Simon Christopher Lessing, MBE, is a British triathlete who won five International Triathlon Union (ITU) world titles (1992, 1995(2), 1996 and 1998).He also won races at 70.3 (Half Ironman), ITU long distance and Ironman-distance events.
Lessing won the ITU Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championship in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1998. In 1996, Lessing broke the Olympic distance triathlon world record with a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes, 50 seconds in 1996 at the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Cleveland.
He has won the men's elite division there three times: 1996, 2003 and 2004. Lessing competed at the first Olympic games triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Lessing did not complete the marathon at the 2005 Ironman Coeur d'Alene and failed to qualify there for Ironman World Championship. He raced again the same summer and qualified for the World Championships by taking 4th place at Ironman Canada in Penticton in a time of 8:43:13. He did not complete the marathon at the 2005 World Championships.
Gold Medal records:
ITU World Triathlon Series:
1992 ITU World Triathlon Series Individual
1995 ITU World Triathlon Series Individual
1996 ITU World Triathlon Series Individual
1998 ITU World Triathlon Series Individual
ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships:
1995 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships Individual
ETU European Championships:
1991 ETU European Championships Individual
1993 ETU European ChampionshipsIndividual
1994 ETU European Championships Individual
1994 Goodwill Games Individual
1998 Goodwill Games Individual