Only one woman has been allowed to represent Iran in triathlons. Her name is Shirin Gerami, and this weekend the athlete faces her biggest test yet.
First, she’ll swim 2.4 miles in choppy water. Then, she’ll bike 112 miles. She’ll top off the race with a full marathon, on a road that crosses a landscape described as “barren lava fields.”
It’s the Ironman World Championship on October 8 in Kona, Hawaii, and it’s notorious for 40-mile-an-hour winds and 90-degree heat.
Most competitors wear some version of a leotard or a swimsuit. But Shirin Gerami will do the whole thing in a hijab. That’s what the Iran Triathlon Federation has required for her to represent them.
Photo: Huw Fairclough