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Nearly 1,900 athletes finished the 2012 Ironman World Championship.
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Nine Americans Claim Age Group Titles in Kona


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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Nine Americans finished atop their respective age groups at Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. In all, nearly 1,900 athletes from around the globe finished the ultra-challenging 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run event.

Additionally, a pair of Americans were victorious in the paratriathlon categories. Andre Kajlich (Seattle, Wash.) won the Male HC title in 10:30:19, while Amy Dodson (Tucson, Ariz.) claimed the Female PC win in 14:03:32.

Among the U.S. age group winners was Beatrice Burns (Hamden, Conn.), who also won the sprint and Olympic-distance women’s 70-74 titles on back-to-back days at August’s USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Burlington, Vt.

American age group winners at the 2012 Ironman World Championship:

Female 18-24: Allison Linnell (Miami, Fla.), 10:16:31
Female 25-29: Danielle Kehoe (Arvada, Colo.), 9:51:07
Female 40-44: Amy McGrath (Spring Branch, Texas), 10:13:42
Female 55-59: Laura Sophiea (Atlanta, Ga.), 11:09:30
Female 60-64: Judith Laney (Denver, Colo.), 12:27:51
Male 60-64: Rick Simpson (Plover, Wis.), 10:55:16
Female 65-69: Cherie Gruenfeld (Cathedral City, Calif.), 13:35:14
Female 70-74: Beatrice Burns (Hamden, Conn.), 15:28:11
Female 75-79: Harriet Anderson (San Carlos, Calif.), 16:59:19
Male HC: Andre Kajlich (Seattle, Wash.), 10:30:19
Female PC: Amy Dodson (Tucson, Ariz.), 14:03:32

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