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Austrian wins women's triathlon

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ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Austrian Kate Allen won gold in the Olympic women's triathlon Wednesday while American Susan Williams took the bronze.

Allen was time in two hours, four minutes, 43.45 seconds.

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"This was the best feeling of my career," Allen said. "I concentrated on one race and this was it. It's sensational that I have the gold."

Australian Loretta Harrop held the lead until she was passed by Allen in a dash near the end of the run. She finished in second, 6.72 seconds behind Allen. Williams was 25.47 seconds off the pace.

"It's an incredible feeling," said Williams. "To come away with a medal is just wonderful. It was the race of my life."

Williams finished third despite crashing during the first bicycle lap.

"The bike got away from me a little bit and I saw a blue barrier ahead of me and thought to myself, 'That looks pretty soft,'" Williams said. "I just received a couple of small scratches, and it didn't really slow me down much."

The triathlon combines a 1.5-kilometer swim and, a 40-kilometer ride on the bike and a 10-kilometer run.

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