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Ironman: Age group women’s contenders


How’d you like to be competing Saturday in the women’s 25-29 age group? Sorry, maybe I should rephrase that – how’d you like to be competing agains super age group athlete Louise Collins on Saturday?

The former national team rower from England came within a minute or so of winning Ironman Lanzarote overall. (OK, Catriona Morrison did spend somewhere around 40 minutes on the side of the road waiting for her bike to get fixed before she managed to pass Collins with a few kilometers to run.)

Collins will be making her debut Saturday in Kona, but there are a number of age group world champions who are back to either defend their titles, or try to win a new age group.

Included in that number are:

* Lindsay Wohlers, 18-24
* Jennifer Chalmers, 35-39
* Lisbeth Kenyon, 40-44
* Rose Wilson, 55-59
* Diane Ridgeway, 60-64
* Cherie Gruenfeld, 65-69
* Harriet Anderson, 70-74

Some other women who we’ll be watching closely Saturday include:

Three-time age group champion Donna Kay Ness, competing in the 45-49.

Theresa Rider, who won her age group here in 2006, and recently went 10:34 at Ironman Canada, will be the one to beat in the5 50-54 age group.

Laura Sophia, a former 50-54 champ, will be another woman to watch in the 55-59 category.

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