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Santa Cruz resident and Australia native Paul Matthews, a professional triathlete, took second place in the Ironman Arizona over the weekend in Tempe, Ariz.

Matthews finished the 2.4-mile swim in 48 minutes, 27 seconds, the 112-mile bike in 4:24:31, and the marathon in 2:48:27 for an 8:04:58 finish — just less than two minutes behind winner Nils Frommhold of Germany [8:03:13].

TJ Tollakson of Des Moines, Iowa, rounded out the top three [8:07:36].

Also from Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz’s Cindy Padilla, 37, finished in 13:11:08 with a division rank of 55; Watsonville’s Rachel Montoya, 36, finished in 13:36:30 with a division rank of 80; Santa Cruz’s Johan Schimmel, 49, finished in 11:21:39 with a division rank of 82; Scotts Valley’s Elle Washburn, 40, finished in 14:00:00 with a division rank of 83; Scotts Valley’s Kevin Abruzzini, 46, finished in 13:39:43 with a division rank of 235; Portland’s Nick Moless, 34 and a Santa Cruz native, finished in 12:10:00 with a division rank of 159.

Results included in this report are from the Ironman website.

Note: Know of someone else from the Santa Cruz area who competed? Mention them in the comments and I’ll add their results to this post!

Santa Cruz resident Johan Schimmel finished 24th in the Auburn International Triathlon half ironman on Sunday, braving wind and temperatures that hit the high 80s en route to also taking second in his age group.

Schimmel, 49, ranked 14th in both the swim and the bike. He finished the 1.2-mile swim in 36 minutes, 33.8 seconds and completed the 56-mile bike in 3:08:16.3. He finished the 13.1-mile run in 3:11:32.8 for an overall time of 5:59:18.1.

Chris Pollak won in 4:58:42.4.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

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