BURY St Edmund’s Triathlon queen Chrissie Wellington will be aiming to win her fourth Ironman world title, as the Championships commence in Hawaii tomorrow.
Held in the competition’s spiritual home of Kona, elite triathletes from all over the globe will have to conquer one of the biggest challenges the sports World has to offer, with a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of biking and a 26.2 mile marathon through tough ocean waves and challenging lava-covered terrain awaiting the athletes.
Wellington, who was honoured with an MBE, is no stranger to the gruelling demands of the course having previously won it on three occasions, and to this day still unbelievably holds, five of the quickest women’s times for the Ironman distance.
The Former Thetford Dolphin swimmer’s chances of reclaiming her crown have been increased with the news that Australia’s Bek Keat, the second fastest Ironwoman on the planet, won’t be joining her on the starting line this Saturday.
However there is no shortage of other female athletes aiming to beat Wellington, with her biggest competition coming in the shape of Mary Beth Ellis.
The American, enters tomorrow’s race in good form having won the Karnten Ironman Austria in early July, Ironman Regensburg in early August and Ironman Canada in late August.
Despite the strong competition there is no doubt Wellington, as the greatest female triathlete in history, enters the race as favourite as she aims to recapture the title she relinquished a year ago when illness left her unable to compete.