Mumbai: Huafrid Billimoria is the first Indian with Dystonia to complete the Ironman Dubai 70.3. This year’s triathlon, held on March 5, in Dubai, is said to be one of the most grueling and challenging triathlons in the world.
The Ironman 70.3 consists of a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride, and a 21.1km marathon that must be completed in under 8 hours without stopping. This is a terrifying challenge for any athlete, let alone someone suffering from dystonia. Dystonia is a neurological disorder characterised by involuntary muscle contractions and twisting movements. Not only did Billimoria complete the triathlon, but he also set a new world record by finishing in 7 hours and 7 minutes.
The 26-year-old was sponsored by Power Peaks and Veda Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. His ambition was directed by Pune-based coaching academy PowerPeaks Athlete Lab.
Huafrid says it was a ‘dream come true moment’ for him to represent his country at an international event. Thanks to sponsors Veda Rehab & Wellness, Power Peaks, and Koros for supporting him.
Huafrid Ahmed is the second person in the world to complete the full Ironman. He suffers from multiple challenges and disabilities like clinical ADHD, General Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Huafrid also had severe learning disabilities from the age of five.
He is now training for the toughest Ironman in the world, which will take place in South Africa in April.