A former holder of the Ironman triathlon world record is slated to take part in the Generali Worldwide Mercuryman triathlon on Jan. 22.
Belgian triathlete Marino Vanhoenacker won 15 Ironman titles, including one for his record winning time of seven hours, 45 minutes and 58 seconds at Ironman in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Among his most notable victories are a bronze medal at the 2010 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii; a gold medal at both Ironman Malaysia and Ironman Austria in 2010; a gold medal at Ironman Frankfurt (European Championship) in 2012; a gold medal at Ironman Canada in Whistler in 2014; a gold medal at Ironman Brazil in 2015; and a gold medal at Ironman Chattanooga in 2016.
“I am very excited to be competing in my first triathlon in the Cayman Islands,” Mr. Vanhoenacker said in a press release. “I have heard only good things about the Generali Worldwide Mercuryman, so I am sure that it will be a great experience.”
This year’s Generali Worldwide Mercuryman triathlon festival will consist of its staple half iron distance race, as well as an international distance, duathlon and aquabike.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to have Mr. Vanhoenacker participate in our triathlon,” Race Director Trevor Murphy said in the release. “It is an honour to have such a prominent professional in the triathlon community competing with our local and visiting athletes in Mercuryman.”