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Kyle Buckingham

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South Africa
Weight
73kg
Height
1.79m
Age
40
Born
1983
Swim
Zone 3
Bike
Dimond
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On
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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.

Ranking History
#42#173#304#435#5662014201520162017201820192020202120222023*2014Overall63.66 pts#62Swim70.11 pts#140Bike70.60 pts#54Run61.51 pts#1072015Overall68.45 pts#76Swim78.44 pts#133Bike78.75 pts#55Run66.78 pts#972016Overall62.25 pts#117Swim79.32 pts#143Bike75.89 pts#89Run64.38 pts#1322017Overall71.90 pts#80Swim77.03 pts#161Bike77.91 pts#95Run80.53 pts#472018Overall80.03 pts#59Swim79.28 pts#142Bike83.49 pts#58Run80.53 pts#542019Overall77.12 pts#71Swim85.98 pts#77Bike81.46 pts#61Run75.10 pts#842020Overall71.05 pts#79Swim85.98 pts#59Bike78.29 pts#61Run62.31 pts#1312021Overall65.87 pts#98Swim86.16 pts#66Bike67.85 pts#130Run73.74 pts#982022Overall80.74 pts#66Swim84.89 pts#118Bike81.38 pts#83Run83.66 pts#842023Overall21.05 pts#537Swim20.94 pts#531Bike21.34 pts#532Run18.21 pts#563

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results

50 Races4
1
4
2
4
3

2022

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
20 Nov
DNF
SilverIronman Arizona--:----:----:----:--
83.67
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
08 Oct
29
DiamondIronman Hawaii51:444:25:573:02:518:25:34
63.16
91.45
63.16
Swim51:44
Bike4:25:57
Run3:02:51
18 Sep
25
DiamondPTO US Open27:511:54:441:05:513:30:37
68.37
87.17
68.37
Swim27:51
Bike1:54:44
Run1:05:51
24 Jul
23
DiamondPTO Canadian Open27:571:47:581:05:173:23:10
69.59
84.87
69.59
Swim27:57
Bike1:47:58
Run1:05:17
10 Jul
3
SilverIronman 70.3 Oregon16:222:06:521:13:533:42:08
67.36
63.46
67.36
Swim16:22
Bike2:06:52
Run1:13:53
03 Apr
1
GoldIronman South Africa8:074:22:512:41:347:16:30
82.6
70.85
82.60
Swim8:07
Bike4:22:51
Run2:41:34

2021

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
21 Nov
4
Ironman South Africa22:424:25:382:47:327:39:29
76.4149
07:23:47
76.41
Swim22:42
Bike4:25:38
Run2:47:32
05 Sep
6
Ironman Switzerland38:074:23:402:51:347:57:17
69.1644
07:36:11
69.16
Swim38:07
Bike4:23:40
Run2:51:34
15 Aug
17
Ironman Frankfurt50:044:44:232:55:268:35:33
52.0394
08:00:57
52.04
Swim50:04
Bike4:44:23
Run2:55:26
02 May
3
Sun City Ultra25:052:05:361:32:404:05:20
22.1042
03:39:40
22.10
Swim25:05
Bike2:05:36
Run1:32:40

2020

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
15 Nov
3
People's Triathlon25:242:08:411:13:243:48:47
69.4753
03:38:46
69.48
Swim25:24
Bike2:08:41
Run1:13:24
26 Jan
5
Ironman 70.3 South Africa25:522:17:001:22:464:10:16
66.8158
03:58:24
66.82
Swim25:52
Bike2:17:00
Run1:22:46

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
10 Nov
4
Challenge Capetown--:----:----:--3:52:12
68.4258
03:41:42
68.43
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
06 Oct
31
Ironman Barcelona46:524:19:293:49:118:59:58
0
07:39:21
-
Swim46:52
Bike4:19:29
Run3:49:11
21 Sep
6
Ironman Italy47:064:26:043:02:188:21:48
47.008
07:44:51
47.01
Swim47:06
Bike4:26:04
Run3:02:18
27 Apr
6
Ironman Texas53:304:20:532:51:538:11:21
75.2574
07:53:46
75.26
Swim53:30
Bike4:20:53
Run2:51:53
07 Apr
DNF
Ironman South Africa--:----:----:----:--
07:37:03
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
13 Oct
23
Ironman Hawaii50:444:20:173:10:148:26:01
65.5212
08:01:08
65.52
Swim50:44
Bike4:20:17
Run3:10:14
09 Sep
4
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz23:382:08:171:17:053:53:38
59.7579
03:40:20
59.76
Swim23:38
Bike2:08:17
Run1:17:05
10 Jun
6
Ironman Cairns48:524:22:472:57:318:12:38
71.6177
07:52:31
71.62
Swim48:52
Bike4:22:47
Run2:57:31
15 Apr
1
Ironman South Africa48:224:31:512:48:428:13:00
84.479
08:01:47
84.48
Swim48:22
Bike4:31:51
Run2:48:42
25 Mar
6
Ironman 70.3 Davao24:492:03:371:30:204:01:43
44.8012
03:43:14
44.80
Swim24:49
Bike2:03:37
Run1:30:20

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
14 Oct
26
Ironman Hawaii53:094:50:122:56:158:44:09
56.1716
08:11:49
56.17
Swim53:09
Bike4:50:12
Run2:56:15
10 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz10:372:06:331:19:193:40:37
66.0183
03:29:55
66.02
Swim10:37
Bike2:06:33
Run1:19:19
13 Aug
5
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead27:292:06:381:16:073:54:17
62.4258
03:41:47
62.43
Swim27:29
Bike2:06:38
Run1:16:07
28 May
2
Ironman Brasil47:124:28:482:45:188:05:43
65.701
07:41:57
65.70
Swim47:12
Bike4:28:48
Run2:45:18
06 May
DNF
Ironman 70.3 St. George--:----:----:----:--
03:46:15
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
02 Apr
4
Ironman South Africa49:154:28:382:47:098:08:58
83.9907
07:57:30
83.99
Swim49:15
Bike4:28:38
Run2:47:09
12 Mar
9
Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay24:202:06:171:25:263:59:46
57.8745
03:45:31
57.87
Swim24:20
Bike2:06:17
Run1:25:26
29 Jan
3
Ironman 70.3 South Africa26:342:23:201:19:554:14:30
48.1461
03:56:08
48.15
Swim26:34
Bike2:23:20
Run1:19:55

2016

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
08 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii--:----:----:----:--
08:11:05
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
30 Jul
1
Ironman Vineman52:464:30:393:00:138:27:58
58.9704
07:58:31
58.97
Swim52:46
Bike4:30:39
Run3:00:13
05 Jun
5
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh26:442:07:561:23:334:01:20
50.0656
03:44:31
50.07
Swim26:44
Bike2:07:56
Run1:23:33
22 May
9
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga23:082:11:131:22:034:00:28
44.978
03:42:08
44.98
Swim23:08
Bike2:11:13
Run1:22:03
10 Apr
11
Ironman South Africa51:204:31:393:07:208:34:48
54.3872
08:01:50
54.39
Swim51:20
Bike4:31:39
Run3:07:20
24 Jan
2
Ironman 70.3 South Africa25:182:14:451:24:234:09:11
37.4741
03:47:49
37.47
Swim25:18
Bike2:14:45
Run1:24:23

2015

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
10 Oct
30
Ironman Hawaii56:404:47:523:36:279:26:16
5.14614
08:15:44
5.15
Swim56:40
Bike4:47:52
Run3:36:27
26 Jul
2
Ironman Canada48:404:56:183:01:248:50:30
61.9408
08:21:51
61.94
Swim48:40
Bike4:56:18
Run3:01:24
31 May
7
Ironman Brasil48:294:26:052:50:308:09:33
65.8328
07:45:41
65.83
Swim48:29
Bike4:26:05
Run2:50:30
02 May
11
Ironman 70.3 St. George25:592:12:481:19:364:01:24
54.8347
03:46:05
54.83
Swim25:59
Bike2:12:48
Run1:19:36
29 Mar
11
Ironman South Africa49:344:46:393:08:048:48:43
57.9549
08:17:21
57.95
Swim49:34
Bike4:46:39
Run3:08:04
27 Feb
27
Challenge Dubai23:482:08:041:24:373:59:42
53.1676
03:43:58
53.17
Swim23:48
Bike2:08:04
Run1:24:37
25 Jan
6
Ironman 70.3 South Africa24:382:23:481:23:224:16:05
36.9806
03:53:58
36.98
Swim24:38
Bike2:23:48
Run1:23:22

2014

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
16 Nov
DNF
Ironman Arizona--:----:----:----:--
07:56:32
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
11 Oct
24
Ironman Hawaii54:334:44:383:06:018:50:28
48.0719
08:12:08
48.07
Swim54:33
Bike4:44:38
Run3:06:01
27 Jul
1
Ironman Lake Placid52:044:43:472:57:498:38:43
61.5772
08:10:27
61.58
Swim52:04
Bike4:43:47
Run2:57:49
08 Jun
6
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman27:242:08:461:16:303:54:41
51.8225
03:38:52
51.82
Swim27:24
Bike2:08:46
Run1:16:30
01 Jun
17
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh24:442:36:561:21:014:26:04
0
03:41:27
-
Swim24:44
Bike2:36:56
Run1:21:01
06 Apr
2
Ironman South Africa49:534:41:032:57:338:32:39
77.5747
08:15:58
77.57
Swim49:53
Bike4:41:03
Run2:57:33
26 Jan
9
Ironman 70.3 South Africa24:392:23:591:20:584:13:42
27.5014
03:48:49
27.50
Swim24:39
Bike2:23:59
Run1:20:58

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2023
21
537
2022
80
66
2021
65
98
2020
71
79
2019
77
71
2018
80
59
2017
71
80
2016
62
117
2015
68
76
2014
63
62

Swim

Year
Points
Pos
2023
20
531
2022
84
118
2021
86
66
2020
85
59
2019
85
77
2018
79
142
2017
77
161
2016
79
143
2015
78
133
2014
70
140

Bike

Year
Points
Pos
2023
21
532
2022
81
83
2021
67
130
2020
78
61
2019
81
61
2018
83
58
2017
77
95
2016
75
89
2015
78
55
2014
70
54

Run

Year
Points
Pos
2023
18
563
2022
83
84
2021
73
98
2020
62
131
2019
75
84
2018
80
54
2017
80
47
2016
64
132
2015
66
97
2014
61
107
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