Let the games begin: Super League preview

Racing starts tomorrow at the inaugural Super League Triathlon on Hamilton Island. A look at the day ahead.

| March 16, 2017 | RACES

Javier Gomez and Mario Mola sit together during the technical briefing for the Super League Triathlon.

Javier Gomez and Mario Mola sit together during the technical briefing for the Super League Triathlon.

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With a who's who of the triathlon world on hand the inaugural Super League Triathlon is now just hours away. Things start up on Friday with the "Triple Mix," which will include three rounds of racing over a 300 m swim, 6 km bike and 2 km run course. Each round will be run in a different order, though - round one follows the regular swim/ bike/ run format, round two starts with the run (run/ bike/ swim) while the third round will go in the order of bike/ swim/ run.

It's hard to say who comes in as the race favorite in this unique triathlon racing format, but one would be crazy to bet against Javier Gomez, who has big wins at Ironman 70.3 Dubai and the WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi already this season.

“After 20 years of triathlon racing, I am very excited to race a new format in a spectacular place and against the best triathletes in the world,” Gomez says. “It’s going to be different than anything seen before in the sport and I’m proud to be part of it. Three days of hard racing in extreme conditions; it’s going to be epic!”

Gomez's Bahrain Endurance 13 teammate Alistair Brownlee is certainly another pre-race favorite, too. 

“We’ve been pushing for a long time for our world series to be more like this," Brownlee says. "I’ve been talking for a long time about the need for triathlon to be more consumer-friendly, more interesting and different for the athletes to race, more about creating entertainment and interesting content. And Super League Triathlon is definitely leading the way.”

The two will face stiff competition from the likes of Richard Murray, Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman and last year's WTS world champion Mario Mola.

Some gamesmanship came into play yesterday when it came to drawing for the start positions on the pontoon - athletes drew a competitors name and then assigned them to a position on the pontoon. Alistair Brownlee picked his own number and put himself next to training partner and swim specialist Richard Varga. The two are on the outside part of the pontoon, which is considered the prime spot due to the currents in Hamilton Island Marina.

The slot positions for the first round of the \"Triple Mix\" event.

The slot positions for the first round of the "Triple Mix" event.

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Earlier this week Super League Triathlon co-founder Leonid Boguslavsky revealed the winners trophy for the event and also gave notice that the women's version of the event is on the way, announcing that the women's version of the trophy had also been "finalized."

Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on ​www.superleaguetriathlon.com​ on March 17 to 19 from 1700 AEST.

The men’s trophy is a stylized figure of a man with its head and arms symbolizing swimming, legs in a running stance, and a wheel symbolizing cycling. Super League Triathlon co-founder Leonid Boguslavsky commissioned the trophy from Aleksander Litvinov, a sculptor based in Estonia.

The men’s trophy is a stylized figure of a man with its head and arms symbolizing swimming, legs in a running stance, and a wheel symbolizing cycling. Super League Triathlon co-founder Leonid Boguslavsky commissioned the trophy from Aleksander Litvinov, a sculptor based in Estonia.

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