Top class field to take part in Asia Duathlon

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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