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3 blind school girls complete Little Ironman triathlon challenges

2015/04/12 22:09:40

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) Three blind elementary school students completed all challenges in the Little Ironman triathlon games held in the central Taiwan municipal city of Taichung Sunday, winning media applause.

The 12-year-old Yang Tzu-ling (楊紫羚), 10-year-old Lin Ssu-chia (林思嘉) and seven-year-old Liang Yu-han (梁瑜涵) finished the events of cycling, swimming and running that were specially designed for blind athletes in the Shen Shih Cup (神獅盃) Little Ironman Triathlon, organized by the Lions Club of Shen'gang District of the city and the district's Athletic Association.

The triathlon was attended by more than 200 elementary school students for challenges including a 5-kilometer cycling race, a 1.3-kilometer running race, and a swimming race that is divided into three groups: 50 meters for the 5th-6th graders, 25 meters for the 3rd-4th graders, and 15 meters for the 1st-2nd graders.

For the athletes with serious visual impairment, the running and cycling events were held in a way that they run and bike on machines fixed on the ground.

With the assistance of mileage calculator, the specially-designed games give a chance for blind students to take part in triathlon races, Shengang Lions Club president Huang Ching-hsun (黃敬勳) said.

Lin said she had desired to attend triathlon races for a long time. For her, "running and riding a bicycle feels like taking an airplane," she said.

(By Chen Shu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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