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Impressive finish for Petty in Miami

Veteran triathlete Steven Petty recorded an impressive second-place finish in the male 60-64 category at the Miami Ironman competition at the weekend.

The event — a 1.2 swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a half-marathon run — saw Petty clock a time of five hours, 49 minutes and 51 seconds, which saw him finish 1140th overall.

Petty, who has competed in more triathlons than any other Bermudian, was up against 24 participants in his category.

Johnathan Betts was the top Bermudian finisher, posting a time of five hours, 16 minutes and 53 seconds, to cross the line in 574th position overall.

Ten Bermuda triathletes competed in the event, including Michael Schindal (5:24:43) who came 707th; Claire de Ste Croix (5:33:17) who posted a 832nd finish; and Christine Patton (5:39:14) who crossed the line in 937th.

A total of 3133 competitors took part in the annual event, which was won by 2008 World Ironman Champion Teronzo Bozzone of New Zealand who finished in 3:41:17.

Helle Fredericksen of Denmark took the women's title in a time of 4:03:38.

Betts said the Island's runners could be proud of their efforts considering they were competing in difficult conditions.

“There were a lot of first timers like Sharon Hammond, Sharon Austin, Deanna Dydck, Lesley-Jane Smith, Laura Farge and Tim Palmer who put in great performances in hot and quite windy conditions,” he said.

“Christine Patton improved on last year's performance by 20 minutes, and Lesley-Jane had a very strong age group swim.”

• Bermuda Triathlon Association will be holding the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Triathlon in St George's on Sunday.

To enter online, and to get further details, visit www.racedayworld.com.

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Published October 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Updated October 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm)

Impressive finish for Petty in Miami

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