A podium ever-present, Belgium's Bart Aernouts is known for a fast finish. Case in point: When the men's Ironman World Championships saw the eight hour mark smashed for the first time in 2018, Bart was one of only two men to break that barrier.
History was rewritten at the 2018 edition of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. The race was the fastest in the event’s history, after the previously unassailable eight-hour mark was broken in the men’s competition for the first time. And like usual, Bart Aernouts was at the front pushing the pace.
Bart blazed to a second place finish in that race and in the process became only the second man ever to break eight hours at the event. This feat is even more impressive considering he came out of the water after the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim in 40th place. After covering the 112-mile (180.25 km) bike segment in 4:12:26, Bart then put down a blistering 2:45:42 marathon leg to secure an incredible comeback, and legend status, with an overall time of 7:56:41.
Bart is known for finishing strong and show's no sign of slowing down. The Belgian continues to go from strength to strength.