Triumph for student in ironman contest in Hawaii

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A MEDICAL student from a Yorkshire university has triumphed with a record-breaking time in the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Catherine Faux, 25, broke the amateur course record as she won the women’s category for amateur athletes aged between 25 and 29 in the gruelling event which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and 26.2-mile run. She finished the race in nine hours and 15 minutes.

Miss Faux, who took part in her first ever triathlon in 2009 and is in her final year of a five-year course at the University of Sheffield, also finished 10th out of the 35 professional women athletes who were taking part in the championships.

She said: “Of course I am very pleased, but elation is soon superseded by the desire to find the next challenge.”

Dr Tim Chico, from the university’s Department of Cardiovascular Science, heralded Miss Faux’s win as one of the most impressive sporting achievements by any of the educational organisation’s students.