Major General VD Dogra has become first serving Army officer to complete world’s most difficult one-day sporting events Ironman Triathalon
Major General VD Dogra has become the first serving Indian Army officer and the only General across the world who have completed world’s most difficult one-day sporting events Ironman Triathalon competition held in Austria on Sunday, army officers said today.
Indian Army’s Major General VD Dogra just completed the full Ironman triathlon in Austria in 14 hours and 21 minutes, that is considered the toughest one day sporting event in the world. It was held in the scenic town of Klagenfurt, Austria on July 1, 2018.
Almost 3000 athletes were participated in this event.
Currently, Major General VD Dogra is the DG Resettlement and also commanded an Armoured Brigade on the Western Front and an Infantry Division in a Strike Corps.
The Ironman is an international triathlon which is of three consecutive events 3.8 kms swimming, 180 kms cycling, 42.2km of running (a full marathon), in which the participants required to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of “Ironman”.
Major General VD Dogra has been an avid sportsman all his life. As he started cycling about five years ago and practiced too much for it, He cycled from Leh to Chandigarh, a distance of 800 kms, in 8 days, He has also cycled from Akhnoor to Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir and from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, Sela Pass to Bumla Pass in Arunachal Pradesh. He has participated in several triathlons which include the Sprint category (500 metres swimming, 20 km cycling and 5 km running), the Olympic category (1500 metres swimming, 40 km cycling, 10 km running), the half Ironman and now the full Ironman.
Major General VD Dogra, who is a Sword of Honor and Gold Medalist of the December 1981 batch, was commissioned in the Poona Horse (an armoured regiment), which he later commanded. He has also commanded an Armoured Brigade on the western front with Pakistan and an Infantry Division in a Strike Corps.