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Luis, Blummenfelt top Super League Malta Semi-Finals

Are we set for a Vincent Luis vs. Kristian Blummenfelt showdown at Super League Triathlon Malta on Sunday? Both impressed today

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Vincent Luis impressive, as ever, in Super League Triathlon action

Kristian Blummenfelt ready to challenge the French champion

He’s the ITU Triathlon World Champion, the reigning Super League Triathlon Champion and the winner 12 months ago of Super League Triathlon Malta. On Saturday at Vittoriosa Marina, Vincemt Luis (FRA) gave no indication that he is ready to end his run of success, crossing the line first in Semi-Final #1, to ease into the final. Another athlete who’s had a breakthrough season, Hayden Wilde (NZL), put aside a bike crash on Friday, stitches in his face and road rash to take second place. ‘The Falcon’ is looking forward to Sunday afternoon.

VALLETTA, MALTA - OCTOBER 19, 2019: in the Mens Group A Semi Final Race during Super League Triathlon Malta on October 19, 2019 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon)
Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon

In Semi-Final #2, Kristian Blummenfelt blew the field away with an awesome display of power on the bike and run, winning his race in a time a touch quicker than the French athlete. With Sunday’s final starting with an individual bike time trial, could ‘Big Blu’ put the all-conquering Luis under real pressure? It should be a cracker.

VALLETTA, MALTA - OCTOBER 19, 2019: in the Mens Group B Semi Final Race during Super League Triathlon Malta on October 19, 2019 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon)
Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon

MEN’S GROUP A TOP 5:

Vincent Luis – (FRA) – #01 – (32:12)
Hayden Wilde – (NZL) – #08 – (32:20)
Tyler Mislawchuk – (CAN) – #04 – (32:22)
Vasco Vilaca – (POR) – #46 – (32:24)
Gustav Iden – (NOR) – #33 – (32:28)

VALLETTA, MALTA - OCTOBER 19, 2019: in the Mens Group A Semi Final Race during Super League Triathlon Malta on October 19, 2019 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon)
Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon

MEN’S GROUP B TOP 5:

Kristian Blummenfelt – (NOR) – #32 – (32:04)
Marten Van Riel – (BEL) – #30 – (32:25)
Pierre Le Corre – (FRA) – #11 – (32:29)
Richard Murray – (RSA) – #05 – (32:31)
Henri Schoeman – (RSA) – #02 – (32:33)

VALLETTA, MALTA - OCTOBER 19, 2019: in the Mens Group B Semi Final Race during Super League Triathlon Malta on October 19, 2019 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon)
Photo by Tom Shaw/Superleague Triathlon

MEN’S NEXT FASTEST 5:

Léo Bergere – (FRA) – #06 – (32:34)
Anthony Pujades – (FRA) – #13 – (32:37)
Aaron Royle – (AUS) – #55 – (32:41)
Csongor Lehmann – (HUN) – #49 – (32:42)
Ben Kanute – (USA) – #07 – (32:52)

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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