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Meet Major General VD Dogra – First Indian Army Officer to complete the Ironman Challenge

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Major General V D Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman challenge and Triathlon event, considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, in Austria, the army has claimed.

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Ironman Challenge – A First from the Indian Army

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Maj Gen Dogra Becomes 1st General In World To Earn ‘Ironman Triathlon’ Title.

“He is the only serving army officer from the Indian Army to have done a full Ironman and the only General across the globe to have done so,” Army spokesperson Col. Aman Anand said.

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The competitors have to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of ‘Ironman’.

Ironman Austria was held in the scenic town of Klagenfurt and over 3000 athletes participated in the event. Major General VD Dogra completed the Full Ironman challenge at Klagenfurt in 14 hours and 21 minutes.

The General has been a Sword of Honour and Gold Medalist of the December 1981 batch. He was commissioned in the Poona Horse (an armoured regiment), which he later commanded. He has also commanded an Armoured Brigade on the western front with Pakistan and an Infantry Division in a Strike Corps.

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Maj Gen Dogra is currently DG Resettlement.

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What is the Ironman Challenge?

An extreme challenge for the supremely fit, the Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.9-kilometer) swim, a 112-mile (180-kilometer) bike ride and a 26.2-mile (42.1-kilometer) run.

It’s been said that just finishing is a victory! The World Triathlon Corporation organizes Ironman Triathlon events held around the world throughout the year.

The idea for the Ironman began as a challenge among a group of Navy SEALs who debated which sport was more physically demanding, running or swimming.

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Maj Gen VK Dogra during the Ironman event.

The first Ironman was born in Hawaii in Feb. 18, 1978, when California triathletes John and Judy Collins organized the first endurance triathlon.

The Hawaiian Iron Triathlon was a swim/bike/run event around the island of Oahu. The course revolved around the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, about 112 miles (180 kilometers) of the 115-mile (185-kilometer) Round Oahu Bike Course and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon.

Whoever finishes first we’ll call the Ironman, and the Ironman triathlon has been one of the world’s most popular endurance events ever since.

Not only is the distance grueling, there’s a time limit for each segment. Most Ironman events allow participants 17 hours to complete all three legs of the race.

The event begins at 7 a.m. The swim must be complete in 2 hours and 20 minutes; the bike ride must be done by 5:30 p.m.; and the marathon must be finished by midnight.

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Vardan Pandhare
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Vardhan is an author who loves creativity. He enjoys experimenting in various fields. After completing his graduation, he was sure about one thing! His love for sports. He is now living his dream of being creative with words in the field of sports. He has since then always brought the latest news and updates for all the sports fans.


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