2017 Qujing Ironman 70.3 ends

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/4 17:18:39

Li Wenrong (left) and Yang Hengming (right) applaud winner Domenico Passuello as he crosses the finish line. Photo: Courtesy of 2017 Qujing Ironman 70.3

The 2017 Qujing Ironman 70.3 came to an end on August 27. Altogether 1,380 athletes from 43 countries and regions participated in the event which saw participants competing on the highest track in the world at an average altitude of 1,910 meters.

Italian athlete Domenico Passuello won first prize for the Men's occupational team and Sarah Piampiano from the US won for women's side. Chinese amateurs Kai Yanlong, Tan Wenjuan and Dang Qi also performed well, each copping first or second place in their respective  races.

Qujing Ironman 70.3 was put on by the Yunnan Province Sports Bureau, the Qujing Municipal Government and Wanda Group. The competition requires participants to complete a 1,900 meter swim, a 90,000 meter cycling route and run 21,000 meters.

Dong Baotong, the mayor of Qujing, extended a warm welcome to all the participants and guests during the opening ceremony, noting that the citizens of Qujing were excited about the event and had devoted a lot time to preparing for it.

Li Wenrong, secretary of Qujing's municipal Party committee and Yang Hengming, the CEO of Wanda Sports jointly announced the commencement of the event.

Many outstanding athletes participated in the competition. Dang Qi, China's most outstanding Ironman athlete, Paralympic swimmer Wang Jiachao, triathlon legend Sarah Piampiano, and US supermodel turned triathlete Jenny Fletcher were among them. The gathering of celebrities also attracted many fans, making the event more spectacular.

Paralympic swimmer Wang Jiachao during the competition Photo: Courtesy of 2017 Qujing Ironman 70.3

One of the highlights of the event was the Sprint, a short distance version of Ironman. Participants in the Sprint only needed to swim 400 meters, cycle 1,400 meters and run 3,000 meters. The shortened distances enabled more sports enthusiasts to participate in the competition and experience the unique charm of the event, thereby further promoting the development of the triathlon in China.

Qujing Ironman 70.3 is the only Ironman competition in China that offers entry into the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. It is also the last competition before the championship, which makes it even more attractive for athletes at home and abroad.

"The prospects will be very good, and I'm very confident," said Yang Dongwei, the CEO of Wanda Sports, China Division.

"The past four events turned out just fine, and the commercial return is also appreciable."


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