FROM ITU TO IRON­MAN

220 Triathlon Magazine - - FEATURE -

How Bri­tain’s pre­vi­ous ITU world cham­pi­onship win­ners have fared at Iron­man

01 SPENCER SMITH

Two-time ITU world champ Smith’s fifth at Kona in 1998 was the Bri­tish record for nearly 20 years, but his wings were clipped by an er­ro­neous nan­drolone test and a sub­se­quent 17-month court case. He re­turned to Hawaii to fin­ish eighth in 2000 and would later win Iron­mans in Flor­ida and Brazil.

02 SI­MON LESS­ING

Less­ing won both the ITU Long Dis­tance Worlds and Nice Triathlon dur­ing his short­course ca­reer, but he wouldn’t fo­cus fully on Iron­man un­til af­ter the 2002 Com­mon­wealths. The four-time ITU world champ would break the course record at Iron­man Lake Placid, but his ven­tures in Hawaii both ended with DNFs.

03 TIM DON

Don made his Iron­man de­but with a vic­tory in Mal­lorca in 2014. Af­ter a sea­son of win­ning 70.3 races in 2015, he’d fin­ish 15th on his Kona de­but that year. A Kona DNF fol­lowed in 2016 be­fore he’d break the Iron­man record at Brazil in 2017. He looked set for Kona suc­cess un­til a car hit him be­fore the 2017 race. Re­mark­ably, he fin­ished 36th in 2018.

04 LEANDA CAVE

The Welsh star is one of the most dec­o­rated triath­letes in his­tory. She won the ITU Worlds in 2002 and the ITU Long Dis­tance Worlds in 2007, be­fore 2012 saw her take vic­tory at the 70.3 Worlds and then Hawaii.

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