Athletes › Interviews
17 Feb 2019
3 min read
BOOM. Super League Triathlon (SLT) has arrived in Asia and we are proud to be here – the birthplace of our series, the location of our head office, and a growing hotbed for multi-sport activity!
Yuko Takahashi from Japan, winner of the 2018 Palembang Asian Games Elite Women’s and Mixed Relay, is heading up a group of Asian athletes all looking to make an impact on the Championship Finale weekend, especially as it is so close to home.
“I think triathlon is getting popular in Asia now, Super League is an opportunity to show more people how awesome triathlon is, and I can’t wait to race in such exciting formats with great athletes again. The Grand Final will be more competitive, but I’ve been training with the squad in the offseason, so I’m looking forward to seeing how I perform.”
Donning the sleek new Grey Transition Jersey, Yuko will be easy to spot amongst the other competitors – unless of course, you try to follow her through transition!
“The transitions are so important in this kind of racing, and I’m really good at transitioning!”
Yuko believes holding the Grand Final in Singapore will be a strong advert for the benefits of multi-sport to the entire region.
“The Super League Triathlon Grand Final weekend will let locals see triathlon raced by the worlds top triathletes and supported by enthusiastic triathlon fans.”
She is joined by eight other Asian athletes from four of the region’s countries, Jumpei Furuya, winner of the 2018 Palembang Asian Games Elite Men’s, is another Japanese athlete, Kim Kilgroe, winner of the 2018 Subic Bay ASTC Triathlon Southeast Championships, and Claire Adorna both hail from The Philipines, Oscar Coggins, Mark Yu, and Hilda Choi are representing Hong Kong, and Long Hoi, winner of the 2018 Hong Kong ASTC Aquathlon Asian Championships & 2018 MAC Sprint National Championships, is the sole athlete from Macau. With eight Asian athletes in total, will we be seeing any action on the podium across the weekend? This is a real opportunity for these athletes to take their chance to grab some home glory as the biggest show in triathlon history rolls into town.
Look out for Yuko as she looks to use her impressive speed to move up the rankings, will we see her holding on to the Transition Jersey, or even challenge for a victory?
We asked her what she thought was going to be the most impressive part of the weekend?
“For me, it is the spectators and Super League fans, they definitely make the venues come alive!”
If you’ve missed the news, Super League Singapore is happening on the 23rd and 24th of Feb! Check out what’s going on at the event here.
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