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Three Chinese Olympians will take part in Ironman race

CCTV.com

10-11-2016 15:01 BJT

To China for news on the endurance race known as the Ironman. The gruelling competition has become expanded to stage more that 260 events across 42 countries around the world. This weekend, Hefei in Anhui Province will host the 70.3 version of the event in which three Chinese Olympians will participate.

An Ironman 70.3 series is a half-triathlon event which includes a 1.9 km swim, 90 km cycle, and a 21.1 km run. The endurance competition is making its debut this weekend in China after the Wanda Group bought Ironman.

Former Chinese badminton player Ye Zhaoying along with divers Li Na and Zhou Lyuxin have been taking cycling training in Beijing in preparation for the relay event of the race.

Ye said, "For us amateur triathletes who would like to participate in triathlons, we are brave to step up and attempt our goal. I am not think about the final result, I will just try to finish the race.

"There will be two Ironman events held in China this year, and we would like to held more than five next year. Everyone who watches a triathlon will want it to become a regular event in China. We would like to promote Ironman to let more and more people understand it and get more familiar with this competition," said Zhao Xianglin, Wanda Sports vice manager.

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