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Kelsey Withrow
United States
World Rank
166
Height
1.67m
Age
39
DOB
09/23/82
82%Swim67%Bike58%Run56%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Kelsey Withrow

Kelsey Withrow has dealt with a lot in her long and storied career to become a multiple middle-distance champion.

As detailed on her website, these include an eating disorder, emotional abuse from a coach, a broken hip and glandular fever. She even retired from triathlon in 2007 due to injury.

After heart surgery in 2008, she returned to professional sport as a cyclist and eventually to professional triathlon in 2011. Yet more turmoil followed in 2014 when she was hit by a truck while out on her bike and was told she would never compete again, causing depression and weight gain.

She did though meet her coach Mike Campbell, who helped her return to her physical best and in 2015 she competed back in her first major event. A year later she made the decision to go ‘all in’ on the sport - a decision she did not regret.

‘Superfit’, as she is also known, earned her first professional triumph at IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria in 2017, before adding a second victory in Ecuador just a few weeks later. In all, Kelsey earned six top-three finishes during a breakout 2017 campaign.

Five further podiums followed in 2018 including a victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Quijing, and Kelsey also completed her first full-distance race in Australia, finishing third.

Two more victories followed in Shanghai and Cartagena in 2019 in a year where she qualified for the World Championship in Kona. Unfortunately, a mechanical fault with her bike forced her out of the race.

Kelsey’s weirdest quirk she says is her ability to recite the opening minutes of the film Clueless, while the proudest moment of her life was finally achieving victory as a professional triathlete in Victoria - some 16 years after she entered the pro ranks.

The best advice Kelsey has ever received in regard to training and racing is “you get what you put into it,” while she’d like her legacy “to show that anything is possible through hard work and self-belief".

Current PTO World Ranking Points
166
2020 Challenge Daytona
33.85
2021 IM Tulsa
4.31
Average
12.72
Ranking History
#16#115#214#3132016201720182019202020212016Overall23.57 pts#343Swim168.49 pts#37Bike79.21 pts#294Run21.08 pts#4072017Overall193.13 pts#87Swim174.82 pts#30Bike166.77 pts#63Run89.92 pts#2022018Overall196.47 pts#88Swim178.50 pts#22Bike166.77 pts#66Run101.23 pts#1712019Overall200.76 pts#87Swim178.95 pts#21Bike155.67 pts#92Run127.15 pts#1082020Overall194.53 pts#71Swim167.84 pts#27Bike146.38 pts#89Run127.15 pts#842021Overall12.72 pts#166Swim75.21 pts#62Bike39.84 pts#124Run17.25 pts#202
Rivals
wins / races
Results
40 Races5
1
5
2
7
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
11 Jul
DNF
IM 70.3 Ecuador
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--:--
--:--
--:--
04:16:40-
23 May
14
IM Tulsa
52:22
5:37:47
3:27:31
10:04:27
4.31447
08:48:354.31
1 May
DNF
IM 70.3 St. George
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--:--
--:--
--:--
04:11:22-
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
36
Challenge Daytona
25:55
2:00:24
1:19:37
3:48:46
33.8512
03:28:0733.85
7 Nov
DNF
IM Florida
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:44:58-
27 Sep
6
IM 70.3 Cozumel
24:45
2:24:49
1:33:03
4:26:17
37.7224
04:03:3237.72
7 Mar
10
IM New Zealand
52:38
5:21:11
3:59:48
10:22:23
0
08:55:05-
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
1 Dec
1
IM 70.3 Cartagena
27:36
2:25:26
1:32:25
4:30:17
41.9007
04:08:3741.90
20 Oct
1
IM 70.3 Shanghai
25:51
2:20:12
1:26:15
4:16:52
55.3709
04:00:4555.37
12 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:01:46-
8 Sep
DNF
IM Wisconsin
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:07:42-
28 Jul
3
IM Canada
53:12
5:18:11
3:22:06
9:38:28
60.3797
09:06:0160.38
9 Jun
6
IM Cairns
55:50
5:16:41
3:29:06
9:46:48
45.2504
09:02:1645.25
5 May
3
IM Australia
49:28
5:13:37
3:11:07
9:19:11
78.7797
09:01:5678.78
14 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Liuzhou
23:49
2:21:40
1:30:45
4:24:30
45.86
04:04:3845.86
10 Mar
3
IM 70.3 Bariloche
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:45:22
38.8297
04:21:2338.83
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Nov
5
IM Cozumel
48:41
5:12:08
3:40:35
9:48:10
26.5784
08:49:4926.58
5 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Quijing
27:36
2:26:32
1:35:18
4:33:26
56.819
04:16:4856.82
28 Jul
DNF
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:34:40-
8 Jul
3
IM 70.3 Ecuador
25:29
2:33:44
1:38:20
4:41:14
18.9045
04:10:4418.90
10 Jun
4
IM 70.3 Eagleman
26:16
2:20:06
1:31:30
4:24:05
61.5984
04:09:4261.60
6 May
3
IM Australia
48:42
5:27:09
3:23:11
9:44:59
37.6473
08:54:5737.65
22 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Peru
24:56
2:25:23
1:26:45
4:21:00
52.1854
04:03:3252.19
7 Apr
8
IM 70.3 California
24:59
2:34:01
1:27:51
4:32:05
53.3796
04:14:1853.38
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
3 Dec
2
IM 70.3 Cartagena
26:31
2:28:52
1:33:25
4:32:53
41.0096
04:10:4241.01
24 Sep
DNF
IM 70.3 Cozumel
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:12:12-
10 Sep
3
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
11:25
2:28:08
1:27:10
4:11:28
55.7566
03:55:4955.76
27 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Quijing
26:19
2:23:37
1:37:02
4:30:58
45.2912
04:10:2545.29
30 Jul
1
IM 70.3 Ecuador
26:21
2:28:22
1:28:39
4:26:11
58.2613
04:10:3058.26
4 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Victoria
24:34
2:28:30
1:29:40
4:25:11
71.2406
04:14:1371.24
13 May
5
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
25:28
2:24:27
1:29:27
4:26:47
55.0547
04:09:5655.05
23 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Palmas
26:48
2:20:00
1:32:36
4:25:09
63.6307
04:11:2663.63
1 Apr
8
IM 70.3 California
25:41
2:31:06
1:29:22
4:32:40
54.3248
04:15:1154.32
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
4 Dec
3
IM 70.3 Cartagena
26:11
2:29:26
1:31:13
4:31:14
0
--
30 Oct
DNF
IM 70.3 Los Cabos
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:16:56-
24 Sep
6
IM 70.3 Lanzarote
26:01
2:55:19
1:34:58
5:01:46
16.8892
04:28:1916.89
24 Jul
11
IM 70.3 Calgary
24:14
2:25:01
1:45:07
4:37:43
6.684
04:03:376.68
30 Apr
DNF
Wildflower
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:27:35-
2 Apr
DNF
IM 70.3 California
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:14:40-
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Jul
18
IM 70.3 Vineman
24:46
2:48:31
1:49:03
5:07:36
0
04:07:34-
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
12
166
2020
194
71
2019
200
87
2018
196
88
2017
193
87
2016
23
343
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
75
62
2020
167
27
2019
178
21
2018
178
22
2017
174
30
2016
168
37
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
39
124
2020
146
89
2019
155
92
2018
166
66
2017
166
63
2016
79
294
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
17
202
2020
127
84
2019
127
108
2018
101
171
2017
89
202
2016
21
407
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