Nihal Baig from AP wins IRONMAN70.3 race


Panaji: Andhra Pradesh based athlete Nihal Baig was the first place finisher and led the men’s category with a timing of 04:32:05 for the IRONMAN 70.3 race held in Goa on Sunday.
The race was flagged off by chief minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday at Miramar beach near Panaji.
As per the results released by the organizers, Nihal Baig from Andhra Pradesh was the overall first place finisher and led the men’s category with a timing of 04:32:05.
Coming in second in the men’s category was L Biten Singh from Manipur with a timing of 04:39:24 and the third place went to Bishworjit Saikhom from Manipur with a time of 04:42:13.
Toni Snoxell from South Africa with a time of 05:09:10 came in first in the overall women category followed by Tatiana Plyasunova from Czech Republic with 05:12:50 and coming in third was Timtim Sharma from Karnataka with a time of 05:23:33.
“The top three relay teams were Team Arise Performance India with a time of 04:28:48, T.t B. S. Pioneer with a time of 04:40:21 and T. t B. S Warriors with a time of 04:55:44,” the organizers have said.
Talking to reporters after the race, Nihal said that he did not want to miss out on the opportunity to compete at the IRONMAN 70.3 India because it’s the only IRONMAN 70.3 race on home ground.
“I wanted to absorb and experience the atmosphere here in Goa along with the triathlon community and I’m glad I did it,” he said.
The race’s 30 top finishers qualified to compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, slated to take place in New Zealand.


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