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Gemmell, Stevens Top Field at Memphis In May

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Kiwi Kris Gemmell, and American Amanda Stevens hold off strong field at MIM Triathlon on Sunday.

Kris Gemmell, a two-time Olympian from New Zealand, won his first Memphis in May Olympic Triathlon in one of the closest finishes in the event’s 28-year history Sunday.

Dr. Amanda Stevens of Enid, Okla., became a two-time MIM Triathlon winner by an even closer margin.

Gemmell, 33, finished 61 seconds ahead of 2009 champ Cameron Dye of Boulder, Colo., taking the men’s pro title and a $2,600 winner’s share of the total purse of $25,000. Gemmell was 2:16 behind the 28-year-old Dye after the nine-tenths-of-a-mile swim and 24.2-mile bike segments but set a blistering 5:23 per mile pace during the 6.2-mile run on the largely flat Delta course.

Stevens, who won here in 2006 and was third in last year’s Ironman Triathlon in Mexico, finished in 2 hours, 28 seconds — just five seconds better than Annie Warner of Spokane, Wash.

Read more: The Commercial Appeal