Australian Lauren Parker creates history at Ironman triathlon world championships in Utah

Australian Lauren Parker has made a successful return to the Ironman triathlon world championships with a history-making finish in the handcycle division.

The 33-year-old finished the 3.8-kilometre swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km marathon run event at St George, Utah in 14 hours and 47 seconds.

She is the first Australian woman to finish the Ironman world championships in the handcycle category.

Parker, who last year won silver at the Tokyo Paralympics and gold at the world paratriathlon championships, also posted the fastest handcycle time by a woman at the Ironman world championships.

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