Sports Round-Up: Ironman, Injured Man
Estonia's top triathlete, Marko Albert, finished 17th in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii over the weekend, with a time of 8:37:44.
Albert was keeping pace with the leaders during the near four kilometer swimming distance, but fell behind in the 185 km cycling event.
During the third event, the marathon distance run, Albert claimed back a few places.
His best ever result in Hawaii came in 2011, when he finished 13th. Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium won with a time of 8:12:29 this year.
Estonia's defeat to Turkey on Friday may have far more negative effects, as 34-year-old national team defender Raio Piiroja could have played his last game as a professional footballer.
In an interview with Õhtuleht today, Piiroja said he is unlikely to play again following his injury during the match against Turkey.
Piiroja, capped 113 times, returned to Estonia last December after a lengthy injury lay-off, only to sign with a Chinese club in February.
Archer Ülle Kell won a bronze in the World Archery 3D championships on October 12.
Head coach Tarmo Rüütli could also sign off, saying that it is not certain whether he will continue at the held of the national football team, which he has been leading since 2008.
“Will or no will, but I still have the capability,” Rüütli told ETV after the Turkey match.