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Over 2,000 Athletes Participate in Ironman Triathlon at Lake Taupo, New Zealand

TAUPO, NEW ZEALAND, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — More than 2,000 athletes from more than 40 countries and territories took part in two Ironman triathlon races in heavy rain. Both were held on Saturday in and around Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake. Australia.

Ironman New Zealand challenges athletes in a 3.8km swim that starts and finishes on the shores of Lake Taupo, a 180km ride through the countryside around Taupo and a 42.2km run along the lakeshore. Ironman 70.3 (miles) New Zealanders swim 1.9 km, cycle 90 km and run 21.1 km.

Auckland-based Dan Ploes won the men’s age-group overall title in 8:50:12, while Melbourne-based Vanessa Murray crossed the line to win the women’s event in 9:41:10. did.

A half distance 70.3 (mile) competition was also held as New Zealand’s Jack Moody won the men’s gold in 3:49:18 and Sweden’s Anna Bergsten won the women’s title in 4:21:09. I was.

Postponed from its usual March-December dates due to COVID restrictions implemented earlier this year, Ironman New Zealand welcomed international athletes to the event for the first time since 2020. Athletes have traveled to New Zealand from over 40 countries and territories, including: Australia, China, Canada, Germany, Japan, USA, UK, South Africa.

Ironman New Zealand is the first Ironman qualifying event. Ironman Canada becomes Kona’s official qualifying event a year before he began offering slots to the World Championships in 1985. The race was held in Auckland until 1998 before moving to its current venue, Taupo.

http://www.newzealandnews.net/news/273187669/over-2000-athletes-race-in-ironman-triathlon-at-new-zealand-lake-taupo Over 2,000 Athletes Participate in Ironman Triathlon at Lake Taupo, New Zealand

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