Prominent lawyer and athlete Hussain Shameem, on Sunday, became the first Maldivian to qualify for the half triathlon '2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship' in New Zealand.
Shameem qualified for the competition after he achieved a 16th place finish while competing with 167 athletes under the age category 35-39 at a qualifier race held in Goa, India, on Sunday.
While a total of 60 athletes qualified for the World Champion during the race in Goa, only the top 12 finishers from his age group qualified for the New Zealand race. Shameem narrowly made the cut as certain finishers were qualified during previous races.
The race involves a 1.9 km swim, an 90 km bike segment and a 21.2km run. Shameem finished the race in six hours and 18 minutes. He managed a comparatively better finish of five hours and 16 minutes at the 2017 qualifying race in Bahrain but failed to qualify.