PTO Confirms ‘Battle of Champions’ for Women’s Singapore T100

March 18, 2024

London, UK /SPORTSWIRE WOMEN/ – The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) and World Triathlon have confirmed a powerful line up for the women’s Singapore T100 triathlon on 13 April, 2024, the second stop on the new eight-leg T100 Triathlon World Tour.

Included is Miami T100 champion India Lee, who will be looking to pick up where she left off in Florida at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where she ran down fellow Brit and reigning Ironman World Champion Lucy Charles-Barclay to clinch her maiden T100 win. By her own admission, India had expected “nothing” going into the season opener in Miami other than to “see how her winter had gone, with no pressure.”

It turns out her winter had gone ‘pretty well’ and has catapulted the British star into the PTO World Top Ten for the first time. Speaking about what the win meant to her, the new PTO World #8 said: “It means a lot. I worked really hard. Mostly on my own, with a small team. I’m just a bog-standard person who puts in the work and I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s turned into this.”

“I’ve never won a race like this against these girls,” she continued. “They are world champions. I never thought that I’m capable of putting together a race like that, when it matters, against quality competition. To beat them I had to have a really good day and I guess last Saturday was a really good day.”

Asked what it could mean for the rest of the T100 Tour and whether it will give her confidence, India replied: “Yes, definitely”. She will get an immediate chance to put that newfound confidence to the test against a strong field in Singapore that features 7 of the world’s top 20 athletes including #2 Australian Ashleigh Gentle, who’s making her T100 debut after winning the inaugural PTO Asian Open in Singapore in 2023, and #3 Lucy Charles-Barclay, who is putting all of her focus into the T100 Tour in 2024, as well as in form Chelsa Sodaro of USA, the 2022 Ironman World Champion.

The full line up for the Singapore T100 can be found here. It features 8 of the 20 contracted T100 athletes and 12 wildcards – including America’s Haley Chura and Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja who finished a very creditable 7th and 10th respectively in Miami. The wildcard contingent also features the powerful Aussie trio of Ellie Salthouse, Radka Kahlefeldt and Rebecca Clarke – adding to the fresh faces looking for a chance to prove themselves at the sport’s highest level in Singapore’s infamous heat and humidity.

1. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS)

2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR)

3. India Lee (GBR)

4. Chelsea Sodaro (USA)

5. Imogen Simmonds (SUI)

6. Marjolaine Pierre (FRA)

7. Amelia Watkinson (NZL)

8. Lucy Byram (GBR)

9. Jocelyn McCauley (USA)

10. Anne Reischmann (GER)

11. Haley Chura (USA)

12. Ellie Salthouse (AUS)

13. Lotte Wilms (NED)

14. Els Visser (NED)

15. Radka Kahlefeldt (AUS)

16. Kaidi Kivioja (EST)

17. Rebecca Clarke (NZL)

18. Lucy Buckingham (GBR)

19. Anna Bergsten (SWE)

20. Pamella Oliveira (BRA)

“My first visit to Singapore last August left a strong impression,” said Charles-Barclay, who’s still on the hunt for her first T100 win. “The course was super challenging. The conditions were hot and humid and I thought the 13 per cent bike climb onto the highway created significant gaps in the field and made for a fairer competition, highlighting athletes’ strengths and weaknesses. I’m eager to return.”

The course will be very similar to the one the professionals raced last August, including a unique opportunity to swim in the iconic Marina Bay and then bike and run around the Marina Bay Financial District in the heart of the Lion City.

For more information on the course and the amateur events that will take place over the weekend, visit https://t100triathlon.com/singapore/participate. As well as an equivalent 100km triathlon for experienced amateurs, there are also two duathlons: at a Standard (4.5km Run/32km Bike/4.5km Run) and Long (9km Run/64km Bike/9km Run) Distance as well as a 5km music run. Demand for places in all of the events has been high, so there are only limited places left.

A reminder of how the T100 Triathlon World Tour works

● Each contracted athlete must complete a minimum of 5 races plus the Grand Final. Although racing obligations for athletes who’ve qualified and will compete in the Olympics have been reduced.

● Athletes to score 35 points for first place to 1 pt for 20th place at each race

● The Grand Final has increased points to up the ante (55 pts down to 4 pts)

● Each athlete’s best three T100 race scores plus the Grand Final will count towards the the inaugural women’s and men’s T100 World Championship

● $250,000 USD prize fund at each T100, totalling $2,000,000 across the eight races (1st place – $25,000k; 2nd – $16,000; 3rd – $12,000 at each race)

● The series winners following the Grand Final will be crowned T100 Triathlon World Champion and collect $210,000 USD from an additional total prize pool of $2,000,000


Notes To Editors

Full details on the T100 Triathlon World Tour can be found here www.T100Triathlon.com

For journalists wanting media accreditation at this season’s T100 Triathlon World Tour races, please visit https://protriathletes.org/media-accreditation/

For more information on the qualification criteria for the T100 Triathlon World Tour, please visit https://www.triathlon.org/uploads/docs/T100-Triathlon-World-Tour_Qualification-Criteria_2024_20240219.pdf

About T100 Triathlon World Tour Wildcards

There are four main categories of athletes who will be considered for a wildcard selection:

  1. Current well performing athletes, who have had great performances outside of the T100 Tour and have moved up the PTO World Rankings.
  2. Athletes whose rankings, because of injury, maternity or other reasons, do not accurately reflect the quality of their historical performances and who have demonstrated that they are capable of being in-form for the event.
  3. Up and coming athletes who have shown the ability to be competitive with the qualifying field, but have not yet had the opportunity to establish a sufficiently high ranking to be an automatic qualifier.
  4. Short course athletes who have a sufficiently high World Triathlon ranking so as to expect that they would be competitive in the event.

For Further Information

Anthony Scammell E: Anthony.Scammell@protriathletes.org

About the Professional Triathletes Organisation

The PTO is a sports body that is co-owned by its professional athletes, seeking to elevate and grow the sport of triathlon and take it to the next level. The T100 Triathlon World Tour is the new name for the PTO Tour and has been designated by World Triathlon as the ‘official World Championship for long distance triathlon’. It will be a season-long schedule of eight T100 races during 2024 that will be competed over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run) and will feature the world’s best triathletes going head-to-head in Miami (9 March), Singapore (13-14 April), San Francisco (8-9 June), London (27-28 July), Ibiza (28-29 September), Lake Las Vegas (19-20 October), Dubai (16-17 November) and at the Grand Final (29-30 November). There will be racing opportunities for amateurs at all the events, including the new 100km distance at six stages, including: Singapore, London, Ibiza, Lake Las Vegas, Dubai and at the Grand Final. The broadcast will show the races live around the world in 195+ territories, courtesy of the PTO’s partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery as well as a range of other international, regional and local broadcasters.