Fine form ahead of Su­per re­turn

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COOLUM’S Ben Shaw has hit form ahead of his re­turn to the much-trum­peted Su­per League Triathlon next month.

Ben won the stan­dard dis­tance Mt May­ton Triathlon Asian Cup on Sun­day with a con­sis­tent per­for­mance ahead of strong Ja­panese and Korean com­pe­ti­tion.

A noted swim­mer, Ben led out of the wa­ter af­ter the 1.5km swim with a time of 20:05, he then pro­duced a 56:53 bike over 40km be­fore fin­ish­ing with a 35:48 10km run to claim vic­tory by 27 sec­onds from Ja­panese pair Ren Sato and Ko­taro Watan­abe.

But the hype will again build up ahead of Ben’s ap­pear­ance at Su­per League, which takes cen­tre stage at Jersey in the United King­dom on Septem­ber 23-24.

De­but­ing at Hamil­ton Island in March, this time around Su­per League will fea­ture 50 of the world’s lead­ing male and fe­male triath­letes, in­clud­ing 25 Olympians from around the world.

The men’s line-up will in­clude the Brown­lee broth­ers from the UK, their ri­vals Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola Diaz from Spain, and Richard Mur­ray from South Africa, as well as 20 other lead­ing male triath­letes.

The women’s rac­ing will see lead­ing Brits in­clud­ing Vicky Hol­land, Jodie Stimp­son, Lucy Hall and Non Stan­ford tak­ing on three-time Olympian Flora Duffy from Ber­muda, Aus­tralian Olympic bronze medal­list Erin Den­sham and the cur­rent Amer­i­can World Triathlon Se­ries leader Katie Zaferes, among many other lead­ing fe­male triath­letes.

The Su­per League Triathlon event in Jersey is of­fer­ing equal prize money of $130,000 for both the men and women triath­letes.

“With $130,000 in prize money on of­fer at Su­per League Jersey, it’s high-stakes, high-oc­tane rac­ing with huge con­se­quences for any mis­takes. This is a sen­sa­tional race course and an in­cred­i­ble lo­ca­tion for spec­ta­tors,” Su­per League Triathlon co-founder Michael Dhulst said.

Satur­day’s Triple Mix for­mat will see ath­letes com­plete three stages of com­pe­ti­tion with al­ter­nat­ing se­quences and a 10-minute break in be­tween stages.

Stage one is swim-bike-run, stage two is run-bike-swim, and stage three is bike-swim-run. The win­ner of Triple Mix is the ath­lete with the low­est time across the three stages.

Sun­day’s Elim­i­na­tor for­mat will again be con­ducted in three stages each in a swim-bike-run for­mat with a 10-minute break in be­tween.

Elim­i­na­tor is about speed and strat­egy with ath­letes fin­ish­ing 16th and above in stage one be­ing elim­i­nated.

Ath­letes must fin­ish in the top 10 of stage two to com­pete in stage three, where the win­ner is de­cided

Both days rac­ing will take place in the af­ter­noon, with ac­tion be­tween 2-6pm.

Su­per League Triathlon’s ground-break­ing tele­vi­sion and dig­i­tal cov­er­age will con­tinue at Su­per League Jersey.

All rac­ing will be broad­cast live with pro­gram­ming dis­trib­uted across in­ter­na­tional broad­cast part­ners and dig­i­tal chan­nels mak­ing it easy for any fan in any time zone to view pro­gram­ming live or on de­mand. Full sched­ules will be an­nounced be­fore the event.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Coolum triath­lete Ben Shaw will re­turn to Su­per League Triathlon in Septem­ber.

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