Saturday 29 April 2017

WATCH - Inspirational burn victim Turia Pitt completes world's toughest triathlon

Pitt crosses the line and ticks off a major personal goal. Picture: Mark J. Terrill/APSource:AP
Pitt crosses the line and ticks off a major personal goal. Picture: Mark J. Terrill/APSource:AP
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An Australian runner who suffered burns to 65pc of her boday after being trapped in a bush fire during a race has completed the world's toughest triathlon.

Turia Pitt suffered life-threatening burns and was told she would never compete again after the 2011 ultra-marathon in Western Australia.

The 29-year-old has undergone over 200 operations and was hospitalised for 864 days following unfortunate incident  and was hailed as a 'an amazing role model' on social media after completing the 226km (140 mile) Hawaii event on Sunday.

The race consisted of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run in a time of 14:37:30.

She had to compete in custom-made gear to deal with humidity and used special gear and brake levers because of the injuries she had suffered to her hands.

Before the race, Pitt told the Herald Sun the final section of the Ironman World Championships would be a tough test.

“Because of my burns, I can’t regulate my own body temperature. I have to make adjustments or use standard tri gear in different ways ... I will need things such as cooling sleeves and white suits to deal with the heat in Kona,’’ she said.

“I’d rather take a crack at it and fail than not even try at all.”

What an amazing person.

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