A top field set to line up in Jersey

Kristian Blummenfelt and Katie Zaferes are back in Jersey to defend their Super League Jersey wins, but they will face some stiff competition.

| September 28, 2018 | NEWS

Last year\'s Super League Jersey men\'s podium: Jonathan Brownlee, Kristian Blummenfelt and Richards Murray.

Last year's Super League Jersey men's podium: Jonathan Brownlee, Kristian Blummenfelt and Richards Murray.

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In March, 2017 the first edition of the Super League Triathlon took place on Hamilton Island. The innovative format, held as a two-day event, brought a fresh new look to the sport, because, in Super League, there are no ordinary triathlon events. The second edition of Super League took place in Jersey last year and the event returns to the British Isles again - this year pros had to qualify and there is also an age group component.

Katie Zaferes wins the 2017 Super League Triathlon in Jersey.

Katie Zaferes wins the 2017 Super League Triathlon in Jersey.

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In total 63 of the world's best short-distance athletes will be competing on the weekend: 32 men and 31 women. There will be one race on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday features a "Triple Mix" format. There are three short triathlons, each with a different order of the disciplines, with a break of 10 minutes after each of the three rounds. It starts with the classic sequence: 300 meters swimming, 5 kilometers cycling, 2 kilometers running. After a break of ten minutes, there is the reverse order: 2 kilometers running, 5 kilometers cycling and 300 meters swimming. In the third, and final, round, the event begins with 5 kilometers of cycling, followed by 300 meters swimming and finally a 2 kilometers run.

All races will be broadcast live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com.

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On the second day the "Enduro Triathlon" will take place. Three Super Sprint triathlons made up of 300 meters of swimming, 5 kilometers of cycling and 2 kilometers of running are completed without interruption. So the athletes jump directly into the water twice without stopping after finishing the running leg. The overall winner is determined from the combination of the results of both race days. For both the men and the women the podium prize purses are: US$20,000, US$15,000 and US$10,000.

Blummenfelt and Zaferes back to defend titles

While last year's champions are back, they will certainly have their work cut out if they are to defend their titles. With the different formats, it's hard to say who is most likely to have an advantage. Last year's men's winner, Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), along with the second- and third-place finishers: Richard Murray (RSA) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) are among the favorites. Add to the list of favorites athletes like WTS Grand Final champion Vincent Luis (FRA), who starts his first Super League event, Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Alistair Brownlee (GBR).

Defending women's champion Katie Zaferes (USA) is back, but she'll face some strong competition from WTS Grand Final winner Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), WTS Hamburg winner Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA), Nicola Spirig (SUI), Jodie Stimpson, Vicky Holland (both GBR) and Rachel Klamer (NED ). The two-time short-distance World Champion Flora Duffy (BER) is also on the starting list after a long injury break.