After adverse weather turned the first of the Super League Championship events into swim/run races, it looks like things will return to normal this weekend for the second leg of the championship series in Malta.
With South Africans Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman returning to the men’s field, last year’s Super League champion (not to mention WTS world champ, too), Vincent Luis (FRA), will face a bit more competition in the men’s field.
In the women’s race, Jersey champ, France’s Cassandre Beaugrand, will have her work cut out for her to take another Super League win as she takes on a tough women’s field. Look for Katie Zaferes, who, like Luis, won last year’s Super League crown and took the WTS title (and even added the Grand Final to her impressive 2019 resume), to be very fired up after an all-too-rare runner-up finish to Beaugrand in Jersey.
There are three Canadians in the field – Claudie Simard, Aiden Longcroft-Harris and Tyler Mislawchuk.
This weekend’s race format includes a semi-final competition on Saturday made up of two continuous swim-bike-run races. The top five athletes from each semi-final race, plus the next five fastest, will move to Sunday’s final.
The 15 athletes racing in the men’s and women’s final on Sunday will compete in an Equalizer event. The athletes start with a bike individual time trial, then do a pursuit-start race (based on the finishing times from the time trial) of two continuous swim-bike-run efforts.
Here’s a list of the athletes taking part in this weekend’s racing: