No triathlete has gained the recognition or success that Mark Allen has. After competing
and losing in the Ironman Triathlon Championships six times, he emerged victorious
in 1989, winning the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world.
It would be the first of six Ironman victories for Allen, the last coming in 1995
at age 37, making him the oldest champion ever. He has also excelled at the Olympic
distance, winning the sport's inaugural World Championships in 1989 in Avignon,
France, by more than a minute. He went undefeated in 10 trips to the Nice International
Championships, and from 1988-1990 he put together a winning streak of 20 races.
Over the course of his racing career, which ended in 1996, he maintained a 90% average
in top-three finishes. He was named Triathlete of the Year six times and "The Greatest
Triathlete of Our Time" (see above) by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside
magazine tabbed him The World's Fittest Man.