- Vu Phuong Thanh, 32, became the first Vietnamese athlete to win the Deca Ultra Triathlon World Championship at the Swissultra in Switzerland on Sunday.
- Considered the world’s toughest triathlon competition, the Swissultra is 10 times the distance of a normal triathlon, covering 23.61 miles for swimming, 1,118 miles for cycling and 262.22 miles for running.
- Thanh finished first in the event’s female category after completing the course in 328 hours 27 minutes 55 seconds, over an hour ahead of France's Nadine Zacharias, who finished in second place.
- Born in Hanoi, Thanh has been nicknamed Vietnam’s “desert rose,” or "the girl who runs around the world” after becoming the first Asian to run through the four harshest deserts in the world.
A female athlete has become the first Vietnamese competitor to win the Deca Ultra Triathlon World Championship at the Swissultra in Switzerland on Sunday.
Considered the world’s toughest triathlon competition, the Swissultra covers 10 times the distance of a normal triathlon.
Chinese fans create affectionate nicknames for popular Olympic athletes with hard-to-pronounce names
- Chinese fans have been coining affectionate nicknames for popular Olympic athletes whose real names otherwise get lost in translation.
- Among the athletes is U.S.-born figure skater Nathan Chen, dubbed “Chen No. 3” because he is the third eminent figure skater hailing from North America with the surname Chen in recent times.
- Freestyle ski superstar Eileen Gu is referred to as “Frog Princess” because of a green helmet she once wore.
Chinese fans have had fun creating unique nicknames for popular Olympians with names they have difficulty pronouncing or remembering.
According to The New York Times, the phonetic translations of international names into Chinese has led to some nonsensical combinations of characters which are difficult to pronounce or remember for many Chinese-speaking fans.
Future Olympian vibes: Adorable 4-year-old Chinese girl snowboards and skis like a pro in viral video
- A 4-year-old Chinese girl, Zhang Duoduo, is impressing viewers with her snowboarding and skiing skills in a viral video.
- Her father hopes for Duoduo to compete in the Olympics in the future.
A 4-year-old Chinese girl went viral after she amazed viewers with her snowboarding and skiing skills.
Zhang Duoduo, from Shandong Province, has only been involved in the sport for a few weeks, but her excellent skills and talent make her seem like a natural.
A young female athlete in the Philippines recently won multiple gold medals for her school during a provincial sports fest despite not having proper running shoes.
Rhea Ballos, an 11-year-old student of Salvacion Elementary School in Balasan, Iloilo, was only wearing bandages around her feet when she competed at the Iloilo Schools Sports Council Meet.
An Indian athlete has become the first sportsperson in India to come out as gay.
Dutee Chand, a 23-year-old sprinter, announced that she has been in a same-sex relationship for the past five years, BBC reports.
Katelyn Ohashi, the UCLA student-athlete who recently won the 2019 Collegiate Challenge, shared a poem she wrote about her experience with body-shaming.
In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Thursday, the 21-year-old gymnast shed light on her experience with body-shaming which she first encountered at age 14.
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is now on his way to earning a Ph.D. after successfully defending his master’s thesis on his own Olympic performance.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, also known as P. V. Sindhu, is a badminton star from India who has been making her country proud with her impressive achievements in the international sports scene.
Sindhu first gained international attention after breaking into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17, while her silver medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympics further cemented her stature as one of India’s brightest star athletes.
Hima Das is an 18-year-old athlete from India who made history for being the country’s first gold medallist at a global track event.
The young sprinter, who hails from the state of Assam, claimed her historic win in Finland via the 400-meter final at Tampere’s World U20 Championships on Thursday. She captured the gold medal by clocking 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium.
Hong Kong hurdler Lui Lai-yiu became the first high-profile woman in the city to reveal her sexual assault experience, joining the #MeToo campaign that has since encouraged women around the world to share personal stories of sexual abuse.
In a Facebook post on Nov. 30 — which was also her 23rd birthday — Lui recounted her harrowing experience in the hands of a former coach, whom she identified as “Coach Y”. She met him through extracurricular activities.
It is possible that the sisters — who did everything together as kids — would face each other off on the ice hockey rink on Pyeongchang in February. Marissa plays for South Korea, while Hannah plays for the United States.
A 101-year-old Indian athlete dubbed the “miracle from Chandigarh” bagged the gold medal at the 100 meter sprint at the World Masters Game in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday.
The elderly grandmother named Man Kaur celebrated her victory as she dashed to the finish line at an impressive record of one minute and 14 seconds –- over a minute compared to Usain Bolt’s world record at the 100 meter sprint back in 2009.