Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

At around 8:00pm on April 15, at the Miyakojima Athletics Stadium, a triathlon athlete crosses the line after completing the grueling race. (Taken by Masatoshi Moromizato)

April 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, the 28th All Japan Triath about us lon Miyakojima (co-hosted by Miyakojima City and the Ryukyu Shimpo) was held with 1470 triathlon athletes started off at 7:00am that morning. The competitors pit themselves against each in a very strenuous race consisting of a three-kilometer swim, a 155-kilometer bicycle ride and a 42.195-kilometer full marathon. One thousand two hundred thirty six people completed the race. Anton Balokhin from the Ukraine won his first victory in Miyakojima with a time of 8 hours 6 minutes 54 seconds. Hiroyuki Nishiuchi from Hyogo came second, followed by Kodo Hiramatsu from Kanagawa. Shinya Suganuma of Team Goya was the highest-ranking athlete from Okinawa, coming in sixth with a time of 8 hours 14 minutes 46 seconds.

Goertz Beate from Germany won her first victory in the women’s race with a time of 8 hours 34 minutes and 31 seconds. Walter Verena, also of Germany, was second, followed by Hiromi Matsumaru from Ibaraki. Some 83.7% of all participants finished the race.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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