She received severe road rash (equivalent to second- or third-degree burns) on her left leg and injuries to her left elbow and hip. Christine Ann Wellington MBE, (født 18. februar 1977) er en tidligere britisk triatlet og verdensrekordholder på ironman-distancen. I didn’t really know anything about longer course racing. [52][53], Despite suffering from shingles,[54] Wellington set a new record for ironman-distance triathlon races of 8:31:59 on 12 July 2009 at the Quelle Challenge Roth, beating Yvonne van Vlerken's record set a year earlier over the same course by 13 minutes and 49 seconds. A few weeks before Alp D’Huez Brett asked me whether I wanted to do an Ironman. International development remains one of her passions. Elle remporte le titre et la prime de 110 000 dollars (USD) en clôturant l’épreuve en 9 h 8 min 45 s . [9] She describes herself as a "sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene". She returned to winning form only six days later, at the shorter Zürich triathlon. Chrissie won the World Ironman Championships in 2007 in her first year as a pro, finishing five minutes ahead of her nearest rival. [23] She would also go running along the many hilly trails in the Kathmandu valley. 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. 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. 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. [42] Other factors affecting her time were that she lost some of her nutrition on the bike (having to rely on the aid stations instead) and that the bike course was 2 km too long.[43][44]. "[60], 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. [71] 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. [61] She fractured her radius, two metacarpals and two fingers in her right arm and hand. [102] [15] She also performed many other tasks for RRN, including preparing project proposals, editing books and writing papers. L'edizione dei Campionati del Mondo di Ironman del 2007 si è tenuta a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 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. The champions were Chris McCormack and Chrissie Wellington. [62], 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 2008 she won at Ironman Paula Newby-Fraser's course record at the Ironman World Championships had stood for 17 years until Wellington broke it in 2009. On 17 August 2008 she achieved her first win at the half-Ironman distance at the Timberman 70.3 triathlon in Gilford, New Hampshire, placing sixth overall, 18 minutes ahead of runner-up Amanda Stevens. [51], 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. 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. In January 2007, on the recommendation of a friend, she travelled to Switzerland to ask the opinion of the Australian triathlon coach, Brett Sutton. She later became its Head of Health and Wellbeing. 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. 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. She wrote, "I saw my family at mile three and gave them a smile, but inside the pain was unbearable. 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. [8] She was a competitive swimmer as a teenager, when she swam for Thetford Dolphins,[8] and went on to swim for her university. [24], Shortly after her return to the UK she won the 2006 Shropshire Olympic Triathlon. 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."[5]. To książka dla wszystkich, którzy … She is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional, an achievement described by the British Triathlon Federation as "a remarkable feat, deemed to be a near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships. [14] After her ITU victory, she took up cross-country racing for the first time, as a means of building strength for her triathlon races. She left this job in February 2007 in order to become a professional triathlete. I loved every minute of my first Ironman – despite the oppressively hot and humid conditions. That's why she was in Nepal. "[23], 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. After winning her first race in Korea in 2007, Great Britain’s Wellington dominated the race here in Kona a few months later. [6] 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. 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. [53] Commentator Timothy Carlson wrote, "Superwoman Chrissie Wellington didn't just break it, she obliterated the one-year-old women's Iron-distance world record today. [65] 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. [10] She was educated at her local comprehensive school, Downham Market High School and Sixth Form,[11] 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. Wellington won with a "dominating performance",[48] more than 17 minutes in front of Denmark's Charlotte Kolters. [33] She said of Sutton, "my training was more geared to standard distance, with not much high volume. Si è laureata, inoltre, campionessa del mondo di triathlon long distance ad Almere nei Paesi Bassi nel 2008. 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.[85]. 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). The next day, Wednesday, she was due to fly to Kona, but she preferred to remain in Boulder, close to the experts treating her. [62] She later acknowledged that the crash was a blessing in disguise, enforcing a mental and physical break and enabling her to focus on other areas of improvement such as her strength and to properly resolve her hamstring problems, which had been hampering her running. 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. 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.[2]. [7], Christine Wellington was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and grew up in Feltwell, a small village in Norfolk. 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. Even though she had broken the long-standing course record, Scott said, "But I knew, and she knew, and I told her in my ever-candid, callous style, that she didn't have her best day. Her current record of 8 hours 18 minutes 13 seconds is more than 32 minutes faster than the record which stood from 1994 to 2008, when Yvonne van Vlerken broke it by just over 5 minutes. And then, assigned bib number 107, was one Chrissie Wellington, a lithe, tanned 30-year-old representing Great Britain. [45] She recorded the fastest overall time for the ascent of les 21 virages[46] (pictured, right). She later wote, "I was 'crying into my goggles', and described the pain as 'unbearable'", adding, "I was convinced I'd broken my rib. Every breath hurt and I couldn't move my arm properly. [49], In October Wellington returned to Kona as defending champion and retained her title, setting a new Hawaii marathon course record of 2:57:44. The gist is basically this. My name is Chrissie Wellington and I am a British Triathlete and four time World Ironman Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011). 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. [58] Only 22 men were faster than Wellington. After taking a year’s sabbatical, four-time Ironman World Champion and holder of all women’s Ironman-distance records Chrissie Wellington announces her retirement at age 35 from professional Ironman racing. [81] Her overall time was second only to the course record she had set in 2009. [22] 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". The hospital's first concern, from the swollen state of her leg, was that she might have a pulmonary embolism. 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. Wellington's bike split (4:40:28) was also a new world record. [99] She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to ironman triathlons[100][101] and promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to sport and charity. "[35], 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. Two exceptional opportunities arising in 2012 were promoting her book A Life Without Limits (due to be published the following month) and the London Olympics. She also worked on post-conflict environmental reconstruction policy. 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 … We have the power to change things. About Chrissie Wellington | Race Schedule | Race Results | Latest News | Blog | Media | Development | Gallery | Sponsors | Contact. Chrissie Wellington turns pro at the beginning of 2007. They have a daughter named Esme. Her marathon time of 3:01:53 was beaten by only two men. 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,[32] and extended her lead on the running stage to win the race by over 29 minutes, in 9th place overall. In 2009 she was voted 'Sunday Times Sportswoman Like a stuck record I ramble on about development to anyone that will (pretend to) listen. While you’re here you can find out all my likes and loves, view my gallery, find out more about my sponsors, view my race results and race schedule and see what I’ve been up to … "[86] She described the pain on the marathon as "the worst I'd ever known. 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. winning the 2008 Frankfurt Ironman Personal information Nickname(s) Muppet [1] The Chrissin [4] 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). 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. 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. It is my passion, and has been for a long time. Any sponsor who does not believe this is a priority, we can do without. He said I was ready even on the training I was doing."[33]. 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. She didn't take a moment to enjoy until she crossed the line. By February I had left London and was making plans to join the then newly formed triathlon team, TeamTBB at their training camp in Thailand. In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. [29][30] Unable to run the marathon, she took up swimming again, leading her to try triathlon racing in 2004. ... she doth bestride the world of Ironman like a Colossus. teamTBB is focused on helping "development athletes" who might otherwise not have the opportunity to succeed in professional triathlon. 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. She is actively involved in supporting charities relating to international development and supporting and encouraging women and girls to take up sport. [...] This is the real Chrissie, the one people don't see behind the flashy smile.[2]. In 2008 it was 15 minutes, … [63], Wellington returned to competition on 6 June, when she defended her title at Ironman 70.3 Kansas. She finished 14th in the women's 40-49 age category.[97]. Note also that the table is sortable: click on any column heading to sort the whole table by that column; click again to toggle between ascending/descending order. She would also be able to devote more time to her charity work, to raising the profile of triathlon in the UK, and to representing her sponsors. Based in the capital, Kathmandu, she managed a community-led total sanitation scheme in Salyan, a conflict-affected district in the west of the country. On 1 August 2007, Wellington took on her toughest challenge to date, the long-distance Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, known for its difficult summer heat, its altitude, and its hard climbs on both the bike and running stages. 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. 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. Van Vlerken finished in third place, 19 minutes behind Wellington. 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’. 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