Matt Burton
Country
World Rank
36
Weight
79kg
Height
1.85m
Age
33
DOB
01/20/88
76%Swim93%Bike89%Run89%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
36
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
83.35
Average
83.35
Ranking History
#21#129#237#345#4532013201420152016201720182019202020212013Overall57.8712 pts#166Swim42.2937 pts#314Bike97.8675 pts#119Run55.8214 pts#2072014Overall137.431 pts#131Swim74.6074 pts#327Bike128.435 pts#85Run90.3277 pts#1992015Overall108.331 pts#223Swim80.5937 pts#372Bike119.569 pts#175Run71.3005 pts#3122016Overall153.045 pts#174Swim91.621 pts#379Bike164.125 pts#53Run55.3133 pts#4432017Overall166.72 pts#179Swim88.2393 pts#451Bike171.856 pts#43Run77.4848 pts#3712018Overall211.736 pts#98Swim92.8263 pts#403Bike173.785 pts#40Run108.558 pts#2272019Overall259.417 pts#33Swim111.451 pts#313Bike177.148 pts#37Run164.184 pts#482020Overall247.889 pts#42Swim102.121 pts#272Bike177.212 pts#33Run164.184 pts#332021Overall83.3489 pts#36Swim55.7253 pts#244Bike88.6058 pts#26Run82.0921 pts#33
Rivals
wins / races
Results
42 Races2
1
4
2
6
3
2020
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
23 Feb
5
IM 70.3 Geelong23:282:06:231:15:233:49:13
71.386
03:39:4771.39
15 Feb
2
Challenge Wanaka Half25:512:13:111:19:004:02:37
70.1928
03:52:1470.19
2019
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
1 Dec
2
IM Western Australia51:464:12:172:46:327:55:40
92.3209
07:50:1592.32
8 Sep
DNF
IM 70.3 World Championship--:----:----:----:--
03:56:46-
25 Aug
5
IM 70.3 Dun Laoghaire27:092:26:301:19:504:18:03
49.2134
03:59:4749.21
17 Aug
DNF
IM Sweden--:----:----:----:--
07:37:06-
9 Jun
4
IM Cairns52:544:32:383:10:018:39:24
50.4505
08:03:2850.45
4 May
3
IM 70.3 Busselton29:552:01:091:19:183:53:08
69.3933
03:42:5469.39
14 Apr
3
Challenge Melbourne27:142:01:511:13:473:45:58
58.5847
03:32:4558.58
2 Mar
4
IM New Zealand52:534:25:232:49:348:12:35
84.182
08:01:1084.18
16 Feb
3
Challenge Wanaka Half--:----:----:--4:04:22
66.8266
03:52:4766.83
2018
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
2 Dec
3
IM Western Australia52:164:16:202:53:408:07:18
73.5438
07:48:4273.54
21 Oct
3
Challenge Kanchanaburi28:421:24:271:27:363:22:32
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 Philippines29:122:13:121:24:534:11:48
21.0896
03:45:0921.09
2017
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
30 Sep
DNF
IM Barcelona--:----:----:----:--
07:45:40-
20 Aug
12
IM 70.3 Dublin27:202:16:121:26:024:12:58
9.50813
03:42:449.51
2 Jul
7
IM Austria55:334:37:133:00:118:39:08
39.6401
07:56:0239.64
9 Apr
4
Challenge Melbourne29:322:03:001:19:303:55:48
50.0582
03:39:2250.06
19 Feb
10
IM 70.3 Geelong26:162:08:491:20:253:59:24
55.2782
03:44:2155.28
2016
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
4 Dec
DNF
IM Western Australia--:----:----:----:--
07:49:59-
27 Nov
4
IM 70.3 Thailand24:232:11:431:26:244:06:34
33.2738
03:44:0833.27
13 Nov
2
Challenge Shepparton27:062:04:111:21:013:55:04
56.2808
03:40:3656.28
23 Oct
6
Challenge Kanchanaburi28:422:26:561:28:344:27:12
24.2898
03:59:5724.29
28 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Indonesia26:192:05:161:25:504:00:24
55.1609
03:45:1555.16
12 Jun
DNF
IM Cairns--:----:----:----:--
08:07:28-
1 May
12
IM 70.3 Busselton26:022:00:341:20:093:49:42
41.6035
03:31:1241.60
3 Apr
7
IM 70.3 Putrajaya29:362:04:261:27:234:05:19
37.9672
03:44:2637.97
2015
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
18 Oct
DNF
IM 70.3 Port Macquarie--:----:----:----:--
03:43:18-
23 Aug
6
IM 70.3 Indonesia27:022:14:091:29:464:14:07
14.5641
03:45:1514.56
3 May
DNF
IM Australia--:----:----:----:--
08:05:42-
22 Feb
12
Challenge Wanaka53:024:50:323:58:549:47:23
0
08:14:10-
2014
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
9 Nov
9
IM 70.3 Mandurah22:322:04:431:24:353:54:20
19.1919
03:29:0019.19
3 Aug
4
IM 70.3 Philippines27:472:20:041:30:434:22:19
2.39639
03:48:492.40
8 Jun
4
IM Cairns55:184:36:132:59:418:35:19
52.7092
08:01:1152.71
3 May
10
IM 70.3 Busselton25:492:07:161:24:053:59:42
4.5045
03:29:404.50
19 Apr
DNF
Challenge Taiwan--:----:----:----:--
07:46:19-
22 Feb
1
Challenge Philippines28:212:34:281:22:284:26:53
36.4298
04:03:3936.43
2013
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
8 Dec
6
IM Western Australia54:164:25:253:01:578:25:42
48.2918
07:49:1848.29
10 Nov
9
IM 70.3 Mandurah24:292:06:401:24:213:58:21
9.5794
03:29:539.58
24 Mar
16
IM Melbourne23:404:44:162:57:078:09:25
0
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Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
83
36
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
55
244
2020
102
272
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
88
26
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
82
33
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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