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Ironman World Championship Women’s Preview

Wellington set to defend this Saturday October 9.

Chrissie Wellington will attempt to make it four Ironman World Championship titles in a row this coming Saturday in Kona.

At Challenge Roth (Germany) on July 17th, Wellington set the new Ironman Women’s World Record at 8:19:13, and every year she gets faster at Hawaii. She also won by over 19 minutes last year. Can anyone step up to challenge her?

“This year the competition is even stronger. I feel so lucky to be able to race World Champions like Julie Dibens, Mirinda Carfrae, Catriona Morrison and so many others. Their presence will make me fight harder, dig deeper, and aspire to even greater heights. That’s what competition is all about,” said Wellington on her blog. “This doesn’t scare me. It excites me. ┬áBut there is no added pressure. No matter what happens on October 9 I will always be a triple World Champion.”

Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae had an impressive Ironman debut last year in Kona with a second place finish, and a women’s best 2:56:51 marathon. A few weeks ago at Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, she showed that her cycling has improved so maybe she might be ready to make at race of it by the time she heads onto the marathon this year.

Aside from Carfrae there is a lot of other all-star talent ready to unseat Wellington from the throne. Including Canadians Tereza Macel, Samantha McGlone, Gillian Moody, and Donna Phelan.

Check out the star studded field below:

Pro Women Start List

101 Wellington Chrissie GBR

102 Carfrae Mirinda AUS

103 Berasategui Virginia ESP

104 Macel Tereza CAN

105 Keat Rebekah AUS

106 McGlone Samantha CAN

107 Joyce Rachel GBR

108 Lawn Joanna NZL

109 Wallenhorst Sandra DEU

110 Griesbauer Dede USA

111 Stewart Tyler USA

112 Corbin Linsey USA

113 Deckers Tine BEL

114 Tajsich Sonja DEU

115 Snow Caitlin USA

116 Niederfriniger Edith ITA

117 Morrison Catriona GBR

118 Wee Bree USA

119 Shiono Emi JPN

120 Major Kate AUS

121 Marsh Amy USA

122 Granger Belinda AUS

123 Van Vlerken Yvonne NLD

124 Crawford Gina NZL

125 Thuerig Karin CHE

126 Dollinger Eva AUT

127 Marangon Lisa AUS

128 Grice Yvette GBR

129 Kessler Meredith USA

130 Dibens Julie GBR

131 Badmann Natascha CHE

132 Smyers Karen USA

133 Bevilaqua Kate AUS

134 Bij De Vaate Heleen NLD

135 Biscay Hillary USA

136 Carritt Joanna GBR

137 Cave Leanda GBR

138 Cooper-Scott Haley USA

139 Csomor Erika HUN

140 Goos Sofie BEL

141 Jesberger Heidi DEU

142 Kinnegim Irene NLD

143 Kozulina Tamara UKR

144 Leder Nicole DEU

145 Lester Carrie AUS

146 Moody Gillian CAN

147 Omar Maria ARG

148 Phelan Donna CAN

149 Rabe Katja DEU

150 Steffen Caroline CHE

151 Tesar Barbara AUT

152 Williamson Kelly USA

153 Woysch Nicole DEU