Bintan. New Zealand’s Cameron Brown staged an unforgettable comeback to win the MetaMan Bintan triathlon at the Nirwana Gardens Resort on Sunday, after failing to finish the race a year ago.
Brown finished with total time of eight hours, 28 minutes and 21 seconds to set a new course record, followed by Courtney Ogden of Australia, last year’s winner, and Fredrik Croneborg of Sweden.
In the women’s competition, New Zealand’s Gina Crawford came first with a time of 9:17:15, while Diana Riesler of Germany was second, trailing by 2:34. Michelle Gailey of Australia took third place.
The winners of the full-distance category each took home a $30,000 prize.
In the half-distance event, Australian Matthew Ledgar became the first man across the finish line in a time of 4:40:38, while compatriot Kira Flanagan won the women’s category in 4:41:42, which was also the second-fastest time ever recorded at the event.
Local hero Andy Wibowo finished in sixth place. Flanagan and Ledgar, who were both running their first MetaMan event, praised the race organizers.
“It [means] so much to come here. It’s also a bit of holiday as well. I’m training for the World Championship in October. With the climate and course, it’s fun,” Flanagan said after the race.
“I think the run is the hardest. It’s really challenging because you’re just tired as well with humidity. It’s quite cold in [my hometown of] Perth. So coming out [here] with the humidity and heat is quite difficult,” she said.
Andy said he suffered a cramp during the cycling portion of the triathlon that cost him precious time after he had made a strong start in the swim.
“It’s a hard race. I haven’t recovered from last week’s race,” he said.
“Everything went good with the swimming when I took the lead. But I got a cramp at around 60 kilometers into the bike course and I lost time. I also suffered the same cramp during the run.”
The full-distance race at the event comprised a 3.8-kilometer swim, a 180-km bike ride and a 42.2-km run.