Dan gets backing from series big gun
TWO-TIME ITU World Triathlon champion Chris McCormack has backed Super League Jersey wildcard Dan Halksworth to make his mark against the planet’s top professionals.
Halksworth, a former UK ironman champion, is set to compete alongside some of the biggest names in triathlon next month – including Olympic silver medallist Jonny Brownlee and five-time world champion Javier Noya – after accepting a place on the event’s 25-man startlist.
Super League Triathlon is a new million-dollar global series designed to shake up the sport of triathlon through innovative and fast-paced disciplines, with the traditional swim-bike-run concept thrown out of the window. It began in Hamilton Island earlier this year, offering $100,000 for the winner, and was made available to a television audience of over 300 million.
The 2017/18 series continues at the Waterfront on 23-24 September, before moving on to big name cities around the world.
‘Dan is definitely worthy of the wildcard position,’ said Super League co-founder McCormack.
‘Super League suits aggressive racers and guys who have a swim talent. Dan doesn’t have the Brownlee run leg, but in my opinion he’s at least on par on the bike and swim legs. It’s a gritty type of event and if he can hang on he could create an upset. That would be a dream for us.
‘This style of racing changes the whole dynamic of triathlon. Just because you’re one of the world’s best doing a swim-bike-run it doesn’t mean you can do it when we reverse the order. Just look at Alastair Brownlee in Hamilton Island. He finished 19th and got his doors blown off; he couldn’t believe how quick it was.'
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