South Africa's James Cunnama became the champion at the VNG Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Da Nang on Sunday.
Cunnama finished the challenges after three hours and 51 minutes, followed by Australia’s Timothy Reed. Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand, the 2008 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, finished third.
In the women’s category, Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen claimed the top title, followed by two Australians, Liz Blatchford and Dimity-Lee Duke.
Under the scorching summer sun, athletes had to compete on a fast and scenic course that began with a 1.9-kilometer ocean swim, before two-loop 90-km bike course that took them along Da Nang’s pristine coastline and by some of the city’s key landmarks.
The final 21-km out-and-back run course passed many of Da Nang’s famous beach resorts before finishing at the foot of the legendary Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains).
The race, the biggest international triathlon event ever held in Vietnam, has attracted more than 1,000 athletes from 54 countries and territories, including 63 from the host nation.
The Ironman 70.3, also known as the half-IRONMAN distance triathlon, is among the world’s most exciting races, attracting hundreds of thousands of athletes and supporters throughout the year.