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SEA Games 2019 Triathlon

Aimi Iwasaki qualifies for 2 Triathlon events at Philippines SEA Games 2019

Aimi Iwasaki qualified for 2 Triathlon events at the Philippines SEA Games. (AKU Wong)

Aimi Iwasaki made Malaysian history by qualifying for 2 Triathlon events at the upcoming Philippines SEA Games 2019.  The Penang-born lass of mixed parentage qualified for both the Super Sprint Mixed Relay and the Individual Olympic Distance Triathlon to be held in November.

At the recent The Everly Putrajaya TriFactor International Triathlon 2019, the Malaysian Triathlon federation held an open selection to choose Triathletes to represent Malaysia at the SEA Games. For the first time, host country Philippines will be holding a Super Sprint Mixed Relay (300m Swim/7km Bike/1km Run) besides the Individual Olympic Distance Triathlon (1.5km swim/40km cycle/10km run).

It was a competitive scene with Aimi as an underdog, stacked up against internationally-experienced top Malaysian Triathletes. However, she did well despite falling ill and having to race for two consecutive days.

“I had sudden attack from a high fever earlier that week and was barely able to walk as it was truly extreme,” said Aimi who made an amazing recovery to ace both qualifying races.

“However, I made it to the race and it went pretty well despite that it was very challenging handling myself mentally and physically racing back to back two days in a row.” said a jubilant Aimi.

She is truly an inspiration for all young athletes to never give up on your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you.

Aimi Iwasaki with Triathlon Coach, Rupert Chen (left)

Currently working as an assistant Coach under Rupert Chen’s RC Coaching, Aimi will be doubling up her game and improving herself to realise her SEA Games goals. She pursued several sports for many years before finally settling on Triathlon because she found her personality in it while growing as an athlete.

Not resting on her laurels just yet, Aimi will be racing for Duathlon (running and cycling combination) selection held at the Sepang Circuit as well, just to acclimatise to racing mode.