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Matthew Russell

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222
World Rank
29
National
345
Swim
197
Bike
211
Run
United States
Weight
76kg
Height
1.80m
Age
41
Born
1983
Swim
Blueseventy
Bike
A2
Run
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Matt Russell

As sporting comebacks go, Matt Russell's return to Kona just a year after he suffered a near-fatal bike accident at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship is up there with the most remarkable.

Deep into the bike leg, Russell was focused on putting down the power, and not the minivan which was unexpectedly crossing the course.

With only a split second to react, he slammed into the side of the vehicle and suffered shocking injuries, including a severed muscle in his neck and the jugular vein on his right side.

Those on the scene weren't sure whether he would survive, let alone race again. But Russell had already shown his incredible powers of recovery.

While two or three IRONMAN races is the norm for most pro athletes each year, he would get close to double figures on a regular basis. Seemingly without any injury or fatigue issues.

Inspired by his Christian faith and beliefs, Matt set about his "second chance in life" from his hospital bed and just six months later he was lining up at IRONMAN Texas. And leading on the bike.

Russell was reduced to a walk deep into the run as his injuries took their toll, but he made it to the finish in 14th place.

The emotion of the moment was heightened when he performed a 'Blazeman Roll' on the line, first done in 2005 by Jon Blais, when he competed at Kona while battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Russell's mother had been diagnosed with ALS when he was eight and passed away when he was 13. He has always proudly worn the ALS logo on his racing kit throughout his career.

His recovery continued apace and included a third place at IRONMAN Canada, and he then accepted a wild card for Kona.

Just making it back to Hawaii was an incredible achievement in itself, but Russell posted his best Kona finish yet with sixth place. His CV is full of race wins and records, but none of them can surpass what he did in those 12 months.

Since then Matt has also claimed a fitting victory at IRONMAN Lake Placid in 2019, a race where he used to volunteer when he lived nearby. That year also saw him notch full-distance top-10 finishes in successive weeks at IRONMAN Frankfurt and Challenge Roth.

The former qualified him for Kona, and though a mechanical on the bike ruined his chances, it was no surprise at all to see him keep going all the way to the line.

Given everything he has been through it is no surprise that Matt is most proud of “not giving up” and now most driven by “having a second chance in life”.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
222
Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2023
Best FD +5%
61.94
Ironman Lake Placid 2023
48.65
Ironman 70.3 St. George 2023
44.94
Sum / 3
51.84
Ranking History
#8#112#216#320#42420132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242013Overall51.13 pts#59Swim5.94 pts#422Bike64.24 pts#39Run76.83 pts#192014Overall59.36 pts#79Swim28.23 pts#396Bike68.87 pts#60Run70.82 pts#542015Overall70.41 pts#65Swim37.48 pts#398Bike76.97 pts#62Run81.12 pts#292016Overall84.03 pts#28Swim50.91 pts#335Bike83.30 pts#46Run88.28 pts#242017Overall82.89 pts#42Swim50.91 pts#385Bike85.44 pts#47Run84.55 pts#322018Overall83.70 pts#40Swim48.41 pts#382Bike91.36 pts#24Run81.76 pts#452019Overall88.10 pts#28Swim56.41 pts#305Bike97.51 pts#16Run81.76 pts#502020Overall80.57 pts#45Swim61.79 pts#206Bike97.51 pts#13Run76.50 pts#552021Overall63.23 pts#113Swim35.08 pts#383Bike80.82 pts#58Run63.53 pts#1672022Overall70.14 pts#107Swim50.64 pts#332Bike83.35 pts#67Run70.56 pts#1682023Overall51.84 pts#224Swim32.62 pts#360Bike55.96 pts#202Run49.39 pts#2152024Overall51.84 pts#222Swim32.62 pts#345Bike55.96 pts#197Run49.39 pts#211

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Rivals
wins / races
Results
94 Races4
1
7
2
9
3
2023
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
23 Jul
12
Ironman Lake Placid
58:29
4:43:42
2:54:36
8:42:26
48.65
79.1348.65
25 Jun
6
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
55:45
4:33:34
3:00:12
8:34:00
58.99
74.658.99
06 May
24
Ironman 70.3 St. George
27:39
2:11:44
1:25:14
4:08:17
44.94
84.1944.94
2022
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
21 Aug
6
Ironman Mont Tremblant
57:14
4:25:37
2:55:22
8:22:37
61.75
69.9561.75
24 Jul
5
Ironman Lake Placid
57:10
4:27:50
2:57:38
8:28:53
62.05
66.7662.05
12 Jun
5
Ironman Des Moines
54:53
4:21:35
2:56:56
8:22:05
66.95
70.1966.95
07 May
DNF
Ironman St. George World Championships
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--:--
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80.09-
23 Apr
9
Ironman Texas
57:56
4:19:32
2:58:51
8:21:58
53.99
69.8553.99
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Oct
17
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
28:20
2:16:52
1:18:20
4:09:20
22.1658
03:43:1622.17
25 Jul
6
Ironman Lake Placid
54:10
4:36:11
3:05:41
8:42:49
55.424
08:10:0355.42
27 Jun
5
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
59:11
4:26:44
2:54:45
8:24:53
69.0008
08:02:2769.00
23 May
15
Ironman Tulsa
53:36
4:25:13
2:53:19
8:16:12
65.2743
07:51:3865.27
01 May
33
Ironman 70.3 St. George
25:26
2:12:52
1:22:51
4:05:56
33.959
03:43:4633.96
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
06 Dec
37
Challenge Daytona
29:47
1:41:57
1:07:21
3:21:50
39.7977
03:05:0739.80
07 Nov
6
Ironman Florida
54:39
4:04:25
3:00:44
8:07:35
74.298
07:49:2974.30
24 Oct
7
The Great Floridian
19:46
1:34:03
48:39
2:46:03
15.5641
02:27:2315.56
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
17
Ironman Hawaii
52:23
4:17:25
3:07:22
8:22:18
73.3609
08:03:0073.36
29 Sep
2
Ironman Chattanooga
47:49
4:33:12
3:06:05
8:31:49
64.9472
08:06:1564.95
28 Jul
1
Ironman Lake Placid
56:42
4:27:27
2:58:56
8:27:57
94.0634
08:23:2894.06
07 Jul
9
Challenge Roth
57:23
4:25:35
2:52:06
8:18:11
65.0741
07:53:2365.07
30 Jun
6
Ironman Frankfurt
54:28
4:30:07
2:56:45
8:26:32
72.6428
08:06:3472.64
19 May
5
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
25:21
2:05:10
1:21:20
3:56:23
56.9134
03:42:0256.91
11 May
4
Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast
31:19
2:01:38
1:23:13
3:58:54
52.7865
03:43:0652.79
27 Apr
12
Ironman Texas
59:17
4:22:35
2:58:05
8:25:28
55.393
07:53:4655.39
07 Apr
3
Ironman 70.3 Texas
29:15
2:00:34
1:16:37
3:48:44
47.04
03:31:5447.04
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
09 Dec
5
Challenge Daytona
23:29
1:20:04
47:45
2:33:26
0
02:11:30-
18 Nov
DNF
Ironman Cozumel
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:52:22-
13 Oct
6
Ironman Hawaii
54:02
4:12:58
2:52:56
8:04:45
94.9887
08:01:0894.99
30 Sep
2
Ironman Chattanooga
--:--
4:23:41
2:55:43
7:21:55
65.8513
07:00:2365.85
19 Aug
3
Ironman Mont Tremblant
57:58
4:30:37
2:52:24
8:25:14
75.2529
08:07:0975.25
29 Jul
3
Ironman Canada
57:50
4:46:24
2:56:58
8:45:33
68.8178
08:22:0468.82
24 Jun
5
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant
26:50
2:08:13
1:15:49
3:54:30
60.2882
03:41:1960.29
20 May
7
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
22:18
2:06:09
1:19:03
3:51:41
57.1786
03:37:4257.18
28 Apr
14
Ironman Texas
54:07
4:05:56
3:02:38
8:07:42
56.0445
07:37:3256.04
08 Apr
7
Ironman 70.3 Texas
26:07
2:05:56
1:14:15
3:49:33
64.7862
03:38:0264.79
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
14 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:11:49-
24 Sep
4
Ironman 70.3 Augusta
22:11
2:04:13
1:18:44
3:47:29
59.263
03:34:2359.26
10 Sep
DNF
Ironman Wisconsin
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:04:51-
13 Aug
9
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead
28:45
2:07:54
1:19:34
4:00:21
44.1898
03:41:4744.19
11 Jun
3
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman
28:26
2:06:30
1:19:35
3:58:51
54.7972
03:43:4154.80
04 Jun
6
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh
28:30
2:05:27
1:26:00
4:02:45
44.0351
03:43:5744.04
21 May
1
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
25:32
2:11:00
1:16:56
3:57:35
50.8925
03:41:1750.89
22 Apr
6
Ironman Texas
54:49
4:13:43
2:47:57
8:01:35
80.8703
07:48:0980.87
02 Apr
5
Ironman 70.3 Texas
26:53
2:01:16
1:18:45
3:49:27
72.5205
03:40:2272.52
19 Mar
8
Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico
27:07
2:05:14
1:21:51
3:58:34
59.5406
03:44:5559.54
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
27 Nov
2
Ironman Cozumel
48:20
4:21:28
2:51:18
8:04:24
87.8788
07:55:4587.88
08 Oct
12
Ironman Hawaii
54:02
4:33:08
2:54:24
8:25:52
79.931
08:11:0579.93
25 Sep
3
Ironman Chattanooga
45:15
4:31:04
3:04:06
8:24:53
65.9994
08:00:2366.00
21 Aug
DNF
Ironman Mont Tremblant
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:14:56-
05 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh
28:14
2:03:01
1:18:31
3:52:34
76.0968
03:44:3176.10
22 May
5
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
25:42
2:08:44
1:19:08
3:57:51
52.8311
03:42:0852.83
14 May
2
Ironman Texas
56:41
3:31:47
2:48:14
7:21:56
0
--
30 Apr
5
Wildflower
31:04
2:17:19
1:20:45
4:12:54
58.8581
03:58:1258.86
05 Mar
5
Ironman New Zealand
56:23
4:28:28
2:45:10
8:15:25
77.8944
07:59:3177.89
20 Feb
3
Challenge Wanaka
54:30
4:48:55
2:54:29
8:42:53
61.4256
08:14:1761.43
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
29 Nov
2
Ironman Cozumel
49:41
4:32:17
2:47:49
8:14:10
84.281
08:02:4784.28
15 Nov
DNF
Ironman Arizona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:45:26-
27 Sep
7
Ironman Chattanooga
48:55
4:33:42
2:51:45
8:20:37
60.9764
07:52:5660.98
26 Jul
7
Ironman Canada
59:14
5:10:54
3:06:47
9:22:39
19.2322
08:21:5119.23
28 Jun
8
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
57:03
4:46:00
3:09:24
8:57:34
45.4879
08:16:5645.49
13 Jun
6
Ironman 70.3 Boulder
29:22
2:03:56
1:18:08
3:53:55
62.6285
03:41:3062.63
16 May
7
Ironman Texas
59:35
4:27:01
3:00:51
8:33:28
48.2552
07:56:2948.26
26 Apr
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Texas
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:39:52-
15 Mar
5
Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico
29:39
2:08:17
1:21:17
4:03:53
40.2829
03:43:5040.28
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Nov
8
Ironman Cozumel
52:13
4:47:22
3:06:17
8:50:06
43.6223
08:08:4643.62
16 Nov
DNF
Ironman Arizona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:56:32-
11 Oct
23
Ironman Hawaii
1:00:52
4:39:17
3:04:06
8:49:03
49.991
08:12:0849.99
17 Aug
5
Ironman Mont Tremblant
57:42
4:43:35
2:59:23
8:46:03
37.2826
08:00:4937.28
27 Jul
7
Ironman Canada
59:08
4:52:31
3:09:51
9:05:45
14.8413
08:03:5614.84
29 Jun
6
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
1:00:29
4:43:06
2:55:36
8:42:28
40.2871
07:59:3140.29
17 May
2
Ironman Texas
55:18
4:21:28
2:52:44
8:14:53
64.306
07:49:4464.31
03 May
3
Wildflower
25:09
2:19:29
1:34:07
4:10:27
60.8258
03:56:3360.83
30 Mar
6
Ironman Los Cabos
51:34
4:51:41
2:54:51
8:42:20
42.6869
08:00:5942.69
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
17 Nov
9
Ironman Arizona
59:19
4:20:01
2:55:53
8:19:10
52.9597
07:46:1652.96
12 Oct
18
Ironman Hawaii
1:04:12
4:38:25
2:52:58
8:39:59
56.7434
08:08:1856.74
22 Sep
9
Ironman Lake Tahoe
59:07
5:08:24
2:58:46
9:15:16
33.1087
08:24:3833.11
25 Aug
2
Ironman Canada
58:13
4:42:53
3:00:12
8:45:15
41.859
08:03:0741.86
23 Jun
4
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
1:00:27
4:39:34
2:56:46
8:40:25
47.1635
08:02:1247.16
18 May
DNF
Ironman Texas
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:58:41-
17 Mar
8
Ironman Los Cabos
1:03:02
4:48:51
2:53:41
8:49:57
44.7377
08:09:2344.74
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Nov
8
Ironman Arizona
1:05:41
4:25:46
2:54:18
8:30:50
46.3461
07:52:4746.35
13 Oct
20
Ironman Hawaii
1:08:01
4:46:35
2:51:23
8:50:21
55.3842
08:17:0555.38
26 Aug
1
Ironman Canada
1:03:04
4:48:41
2:53:34
8:48:30
32.0267
07:59:3632.03
18 Aug
3
Ironman Mont Tremblant
1:02:34
4:47:11
2:53:29
8:48:12
22.2774
07:53:0322.28
22 Jul
4
Ironman Lake Placid
1:02:06
4:57:35
3:10:50
9:16:43
4.51092
08:06:584.51
24 Jun
3
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
1:06:23
4:48:52
2:53:41
8:52:00
35.3952
08:05:0035.40
19 May
9
Ironman Texas
1:04:47
4:39:52
2:53:25
8:42:50
28.8268
07:52:2428.83
2011
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
19 Nov
12
Ironman Arizona
1:00:51
4:26:25
2:57:03
8:29:19
44.0523
07:49:5344.05
15 Oct
23
Ironman Hawaii
1:06:47
4:37:41
2:54:41
8:43:51
54.3575
08:10:1754.36
28 Aug
7
Ironman Canada
1:04:22
4:56:10
2:54:28
8:59:31
17.754
08:00:1617.75
24 Jul
9
Ironman Lake Placid
1:06:13
5:10:45
3:04:57
9:26:26
0
08:02:52-
21 May
14
Ironman Texas
1:07:09
4:44:38
3:07:21
9:03:06
3.61784
07:54:303.62
2010
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
21 Nov
20
Ironman Arizona
1:11:58
4:50:00
3:03:13
9:09:15
0
07:51:57-
25 Jul
13
Ironman Lake Placid
1:17:25
5:05:01
3:00:47
9:28:58
0
08:00:52-
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2024
51
222
2023
51
224
2022
70
107
2021
63
113
2020
80
45
2019
88
28
2018
83
40
2017
82
42
2016
84
28
2015
70
65
2014
59
79
2013
51
59
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2024
32
345
2023
32
360
2022
50
332
2021
35
383
2020
61
206
2019
56
305
2018
48
382
2017
50
385
2016
50
335
2015
37
398
2014
28
396
2013
5
422
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2024
55
197
2023
55
202
2022
83
67
2021
80
58
2020
97
13
2019
97
16
2018
91
24
2017
85
47
2016
83
46
2015
76
62
2014
68
60
2013
64
39
Run
Year
Points
Position
2024
49
211
2023
49
215
2022
70
168
2021
63
167
2020
76
55
2019
81
50
2018
81
45
2017
84
32
2016
88
24
2015
81
29
2014
70
54
2013
76
19
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