Jakarta. Inge Prasetyo, the first Indonesian to compete in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October, has gained support from her club, Fitness First Indonesia, after she shockingly failed to finish Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Bintan, Riau Islands, last week.
Inge, 37, lost consciousness just 300 meters before the finish line in Bintan, which later revealed that she was not fit enough to do the race.
She is, however, qualified to race in Hawaii. The Ironman 70.3 (miles) triathlon is twice shorter than the Ironman World Championship, in which Inge got her place after winning the race in Taiwan last year.
"We're glad Inge is recovering well ahead of her most important race this year in Kona, Hawaii. Though she failed to finish in Bintan, we believe she will bounce back," Fitness First Indonesia marketing manager Julia Nurdin said in a statement received on Thursday (31/08).
Inge is part of Fitness First Indonesia's performance team comprising of five top endurance athletes.
Jakarta-based Algerian athlete Abdoullah "Doel" Mitiche finished second in Bintan, which gives him a start in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in South Africa.
Doel is going to race in this year's Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Tennessee, United States, which starts on Sept. 9.