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Chrissie Wellington breaks her own world record in Roth

Chrissie Wellington celebrates a third Challenge Roth victory
Chrissie Wellington crosses the finish-line in another world record time in front of huge crowds at Germany's Challenge roth

Britain's former Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington has taken a minute off her own long-distance triathlon world record in Germany.

The 34-year-old, from Norfolk, finished the 140-mile Challenge Roth course in eight hours, 18 minutes and 13 seconds.

Wellington admitted she did not expect to better the time of 8:19:13 she set on the same course last year.

"I seriously didn't think it was going to be possible," the Feltwell athlete told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I'm never defeatist going into a race, but realistic, and I knew it would be incredibly difficult to hit that mark.

I've got fireworks inside about Hawaii, I'm determined to do everything in my power to regain that title

Chrissie Wellington

"To go under it and to go under by another minute, and to run four minutes faster [in the marathon] than last year, is something I'm incredibly proud of and quite surprised to be honest."

Wellington was beaten by just four men while her marathon time of 2:44:35 was second only to mens' winner Anreas Raelert.

Wellington has become the first woman ever to finish an Ironman-distance race with a sub-two hours and 45 minutes marathon, and said that the final leg is one she has been determined to improve.

"We have been working very hard on the running, not necessarily the volume of running I'm doing but increasing the quality and particularly the intensity," she said.

"Training up at altitude in Boulder [Colorado] really does benefit me, it makes your body work harder so when you come back to sea-level you feel like you've got a lot more air, particularly on the run."

After securing a third successive world record Roth win, Wellington now turns her attention to Hawaii, and the Ironman World championship.

She won the title on her debut in 2007, only her second Ironman race, and retained it in 2008 and 2009 but a mixture of illnesses, including pneumonia and West Nile virus, ruled her out of a fourth title in 2010.

"Obviously I've got fireworks inside about Hawaii, I'm determined to do everything in my power to regain that title, not racing last year was an incredible disappointment," she added.

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