National triathlete Isaac Tan proved his status as Malaysia’s number one triathlete by emerging victorious in the men’s elite sprint category at the National Aquathlon Championships held at the Water Sports Complex in Presint 6, Putrajaya, last weekend.
Isaac secured his second national title this year, completing the race in 31 minutes and 13 seconds, triumphing over his closest rival, Amri Ikhsan Yazdani, who finished in 32 minutes and 9 seconds. This achievement came during the two-day event organized in conjunction with Putrajaya Aquafest.
The 18-year-old athlete expressed his delight with the victory, highlighting that the tournament came at an opportune moment as he is preparing for the upcoming Asia Triathlon Cup rounds in Kota Kinabalu and Hong Kong next month. Despite facing challenges due to blisters on his feet, Isaac remains optimistic about improving his timing.
In another remarkable feat, Perak triathlete Lim Kai Yi emerged victorious in his debut competition in the 16km Open Water Ultra Marathon event, clocking an impressive time of 3 hours, 10 minutes, and 28 seconds. Kai Yi, initially aiming for a podium finish, expressed his surprise at winning the title, emphasizing that this was his first attempt at the 16km open water challenge. Spain’s Jose Luis Larrosa Chorro secured the second position with a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes, and 28 seconds, while Malaysia’s top women open water swimmer, Chelsea Ning Lee, finished third with a time of 3 hours, 24 minutes, and 38 seconds, also claiming the title of the fastest women swimmer in the competition.