Matthew Russell
Matthew Russell
Country
World Rank
84
Weight
76kg
Height
1.80m
Age
38
DOB
03/19/83
Swim: BlueseventyBike: A2Run: On
74%Swim93%Bike83%Run84%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 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
84
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
80.57
2021 IM Tulsa
65.27
Average
72.92
Ranking History
#8#112#216#320#4242013201420152016201720182019202020212013Overall153.381 pts#59Swim11.8755 pts#422Bike128.486 pts#39Run153.658 pts#192014Overall178.092 pts#79Swim56.4622 pts#396Bike137.739 pts#60Run141.641 pts#542015Overall211.215 pts#65Swim74.9679 pts#398Bike153.932 pts#62Run162.232 pts#292016Overall252.091 pts#28Swim101.821 pts#335Bike166.608 pts#46Run176.561 pts#242017Overall248.68 pts#42Swim101.821 pts#385Bike170.874 pts#47Run169.106 pts#322018Overall251.112 pts#40Swim96.8174 pts#382Bike182.711 pts#24Run163.53 pts#452019Overall264.305 pts#28Swim112.819 pts#305Bike195.012 pts#16Run163.53 pts#502020Overall241.722 pts#45Swim123.587 pts#206Bike195.012 pts#13Run152.994 pts#552021Overall72.9242 pts#84Swim51.9282 pts#279Bike88.6765 pts#26Run68.094 pts#102
Rivals
wins / races
Results
83 Races4
1
7
2
9
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
23 May
15
IM Tulsa
53:36
4:25:13
2:53:19
8:16:12
65.2743
07:51:3865.27
1 May
33
IM 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
6 Dec
37
Challenge Daytona
29:47
1:41:57
1:07:21
3:21:50
39.7977
03:05:0739.80
7 Nov
6
IM 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
IM Hawaii
52:23
4:17:25
3:07:22
8:22:18
73.3609
08:03:0073.36
29 Sep
2
IM Chattanooga
47:49
4:33:12
3:06:05
8:31:49
64.9472
08:06:1564.95
28 Jul
1
IM Lake Placid
56:42
4:27:27
2:58:56
8:27:57
94.0634
08:23:2894.06
7 Jul
9
Challenge Roth
57:23
4:25:35
2:52:06
8:18:11
65.0741
07:53:2365.07
30 Jun
6
IM Germany
54:28
4:30:07
2:56:45
8:26:32
72.6428
08:06:3472.64
19 May
5
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
25:21
2:05:10
1:21:20
3:56:23
56.9134
03:42:0256.91
11 May
4
IM 70.3 Gulf Coast
31:19
2:01:38
1:23:13
3:58:54
52.7865
03:43:0652.79
27 Apr
12
IM Texas
59:17
4:22:35
2:58:05
8:25:28
55.393
07:53:4655.39
7 Apr
3
IM 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
9 Dec
5
Challenge Daytona
23:29
1:20:04
47:45
2:33:26
0
02:11:30-
18 Nov
DNF
IM Cozumel
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:52:22-
13 Oct
6
IM Hawaii
54:02
4:12:58
2:52:56
8:04:45
94.9887
08:01:0894.99
30 Sep
2
IM Chattanooga
--:--
4:23:41
2:55:43
7:21:55
65.8513
07:00:2365.85
19 Aug
3
IM Mont Tremblant
57:58
4:30:37
2:52:24
8:25:14
75.2529
08:07:0975.25
29 Jul
3
IM Canada
57:50
4:46:24
2:56:58
8:45:33
68.8178
08:22:0468.82
24 Jun
5
IM 70.3 Mont Tremblant
26:50
2:08:13
1:15:49
3:54:30
60.2882
03:41:1960.29
20 May
7
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
22:18
2:06:09
1:19:03
3:51:41
57.1786
03:37:4257.18
28 Apr
14
IM Texas
54:07
4:05:56
3:02:38
8:07:42
56.0445
07:37:3256.04
8 Apr
7
IM 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
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:11:49-
24 Sep
4
IM 70.3 Augusta
22:11
2:04:13
1:18:44
3:47:29
59.263
03:34:2359.26
10 Sep
DNF
IM Wisconsin
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:04:51-
13 Aug
9
IM 70.3 Steelhead
28:45
2:07:54
1:19:34
4:00:21
44.1898
03:41:4744.19
11 Jun
3
IM 70.3 Eagleman
28:26
2:06:30
1:19:35
3:58:51
54.7972
03:43:4154.80
4 Jun
6
IM 70.3 Raleigh
28:30
2:05:27
1:26:00
4:02:45
44.0351
03:43:5744.04
21 May
1
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
25:32
2:11:00
1:16:56
3:57:35
50.8925
03:41:1750.89
22 Apr
6
IM Texas
54:49
4:13:43
2:47:57
8:01:35
80.8703
07:48:0980.87
2 Apr
5
IM 70.3 Texas
26:53
2:01:16
1:18:45
3:49:27
72.5205
03:40:2272.52
19 Mar
8
IM 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
IM Cozumel
48:20
4:21:28
2:51:18
8:04:24
87.8788
07:55:4587.88
8 Oct
12
IM Hawaii
54:02
4:33:08
2:54:24
8:25:52
79.931
08:11:0579.93
25 Sep
3
IM Chattanooga
45:15
4:31:04
3:04:06
8:24:53
65.9994
08:00:2366.00
21 Aug
DNF
IM Mont Tremblant
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:14:56-
5 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Raleigh
28:14
2:03:01
1:18:31
3:52:34
76.0968
03:44:3176.10
22 May
5
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
25:42
2:08:44
1:19:08
3:57:51
52.8311
03:42:0852.83
14 May
2
IM 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
5 Mar
5
IM 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
IM Cozumel
49:41
4:32:17
2:47:49
8:14:10
84.281
08:02:4784.28
15 Nov
DNF
IM Arizona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:45:26-
27 Sep
7
IM Chattanooga
48:55
4:33:42
2:51:45
8:20:37
60.9764
07:52:5660.98
26 Jul
7
IM Canada
59:14
5:10:54
3:06:47
9:22:39
19.2322
08:21:5119.23
28 Jun
8
IM Coeur d'Alene
57:03
4:46:00
3:09:24
8:57:34
45.4879
08:16:5645.49
13 Jun
6
IM 70.3 Boulder
29:22
2:03:56
1:18:08
3:53:55
62.6285
03:41:3062.63
16 May
7
IM Texas
59:35
4:27:01
3:00:51
8:33:28
48.2552
07:56:2948.26
26 Apr
DNF
IM 70.3 Texas
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:39:52-
15 Mar
5
IM 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
IM Cozumel
52:13
4:47:22
3:06:17
8:50:06
43.6223
08:08:4643.62
16 Nov
DNF
IM Arizona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:56:32-
11 Oct
23
IM Hawaii
1:00:52
4:39:17
3:04:06
8:49:03
49.991
08:12:0849.99
17 Aug
5
IM Mont Tremblant
57:42
4:43:35
2:59:23
8:46:03
37.2826
08:00:4937.28
27 Jul
7
IM Canada
59:08
4:52:31
3:09:51
9:05:45
14.8413
08:03:5614.84
29 Jun
6
IM Coeur d'Alene
1:00:29
4:43:06
2:55:36
8:42:28
40.2871
07:59:3140.29
17 May
2
IM Texas
55:18
4:21:28
2:52:44
8:14:53
64.306
07:49:4464.31
3 May
3
Wildflower
25:09
2:19:29
1:34:07
4:10:27
60.8258
03:56:3360.83
30 Mar
6
IM 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
IM Arizona
59:19
4:20:01
2:55:53
8:19:10
52.9597
07:46:1652.96
12 Oct
18
IM Hawaii
1:04:12
4:38:25
2:52:58
8:39:59
56.7434
08:08:1856.74
22 Sep
9
IM Lake Tahoe
59:07
5:08:24
2:58:46
9:15:16
33.1087
08:24:3833.11
25 Aug
2
IM Canada
58:13
4:42:53
3:00:12
8:45:15
41.859
08:03:0741.86
23 Jun
4
IM Coeur d'Alene
1:00:27
4:39:34
2:56:46
8:40:25
47.1635
08:02:1247.16
18 May
DNF
IM Texas
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:58:41-
17 Mar
8
IM 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
IM Arizona
1:05:41
4:25:46
2:54:18
8:30:50
46.3461
07:52:4746.35
13 Oct
20
IM Hawaii
1:08:01
4:46:35
2:51:23
8:50:21
55.3842
08:17:0555.38
26 Aug
1
IM Canada
1:03:04
4:48:41
2:53:34
8:48:30
32.0267
07:59:3632.03
18 Aug
3
IM Mont Tremblant
1:02:34
4:47:11
2:53:29
8:48:12
22.2774
07:53:0322.28
22 Jul
4
IM Lake Placid
1:02:06
4:57:35
3:10:50
9:16:43
4.51092
08:06:584.51
24 Jun
3
IM Coeur d'Alene
1:06:23
4:48:52
2:53:41
8:52:00
35.3952
08:05:0035.40
19 May
9
IM 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
IM Arizona
1:00:51
4:26:25
2:57:03
8:29:19
44.0523
07:49:5344.05
15 Oct
23
IM Hawaii
1:06:47
4:37:41
2:54:41
8:43:51
54.3575
08:10:1754.36
28 Aug
7
IM Canada
1:04:22
4:56:10
2:54:28
8:59:31
17.754
08:00:1617.75
24 Jul
9
IM Lake Placid
1:06:13
5:10:45
3:04:57
9:26:26
0
08:02:52-
21 May
14
IM 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
IM Arizona
1:11:58
4:50:00
3:03:13
9:09:15
0
07:51:57-
25 Jul
13
IM 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
2021
72
84
2020
241
45
2019
264
28
2018
251
40
2017
248
42
2016
252
28
2015
211
65
2014
178
79
2013
153
59
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
51
279
2020
123
206
2019
112
305
2018
96
382
2017
101
385
2016
101
335
2015
74
398
2014
56
396
2013
11
422
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
88
26
2020
195
13
2019
195
16
2018
182
24
2017
170
47
2016
166
46
2015
153
62
2014
137
60
2013
128
39
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
68
102
2020
152
55
2019
163
50
2018
163
45
2017
169
32
2016
176
24
2015
162
29
2014
141
54
2013
153
19
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