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IRONMAN Israel competition draws 2,500 competitors

“To have the IRONMAN Israel-Middle East Championship here in Israel ... is a true testament of the ability of sport to bring all peoples together,” says businessman Sylvan Adams.

Patrick Lange of Germany won the title of
"IRONMAN Israel-Middle East Champion," Nov. 25, 2022. Photo by Gilad Kavalerchik, Ronen Topelberg.
Patrick Lange of Germany won the title of "IRONMAN Israel-Middle East Champion," Nov. 25, 2022. Photo by Gilad Kavalerchik, Ronen Topelberg.

Patrick Lange of Germany took first place in the IRONMAN Israel-Middle East Championship in Tiberias on Friday, with a personal best time of 07:42:00. In the women’s pro category, Ruth Astle from Great Britain finished first, with a time of 08:41:13.

The event featured two races: a full distance one and a shorter race. The full distance race included a 2.3 mile swim in the Sea of Galilee, a 111-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run.

More than 800 Israeli and 400 international athletes competed in the full-distance race, while 1,500 Israelis and 360 international athletes competed in the shorter one.

Ruth Astle from Great Britain finished in first place and was awarded the title of “IRONMAN Israel-Middle East Champion,” Nov. 25, 2022. Photo by Gilad Kavalerchik, Ronen Topelberg.

Second place in the men’s pro category went to Daniel Bækkegård of Denmark (07:43:40), and third to Gregory Barnaby of Italy (07:47:02). Daniela Bleymehl of Germany placed second in the women’s category (08:50:13), and third went to Barbara Riveros of Australia (08:55:49).

Israel’s senior triathlete, Dan Alterman, finished the full competition in a total time of 08:54:18.

Businessman and philanthropist Sylvan Adams, who helped bring the event to Israel, said, “The friendships built today will last a lifetime. This is just one international sporting event that we are bringing to Israel, and we hope to have many more in the future.”

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