Asia’s Best Triathletes of the Year 2018

    Posted On Dec 26 2018

      We present you Asia’s Best Triathletes for the year 2018.


      image by ITU Media/ Delly Carr

      For the 2nd year in a row, Japan’s Jumpei Furuya is awarded the Asia’s best professional male triathlete of the year.   Furuya won the Triathlon Gold in the 2018 Asian Games last August, winning in 1:49:43.  Furuya also podiumed in two Triathlon Asian Cup races.   Just like last year, he is the highest ranked Asian in the 2018 ITU WTS rankings.


      BEST FEMALE PRO- Takahashi Yuko (Japan)

      No contest here as Takahashi Yuko of Japan won the triathlon Gold in the 2018 Asian Games, she also has a great overall season in the World ITU races worldwide.   Yuko comes in as ranked 12th in the ITU WTS final rankings for 2018, and also was Top 5 in two ITU races: ITU World Triathlon Bermuda and New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup.

      photo by ITU Media/Delly Carr



      Li Pengcheng’s performance in the biggest stage in triathlon gave him the award as Asia’s Best Male Age Grouper for 2018.   Pengcheng finished the Kona Ironman World Championships this year in 9:10:35, becoming the first Asian triathlete to cross the finish line.  Other notable finishes:  Male 25-29 Champion in Ironman 70.3 Xiamen and 2nd in Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou.

      BEST FEMALE AGE GROUPER FEMALE- Maki Nishioka (Japan)

      Our Best Female Age Grouper of the Year for 2018 is Japan’s Maki Nishioka from the 25-29 age group.    Nishioka was the first Asian finisher in the Kona Ironman World Championships with a time of 9:57:46.   In AsiaTri’s Most challenging Long course race Ironman Philippines, Nishioka was the first overall female age grouper, 6th overall among women and finished it in 10:24:47.

      See also:  Weekend results: Pucon 70.3 & Port of Tauranga Half


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