Triathlon: Australia’s Ogden returns to defend MetaMan Bintan title
- Updated: August 18, 2014
August 18, 2014: Australia’s Courtney Ogden will defend his title at the MetaMan Bintan triathlon, which will be held from August 23-25 on the Indonesian resort island of Bintan, just a ferry ride from Singapore.
The event again features half and full-distance ironman triathlons. MetaMan Full comprises a 3.8-km swim, 180-km bike ride and a 42.2km marathon run, while MetaMan Half features a 1.9-km swim, 90-km bike ride and a 21.1-km run.
This year’s event will feature a MetaMan Blitz – made up of a 1.2-km swim, 55-km bike ride and 7-km run – for the first time, while there will also be relays for all categories featuring teams of two or three people of the same gender.
As Ogden returns to defend his full-distance title, other top triathletes competing include New Zealand’s Gina Crawford, an 11-time ironman distance winner who was second in the women’s category last year and fifth overall.
Cameron Brown, a 10-time winner of Ironman New Zealand who also won two silvers and two bronzes in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, will also be on the start line as one of the favourites in the MetaMan Full, where the top men and women pros will each win US$30,000 from a total purse of US$134,000.
In the MetaMan Half, top Asian contenders include Indonesia’s own Andy Wibowo, the former Olympic swimmer who finished fifth overall last year, and Filipina Monica Torres, last year’s top woman and 11th overall.
Nearly 500 participants from all over the world will compete this weekend, with large contingents representing Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. The pre-race expo, dinner and course familiarisation activities start on Friday before the competition kicks off on Sunday.
Nathalie Marquet, Managing Director of organiser MetaSport, said: “MetaMan Bintan continues to attract the world’s best triathletes. Most participants have signed up for the half distance, deeply encouraging for the endurance sport scene in Asia, which is experiencing a progression from the shorter Olympic or sprint distance to the longer half-iron distance.”
Source: MetaMan Bintan (www.metamanbintan.com); Editing by SportAsia