Who came first in the race ?

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Jim, Catherine, Michele and Pete have participated in the school race.

The results are as follows;

Jim beats Catherine
Melanie beats Pete &
Pete beats Jim
Who came first in the race?

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If I just use the first letters of their names the above statements could be written as follows
1. J>C
2. M>P
3. P>J
Now all that is left is to string these statements together appropriately to get the answer.

M>P>J>C. So Melanie has won the race.