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Bacoleño Ironman competes in Hawaii

John Ordoñez*

Bacolod City’s John Ordoñez, accomplished another major milestone in his busy sporting life by successfully competing in the Ironman World Championships held recently in Hawaii.

The 58 year-old Bacoleño triathlete, son of local doctor Ed Ordoñez, was among 5,200 top international triathlon athletes from 92 countries, who met on Kailua Kona for two demanding days of constant exercise and arduous race conditions.

Ironman is a long-distance triathlon race organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. The race is made up of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile (42.20 km) marathon, in that order.

Ordoñez competed in the elite Legacy Category consisting of some 125 triathletes who have competed in 12 Ironman competitions.

“It was an honor and a privilege to be able to compete in the Ironman World Championship,” Ordonez said. “I knew Hawaii would be tough with the heat and wind, but my main goal was to finish so I wasn’t out to break any records.

Ordoñez, who now lives in in Huntington Beach in California, said he is looking forward to participating in many more Ironman competitions in the future.

He is already in training for three competitions in 2023 – two in Europe and one in the USA.*

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