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Matt Burton

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87
World Rank
10
National
181
Swim
41
Bike
99
Run
Australia
Weight
79kg
Height
1.85m
Age
36
DOB
20 Jan 1988
 
 
 
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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
87
Ironman Western Australia 2023
Best FD +5%
83.03
Ironman 70.3 Melbourne 2023
66.81
PTO Asian Open 2023
64.64
Sum / 3
71.49
Ranking History
#12#123#234#34520132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242013Overall19.29 pts#166Swim21.15 pts#314Bike48.93 pts#119Run27.91 pts#2072014Overall45.81 pts#131Swim37.30 pts#327Bike64.22 pts#85Run45.16 pts#1992015Overall36.11 pts#223Swim40.30 pts#372Bike59.78 pts#175Run35.65 pts#3122016Overall51.02 pts#174Swim45.81 pts#379Bike82.06 pts#53Run27.66 pts#4432017Overall55.57 pts#179Swim44.12 pts#451Bike85.93 pts#43Run38.74 pts#3712018Overall70.58 pts#98Swim46.41 pts#403Bike86.89 pts#40Run54.28 pts#2272019Overall86.47 pts#33Swim55.73 pts#313Bike88.57 pts#37Run82.09 pts#482020Overall82.63 pts#42Swim51.06 pts#271Bike88.61 pts#33Run82.09 pts#332021Overall43.08 pts#197Swim54.29 pts#252Bike67.57 pts#135Run67.97 pts#1372022Overall63.42 pts#133Swim52.48 pts#325Bike95.17 pts#17Run64.61 pts#2072023Overall71.49 pts#87Swim53.79 pts#180Bike82.47 pts#34Run67.31 pts#992024Overall71.49 pts#87Swim53.79 pts#181Bike81.41 pts#41Run67.31 pts#99

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results
59 Races3
1
5
2
7
3
2023
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
03 Dec
2
Ironman Western Australia
52:07
3:59:08
2:44:04
7:40:28
79.08
78.1679.08
12 Nov
4
Ironman 70.3 Melbourne
13:08
1:59:03
1:12:56
3:28:55
66.81
72.1866.81
20 Aug
15
PTO Asian Open
29:57
1:59:02
1:17:32
3:49:00
64.64
92.0264.64
18 Jun
7
Ironman Cairns
51:09
4:19:31
3:16:47
8:33:11
59.48
69.7159.48
07 May
DNF
Ironman Australia
51:18
9:13:45
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0
67.59-
04 Mar
12
Ironman New Zealand
50:37
4:20:14
4:45:18
10:01:42
33.83
70.1433.83
18 Feb
6
Challenge Wanaka Half
25:36
2:08:29
1:33:56
4:11:40
48.62
68.6248.62
05 Feb
8
Ironman 70.3 Tasmania
26:08
2:10:02
1:25:40
4:04:33
50.08
68.1950.08
2022
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
04 Dec
3
Ironman Western Australia
52:41
4:05:43
2:51:25
7:56:08
71.45
69.3371.45
08 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii
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91.45-
11 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz
24:25
2:02:17
1:20:56
3:52:29
58.41
65.2958.41
12 Jun
9
Ironman Cairns
53:11
4:33:45
3:43:16
9:15:04
44.97
70.2744.97
07 May
DNF
Ironman St. George World Championships
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--:--
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80.09-
13 Mar
5
Challenge Shepparton
26:30
2:02:16
1:28:12
3:59:18
48.35
60.0848.35
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
05 Dec
1
Ironman Western Australia
51:31
4:14:12
2:50:48
8:01:22
86.1455
07:51:3486.15
12 Sep
10
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
24:38
2:03:16
1:18:51
3:49:45
43.1016
03:31:4143.10
06 Jun
DNF
Ironman Cairns
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--:--
--:--
--:--
07:57:01-
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
23 Feb
5
Ironman 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
01 Dec
2
Ironman Western Australia
51:46
4:12:17
2:46:32
7:55:40
92.3209
07:50:1592.32
08 Sep
DNF
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
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--:--
--:--
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03:56:46-
25 Aug
5
Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire
27:09
2:26:30
1:19:50
4:18:03
49.2134
03:59:4749.21
17 Aug
DNF
Ironman Sweden
--:--
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--:--
--:--
07:37:06-
09 Jun
4
Ironman Cairns
52:54
4:32:38
3:10:01
8:39:24
50.4505
08:03:2850.45
04 May
3
Ironman 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
02 Mar
4
Ironman 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
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:04:22
66.8266
03:52:4766.83
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
02 Dec
3
Ironman 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
Ironman 70.3 Indonesia
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:06:16
40.9121
03:46:1340.91
05 Aug
13
Ironman 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
Ironman Barcelona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:45:40-
20 Aug
12
Ironman 70.3 Dublin
27:20
2:16:12
1:26:02
4:12:58
9.50813
03:42:449.51
02 Jul
7
Ironman Austria
55:33
4:37:13
3:00:11
8:39:08
39.6401
07:56:0239.64
09 Apr
4
Challenge Melbourne
29:32
2:03:00
1:19:30
3:55:48
50.0582
03:39:2250.06
19 Feb
10
Ironman 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
04 Dec
DNF
Ironman Western Australia
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:49:59-
27 Nov
4
Ironman 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
Ironman 70.3 Indonesia
26:19
2:05:16
1:25:50
4:00:24
55.1609
03:45:1555.16
12 Jun
DNF
Ironman Cairns
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--:--
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08:07:28-
01 May
12
Ironman 70.3 Busselton
26:02
2:00:34
1:20:09
3:49:42
41.6035
03:31:1241.60
03 Apr
7
Ironman 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
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie
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--:--
--:--
03:43:18-
23 Aug
6
Ironman 70.3 Indonesia
27:02
2:14:09
1:29:46
4:14:07
14.5641
03:45:1514.56
03 May
DNF
Ironman 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
09 Nov
9
Ironman 70.3 Mandurah
22:32
2:04:43
1:24:35
3:54:20
19.1919
03:29:0019.19
03 Aug
4
Ironman 70.3 Philippines
27:47
2:20:04
1:30:43
4:22:19
2.39639
03:48:492.40
08 Jun
4
Ironman Cairns
55:18
4:36:13
2:59:41
8:35:19
52.7092
08:01:1152.71
03 May
10
Ironman 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
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--:--
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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
08 Dec
6
Ironman Western Australia
54:16
4:25:25
3:01:57
8:25:42
48.2918
07:49:1848.29
10 Nov
9
Ironman 70.3 Mandurah
24:29
2:06:40
1:24:21
3:58:21
9.5794
03:29:539.58
24 Mar
16
Ironman Melbourne
23:40
4:44:16
2:57:07
8:09:25
0
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Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2024
71
87
2023
71
87
2022
63
133
2021
43
197
2020
82
42
2019
86
33
2018
70
98
2017
55
179
2016
51
174
2015
36
223
2014
45
131
2013
19
166
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2024
53
181
2023
53
180
2022
52
325
2021
54
252
2020
51
271
2019
55
313
2018
46
403
2017
44
451
2016
45
379
2015
40
372
2014
37
327
2013
21
314
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2024
81
41
2023
82
34
2022
95
17
2021
67
135
2020
88
33
2019
88
37
2018
86
40
2017
85
43
2016
82
53
2015
59
175
2014
64
85
2013
48
119
Run
Year
Points
Position
2024
67
99
2023
67
99
2022
64
207
2021
67
137
2020
82
33
2019
82
48
2018
54
227
2017
38
371
2016
27
443
2015
35
312
2014
45
199
2013
27
207
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