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The well-known phrase of “age is just a number” really rings true for Malaysian Yee Sze Mun who is set to participate in the upcoming Ironman 70.3 sports event at the age of 80.
“Yee Sze Mun is the oldest triathlon athlete in Asia who still regularly takes part in triathlon competitions,” said Nathalie Marquet, the CEO of MetaSport, the event’s promoter.
Yee is the first athlete from his country who received the Ironman Hall of Fame award in 2015, and has so far participated in 16 Ironman events and 150 triathlon competitions.
“The presence of Yee Sze Mun will bring more prestige to Ironman 70.3 Bintan 2017,” added Nathalie.
Slated on Aug. 20, the competition is a long-distance triathlon race organized by the World Triathlon Corporation in Bintan. Elite athletes from 42 countries as well as 1,200 amateur athletes have confirmed to take part in the event, including Fredrick Croneborg and Kate Bevilaqua who were last year’s winners.
The race will start early in the morning with a 1.9-kilometer swim at the Plaza Lagoi, Bintan Resort. The athletes will then take a 90-km (one lap) cycle route across the island. The race will later end with a three-lap of 21-km running track.
A total prize of US$15,000 and 30 slots for taking part in Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Afrika next year will be given to winners of this competition.
Apart from adults, 300 Indonesian children reportedly would also take part in the event, tackling the 1.5-km running track at the Ironkids Fun Run.
The island will also host a live music performance, culinary festival, lucky draw and meet and greet session with the elite athletes who participate in the race. (kes)