MetaSprint Series Triathlon draws the crowds in event's first full race in two years

Over 1,000 participants turn up for MetaSport's marquee event at Singapore's East Coast Park, dismissing suggestions of a lack of demand for mass participation sports post Covid

Race participants making their way around the swim course at East Coast beach. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Singapore, 30 May 2022 - The stage was set. Against the beautiful backdrop of a majestic sunrise, some 1,067 participants took to the waters of Singapore's East Coast Park in their first leg of three sports in Meta Sport's MetaSprint Series Triathlon.


It was the first time the event was held in its full physical scale, having needed to scale back over the past year due to the need for social distancing and number caps owing to the pandemic.

The Women's Elite Wave pose for the cameras ahead of their flag off. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


This included November's edition of this same event which saw the bike leg being done on stationary watt bikes - a choice that wasn't exactly every participant's favourite. More photos from the 2022 MetaSprint Series Triathlon can be found in our photo gallery here.

MetaSprint Series Triathlon makes a splash on its return to full physical racing on 29 May 2022. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


2022 METASPRINT SERIES TRIATHLON IN PICTURES


An interesting fact of the race would be that it comprised 40 per cent participation from locals, a significant increase from previous editions of the MetaSprint Triathlon, while 20 per cent of participants were new to triathlons, giving it their first try - suggesting that there is potential for the sport to grow among leisure athletes as well as elite athletes alike.

Two young participants from the Youth Category in the bike leg of the MetaSprint Series Triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Pathways lined with colourful balloons and ribbons, as well as enthusiastic friends and families cheering their loved ones on, it was a welcome sight that felt both familiar and welcoming for Singapore's sporting fraternity that has been absent from our shores for too long.


Here we tell the tale of a memorable morning in pictures.

The Sprint category comprised a 18km bike ride, on top of the 750m swim and 5km run. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Race participant Rueben Tan on his way in the final 5km run leg of the MetaSprint Series Triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


The men's elites getting ready to jet off onto the beach for their opening swim leg of the race. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Claire Dacombe in the transition area getting ready for the bike leg of her race at the MetaSprint Series Triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Race participants in the run leg of their race (from L-R): Haseeb Ahmed, Hiroyuki Miyake, and Clement Ahiekpor. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


A Youth Category participant turning in the final stretch of the bike leg, participants are required to count their own loops for the course. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Singapore national athlete Yong Mun Yun, fresh off her 31st SEA Games exploits in Vietnam, competing in the MetaSprint Series Triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Two participants from the Discovery and Youth categories awaiting their turn ahead of the flag off at East Coast beach. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Race participant Nishant Tyagi running along the lagoon at East Coast Park during the MetaSprint Triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


A lifeguard watches on as race participants make their way around the buoy along East Coast beach for the swim leg of the triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


From casual to more elite racers, MetaSprint Triathlon is an event that has brought out the athlete is all of us. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Race participant Aimee Pink during the bike leg of the Sprint course of MetaSprint Triathlon 2022. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


The 2022 MetaSprint Triathlon witnessed participants of all age groups from young to old, all sharing the same spirit of fun and adventure. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Youth athlete Janel Susastra representing Well Bred Triathlon in the race. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Mary Bernadette Espina (left) and Ronn Hipolito (centre) getting for their race in the Sprint distance. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Rico Teo makes his way towards the finish line. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Pre dawn pastel skies made for a beautiful backdrop for the start of the 2022 MetaSprint Triathlon race. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


Boys from the Youth Category discussing race plans ahead of their wave at East Coast beach during the 2022 MetaSprint Triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


April Rice from Canada holding up her medal after crossing the finish line at the 2022 MetaSprint Triathlon. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


A race participant makes his way around the swim course in the first leg of the race. PHOTO: HANA BASIR, SPORTPLUS.SG


More photos from the 2022 MetaSprint Series Triathlon can be found in our photo gallery here.


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