Dutch duathlete Thomas Bruins was victorious once again after winning the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship – Malaysia for the second year in a row.
It was the Dutchman’s third successive Powerman victory this series, after winning the inaugural Powerman Thailand in January and Powerman Indonesia last month.
28-year-old Bruins devastated the field in Putrajaya, clocking 2’33:57 to win the 80km race – consisting of a 10km run, 60km of cycling and another 10km run.
He won the race by an impressive four minutes, as second-place Matt Smith from Australia came in at 2’38:47 and third-place finisher Emmanuel Commendador from The Philippines at 2’48:36.
Bruins said “I’m so happy not only because I have defended my title, but also clocking a better time,” after he clocked 2’35:53 to win the race in Malaysia last season.
“I’ll definitely return next year to bid for a three-peat. But after today’s race, I will be taking a month break and continue with my preparations for the 2017 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Switzerland,” said Bruins.
In the women’s elite race, the title went to Hungarian Annamaria Eberhardt-Halas, who ran 2’52:05 to win by an even greater margin of 12 minutes from Monica Torres of the Philippines.
The race, completed on 07th March, attracted a record-breaking 3,500 registrations.
“It was a competitive race this year in every category. Participants are well prepared to compete for the title, and this is a positive impact of an international race. We foresee that more will follow suit and pick up the skills to be a professional duathlete,” said Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017.
The Asia Championship race will return to Putrajaya on Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 March 2018.