Kimberley Morrison digs deep to secure podium place at Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires

Kimberley Morrison, left, on the podium after finishing second at Ironman Buenos Aires 70.3. Picture

Kimberley Morrison, left, on the podium after finishing second at Ironman Buenos Aires 70.3. Picture: @TriathlonKim on Twitter - Credit: @TriathlonKim on Twitter

Norfolk's professional women's triathlon star Kimberley Morrison secured a podium place in Argentina at the weekend.

Kimberley Morrison on her way to finishing second at Ironman Buenos Aires 70.3. Picture: @TriathlonK

Kimberley Morrison on her way to finishing second at Ironman Buenos Aires 70.3. Picture: @TriathlonKim on Twitter - Credit: @TriathlonKim on Twitter

The 29-year-old Tri-Anglia member finished second at Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires, just missing out on retaining her crown after a close battle with eventual winner Hayley Chura.

Morrison, from Bale, near Fakenham, finished the course in four hours, 18 minutes and 29 seconds yesterday – two minutes and 14 seconds faster than when she won the event last year.

'The race was going to plan. I led the chase pack of swimmers for the 1.9km lake swim behind American super swimmer Hayley Chura,' Morrison explained.

'On to the 90km bike and by 29km I took the lead and extended this lead to give a total time (around) nine minutes quicker than the next fastest female.

'The half marathon run went very well for me today and we have taken a handful of minutes off my run time from Ironman 70.3 Dubai in January. Six kilometres to go and I was running scared, I knew second position was hunting for the win.


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'When Hayley caught me with just two kilometres to go I was already pushing and dug very deep to stay with her. Every meter felt excruciating and I was giving all I could ... not enough for the win today but happy with my overall race and enjoying that Champagne podium!'

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