Ling Er Choo
Ling Er is no stranger among the triathlon fraternity. Coming from a purely Track and Field back ground, Ling Er burst into the multi-sports discipline scene and constantly challenged for the top 3 podium spot even when she was still considered as a ‘newbie’ to some of her more seasoned and experience peers.
It was in 2009 that she met with a near fatal accident after having qualified for the Forster Grant 70.3 World Championships in florida and out training on the road in her final two weeks preparations.
A vehicle collided with her, resulting in a broken left femur, broken right kneecap and a broken right ankle. Along with the mild blood clot in her head, doctor diagnoses her to be partial handicap and that she will not be able to fulfill the full movement of walking. Needless to say, all hopes of running and getting back into the sports will have to come to a pre-mature end.
Moving forward 4 years later, Ling Er has overcome the adversity that she met in her life. She endeavor to be a constant advocate to the younger generations and view to inspire that anyone can be the change in the world you want to see if you set your heart and mind to it.
She has since broke two previous records set by a Singaporean Female in the 70.3 Ironman and the Full Ironman distance. 4hrs 51mins for a 70.3 Ironman and 11hrs 18mins for a full Ironman.
In 2014, Ling Er achieved a remarkable milestone that much of male counterparts can only dream of. Ling Er is the first Singaporean to ever qualify for the prestigious Kona Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, twice. The only 3 means to qualify for the Kona Ironman World Championship is either via a lottery program, a legacy program or by winning and topping your age group in a qualifying Ironman race. In both attempts, Ling Er qualified by winning her age group.