Apr 12 1989
The second fastest Ironman athlete of all-time before Chrissie Wellington, Daniela Ryf, Anne Haug (all three of them Kona winners), Lucy Charles-Barclay (when winning Challenge Roth) Only beaten by German Laura Phillip.
The Swede is there thanks to her 8:22:41 at IRONMAN Cozumel in 2021, a result which catapulted her into the limelight. She won by more than 15 minutes in a course-record time to qualify for Kona.
2019 was the breakthrough season which started with the first major 70.3 win in St. Pölten when she overcame a 4:43 deficit after the swim.
Sara then finished 10th (with the fastest run split) at the 70.3 World Championship in Nice and followed up with a win and course record at Ironman Barcelona.
All of the above was achieved while working as a part-time doctor.
“In order to move even further and to give my self the same opportunities as my competetors I no longer work as a medical doctor. Full focus on achieving my goals as a proffesional triathlete”
Svensk was relatively late into the sport, and all three of its components.
Her first triathlon was in 2014 when she was 25, and Sara became the Swedish champion the following year.
By 2018, she was on the podium at the 70.3 European Championship, fifth at the IRONMAN North America Championship on a nordic record, and sixth at IRONMAN Austria before that landmark 2019 campaign.
Now Kona is the big target!