New Zealander sets Ironman Wisconsin record

Gina Crawford

A Kiwi not only won Ironman Wisconsin for the second time on Sunday, but also beat her own course record in the process.

29-year-old Gina Crawford finished in 9 hours, 27 minutes, 26 seconds, which broke the course record of 9:37:03 that she set in 2007.

"I just wanted to come up here and get the best result," said Crawford, a concert violinist in Christchurch who has set her sights on winning the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October.

"I'm just so pleased to win here. It means so much to me."

Crawford led by more than 20 minutes during the run.

"I've had some really good runs the past few marathons so I felt really good out here until the last 10 miles," said Crawford, who got a boost from the cheering crowds the rest of the way.

"You go through a really low past but they boost you right up," she said.

"It's just amazing, the people here."
 

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