SERGIO Brilligan raced to victory in yesterday’s Spartan Race, part of the 2018 Bahrain Sports Day.
Nearly 4,000 athletes competed in this challenging event, which started at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
The Spartan Beast race, the highest level of competition, saw more than 500 strong athletes race over 23kms over 30-35 unpredictable terrain and obstacles.
The Russian athlete successfully completed this challenging first in one hour, 50 minutes and 30 seconds.
Compatriot Igor Biloslov (1:51:00) was second and Charles Franky (1:54:58) of Germany third.
In the women’s category, Dora Al Sebaie of Kuwait topped the race in two hours and 18.15 minutes. French Angelica Tshitano 2:36:15 was second and UAE-resident Evana third (2:36:25).
In the 14-16 age category, Bernard Donovan raced to victory. George Crowie topped the 25-29 category race while Abdulaziz Khamis clinched victory in the 30-39 category.
The 40-49 race was won by Chat Zilativ while Francis Donovan topped the 50+ race.
The women’s 25-29 race was won by Barbra Company. Elissa Novotny claimed victory in the 30-39 race while the 40-49 race was won by Tina Ormes.
Two more spartan races involving different age groups and physical ability athletes will be held today.
Kicking off the second day’s action will be a five-km Spartan Sprint with 1,500 athletes in the fray. This will be followed by a one-km Spartan Kids race with 500 kids aged four to 14 expected to battle it out.
The Spartan races are the first set of activities lined up by Bahrain Olympic Committee in preparation for the 2018 Bahrain Sports Day on February 13.
Various ministries, government agencies and public and private sector authorities are organising their own sporting events as part of this year’s Sports Day.
BOC general secretary Abdulrahman Askar presents the prizes to the winners.