Anuradha qualifies for Half Ironman Triathlon world meet

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Pune, Mar 5 (UNI) Anuradha Vaidyanathan has become the first Indian woman to qualify for the Half Ironman Triathlon world championship to be held at Clearwater, Florida, in November.

The gruelling event involves a 2-km swim, 180-km bike ride and a 42.2 kilometre run.

Anuradha qualified for the world championship after making the cut in the Triathlon championship held at New Zealand recently.

Anuradha's race result at the Ironman New Zealand triathlon was a personal best time of 12:47, making her the 89th woman out of 246 overall (including the professionals) and 30th woman on the run.

''I was very happy that the Indian flag was put up at this event because of me and I was very proud to put on a great show and dig deep. I cannot wait for next year, when I will have a solid year of training under my belt,'' she said here today.

The CEO of PatNMarks, a patent consultancy, Anuradha's professional life has also been on the upswing. After a short stint with IBM, this techie decided to be her own boss and set up a consultancy firm in Bangalore and a branch office in Chennai.

She has thanked her sponsor Wildcraft for paying the entry-fee for this race. ''It would have been difficult for me to reach this stage without their support,'' she said.

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