?His Majesty the King’s Personal Representative and President of … Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa was yesterday among high-ranking officials to welcome members of the Bahrain triathlon team who returned from Florida after competing in the Ironman Florida event held along Panama City Beach in the US. The team was led by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who made the kingdom proud as he spearheaded his side to outstanding results amidst broad participation from some of the world’s best athletes. Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa also took part in the triathlon, and also achieved a great result.Shaikh Nasser had the best showing amongst all the Bahraini participants on Team Bahrain. He completed the highly challenging race in an impressive total time of 10 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds, earning him a classification of 18th in the men’s 25 to 29 age-group.Shaikh Khalid also had a superb performance, clocking a finishing mark of 12:04:06 to claim an excellent 12th place in the men’s 18 to 24 division.The gruelling Ironman Florida event lasted over 15 hours and it attracted over 3,000 top athletes from around the world. They battled it out over a 3.8-kilometre swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42km run.Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid, along with other team members, were also received on arrival by Shaikh Sultan bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Bahrain Olympic Committee honorary president Shaikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, besides other officials from BOC, GOYS, sports clubs, federations and a big crowd.Speaking on arrival, Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid dedicated their fine showing to His Majesty King Hamad, in appreciation for His Majesty’s unparalleled support and care for sports in Bahrain.On her part, BOC member Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa congratulated Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid on their remarkable results and their performance throughout this challenging event.