Sub 8 Hours In Kona - Is It Impossible? | The Ironman World Championships

Published on October 13th 2018


In professional Ironman racing, sub-8 hours is the gold standard time for male triathletes. The Ironman World Championships in Kona attracts the world's best athletes, however, this 8-hour barrier has never been broken. So, why is it almost impossible to go sub-8 hours on this course? Subscribe to GTN: Check out the GTN Shop: Before we begin, here is a little history of the Kona records! Both the 11-hour and 10-hour barriers were smashed in 1980 in one go by Dave Scott with a time of 9:24. Then Scott got close to going sub-9 just three years later with 9:05 and convincingly broke the barrier in 1984 with a fast time of 8:54. The times continued to fall at a rapid rate over the next few years as a result of the Dave Scott & Mark Allen battle. So much so that by 1989 the record dropped to 8:09. It was then the turn of a new generation of athletes with Luc Van Lierd taking it down to 8:04 on his first attempt at the course in 1996. It then wasn’t until 2011 that we saw a new record by Craig Alexander clocking 8:03. This stood as the record until 2017 when Germany’s Patrick Lange lowered it to 8:01:40 in near perfect Kona conditions. So, why is it almost impossible to go sub-8 hours in Kona? If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 Submit your content here: If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GTN... 📹 2018 Ironman World Championship In Numbers | Everything You Need To Know About Kona - 📹 How To Pace An Ironman Triathlon - Photos: © Triathlon / Getty Images