Vincent Luis sprinting in the running segment of the Super League Men’s Eliminator. Photo: Sport Singapore
The result on the day might have been in favour of France’s Cassandra Beaugrand, but USA’s Katie Zafares was not to be denied as she took home the series title. Zafares had a huge lead in the women’s standings and would swim/bike/run a great race to finish second on the day but first in the overall standings.
In the men’s event, France’s Vincent Luis was poised to take home the series but a tire puncture in the eliminator the day before meant that his lead was whittled down. However, Luis finished strong in the enduro to cap off a fine season with his series win.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu, in action during the team enduro event. Photo: Sport Singapore
The team enduro also saw teams made up of 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. Guest-of- Honour, Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth gamely captained another team with Thaslim Hajanajubudeen, a SportCares athlete; and Team Singapore swimmer Lee Mei Shuang.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu (in black), poses with SportCares and Team Singapore athletes. Photo: Sport Singapore
On her swim, Tao Li said, “I think the race is pretty fun and tough, especially since I haven’t trained for at least 3 years! It's my first time swimming in the open water and its very different from what I’m used to in a pool where everyone has a lane. Here, everyone is fighting. We hope we’ve inspired someone, maybe fellow Singaporeans, to participate in the next edition or in similar multi-sport events.”
Sport Singapore CEO, Lim Teck Yin, also commented: “I think it's an excellent event, particularly because the format is exciting to watch - the elites and the professionals – and it's hard enough to challenge people who want to participate. We're very proud that Super League Triathlon was incorporated in Singapore, so you could say that this is a Singapore event! The aspiration is to make it global will certainly excite both the local community as well as triathlon fans all across the world.”