2011 Top-10 Triathletes Of The Year: The Men

  • By Sarah Wassner Flynn
  • Published Dec 27, 2011
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC
Photo: Kurt Hoy

4. Marino Vanhoenacker

In one of the most eye-popping performances of the year, 35-year-old Vanhoenacker of Belgium destroyed compatriot Luc Van Lierde’s 14-year-old Ironman mark with a 7:45:58 finish at Ironman Austria. His sixth-straight win in Austria, the title was Vanhoenacker’s ninth career Ironman victory. Although the record was broken by Andreas Raelert just one week later, Vanhoenacker’s time remains the fastest-ever at an Ironman sanctioned event.

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