Two swim races, one track race and one multisport race later, Nicholas Rachmadi is ready for next week’s Super League Triathlon.
Rachmadi opened his multisport season at the Metasprint Aquathlon on Sunday morning at Palawan Beach. He faced a strong international contingent that consisted of Australian Rahul Jegatheva, the overall champion, and a group of British International School (Phuket) students who swept the 16-19-year-old category. Rachmadi placed fourth in his age category and eighth overall.
“Today was a tough day in the office,” said Rachmadi, who also raced yesterday at the Singapore Swim Series. “I’m pretty excited because I heard there are 40 juniors racing there. I hope to do my best there and do the country proud, but most importantly do my parents, my school and my friends proud.”
Singapore will send a contingent of five junior triathletes to the Super League Triathlon U19 championship, which includes Rachmadi, Luke Chua, Aaron Kiss, Herlene Yu and Emma Middleditch, last year’s YOG representative. Expected contenders hail from Hong Kong, common sights on the ASTC circuit, and the podium finishers from the Metasprint Aquathlon.
As Rachmadi will sit for the IB (International Baccalaureate) exams this year, his game plan is “quality over quantity.” Currently, the Asian Junior Championships in Gyeongju and the World Junior Championships in Lausanne are on his radar.
Rachmadi’s move to the standard distance still remains a mystery, which indicates that a run at the SEA Games won’t happen this year as he plans to master the sprint distance first.
So far, the two swim PBs in the 200m and 400m freestyle races earlier this year seem to bode well for him.
“It’s all positives and I’ll just get better from here,” said Rachmadi.
SEA Games Indonesian triathlete Jauhari Johan also made an appearance at the Metasprint Aquathlon, placing fourth overall. He will compete at the Super League Triathlon, though it will be at next month’s Bali stop.
View results here.