Vincent Luis and Katie Zaferes followed up their Super League wins in Jersey with repeat performances in Malta.
October 29, 2018 | NEWS|
After their overall victories at the Super League weekend in Jersey a few weeks ago, Frenchman Vincent Luis and American Katie Zaferes added another Super League win to their resume's this season. This weekend's racing included three days of racing, starting on Friday with a 600 m swim. Saturday continued with the "Eliminator," which consisted of three super-sprint races with a 300 m swim, 5 km bike and 2 km run. There was a break of ten minutes between the three stages and those who did not make it to the top 15 after the first stage, or top 10 after the second stage had to retire.
On Sunday, the "Equalizer" was held. Each athlete was sent alone in the fight against the clock for one round of the super sprint course, followed by the 300 m swim/ 5 km bike/ 2 km run course completed two times in a row without a break.
As expected, South African Henri Schoeman asserted himself in swimming individual time trial, completing the 600 m in 6:31, 11 seconds ahead of Vincent Luis. Saturday's eliminator saw Richard Murray (RSA) with the edge. He won the race ahead of Luis and Schoeman.
Sunday's decisive race turned into a close duel between Luis and Schoeman. In the sprint finish, the Frenchman got to the line five seconds ahead of Schoeman in30:59. Tyler Mislawchuck (CAN) secured third place, but did not make it to the podium in the overall standings. The overall victory went to Luis, followed by the two South Africans Schoeman and Murray.
Zaferes follows up Jersey with another big win
Also with the women there was a title defense. Katie Zaferes (USA) won the eliminator on Saturday ahead of Rachel Klamer (NED) and Joanna Brown (CAN), making it a perfect starting point for Sunday's competition. There, too, Zaferes was unstoppable and won just in the final sprint before Lanfdsfrau Kirsten Kasper in a total time of 34:46 minutes. Third place in the equalizer went to an American. Summer Cook rounded off the podium. For the overall standings, the results meant that Katie Zaferes secured victory ahead of Rachel Klamer and Kirsten Kasper. Thus Zaferes, just like Vincent Luis in the men, in the fight for the Super League overall standings from three races as clearly leading and clear top favorite at the last Super League weekend in Mallorca (3 and 4 November). Jonas Schomburg, the only German starter, took third place in the individual time swim, on place ten on Saturday and eleventh on Sunday. He is currently ranked 15th overall in the overall ranking.