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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Japan wins women’s triathlon gold medal

  • Nurni Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Fri, August 31, 2018   /   07:45 pm
Asian Games: Japan wins women’s triathlon gold medal Japan's Yuko Takahashi celebrates after crossing the finishing line to win the women's triathlon during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 31, 2018. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Takahashi Yuko of Japan stormed to the gold medal in the women’s Olympic distance triathlon at the 18th Asian Games in the South Sumatra capital of Palembang on Friday.

Yuko completed the endurance race in a combined time of 1:59:29. She clocked 19.02 minutes in the 1,500-m swimming, 1:20:04 in the 40-km cycling and 39:01 in the final 10-km run.

“It was not easy but I was feeling good with high-level competition in hot weather,” said Yuko after the medal presentation.

She set the pace throughout the race, which saw four triathletes throw in the towel before the finish line on account of the heat. Zhong Mengying of China took the silver and Hoi Long of Macau the bronze.

Indonesia’s Andi Ameera Sayaka Cakravastia only managed to finish 17th in 2:38:54, but said she settled for the result in her Asian Games debut. “Completing the race is already a record for me as I used to compete in a race half this distance,” she said.