Srinagar: An accomplished mountaineer from Kashmir is now an Ironman Triathlete now, as Nawab Moazam Khan successfully competed in the Ironman race held in Malaysia.
For the first time in the known history of Kashmir athletic arena, an athlete from Kashmir has successfully participated in the grueling Ironman competition and earned finishers badge.
Nawab did that by participating in Ironman 70.3 at Desaru Coast, Malaysia recently.
Ironman Triathlon is considered as one of the most grueling competition in the World.
The 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races. The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.
Nawab finished the race in 5 hours and 58 minutes, covering 1.9km swim ,90km cycling and 21.1km running . It is major achievement for an athlete to finish the race and bag finishers medal.
“It was my dream to participate in Ironman competition to test my endurance and stamina. As this is major event being held in Malaysia involving some of the known faces from around the World I also took part. I am happy to finish the race successfully and earn finishers badge,” Nawab said.
“It is really tough to compete in Ironman races. It involves Swimming, Cycling and running all without a break. Ironman is not normal triathlon event but way tougher then that,” he said.
“I don’t know exactly but I have not heard or seen anyone from Kashmir doing that. Ironman competitions aren’t held in J&K and as such there is least chance of anyone having successfully competing in any such race,” Nawab said.
He had previously also undertaken deep sea Scuba Diving activity.
About Scuba diving in Malaysia, Nawab said, “Scuba diving is great hobby and as Malaysia has some of the World’s best diving sites, I decided to go for it. Moreover one explores the depths of the ocean, witnesses different fish species , coral reefs, underwater flora,” Nawab said.
Nawab is intending to continue Scuba Diving and wants to do Advance and Masters and Rescue courses in coming time.
“It is just beginning and I would be going for Advanced Scuba Diving Course, Dive Master Course and Rescue Courses in coming time. I am sure I will be able to successfully complete those courses,” he said.
Nawab is known for his Mountaineering activities in Kashmir. He is emerging mountaineer who was last season part of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) ambitious Everest Massif Expedition.
Besides scaling various high altitude peaks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttrakhandh, Himachal Pradesh and Nepal, he has scaled highest peak of Kashmir, Mount Kolahoi twice. He has done various mountaineering courses also. Apart from that he is cyclist, athlete and an expert swimmer having competed in various swimming competitions.