Date Inducted: 09 Oct 2014
Sport: Triathlon
Hall Of Fame

Michellie Jones AM - Triathlon

Michelle Jones was Inducted in The Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Thursday, 9th October 2014 as an Athlete Member for her contribution to the sport of triathlon.

In the relatively short history of the triathlon as a recognised international event, Australia has produced a remarkable number of champions. Few however, have  a record to surpass that of Michellie Jones.

In a career spanning 20 years Michellie Jones recorded 175 victories over a range of distances.

She has stood on the world championship podium more times than any other triathlete

Between 1991 and 2003 she was world champion twice, runner up twice and third four times. In the same era she scored 12 World Cup victories, won the San Diego International 10 times and the Chicago Triathlon seven times.  She won the gruelling Escape from Alcatraz event  eight times and is the female course record holder.

Seven times American Triathlon magazine voted her Female Triathlete of the Year

Many Australians  will vividly remember her  Silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 

In 2004 Michelle Jones  moved up to the longer distances of Ironman racing, winning at her first attempt in Florida.  She was runner up in the world ironman championships in 2005 and in 2006 became the first Australian woman (and the second Australian, following Greg Welch) to win legendary Kona, Hawaii, Ironman – which also gained her a world title in that sport.

In 2009 when Triathlon Australia created its Hall of Fame Michelle Jones was a near automatic selection.  In a sport where Australia has produced many great champions, Michelle Jones is one of the greatest. 

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