POWERKIDS GETS 2019 POWERMAN ASIA DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS – MALAYSIA UNDERWAYEditor
Event’s young entrants kick off 2019 edition ahead of Sunday’s main races.
The 2019 edition of the world’s largest Duathlon Competition, the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia officially got underway on Saturday. The 8.00a.m (GMT+8) start witnessed the event’s young participants in the Powerkids category take on the run-bike-run challenge along the 0.48KM-long run route and 1.17KM-long cycling route along Dataran Putrajaya.
Featuring entrants from the ages of 5 to 12 years old, the non-competitive and fun introductory level 2019 Powerkids edition also saw the participation of its first ever cerebral palsy quadriplegia participant in the category.
Meanwhile, race pack collection continued today amongst their more senior counterparts across the primary Elite, Classic and Short Powerman race categories, scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3 March 2019. Also taking place on Saturday afternoon was the briefing for the elite athletes, who were also given a first glimpse at the race route ahead of Sunday’s race.
Having won the last two editions of the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia, Thomas Bruins of the Netherlands will be looking to make it another repeat performance, though acknowledges a far more competitive Elite men’s field in 2019. Commenting ahead of Sunday’s race, Bruins notes, “I feel really good, it’s always really nice to be back here, it is such a big race and really well organised, really fast and I am really excited to be here. The competition is definitely tougher this year. It will be a lot more difficult to retain my title but I am up for the challenge.”
Hoping to improve on his outing from the previous year and flying the flag for the host nation, Jason Loh Chwan Chyin noted, “I am excited about this race and have been preparing for it for the last few months. Hopefully I can better my time from last year and have a good race this year. I am also aware that this year’s field is more competitive, but it has definitely given me additional motivation and a good push for me to train harder and improve my performance.”
Also making a return to Putrajaya is last year’s winner in the Elite women’s category, Annamária Eberhardt-Halász of Hungary, who commented, “I am very happy to be back as I love this course, even though they have changed it a little compared to last year. I really like the atmosphere, it’s a huge race and I cannot wait to be out racing tomorrow. I have been doing the usual preparations, as a triathlete in addition to doing some special run-bike-run training for this event.”
Returning to Putrajaya after finishing as the top Asian finisher amongst the Elite women’s category in 2018, Monica Torres of the Philippines noted, “It seems to be extremely hot this year, but I am excited and I know the course well so I am just hoping to improve on last year’s performance. Last year I came in third overall amongst the women, so I am hoping to better that position this year, we will see!”