SINGAPORE: Some 1,500 people spent their Sunday (Feb 8) morning at Palawan Beach in Sentosa, as they took part in the MetaSprint Series Aquathlon.
There were various categories that catered to various age-groups. But for certain elite runners, they had their sights on bigger things.
Clement Chow and Denise Chia could be making their SEA Games debut in triathlon this June. But first, they have to make the final cut for the squad that will be competing at the Games, so they used the MetaSprint Series Aquathlon as a tune-up, before the final selections on Mar 1.
Two men from a pool of 10 and two women from a pool of seven will be picked for the SEA Games.
Clement, who is undergoing his postgraduate studies, finished third overall, while Denise, who will sit for her A-levels this year, came in 1st in the 16 to 19-year old age group and was seventh overall.
“It’s three weeks to the SEA Games trials so this race is a good warm-up for me, to see how my preparations are going,” said Clement. “So far, I’m quite pleased with my prep. So it’s all going according to plan.”
“It’s one of the few races I get to do before the trials… on the 1st of March. So since I haven’t done any races recently, I guess this helps me get the feel of things,” added Denise.
The main difference between an aquathlon and triathlon is that there is no cycling in aquathlon. The MetaSprint Series Aquathlon consists of a 750m swim and a 5km run.
While it may not be as gruelling as a full triathlon, Clement says it is a good gauge of his fitness.
“This is an aquathlon – it’s a bit different but it’s a good confidence booster,” said Clement. “I’m almost there so with some fine-tuning, I should be ready for the race on the first of March.”
Clement and Denise were among some 1,500 participants at the Palawan Beach on Sentosa for this year’s event, which is into its eighth year. Ireland’s Colin O’Shea was the overall winner for the men, while American Jacquelyn Foley was the overall winner for the women.
This aquathlon is the first of a three-event series. A duathlon will be held in March, followed by a triathlon in April.
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