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Greenwich Women Race At Triathlon World Championships

Amy Dixon of Greenwich, left, with her guide Lindsey Cook, finished eighth at the ITU World Triathlon Championships Saturday in Edmonton, Canada. Photo Credit: Contributed by Amy Dixon
Amy Dixon, right, of Greenwich, gets ready for the start of the race. Photo Credit: Contributed by Amy Dixon
Amy Dixon, right, a blind triathlete, runs with guide Lindsey Cook in the World Triathlon Championships. Photo Credit: Contributed by Amy Dixon

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Two Greenwich triathletes represented the United States last weekend in the International Triathlon Union World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.

Amy Dixon, with guide Lindsey Cook, finished eighth in the paratriathlon 5 sprint distance race. Emma Langley finished second in the Olympic distance race for women ages 18 and 19 years old.

Dixon has less than 1 percent vision. She developed uveitis, an inflammation of the uvea, 16 years ago and has progressively lost nearly all vision. She races in triathlons with a guide, who is tethered to Dixon during the swim and run. The guide also rides with Dixon on a tandem bike. Dixon travels with her Guiding Eyes dog, Elvis.

She finished the race in 1:26:59, second among U.S. athletes. Great Britain athletes took the top two spots, followed by an athlete from Spain.

Earlier this year, Dixon finished third in the Pan American Triathlon Confederation paratriathlon championships.

“The USA coach said he didn't want to see anyone smiling at the finish,’’ Dixon wrote on her Facebook page. “It should be painful. And it was. We all left everything on that course. But I couldn't help myself despite the pain. What an amazing day to share with the sweetest guide I've ever met, Miss Lindsey Cook. We are No. 8 in the whole world, having earned points all season in ITU races after being selected to the start list by USA Paratriathlon, and earning our spot on the USA team for worlds.”

Dixon was in sixth place coming out of the swim portion of the race but dropped two spots over the final two stages of the race.

Langley finished her race in 2:22:27, about five minutes behind winner Taylor Fogg of the United States. Langley, a student at William & Mary, also had the second fastest bike time among all of the participants.

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