Australian Mitch Robins and German Beate Goertz overcame challenging weather conditions to emerge as champion of the
2017 UEM Sunrise Challenge Iskandar Puteri Triathlon at Puteri Harbour in Johor recently.
Leading the field from the first discipline of 1.9km swim at the Puteri Harbour, Mitch withstood an
early morning downpour to complete the 90km cycling discipline before racing past the finish line at
the end of the 21km run in a time of 3 hours, 57 minutes and 47 seconds.
“It was quite challenging on the bike as the road was quite slippery due to rain. Still I managed to hang on to the lead and I must commend the route for cycling and running as it was far better than last year. It was a tough race nonetheless and I am glad to have won it and the experience was truly fantastic.” said Mitch
Robins was born and raised in Port Macquarie, Australia. He first ventured into triathlon in 2008 and won his first professional race at Port Macquarie Half Ironman in 2010. Mitch represented Australia at the Beijing ITU World Championships in 2011. A devastating foot injury in 2012 has sidelined him for 2 years. He marked his return to competition by winning the Challenge Foster 2014.
Finishing second was Fredrik Croneborg of Sweden with a time of 3:58:29 whole. Cameron Brown of
New Zealand was third with a time of 4:00:48.
In the women’s category, Beate Goertz emerged as champion with a time of 4 hours, 29 minutes and
32 seconds. Görtz started her first triathlon at the age of 38 in Cologne in 2007 and has been enjoying multiple access across numerous triathlons around the world, namely the Ironman World Championships.
“I knew I had to go hard on the bike. And the bike route is to my liking as it is flat. There were some
tricky areas with a lot of bumps. But overall this is a good race and well organized, “said Beate.
In second spot was Anna Eberhardt (HUN), 4:32:12 while Kathryn Haesner (NZL) came in third at
Puteri Harbour was all abuzz with the Challenge Iskandar Puteri 2017, a triathlon event under the global Challenge Family Series of half and full triathlon races, attracting thousands to Puteri Harbour, the jewel in the crown of UEM. The Iskandar Puteri is the host for the second time, after organising the inaugural event in 2016.
Professional Men results
1. Mitchell Robins (AUS) 3:57:47
2. Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 3:58:29
3. Cameron Brown (NZL) 4:00:48
Professional Women results
1. Beate Goertz (GER) 4:29:32
2. Anna Eberhardt (HUN) 4:32:12
3. Kathryn Haesner (NZL) 4:37:04