Ironman All-World Athletes in Asia: Japan and Singapore Leads 2018 Count
In the newest All World Athletes (AWA) count released by Ironman last month, Japan once again led the count with the most number of representatives at 319 or almost 27% of the total Asian AWA. Singapore was second at 219 (18.42%). China is third at 165 (13.88%).
Overall, from 2017 to 2018, there was little growth from 1180 to 1189 in total count in Asia. But to count from 2014 when Ironman started giving out the recognition, AWA athletes representing Asian countries has grown by 344% between 2014 and 2018 while it has grown by 77% globally over the same period.
That is a whopping growth of Ironman athletes in the region, and expect more growth as inaugural races are launched this year, specifically in the Philippines with Ironman 70.3 Davao and Ironman Philippines in Subic Bay. Expect also a resurgence of growth in Korea as Ironman Gurye has sold out again this year, and also the comeback of Ironman in Jeju with the 70.3 race. Expect also steady growth in Thailand and Malaysia as the Ironman races there starts to mature.
The list was compiled by Ironman Asia.
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