This morning, Mr Cheah kindly received the 3rd placing Trophy (50 - 54 age group) for the 70.3 Putrajaya Ironman on behalf of LIEM.
No one has even hinted to us to return the Trophy. But, we don't believe we are the correct third placed person and thus we returned it. One does not keep something that is so precious but does not rightfully belong to you, even if the Organisers handed it to you and they in all probability now, don't really know who the correct recipient should be.
We did the race as honestly as we could. The Putrajaya road looks exactly the same to me and I had no idea where the turning off was. At the fateful junction, only one chap turned left (I thought he was going home). Everyone else went straight, so I just followed. When Emma and Don Khor overtook me for the second time within a short time span, I realised I had done something wrong. We were heartbroken. The road marshalls were only directing traffic. Any advice from them was wrong.
At the end of the second lap, I took a proper look at the signs and correctly went left up the hill. IM Yap Eng Leong told me he had made the same mistake and was in fact doing the little loop twice. So I did the little loop twice too. We saw a signboard at the fateful turn off which said "go straight, no left entry". But just a few meters after that was another sign which seems to say turn left. In terms of KM, we did the full 90km.
I knew a disqualification was probably looming, but did the run anyway. You know I didn't take any short cuts at all on the run. IM XXX was being such a pain, cutting the cones in the middle of the road, not doing the roundabouts properly (I did every single roundabout properly, taking the long way around even when I was trying to chase Peter in front). The turn around at the govt offices, I did properly too even though IM XXX was screaming his head off telling me to do a short cut. I didn't.
I did the whole race with full fucking honesty, and now I return the Trophy with the same honesty as its not mine.