LANGKAWI, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- Faris Al-Sultan came out tops at the Langkawi Ironman Championship in the men's professional category Saturday.
The German with Iraqi roots, who won the 2005 world title in Hawaii, clocked 8:34:41s to walk away the winner but his time was 17 minutes slower than last year's champion, Dutchman Luc Van Lierde, who did not take part this time.
"The Kailua-Kona Triathlon in Hawaii and the Langkawi Ironman Championship cannot be compared to each other but I am overjoyed with my win here today," Faris told reporters after the race.
In the women's professional category, the 2001 and 2005 Langkawi Ironman champion, Belinda Granger of Australia won in record-breaking time of 9:29:21s.
In the local men's category, former national cyclist, Wong Ah Thiam,33, was the first to cross the finish line, clocking 10:02:05s.
The championship offered total prize money of RM161,000.