For the first time since 2007, the duathlon will be contested as a medal event at the SEA Games.

This led to the 2018 edition of the Singapore Duathlon being postponed to January 2019 instead. The event, held on Sunday morning at East Coast Park, was earmarked as a talent identification opportunity for Triathlon SingaporeĀ as they seek to implement a high-performance duathlon program.

This was a perfect opportunity for Phoebe Kee to get on the association’s radar before she begins her tertiary studies at the University of Sydney in February. Though more experienced in triathlon, the 19-year-old is more biased towards the run-bike-run format as she feels it plays more to her running strength.

Prior to the race, Kee felt nervous as she had to face a formidable field, in the form of two national standard marathoners Lim Bao Ying and Mok Ying Rong. Lim withdrew halfway through the first run leg, and Kee was far ahead of Mok by the middle of the cycling leg.

Lam Wai Kit’s busy work schedule limits his bike sessions to the weekend and squeezing in run sessions “whenever he can,” but those challenges proved little to worry about as he emerged the top maleĀ local. The Duathlon also played host to a crew of Filipino multisport athletes led by Emmanuel Commendador, who swept the top five overall positions at the competition.

Find the full results of the event here.