Eight Filipinos led by Ani de Leon Brown (second from left) joined the Parade of Nations competing in the 2017 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Photo courtesy of Ani de Leon Brown’s Facbook account)
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – The stage is set for the 2017 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii where eight Filipinos are set to compete in various age groups to be participated by more than 2,400 athletes from over 60 countries this Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila).
The Ironman World Championships in Kona is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world. This marks as the 41st edition of Ironman World Championship which is held annually in Hawaii since 1978.
Led by Ani de Leon Brown, the first ever Filipina to qualify for the world championships back in 2008, the Certified Level 2 Triathlon Coach by the International Triathlon Union is joined by Andy Aguila, Alwyn Dayoan, James Jamilosa, Felipe Sajulga III, Celma Hitalia, Maria Hodges, and Bernadette Tan. The eight Filipinos earned their Ironman World Championship berths by participating in various world championship qualifying Ironman competitions around the world between August 2016 and August 2017.
The grueling 3.8Km swim, 180Km bike, and 42Km run will also be participated by 60 male and 40 female pros. Gunning for his third straight Ironman world title this weekend is Germany’s Jan Frodeno, who will also try to break the Ironman Kona record of 8 hours, 3 minutes and 56 seconds set by 3-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander of Australia. In the women’s division, Swiss Daniela Ryf is also gunning for her third straight championship.
Frequent Ironman 70.3 Philippines pro participants Tim Reed, who is the 3-time Ironman Cebu champion, and Dimity-Lee Duke are included in the list of pros vying for the 2017 Ironman world titles.
To catch the live updates of the 2017 Ironman World Championship, visit www.ironmanlive.com or www.redbull.tv/ironman on Sunday 12:30AM Manila time.