DANANG, VIETNAM – Thanyapura Pro Triathlon Team continue to make waves in the triathlon world at Ironman Vietnam 70.3 in Danang, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to famous travel destinations. 1,026 triathletes competed in the 1.9-km ocean swim, a two-loop 90-km bike course along Danang’s coastline, and 21-km out-and-back run course.
“I loved the race, it was so well organised and the Vietnamese people were so supportive. They really made the event. The Sunrise Sprint Race was a very flat and fast course. I loved every minute!” said Elle Brookes, the overall champion for women’s sunrise individual sprint category with a time of 01:15:54.0.
“The race was set in great atmosphere… It started with a nice swim in the clear ocean. The bike ride was fast and flat as we rode over some of the beautiful bridges in Danang. The run was incredibly hot and VERY tough for the last few kilometres,” said Tom Topham, sports scientist and triathlon coach, won first place in the M25-29 age category with a finishing time of 04:50:43.0.
In North America, Antony “Le Tigre” Costes came in at 10th place at Ironman 70.3 St. George North American Championship in Utah, United States with the time of 03:57:49. The race is known for its world-class field and is considered the biggest 70.3 in the world after the World Championship event. Antony is a member of the Thanyapura Pro Triathlon Team since its creation over a year ago. The Frenchman trained in Thailand until March 2017 before traveling to the United States to start his season. Antony said, “At the end of a long half marathon, I managed to keep a top 10 spot. Three years ago, I finished in 26th place in the same race. There are positive results from a lot work done during my run at Thanyapura.”
Thanyapura Pro Triathlon Team at Ironman 70.3 Vietnam
Tom Topham (1st is M25-29 age category), Elle Brookes (1st overall champion for individual sprint), and Antony Costes (10th place at Ironman 70.3 St. George North American Championship
Photo credits: AsiaTri.com, Ironman Vietnam 70.3, and Thanyapra Pro Triathlon Team Facebook