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Queenstown triathlete Tamsin Browne’s stoked, but also totally surprised, to have broken five hours for a half ironman for the first time.

The 36-year-old’s pictured in the course of last month’s Tauranga Half — a 2km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run — which she completed in 4 hours, 58 minutes, 35 seconds.

In so doing she beat her previous personal best, in last summer’s Taupo half ironman, by almost nine minutes — and was 30th fastest woman out of 157 females and fifth in her age group.

While admitting the Tauranga course is easier, Browne had trained considerably less.

‘‘I’ve slimmed down [training] a lot, a lot to do with work.’’

She says the run, coming after the swim and bike legs, was pretty hard.

She suffered a painful toe ‘‘and some other niggles as well’’.

She adds she’s ‘‘super-honoured’’, in view of money being tight, that QLDC Sport & Recreation renewed its sponsorship of her.

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