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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 and native New Zealander Bevan Docherty earned a top-three finish in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas today.

Docherty, a three-time Olympian, crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 25 seconds — just two minutes, 10 seconds back of winner Sebastian Kienle of Germany [3:54:35]. Kienle’s time was a course record.

Craig Alexander of Australia took second [3:55:36].

The 70.3 consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run.

Santa Cruz resident Paul Matthews also competed, coming in 21st place [4:17:04].

Santa Cruz resident Paul Matthews was one of two county residents to place in the top 25 of the Ironman 70.3 Vineman triathlon in Sonoma County on July 15, coming in third overall.

Matthews completed the race in 3 hours, 47 minutes, 55 seconds to finish behind winner Greg Bennet of Boulder, Colo., [3:45:39] and runner-up Joe Gambles, also of Boulder [3:46:14].

Matthews, 29, finished the 1.2-mile swim in 21:54, the 56-mile bike in 2:07:09, and the 13.1-mile run in 1:15:54.

Fellow Santa Cruz resident and pro triathlete Eric Clarkson placed 23rd [4:13:27]. He finished the swim in 23:35, the bike in 2:20:41 and the run in 1:25:25.

The event was a qualifier for the Ironman World Championships, which will be held in Las Vegas in September.

Results included in this report are from

Santa Cruz resident Paul Matthews followed up a top-10 finish in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon at the end of April with a top-5 finish in the Avia Wildflower Triathlon over the weekend.

Matthews conquered the hills of Lake San Antonio, and the lake itself, in a total of 4 hours, 3 minutes, 20 seconds to place fourth among elite men. He finished the 1.2-mile swim in 22:18, the bike in 2:17:08, and the run in 01:20:46.

Jesse Thomas of Springfield, Ore., won the event in 3:58:59.

Results in this report are from the Wildflower website.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

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