Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Another Stellar Field In Langkawi

Look for our live coverage from Ironman Malaysia this weekend.

Once again the hottest race on the Ironman circuit has attracted an impressive field - this weekend promises to be a close battle between some of the world's premier Ironman triathletes as they compete at Ironman Malaysia.

Leading the way on the men's side is former Ford Ironman World Champion Faris Al-Sultan, while the women's race includes Ironman champions Rebecca Preston and Belinda Granger. They'll hardly be outright favorites, though, since the field includes some stiff competition including, on the women's side, Yvonne Van Vlerken, Marilyn McDonald and Hillary Biscay. Al-Sultan will have to get to the line ahead of Ironman champs Petr Vabrousek, Byunghoon Park and Chris McDonald if he is to claim the title. The day begins with a two-loop swim in Kuah Bay next to a giant eagle statue that dominates the Jetty Point port area. The three-loop bike course features a few steep hills, but despite that promises to be fast. It is the four-loop run course that makes the race in Langkawi so tough. The terrain isn't that challenging - it's the heat that the athletes face as they go through the marathon that makes things difficult. The beautiful finish line at the Jetty Point area provides welcome relief at the end of a tough day of racing.

It is a spectacular venue, but not an easy course thanks to the intense heat and humidity the athletes must face. We’ll have live coverage of this weekend’s race including live timing data, text updates and pictures, so stay tuned for an exciting weekend of racing in Malaysia.

Pro Entries:

1 Streiter, Ute AUT PRO-F
2 Preston, Rebecca AUS PRO-F
3 Chiba, Chiharu JPN PRO-F
4 Miyazaki, Yasuko JPN PRO-F
5 Van Vlerken, Yvonne NLD PRO-F
6 Fitch, Ali AUS PRO-F
7 Shigaki, Megumi JPN PRO-F
8 Granger, Belinda AUS PRO-F
9 Mcdonald, Marilyn AUS PRO-F
10 Biscay, Hillary USA PRO-F
11 Schuberth, Elmar AUT PRO-M
12 Vabrousek, Petr CZE PRO-M
13 Schioeberg, Kjell DEU PRO-M
14 Byunghoon, Park KOR PRO-M
15 Robertson, Andrew AUS PRO-M
16 Kern, Peter IRL PRO-M
17 Al-Sultan, Faris DEU PRO-M
18 Bless, Patrick USA PRO-M
19 Ohalloran, Mathieu CAN PRO-M
20 Mcdonald, Chris AUS PRO-M
21 Dragstra, Luke CAN PRO-M

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