HAMO GOES GLOBAL
Hamilton Island hosts inaugural Super League Triathlon
WORLD-CLASS athletes competing in natural breathtaking beauty with international television exposure – the first-ever Super League Triathlon on Hamilton Island has been a resounding success.
On Thursday, 23 of the fittest athletes on the planet converged on the popular Whitsunday island to compete in the Super League Triathlon.
The new series saw the traditional Olympic triathlon formant significantly reduced from a 10km run, 40km bike ride and 1.5km swim to a 2km run, 6km bike and 300m swim.
Variations of this format were then run, with the Triple Mix event on Friday, Equalizer on Saturday and Eliminator titles on Sunday.
Points from all three days were added up to crown the overall and inaugural Super League winner.
In the end it was South African Richard Murray who dominated the three-day event as he claimed victory
❝ .. by (tailoring) the sport to TV, we are exposing it to a new group of people who may have never seen it before. — Chris McCormack
and a $100,000 payday.
Spain’s Mario Mola finished second overall for $50,000 and back-to-back Hamilton Island Triathlon winner Australian Jake Birtwhistle claimed third overall for $30,000.
Headlining the starstudded line-up was two-time Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, five-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez, and multiple world and ironman champion Terrenzo Bozzone.
But the name perhaps most recognised by the Whitsundays faithful was 2016 under-23 World Champion and two-time Hamilton Island Triathlon winner Jake Birtwhistle.
The Whitsunday climate threw up a few challenges for competitors.
Two days of searing heat and humidity on Friday and Saturday were replaced with torrential rain early on Sunday afternoon. The temperature may have been cooler but the athletes were still feeling the heat.
The three-stage race saw athletes eliminated in each stage, with race tactics playing as much a part as pure speed.
Dual Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee was a pre-race casualty, withdrawing from the final day as a result of illness.
The brainchild of two-time Ironman World champion Australian Chris McCormack, Super League aims to reinvigorate the sport of triathlon by giving it a twist and putting it on the global stage.
Speaking at a media briefing at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club on Thursday, Mr McCormack said he remembered the “glory days of the sport” and
SETTING THE PACE: Australian and two time Hamilton Island Triathlon winner Jake Birtwhistle claims the Eliminator title at the Super League event on Hamilton Island.