Over the weekend, competitors from across the globe flocked to Langkawi to compete in the Ironman Langkawi.

A few local public figures also participated in the challenge, and one of them was former Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.

Just to give you an idea of how tough the Ironman obstacle course is, participants will have to swim for 3.8km, cycle for 180km, and then run for 42.2km for the full category, while the 70.3 category is half of the distances mentioned.

The Rembau MP competed in the latter.

Khairy, who’s also fondly known as KJ, managed to finish the whole feat in 7 hours 24 seconds. He placed 444th out of 887 overall. Not too bad, eh?

Congrats KJ!
Photos of KJ competing in the Ironman triathlon were shared across social media platforms, but what caught everyone’s attention the most was the “aww” moment when KJ’s mom presented the finishing medal to him.

Malaysians congratulated KJ for making it to the finish line and commended him for his effort to compete in the Ironman course.

Thank you to the @ironman_my organisers for letting my Mama @hamidrahmaha put the medal on me at the finish line. Everything begins and ends with your mother.

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Besides KJ, ‘Big Stage’ host Alif Satar also competed in the full Ironman Langkawi course, and he clocked in at 15 hours, 6 minutes and 50 seconds. He placed 619th out of 982.

Well done to both KJ and Alif! Wonder if any other celebrities or politicians will take up the challenge next year?

Syed Saddiq, perhaps?