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Shirin Gerami Makes History, Becoming First Iranian Woman to Finish Kona Ironman Triathlon

Just over 13 hours after her start time, with the wind at her back and soft tropical rains coming down through the 82-degree night sky, Shirin Gerami held the Iranian flag behind her as "The Voice of Ironman" Mike Reilly bellowed out the long-awaited words, "Shirin Gerami, YOU are an Ironman." Shirin is the first woman who has ever been allowed to represent Iran in triathlon competitions, and on Saturday we watched history in the making as a beaming Shirin soared across the finish line in Kona, HI, securing her place as the first Iranian woman to become an Ironman World Champion.
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