Monday, January 30

Radka all set to defend title

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MIRI: The world’s 25th ranking triathlete, Radka Vodickova and her professional coach, Hary Hudale from Republic Czech are making a comeback for the 2010 Sarawak International Triathlon Miri on Oct 30-31.

READY TO ROLL: Michael (right) with (from left) Jack Ho, Hary Hudale and Radka Vodickova.

At last year’s race, Radka who is also Europe’s top ranked triathlete, was the overall champion for the women’s category while Hary triumphed in the 40-49 years old veteran’s category.

For this coming triathlon race, the 25 years old iron lady is aiming to defend her title and to better her time.

“I’m really happy to be here again and would try my best for this coming race,” Radka said when met at Miri Indoor Stadium yesterday.

She would be competing in two race disciplines; the Sprint Triathlon and Olympic Distance Triathlon.

The Sprint Triathlon comprise 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre cycling and ends with a gruelling five-kilometre run.

For Olympic Distance Triathlon, the participant would require to complete the race course of 1.5 kilometre swim, 40-kilometre cycling and 10-kilometre run.

According to Radka, she has been in Miri with Hudale since March this year to undergo physical and stamina preparation for her recent triathlon races at Korea and Hong Kong.

“The winter season and cool climate in my country at the moment has made it impossible to carry out normal outdoor training activities. Miri indeed have very good facilities for triathlon sport. The people here should be fortunate as all these facilities has been centralised at one area,” remarked Radka.

She added that it is very convenient for her, who doesn’t have to travel far to conduct her normal training routine like swimming, cycling and running.

Meanwhile, race technical director Michael Kong said the triathlon this year is offering a total attractive cash prize of RM100,000.

Apart from the main race discipline, there will be a special category for Junior Dualthlon for under 19 years old.

The Junior Dualthlon category is part of the organiser’s effort to promote the triathlon sport among the youths.

Thus, Kong encouraged the youths, particular school students to take part in the category which comprise two-kilometre run, 10-kilometre cycling and two-kilometre run.

Those who are interested for the Dualthlon can make their registration with the secretariat at ParkCity Everly Hotel. Entrance fee is at RM30 per person.

The event has to date received more than 200 confirmed entries from various countries, such as America, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, China, South Africa, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Indonesia, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Brunei, Bolivia, Holland, French, Republic Czec as well as local entries from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.

Also present at the interview was triathlete from Miri, Jack Ho.