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TRI-Factor Triathlon 2017 Saw Many Participants Becoming Triathletes for the First Time

by On Aug 9, 2017

The finale of TRI-Factor Series concluded on Sunday, 6 August 2017, at East Coast Park.

TRI-Factor Triathlon 2017 Saw Many Participants Becoming Triathletes for the First Time

The TRI-Factor Triathlon 2017 is the finale race of this year’s TRI-Factor Series, which began with a swim event in April, a cycling event in May, and a run event in July. Competitors accumulate points based on their ranking in each event.

Into its ninth year running, the TRI-Factor Triathlon has been a key pillar of the Singapore multi sport and triathlon scene, and has helped to drive its growth and expansion. This year’s race saw 1,850 participants of all abilities racing on the weekend, many of them becoming triathletes for the first time after progressing from the single-sport events earlier in the series.

Zacharias Low Crowned as the Overall TRI-Factor Series Champion

Local triathlete Zacharias Low won the series champion title at the TRIFactor Triathlon, topping the standard distance men’s open category in a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 11 seconds over the 1.5-kilometer swim, 36-kilometer cycle, and 10-kilometer run. Low finished a clear 3 minutes ahead of runner-up Eden Kang despite the latter’s surge in the run leg where he clocked the race’s fastest split.

The 20-year-old Low was already at the top of the leaderboard before the finale. Danny Lim was the closest challenger at four points behind but was no contest for Low as he finished seventh on the day.

Low won last year’s race as well, then went on to compete for selection for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games earlier this year. He has also been nominated for next year’s Asian Games and is set on pursuing the final Commonwealth Games slot.

TRI-Factor Triathlon 2017 Saw Many Participants Becoming Triathletes for the First Time

Mr Zacharias Low took the standard distance men open’s category and was the crowned the overall TRI-Factor Series Champion with a time of 2 hour 14 minutes and 11 seconds, 1196 TRI-Factor Points.

Women’s Category: Constance Tan Became The New Champion

In the women’s category, Constance Tan, performed outstandingly to finish 5th overall in her category to secure a 6 point margin between defending 2016 Champion, Corrine Kang, who had placed 14th overall. Constance finished with a solid 2 hours 54 minutes 7 seconds to become the 6th Overall Women's Series Champion.

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Meanwhile, Shlomit Sorek took the day’s top spot with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes, and 40 seconds. The event also saw Singapore Rower Aiysah battle her phobia and complete her first Sprint triathlon with a time of 1 hour 32 minutes and 6 seconds.

TRI-Factor Triathlon 2017 Saw Many Participants Becoming Triathletes for the First Time

National rower Saiyidah Aisyah participated in the sprint distance, her first triathlon ever.

A Tune-Up for SEA Games

The TRI-Factor Triathlon also saw Wille Loo and Clement Chow tuning up for the upcoming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur later this month. The nation’s triathlon representatives participated the sprint distance and crossed the finish line together.

TRI-Factor Triathlon 2017 Saw Many Participants Becoming Triathletes for the First Time

Singapore Athletes Willie Loo (left) and Clement Chow (right) finished the race together at 1 hour 5 minutes and 35 second.

What’s Next?

Elvin Ting, Managing Director Orange Room, said, “We are looking forward to marking a decade of TRI-Factor next year. When we first started our series, we wanted to encourage healthy lifestyles and pursuits. It makes us proud to see our races become proving grounds for our nation’s best athletes.”

TRI-Factor has recently launched its Asian Championship series with its Malaysia leg in Melaka City. Further races in the Philippines, China, and Thailand are set to launch in 2018.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of RunSociety.

Eva is a casual runner who has been hooked on marathons since her first race in 2011. She’s content to spend her weekends only on running. She is also a hiking enthusiast and traveling addict. When she’s not doing outdoor activities, she indulges in reading.

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