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Triathlon great Chrissie Wellington wins age group, runs 2:49 at London Marathon

The four-time Ironman world champion ran the London Marathon for the second time in 2017.

Chrissie Wellington

When Chrissie Wellington announced earlier this year that she would run the London Marathon, many wondered how fast the four-time Ironman world champion was capable of running. Would she run close to her fastest marathon time in a triathlon (2:44:35 at Challenge Roth in 2011) or would she simply complete the race for fun?

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Winning the women’s 40 to 44 age group, Wellington clocked 2:49:01 at Sunday’s race. That’s nearly 20 minutes faster than her time at the London Marathon 15 years ago, when she ran 3:08 in the early days of her endurance sport career.

Wellington, 40, retired from pro triathlon in 2012. She still holds the all-time fastest women’s full distance time in the sport.

This story originally appeared at triathlonmagazine.ca.