Government • 17 June, 2018

Kazakh PM awarded first winners of International Triathlon Championship IRONMAN 70.3

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June 17 the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev awarded the first winners of the international triathlon competition — IRONMAN 70.3. Astana became the first city in the CIS to host the event, which is considered one of the most difficult one-day competitions in the world, reports primeminister.kz.

The event takes place in Astana on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the capital. President of the Kazakhstan Triathlon Federation Karim Massimov, Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly and others became the honorable guests of the competition.

According to the organizers, more than 1,300 sportsmen from 47 countries of the world took part in the sports competition, about 700 of them were Kazakhs. Among the participants are Olympic champions Serik Sapiyev and Alexander Vinokurov, who were among the first to finish the race, as well as the leader of the Drugoi Ty (another you) movement Valikhan Ten, the participant of the IRONMAN World Cup in Kuila-Kon Pavel Artyushenko, triathlonist Thomas Dreyer and other sportsmen whose names had become the history of the world triathlon.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev congratulated the absolute champions of the first race: among women — Deirdre Casey, Ireland, and among men — Peter Wolkowicz, Germany. They overcame three continuous stages of a distance of 113 km.

The winners of the prize places were also determined: the second place among men was taken by Viktor Aleshin, Russia, the third place — by Sergey Khazov, Russia. Among the women second at the finish was Lyubov Polyanskaya, Russia, the third was Isabella Sobanska, Poland.

IRONMAN is a one-day race of three continuous stages: swimming (1.9 km), bicycle race (90 km), running (21.1 km), with a total length of 113 km (70.3 miles). The athlete who has overcome the full distance, receives the title of "Iron Man." The triathletes compete for 50 slots to participate in the World Cup, which will be held in September this year in South Africa.

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