Sister Madonna Buder at the Ironman World Championships

October 15, 2012

Running a triathlon in 2010. Photo by Nancy Cole

Sister Madonna Buder, the Iron Nun, broke the world record for the oldest person to finish an Ironman triathlon in August 2012 at age 82. We were eager to see if she would keep her world record after the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 13th.

There were three competitors aged 82 who were competing in the Ironman World Championship this year. Sister Madonna, Lew Hollander and Bob Scott were all competing for the record.

Sadly Sister Madonna did not finish the race. She completed the 2.4 mile swim in 2:01:50 and completed 90 of the 112 miles of bike ride in just over 6 hours. We are not sure if exhaustion, medical issues or a crash ended her race at the moment.

Bob Scott was also unable to finish his race after completing the swim portion in 1:55:58 and the bike portion in 6:56:13. He started the marathon portion of the race and got over half way in 3 hours before being unable to go on.

82-year-old Lew Hollander finished the triathlon in 16:45:52. He swam for 2:09:13, biked 7:44:46 and finished the marathon in 6:36:59. Even if Sister Madonna had finished the race, Hollander is six weeks older than Sister Madonna and would still be awarded the world record.

Sister Madonna will still hold the world record for the oldest female to finish an Ironman Triathlon at the age of 82 years, 1 months, and 2 days and Lew Hollander will hold the overall record at the age of  82 years, 4 months, and 7 days.

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Update: We recently interviewed Sister Madonna about her recent race and her plans for the future. Access the exclusive interview

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