For Immediate Release
TWO-TIME IRONMAN® MALAYSIA, LANGKAWI CHAMPION DIANA RIESLER RETURNS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE TITLE WIN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 September 2016 – IRONMAN® Malaysia, Langkawi returns to the Jewel of Kedah Island on 12 November, 2016. Last year’s race saw German female professional athlete Diana Riesler bag her second consecutive IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi win.
Having finished the 2015 race with a time of 09:37:06, and the 2014 race in 09:26:38, the German pro returns to take home her third consecutive title win.
On her return for the third consecutive IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi, she said “I’m very excited to be coming back to Langkawi to defend my 2014 and 2015 title wins. IRONMAN Malaysia is one of my most favourite IRONMAN races in the world. I have been fortunate enough to race this location in the past and every time it was fascinating, taking in the beauty of Langkawi’s nature during the race.
On the Tropical IRONMAN Adventure, she said “the beauty and outstanding event touched me deeply. The scenery is stunning, the event is well organized and the race course is one of the most unique I have raced. Everybody who wants to do a very special IRONMAN has to put IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi on their bucket list.”
“We are very pleased that Diana Riesler has decided to return and defend her 2014 and 2015 title wins. She is a strong athlete, with an iron will and a passion for triathlon. She has a long and celebrated history with IRONMAN, and we wish her the best of luck this November,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia.
The second annual IRONKIDS race will take place on November 11, with organizers expecting up to 300 participants aged 5 – 13 years old racing in two age and distance categories – 500m (age 5-10) and 1km (ages 11-13) – on Cenang beach. Sports enthusiasts will have a chance to check out the latest sports and lifestyle offerings at the IRONMAN expo at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre, which will also host Pro Athlete sharing sessions and athlete briefing sessions.
The Langkawi race returned to Malaysia after IRONMAN set up a new office there in 2014 following a 3 year hiatus from the previous licensee. IRONMAN Malaysia will see the end of the three year contracted term with Malaysia Major Events (MME).
The event has definitely put Malaysia back on the global calendar. Last year’s race brought in 59 professional athletes from around the world, including Riesler and male pro champion Mike Aigroz of Switzerland. Malaysian athletes made up 17% of the close to 1000 participants.
The people of Langkawi have benefited greatly from the event from the aspect of both tourism and personal involvement. IRONMAN appreciates the support from MME, the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and the people of Langkawi for making IRONMAN Malaysia a great success over the past few years.
IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi will take place on Saturday 12 November, 2016.
For more information, visit http://www.IRONMANMalaysia.com.
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About Malaysia Major Events
Malaysia Major Events (MME) is a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MoTAC). MME was established under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to identify, promote, facilitate as well as support viable international events to be staged in Malaysia. With its main objective to enhance Malaysia’s economic growth and profile, MME is also tasked to identify and support major event bids for sports, arts, lifestyles and entertainment events and provide assistance to home-grown and home-hosted events in order to further strengthen Malaysia’s global appeal as the venue of choice for major events in the region. MME also acts as a conduit between the public and private sectors in ensuring seamless processes are achieved through synergistic relationships with diverse event stakeholders in staging successful events in Malaysia.
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About Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)
The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) was established by the federal government to plan, promote and implement development on the island of Langkawi. LADA was officially established on March 15, 1990 under the Langkawi Development Authority Act 1990 (Act 423) and placed under the authority of the Ministry of Finance. For further details, please visit http://www.lada.gov.my.
About IRONMAN® Asia-Pacific
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN® has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN® 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. IRONMAN® Asia Pacific owns and operates 19 major participation sports festivals in Australian and New Zealand annually including the IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® races along with icons such as the Noosa Triathlon Festival, ASB Auckland Marathon, Mooloolaba Triathlon festival and the ITU World Triathlon Series. For more information, visit http://www.IRONMAN.com.
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