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Bay showered with praise for successfully hosting 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was showered with praise following the successful hosting of the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in collaboration with Ironman International and its South African subsidiary.

With no major incidents reported, the continental host of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship for the last fourteen years, hosted the second-most prestigious event in the Ironman crown for the first time on African soil.

Minister of Sport and Recreation, Thokozile Xasa said she is excited to have been present at the event.

"I am very proud that South Africa and Africa at large could host this event and it was a pleasure to see some South African athletes compete against the world’s best.

"It is indeed a great start. The hotels were full and Nelson Mandela Bay received a major tourism boost as a large number of the visitors will surely come back to visit South Africa again,” Xasa said.

Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf won the women’s race yesterday and Jan Frodeno, a German national who grew up in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Director for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Noxolo Nqwazi, said she is very grateful for the immense effort that all the teams put in to make it a success.

"From the South African Police Service, the National Sea Rescue Institute, the Lifesaving Clubs to all the municipal departments who worked tirelessly to deliver a world-class event.

"We delivered an incident-free event. Our planning that started two years ago, buoyed by our experience as the host city of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, put us in an excellent position to deliver on our goals.

"We might have differed sometimes and tempers flared, but in the end we were determined to pull together on race days. I am happy that as a result of our teamwork, we achieved this excellent result,” Nqwazi said.

Even the rain gave the top athletes a fair chance today before bringing much-needed relief to a drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay.

Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani is delighted with the outcome.

"A special word of thanks must go to Ironman teams, representatives from Isuzu South Africa, the title sponsor for the event and Executive Director of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Noxolo Nqwazi – with her team and all other municipal departments. You did us proud.

"Most of all: Thank you to our exhausted athletes. And congratulations to our winners! Your hard work paid off.

"I hope that your Ironman dreams came true in Nelson Mandela Bay and that you will take some precious memories home with you!” Mayor Bobani said.

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Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za).

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