retirement from professional triathlon racing permanent. I never want to look back and think ‘what if’.  She campaigns for full equality of women in prize money, sponsorship, and media reporting of sport, and equal opportunities, notably in cycling, for women to be able to compete on the same terms, and over the same race distances, as men. Not only did Wellington set new female bike, run and course records, but her marathon time of 2:52:54 was also faster than all of the men. Before becoming a professional triathlete, Wellington worked for the British government as an adviser on international development and, for Rural Reconstruction Nepal, on development projects in Nepal. " She ran the first half of the marathon in 1 hour 22 minutes – her fastest ever at Kona – increasing her lead over Carfrae to five minutes. It was chilling. She had previously run the London Marathon for charity in 2002, finishing in 3:08:17, making her the fastest woman from her running club in that race.  Only 22 men were faster than Wellington. The hospital's first concern, from the swollen state of her leg, was that she might have a pulmonary embolism. She won in a time of 4:07:49, more than 16 minutes in front of Pip Taylor, placing 11th overall (10th among the pro men). She could manage no more than two lengths, in pain she later described as "excruciating". " Subsequent blood tests, which also included an anti-doping control, showed that she had, or had had, bacterial strep throat, bacterial pneumonia and West Nile virus. A LIFE , Her coach had advised her to hold back on her swim speed, otherwise she might not be able to complete the race; together with the lack of power in her left arm, that meant her swim was much slower than usual at 61 minutes. I think her win could be the catalyst for the sport in South East Asia. I no longer fit into their framework, and hence the time has come for me to move on.  She would also go running along the many hilly trails in the Kathmandu valley. A race like that takes a piece of herself out there. ", She lowered the world record on all three occasions (2009–2011) she raced Challenge Roth (formerly Quelle Challenge Roth) at Roth in Bavaria, Germany. She turned professional with the intention of racing standard-distance events, and enjoyed early success, winning Olympic-distance events in Bangkok and Subic Bay, then returned to the UK where she won the sprint-distance event at Bleinheim. She left this job in February 2007 in order to become a professional triathlete. In February 2013, Chrissie joined Parkrun's staff as Head of Participation. She wrote, "I saw my family at mile three and gave them a smile, but inside the pain was unbearable. She referred to the World Ironman Championships in 2011, with the enormous difficulties she overcame on that occasion, as her "perfect race", the race which "completed" her.  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