Leanda Cave

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Leanda Cave in the Salford Triathlon, 2007
Leanda Cave in the Salford Triathlon, 2007
Personal information
Date of birth 9th March 1978 (age 42)
place of birth Louth, UK
size 178 cm
Weight 60 kg
2001 ETU European champion U23 triathlon
2002 ITU world champion triathlon short distance
2007 ITU world champion triathlon long distance
2011 Vice world champion triathlon long distance
2012 Winner Ironman 70.3 World Championships
2012 Winner of the Ironman World Championships
Resigned in 2018

Leanda Cave (* 9. March 1978 in Louth as Leanda Rose Maire Cave ) is a former British triathlete . She is ITU World Champion in the Olympic distance (2002) and the long distance (2007). She also won both the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman Hawaii in 2012 .


Leanda Cave started triathlon in 1994 and has been a professional triathlete since 2000.

World champion triathlon short distance 2002

In 2001 she became European champion in the U23 class and in the following year she became world champion in Mexico on the Olympic distance (1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running).

World champion triathlon long distance 2007

In 2007 she also became world champion in the long distance in France (4 km swimming, 130 km cycling and 30 km running).

Leanda Cave has lived in Tucson, Arizona since 2008 and she started for the UK. In 2010 she married the German triathlete Torsten Abel , who also trained her, but the two separated again. In October 2011, she finished third at Ironman Hawaii with a personal best on the Ironman distance (3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling and 42.195 km running). In November she took her first Ironman victory in Arizona and was able to set a new personal best.

Ironman Hawaii 2012 winner

In September 2012 she won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship . A few weeks later she also won the Ironman World Championship and was the first woman to achieve the “double” from Ironman Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 World Championship in the same year. In February 2013, Cave announced that she had skin cancer.

In August 2017, she finished fifth at the World Triathlon Long Distance Championship (4 km swimming, 120 km cycling and 30 km running). In 2017 she was able to qualify for a starting position at Ironman Hawaii for the 13th time in a row, but did not finish the race in October.

In May 2018, the then 40-year-old declared her active time over.

Sporting successes

(DNF - Did Not Finish )

Web links

Commons : Leanda Cave  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kienle flies to the world title (September 9, 2012)
  2. Daniela Ryf is Sportswoman of the Year ( Memento from December 15, 2015 in the web archive archive.today ) (December 13, 2015)
  3. Hawaiian winner Cave suffered from skin cancer (February 21, 2013)
  4. Leanda Cave announces retirement (May 17, 2018)
  5. Leanda Cave announces her retirement (May 18, 2018)
  6. 3rd place in the debut as a professional: Winhöringer Julia viellehner in Rimini straight away on the podium (May 11, 2016)
  7. Challenge Dubai: Bozzone and Ryf win at the start of the Triple Crown series (February 27, 2015)
  8. ^ German duel: Kienle in Miami before Raelert
  9. ^ Potts and Rollison Take Vineman 70.3
  10. Wildflower Triathlon: Jesse Thomas surprised (May 2, 2011)
  11. Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2010
  12. Kai Baumgartner: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon: Leanda Cave and Hunter Kemper top . In: 3athlon.de . May 2, 2010. Archived from the original on May 7, 2010.
  13. Results London Triathlon 2005 Female Elite ( Memento from August 12, 2005 in the Internet Archive )
  14. Frederik van Lierde steals the show from the top guys
  15. Kai Baumgartner: Abu Dhabi International Triathlon: rendezvous of the Ironman stars in the land of the sheikhs . In: 3athlon.de . March 10, 2010. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010.