Top class field to take part in Asia Duathlon
THIS weekend’s Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship — Malaysia will see 3,500 participants doing battle in Putrajaya.
Certified by The Malaysia Book of Records as the “Largest Participation of Duathlon Championships” and recognised as the world’s biggest Powerman Duathlon, a top class field will be in action.
World No 3 Thomas Bruins from the Netherlands and World No 5 Airi Sawada from Japan will be among the elite athletes contending for the championship title. Malaysia will be represented by local hero and multi-sports athlete Jason Loh in the elite category. National para-athlete Mohd Sabki Ariffin will be contending for the individual short category title.
“We have closed registration due to overwhelming number of participants. This is to ensure that the participants’ safety and comfort are not compromised during their race for the Asia Championship title,” said Iskandar Shahril, race director of Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
Reigning champion Thomas Bruins is anticipating a highly competitive race, stating that “a greater number of participants, the weather and my fitness condition will be the primary concern building up to the race.
“I will ensure that I am prepared mentally and physically for the race,” added Bruins, who was also the winner of the inaugural Powerman Thailand and Powerman Indonesia held in January and February respectively.
The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia consists of four main categories — the Powerman Individual Classic and Powerman Classic Team Relay (10km run–60km bike–10km run); and the Powerman Individual Short and Powerman Short Team Relay (5km run–30km bike– 5km run).
The top three winners in each race category will be entitled to a VIP entry ticket for the 2017 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Switzerland.
The world championship consists of a 10km run–150km bike30KM run.