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Western Australia’s own Kate Bevilaqua earned her first Ironman victory with a 1:01:43 swim, a 4:53:53 bike and a 3:20:42 marathon. The win didn’t come easy for Bevilaqua as she struggled near the end of the marathon and crawled across the finish line.
After the race Bevilaqua walked Ironman.com through the last few kilometers of the race:
“I definitely pushed myself to the limit. Maybe in the last four or five km I didn’t take in as much nutrition as I should have. For the last two km I couldn’t feel my body below the waist. From the transition area (the last few hundred meters) it was stop start, and hanging on to the railing and just praying I would get there before Bek (Rebekah Keat) did. Then I saw the finishing ramp and I thought ‘Who’s idea was that?’”
See video of Bevilaqua crossing the finish line below: