Wellington inducted to Ironman Hall
Chrissie Wellington has her hall pass.
The four-time world champion was inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame on Wednesday night in Kona.
“Once you decide to leave the sport as a professional athlete you think your days of being awarded accolades are over — I am truly humbled and excited to see my name featured among our sport’s greats, whom I have so much admiration and respect for,” Wellington said.
Within a year of turning professional, Wellington captured her first Ironman World Championship in her Kona debut in 2007, becoming the first British athlete, male or female, to win the race. She would go on to win three additional titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011. She is one of only three women to win the world championship race three consecutive times.
She also set the course record of 8:54:02 in 2009.