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Matt Burton

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94
World Rank
11
National
187
Swim
43
Bike
104
Run
Australia
Weight
79kg
Height
1.85m
Age
36
Born
1988
 
 
 
Biography

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.

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Current PTO World Ranking Points
94
Ironman Western Australia 2023
Bonus +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#94Swim51.26 pts#187Bike81.41 pts#43Run67.31 pts#104

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Rivals
wins / races

Results

60 Races4
1
5
2
7
3

2024

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
16 Jun
1
GoldIronman Cairns50:384:05:542:44:087:45:24
82.82
-
Swim50:38
Bike4:05:54
Run2:44:08

2023

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
03 Dec
2
SilverIronman Western Australia52:073:59:082:44:047:40:28
79.08
78.16
79.08
Swim52:07
Bike3:59:08
Run2:44:04
12 Nov
4
SilverIronman 70.3 Melbourne13:081:59:031:12:563:28:55
66.81
72.18
66.81
Swim13:08
Bike1:59:03
Run1:12:56
20 Aug
15
DiamondPTO Asian Open29:571:59:021:17:323:49:00
64.64
92.02
64.64
Swim29:57
Bike1:59:02
Run1:17:32
18 Jun
7
GoldIronman Cairns51:094:19:313:16:478:33:11
59.48
69.71
59.48
Swim51:09
Bike4:19:31
Run3:16:47
07 May
DNF
SilverIronman Australia51:189:13:45--:----:--
0
67.59
-
Swim51:18
Bike9:13:45
Run--:--
04 Mar
12
SilverIronman New Zealand50:374:20:144:45:1810:01:42
33.83
70.14
33.83
Swim50:37
Bike4:20:14
Run4:45:18
18 Feb
6
BronzeChallenge Wanaka Half25:362:08:291:33:564:11:40
48.62
68.62
48.62
Swim25:36
Bike2:08:29
Run1:33:56
05 Feb
8
SilverIronman 70.3 Tasmania26:082:10:021:25:404:04:33
50.08
68.19
50.08
Swim26:08
Bike2:10:02
Run1:25:40

2022

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
04 Dec
3
SilverIronman Western Australia52:414:05:432:51:257:56:08
71.45
69.33
71.45
Swim52:41
Bike4:05:43
Run2:51:25
08 Oct
DNF
DiamondIronman Hawaii--:----:----:----:--
91.45
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
11 Sep
6
SilverIronman 70.3 Santa Cruz24:252:02:171:20:563:52:29
58.41
65.29
58.41
Swim24:25
Bike2:02:17
Run1:20:56
12 Jun
9
GoldIronman Cairns53:114:33:453:43:169:15:04
44.97
70.27
44.97
Swim53:11
Bike4:33:45
Run3:43:16
07 May
DNF
DiamondIronman St. George World Championships--:----:----:----:--
80.09
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
13 Mar
5
BronzeChallenge Shepparton26:302:02:161:28:123:59:18
48.35
60.08
48.35
Swim26:30
Bike2:02:16
Run1:28:12

2021

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
05 Dec
1
Ironman Western Australia51:314:14:122:50:488:01:22
86.1455
07:51:34
86.15
Swim51:31
Bike4:14:12
Run2:50:48
12 Sep
10
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast24:382:03:161:18:513:49:45
43.1016
03:31:41
43.10
Swim24:38
Bike2:03:16
Run1:18:51
06 Jun
DNF
Ironman Cairns--:----:----:----:--
07:57:01
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--

2020

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
23 Feb
5
Ironman 70.3 Geelong23:282:06:231:15:233:49:13
71.386
03:39:47
71.39
Swim23:28
Bike2:06:23
Run1:15:23
15 Feb
2
Challenge Wanaka Half25:512:13:111:19:004:02:37
70.1928
03:52:14
70.19
Swim25:51
Bike2:13:11
Run1:19:00

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
01 Dec
2
Ironman Western Australia51:464:12:172:46:327:55:40
92.3209
07:50:15
92.32
Swim51:46
Bike4:12:17
Run2:46:32
08 Sep
DNF
Ironman 70.3 World Championship--:----:----:----:--
03:56:46
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
25 Aug
5
Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire27:092:26:301:19:504:18:03
49.2134
03:59:47
49.21
Swim27:09
Bike2:26:30
Run1:19:50
17 Aug
DNF
Ironman Sweden--:----:----:----:--
07:37:06
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
09 Jun
4
Ironman Cairns52:544:32:383:10:018:39:24
50.4505
08:03:28
50.45
Swim52:54
Bike4:32:38
Run3:10:01
04 May
3
Ironman 70.3 Busselton29:552:01:091:19:183:53:08
69.3933
03:42:54
69.39
Swim29:55
Bike2:01:09
Run1:19:18
14 Apr
3
Challenge Melbourne27:142:01:511:13:473:45:58
58.5847
03:32:45
58.58
Swim27:14
Bike2:01:51
Run1:13:47
02 Mar
4
Ironman New Zealand52:534:25:232:49:348:12:35
84.182
08:01:10
84.18
Swim52:53
Bike4:25:23
Run2:49:34
16 Feb
3
Challenge Wanaka Half--:----:----:--4:04:22
66.8266
03:52:47
66.83
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
02 Dec
3
Ironman Western Australia52:164:16:202:53:408:07:18
73.5438
07:48:42
73.54
Swim52:16
Bike4:16:20
Run2:53:40
21 Oct
3
Challenge Kanchanaburi28:421:24:271:27:363:22:32
2.17357
02:56:37
2.17
Swim28:42
Bike1:24:27
Run1:27:36
16 Sep
1
Challenge Iskander Puteri--:----:----:--3:42:46
82.9139
03:37:12
82.91
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
19 Aug
3
Ironman 70.3 Indonesia--:----:----:--4:06:16
40.9121
03:46:13
40.91
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
05 Aug
13
Ironman 70.3 Philippines29:122:13:121:24:534:11:48
21.0896
03:45:09
21.09
Swim29:12
Bike2:13:12
Run1:24:53

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
30 Sep
DNF
Ironman Barcelona--:----:----:----:--
07:45:40
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
20 Aug
12
Ironman 70.3 Dublin27:202:16:121:26:024:12:58
9.50813
03:42:44
9.51
Swim27:20
Bike2:16:12
Run1:26:02
02 Jul
7
Ironman Austria55:334:37:133:00:118:39:08
39.6401
07:56:02
39.64
Swim55:33
Bike4:37:13
Run3:00:11
09 Apr
4
Challenge Melbourne29:322:03:001:19:303:55:48
50.0582
03:39:22
50.06
Swim29:32
Bike2:03:00
Run1:19:30
19 Feb
10
Ironman 70.3 Geelong26:162:08:491:20:253:59:24
55.2782
03:44:21
55.28
Swim26:16
Bike2:08:49
Run1:20:25

2016

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
04 Dec
DNF
Ironman Western Australia--:----:----:----:--
07:49:59
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
27 Nov
4
Ironman 70.3 Thailand24:232:11:431:26:244:06:34
33.2738
03:44:08
33.27
Swim24:23
Bike2:11:43
Run1:26:24
13 Nov
2
Challenge Shepparton27:062:04:111:21:013:55:04
56.2808
03:40:36
56.28
Swim27:06
Bike2:04:11
Run1:21:01
23 Oct
6
Challenge Kanchanaburi28:422:26:561:28:344:27:12
24.2898
03:59:57
24.29
Swim28:42
Bike2:26:56
Run1:28:34
28 Aug
2
Ironman 70.3 Indonesia26:192:05:161:25:504:00:24
55.1609
03:45:15
55.16
Swim26:19
Bike2:05:16
Run1:25:50
12 Jun
DNF
Ironman Cairns--:----:----:----:--
08:07:28
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
01 May
12
Ironman 70.3 Busselton26:022:00:341:20:093:49:42
41.6035
03:31:12
41.60
Swim26:02
Bike2:00:34
Run1:20:09
03 Apr
7
Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya29:362:04:261:27:234:05:19
37.9672
03:44:26
37.97
Swim29:36
Bike2:04:26
Run1:27:23

2015

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
18 Oct
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie--:----:----:----:--
03:43:18
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
23 Aug
6
Ironman 70.3 Indonesia27:022:14:091:29:464:14:07
14.5641
03:45:15
14.56
Swim27:02
Bike2:14:09
Run1:29:46
03 May
DNF
Ironman Australia--:----:----:----:--
08:05:42
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
22 Feb
12
Challenge Wanaka53:024:50:323:58:549:47:23
0
08:14:10
-
Swim53:02
Bike4:50:32
Run3:58:54

2014

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
09 Nov
9
Ironman 70.3 Mandurah22:322:04:431:24:353:54:20
19.1919
03:29:00
19.19
Swim22:32
Bike2:04:43
Run1:24:35
03 Aug
4
Ironman 70.3 Philippines27:472:20:041:30:434:22:19
2.39639
03:48:49
2.40
Swim27:47
Bike2:20:04
Run1:30:43
08 Jun
4
Ironman Cairns55:184:36:132:59:418:35:19
52.7092
08:01:11
52.71
Swim55:18
Bike4:36:13
Run2:59:41
03 May
10
Ironman 70.3 Busselton25:492:07:161:24:053:59:42
4.5045
03:29:40
4.50
Swim25:49
Bike2:07:16
Run1:24:05
19 Apr
DNF
Challenge Taiwan--:----:----:----:--
07:46:19
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
22 Feb
1
Challenge Philippines28:212:34:281:22:284:26:53
36.4298
04:03:39
36.43
Swim28:21
Bike2:34:28
Run1:22:28

2013

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
08 Dec
6
Ironman Western Australia54:164:25:253:01:578:25:42
48.2918
07:49:18
48.29
Swim54:16
Bike4:25:25
Run3:01:57
10 Nov
9
Ironman 70.3 Mandurah24:292:06:401:24:213:58:21
9.5794
03:29:53
9.58
Swim24:29
Bike2:06:40
Run1:24:21
24 Mar
16
Ironman Melbourne23:404:44:162:57:078:09:25
0
-
-
Swim23:40
Bike4:44:16
Run2:57:07

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2024
71
94
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
Pos
2024
51
187
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
Pos
2024
81
43
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
Pos
2024
67
104
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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