Miri a testing ground for triathlete Eugene

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  • Saturday, 18 Jun 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: National triathlete Eugene Chan plans to make the SEA Games in Manila in November his hunting ground to prove Malaysia’s capability in the extreme sport. 

“My target is obviously to win and bring glory to Malaysia,” he said yesterday. 

Eugene, 23, who is undergoing intensive training under the guidance of his father Chan Chee Seng, got involved in triathlon 13 years ago. 

Active in other extreme sports like kayaking and mountain climbing, he leaves for Sarawak today to compete in the Miri International Triathlon which will be held over the weekend. 

“The Miri event will be a testing ground for me against participants from other countries like Hong Kong and the Philippines,” he said. 

The Kuala Lumpur-born athlete said the sport attracted him because it was different and stretched one’s capabilities. 

“It tests stamina, spirit and mental strength as three separate events – swimming, cycling and running – are involved. Indirectly it trains us to not give up easily,” he said. 

His successes so far include winning the Pulau Perhentian Challenge 2004 and coming in second at the Kenyir Lake International Triathlon last April and the Desaru-Pengerang Long Distance Championship in 2004. – Bernama 

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