Richard Murray held on to take the inaugural Super League Triathlon on Australia's Hamilton Island.
March 19, 2017 | NEWS|
Richard Murray remained on top to win the first edition of the newly minted Super League. Starting the day with a points advantage, Murray raced sensibly to ensure that he would remain on top and take the $100K first prize check.
On a day that turned wet the roads that were so alluring in the opening two stages looked downright frightening as the twists and turns spelled trouble for anyone not on their game. Even before the day began Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee turned out to be the first casualty as he was forced to pull out due to illness. In the first two races of the eliminator format it was no surprise that the long course athletes were bounced first - only the top 15 from the first stage were allowed to continue to the next race.
Stage 2 eliminated all but the top 10, which set things up for the dramatic finale.
In the final stage it was a battle of three in the end, with Mario Mola and Richard Murray succumbing to the speed of version 2.0 of Jacob Birtwhistle who, with some blistering running in the last three days, signaled his ascension to the top flight of triathlon racing by taking the win and moving himself onto the podium.
The final podium:
- Richard Murray $100K
- Mario Mola $50K
- Jacob Birtwhistle $30K