12th Asian Triathlon Championships,
Indian Triathlon Federation successfully hosted the 12th
Asian Triathlon Championships on Sunday 2nd November 2003.
of 120 athletes from 14 Asian countries entered the event, including the
host country India fielding a team of 14 Triathletes.
were the dominant country of the Championships winning 4 of the 6
Individual Championships and also taking all 4 Team Awards. China and
Khazakastan won the other 2 Championships.
Indian Team competed creditably with the Junior Girls Team of T.S Kavya,
S Kanthamani from the Indian Triathlon Academy and Sneha Shampur from
Karnataka taking the bronze medal in the Junior Girls Team.
It was a
particularly creditable performance from Kanthamani who was not only
competing in her first triathlon, but upon joining the Indian Triathlon
Academy 18 months ago, could not swim.
Kanthamani from Karur in Tamil Nadu was identified through the
assistance Mr. P. C Davidar of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil
Nadu when just 13 years of age through her running ability.
Kanthamani is now working towards developing her triathlon skills for
the future at the Indian Triathlon Academy on a full scholarship
provided by the Indian Triathlon Federation. In addition to triathlon,
Kanthamani is still undertakes fulltime studies and is currently
studying in the 11th Standard at Lady Willingdon Higher
Secondary School in Chennai.
Junior Boys team, all from the Indian Triathlon Academy, also turned in
good performances and finished a close 4th in the Junior Boys
Team Category with good performances from Syed Jabir and P. Arun.
Triathlon High Performance Consultant Mr. Rob Pickard from Australia,
assisted National Triathlon Coach Brett Mace in the preparation of the
team for this event as Brett also undertook the duties of Race Director
for this event. Rob will play a key role in the future, as he has in
the past, in the future development of the Indian Triathlon Academy
working with the National Coach and the athletes.
of the Indian Triathlon Academy is to develop junior athletes for the
future with the aim of qualifying for the 2008 Olympics and results from
this Asian Championship were encouraging, but also shows just how much
more hard work is required to keep making an improvement.