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Sister Madonna Buder unable to finish IRONMAN championship

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"Met sister Madonna at Seatac on the way to Kona : )" - KHQ Facebook friend, Jason Putney "Met sister Madonna at Seatac on the way to Kona : )" - KHQ Facebook friend, Jason Putney
This chart from Ironman.com shows that Sister Madonna dropped out of the Ironman championship during the bike portion of the triathlon. This chart from Ironman.com shows that Sister Madonna dropped out of the Ironman championship during the bike portion of the triathlon.
(Watch past coverage of Sister Madonna Buder and see old photos of her competing above)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Everyone was rooting for the 84-year-old nun, but Sister Madonna Buder from Spokane, was not able to finish the Ironman World Championship race in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday.  Sister Madonna has been called, "The Iron Nun," a name she most definitely deserves as she has completed 45 Ironman races and more than 350 triathlons. At the age of 84, this is quite an accomplishment but apparently was not enough for Sister Madonna.

She tried to make history on Saturday by becoming the oldest person ever to finish an Ironman championship race. Sister Madonna already holds the record for being the oldest person to complete an Ironman race but she wanted to make a new record as the oldest person to finish a championship Ironman race. At the 2005 Hawaii Ironman, at age 75, The Iron Nun became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing 1 hour before the 17-hour midnight cut-off time. At the 2006 Hawaii Ironman, at age 76, she again became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing with a time of 16:59:03.

It is not yet clear what may have caused her to stop. According to www.ironman.com, Sister Madonna finished the swim in two hours and eighteen minutes but only finished 74.7 miles of the 112 mile bike race and therefore never made it to the running portion of the triathlon.

Sister Madonna is was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014 and according to usatriathlon.org "The Iron Nun" has 12 age-group victories at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and has won dozens of national and world titles in Olympic-distance events.

An Ironman competition includes a 24 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race and finally a 26.2 mile run.

Taking first place in the race Saturday was Germany's Sebastian Kienle. This was his first time winning the championship, beating out American Ben Hoffman by more than five minutes.

Kienle, 30, completed the triathlon in 8 hours, 14 minutes, 18 seconds. He was 38th after the swim and took the lead 95 miles into the bike leg. Kienle finished the swim in 54:38, the bike ride in 4:20.46 and the run in 2:54.36.

"I never thought I was going to win this," said Kienle, the Ironman 70.3 winner in 2012 and 2013. "Never judge a life on one bad day. Judge it on for the best day."

Hoffman finished in 8:19:23. In third place was Jan Frodeno of Germany with a time of 8:20:32.

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