At 50, model-actor Milind Soman wins Ironman title in ‘‘toughest’ triathlon in Zurich

Milind Soman was part of an Indian team of seven led by Pune’s Dr Radkar, who won the title for the 12th time.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Updated: July 21, 2015 10:07 am
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Model-actor Milind Soman, who turns 50 in November this year, has won the Ironman title at a triathlon held in Zurich in Switzerland on July 19 in which over 2,000 participants this year included seven Indians.

The triathlon, organised by World Triathalon Corporation, includes a 3.8-km swim, 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run and is widely regarded as the world’s toughest race, which has to be completed in 16 hours by participants for an Ironman title.

Milind Soman, who took part in the race for the first time, took 15 hours and 19 minutes to finish it.

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“If you are sufficiently aware and monitor your body’s response at every stage in terms of nutrition and pace, it will all come together. I wanted to gift myself something special in my 50th year and I am glad I could do this,” Soman told The Indian Express on phone from Zurich. “I prepared really well and it was a great experience.” he said.

“The challenge was to complete the cycling segment in less than eight hours since it is a new activity for me and there was a cut-off time to adhere to. The swim in Lake Zurich was great and the 42-km run is something that I have been doing for years,” Soman said.

Of the seven Indians who participated in the race this year, five completed the race. Successfully leading the contingent was 11-time winner of Ironman title, Pune’s Dr Kaustubh Radkar, who completed the race in 12 hours and 32 minutes. This is Dr Radkar’s 12th Ironman title which now qualifies him for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship to be held in 2017.

The event saw seven-time reigning champion Ronnie Schildknect taking his eighth title and declared the overall winner.

Radkar, who is still in Zurich, told The Indian Express that it was a tough day for all the athletes.

“The weather kept changing. Early morning, it rained and then it was very hot,” said Radkar, who refuses to call it a day and is now busy preparing for Ironman Boulder to be held on August 2 at Colorado.

Twenty-seven-year old Hiren Patel, who works at Infosys and was sponsored by the firm for the event, will surely not forget the “most crucial 16 hours of his life” which he has now displayed as a message under his profile picture on Facebook.

“I learnt swimming just a year ago for this event,” says Patel, who did the entire 3.8-km swim with breast strokes instead of freestyle. Patel completed the event in 15 hours and 14 minutes.

Prithviraj Patil, another participant from Pune, said he was under tremendous pressure to complete the race.

“The course in Zurich is challenging, especially on a cycle, but it was tough due to the hot weather and head winds with a speed of 15-20 kms per hour,” says Patil, who completed the event in 15 hours 52 minutes. Anand Patil, another contestant, completed the event in 15 hours and 53 minutes.

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    sunil
    Jul 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm
    He was ranked 138 in 50-54 category..what did he win
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      Ravi Menon
      Jul 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm
      Mr Editor, a honest question after reading this report headline: what does your desk smoke at work?
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        mani
        Jul 21, 2015 at 9:56 pm
        As some readers have pointed out, Milind and Radkar finished the race which is in itself a great feat, but they were far from winning the le. Milind was ranked 1509 overall. Keep it up Indian Express! Now I know what your tag line 'Journalism of Courage' means: the courage to make up news!
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          mihir
          Jul 22, 2015 at 11:43 am
          le given to all athlete who completes in within the 16 hours timeline. Winning le doesn't mean winning race here...
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            Rudolph Furtado
            Jul 21, 2015 at 10:07 am
            Milind.Soman has proved that he is not only a "Photogenic Model" but also a model of human fitness and physical excellence.
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              Nataraj Parawar
              Jul 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm
              Great accomplishment considering the fact how hard it is to train in India where there no bike-friendly roads in India. I am an IRON athlete myself. I completed my first IRONMAN last year at Madison, WI, USA. I am 51 and completed it in 14 hours and 31 mins.
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                Pradeep
                Jul 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm
                With all due respect for Milind Soman's INCREDIBLE EFFORT - it takes a lot to complete the Ironman triathalon event. But the FACT remains that he finished, and DID NOT WIN this. See 119364 for list of winners
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                  Purnendu Kaul
                  Jul 21, 2015 at 9:50 am
                  He is 50? Okay, now i am impressed!
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                    Rahul
                    Jul 21, 2015 at 10:36 am
                    superb
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