Singapore National Aquathon Championships: Race Recap
Last weekend a team of triathletes from Thanyapura’s Elite Junior Sports Academy (EJSA) and Junior Development Program (JDP) headed abroad to tackle the Singapore National Aquathon Championships. This was the first test for the EJSA and JDP triathletes in what promises to be an exciting period of racing coming up.
From the Elite Junior Sports Academy, we had American Bret Izzo, Brit Sam O’Shea and Australian Caleb Sadler contesting the Junior event over a 750m swim and 5km run while Kyle Izzo (Brett’s younger brother), Saryu Onishi from Japan and Sammy McInnes from Scotland would line up in the Youth event held over a 400m swim and 3km run. Joining them from the Junior Development program (JDP) was Australian Ben McMillian alongside the iron-twins Max and Chloe Schrijnemaekers from The Netherlands.
EJSA and JDP head coach Ben Hammond competed in the adults event comprising a 1.5km swim and 10km run. Ben kicked off the day by leading the swim before running a 10km duel with Malaysian, Riki Shinozuka. Riki managed to beat Ben in an exciting sprint finish that left both competitors utterly exhausted.
Next up was the Junior event and a highly anticipated battle between the elder three EJSA boys. Bret Izzo wasted no time stamping his authority all over the race. He led out of the water by a comfortable margin before turning in a race best run to win the event by over 3 minutes. Caleb Sadler put together a strong run to move through the field and finish in second place while Sam O’Shea had a solid race for sixth place.
In the Youth event, the boys kicked off proceedings with Kyle Izzo leading the pack from the water in dominant display. Saryu had a much improved swim exiting the water 25 seconds in arrears with Ben McMillian, the youngest in the field who had a fantastic swim. Saryu took off at lightning speed and pulled alongside Kyle with just over 1km to go and a hard fought battle ensued with Saryu managing to take the win, just 3 seconds ahead of Kyle. Ben McMillian had an amazing day against this field of far older boys placing fifteenth out of 48.
The Youth girls race rounded out the day with Sammy McInnes alongside Max & Chloe Schrijnemaekers. Malaysian powerhouse Zoe Bowden led the field from the water with Sammy facing a 1:25 deficit and 3km on foot to reel her in. The fleet-footed Scot set about her run and picked off one girl at time until she took the lead after just 1.5km before putting on the after burners to crush the field in a truly dominant display. The iron-twins staged their own battle and, like Ben, where comfortably the youngest in the field. Chloe put in a strong swim to carve out a 55 second advantage before Max hit the sand and set off in pursuit. These ever inseparable twins almost drew level with Max inching her way back to Chloe throughout the 3km run but Chloe managed to sneak home just 2 seconds in front of her sister.
Overall it was a great weekend of racing all round, topped off with a fun day at Sentosa Island before returning home to Phuket. Congratulations to all the EJSA and JDP athletes for their fantastic performances!
2nd Place – Ben Hammond
1st Place – Brett Izzo
2nd Place – Caleb Sadler
6th Place – Sam O’Shea
1st Place – Saryu Onishi
2nd Place – Kyle Izzo
15th Place – Ben McMillian
1st Place – Sammy McInnes
16th Place – Chloe Schrijnemaekers
17th Place – Max Schrijnemaekers