Triathlon: A real life Ironman

Dex Tai's appearance in today's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii is nothing short of a miracle. Last December, a bike accident left him with a broken collarbone and six broken ribs. There is now a piece of titanium in his body and his movement is
Dex Tai's appearance in today's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii is nothing short of a miracle. Last December, a bike accident left him with a broken collarbone and six broken ribs. There is now a piece of titanium in his body and his movement is restricted.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Tai and his parents survive health issues; today he will race in the Ironman World C'ship

An Ironman race entails swimming 3.86km in open water, cycling 180.25km and running a full marathon and Dex Tai has completed more than 10 of those.

But his toughest race to date did not take place while he was running, swimming or cycling, nor did it last just a day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 14, 2018, with the headline 'A real life Ironman'. Print Edition | Subscribe