2010 IM WA champion, Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. “The run is definitely going to be a challenge but the scenery is so stunning, so if you can take your mind off the pain I think the course has a lot to offer.”
Top Korean at IM Korea multiple times, Park Hoon Byung celebrated his 40th birthday on Thursday and is here racing after a two-year hiatus to focus on his triathlon business. He is looking forward to doing what he loves – racing the ironman.
Nipping at Parks heels is young upcoming Korean star, Ham Yeun Sik. This is Ham’s second Ironman and he confidently said he is looking forward to becoming the winner!
Jocelyn Wong (USA) returns to Jeju a place she has fond memories of. This will be her last race under teamTBB as a fulltime pro “The course is a challenge and I embrace it and am very happy that it Jeju is back on the IM circuit.”
Jan Rehula (CZE) has been a resident in Korea for over six years and feels as much Korean as he is Czech. The 2000 Olympic games Sydney bronze medallist wishes for not too much rain on race day nor that it is too hot.
It has been a tough year for retuning athlete Hiroyuki Nishiuchi (JPN). His family were directly affected by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Fukoshima and Hiro and wife Maki were involved in a motorbike accident back in May. He is hoping to kick start the year with a happy ending tomorrow.
10 times consecutive IM NZ champion Cameron Brown (NZ) is racing in Korea for he first time. “I love the Asian races and this will be a good test to see how the body is ahead of the European Championships in Frankfurt in three weeks time.”
Fellow Kiwi, 7 times IM NZ Champion, Joanna Lawn is also racing the 70.3. “I have raced in Japan many times before and am looking forward to race in a new environment.”
The countdown is on for IM Korea, it's going to be one tough day of racing.
We are all keeping our fingers crossed today for our eldest competitor 79 yr old Hiromu Inada #798. He did not make the cutoff 2years ago in Japan and is racing his 2nd ever IM!
IM Korea aerobics warm up here in Jeju
#11 Jan REHULA Czech RepublicJan REHULA Czech Republic, first out the swim