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Matt Burton
Australia
World Rank
340
Weight
79kg
Height
1.85m
Age
33
DOB
01/20/88
62%Swim63%Bike60%Run57%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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Matt Burton

When asked what he is most proud of, Matt Burton gives a two-part answer.

"My sub-eight-hour time at home in IRONMAN Western Australia. And receiving the call in October 2017, after four years of uncertainty, that I actually had a broken sacrum and knowing the back pain wasn't in my head."

The two are inextricably linked and underline what a challenging journey it had been to clocking that 7:55:40 at Busselton in late 2019.

For the majority of Matt's professional career had been blighted by those back problems which, despite multiple visits to various specialists, took so long to be correctly diagnosed.

He had got into triathlon "after a friend bought me an entry for my 21st birthday" (which was in 2009), and he was good right away.

In his very first IRONMAN he only just missed out on age-group qualification for Kona. But it didn't take him long to book his ticket to Hawaii, and he made the most of it by topping the 18-24 standings in both 2011 and 2012.

Soon after, and having taken out his professional licence, injury issues started to blight his races and limit his training load. Things came to a head in late 2017 when he pulled out of Barcelona, completing only the swim. He returned home wondering whether his career was over.

Finally there was some light at the end of the tunnel though when a full-body MRI and set of CT scans through his pelvis confirmed a broken sacrum.

It meant nearly six months of just swimming before a re-scan showed the healing process was going well, and that allowed him to re-introduce running. And then cycling.

There were encouraging top-four results when he started racing again, but some frustrations too as he missed out on a Kona place by just one spot on three separate occasions.

Two years after his injury had finally been diagnosed came that life-affirming result at Western Australia when he was second to Alistair Brownlee. Not only did he break the eight-hour mark, but he also claimed a first qualification for the World Championship in Kona as a pro.

Although he'll have to wait a little longer to realise his dream of returning to the Big Island for the first time since his age-group days, he knows better than most the value of patience and perseverance.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
340
2021 IM 70.3 Sunshine Coast
43.10
Average
14.37
Ranking History
#28#135#242#3492013201420152016201720182019202020212013Overall57.87 pts#166Swim42.29 pts#314Bike97.87 pts#119Run55.82 pts#2072014Overall137.43 pts#131Swim74.61 pts#327Bike128.44 pts#85Run90.33 pts#1992015Overall108.33 pts#223Swim80.59 pts#372Bike119.57 pts#175Run71.30 pts#3122016Overall153.04 pts#174Swim91.62 pts#379Bike164.13 pts#53Run55.31 pts#4432017Overall166.72 pts#179Swim88.24 pts#451Bike171.86 pts#43Run77.48 pts#3712018Overall211.74 pts#98Swim92.83 pts#403Bike173.78 pts#40Run108.56 pts#2272019Overall259.42 pts#33Swim111.45 pts#313Bike177.15 pts#37Run164.18 pts#482020Overall247.89 pts#42Swim102.12 pts#271Bike177.21 pts#33Run164.18 pts#332021Overall14.37 pts#340Swim25.71 pts#403Bike27.61 pts#343Run22.05 pts#398
Results
44 Races2
1
4
2
6
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Sep
10
IM 70.3 Sunshine Coast
24:38
2:03:16
1:18:51
3:49:45
43.1016
03:31:4143.10
6 Jun
DNF
IM Cairns
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--:--
--:--
--:--
07:57:01-
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
23 Feb
5
IM 70.3 Geelong
23:28
2:06:23
1:15:23
3:49:13
71.386
03:39:4771.39
15 Feb
2
Challenge Wanaka Half
25:51
2:13:11
1:19:00
4:02:37
70.1928
03:52:1470.19
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
1 Dec
2
IM Western Australia
51:46
4:12:17
2:46:32
7:55:40
92.3209
07:50:1592.32
8 Sep
DNF
IM 70.3 World Championship
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--:--
--:--
--:--
03:56:46-
25 Aug
5
IM 70.3 Dun Laoghaire
27:09
2:26:30
1:19:50
4:18:03
49.2134
03:59:4749.21
17 Aug
DNF
IM Sweden
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:37:06-
9 Jun
4
IM Cairns
52:54
4:32:38
3:10:01
8:39:24
50.4505
08:03:2850.45
4 May
3
IM 70.3 Busselton
29:55
2:01:09
1:19:18
3:53:08
69.3933
03:42:5469.39
14 Apr
3
Challenge Melbourne
27:14
2:01:51
1:13:47
3:45:58
58.5847
03:32:4558.58
2 Mar
4
IM New Zealand
52:53
4:25:23
2:49:34
8:12:35
84.182
08:01:1084.18
16 Feb
3
Challenge Wanaka Half
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--:--
--:--
4:04:22
66.8266
03:52:4766.83
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
2 Dec
3
IM Western Australia
52:16
4:16:20
2:53:40
8:07:18
73.5438
07:48:4273.54
21 Oct
3
Challenge Kanchanaburi
28:42
1:24:27
1:27:36
3:22:32
2.17357
02:56:372.17
16 Sep
1
Challenge Iskander Puteri
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:42:46
82.9139
03:37:1282.91
19 Aug
3
IM 70.3 Indonesia
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:06:16
40.9121
03:46:1340.91
5 Aug
13
IM 70.3 Philippines
29:12
2:13:12
1:24:53
4:11:48
21.0896
03:45:0921.09
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Sep
DNF
IM Barcelona
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--:--
--:--
--:--
07:45:40-
20 Aug
12
IM 70.3 Dublin
27:20
2:16:12
1:26:02
4:12:58
9.50813
03:42:449.51
2 Jul
7
IM Austria
55:33
4:37:13
3:00:11
8:39:08
39.6401
07:56:0239.64
9 Apr
4
Challenge Melbourne
29:32
2:03:00
1:19:30
3:55:48
50.0582
03:39:2250.06
19 Feb
10
IM 70.3 Geelong
26:16
2:08:49
1:20:25
3:59:24
55.2782
03:44:2155.28
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
4 Dec
DNF
IM Western Australia
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--:--
--:--
--:--
07:49:59-
27 Nov
4
IM 70.3 Thailand
24:23
2:11:43
1:26:24
4:06:34
33.2738
03:44:0833.27
13 Nov
2
Challenge Shepparton
27:06
2:04:11
1:21:01
3:55:04
56.2808
03:40:3656.28
23 Oct
6
Challenge Kanchanaburi
28:42
2:26:56
1:28:34
4:27:12
24.2898
03:59:5724.29
28 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Indonesia
26:19
2:05:16
1:25:50
4:00:24
55.1609
03:45:1555.16
12 Jun
DNF
IM Cairns
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--:--
--:--
--:--
08:07:28-
1 May
12
IM 70.3 Busselton
26:02
2:00:34
1:20:09
3:49:42
41.6035
03:31:1241.60
3 Apr
7
IM 70.3 Putrajaya
29:36
2:04:26
1:27:23
4:05:19
37.9672
03:44:2637.97
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Oct
DNF
IM 70.3 Port Macquarie
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--:--
--:--
--:--
03:43:18-
23 Aug
6
IM 70.3 Indonesia
27:02
2:14:09
1:29:46
4:14:07
14.5641
03:45:1514.56
3 May
DNF
IM Australia
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--:--
--:--
--:--
08:05:42-
22 Feb
12
Challenge Wanaka
53:02
4:50:32
3:58:54
9:47:23
0
08:14:10-
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
9 Nov
9
IM 70.3 Mandurah
22:32
2:04:43
1:24:35
3:54:20
19.1919
03:29:0019.19
3 Aug
4
IM 70.3 Philippines
27:47
2:20:04
1:30:43
4:22:19
2.39639
03:48:492.40
8 Jun
4
IM Cairns
55:18
4:36:13
2:59:41
8:35:19
52.7092
08:01:1152.71
3 May
10
IM 70.3 Busselton
25:49
2:07:16
1:24:05
3:59:42
4.5045
03:29:404.50
19 Apr
DNF
Challenge Taiwan
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:46:19-
22 Feb
1
Challenge Philippines
28:21
2:34:28
1:22:28
4:26:53
36.4298
04:03:3936.43
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Dec
6
IM Western Australia
54:16
4:25:25
3:01:57
8:25:42
48.2918
07:49:1848.29
10 Nov
9
IM 70.3 Mandurah
24:29
2:06:40
1:24:21
3:58:21
9.5794
03:29:539.58
24 Mar
16
IM Melbourne
23:40
4:44:16
2:57:07
8:09:25
0
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Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
14
340
2020
247
42
2019
259
33
2018
211
98
2017
166
179
2016
153
174
2015
108
223
2014
137
131
2013
57
166
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
25
403
2020
102
271
2019
111
313
2018
92
403
2017
88
451
2016
91
379
2015
80
372
2014
74
327
2013
42
314
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
27
343
2020
177
33
2019
177
37
2018
173
40
2017
171
43
2016
164
53
2015
119
175
2014
128
85
2013
97
119
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
22
398
2020
164
33
2019
164
48
2018
108
227
2017
77
371
2016
55
443
2015
71
312
2014
90
199
2013
55
207
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