Oct 07, 2016

India Set To Compete At Ironman World Championship For The First Time

Indian triathlete Subramani Venkatesh will race at the 2016 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on 8th October.


Yogesh Kumar

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He is the first Indian ever to race at the historical Ironman playground.

Subramani Venkatesh, fondly known as Subbu, became the first Indian to qualify for the 2016 Ironman World Championship when he finished second in his age group at Ironman Lake Placid on 24th July, 2016. Ironman is a triathlon event that includes 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run.  He is also the only Indian to have finished two Ironman events under 10 hours, and is known as India’s fastest Ironman.

Originally from Bangalore, the 35-year-old software engineer is based in Massachusetts, USA. Subbu started his triathlon journey in 2012. He was already a cyclist and a runner but swimming held him back in the beginning to follow the triathlon dreams. He considers himself an aggressive learner. He gave himself all the way to learn swimming in the beginning of 2012 and his triathlon journey was launched.

Ironman World Championship is an annual event and a place where top triathletes rub shoulders. It is considered to be the world’s most grueling one-day endurance sport event. An Ironman race was first organized in 1978 in Hawaii and since then, it has become the mecca for triathletes. It is a dream for every Ironman triathlete to race at Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. But getting an entry is a challenging task. Only the top finishers at other Ironman events get entry to race at Kona or through lottery.

Read an in-depth profile of Subramani Venkatesh here.