SINGAPORE : A record number of 1,600 participants took part in this year's Singapore Biathlon held on 26th March,Saturday.
The event had other firsts like a new venue at the East Coast and even an electronic time tracking system.
In the end it was still top spot in the men's open for defending champion Ben Pulham from New Zealand.
It has been dubbed the largest biathlon in South East Asia and the record number of entries shows the growing popularity of such sports here.
The first race to be flagged off was the Men's Open category.
After swimming 1.5 kilometres in the seas, the athletes had to run for another 10 kilometres.
Taking just one hour and nine seconds to cross the finish line first was 24-year-old Ben Pulham from New Zealand.
Pulham though had some problems with the elements.
He said: "Swimming was surprisingly difficult because there was a bit of a side current so I got taken in quite a bit towards the jetty. Return the first buoy and then just enter the sun, basically swimming blind, can't see anything so it was quite hard."
Other categories included the women's open, men's veteran and School's challenge.
Champion in the women's event was Britain's Victoria Campbell.
Like the men's winner, the 22-year-old too had difficulties in the water.
For some though, finishing the race was good enough.
"It's tiring, the longest distance I have done," said one participant.
The organisers meanwhile are pleased with the new venue as it allows for more participants compared to Sentosa the previous location for the past 4 years. - CNA