Gentle Conquers Singapore Heat To Win T100 Battle

Saturday 13 April 2024

In the unforgiving Singapore heat and humidity, defending champion Ashleigh Gentle conquered not just the heat, but also any self doubts, to come from behind on the run and win an epic T100 battle with Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Ashleigh dug very deep in the latter stages of the 100km race to wipe out a 5 minute 33 second deficit coming out of T2 to beat Lucy as well as surprise podium finisher Els Visser.

How The Race Unfolded:

Even in sweltering conditions, there was no surprise to see Charles-Barclay quickly take to the front in Marina Bay. As in the Miami T100, it was Lucy Buckingham on her feet while Rebecca Clarke rounded out the three-woman group. That trio pushed ahead to create a lead of 1:07 out of the water after the 2km swim.

On the 80km bike course, it was the British pairing of Charles-Barclay and Buckingham who put the hammer down. Gentle soon moved through to third with the gap standing at around 2:45 by halfway. Meanwhile, 2022 Ironman world champion Chelsea Sodaro, who finished third in Singapore last year, was forced to retire from the race.

With just under 30km to go, Miami T100 Champion India Lee put in a surge to overtake Gentle and move into third, with T100 debutant Imogen Simmonds and Lucy Byram – who was sixth in Miami – close by. While Lee subsequently slowed her pace, losing 30 seconds to the group, there were problems up front for Buckingham as she appeared to cramp in the stifling heat with 18km to go, allowing Charles-Barclay to retake the lead.

Meanwhile, Visser was the big mover up the leaderboard, with the Dutchwoman powering inexorably through the field to move past 11 athletes and claim third during the final lap. Despite this showing, Charles-Barclay entered T2 just ahead of Buckingham but with 5:03 to Visser and in the box seat for her first T100 title.

Gentle was just a little further back with 5:33 to make up as she headed out onto the run. The Australian made short work of getting herself back into the podium position by overtaking Visser and her charge didn’t stop there. While Charles-Barclay was running well, Gentle was moving with stunning rapidity in spite of increasing temperatures and rising humidity.

After 8km, the Australian had slashed her deficit to overtake Buckingham and move into second. Continuing to chase Charles-Barclay, Gentle nudged the gap to 1:01 going into the final 6km lap. From there, it was a nail biting competition as Gentle hunted Charles-Barclay, finally making a decisive surge to pass her with 4km to take the lead for the first time in the race.

Meanwhile, Visser continued her hard work in the fight for a podium finish to pull past Buckingham into third, but she was still close to 4 minutes behind Charles-Barclay,

Elated and exhausted, Gentle crossed the line in 3:44:23 to take a powerful victory that will surely send a message to the other T100 athletes. The Australian secured a USD$25,000 (S$34,027) paycheck and the maximum 35 points to start her 2024 T100 Triathlon World Tour season.

Charles-Barclay followed her 2nd place in the Miami T100 with another 2nd place, taking US$16,000 and 28 points to take her series tally to 56 and put her at the top of the T100 standings.

Visser was the dark horse wildcard, completing the podium in style, earning US$12,000, 25 points and plenty of new fans.

In the closing stages, New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson showed that consistency prevails, overtaking Buckingham near the finish to clinch fourth, with Buckingham rounding out the top five.

Singapore T100 Women’s Pro Race Standings:

1. Ashleigh Gentle – 3:44:23
2. Lucy Charles-Barclay – 3:45:58
3. Els Visser – 3:51:38
4. Amelia Watkinson – 3:52:03
5. Lucy Buckingham – 3:52:10

P.T.O. (Photo: James Mitchell)


Coming Triathlon Events View all

Stone Brixia Man

Lago d'Iseo / Passo Paradiso, Italy

Website Google Map YouTube

UK Ultimate

Whitchurch, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

Ch'TriMan

Gravelines, France

Website Google Map YouTube

Laponia Triathlon

Gällivare, Sweden

Website Google Map

Swedeman Xtreme

Östernoren, Sweden

Website Google Map YouTube

Odyssey

St Neots, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

Challenge Roth

Roth, Germany

Website Google Map YouTube

Altriman

les Angles, Pyrenees, France

Website Google Map YouTube

Kaike triathlon

Yonago, Tottori, Japan

Website Google Map

Ironbourne

Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

Ironman Switzerland

Thun, Switzerland

Website Google Map YouTube

Ironman Vitoria Gasteiz

Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain

Website Google Map

Ironman Lake Placid

Lake Placid, United States

Website Google Map

Ironman Ireland

Cork, Ireland

Website Google Map YouTube

Ironman Kalmar Sweden

Kalmar, Sweden

Website Google Map YouTube

Ironman Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Website Google Map YouTube

Ironman Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

Website Google Map YouTube

Ironman Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia

Website Google Map YouTube

Ironman Canada

Penticton, Canada

Website Google Map

Ironman Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Website Google Map

Alpha Win Hudson Valley

Kingston, NY, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

Tinman

Tupper Lake, NY, United States

Website Google Map

CHALLENGE Vansbro

Vansbro, Sweden

Website Google Map

Garmin Iron Tri Skierniewice

Skierniewice, Poland

Website Google Map YouTube

Challenge Cagnes Sur Mer

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

Website Google Map YouTube

Cardiff Triathlon

Cardiff Wales, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube

Tri Tour El Pont de Suert

El Pont de Suert, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

Sagelands Half

Osoyoos, BC, United States

Website Google Map

La Tour Geneve

Geneve, Switzerland

Website Google Map YouTube

La Tour Geneve

Geneva, Switzerland

Website Google Map YouTube

70.3 Lahti

Lahti, Finland

Website Google Map YouTube

70.3 Les Sables D Olonne

Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Website Google Map

70.3 Luxembourg

Remich, Luxembourg

Website Google Map YouTube

70.3 Pennsylvania Happy Valley

Penn State University, United States

Website Google Map

70.3 Bolton

Bolton, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

70.3 Ecuador

Manta, Ecuador

Website Google Map

70.3 Jonkoping

Jönköping, Sweden

Website Google Map YouTube

70.3 Muskoka

Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

Website Google Map

70.3 Muncie

Muncie, Indiana, United States

Website Google Map

70.3 Swansea

Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

IRONMAN Announce New 70.3 Rockford Illinois USA

IRONMAN Announce New 70.3 Rockford Illinois USA

Monday 24 Jun 2024 [Triathlon News]

IRONMAN, the global leader in long-distance triathlon, announced today that it will host its first event in the State of Illinois with the IRONMAN® 70.3® Rockford-Illinois triathlon in 2025, 2026 and 2027. The triathlon is scheduled to debut on Sunday, June 22, 2025, with a swim, bike and run course that will take athletes through Rockford and the countryside north of the city. Located in northern Illinois, Rockford offers a unique blend of outdoor recreation, culture and history that make it more

Sanders & Findlay Lead Canadian Sweep At 70.3 Mont Tremblant

Sanders & Findlay Lead Canadian Sweep At 70.3 Mont Tremblant

Sunday 23 Jun 2024 [Triathlon News]

On a rainy day in Canada’s Laurentian Mountains, the European-style ski village of Mont-Tremblant played host to the IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant triathlon and the ninth stop of the IRONMAN Pro Series™. The race saw a Canadian sweep of the top spot of the podium with Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Paula Findlay (CAN) claiming titles and both earning 2,500 IRONMAN Pro Series points and USD $7,500 in prize money. Sanders and Findlay each earned their second IRONMAN Pro Series victories of the year. more

Derron & Bitados Triumph At CHALLENGE Kaiserwinkl Walchsee

Derron & Bitados Triumph At CHALLENGE Kaiserwinkl Walchsee

Sunday 23 Jun 2024 [Triathlon News]

It was a maiden win for Panagiotis Bitados (GRE) today at Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee as he crossed the line in first place in 3:41:42 after a blistering 1:09:24 run. Julie Derron (SUI) took her second win of the year in 4:03:38 with the next race on her schedule, the Olympics in Paris. Despite the low cloud obscuring the mountains, there was no wind and swim conditions were perfect. The women set off first, 10 minutes ahead of the pro men and it was local athlete, more

IRONMAN Pro Series 70.3 Mont Tremblant Start List

IRONMAN Pro Series 70.3 Mont Tremblant Start List

Friday 21 Jun 2024 [Triathlon News]

Top professional triathletes from around the globe will make their way to the Canadian province of Québec to compete at the IRONMAN® 70.3® Mont-Tremblant triathlon when the IRONMAN Pro Series™ returns to North America on Saturday, June 23. The 2024 IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant triathlon will offer professionals a maximum of 2,500 points towards IRONMAN Pro Series standings, a $50,000 event total pro prize purse, more

CHALLENGE Kaiserwinkl Walchsee Pro Preview

CHALLENGE Kaiserwinkl Walchsee Pro Preview

Friday 21 Jun 2024 [Triathlon News]

This Sunday, Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee will take place in the Austrian Alps. Exciting racing is promised in men's and women's races, featuring a deep field of 20 professional women and 44 professional men athletes. This year's Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee boasts a strong German presence in the professional men's field. more

Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.