The Great Debate UK

Women’s sport sidelined by news media


MMD pictures 668- Liz King is director of the triathlon website, and a triathlete with 25 years’ experience, who has raced six Ironman triathlons so far. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. -

Wow, Wellington! You may think I am referring to the city on New Zealand’s north island, about which most people have heard. But no, I am referring to Chrissie Wellington, three times world Ironman triathlon champion. And guess what? She is British.

For those who do not know what Ironman triathlon is, here is a quick resume. Ironman is an extreme version of triathlon, where you first swim 2.4 miles, then cycle 112 miles, then finish off with a full marathon of 26.2 miles. All within 17 hours. No, none of those are typos.

The ever-smiling Chrissie is the world champion in this event, and the current world record holder too. She has completed this feat in 8 hours, 31 minutes, 59 seconds. So, as I said, wow! She was quite rightly voted the Sunday Times Sportswoman Of The Year in 2009.