2008 Ironman World Championship

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).

MedallistsEdit

MenEdit

Pos. Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
  8:17:45 Craig Alexander   Australia 51:43 1:41 4:37:19 2:04 2:45:01
  8:20:50 Eneko Llanos   Spain 51:39 1:48 4:33:27 2:10 2:51:49
  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]

WomenEdit

Pos. Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
  9:06:23 Chrissie Wellington   Great Britain 56:20 2:06 5:08:16 1:59 2:57:44
  9:21:20 Yvonne van Vlerken   Netherlands 1:06:49 1:50 5:05:34 2:42 3:04:27
  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).

QualificationEdit

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 IronmansEdit

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

MenEdit

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]

WomenEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Ironman World Championship 2008". ironzip.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  3. ^ "2008 Ironman Worldwide Ranking". ironzip.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
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  14. ^ a b "Ironman Lanzarote 2008 Results". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
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  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.
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