Having entered on an impulse, Hong Kong triathlete Claire Murray produced the best result of her career after she finished third in the Iron Man New Zealand yesterday. Murray finished the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run around the Lake Taupo course in nine hours and 59.02 minutes to lie behind three-time Ironman winner Jo Lawn from New Zealand and American Monica Kaplan, who were first and second respectively. 'I took part because my coach Siri Lindley said that I was in good shape and that I should enter the race. My reaction was if 'Siri thinks I'm ready, I'll give it a go',' Murray said yesterday. Murray has been training in New Zealand for the past month and had no plans to take part. But coach Lindley, a former world triathlon champion, who was in Taupo as part of the race broadcasting crew, convinced her to take part. 'I am absolutely delighted with the result. The late entry gave me no time to get nervous. When Siri told me to race, I had no second thoughts. I can't thank her enough,' Murray said. Murray exited the swim in fourth place in 55.21 minutes. She settled quickly into the bike and overtook Japan's Naomi Imaizumi, who had overtaken her at the start of the bike ride to remain in fourth place. Murray was handed a four-minute stand-down penalty for drafting, but she ran solidly and caught third-placed Bella Commerford at the 24km mark before holding on to finish third. The result will see Murray qualify automatically for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in October. 'I will have to reassess my season now that I have qualified for Hawaii,' Murray said. In the men's event, former Hong Kong resident Gordo Byrn finished second. The Canadian clocked 8:39:52 to finish 17 minutes behind winner Cameron Brown of New Zealand.