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Army captain Kat Matthews takes silver medal at Iron Man World Championships

The Ironman triathlon event involves a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run to finish.

The Army's Captain Kat Matthews took 2nd place in her debut at the Ironman World Championship.

Triathlon fans from all over the world tuned in to watch the postponed 2021 Ironman World Championship take place in St George, Utah – the first time the event has taken place outside of Hawaii.

Capt Matthews a newcomer to the championship event, hung on for second with an 8:43:49 finish time behind a dominant, now five-time world champion Daniela Ryf who finished with a time of 8:34:69.

The Ironman triathlon event involves a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run to finish.

After her outstanding medal performance, Capt Matthews spoke to Forces News and revealed her dream of finishing on the podium.

"I think I dreamed of finishing on the podium here," she said.

"I let myself believe I could win on the right day. To actually pull it off is a whole other feat and I'm still so baffled on how my body and brain were able to do it.

"I'm really, really happy."

Former British Army gunner and Olympic bronze medalist Karriss Artingstall heaped on the praise of Capt Matthews.

Artingstall, who served with the Royal Artillery said on Twitter: "Incredible from @Katr_Matthews – 2nd to cross the line for the females at the Iron Man World Championships.

"Unbelievable athlete."

Cover image: Kat Matthews in action at the World Championships. (Credit: British Army Sport & BMCProTri)