Mike Phillips
Country
World Rank
30
Height
1.87m
Age
30
DOB
01/3/91
Bike: VentumRun: Asics
89%Swim90%Bike90%Run90%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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Mike Phillips

If Mike Phillips had any doubts that he'd made the right decision to quit his job in 2017 and focus on triathlon full-time, he didn't have to wait long for them to be banished.

After finishing university, he had been working as a structural engineer in Christchurch on the Canterbury Earthquake rebuild. But balancing a busy job with his training was a challenge.

Deciding he could come back to engineering in the future, Phillips swapped New Zealand for three months of solid training in Girona ahead of his first IRONMAN at Barcelona.

As debuts go, his was one which made the long-distance world sit up and take notice as he clocked a then world-best time for a rookie of 7:52:50. That was good enough for second place, three minutes behind French winner Antony Costes.

The move to full distance had been suggested by Mike's coach John Hellemans, who had been a significant influence throughout his transition from amateur to pro.

The first attempt in February, when Mike was still working, had seen him claim the runner-up spot at Challenge Wanaka. And his speed hadn't been blunted as he then collected his maiden 70.3 win at Bintan in August to tee up that Barcelona breakthrough.

There was no looking back as he collected 70.3 and Challenge wins over the next 12 months as well as heading to Kona for a first appearance at the World Championship, where an excellent run took him up from 28th to 16th.

A first full-distance success came early in 2019 in front of a home crowd at IRONMAN New Zealand, and it arrived in dramatic fashion.

Mike had been in dominant form going into the race (winning 70.3 Taupo for a second time and the National Championship). Still, his chances of another victory looked severely compromised, first by a mechanical issue with his arm rests on the bike and then by a crash.

It all left him with a 17-minute deficit to make up on Andrew Starykowicz in the marathon, but he powered to a run course-record of 2:40:04 to make the catch with 2km remaining.

Reflecting on that decision to go all in on triathlon, he said: "I had to quit my job so that I could put a bit more energy into it. And I'm still improving which is the key thing, that's my measure of whether it was a success”.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
30
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
88.27
2021 IM New Zealand
86.25
Average
87.26
Ranking History
#7#71#135#199#26320152016201720182019202020212015Overall174.859 pts#117Swim148.496 pts#159Bike145.49 pts#80Run86.3861 pts#2592016Overall190.104 pts#108Swim149.203 pts#177Bike156.158 pts#78Run103.166 pts#2192017Overall223.798 pts#68Swim150.221 pts#179Bike161.838 pts#74Run133.864 pts#1282018Overall245.44 pts#52Swim165.51 pts#108Bike164.071 pts#70Run154.488 pts#702019Overall250.204 pts#47Swim174.344 pts#69Bike161.92 pts#65Run169.801 pts#422020Overall263.431 pts#25Swim177.547 pts#43Bike171.058 pts#41Run184.473 pts#122021Overall87.2584 pts#30Swim84.0867 pts#56Bike83.6169 pts#41Run84.225 pts#36
Rivals
wins / races
Results
39 Races7
1
14
2
6
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Jun
5
IM Cairns
46:10
4:29:53
2:56:27
8:17:02
72.0252
07:57:0172.03
27 Mar
2
IM New Zealand
47:48
4:23:28
2:49:51
8:06:38
86.2509
07:56:4886.25
23 Jan
4
Port of Tauranga Half
23:07
2:01:07
1:17:13
3:43:12
70.7434
03:33:4970.74
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
20 Dec
3
Rotorua Suffer
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:54:42
65.4417
03:43:0865.44
7 Mar
2
IM New Zealand
47:37
4:23:04
2:45:24
8:01:27
93.8511
07:57:0393.85
15 Feb
3
Challenge Wanaka Half
23:14
2:12:52
1:23:09
4:03:31
67.6092
03:52:1467.61
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
39
IM Hawaii
50:55
4:33:55
3:36:02
9:05:29
13.7566
08:03:0013.76
11 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Philippines
24:15
2:12:33
1:21:13
4:02:09
69.7319
03:51:3869.73
9 Jun
8
IM Cairns
47:35
5:41:00
4:06:19
10:39:51
0
08:03:28-
12 May
4
IM 70.3 Vietnam
22:40
2:07:21
1:19:53
3:53:12
72.4124
03:43:5672.41
4 May
2
IM 70.3 Busselton
27:07
2:04:02
1:17:14
3:51:14
75.076
03:42:5475.08
14 Apr
1
Challenge Melbourne
25:38
2:03:38
1:10:26
3:42:15
70.2311
03:32:4570.23
2 Mar
1
IM New Zealand
47:57
4:32:57
2:40:04
8:05:08
94.5041
08:01:1094.50
12 Jan
1
Port of Tauranga Half
23:43
2:05:44
1:17:44
3:49:05
63.8493
03:37:1863.85
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Dec
1
IM 70.3 Taupo
24:17
2:11:13
1:13:59
3:52:56
76.4427
03:44:5976.44
18 Nov
3
Challenge Asia Pacific Championships, Taiwan
25:28
2:03:02
1:17:10
3:50:49
77.6103
03:43:1977.61
13 Oct
16
IM Hawaii
50:45
4:25:04
2:57:35
8:17:54
76.7678
08:01:0876.77
19 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Indonesia
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:57:56
65.4707
03:46:1365.47
5 Aug
7
IM 70.3 Philippines
25:26
2:03:40
1:23:59
3:56:57
65.0603
03:45:0965.06
29 Jul
4
IM Switzerland
50:30
4:29:46
2:53:26
8:17:36
78.0899
08:01:4678.09
10 Jun
DNF
IM Cairns
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:52:31-
13 May
3
IM 70.3 Vietnam
23:40
2:07:19
1:27:09
4:00:52
54.8857
03:45:3654.89
22 Apr
1
Challenge Melbourne
23:52
2:06:33
1:10:01
3:43:51
60.0137
03:31:1160.01
3 Mar
5
IM New Zealand
49:02
4:27:40
2:52:42
8:13:47
75.4806
07:56:1675.48
20 Jan
2
Port of Tauranga Half
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:55:47
--
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
9 Dec
1
IM 70.3 Taupo
9:53
2:09:57
1:15:02
3:36:02
63.2614
03:24:4563.26
30 Sep
2
IM Barcelona
47:56
4:09:55
2:50:25
7:52:50
89.7399
07:45:4089.74
3 Sep
3
Challenge Walchsee
19:44
1:43:38
1:16:22
3:23:59
47.4658
03:09:0547.47
20 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Indonesia
23:50
2:06:35
1:21:45
3:54:38
64.3819
03:42:4464.38
25 Jun
2
Challenge Nakhon Nayok
26:09
2:08:40
1:21:12
3:58:53
54.0607
03:43:2954.06
7 May
3
IM 70.3 Vietnam
25:20
2:06:05
1:26:09
4:02:14
52.3774
03:46:0552.38
18 Feb
2
Challenge Wanaka
50:21
4:34:32
3:03:18
8:32:00
59.4111
08:02:3759.41
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Dec
2
IM 70.3 Taupo
25:12
2:07:02
1:16:46
3:53:18
69.6766
03:43:0969.68
23 Oct
2
Challenge Kanchanaburi
25:57
2:25:59
1:22:31
4:17:11
52.1197
03:59:5752.12
4 Sep
21
IM 70.3 World Championship
23:00
2:15:14
1:17:35
4:00:07
52.5651
03:44:1052.57
1 May
6
IM 70.3 Busselton
22:39
2:03:59
1:17:56
3:47:27
48.7058
03:31:1248.71
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Oct
2
IM 70.3 Port Macquarie
20:52
2:13:16
1:18:46
3:55:01
65.0197
03:43:1865.02
23 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Indonesia
23:53
2:10:31
1:23:15
4:00:19
55.4076
03:45:1555.41
25 Apr
2
Challenge Taiwan Half
24:27
2:05:29
1:22:48
3:56:32
54.4314
03:41:2454.43
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
87
30
2020
263
25
2019
250
47
2018
245
52
2017
223
68
2016
190
108
2015
174
117
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
84
56
2020
177
43
2019
174
69
2018
165
108
2017
150
179
2016
149
177
2015
148
159
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
83
41
2020
171
41
2019
161
65
2018
164
70
2017
161
74
2016
156
78
2015
145
80
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
84
36
2020
184
12
2019
169
42
2018
154
70
2017
133
128
2016
103
219
2015
86
259
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