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Kyle Buckingham
South Africa
World Rank
161
Weight
73kg
Height
1.79m
Age
37
DOB
12/22/83
Swim: Zone 3Bike: DimondRun: On
88%Swim80%Bike80%Run72%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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Kyle Buckingham

“The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow” is Kyle Buckingham’s motto and it is certainly one which has worked for the South African in his relatively short triathlon career.

After turning to full-distance triathlon in 2009 at the age of 25 - “my housemate was training for an IRONMAN and I thought why not give it a try” - Kyle marked his maiden professional season in 2014 by winning in Lake Placid.

He had earlier finished as the first amateur overall in what was then an age-group record at the World Championship in Kona.

More success followed in 2016 when he took first place at Vineman in Santa Rosa, California, and then in 2018 he captured the IRONMAN African Championship in his hometown of Port Elizabeth.

“I never got handed anything to me and had to work very hard to have what I have today,” says Buckingham of his life and career to date.

“I left home at 19 years old and worked as a qualified electrician in London without finishing school. I also started triathlons at the age of 25, so anything is possible if you have a dream.”

That is the legacy he hopes to pass on to South Africa’s youth, adding: “Anything is possible if you want something so bad”.

The pain Kyle felt in the last 4km before winning in Lake Placid in 2014 proved that adage true, but he also knows when to take it easy in training.

“When you have an easy session, then you go easy; when it’s hard, then it’s hard,” he says.

“My ex-coach Raynard Tissink said to me once on a Z2 ride, when I was still an age grouper as I chased after him on a climb, that if you ever do that again you will never become a pro athlete.”

Kyle has learned his lesson and now aims “to be a better me and give 120%”.

“I like to double/triple-check everything, e.g. before a ride and on race day in transition,” he says.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
161
2021 IM Switzerland
69.16
2021 IM Germany
52.04
2021 Sun City Ultra
22.10
Average
47.77
Ranking History
#42#73#104#135#166201420152016201720182019202020212014Overall190.97 pts#62Swim140.22 pts#140Bike141.20 pts#54Run123.01 pts#1072015Overall205.35 pts#76Swim156.89 pts#133Bike157.50 pts#55Run133.56 pts#972016Overall186.74 pts#117Swim158.63 pts#143Bike151.77 pts#89Run128.75 pts#1322017Overall215.71 pts#80Swim154.05 pts#161Bike155.82 pts#95Run161.06 pts#472018Overall240.09 pts#59Swim158.55 pts#142Bike166.97 pts#58Run161.06 pts#542019Overall231.35 pts#71Swim171.95 pts#77Bike162.92 pts#61Run150.20 pts#842020Overall213.16 pts#79Swim171.95 pts#59Bike156.59 pts#61Run124.61 pts#1312021Overall47.77 pts#161Swim80.57 pts#89Bike62.48 pts#162Run63.99 pts#151
Rivals
wins / races
Results
43 Races3
1
4
2
3
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
5 Sep
6
IM Switzerland
38:07
4:23:40
2:51:34
7:57:17
69.1644
07:36:1169.16
15 Aug
17
IM Germany
50:04
4:44:23
2:55:26
8:35:33
52.0394
08:00:5752.04
2 May
3
Sun City Ultra
25:05
2:05:36
1:32:40
4:05:20
22.1042
03:39:4022.10
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
15 Nov
3
People's Triathlon
25:24
2:08:41
1:13:24
3:48:47
69.4753
03:38:4669.48
26 Jan
5
IM 70.3 South Africa
25:52
2:17:00
1:22:46
4:10:16
66.8158
03:58:2466.82
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Nov
4
Challenge Capetown
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:52:12
68.4258
03:41:4268.43
6 Oct
31
IM Barcelona
46:52
4:19:29
3:49:11
8:59:58
0
07:39:21-
21 Sep
6
IM Italy
47:06
4:26:04
3:02:18
8:21:48
47.008
07:44:5147.01
27 Apr
6
IM Texas
53:30
4:20:53
2:51:53
8:11:21
75.2574
07:53:4675.26
7 Apr
DNF
IM South Africa
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:37:03-
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Oct
23
IM Hawaii
50:44
4:20:17
3:10:14
8:26:01
65.5212
08:01:0865.52
9 Sep
4
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
23:38
2:08:17
1:17:05
3:53:38
59.7579
03:40:2059.76
10 Jun
6
IM Cairns
48:52
4:22:47
2:57:31
8:12:38
71.6177
07:52:3171.62
15 Apr
1
IM South Africa
48:22
4:31:51
2:48:42
8:13:00
84.479
08:01:4784.48
25 Mar
6
IM 70.3 Davao
24:49
2:03:37
1:30:20
4:01:43
44.8012
03:43:1444.80
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
14 Oct
26
IM Hawaii
53:09
4:50:12
2:56:15
8:44:09
56.1716
08:11:4956.17
10 Sep
6
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
10:37
2:06:33
1:19:19
3:40:37
66.0183
03:29:5566.02
13 Aug
5
IM 70.3 Steelhead
27:29
2:06:38
1:16:07
3:54:17
62.4258
03:41:4762.43
28 May
2
IM Brasil
47:12
4:28:48
2:45:18
8:05:43
65.701
07:41:5765.70
6 May
DNF
IM 70.3 St. George
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:46:15-
2 Apr
4
IM South Africa
49:15
4:28:38
2:47:09
8:08:58
83.9907
07:57:3083.99
12 Mar
9
IM 70.3 Subic Bay
24:20
2:06:17
1:25:26
3:59:46
57.8745
03:45:3157.87
29 Jan
3
IM 70.3 South Africa
26:34
2:23:20
1:19:55
4:14:30
48.1461
03:56:0848.15
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:11:05-
30 Jul
1
IM Vineman
52:46
4:30:39
3:00:13
8:27:58
58.9704
07:58:3158.97
5 Jun
5
IM 70.3 Raleigh
26:44
2:07:56
1:23:33
4:01:20
50.0656
03:44:3150.07
22 May
9
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
23:08
2:11:13
1:22:03
4:00:28
44.978
03:42:0844.98
10 Apr
11
IM South Africa
51:20
4:31:39
3:07:20
8:34:48
54.3872
08:01:5054.39
24 Jan
2
IM 70.3 South Africa
25:18
2:14:45
1:24:23
4:09:11
37.4741
03:47:4937.47
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Oct
30
IM Hawaii
56:40
4:47:52
3:36:27
9:26:16
5.14614
08:15:445.15
26 Jul
2
IM Canada
48:40
4:56:18
3:01:24
8:50:30
61.9408
08:21:5161.94
31 May
7
IM Brasil
48:29
4:26:05
2:50:30
8:09:33
65.8328
07:45:4165.83
2 May
11
IM 70.3 St. George
25:59
2:12:48
1:19:36
4:01:24
54.8347
03:46:0554.83
29 Mar
11
IM South Africa
49:34
4:46:39
3:08:04
8:48:43
57.9549
08:17:2157.95
27 Feb
27
Challenge Dubai
23:48
2:08:04
1:24:37
3:59:42
53.1676
03:43:5853.17
25 Jan
6
IM 70.3 South Africa
24:38
2:23:48
1:23:22
4:16:05
36.9806
03:53:5836.98
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
16 Nov
DNF
IM Arizona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:56:32-
11 Oct
24
IM Hawaii
54:33
4:44:38
3:06:01
8:50:28
48.0719
08:12:0848.07
27 Jul
1
IM Lake Placid
52:04
4:43:47
2:57:49
8:38:43
61.5772
08:10:2761.58
8 Jun
6
IM 70.3 Eagleman
27:24
2:08:46
1:16:30
3:54:41
51.8225
03:38:5251.82
1 Jun
17
IM 70.3 Raleigh
24:44
2:36:56
1:21:01
4:26:04
0
03:41:27-
6 Apr
2
IM South Africa
49:53
4:41:03
2:57:33
8:32:39
77.5747
08:15:5877.57
26 Jan
9
IM 70.3 South Africa
24:39
2:23:59
1:20:58
4:13:42
27.5014
03:48:4927.50
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
47
161
2020
213
79
2019
231
71
2018
240
59
2017
215
80
2016
186
117
2015
205
76
2014
190
62
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
80
89
2020
171
59
2019
171
77
2018
158
142
2017
154
161
2016
158
143
2015
156
133
2014
140
140
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
62
162
2020
156
61
2019
162
61
2018
166
58
2017
155
95
2016
151
89
2015
157
55
2014
141
54
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
63
151
2020
124
131
2019
150
84
2018
161
54
2017
161
47
2016
128
132
2015
133
97
2014
123
107
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