The Golden Girls – Youth Olympic Triathlon

August 25, 2010 at 1:35 am | Posted in itchy mouth | 2 Comments
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Last week, Itchyfingers went to support the first event of the Youth Olympic Games, the Women Triathlon, at East Coast Park. It was a fine and slightly cloudy morning but I was perspiring non-stop from brisk walking to the starting point. We were just in time to catch the start of the swimming leg of the race! Luckily the introduction of the individual triathlete took a bit of time.. :p

Ready, get set…

and SPLASH!! The girls had to swim 750 meter in the open water

It was Itchyfingers’ first time ever to attend a sports event, and since we weren’t early enough to recce the place, we weren’t sure of the exact location where the triathletes would be picking up their bikes. We followed some people before hearing an announcement about getting past some security to get nearer…so we decided to just do that…

It wasn’t that long a queue but it was so slow! Tisu Boy decided not to queue
but to wait for the triathletes along the race route. I was so near to the
checkpoint when some of the triathletes emerged from their swim and dashed
past to get their bike! Aiyo, missed the action!

Got this pass to get nearer to the finishing point…but there were already
so many people. The bikes were at the further end and blocked so it was
impossible to get good pictures of the girls getting into their bikes…

Only managed to get this picture of the last girl, Thailand’s Mattika
getting her bike. Go, go, go!

There were a lot of waiting at the spectators’ area near the finishing line. It could get a bit boring waiting for action but luckily, there was a group of cheerleaders making the atmosphere a lot more lively!

“Come, come! Get an instrument and join us!”

Another happy drummer cheering along!

There was a group of supporters in t-shirts that said “Triathlon Hong Kong”

Just when I was lamenting my wrong move of getting into the spectators’ viewing area as there was not much action around here, Tisu Boy was having much better luck as he could move around where the girls were doing their laps of 20 km cycling…

No. 24 Canada’s Christine Ridenour was leading the way…look out for No. 10!

Ooops! No time for shoes!

Some had only time for one shoe… :p

Time for a drink! Oh she got her shoes on now! :p

Well, the girls did past by, but they were too fast and far!

From the result board’s update, we could see that No. 3 Monika Orazem from
Slovenia was first after the second lap…So exciting!

And that’s Monika!

It was a close race! Look out for the fifth girl from the left!

And that’s our own triathlete Clara Wong! Go, Clara, go!

At the running leg of the race, No. 30 Adriana Barraza from Mexico started

Followed closely by No. 10 Yuka Sato from Japan!

No. 2 Kelly White from USA and No. 25 Ellie Salthouse from Australia
rubbing shoulders!

There were already some girls doing their second loop of the 5 km run and
among the spectators I could hear worrying voices asking, “Where’s Clara?”

There was loud applause when Clara finally arrived, nevermind she was
the last one to start her running leg of the race! Go, Clara, go!!!!

I heard from Tisu Boy later he saw from very far that Clara had a fall at one point…That explained why we had to wait so long over here… 😦

In the meantime, it was tough fight among the running girls…

Nice running posture!

It was only later from the media that I realised that there were more
crashes during the cycling leg that two of them needed to be sent to the
hospital for treatment. She must be among one of them in the crash. With
all those painful cuts and bruises, it was not an easy task to complete the race!

One interesting thing looking at the photos now was…

Some girls had tapes to cover some graphics on their gears…

Black tapes here…

Ooops….her masking tape’s coming out… :p

Japan’s Sato running ahead of the race…I think we had a champion soon

With the two girls from Australia and USA, still running side by side,
following very closely

Someone was shadowing her very closely!

Over at the spectators’ area, we were all waiting very anxiously for the champion to emerge…

Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising
Committee, was among the VIP stand waiting…

And yes! No. 10 Yuka Sato from Japan was the first to run to the finishing
line with a time of 1:00: 49.69! Now I was glad I stayed at the spectators’
area to catch this!

No. 25 Ellie Salthouse from Australia came in second barely a minute later

Coming very close was no. 2 Kelly White from USA. So close that I didn’t
get to take her photo passing me! Over at the finishing line, the top two
girls seemed to be congratulating each other… :p

Though they knew that they did not make it to the podium, all the girls gave
their best and finished the race

So happy to finish! All the triathletes were winners of their own race!

Eventually all the other triathletes crossed the finishing line. All of us waited patiently for our own Singapore triathlete to cross the finishing line…

Then finally Clara Wong appeared! All the spectators gave her a loud cheers
and applause, with many reaching out to her for encouragement, but that
also blocked my view for a better photo… 😦

After the exciting moment, some spectators began to leave. I also followed cos I wanna look for more photo opportunities of the triathletes after their race. But that was a mistake! I wanted to catch the award ceremony which I thought would be somewhere nearer the finishing line. But it turned out that it was to happen right in front of the spot I was standing all the while! Damn! Missed the action again!

Could only photograph the back of the winners receiving their medals! 😦

The flags raising with Japan’s national anthem playing in the background

The result. See the full official result here

Luckily after the flag raising, the girls turned over and walked past! Yeah!
Hmmm, Sato actually looked quite sweet!

The same goes with Ellie!

Well done girls!

In any competitions, there will be winners and losers. But I think to be able to compete at an international level is already an achievement. Nevermind if they do not win or come up last. As long as they had given their best and not give up, that should be reason enough to celebrate and cheer for all the girls!

Also see related post:
> Blazing the Trail – YOG Torch Relay



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  1. impactful post.. wish i could be there haha

    • hahah…wish we could write about it earlier…hahah

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