16 October 2017
09:00 local Bali time
Despite past Bali International Triathlon champion Andi Wibowo's absence from the 2017 Herbalife Bali International Triathlon in order to represent Indonesia at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the 10th running of an event labeled as “The Triathlon with a Soul” attracted a record number of participants from 29 countries cheered on by thousands of eager spectators.
Some 2,000 participants in the Olympic distance, sprint distance and 5-km fun run crossed the starting and finish lines located at Mertasari Beach in Sanur, Bali, with the first group undertaking a swimming start shortly after 6:00 am on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Winning the Olympic Distance Event that included a 1.5 km swim, 42 km bike race, and 10 km road run was Australian Mitch Robins who turned in a total time of 2:02:55. This was the second Herbalife Bali International Triathlon win for Mitch.
Coming in second and third as overall winners, respectively, were Indonesian athletes Jauhari Johan and Yan Bachtiar.
Robin, a two-time Ironman champion, congratulated the race organizers on the decision made in 2016 to move the event to Sanur, done to accommodate the steady growth in the size of the Bali-based event. The Australian winner also congratulated the strong performance turned in by Indonesian athlete Jauhari Johan.
In the Sprint Distance Division, covering half the distance of the Olympic Distance course, Japanese athlete Yoshiaki Miura crossed the finish line first with a time of 01:09:07 followed closely in second place by German Jen Voigt with a time of 01:09:17.
Voight, a 46-year-old former professional cyclist and Tour de Francestar was making his first appearance at the Bali International Triathlon. Lagging in the opening swimming start, Voight made up time in the cycling and road race segment to secure second-place.
Voight told Radar Bali that he has fallen in love with the triathlon and, in particular, the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon, declaring his intent to return for the 2018 event with eyes set on joining the longer, Olympic distance event. Voight pledged he will dedicate the next year to becoming a stronger swimmer.
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