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Alistair Brownlee wins debut Ironman

Double Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee won his debut full-distance Ironman.

The 31-year-old won in seven hours, 49 minutes and 20 seconds after the 2.4 mile swim was pulled for safety reasons and the race was changed to a duathlon in Cork, Ireland.

The win earned Brownlee a spot at October's Worlds in Kona, Hawaii.

Ireland's Bryan McCrystal, who had entered the transition from bike to run more than 15 minutes ahead of Brownlee, finished second, with Germany's Markus Thomschke third.

The race saw athletes complete a 112-mile bike ride before running a full 26.2-mile marathon.

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