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Updated Nov 18, 2013 - 12:13 pm

US Rep. Sinema completes Ironman Arizona Triathlon

PHOENIX -- Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is heading back to Washington after completing the Ironman Arizona triathlon in Tempe over the weekend.

Sinema completed the event Sunday in 15 hours, 12 minutes, 34 seconds to become what organizers of the Ironman international competition saud is the first sitting member of Congress to finish the race.

The first-term Democratic lawmaker representing Arizona's 9th Congressional District completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycling ride and a 26.2-mile run.

She had hoped to complete the race in under 16 hours. Sinema earned much praise for her efforts from colleagues and staffers.

Sinema didn't know how to swim before beginning to train for the event about a year ago. She hired Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman, of Mesa, as her coach.

Sinema spokesman Justin Unga said she was on a plane headed back to Washington Monday morning.

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