AN ATTEMPT to gain a rare international qualification has ended in something even more impressive for Melanie Harris.

The Bendigo kettlebell ace was striving to achieve the rank of master of sport international class (MSIC), when she competed in a Ketacademy sanctioned half-marathon event this month.

Harris became only the third Australian athlete to obtain her MSIC, which is the highest international ranking in the sport.

But what unfolded next for the Bendigo athlete made her success doubly sweet.

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