Champ Catherine shows her mettle

Catherine Faux, iron man competitor.
Catherine Faux, iron man competitor.
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A Sheffield University medical student put in a steely performance – to win the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Catherine Faux, aged 25, broke the amateur course record in style as she stormed to victory.

The gruelling challenge consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle ride and finally a full marathon.

She finished the race in a staggering nine hours and 15 minutes, and for being the fastest amateur on the day – and by coming 10th among 35 women professionals – experts have labelled Catherine’s race as the greatest ever female age group Ironman performance.

She said: “It has been the aim all year to win the championship so it was more a successful plan of execution – which makes it all the more rewarding when you have been working towards it for so long.”

Catherine’s tutor Dr Tim Chico said: “This is the most prestigious triathlon race in the world. I would be surprised if this was not the most impressive sporting achievement by any current Sheffield University student of all time – she won her age group, and was the fastest amateur woman overall and broke the course record.”