The event brought together roughly 2,200 athletes from 50 countries, including nearly 1,000 from Vietnam (a 20-fold increase against 2015) and over 40 professional athletes, who competed for a prize purse of US$75,000.
The competitors joined in a race that started with a 1.9km swim at the beach, followed by a 90km ride along the coastline, and concluded with a 21km run.
It came as little surprise that Germany’s Patrick Lange was crowned the fastest man with a combined time of three hours, 49 minutes and nine seconds, trailed by Australians Tim van Berkel (3:50:57) and Tim Reed (3:52:14).
Patrick Lange continue to dominate the men's category. (Photo: baovanhoa.vn)
Holly Lawrence of Wales claimed the women’s crow with a time of four hours, four minutes and 40 seconds, while Australia’s Sarah Crowley and the Czech Republic’s Radka Kahlefeldt came in second (4:8:55) and third place (4:11:04), respectively. Notably, Holly Lawrence also topped the swimming and riding competitions.
Holly Lawrence claims the women's title. (Photo: baovanhoa.vn)
At the closing ceremony, the organising committee announced the list of 50 athletes who have qualified for the Ironman 7.3 World Championship, to be held in Nice, France, on September 7-8, including five Vietnamese athletes.
Under the framework of the tournament, a charity run entitled “Newborn Vietnam Run Out” was organised with the aim to raise funds for Newborns Vietnam, a UK-registered NGO dedicated to reducing neonatal mortality in Southeast Asia, with a specific focus on Vietnam.