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Bart Aernouts

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46
World Rank
2
National
268
Swim
49
Bike
28
Run
Belgium
Weight
75kg
Height
1.84m
Age
39
Born
1984
 
 
 
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Bart Aernouts

His time of 7:56:41 in 2018 would have won every previous edition of the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.

However, just a matter of four minutes earlier, the eight-hour barrier had been shattered for the very first time by defending champion Patrick Lange.

But this, on the back of his Challenge Roth heroics a year earlier, was the performance which underlined Bart Aernouts' position at the very highest level of long-distance triathlon.

The Belgian has been a winner throughout his career, across a range of distances - first in duathlon and then triathlon.

The undoubted highlight of his duathlon days was winning the 2010 ITU World Championships in Edinburgh.

And he wasted little time making an impact in triathlon, racking up multiple 70.3 wins in 2011 - in Antwerp, Syracuse and Poconos Mountains.

In 2012 he competed in his first full-distance race, placing 10th in Melbourne, and rounded out the season with an eye-catching second place in IRONMAN France.

Renowned for his calmness under race pressure, the Belgian's relentless rise up the ladder was confirmed when he won the iconic Challenge Roth in 2017 at his very first attempt.

That mental strength has proved an asset throughout, perfectly summarised by triathlon legend Bob Babbitt who says: "Everyone else is playing checkers out there - and he's playing chess."

A fast finish allied to a razor-sharp mind

Bart's journey to the pinnacle of long-distance triathlon has featured many pivotal moments, with Luc Van Lierde exerting a significant influence.

Indeed it was watching compatriot Van Lierde's victories in Hawaii in the late 1990s that inspired a young Aernouts to take up the sport.

He'd run and cycled from an early age and, after a brief initial foray into triathlon, it was duathlon where he first made his mark.

He made an immediate impression in that sphere, qualifying almost straight away for the World Championships in 2005.

And by 2008 he was on the podium for the first time. That opened up funding opportunities and the chance to transition to triathlon, but not before signing off with a World Championship title in the run/bike/run sphere on an emotional day in Edinburgh in 2010.

On a course which three years earlier had seen him crowned the U23 European champion, Bart led home a Belgian one-two-three from Rob Woestenborghs and Joerie Vansteelant.

Understandably the focus in those formative years was on his swimming, with lots of work done in conjunction with coach Ronald Gaastra in Antwerp.

But as he improved and his experience grew, so did the wins tally. There have been 70.3 successes in Austria, Germany (for the European Championship) and Bahrain, while at iron-distance France and Lanzarote have also seen him cross the line in triumph.

That Lanzarote victory in May 2017 came less than two months before his first appearance at Challenge Roth - and what a debut it proved to be.

In front of over a quarter of a million fans, he beat Joe Skipper and Maurice Clavel, all with his first sub-eight-hour finish (7:59:07).

"I think it's going to be hard to find a more special race - the atmosphere was incredible, and there's no finish-line experience like it," he explains. "So many people are on the bike and run routes and all the cheering really does help you."

And he continued to go from strength to strength. The following year Bart advertised his Kona claims with a dominant display at IRONMAN Hamburg.

That event saw him showcase his duathlon background to great effect after a cancelled swim was replaced by an extra 6km run, eventually crossing the line over seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

And after three previous top-10 placings, he then went on to make the podium for the first time on that astonishing day in Kona.

The 40th-anniversary edition saw Bart and winner Patrick Lange became the first men to smash the eight-hour mark. "I'd rather win in 8:30!" he said afterwards, but the performance showed yet again that he was one of the sport's very best.

The fact that Aernouts often has significant ground to make up after the swim only adds to the excitement for the watching public - though his rivals may see it differently.

At his Challenge Roth victory, he was in 23rd place when getting out of the water - while he was 40th at Kona a year later en route to second.

His marathon times on those landmark days were 2:44:10 and 2:45:42 respectively.

Another top 10 at Kona - his fifth in eight attempts - followed in 2019.

And Aernouts started 2020 in perfect style, winning back at 70.3 distance with a time of 3:33:45 in Dubai - again displaying his now-customary surge through the field to make up almost three and a half minutes after the swim and beat the previous course record by over a minute.

Guiding light

One of the final pieces of the jigsaw in turning a Kona top-10 into a podium place had been linking up with the man who had inspired Aernouts to take up the sport in the first place – Luc Van Lierde.

He was the first European to win at Kona when he triumphed in 1996, adding a second title three years later.

And in 2013 he notched a notable double when he coached Frederick Van Lierde (no relation) to Hawaii glory.

He linked up with Aernouts in late 2017 and the two quickly forged a hugely effective partnership, with subtle changes to the training regime and that experience as a winning athlete and coach paying huge dividends.

Van Lierde describes the process as "fine-tuning the engine", and the combination of factors all helped Aernouts produce that perfect race for his 7:56 at Kona.

All the time, his mental strength and composure have proved invaluable. "What makes the difference on race day is having the right mindset - right from the start and for all eight hours. Patience is the key at Kona" Bart explains.

“A race is only over at the finish line. Never forget this when you have a tough time, try to stay positive and keep fighting.”

And while Aernouts has the uncanny ability to focus on his race rather than get drawn into an unnecessary battle, he does relish the epic nature of long-distance triathlon. "I just love the competition; I think that's why I really enjoy what I do."

But away from the sport, it's all about trying to make as much time as possible for his daughter and family.

"The biggest sacrifice we make is being away from them for races and training."

Current PTO World Ranking Points
46
Ironman Nice 2023
Best FD +5%
81.78
Challenge Frejus 2023
79.39
Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix 2023
77.07
Sum / 3
79.41
Ranking History
#1#101#201#301#401201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242012Overall44.52 pts#68Swim29.71 pts#227Bike55.61 pts#74Run89.52 pts#32013Overall71.97 pts#16Swim41.34 pts#172Bike63.24 pts#45Run93.48 pts#12014Overall77.58 pts#20Swim59.33 pts#181Bike73.44 pts#37Run93.32 pts#22015Overall84.16 pts#23Swim60.76 pts#228Bike82.22 pts#37Run86.45 pts#132016Overall85.85 pts#23Swim52.17 pts#326Bike81.45 pts#58Run89.33 pts#182017Overall88.91 pts#19Swim53.86 pts#358Bike83.12 pts#61Run91.17 pts#152018Overall97.59 pts#8Swim53.88 pts#332Bike91.55 pts#22Run96.33 pts#92019Overall96.80 pts#9Swim44.83 pts#399Bike93.45 pts#27Run92.65 pts#172020Overall86.10 pts#29Swim36.83 pts#392Bike89.36 pts#31Run86.48 pts#232021Overall86.52 pts#23Swim51.39 pts#264Bike91.01 pts#19Run89.22 pts#202022Overall80.31 pts#68Swim59.66 pts#291Bike85.85 pts#48Run92.48 pts#352023Overall79.41 pts#47Swim40.36 pts#271Bike79.10 pts#48Run80.75 pts#282024Overall79.41 pts#46Swim40.36 pts#268Bike79.10 pts#49Run80.75 pts#28

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results
68 Races11
1
9
2
8
3
2023
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
21 Oct
6
Ironman Portugal
50:58
4:21:58
2:41:15
8:01:37
70.06
87.7170.06
24 Sep
4
Challenge San Remo
28:54
2:35:42
1:11:32
4:19:04
70.51
78.4370.51
25 Jun
2
Ironman Nice
53:59
4:37:30
2:45:19
8:24:11
77.89
80.5677.89
21 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix
24:44
2:10:24
1:10:26
3:51:27
77.07
76.4177.07
14 May
1
Challenge Frejus
--:--
2:27:43
1:09:46
4:06:24
79.39
70.2979.39
22 Apr
DNF
Ironman Texas
1:00:57
4:18:01
--:--
--:--
0
80.26-
2022
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
04 Dec
3
Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells
25:42
2:04:39
1:11:03
3:45:07
75.87
80.1675.87
20 Nov
5
Ironman Arizona
56:02
4:17:55
2:44:20
8:03:24
68.79
83.6768.79
15 Oct
8
Ironman 70.3 Cascais
24:22
2:08:35
1:13:41
3:50:42
57.27
67.9557.27
21 May
10
Ironman Lanzarote
57:07
5:00:28
3:05:11
9:09:13
41.2
62.4841.20
07 May
DNF
Ironman St. George World Championships
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
80.09-
02 Apr
10
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
25:40
2:08:23
1:14:09
3:52:55
57.27
79.8557.27
05 Mar
7
Ironman 70.3 Dubai
28:20
1:54:27
1:13:16
3:38:17
51.63
72.3551.63
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
24 Oct
10
Ironman 70.3 Portugal
25:33
2:08:22
1:12:37
3:51:58
70.3315
03:42:0570.33
16 Oct
7
Ironman Mallorca
52:28
4:31:43
2:43:06
8:12:02
77.1822
07:55:4577.18
11 Sep
1
Triathlon Royan
24:24
2:08:57
1:15:21
3:51:13
78.7777
03:44:0578.78
08 Aug
15
Ironman 70.3 Switzerland
25:18
2:12:27
1:18:02
3:59:25
41.3265
03:40:0341.33
04 Jul
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Les Sables D'Olonne
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:41:45-
27 Jun
3
Challenge Walchsee
28:53
1:59:40
1:10:34
3:42:05
70.8079
03:32:4670.81
23 May
5
Ironman Tulsa
50:15
4:17:38
2:43:20
7:55:12
94.9584
07:51:3894.96
18 Apr
1
Ironman 70.3 Florida
29:26
1:59:46
1:13:01
3:47:41
82.2135
03:41:4682.21
11 Apr
6
Ironman 70.3 Texas
27:58
2:03:17
1:11:47
3:46:02
82.3911
03:40:1382.39
12 Mar
15
Challenge Miami
24:12
1:24:09
56:53
2:47:24
68.0022
02:39:4468.00
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
06 Sep
17
Ironman 70.3 Les Sables D'Olonne
26:35
2:08:33
1:20:42
3:59:24
41.4319
03:40:0441.43
07 Feb
1
Ironman 70.3 Dubai
26:01
1:52:34
1:10:51
3:33:44
83.7035
03:28:3883.70
26 Jan
4
Ironman 70.3 South Africa
28:48
2:17:28
1:17:57
4:09:09
69.9385
03:58:2469.94
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
9
Ironman Hawaii
57:03
4:19:47
2:51:08
8:12:27
86.9565
08:03:0086.96
08 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
27:00
2:19:46
1:10:36
4:01:14
87.4232
03:56:4687.42
07 Jul
4
Challenge Roth
56:11
4:17:57
2:47:49
8:04:48
83.9219
07:53:2383.92
19 May
1
Ironman 70.3 Barcelona
27:22
2:21:34
1:12:29
4:05:07
72.3835
03:55:2272.38
04 May
2
Ironman 70.3 St. George
26:32
2:05:46
1:14:53
3:50:58
78.5491
03:43:4678.55
07 Apr
9
Ironman South Africa
28:36
4:37:28
2:46:01
7:56:20
71.8728
07:37:0371.87
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Nov
2
Laguna Phuket Triathlon
26:45
1:10:36
43:36
2:23:28
0
--
13 Oct
2
Ironman Hawaii
54:07
4:12:25
2:45:41
7:56:41
106.166
08:01:08106.17
29 Jul
1
Ironman Hamburg
19:47
4:00:50
2:39:51
7:05:26
96.8248
07:03:2596.82
17 Jun
3
Ironman 70.3 Elsinore
24:57
2:01:19
1:13:08
3:44:38
73.3539
03:36:0073.35
03 Jun
11
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin
30:18
2:03:34
1:17:16
3:56:19
60.3477
03:43:0360.35
20 May
3
Ironman 70.3 Barcelona
26:07
2:22:05
1:14:29
4:06:40
68.537
03:55:3368.54
21 Apr
4
Challenge Gran Canaria
29:36
2:17:50
1:11:38
4:02:32
67.5722
03:51:1767.57
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
29 Oct
2
Challenge Sardinia
27:06
2:16:13
1:15:07
4:01:08
65.9014
03:49:2465.90
14 Oct
12
Ironman Hawaii
56:19
4:32:34
2:52:57
8:26:28
80.1417
08:11:4980.14
09 Jul
1
Challenge Roth
52:55
4:19:02
2:44:10
7:59:07
89.7809
07:51:5389.78
20 May
1
Ironman Lanzarote
50:34
4:48:23
2:48:28
8:34:13
89.7318
08:26:2589.73
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
08 Oct
8
Ironman Hawaii
53:58
4:32:37
2:48:44
8:20:30
87.2165
08:11:0587.22
14 Aug
10
Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden
26:36
2:23:39
1:15:20
4:09:03
55.2985
03:53:2455.30
26 Jun
6
Ironman Austria
56:48
4:28:27
2:46:42
8:16:32
66.0658
07:52:2966.07
07 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Mallorca
26:51
2:19:58
1:14:49
4:06:51
58.3453
03:52:2058.35
29 Jan
3
Ironman 70.3 Dubai
18:55
2:07:04
1:15:06
3:43:58
0
--
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
05 Dec
1
Ironman 70.3 Bahrain
--:--
1:55:14
1:14:00
3:11:15
0
--
10 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:15:44-
30 Aug
4
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
25:38
2:12:07
1:14:55
3:56:28
80.0121
03:49:3580.01
25 May
3
Challenge Rimini
28:08
2:21:53
1:13:54
4:08:09
66.8147
03:56:2366.81
29 Mar
3
Ironman South Africa
52:07
4:44:30
2:55:04
8:35:59
75.0232
08:17:2175.02
27 Feb
4
Challenge Dubai
25:25
2:07:23
1:11:17
3:47:13
90.3259
03:43:5890.33
25 Jan
3
Ironman 70.3 South Africa
26:22
2:20:16
1:20:34
4:11:37
49.7079
03:53:5849.71
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
11 Oct
9
Ironman Hawaii
55:43
4:37:47
2:50:12
8:28:28
77.8741
08:12:0877.87
07 Sep
8
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
24:38
2:06:07
1:13:18
3:48:05
82.1429
03:42:0882.14
10 Aug
1
Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden
24:06
2:22:23
1:15:25
4:05:27
62.1604
03:52:1662.16
29 Jun
1
Ironman Nice
51:58
4:46:10
2:49:58
8:33:22
64.1945
08:07:1264.19
01 Jun
8
Ironman 70.3 Switzerland
24:59
2:11:39
1:12:47
3:52:50
41.3292
03:34:0041.33
10 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Mallorca
24:39
2:14:27
1:10:08
3:53:33
60.3307
03:40:2660.33
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
8
Ironman Hawaii
57:26
4:39:46
2:44:03
8:25:38
76.3351
08:08:1876.34
08 Sep
13
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
27:36
2:14:58
1:14:54
4:01:03
0
--
23 Jun
2
Ironman Nice
51:32
4:38:29
2:37:01
8:12:28
78.3834
07:57:0078.38
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Oct
11
Ironman Hawaii
1:00:15
4:45:11
2:47:10
8:37:31
72.5957
08:17:0572.60
09 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
26:30
2:13:02
1:18:10
4:01:17
0
--
24 Mar
10
Ironman Melbourne
55:25
4:35:46
2:42:44
8:18:17
66.6831
07:54:3466.68
2010
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Nov
19
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
27:21
2:07:32
1:13:36
3:52:05
0
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Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2024
79
46
2023
79
47
2022
80
68
2021
86
23
2020
86
29
2019
96
9
2018
97
8
2017
88
19
2016
85
23
2015
84
23
2014
77
20
2013
71
16
2012
44
68
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2024
40
268
2023
40
271
2022
59
291
2021
51
264
2020
36
392
2019
44
399
2018
53
332
2017
53
358
2016
52
326
2015
60
228
2014
59
181
2013
41
172
2012
29
227
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2024
79
49
2023
79
48
2022
85
48
2021
91
19
2020
89
31
2019
93
27
2018
91
22
2017
83
61
2016
81
58
2015
82
37
2014
73
37
2013
63
45
2012
55
74
Run
Year
Points
Position
2024
80
28
2023
80
28
2022
92
35
2021
89
20
2020
86
23
2019
92
17
2018
96
9
2017
91
15
2016
89
18
2015
86
13
2014
93
2
2013
93
1
2012
89
3
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