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Yesterday I witnessed one of the most amazing run performances in triathlon history. I’ve been enjoying a week in Kona, Hawaii as a part of the Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and yesterday’s
race did not disappoint in its displays of brilliant athleticism.
Australia’s Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae, competing in her first
ever Ironman distance race, blazed her way through the field to second place
overall – and on her way to the podium set a new course run record for the
marathon in 2:56:51. I mentioned that this was Rinny’s first Ironman, but it
was also her first ever marathon distance run, not to mention her first run at
all longer than two and a half hours.
Watching her blaze through the field on a day where
temperatures exceeded 90 degrees and fellow competitors were dropping in droves
was an incredible treat. What will be even more incredible will be watching
this 28 year-old’s next steps in her young and promising career.