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The Pros You Won’t See In Kona

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Jul 27, 2012
Photo: Nils Nilsen


Chris Lieto

After spending most of 2011 and early 2012 dealing with an injury, Chris Lieto hasn’t been able to race a full Ironman to validate his start in Kona this year. In an interview with Triathlete.com, he said, “It’s highly unlikely I’ll be racing the Hawaii Ironman this year.” The injury is a “lower leg tightness,” which he suspects has manifested in Achilles tendonosis. “I’ve been able to train and race but have always been dealing with a limited ability to train and run, having to cut things back or do things delicately or adjust. … I’ll just focus on 70.3 worlds and there are plenty of races going on around the Ironman Hawaii that I can focus on, as well as coming back next year full force there.”

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the associate editor for Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines. She received her B.A. in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University and is a multiple half-marathon finisher.

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