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Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled today the podium at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The seventh stop of the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived in from the Tiszy’s pontoon for a 750m swim on a lake with water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three laps course. It was a very tough swim though for the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference in the first laps of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, and all the big names pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it all came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and stablished an strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin was always in second place behind Barraza first, Periault on the last lap. For much the surprise of all, the young French sprinted the veteran American with 200 meters to go, a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push on the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to mee, it’s were it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little bit more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. i was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced also yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium with only 23 years, and even though she struggled in transition. “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I...

Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled the podium today at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The 7th stop on the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived off the Tiszy pontoon for a 750m swim on the lake, with the water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three lap course. It was a very tough swim, although the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference on the first lap of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, all the big names, pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and established a strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin sat behind Barraza in first, with Periault on the last lap. The surprise was watching the young Frenchwoman sprinting against the veteran American with only 200m to go, perhaps a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to me, it’s where it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. I was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium at only 23 years of age, and even though she struggled in transition, “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I lost some seconds...

Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled today the podium at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The seventh stop of the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived in from the Tiszy’s pontoon for a 750m swim on a lake with water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three laps course. It was a very tough swim though for the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference in the first laps of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, and all the big names pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it all came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and stablished an strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin was always in second place behind Barraza first, Periault on the last lap. For much the surprise of all, the young French sprinted the veteran American with 200 meters to go, a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push on the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to mee, it’s were it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little bit more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. i was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced also yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium with only 23 years, and even though she struggled in transition. “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I...

All the big names make it to #TiszyWC finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 20:36
Fast and furious racing in Tiszjauvarus for the ITU 2017 World Cup semi finals, with 76 men and 53 women vying for a spot on the finals, which will take place on Sunday. Under the extreme heat of the Hungarian town, triathletes sprinted on a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km flat run that will change slightly for the finals. Women’s Semifinals Review In the first semifinal, it was Spaniard Sara Perez Sala taking the lead since the first few strokes, to be followed on the water only by American Tamara Gorman. They both led a small group who finished the three laps on the Tiszy lake and flew through Transition, with almost 30 seconds of advantage over one of the main favourites for the race, Renee Tomlin (USA). By the end of the two laps on the bike course, the group of eight riders had almost a minute difference, which allowed them to relax a bit knowing that the first 14 will automatically get a spot on the final. When it all came to the run, Gorman showed that the newcomer -it’s her first ever World Cup participation- is going to be one of the ones to watch in the final, as will be Tomlin, who made a fantastic run to finish in third position. Also qualified for the final on this leg were Emilie Morier (FRA), Elena Danilova (RUS), Sandra Dodet (FRA), Justine Guerard (FRA), Sara Perez Sala (ESP), Bragmayer Zsanett (HUN), Maikee Caelers (NED), Vanesa de la Torre (MEX), Sara Papais (ITA), Adriana Barraza (MEX), Joanne Miller (AUS) and Therese Feuersinger (AUT). The second semifinal saw another great performance for an American, Erin Dolan, who was leading the race since the first strokes of the swim until crossing the finish line. The only one able to follow her strong rythm was local athlete Zsofia Kovacs, who guarantee herself a good spot on the final crossing the finish line second. After them, a large group of up to eight athletes worked hard on the bike to chase them, but the penalties served by some of them allowed the leading duo to increase the difference on each of the three laps of the run. At the end, apart from Dolan and Kovacs, also qualified for the final were Giorgia Prioarone (ITA), Angelica Olmo (ITA), Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), Margot Garabedian (FRA), Sophia Saller (GER), Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Leonie Periault (FRA), Inés Santiago (ESP), Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP), Romina Biagioli (ARG), Daryna Moskalenko (AZE) and Edda Hannesdottir (ISL). Qualified as the best two times were Anabell Knoll (GER) and Michelle Braun (GER). Men’s...

All the big names make it to #TiszyWC finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 20:36
Fast and furious racing in Tiszjauvarus for the ITU 2017 World Cup Semi-finals, with 76 men and 53 women vying for a spot in the finals, which will take place on Sunday. Under the extreme heat of the Hungarian town, triathletes sprinted on a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km flat run that will change slightly for the finals. Women’s Semi-finals Review In the first semi-final, it was Spaniard Sara Perez Sala taking the lead in the first few strokes, to be closely followed only by American Tamara Gorman. They both led a small group who finished the three laps on the Tiszy lake and flew through Transition, with almost 30 seconds advantage over one of the main favourites for the race, Renee Tomlin (USA). By the end of the two laps on the bike course, the group of eight riders had almost a minute difference, which allowed them to relax a bit knowing that the first 14 will automatically get a spot in the final. When it came to the run, Gorman showed that the newcomer (it’s her first ever World Cup participation) that she is going to be one of the ones to watch in the final, as will be Tomlin, who made a fantastic run to finish in third position. Also qualified for the final on this leg were Emilie Morier (FRA), Elena Danilova (RUS), Sandra Dodet (FRA), Justine Guerard (FRA), Sara Perez Sala (ESP), Bragmayer Zsanett (HUN), Maikee Caelers (NED), Vanesa de la Torre (MEX), Sara Papais (ITA), Adriana Barraza (MEX), Joanne Miller (AUS) and Therese Feuersinger (AUT). The second semi-final saw another great performance from American, Erin Dolan, who was leading the race since the first strokes of the swim until crossing the finish line. The only one able to follow her strong rhythm was local athlete Zsofia Kovacs, who guarantee herself a good spot by crossing the finish line second. Behind them, a large group of up to eight athletes worked hard on the bike to chase them, but the penalties served by some of them allowed the leading duo to increase the difference on each of the three laps of the run. At the end, apart from Dolan and Kovacs, the others that also qualified for the final were Giorgia Prioarone (ITA), Angelica Olmo (ITA), Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), Margot Garabedian (FRA), Sophia Saller (GER), Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Leonie Periault (FRA), Inés Santiago (ESP), Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP), Romina Biagioli (ARG), Daryna Moskalenko (AZE) and Edda Hannesdottir (ISL). Qualified with the two best times were Anabell Knoll (GER) and Michelle Braun...

All the big names make it to #TiszyWC finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 20:36
Fast and furious racing in Tiszjauvarus for the ITU 2017 World Cup semi-finals, with 76 men and 53 women vying for a spot on the finals, which will take place on Sunday. Under the extreme heat of the Hungarian town, triathletes sprinted on a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km flat run that will change slightly for the finals. Women’s Semi-finals Review In the first semi-final, it was Spaniard Sara Perez Sala taking the lead since the first few strokes, to be followed on the water only by American Tamara Gorman. They both led a small group who finished the three laps on the Tiszy lake and flew through Transition, with almost 30 seconds of advantage over one of the main favourites for the race, Renee Tomlin (USA). By the end of the two laps on the bike course, the group of eight riders had almost a minute difference, which allowed them to relax a bit knowing that the first 14 will automatically get a spot on the final. When it all came to the run, Gorman showed that the newcomer -it’s her first ever World Cup participation- is going to be one of the ones to watch in the final, as will be Tomlin, who made a fantastic run to finish in third position. Also qualified for the final on this leg were Emilie Morier (FRA), Elena Danilova (RUS), Sandra Dodet (FRA), Justine Guerard (FRA), Sara Perez Sala (ESP), Bragmayer Zsanett (HUN), Maikee Caelers (NED), Vanesa de la Torre (MEX), Sara Papais (ITA), Adriana Barraza (MEX), Joanne Miller (AUS) and Therese Feuersinger (AUT). The second semi-final saw another great performance for an American, Erin Dolan, who was leading the race since the first strokes of the swim until crossing the finish line. The only one able to follow her strong rhythm was local athlete Zsofia Kovacs, who guarantee herself a good spot on the final crossing the finish line second. After them, a large group of up to eight athletes worked hard on the bike to chase them, but the penalties served by some of them allowed the leading duo to increase the difference on each of the three laps of the run. At the end, apart from Dolan and Kovacs, also qualified for the final were Giorgia Prioarone (ITA), Angelica Olmo (ITA), Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), Margot Garabedian (FRA), Sophia Saller (GER), Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Leonie Periault (FRA), Inés Santiago (ESP), Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP), Romina Biagioli (ARG), Daryna Moskalenko (AZE) and Edda Hannesdottir (ISL). Qualified as the best two times were Anabell Knoll (GER) and Michelle Braun...

World Cup circuit returns to Tiszy for the 21th year

Triathlon News - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 17:55
ITU World Cup season continues this weekend with the seventh stop of the fifteen-part World Cup calendar arriving to the iconic Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros. Over the last 21 years, the epic festival atmosphere in Tiszy has become a beloved stop on the World Cup circuit amongst athletes and spectators alike. Tiszy, an small town located in the north of Hungary, is of the longest running World Cups in ITU history. Part of a week-long party, the race is a favorite for many top athletes for the cheering crowds, the sunny weather and the thrilling, fast and furious format of semi-finals and finals. On Saturday, 77 men and 53 women will take the stake on the streets of Tiszy, to go for a sprint race that will get the best 30 of each gender on the Sunday’s finals. Athletes will have to complete three laps around the warm and sunny lake of Tiszy for a 750m swim, followed by two laps of 10 km each on their bikes, on a flat circuit, to finish with a 5km run on the city center, to much delight of the local crowds. Men’s Preview The first semifinal will be the less crowded, with 25 triathletes lining on the pontoon for the start, and some really strong names in contest. Last year’s winner, Dmitry Polyanskyi, will have bib number 1, and he will have some very strong athletes on his leg, including local heroes Tamas Tóth -third in Tiszy last year- and Bence Bicsák. Some other names on the first semi-final include Stefan Zacheus, who has been racing in Tiszy for the last few years with solid results, and one of the British rising stars in Sprint distance, Douglas Roberts. Some usual names on the WTS start lists will appear in the second semi-final in Tiszy, such as Italians Alessandro Fabian and Massimo de Ponti or Canadian Matthew Sharpe. Along with them, some other contestants to make it to the final will be Luciano Taccone, or Manoel Messias. The current U23 Aquathlon World Champion, Jonas Schomburg -now racing under the ITU flag- will be one of the ones to watch on the third semi final this Saturday. Other strong names on this leg will be Australians Marcel Walkington and Kenji Nener, Canadian Charles Paquet or the kiwi Tayler Reid. The first nine athlete to cross the finish line on each semi-final, plus the three best times, will make it to the final on Sunday. Women’s preview Winner of last year’s edition, American Renee Tomlin, will be for sure one of the clear favorites for this year’s race. Coming from some really strong performances this...

World Cup circuit returns to Tiszy for the 21th year

Triathlon News - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 17:55
ITU World Cup season continues this weekend with the seventh stop of the fifteen-part World Cup calendar arriving to the iconic Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros. Over the last 21 years, the epic festival atmosphere in Tiszy has become a beloved stop on the World Cup circuit amongst athletes and spectators alike. Tiszy, an small town located in the north of Hungary, is of the longest running World Cups in ITU history. Part of a week-long party, the race is a favorite for many top athletes for the cheering crowds, the sunny weather and the thrilling, fast and furious format of semi-finals and finals. On Saturday, 77 men and 53 women will take the stake on the streets of Tiszy, to go for a sprint race that will get the best 30 of each gender on the Sunday’s finals. Athletes will have to complete three laps around the warm and sunny lake of Tiszy for a 750m swim, followed by two laps of 10 km each on their bikes, on a flat circuit, to finish with a 5km run on the city center, to much delight of the local crowds. Men’s Preview The first semifinal will be the less crowded, with 25 triathletes lining on the pontoon for the start, and some really strong names in contest. Last year’s winner, Dmitry Polyanskyi, will have bib number 1, and he will have some very strong athletes on his leg, including local heroes Tamas Tóth -third in Tiszy last year- and Bence Bicsák. Some other names on the first semi-final include Stefan Zacheus, who has been racing in Tiszy for the last few years with solid results, and one of the British rising stars in Sprint distance, Douglas Roberts. Some usual names on the WTS start lists will appear in the second semi-final in Tiszy, such as Italians Alessandro Fabian and Massimo de Ponti or Canadian Matthew Sharpe. Along with them, some other contestants to make it to the final will be Luciano Taccone, or Manoel Messias. The current U23 Aquathlon World Champion, Jonas Schomburg -now racing under the ITU flag- will be one of the ones to watch on the third semi final this Saturday. Other strong names on this leg will be Australians Marcel Walkington and Kenji Nener, Canadian Charles Paquet or the kiwi Tayler Reid. The first nine athlete to cross the finish line on each semi-final, plus the three best times, will make it to the final on Sunday. Women’s preview Winner of last year’s edition, American Renee Tomlin, will be for sure one of the clear favorites for this year’s race. Coming from some really strong performances this...

ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Leeds in 2018

Triathlon News - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 14:43
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that the ITU World Triathlon Series will return to the city of Leeds for a third successive year on 9 and 10 June 2018. Leeds joins Bermuda, Abu Dhabi, Yokohama and the Grand Final on the Gold Coast as host locations confirmed for 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series. Last month, in excess of 70,000 spectators cheered on the world’s best triathletes including local heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who celebrated a second successive one-two finish in Millennium Square as the city received a true triathlon takeover. Marisol Casado, ITU president and IOC member, said: “We are delighted to come back to Leeds, home of the Brownlee brothers, for the third year. It is always amazing to see the support of the people of Leeds to this event, the thousands of spectators cheering on the streets, and the city showcasing its best all over the world. And will be again superb to have the greatest triathletes in the world competing here, along with thousands of amateur triathletes.” Alistair Brownlee, Olympic Champion and two-time winner of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds said: “The Leeds leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series has been the standout race in the Series for the past two seasons and to be able to look forward to a third year in a row and go for a hat-trick of wins is really exciting. It’s very special to be able to race in my home city and to win in front of so many fans, is incredible.” For Jack Buckner, Chief Executive of British Triathlon, “last month was a fantastic advertisement for the sport of triathlon and I hope the millions who watched have been inspired to get involved in our sport. To have confirmation of the 2018 event, shows the level of success of the Leeds leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series and the team can’t wait to deliver another outstanding triathlon experience for everyone next year.” The elite races in Leeds were broadcast live on the BBC with over 2 million people tuning in to watch the Brownlee brothers deliver a dominant performance in their home city. In the women’s race, World Champion, Flora Duffy of Bermuda won the title, receiving a huge roar from the knowledgeable crowd as she crossed the finish line on the blue carpet. The elite stars of triathlon were joined by almost 3,000 amateur triathletes who took part in beginner and mass participation events across the weekend. Entries for the 2018 mass participation races will be...

ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Leeds in 2018

Triathlon News - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 14:42
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that the ITU World Triathlon Series will return to the city of Leeds for a third successive year on 9 and 10 June 2018. Leeds joins Bermuda, Abu Dhabi, Yokohama and the Grand Final on the Gold Coast as host locations confirmed for 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series. Last month, in excess of 70,000 spectators cheered on the world’s best triathletes including local heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who celebrated a second successive one-two finish in Millennium Square as the city received a true triathlon takeover. Marisol Casado, ITU president and IOC member, said: “We are delighted to come back to Leeds, home of the Brownlee brothers, for the third year. It is always amazing to see the support of the people of Leeds to this event, the thousands of spectators cheering on the streets, and the city showcasing its best all over the world. And will be again superb to have the greatest triathletes in the world competing here, along with thousands of amateur triathletes.” Alistair Brownlee, Olympic Champion and two-time winner of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds said: “The Leeds leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series has been the standout race in the Series for the past two seasons and to be able to look forward to a third year in a row and go for a hat-trick of wins is really exciting. It’s very special to be able to race in my home city and to win in front of so many fans, is incredible.” For Jack Buckner, Chief Executive of British Triathlon, “last month was a fantastic advertisement for the sport of triathlon and I hope the millions who watched have been inspired to get involved in our sport. To have confirmation of the 2018 event, shows the level of success of the Leeds leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series and the team can’t wait to deliver another outstanding triathlon experience for everyone next year.” The elite races in Leeds were broadcast live on the BBC with over 2 million people tuning in to watch the Brownlee brothers deliver a dominant performance in their home city. In the women’s race, World Champion, Flora Duffy of Bermuda won the title, receiving a huge roar from the knowledgeable crowd as she crossed the finish line on the blue carpet. The elite stars of triathlon were joined by almost 3,000 amateur triathletes who took part in beginner and mass participation events across the weekend. Entries for the 2018 mass participation races will be...

Only one month to go until Penticton Multisport World Championships

Triathlon News - Tue, 18/07/2017 - 18:39
Can you believe that we are at the one-month countdown to the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival!? After over two years of planning, developing and organizing, the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival is officially one month away! Thousands of athletes are headed to Penticton in the coming weeks to race against the best age-group athletes in the world in a test of physical and mental endurance. The stage is set, the flags are raised and we cannot wait to watch the battles commence! The event schedule has been updated with the times, dates and locations of every race, along with the package pick-ups and special events happening during the festival. Check in with your National Federation on any additional activities they may have planned during the ten-day event. If you haven’t yet made any plans for before or after the event, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from.  Great resources for planning activities include our guide to your Penticton experience, and our friends at Visit Penticton have a comprehensive guide that’s worth a look. Triathlon Mixed Relay Duathlon for elite athletes was originally planned for the festival, but won’t be happening this August. No worries (as we like to say here in Canada), there are some other big names highlighting the elite field at Penticton 2017 in the other races! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about who to expect to be toeing the line on race day. We will be ecstatic to see 40 countries represented in August at our opening ceremonies, and we’re very excited to know that athletes will have an opportunity every year to participate in this special festival that brings the Multisport world together. Can’t make it to Penticton 2017 this year? You can follow along with all of the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @ITUMultisport. During the festival we’ll have coverage on @WorldTriathlon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well. See you in one month!      

Only one month to go until Penticton Multisport World Championships

Triathlon News - Tue, 18/07/2017 - 18:39
Can you believe that we are at the one-month countdown to the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival!? After over two years of planning, developing and organizing, the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival is officially one month away! Thousands of athletes are headed to Penticton in the coming weeks to race against the best age-group athletes in the world in a test of physical and mental endurance. The stage is set, the flags are raised and we cannot wait to watch the battles commence! The event schedule has been updated with the times, dates and locations of every race, along with the package pick-ups and special events happening during the festival. Check in with your National Federation on any additional activities they may have planned during the ten-day event. If you haven’t yet made any plans for before or after the event, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from.  Great resources for planning activities include our guide to your Penticton experience, and our friends at Visit Penticton have a comprehensive guide that’s worth a look. Triathlon Mixed Relay Duathlon for elite athletes was originally planned for the festival, but won’t be happening this August. No worries (as we like to say here in Canada), there are some other big names highlighting the elite field at Penticton 2017 in the other races! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about who to expect to be toeing the line on race day. We will be ecstatic to see 40 countries represented in August at our opening ceremonies, and we’re very excited to know that athletes will have an opportunity every year to participate in this special festival that brings the Multisport world together. Can’t make it to Penticton 2017 this year? You can follow along with all of the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @ITUMultisport. During the festival we’ll have coverage on @WorldTriathlon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well. See you in one month!      

Australia crowned first-time Mixed Relay World Champions

Triathlon News - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 17:44
In Mixed Relay’s first event since the announcement to be included as an official Olympic sport for the Tokyo 2020 Programme, Australia put forth a fierce come from behind finish to claim its first-ever World Championship title with a team of Charlotte McShane, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle. In a fight to finish line, USA scored the silver medal, while the Netherlands crossed over for the bronze for a time-time podium in the woman-man-woman-man relay, which saw each athlete complete a 300-metre swim, 7-kilometre bike and 1.6-kilometre run. “I will give it to Hamburg, I love it here. To come out here with the guys, we were all able to put together a good race and end up as World Champions, it is pretty awesome!” said Birtwhistle of the winning Aussie team. McShane added, “I feel like there is a lot more pressure on you when you race because you aren’t just racing for yourself, you are racing for your whole team, but it is definitely so much fun to be able to come out here and win together.” It was anyone’s title after the first leg of the relay, which saw Spain, USA, Belgium and Yuka Sato of Japan neck and neck as they tagged off to their teammates. As the first group of men took off, it was the bike leg that ended up being the crucial part of the story as Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA) took off together as a breakaway pair. Upon entering the run they had a healthy lead of 11 seconds that they passed on to the second group of women. While France looked to be a top contender for a medal in the third heat of the race, a penalty inside the second transition took them out of the running. A swift solo ride and run from Katie Zaferes put USA ahead of the bunch and looking confident going into the final tag off. However it was the competitive spirit of Joanna Brown (CAN), Rachel Klamer (NED), Gentle and Lucy Hall (GBR) that made sure that the final leg of the race would not be an easy one. While at first a breakaway from Matt Mcelroy (USA) and Alexis Lepage (CAN) made it seem that the gold and silver were guaranteed for the two nations, Lepage suffered a slip on the bike that caused Canada to be caught by the fiery chase. Hard pushes from the Aussies, Brits, and Dutch meant that the final transition would bring five nations together to compete for only three medals. Mimicking the individual men’s race from the day before, Birtwhistle gunned it in the final metres to bypass the field and snag the finish line...

Australia crowned first-time Mixed Relay World Champions

Triathlon News - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 17:44
In Mixed Relay’s first event since the announcement to be included as an official Olympic sport for the Tokyo 2020 Programme, Australia put forth a fierce come from behind finish to claim its first-ever World Championship title with a team of Charlotte McShane, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle. In a fight to finish line, USA scored the silver medal, while the Netherlands crossed over for the bronze for a time-time podium in the woman-man-woman-man relay, which saw each athlete complete a 300-metre swim, 7-kilometre bike and 1.6-kilometre run. “I will give it to Hamburg, I love it here. To come out here with the guys, we were all able to put together a good race and end up as World Champions, it is pretty awesome!” said Birtwhistle of the winning Aussie team. McShane added, “I feel like there is a lot more pressure on you when you race because you aren’t just racing for yourself, you are racing for your whole team, but it is definitely so much fun to be able to come out here and win together.” It was anyone’s title after the first leg of the relay, which saw Spain, USA, Belgium and Yuka Sato of Japan neck and neck as they tagged off to their teammates. As the first group of men took off, it was the bike leg that ended up being the crucial part of the story as Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA) took off together as a breakaway pair. Upon entering the run they had a healthy lead of 11 seconds that they passed on to the second group of women. While France looked to be a top contender for a medal in the third heat of the race, a penalty inside the second transition took them out of the running. A swift solo ride and run from Katie Zaferes put USA ahead of the bunch and looking confident going into the final tag off. However it was the competitive spirit of Joanna Brown (CAN), Rachel Klamer (NED), Gentle and Lucy Hall (GBR) that made sure that the final leg of the race would not be an easy one. While at first a breakaway from Matt Mcelroy (USA) and Alexis Lepage (CAN) made it seem that the gold and silver were guaranteed for the two nations, Lepage suffered a slip on the bike that caused Canada to be caught by the fiery chase. Hard pushes from the Aussies, Brits, and Dutch meant that the final transition would bring five nations together to compete for only three medals. Mimicking the individual men’s race from the day before, Birtwhistle gunned it in the final metres to bypass the field and snag the finish line...

Australia crowned first-time Mixed Relay World Champions

Triathlon News - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 17:44
In Mixed Relay’s first event since the announcement to be included as an official Olympic sport for the Tokyo 2020 Programme, Australia put forth a fierce come from behind finish to claim its first-ever World Championship title with a team of Charlotte McShane, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle. In a fight to finish line, USA scored the silver medal, while the Netherlands crossed over for the bronze for a time-time podium in the woman-man-woman-man relay, which saw each athlete complete a 300-metre swim, 7-kilometre bike and 1.6-kilometre run. “I will give it to Hamburg, I love it here. To come out here with the guys, we were all able to put together a good race and end up as World Champions, it is pretty awesome!” said Birtwhistle of the winning Aussie team. McShane added, “I feel like there is a lot more pressure on you when you race because you aren’t just racing for yourself, you are racing for your whole team, but it is definitely so much fun to be able to come out here and win together.” It was anyone’s title after the first leg of the relay, which saw Spain, USA, Belgium and Yuka Sato of Japan neck and neck as they tagged off to their teammates. As the first group of men took off, it was the bike leg that ended up being the crucial part of the story as Ben Kanute (USA) and Dorian Coninx (FRA) took off together as a breakaway pair. Upon entering the run they had a healthy lead of 11 seconds that they passed on to the second group of women. While France looked to be a top contender for a medal in the third heat of the race, a penalty inside the second transition took them out of the running. A swift solo ride and run from Katie Zaferes put USA ahead of the bunch and looking confident going into the final tag off. However it was the competitive spirit of Joanna Brown (CAN), Rachel Klamer (NED), Gentle and Lucy Hall (GBR) that made sure that the final leg of the race would not be an easy one. While at first a breakaway from Matt Mcelroy (USA) and Alexis Lepage (CAN) made it seem that the gold and silver were guaranteed for the two nations, Lepage suffered a slip on the bike that caused Canada to be caught by the fiery chase. Hard pushes from the Aussies, Brits, and Dutch meant that the final transition would bring five nations together to compete for only three medals. Mimicking the individual men’s race from the day before, Birtwhistle gunned it in the final metres to bypass the field and snag the finish line...

Stefan Daniel starred in his home World Cup Paratriathlon race in Magog

Triathlon News - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 13:32
Canada’s Stefan Daniel tested his form at his first Paratriathlon race of the season, as he took on the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Magog, Canada, on 15 July. So far so good for the 20-year-old, as he won the men’s PTS5 category over Spain’s Rafael Solis Torres by nearly 20 minutes. Although having raced in able-bodied triathlons this season, Saturday’s race was Daniel’s first Paratriathlon since taking silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Daniel said he has been using his time to focus on his weaknesses, with the running discipline his strongest. “Racing in able-bodied events teaches you how to race smart and to race hard,” Daniel said prior to Magog. “It’s always a good challenge and it drives me to improve because I want to get to a high level in able bodied sport as well as Paratriathlon.” A second home win for Canada came in the men’s PTVI as Jon Dunkerley (1:12:04), who claimed his first international victory well ahead of the USA’s Alberto Guzman. Dunkerley pulled out a lead on the swim, before extending his advantage on the bike and run. The men’s PTS2 event saw a US one-two with Allan Armstrong (1:21:14) finishing ahead of compatriot Adam Popp (1:23:38). Japan’s Kenshiro Nakayama completed the podium. The USA’s Joel Rosinbum (1:12:27) claimed the men’s PTS4 victory ahead of Japan’s Chikara Ara (1:19:54). There were only five seconds between the pair after the swim, but a strong bike and run ensured Rosinbum’s place at the top of the podium. Another US athlete to triumph in Magog was Amy Dixon (1:18:27), who produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTVI event ahead of Canada’s Jessica Tuomela (1:26:53). The USA’s Howie Sanborn was the lone competitor in in the men’s PTWC event, while Australia’s Emily Tapp continued to build on her form in the women’s equivalent after securing gold at both the Oceania Championships and World Paratriathlon Series race in her home Gold Coast. The Paratriathlon World Championships will be held 14-17 September in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Stefan Daniel starred in his home World Cup Paratriathlon race in Magog

Triathlon News - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 13:32
Canada’s Stefan Daniel tested his form at his first Paratriathlon race of the season, as he took on the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Magog, Canada, on 15 July. So far so good for the 20-year-old, as he won the men’s PTS5 category over Spain’s Rafael Solis Torres by nearly 20 minutes. Although having raced in able-bodied triathlons this season, Saturday’s race was Daniel’s first Paratriathlon since taking silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Daniel said he has been using his time to focus on his weaknesses, with the running discipline his strongest. “Racing in able-bodied events teaches you how to race smart and to race hard,” Daniel said prior to Magog. “It’s always a good challenge and it drives me to improve because I want to get to a high level in able bodied sport as well as Paratriathlon.” A second home win for Canada came in the men’s PTVI as Jon Dunkerley (1:12:04), who claimed his first international victory well ahead of the USA’s Alberto Guzman. Dunkerley pulled out a lead on the swim, before extending his advantage on the bike and run. The men’s PTS2 event saw a US one-two with Allan Armstrong (1:21:14) finishing ahead of compatriot Adam Popp (1:23:38). Japan’s Kenshiro Nakayama completed the podium. The USA’s Joel Rosinbum (1:12:27) claimed the men’s PTS4 victory ahead of Japan’s Chikara Ara (1:19:54). There were only five seconds between the pair after the swim, but a strong bike and run ensured Rosinbum’s place at the top of the podium. Another US athlete to triumph in Magog was Amy Dixon (1:18:27), who produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTVI event ahead of Canada’s Jessica Tuomela (1:26:53). The USA’s Howie Sanborn was the lone competitor in in the men’s PTWC event, while Australia’s Emily Tapp continued to build on her form in the women’s equivalent after securing gold at both the Oceania Championships and World Paratriathlon Series race in her home Gold Coast. The Paratriathlon World Championships will be held 14-17 September in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

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