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Ironman 70.3 Texas joy for Kimberley Morrison after superb cycle leg earns dominant victory

PUBLISHED: 10:12 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:12 03 April 2017

Kimberley Morrison drops to her knees to celebrate victory at Ironman 70.3 Texas. Picture: @TriathlonKim on Twitter

Kimberley Morrison drops to her knees to celebrate victory at Ironman 70.3 Texas. Picture: @TriathlonKim on Twitter

@TriathlonKim on Twitter

An excellent cycle leg saw Norfolk triathlon star Kimberley Morrison storm to victory at Ironman 70.3 Texas.

The 29-year-old, from Bale, near Fakenham, was three minutes behind Lauren Brandon after the 1.9km swim but turned that into a seven-minute lead by the end of the 90km bike stage.

Morrison’s cycle of two hours, 10 minutes and 38 seconds was eight minutes faster than any other woman and less than five minutes slower than men’s race winner Mauricio Mendes, the off-road triathlon world champion.

Having finished second at Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires three weeks earlier, Morrison completed the course in Texas in 04:15.40 hours.

• Elsewhere on Sunday, Cringleford athlete Joe Skipper was at the Ironman African Championship in South Africa and came home in 12th place.

The 29-year-old completed his first major race of the year in 08:28.46 hours. The former Notre Dame High School pupil finished the 3.8km swim in 53.59 minutes, then the 180km cycle in 4:32.04 hours, then topped it off with a marathon time of 2:57.57 hours.

Skipper became the first British athlete to complete a full Ironman in under eight hours last summer and is heading for Ironman Texas on Saturday, April 22.

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