KOTA KINABALU: Organisers of the Specialized KK Duathlon held recently announced that a bigger event is planned for next year.
This us because the growing pool of multi-sports athletes in Sabah are ready to compete with seasoned ones from West Malaysia, neighbouring countries and around the region.
Race Director Douglas Yu said this year’s KK Duathlon registered 350 participants coming from all around Sabah including Labuan, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur and a strong team from Brunei.
To attract a higher number of outstation athletes, participants may see the current distance of 4km run-40km bike-8km run doubled next year.
“Once we sort out the logistics and venue we will launch next year’s event. We hope to get the same support from our partners too.”
“We appreciate the back up from Kinabalu Running Club, UMS, City Hall, the Police, Sabah Amateur Radio, Malaysia Red Crescent, Buzz Print, Redbull, Brooks, 100Plus, Salonpas and Specialized for the title sponsorship” he said.
Specialized event sent their sponsored athlete Ironman Choo Ling-Er, from Singapore who shared tips on her training during a clinic held for the participants,” Douglas said.
Winners won a total of RM30,000 in cash prizes and goodies including a grand lucky draw prize of a Specialized triathlon bike worth RM20,000 from the sponsors this year.
The winner for this year’s Specialized Duathlon was Shahrom Abdullah from Kuala Lumpur, followed by Jason Loh Chwan Chyin from Kuala Lumpur and Mohammad Norisman Bin Ismail from Brunei for Men’s Open category.
A pair of sisters originally from Penang, Veronica Uhen and Amelia Uhen took the first two spots in Women’s Open category followed by Sabah’s Kona Liau.
The men’s relay team was won by the Fabian Osmond Daimon (runner) and Nicklos Minol (cyclist) pair from Sabah in the Men’s Relay and Erwina Lola Bingku (runner) and Wilbinah Bahoi (cyclist) for Mixed Relay category, also from Sabah. -Sayangsabah.