Patrick Lange defends crown at Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, Vietnam

Monday, 2019-05-13 13:30:37
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Athletes during the 90km ride competition.
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NDO – Ironman world champion and course record holder Patrick Lange claimed top honour in the men’s category at the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, Vietnam, which took place in the central coastal city of Da Nang on May 12.

The event brought together roughly 2,200 athletes from 50 countries, including nearly 1,000 from Vietnam (a 20-fold increase against 2015) and over 40 professional athletes, who competed for a prize purse of US$75,000.

The competitors joined in a race that started with a 1.9km swim at the beach, followed by a 90km ride along the coastline, and concluded with a 21km run.

It came as little surprise that Germany’s Patrick Lange was crowned the fastest man with a combined time of three hours, 49 minutes and nine seconds, trailed by Australians Tim van Berkel (3:50:57) and Tim Reed (3:52:14).

Patrick Lange continue to dominate the men's category. (Photo: baovanhoa.vn)

Holly Lawrence of Wales claimed the women’s crow with a time of four hours, four minutes and 40 seconds, while Australia’s Sarah Crowley and the Czech Republic’s Radka Kahlefeldt came in second (4:8:55) and third place (4:11:04), respectively. Notably, Holly Lawrence also topped the swimming and riding competitions.

Holly Lawrence claims the women's title. (Photo: baovanhoa.vn)

At the closing ceremony, the organising committee announced the list of 50 athletes who have qualified for the Ironman 7.3 World Championship, to be held in Nice, France, on September 7-8, including five Vietnamese athletes.

Under the framework of the tournament, a charity run entitled “Newborn Vietnam Run Out” was organised with the aim to raise funds for Newborns Vietnam, a UK-registered NGO dedicated to reducing neonatal mortality in Southeast Asia, with a specific focus on Vietnam.