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Conrad Stoltz powered his way to yet more sporting history for South Africa on Sunday when he became the first ever off-road triathlete to win four World Championship Xterra titles.

His latest triumph came when he won the event in Makena Maui, Hawaii.

It was a belated birthday present for Stoltz, who turned 37 on October 23. He dominated the international field of 550 triathletes before completing the course in 2hr 31min 7sec, more than five minutes ahead of his closest competition.

It was his record fourth victory in the event, which is considered the world championship of off-road triathlons.

The victory earned Stoltz a handy $20,000.

The three-discipline course consisted of a one-mile swim off Makena Beach, a 20-mile mountain bike up and down the lower slopes of Haleakala, and a seven-mile trail and beach run.

ÔÇ£I don’t think I could have done a better race today, it was really, really magical,ÔÇØ said Stoltz, whose previous wins came in 2001, 2002 and 2007. ÔÇ£I will treasure this memory forever.ÔÇØ

Franky Batelier of France placed second with a total time of 2:36:14. Michael Weiss of Austria was third, followed by Olivier Marceau of France in fourth, and Nico Lebrun of France in fifth.
Spain’s Eneko Llanos, who won the race last year and was also seeking a fourth Xterra world title, placed sixth.


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