Jaenke best in world at conquering challenges

NEVER GIVE UP: Ipswich’s latest world champion Kym Jaenke.
NEVER GIVE UP: Ipswich’s latest world champion Kym Jaenke. Rick Kent Rick

IPSWICH'S sporting "Wonder Woman'', Kym Jaenke, has completed one of the toughest challenges a person can achieve.

She won her division at the world half-ironman championships in the United States.

Jaenke was world champion in the 35-40 years female class after a four hour, 45 minute, 17 second ordeal in and around the Las Vegas desert.

She came 258th overall after her 1.9km swim (28 minutes, 24 seconds), 90km bike ride (two hours, 40.36 minutes) and 21.1km run (one hour, 30.27 minutes).

More than 1800 competitors qualified for the world-renowned event.

Jaenke, 36, was still in Las Vegas yesterday, planning to return home on Sunday.

Long-time mentor and training partner Matt Casos heard from her via social media.

"She was over the moon,'' the Ipswich marathon runner said.

"She had a really good race. There were lots of hills on the bike leg and run leg.

"She was very pleased with winning a world title again.''

Those who know Jaenke will appreciate how much work she has put into defying the odds.

However, more remarkably, it fulfilled her ambition of conquering several of the world's most gruelling missions.

Jaenke had previously won a world triathlon title in her age group and collected a silver medal at the Hawaiian ironman championships.

She was almost put in an ambulance after last year's tortuous 3.8km swim, 180m ride and full marathon run in Hawaii.

But as she showed in Las Vegas, Jaenke thrives on being pushed to the limit.



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