Manama: Bahrain yesterday successfully staged one of the region’s biggest sporting events.
His Majesty King Hamad attended the conclusion of Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain, with participation of 1,500 competitors from 90 countries, including Bahrain and GCC member states.
He watched the competitions which included swimming, cycling and running.
The King crowned Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa who finished the three stages of the event – 1.9km swim, 90km cycling and 21.1km running – in 04.06.51 hours, just two minutes off his personal best mark.
Holly Lawrence, a member of the Bahrain Endurance 13 team, won the women’s title in 3:52:35 hours while British athlete Philip Gravesthe claimed the men’s crown in 3:42:20.
His Majesty also crowned winners in the main category. They are Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt who clinched first place clocking 3:42:20 hours, Danish Daniel Baekkegard who came second, clocking 3:43:02 hours and third place winner Norwegian Casper Stornes who clocked 3:43:46.
The King also honoured Ms Lawrence and other winners in the women’s category including Jodie Stimpson who came second (3:55:29) and Claire Hann (3:55:51) who finished third.
He congratulated the winners and competitors, wishing them further success. He congratulated Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for the outstanding success of the championship which reflects the kingdom’s reputation as a host of major sporting events.
He commended their efforts to consolidate the kingdom’s standing in the regional and international sporting arenas.
He also praised their efforts to map out plans to develop sports and support Bahraini athletes to bring about more achievements.
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