Andy Wibowo (IDN), April Rice (CAN) Top Finishers at 2022 Ironman Malaysia
Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah, played host once again to Ironman Malaysia and Ironman 70.3 Langkawi on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Andy Wibowo of Indonesia and April Rice of Canada, both from the 40-44 age group put on a masterclass performance to claim overall fastest age-groupers finishing in with times of 9:37:58 and 10:19:18 respectively.
In the 70.3 event, Toma Alexandru of Romania and Ling Er Choo of Singapore were the top finishers with respective times of 4:18:46 and 4:47:29.
Despite the torrential rainshowers that greeted the athletes for almost the whole race day, the IRONMAN Malaysia & IRONMAN LANGKAWI 70.3 turned out to be a success as over 1,500 participants converged from all over the world to make one iconic comeback after a two-year hiatus.
“For a challenging course like this, I’m proud to finish with this time. I definitely look forward to returning to Langkawi island again. I have many friends here, plus nasi lemak is my favourite food!,” said Andy Wibowo, Indonesia’s top and most notable age grouper triathlete.
IRONMAN Asia Managing Director Jeff Edwards was elated to witness such a huge turnout for one of Asia’s most iconic event.
“We were optimistic of witnessing a huge turnout for these two events, and we were not disappointed. In fact, both races turned out to be a huge success and this is a testament of the appeal of IRONMAN especially here in Langkawi.
“We are so glad to be able to bring this race to this beautiful island, and at the same time help boost the local economy too. It was such a great spectacle as not only the participants enjoyed themselves, their families and friends did too, along with the friendly locals who were anticipating this event for months,” he said.
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