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Swiss, Chilean athletes win Ironman triathlon in Taitung

2017/03/19 18:04:03

(Photo courtesy of Taitung County government)

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) A Swiss man and a Chilean woman won the men's and women's professional titles, respectively, in the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Taiwan triathlon competition that took place Sunday in the southeastern county of Taitung.

Ruedi Wild of Switzerland and Barbara Riveros of Chile took the titles with finishing times of 3 hours, 42 minutes and 54 seconds, and 4:13:21, respectively.

The Ironman 70.3 -- 70.3 miles equals 113 kilometers -- is a race consisting of three events combined into one big endurance challenge: a 1.9-km swim, a 90-km bicycle ride and a 21.1-km run.

In the men's pro event, Timothy O'Donnell of the United States came in second place with a time of 3:45:30, and Switzerland's Sven Riederer placed third with 3:49:08.

In the women's pro event, Radka Vodickova of Czech Republic finished second with 4:17:05, and Russia's Mariya Shorets came in third with 4:19:40.

The best Taiwanese athletes were Wang Chih-yuan (王志袁), who finished with 4:30:53, and his female compatriot Lee Chun-chieh (李淳潔), who finished with 5:22:54.

The triathlon attracted 1,709 athletes from around the world.

The one-lap swim section took place in Flowing Lake, and the cycling and running courses took competitors along the coastline of Taitung in eastern Taiwan.

(By Tyson Lu and Kuo Chung-han)