Vietnamese triathlete eyes domestic, overseas glory
Vietnamese triathlete Nguyen Thi Gia “Lily” Hue - PHOTO: COURTESY OF NGUYEN THI GIA “LILY” HUE
Nguyen Thi Gia “Lily” Hue has enjoyed great success in one of the rising sports disciplines in Vietnam: The triathlon.
Cycling, running and swimming are all key events, and Lily has proven herself as the top-finishing female Vietnamese athlete at numerous high-profile events around the country. She has competed in 70.3 disciplines for the Ironman, which are organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run.
Her performances claiming top local athlete in the last two Ironman 70.3 competitions in Danang helped her qualify for the World Championship Ironman 70.3 in Australia last year. Only two weeks after that event, she returned to her hometown of Nha Trang and won top local female competitor in the Challenge Vietnam event. This booked her a ticket to the Challenge Family IPP Group’s event later this year in Roth, Germany.
“I want to continue claiming first prizes for future races both in Vietnam and overseas,” she said. “My sporting goals will be to shorten my time to around 5 hours for race and I will keep my first place championship as a Vietnamese female in the years ahead.”
Lily has found the landscape for being a competitive triathlete in Vietnam challenging, especially for a sport that accrues significant costs. Accomodation, equipment, travel costs and other expenses add up, but sponsorship has been elusive as triathlon struggles to secure a foothold in Vietnam’s sporting landscape.
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