Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo played host to a new Ironman 70.3 event yesterday, with 63 countries represented in total across the age-group field.
Just over 556 triathletes conquered the course, with many others succumbing to the heat as temperatures reached the 30’s. First over the line was Olivier Godhart of Luxemburg, who had no such problem by finishing with a huge 17 minute cushion over the second-placed finisher in 4:06:06. Godhart was only one of three to record a run split of under 1hr 30mins, preceded by a race-best 2:08:55 bike split.
The first female finisher was Ling Er Choo of Singapore in a time of 4:43:23, with a three minute cushion over second-placed Svetlana Ushakova (Rus) in 4:46:40.
Despite triathlon being a very new sport in the country (Colombo’s only triathlon club was founded just last year), Sri Lanka was also very well represented at the event. The first local finisher was Suranga Nuwan Kumara in a time of 4:49.36, and thousands of local spectators lined the streets of Colombo to catch some of the action.
Look out for our feature on Ironman 70.3 Colombo in issue 350 of 220 Triathlon next month