Triathlon: Bad weather does not deter good turnout at TRI-Factor Triathlon

SINGAPORE - Despite a heavy downpour causing a delay that lasted more than an hour, the TRI-Factor Triathlon still saw 1,650 participants compete in various categories at East Coast Park on Sunday morning (Aug 21).

There were also 39 overseas participants hailing from countries like Great Britain, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia and France that took part in the 8th edition of the TRI-Factor Series Singapore.

Due to to safety concerns resulting from the morning downpour, the cycling portion of the race was removed and participants only had to swim 750m, followed by a 10km run.

Singaporean Zacharias Low,19, won the men's standard triathlon open category in a time of 55:11min 1sec, while 19-year-old Christy Suriadi (1hr 1:51min 8sec) won the women's open.

James Middleditch,46, (56:11.8) and 51-year-old Jess McMorris (1:17:16.8) came out on top in the men's and women's veteran races - categories for those aged 45 and above.

The standard triathlon relay race was won by The Flying Doctors who posted 49:53 while Super Water Dragons Master of Land and Sea won the sprint triathlon relay (36:41.6).

For the other sprint triathlon races, 18-year-old Cedric Jian (33:48.3) took the men's open and Natasha Buckley, 39, won the women's category (41:01.7).

The men's and women's veteran categories were won by Steve Pennone, 45, with a time of 41:12.8 and 47-year-old Concetta Arcella (39:45).