Megh Shivalkar aged 21 from Belagavi is the youngest Indian who won the race in Kazakhstan on 14th Aug 2022 (AG 18 to 24 yrs) and got qualified for the IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Kailua-Kona, Hawai with only ONE slot allotted in this age group, he completed in 13:44:35.
The first time that 4 Indians had qualified for the “World Championship”.
There were 92 countries and 5000 Athletes from all over the world.
This race includes a 3.8 km Sea swim, 180 km of biking, and 42.2 km running, all in succession. The task must be completed in less than 17 hours.
The conditions at Kailua-Kona Hawai are very tough with around 33/35 degrees Celius temperature since there are dead volcanoes, heavy head/tail, and crosswind.
Megh has completed mechanical engineering from GIT and shifted to Boston( North Eastern university)in Sep 2022 for his master’s (Mechanical Robotics and Controls systems)
He is taking training from Pankaj / Ashish Ravalu from “Arahata”.
An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the world’s most difficult one-day sporting events.
The name “Ironman Triathlon” is also associated with the original Ironman triathlon which is now the Ironman World Championship. Held in Kailua-Kona, the world championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978 (with an additional race in 1982) and is preceded by a series of qualifying Ironman events.