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Chrissie's on top of the world

PUBLISHED: 09:16 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 07 July 2010

Chrissie Wellington, who grew up in Feltwell, was celebrating a sensational performance on Sunday after retaining her Ironman world triathlon crown.

She overcame a flat tyre to win her second consecutive women's title in the 140-mile endurance triathlon in Hawaii.

Chrissie Wellington, who grew up in Feltwell, was celebrating a sensational performance on Sunday after retaining her Ironman world triathlon crown.

She overcame a flat tyre to win her second consecutive women's title in the 140-mile endurance triathlon in Hawaii.

The 31-year-old, who only began competing in triathlons four years ago, completed the 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle and a 26.2-mile run in nine hours, six minutes and 23 seconds.

The former Thetford Dolphins swimmer finished 15 minutes ahead of her nearest rival in the 30th Ironman Triathlon World Championships at Kailua-Kona, in Hawaii, despite losing ten minutes during her cycle ride because of mechanical problems.

Wellington took the women's lead 30 miles into the bike ride and had a five-minute lead when she suffered a flat tyre.

She was only able to complete and win the race after fellow competitor Rebekah Keat, of Australia, came to the rescue with a spare canister of air.

Wellington eclipsed the current women's run course record with a blistering marathon time of 2:57:44.

“That was the hardest thing I've ever done,” Wellington said. “It didn't go exactly to plan. I had a good swim and felt strong in the first phases of the bike.”

The victory comes after the triathlete claimed the world crown last year in nine hours, eight minutes, and 45 seconds and won the European Championship earlier this year in Frankfurt, Germany.

Wellington, who went to Downham Market High School and Sixth Form, turned to triathlons professionally shortly after winning the World Amateur Championship in the 25-29 age group in Lausanne in 2006.


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