ITU Aquathlon World Championships (1ST), 9th September 2009, Gold Coast, Australia. Distance: 2.5km run/1km swim/2.5km run.
The start of an amazing run of world championships from Kevin Fergusson taking out the M50-54 age group.
Name Age Group Time Position
Kevin Fergusson M50-54 0:32:42 1st
This race produced world championship number two for the incredible Kevin Fergusson, after winning his age group in the Aquathlon a couple of days earlier. Kevin setup his win with an outstanding swim/bike combination to give him an impressive lead going into the 10km run. He eventually won his age group in 2:01:29, a little over 2 minutes ahead of 2nd place. Awesome effort Kev!
The Kona Ironman is the holy grail to many triathletes around the world and most of us would just love to have the opportunity to complete it one day. Not so for Kevin Fergusson – he qualified for Kona this year with one goal – to win. Not only did Kevin win his age group, he kept his goal of winning four world championships in the space of 48 days alive with only the Long Course title left. Kevin’s time of 9:33:09 is impressive enough, but consider that he had already competed in the Aquathlon and Olympic distances races only a couple of weeks earlier.
I have only received second hand reports from the race but the race unfolded with Kevin building a solid lead with an amazingly strong swim and even more impressive bike leg. During the run the person in second place was making up time on Kevin and with only 10-15km left to run the gap was only 2-3 minutes. Kevin kept pushing all the way and was able to maintain this lead until the finish and win his age group at the Ironman World Championships. This is surely one of the most inspirational moments I have witnessed during my time at the Lakers. Legend.
He did it! Kevin Fergusson won his fourth world championship at the Long Course event. I tend to get excited over minor things, but I think you would agree that this result represents an amazing, inspirational achievement and something that will be talked about for a long time. In this event, only 15 days after Kona, not only did Kevin win, he won by over 20 minutes! His time of 4:19:43 would have achieved a top 5 finish in all other younger male age groups, with podium finishes in most of them! It would have even placed him in 24th spot in the Elite field!