Brownlee and Zaferes super in day one of Super League Singapore

Jonathan Brownlee and Katie Zaferes took the final stage in the Eliminator event to top the first day of racing at Super League Singapore as Vincent Luis flats out of contention for the overall title.

| February 23, 2019 | NEWS

Katie Zaferes (pink) was too much for the rest of the field as she took Day 1 of the Super League Championship Finale in Singapore.

Katie Zaferes (pink) was too much for the rest of the field as she took Day 1 of the Super League Championship Finale in Singapore.

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A flat tire in the first of three races in today's Eliminator appears to have put Vincent Luis out of the hunt for the overall Super League title after the first day of racing at Super League Singapore. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) would take the day over Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk, setting up an exciting finale tomorrow as Henri Schoeman (RSA), second in the overall standings, would finish fourth.

For the women, Katie Zaferes returned to her normal Super League dominating self, cruising through the first two rounds of the Eliminator format (the field is whittled down after each mini triathlon from 24 to 15 to 10) then blasting away on the final run leg to seemingly solidify her hold on the women's overall title.

Zaferes bides her time

A crash in the final leg of Super League Mallorca prevented Katie Zaferes(USA) from going three for three in the championship series - she would finish second to countrywoman Taylor Spivey in that race. The American returned to her dominant form with an impressive series of races on the first day of racing in the Championship finale in Singapore, though, biding her time with a pair of fifth-place finishes in the first two rounds before running away from her competition on the final run to take the day.

The first of three races was won by Australian Emma Jeffcoat, with France's Cassandre Beaugrand and Leonie Periault rounding out the podium in the first race. Race two saw Racher Klamer (NED) and Beaugrand tie for the win with Periault next to cross the line.

Which set up the final race with its 10 competitors. Beaugrand would lead out of the water, but Zaferes quickly started to push the pace and led into T2 with a group of four that included Beaugrand, Jeffcoat, Periault and Yuko Takahashi (JAP) on her wheel. Beaugrand tried to run clear of Zaferes early in the run, but the American hung tough (and close), eventually pushing clear for the win. Beaugrand finished second with Australia's Ashleigh Gentle rounding out the podium.

Luis flats

Vincent Luis had reigned supreme in the first three Super League events of this season, but disaster struck for the Frenchman in the first leg when he got a flat tire and was eliminated after the first race.

American Tommy Zaferes led that first race out of the water, but Aussie Matt Hauser was first into T2. Eventually Germany's Jonas Schomburg would take the first stage, with Schoeman taking second and Brownlee rounding out the top three.

Richard Murray showed himself to be one to watch as he attacked in the second race, eventually taking that stage over Schoeman and Brownlee. Murray's race would be upended at the start of the third and final race where he stumbled at the start and slipped off the pontoon, earning a time-penalty in the process that kept him out of contention. Schoeman appeared bo be ready to take control of the race, leading out of T2, but it was Brownlee who proved to have the most in the tank, pushing hard on the run to get himself clear of the field and avoiding a sprint against Mislawchuk, whou would eventually finish second. New Zealand's Hayden Wilde rounded out the podium.

Tomorrow's race will be an Enduro - which will feature a qualifying heat followed by two continuous swim-bike-run efforts.