Chrissie Wellington wins 2009 Kona Ironman World Championship triathlon in record time
Posted Oct 10 2009 10:00pm
It was spectacular three-peat victory for British triathlete and Ironman triathlon champion Chrissie Wellington as she rolled (literally) across the finish line and broke the long standing women' s race record in a time of 8:54:02.
Wellington beat the old record of 8:55:28 set in 1992 by Paul Newby-Fraser' s mark and even managed to finish 23rd overall in the process.
In winning the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship race she took home the first place prize of $110,000.
After the race the 32-year-old Wellington thanked the crowd in the traditional Hawaiian way.
"Mahalo," she said, using the Hawaiian word for "thank you."
The next women was behind Wellington was Australia' s Mirinda Carfrae, and she was almost 20 minutes behind the British champ.
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