As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, the two dominant female Ironman triathletes of the last 20 years go head-to-head for the first time…

When Chrissie met Paula

tKona – a place where dreams are battered into submission by the gales that sweep down the Queen K Highway… Okay, that generalisation isn’t true for all. Take Paula Newby-Fraser and Chrissie Wellington, for example. The records say it all. Between them, these two powerhouses have notched up an incredible 10 wins in Kona, with Newby-Fraser alone clocking an astonishing eight titles on the Big Island between 1986 and 1996. She is the only woman to have finished Hawaii in under nine hours with her 1992 course record time of 8:55:28 still standing. Chrissie, the current World Champion, is no slouch, either, with a best time of 9:06:23. No woman bar Newby-Fraser has beaten that. Back in October 1989, when 220 was just a few issues old, Paula completed a remarkable first hat-trick of wins in Kona. With Chrissie aiming to repeat the feat this October, we thought it was about time we brought the two of them together for a chat…

When Chrissie met Paula When Chrissie met Paula

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