Participants at the Compressport Tri-Factor Run. Photo: Sport Singapore
Japan’s Yuta Suda and Australia’s Claire Davis romped to victory in the men’s and women’s 24km event during the Compressport Tri-Factor Run on Sunday, but their victories however were not as clear cut as it would seem.
Although both runners posted good times, they said these were far from their best performances though there were some extenuating circumstances.
Suda had to recover from a fall at one of the hydration stations. He said: “The hydration station was located at a dangerous position, I tried to take water as soon as possible but unfortunately slipped. I lost speed but after a few hundred metres I recovered my speed.”
Yuta Suda examines his injuries after the run. Photo: Sport Singapore
He was later advised by the medical personnel to visit the hospital after the prize presentation to get his knee stitched.
Despite the unfortunate turn of events, he praised the organisers on course design and the general organisation of the event but bemoaned the lack of distance markers.
Suda was also hoping to race with competitors of a similar level but “there were no Gurkhas or Kenyans” so he decided to keep an even pace.
Tax accountant Claire Davis also failed to reach her personal best as she was still recovering from the Supersprint Relay at the Singapore International Triathlon the day before.
Claire Davis after winning first place in the 24km run. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I think I definitely had a bit of lactic acid leftover in the legs,” she said. “It wasn’t too bad but I could definitely feel it towards end.”
She felt her performance wasn’t bad but she was ultimately hampered by two toilet breaks. “I don’t usually run this early in the morning and was probably a bit of a shock to the system," the Australian said.
Despite the flood of large scale running events in Singapore, both Suda and Davis reiterated the importance of smaller events like the Tri-Factor Run in preparing them for the season with Suda taking part in a race next week and Davis competing in the Bintan Ironman at the end of August.