The first running of the Super League Triathlon in Singapore came to a dramatic conclusion when Vincent Luis of France staged a remarkable comeback from his tyre puncture on Day 1, to win the final Enduro on Day 2. This placed him two points ahead of South African Henri Schoeman in the final standings, making him the overall champion of the Super League Triathlon series.
The international series, the brainchild of former Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack, sees the best triathletes in the world compete in intense competition formats that are derived from the traditional triathlon structure.
Besides the pro athletes, plenty of locals also signed up for a taste of the excitement over the weekend of 23rd to 24th February at Sentose Cove.
The racing got under way on Saturday morning with the Team Enduro Experience, where 17 teams of three from almost every country across the globe took turns to compete in three continuous rounds of swim (300m) – bike (5km) – run (1.6km).
The intensity continued in the afternoon with The Eliminator series that saw athletes compete in three rounds of swim (300m) – bike (4km) -run (2km) with a 10-minute break between each round. To up the stakes, athletes are eliminated if they do not finish high enough up the order or fall too far behind.
Series leader Vincent Luis dropped out of the men’s Eliminator race with a tyre puncture on Stage 1 which saw him eventually eliminated at the end of the round. To be crowned champion, he had to regain the lost ground by winning the Enduro on Day 2, which he duly did.
On the non-competitive end, close to 500 participants, including runners from SportCares and Team Nila, took part in the Super League Fun Run which was open to all age groups.
Day 2 started with Junior Racing followed by the second Team Super League Team Enduro Experience featuring three local teams from Sport Singapore. Team Singapore athletes including 2006 and 2010 Asian Games gold medallist and 2008 Olympian Tao Li, 2012 & 2014 Asian Netball Championships gold medallist and current captain of the National Netball Team Charmaine Soh, got a taste of the intense new format.