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Paula Newby-Fraser's first Kona win

A bizarre circumstance kicked off the Queen of Kona's legendary Ironman career

Updated: November 7, 2012, 7:24 PM ET
By Bob Babbitt | Competitor.com

This article was originally published in the Sept./Oct. 2012 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine.

The year was 1986. Paula Newby-Fraser was making only her second trip to the Big Island. In 1985, as a rookie, the young woman from Zimbabwe had finished an impressive third and become someone to watch.

But the women to beat were the Canadian identical twins, Sylviane and Patricia Puntous. In both 1983 and 1984 they had finished first and second with Sylviane winning both ...

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