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Newby-Fraser, Paula (1962–)

Zimbabwean-born American triathlete. Born Paula Newby-Fraser, 1962, in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Won the national Ironman Triathlon in the women's division, South Africa (1985); finished 3rd in her 1st world-class Ironman race (1985); finished 2nd in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, but later named winner after 1st-place finisher was disqualified (1986); was 8-time Ironman Triathlon world champion (1986, 1988, 1989, 1991–94, 1996); finished 3rd in the Hawaii Ironman and the Ironman world championships (1987); was 4-time Ironman Japan champion (1988, 1990–92) and 4-time Nice International Triathlon champion (1989–92); was 3-time Ironman Europe champion (1992, 1994, 1995), 3-time Ironman Lanzarote champion (1994, 1995, 1997), Ironman Canada champion (1996), 2-time Ironman Australia champion (1996, 1997) and Ironman South Africa champion (2000). Named Greatest All-Around Female Athlete in the World by "Wide World of Sports" and Los Angeles Times (1989); named Professional Athlete of the Year by Women's Sports Foundation and Female Pro Athlete of the Decade by Los Angeles Times (1990); inducted into Breitbard Hall of Fame at Hall of Champions Sports Museum (2000).

See also Women in World History.

Newby-Fraser, Paula (1962–)

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