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Does swimming need a Kona?asks Simon Griffiths


For many triathletes, earning a spot to compete in the Ironman World Championships is the pinnacle of triathlon achievement. In the world of sport, the Ironman World Championships is unusual in that you don’t need to be a professional to take part. A recreational tennis player can’t compete in Wimbledon and an amateur golfer can’t play in the US Masters, but a weekend warrior triathlete can go head-tohead with the best in their sport, on the same course and on the same day. While triathlon features in the Olympics, it is Ironman, and the prospect of racing in Kona, that inspires thousands to take up the sport.

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