Normann Stadler of Germany seized the lead in the bike ride and held on in the marathon for a 10-minute margin of victory Saturday at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. \nStadler, a 33-year-old professional triathlete, won the grueling race in 8 hours, 33 minutes, 29 seconds. \nHe took the lead at about the 48.3km mark of the 180.2km bicycle ride, passing countryman Jan Sibbersen, a 29-year-old former Olympic swimmer who led after the 3.9km ocean swim. \nStadler took command of the race and was never challenged. Last year, he led after the bicycle ride but faded in the run and finished fourth. \n"I was told before the race that a cyclist can't win in Hawaii, but I won," said Stadler, who joins 1997 champion Thomas Hellreigel as the only Germans to win the event. \nFellow German Nina Kraft won the woman's race with a time of 9:33:35. She was the third woman out of the water, but quickly moved into the lead in the bike ride. \nIn the men's competition, defending champion and three-time winner Peter Reid of Victoria, Canada, was 13th after the bike ride and used a strong performance in the marathon to finish second in 8:43:40. \nFaris Al-Sultan, a student and professional triathlete also from Germany, was third in 8:45:14.
While COVID-19 seeps daily into the consciousness of the White House, 1,900 kilometers away in Wichita, Kansas, a British tennis player is helping families who know poverty, but are yet to feel the full effects of the coronavirus. As Katie Swan waits for the Tour to resume — and for Wimbledon to decide whether or not to hold this year’s championships, scheduled to start on June 29 — she prepares part-time and turns the rest of her energies to helping disadvantaged people in her adopted city. The Bristol-born player has lived in Wichita for seven years with her mother, Nicki, her father,
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