Emma Elizabeth Carney (born 29 July 1971) is an Australian two-time ITU World Triathlon Champion. She was ITU world-rank world number one in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and achieved 19 World Cup wins, second only to Vanessa Fernandes’ 20 wins. With seven wins in 1996, she also holds the record for the greatest number of ITU World Series wins in a single season.
Carney was born in England, but moved with her family to Australia at an early age. She began her sporting life as a runner, and at 13 she set a Victorian record in her 3,000m debut. At 18, she was winning national school titles and wanted to go to the Olympics. She reached the finals in the Australian U-20 national championships in the 1,500m and 3,000m.
In the spring of 1993, Carney tried her first triathlon, which she won after overcoming a 7-minute deficit from a 700 metre swim. By November 1994, she had won the ITU World Championships title in her first international triathlon, and by a record margin of 2 minutes 12 seconds. Then from June 1995 to April 1997, Carney recorded an unbroken string of 12 straight ITU World Cup wins. After a narrow loss to Michellie Jones at the 1997 Monaco World Cup, she recorded another seven World Cup victories and adding another ITU World Champion title.
Carney was forced to fully retire from professional triathlon in 2004 with heart problems. She later speculated, “I always raced so hard that maybe it contributed to damaging my heart. Having said that, I probably was unable to approach it differently. That was just the way I was wired - all or nothing.”
Latest Athlete Results
2015 Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championships18 Oct, 2015 - 40-44 Female AG - DNF
2003 Queenstown ITU Triathlon World Championships07 Dec, 2003 - Elite Women - DNF
2003 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup21 Sep, 2003 - Elite Women - DNF
2003 Nice ITU Triathlon World Cup12 Sep, 2003 - Elite Women - 02:06:23
2003 Hamburg ITU Triathlon World Cup06 Sep, 2003 - Elite Women - 01:56:07
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Thursday Throwback: Emma Carney's will to winEmma Carney burst onto the ITU circuit in 1994, surprising the field by cruising to her first ITU World Championship in her debut world title race. Today we take a look back at the career…30 Oct, 2014
Emma Carney to race Duathlon World ChampsWith on year to go until the Adelaide 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships, the LOC has announced that two time World Triathlon Champion Emma Carney will race in duathlon this weekend.15 Oct, 2014
ITU announces inductees for inaugural Hall of FameAs a part of its 25th year anniversary celebrations, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) today inducted seven individuals into its inaugural Hall of Fame on the penultimate evening of the…01 Sep, 2014
Inside Triathlon magazine picks the Greatest Women TriathletesAfter selecting the greatest male triathletes of all-time last week, Inside Triathlon magazine unveils their picks for the greatest women of all-time. See which ITU stars made the list15 Feb, 2011
Athlete Fact Sheet
|Year of Birth||1971|
|World Triathlon Athlete ID||5449|
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2014 Hall of Fame - Emma Carney04 Sep, 2015