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The best 5 female triathletes of all times


The origins of triathlon are considered to be in the 1920s France where a race was called “the three sports”. The modern triathlon started gaining success back in the 1970s and was finally introduced to the calendar of the Olympic Games in 2000. The triathlon is composed of three different sports of choice. However, the most common type of triathlon is the one that consists of swimming, cycling, and running.

There are different types of triathlons depending on the distances but the rules for winning remain the same – one athlete must undergo all three challenges consequently and will be timed throughout his or her performance. The athlete who manages to score the best time after all three challenges are completed is declared the winner.

The Olympics distances are the equivalent of the standard course or the short course and measure the following: 1.5 km swim, 40 km bicycle, and 10 km run. The triathlon is considered one of the toughest physical competitions and an endurance sport, so only the best manage to practice it.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of people who undergo extraordinary physical transformations in order to challenge their bodies to compete and win the triathlon contests. We want to honor all of the athletes who have dedicated their lives to these sports so here is our list of the best female triathletes of all time.

Laura Bennett

Born Laura Marie Reback in North Palm Beach, 1975, she is one of the most important American professional triathletes of our times. She started training for triathlons ever since she was 10 years old and she picked up swimming at the age of 12. She joined in the Southern Methodist University and graduated with a degree in finance back in 1997.

As a junior, she was a member of the United States Triathlon Junior National Team and competed in many amateur and professional championships ever since. She turned a pro back in 1998 when she placed second for the U.S. amateur team at the 1997 Championship.

Bennett earned her first spot in the Olympic team for the 2000 Summer Olympics but she became more successful in the following years. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she was the first American woman to qualify for her team but she only managed to place fourth at the actual games.

Some of the astonishing performances for the national American team include two gold medals at the USAT Elite Championships in 2003 and 2010, as well as one silver medal at the 2003 ITU Triathlon World Championship. In 2004, 2005, and 2007 she gained other three bronze medals in the same competition.


Gwen Jorgensen

Born in Wisconsin in 1986, Jorgensen is a professional triathlete with plenty of national and international prizes won throughout her career. She attended the classes of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she graduated with a degree in finance and first started working as an Ernst & Young tax accountant. Soon after she picked this job she was courted by the USA Triathlon organization to pursue a career as a professional athlete and compete in triathlons.

She started representing the United States National Triathlon Team in 2010 and ever since then she won a series of important gold and silver medals. Her biggest triumph remains the 2016 gold medal won at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Some other great achievements of Gwen Jorgensen include two gold medals at the 2014 and 2015 ITU Triathlon World Championships, as well as the one silver medal gained at the same event in 2016.

At the end of 2017, Jorgensen announced that she will be retiring from the triathlons in order to focus on marathons. She is likely to obtain a second Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Paula Newby-Fraser

Born in 1962 in Zimbabwe she is also known as the Queen of Kona. She is arguably the second best female athlete to compete in triathlons and, even though she did not win any Olympic medals due to the late introduction of this competition in the Olympic Games, she still acquired a wide series of national and international prizes.

She established a record at the 1984 Ironman triathlon in Roth which remained intact for over 14 years. She won the Ironman gold medal for eight years in Hawaii, in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1996 being the only athlete in the world to reach such high sports performances.

She held no less than four world records between 1991 and 1994. Newby-Fraser managed to win a total of 24 Ironman triathlon competition titles and she is also known for collapsing near the finish line in Hawaii back in 1995 due to severe dehydration. The strength and determination she showed to finish the race were the ones that turned Newby-Fraser into a worldwide model athlete.


Michellie Jones

She is the best triathlon female athlete in the world. Born in 1969 in Australia, she won no less than 175 races throughout her career, all in triathlon competitions. We can only imagine the determination and the physical abilities of this famous athlete who also managed to win a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

She started competing in triathlons in 1990 and, in parallel, started the classes at the University of Wollongong where she received a degree in Teaching in Primary Education in the same year, 1990. Few people know that she has a twin sister, Gabrielle Jones who lives a normal life, far from the media attention.

Back to Michellie, she has won many important distinctions, including the 1996 Xterra World Championship and the ITU World Championship in 1992 and 1993. She also participated in the 2006 Ironman World Championship where she scored the gold medal.

Her greatest achievement in the past years is to have won a gold medal at the Summer Paralympics in 2016, the first time that paratriathlon entered the Paralympics games. She was a guide for Katie Kelly who was declared legally blind in 2015.




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