Seychelles triathlete makes history in Philippines’ first full Ironman

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 03, 2018 05:22 PM
Seychelles triathlete makes history in PH’s 1st full Ironman
Nick Baldwin of Eastern African country Seychelles is the first-ever winner of the Ironman Philippines

SUBIC, ZAMBALES – Pride of the Seychelles Nick Baldwin has just made many different forms of history on Sunday here.

Baldwin bested six other fellow male professional triathletes. to claim the top spot in the 2018 Century Ironman Philippines – the first-ever full-distance Ironman race in the country.

“This is awesome. I’ve heard a lot about the Philippines and it was really special to win the first one here,” he told reporters with a big smile after winning. “I hope they have more and I hope I get to come back again.”

The 30-year-old logged a total time of 8:50.13 in the race covering 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of biking, and 42.95 km of running.

His time was six minutes better than his closest competitor – leaving no doubt about the very first personal championship for him.

More than that, Baldwin’s win also made him the very first Seychelles triathlete to win an Ironman race.

The Seychelles is an Eastern African archipelagic country found in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 94, 228, as per the UN.

Without a doubt, falling short several times before only served as motivation for him. “I have been doing this for six years and it feels like a long time. I’m always trying to win Ironman and to finally do it is really special,” he said.

He then continued, “The motivation is to finally have a chance to win one. I’ve worked so hard for so long that when I had that chance, I wasn’t going to let it slip.”

And that motivation was more than enough for him to overcome both downpour of rain in the morning and then scorching heat in the afternoon. “The rain was bad because I would’ve preferred it to be warm, but (in the afternoon), it was definitely too hot,” he shared.

He then continued, “But this is what makes this race so tough and so rewarding.”

Baldwin takes home a cash prize of USD 250, 000; bonuses from event sponsors Century Tuna, Alaska, NLEX/SCTEX, and Sunrise Events; and a slot in the Ironman World Championships. “

Finishing as his runner-up was New Zealand’s Cameron Brown who tallied a total time of 8:56.49.

Brown was one of the favorites to win it all and had the lead for the first half on the bike, but saw Baldwin overtake him close to the running portion.

Rounding out the male podium finishers is another Kiwi in Simon Cochrane who paced the swimming portion of the race before falling behind for a total time of 8:58.58.

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