Angie Girgis books her World Championship return to Hawaii

QUALIFIED AGAIN: Angie Girgis will be making her second appearance in the Ironman World Championship in October

QUALIFIED AGAIN: Angie Girgis will be making her second appearance in the Ironman World Championship in October

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Angie Girgis is set to make her return to the Ironman World Championship for the first time since making her debut back in 2010.

The Newmarket Cycling and Triathlon Club member qualified for the prestigious competition by finishing second in her age group in a recent Ironman race in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Girgis completed the gruelling challenge in 10 hours, 51 minutes and 15 seconds to set a new personal best, and claim one of two places up for grabs in October’s World Championship.

The 46-year-old was delighted to secure her second appearance at the iconic event, which will once again be held at the home of the Ironman race in Hawaii.

“I was really pleased to qualify,” Girgis said. “It was weird because when I crossed the line I spoke to the lady who had just finished ahead of me, and she thought she had finished third, which would have made me fourth.

“We then found out later that the two ladies who finished earlier had actually started 25 minutes before us.

“They had been in the fast wave for people who are supposed to finish the swim in under an hour.”

Girgis completed the first part of the race, a 2.4 mile swim, in 1.06.56 which was the fourth fastest time in her 45-49 year-olds category.

The Stetchworth-based athlete then completed the 112 mile bike ride in a time of 5.48.04, the seventh quickest in her section.

Girgis finished in style to post the fastest time in her category in the 26.2 mile marathon, finishing in 3.47.52 to give her an overall time of 10.51.15 and a new personal best.

“I wasn’t aiming to do it in under 11 hours,” said Girgis, whose previous best time was around the 10 hours and 54 minutes mark in Barcelona three years ago.

“I didn’t even keep an eye on the time as if you do that you can feel too much pressure.

“At all the Ironman races there are 50 slots available for the World Championship, which are spread out across all the age categories so there are only a few slots available in each race.”

Girgis’ last appearance at the World Championship was five years ago, where she finished in an overall time of 12.33.37.