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Australian Burns Survivor Turia Pitt Finishes Ironman

Turia Pitt, who suffered life-threatening burns when she was caught in a bushfire during an ultra-race, finished Ironman Australia.

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An Australian runner who suffered life-threatening burns when she was caught in a bushfire during an ultra-race finished Ironman Australia on Sunday, May 1 with a time of 13:24:42.

Turia Pitt received burns to 65% of her body and was told she would never compete again after the 2011 ultra-marathon in the Kimberley region. But on Sunday she completed the Ironman Australia triathlon, making headlines across the country.

Pitt told the BBC she never doubted that she would cross the finish line.

“I kind of just got in my zone and didn’t really think about the big picture, I just broke it down into little chunks, I just thought about getting to the next station,” the 28-year-old said of the triathlon, which was held at Port Macquarie, 242 miles north of Sydney.

“I was confident I’d get to the end unless I had really bad luck, like [if] I came off my bike, but those kinds of things aren’t really in my control.”

Read more: Bbc.com

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