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ITU and ATU combine efforts to continue developing triathlon in Africa

Triathlon News - Tue, 17/04/2018 - 13:43
ITU is pleased to announce that it has signed the Development Grant contract with the African Triathlon Union (ATU), which is aimed to support the activation of National Federations, as well as provide new and emerging Federations resources for development, as well as Athlete and coaches development. “We are extremely pleased of the agreement just signed with ATU, as it’s going to be a powerful tool to help the growth of our sport in the Continent”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan presented by ATU covers different areas where we want to focus in the upcoming months, such as support to organize events, as well as athlete, coach and Technical Officials courses. The plan is also focussed on supporting young athletes and coaches on their path to the Youth Olympic Games, and we feel confident we will see our sport growing more every year in the continent,” she said. ATU President, Ahmed Nasser, presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to organize Activator Community seminars in Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia, so that they can start planning and organizing triathlon races in those countries. The grant also covers travel subsidies for athletes from Ivory Coast, Benim, Gambia, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal competing in the West African Championships in Ghana, and same type of subsidies will be offered to Athletes from Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenia, Mauritius and Madagascar participating in the Central-East Africa Championships in Cameroon. In order to identify and coach some young talents for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, ATU will organize two camps this year for athletes born in 2001 and 2002.

The Hong Kong Sports Institute is looking for a Triathlon Coach

Triathlon News - Mon, 16/04/2018 - 11:33
The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited, the Government’s delivery agent of elite sports training systems, is looking for a Triathlon Coach. The HKSI’s mission is to provide an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena benchmarked at Asian and Olympic Games results. Annual performance based remuneration package ranges from HK$443,124 to HK$843,348. The Job Reporting to the Head Triathlon Coach, the Triathlon Coach will be responsible for the following duties: - To coordinate, design, and implement training programmes for elite athletes in Hong Kong; - To fully utilize and integrate scientific, medical and other athlete support services into the elite training programme to enhance elite training outcomes; - To monitor athlete performance through comprehensive, multi-method assessment and regular evaluation; - To provide timely and critically analyzed progress reports to the HKSI and Hong Kong Triathlon Association; - To be responsible for administrative matters related to local and overseas squad training and competitions; - To supervise Assistant Coaches and part-time coaches; - To assist the HKSI and Hong Kong Triathlon Association with coach education programmes; and - To oversee and coordinate Talent Identification Development Programme. The Requirements - University degree or its equivalent; - Holder of a recognized coaching qualification equivalent to Hong Kong Coach Accreditation Programme Level 3 Certificate; - A minimum of 5 years’ professional coaching experience and proven record of achievement in coaching triathlon athletes at national level or its equivalent; - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; - High level of computer literacy; and - Awareness/ knowledge of Child Protection in sport and equal opportunity issues in the context of Hong Kong are an added advantage. Applications Please send full resume with current and expected salary, contact telephone number, email and postal addresses, and availability to The Human Resources Manager, Hong Kong Sports Institute Ltd, 25 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories or email: hrdept@hksi.org.hk on or before 22 April 2018.  Please quote reference no. HKSI-20180409-TRC in the application. Appointment will be on a fixed term contract. General information is available at the website http://www.hksi.org.hk. Applicants who are not invited for interview within six months may consider...

Three Months until the Fyn Multisport World Championships

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/04/2018 - 12:29
The Fyn local organising committee (LOC) is looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world when the magical fairytale island of Fyn, Denmark will provide waters, roads and soul to the 2018 Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in just under three months! Course maps for all World Championship races have been released, and you still have a chance to be a part of the event. Hurry up and start training – you will be more than welcome in Fyn this summer!   Visitors from all over the world will be experiencing a huge international multisport festival consisting of five world championships within the same week and a celebration of unity and excitement. And we a not only talking about elite or Age Group athletes – you can also race as an Open Race athlete in all categories! You can race in: Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon, Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon. But you better get training quickly, because all athletes competing in four or more of the World Championship events will be crowned a Multisport Legend and these superhumans will be honoured at a special ceremony at the end of the festival. The island of Fyn awaits you, and has so much to offer for athletes, spectators and visitors from all over the world! Don’t take our word for it – look for yourself right here to see what the magnifiscent island of Fyn has to offer! Are you looking for top class culinary experiences? Tourist attractions and recreation? Activities for the whole family? Active vacation on Bike Island Fyn and its more than 1.200 km of signposted cycle routes? We got it all! Visit our Local Guide section for the full overview. Share your journey towards Fyn 2018 using the #HighFiveFyn hashtag. #HighFiveFyn is the hashtag for 5 Multisport World Championships, unity and excitement – but when you give a #HighFiveFyn (physically or by tagging them on social media) to a friend or training buddy you also challenge them to participate in one of the many events at Fyn 2018 ITU World Championships Festival as said by Danish Pro triathlete Michelle Vesterby already! And don’t forget to follow us on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and updates!

Three Months until the Fyn Multisport World Championships

Triathlon News - Thu, 12/04/2018 - 12:29
The Fyn local organising committee (LOC) is looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world when the magical fairytale island of Fyn, Denmark will provide waters, roads and soul to the 2018 Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in just under three months! Course maps for all World Championship races have been released, and you still have a chance to be a part of the event. Hurry up and start training – you will be more than welcome in Fyn this summer!   Visitors from all over the world will be experiencing a huge international multisport festival consisting of five world championships within the same week and a celebration of unity and excitement. And we a not only talking about elite or Age Group athletes – you can also race as an Open Race athlete in all categories! You can race in: Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon, Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon. But you better get training quickly, because all athletes competing in four or more of the World Championship events will be crowned a Multisport Legend and these superhumans will be honoured at a special ceremony at the end of the festival. The island of Fyn awaits you, and has so much to offer for athletes, spectators and visitors from all over the world! Don’t take our word for it – look for yourself right here to see what the magnifiscent island of Fyn has to offer! Are you looking for top class culinary experiences? Tourist attractions and recreation? Activities for the whole family? Active vacation on Bike Island Fyn and its more than 1.200 km of signposted cycle routes? We got it all! Visit our Local Guide section for the full overview. Share your journey towards Fyn 2018 using the #HighFiveFyn hashtag. #HighFiveFyn is the hashtag for 5 Multisport World Championships, unity and excitement – but when you give a #HighFiveFyn (physically or by tagging them on social media) to a friend or training buddy you also challenge them to participate in one of the many events at Fyn 2018 ITU World Championships Festival as said by Danish Pro triathlete Michelle Vesterby already! And don’t forget to follow us on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and updates!

Aussies crowned Mixed Relay champions at the Commonwealth

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/04/2018 - 10:11
With a near flawless performance, Australia grabbed the gold medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Triathlon Mixed Relay. Gillian Backhouse, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birthwhistle added the Commonwealth Games crown to last year’s world championship title, with Team England finishing in second, and New Zealand grabbing the bronze medal. Team Australia made only one change from the world championship winning team last year, with Backhouse replacing Charlotte McShane, and the Glasgow 2014 bronze medallists proved too strong for second placed England, who were defending their Glasgow 2014 title. The first leg was the one who settled the pace in the hot and sunny afternoon at the Southport Broadwater Parklands on Saturday 7 April. Backhouse and Vicky Holland (ENG) opened up a bridge that proved to be decisive, and they both raced together during the bike and the run segments of their leg. In a furious sprint, both athletes tagged Matt Hauser and Jonny Brownlee with only a five secons difference. Behind them, the young kiwi Nicole Van der Kaay rode with Non Stanford (WAL) and Joanna Brown (CAN) in a small group that kept pushing hard to try to keep up with the leaders. To everyone’s surprise, the South African team was pushed to the last position when Simone Ackermann had cramps that left her three and a half minutes behind the rest of the teams. It was then for the Sout Africans a matter of trying to catch up a bit, which they did, even though they still finished in the last place, despite Henri Schoeman, Gillian Sanders and Richard Murray’s efforts. With Hauser managing to keep up with the younger Brownlee, it was the third leg the one which swung gold in the host nation’s favour. Jessica Learmonth (ENG) came out of the water 15 seconds ahead of Ashleigh Gentle but, after the Australian closed the gap on the bike, a stumble from Learmonth entering the bike-run transition gave Gentle the gap she needed to power away on the run. She then handed over to Birthwhistle with a 39 second lead over Alistair Brownlee, and the 23-year-old Tasmanian eventually stretched the lead to 52 seconds. Alistair Brownlee tried to follow him and close the gap, but the efforts of the Aussie paid off, with the home team crossing the finish line first followed by the English. In the battle for the third place, Ryan Sissons did one of the fastest transitions ever to scape in the lead, and gave her teammate Andrea Hewitt a bit of a margin over Canada. Hewitt was then...

Aussies crowned Mixed Relay champions at the Commonwealth

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/04/2018 - 10:11
With a near flawless performance, Australia grabbed the gold medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Triathlon Mixed Relay. Gillian Backhouse, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birthwhistle added the Commonwealth Games crown to last year’s world championship title, with Team England finishing in second, and New Zealand grabbing the bronze medal. Team Australia made only one change from the world championship winning team last year, with Backhouse replacing Charlotte McShane, and the Glasgow 2014 bronze medallists proved too strong for second placed England, who were defending their Glasgow 2014 title. The first leg was the one who settled the pace in the hot and sunny afternoon at the Southport Broadwater Parklands on Saturday 7 April. Backhouse and Vicky Holland (ENG) opened up a bridge that proved to be decisive, and they both raced together during the bike and the run segments of their leg. In a furious sprint, both athletes tagged Matt Hauser and Jonny Brownlee with only a five secons difference. Behind them, the young kiwi Nicole Van der Kaay rode with Non Stanford (WAL) and Joanna Brown (CAN) in a small group that kept pushing hard to try to keep up with the leaders. To everyone’s surprise, the South African team was pushed to the last position when Simone Ackermann had cramps that left her three and a half minutes behind the rest of the teams. It was then for the Sout Africans a matter of trying to catch up a bit, which they did, even though they still finished in the last place, despite Henri Schoeman, Gillian Sanders and Richard Murray’s efforts. With Hauser managing to keep up with the younger Brownlee, it was the third leg the one which swung gold in the host nation’s favour. Jessica Learmonth (ENG) came out of the water 15 seconds ahead of Ashleigh Gentle but, after the Australian closed the gap on the bike, a stumble from Learmonth entering the bike-run transition gave Gentle the gap she needed to power away on the run. She then handed over to Birthwhistle with a 39 second lead over Alistair Brownlee, and the 23-year-old Tasmanian eventually stretched the lead to 52 seconds. Alistair Brownlee tried to follow him and close the gap, but the efforts of the Aussie paid off, with the home team crossing the finish line first followed by the English. In the battle for the third place, Ryan Sissons did one of the fastest transitions ever to scape in the lead, and gave her teammate Andrea Hewitt a bit of a margin over Canada. Hewitt was then...

Townsend and Jones claim the first ever Commonwealth Paratriathlon titles

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/04/2018 - 04:15
Paratriathlon made its official debut in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, and the set up couldn’t be better. With the sun shining brightly in the sky and thousands of spectators cheering in the grandstands, the English paratriathletes Joseph Townsend and Jade Jones showed their strength to claim both titles, Men’s and Women’s PTWC, in an spectacular last leg of the race. Twelve paratriathletes took the start this morning in the Southport Broadwater Parklands in hot, blustery conditions, with Aussie Nic Beveridge taking the lead since the first moments, showing that he is one of the strongest swimmers in the field. Five-time world champion Bill Chaffey exited the water in fourth but had the best swim time of 10.55mins, considering the staggered start where PTWC 2 (least impaired wheelchair users) athletes started three minutes behind PTWC 1 athletes. Behind them, Joe Townsend (ENG), the Royal Marine Commando who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2008 was still in sixth and last place going into the cycle leg. But this is where the 30-year-old turned the race on its head. Cheered by thousands of spectators that packed the venue for the first ever paratriathlon race, Beveridge biked hard to keep more than a minute difference over Chaffey, who was working hard to chase him. So hard, in fact, that he ended up crashing against one of the barriers with two laps to go. He went back quickly into his chair, but with a broken handle that slowed him down a bit. Townsend closed the gap lap after lap, knowing that he is one of the strongest men in the last segment of the race. With the three of them clearly ahead the other competitors, it was clear that the medals were going to be decided among the two Aussies and the English, and when it came to the second transition, Beveridge was still in the lead, but followed so close by Townsend that he lost the first position while changing from the handbike to the racing wheelchair for the final 5km run. The English pushed hard enough to cross the line first, becoming the first ever paratriathlon Commonwealth medallist. “Swimming has always been a downside of mine, I’m one of the weakest swimmers in the field, it’s something I have worked greatly on over the winter and I knew if I could keep the gap I wouldn’t get passed from the back. But I found myself in the lead coming out of T2 (transition two) and I knew others in the field couldn’t push past me, it seems narrow minded but I know what my...

Townsend and Jones claim the first ever Commonwealth Paratriathlon titles

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/04/2018 - 04:15
Paratriathlon made its official debut in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, and the set up couldn’t be better. With the sun shining brightly in the sky and thousands of spectators cheering in the grandstands, the English paratriathletes Joseph Townsend and Jade Jones showed their strength to claim both titles, Men’s and Women’s PTWC, in an spectacular last leg of the race. Twelve paratriathletes took the start this morning in the Southport Broadwater Parklands in hot, blustery conditions, with Aussie Nic Beveridge taking the lead since the first moments, showing that he is one of the strongest swimmers in the field. Five-time world champion Bill Chaffey exited the water in fourth but had the best swim time of 10.55mins, considering the staggered start where PTWC 2 (least impaired wheelchair users) athletes started three minutes behind PTWC 1 athletes. Behind them, Joe Townsend (ENG), the Royal Marine Commando who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2008 was still in sixth and last place going into the cycle leg. But this is where the 30-year-old turned the race on its head. Cheered by thousands of spectators that packed the venue for the first ever paratriathlon race, Beveridge biked hard to keep more than a minute difference over Chaffey, who was working hard to chase him. So hard, in fact, that he ended up crashing against one of the barriers with two laps to go. He went back quickly into his chair, but with a broken handle that slowed him down a bit. Townsend closed the gap lap after lap, knowing that he is one of the strongest men in the last segment of the race. With the three of them clearly ahead the other competitors, it was clear that the medals were going to be decided among the two Aussies and the English, and when it came to the second transition, Beveridge was still in the lead, but followed so close by Townsend that he lost the first position while changing from the handbike to the racing wheelchair for the final 5km run. The English pushed hard enough to cross the line first, becoming the first ever paratriathlon Commonwealth medallist. “Swimming has always been a downside of mine, I’m one of the weakest swimmers in the field, it’s something I have worked greatly on over the winter and I knew if I could keep the gap I wouldn’t get passed from the back. But I found myself in the lead coming out of T2 (transition two) and I knew others in the field couldn’t push past me, it seems narrow minded but I know what my...

Triathlon action continues in the Gold Coast with the Mixed Relay

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 06:05
The individual races may be over, with the stunning victories of Flora Duffy (BER) and Henri Schoeman (RSA), but triathlon action is far from finished in the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, as the Paratriathlon will make its debut and the Mixed Relay event will take place both this Saturday. With thousands of spectators ready to cheer for their favourite athletes, get ready for the fast and furious format that will delight all. Eight nations will compete to claim the second title of the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games, and it looks like its going to be a fierce competition, with almost all countries having a real chance of being in the podium. Most eyes will be set, of course, on the local. The Aussies are the reigning World Champions and even though they have until one hour before the start to announce their team -as all the Nations do-, they have some really strong names to make their squad, including the recent silver medallist in the Men’s event yesterday, Jacob Birthwhistle. If the Aussies are going for the same team who grabbed their first ever World title a few months ago, it is most likely that along with Birthwhistle will be Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane, even though Luke Willian and Gillian Backhouse could also have an option. The other team which will have most eyes fixed on will be, most likely, England, with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee trying to repeat their success in the last Commonwealth Games, and after their disappointing individual race, where they finished in 10th and 7th place respectively. Along with them, silver medallist in the individual event, Jessica Learmonth, will be one safe bet when it comes to sprint distances, most likely along with Vicky Holland, who was already in the team who won gold the previous Games.  Another team that knows what it is to be on the podium of the Commonwealth Games will be South Africa, with gold medallist Henri Schoeman giving all he has to try to earn a second victory in these Games. The team will be almost the same who competed in the 2014 Games, with Richard Murray, Gillian Sanders and Simone Ackermann. With Joanna Brown on the podium on Thursday and Matthew Sharpe having finished 10th, expect Canada to be a team to contend with. They have been preparing the Mixed Relay event consistently since it has been included in the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, and they have some great talents to choose for their team, even though the great start of...

Triathlon action continues in the Gold Coast with the Mixed Relay

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 06:05
The individual races may be over, with the stunning victories of Flora Duffy (BER) and Henri Schoeman (RSA), but triathlon action is far from finished in the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, as the Paratriathlon will make its debut and the Mixed Relay event will take place both this Saturday. With thousands of spectators ready to cheer for their favourite athletes, get ready for the fast and furious format that will delight all. Eight nations will compete to claim the second title of the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games, and it looks like its going to be a fierce competition, with almost all countries having a real chance of being in the podium. Most eyes will be set, of course, on the local. The Aussies are the reigning World Champions and even though they have until one hour before the start to announce their team -as all the Nations do-, they have some really strong names to make their squad, including the recent silver medallist in the Men’s event yesterday, Jacob Birthwhistle. If the Aussies are going for the same team who grabbed their first ever World title a few months ago, it is most likely that along with Birthwhistle will be Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane, even though Luke Willian and Gillian Backhouse could also have an option. The other team which will have most eyes fixed on will be, most likely, England, with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee trying to repeat their success in the last Commonwealth Games, and after their disappointing individual race, where they finished in 10th and 7th place respectively. Along with them, silver medallist in the individual event, Jessica Learmonth, will be one safe bet when it comes to sprint distances, most likely along with Vicky Holland, who was already in the team who won gold the previous Games.  Another team that knows what it is to be on the podium of the Commonwealth Games will be South Africa, with gold medallist Henri Schoeman giving all he has to try to earn a second victory in these Games. The team will be almost the same who competed in the 2014 Games, with Richard Murray, Gillian Sanders and Simone Ackermann. With Joanna Brown on the podium on Thursday and Matthew Sharpe having finished 10th, expect Canada to be a team to contend with. They have been preparing the Mixed Relay event consistently since it has been included in the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, and they have some great talents to choose for their team, even though the great start of...

Paratriathlon ready to make its debut at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 04:14
With Gold Coast 2018 having the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history, Paratriathlon is ready to make its debut in the programme this Saturday. Twelve athletes (six men, six female) in the PTWC class will be vying for the medals over a sprint distance course, the same one used by the elite athletes this past Thursday. Women’s Preview The Women’s gold medal in the PTWC class will most likely be a fierce battle between Emilie Tapp (AUS) and Jade Jones (ENG). The current two-time ITU world champion was one of the first nominations onto the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games following her outstanding performances in 2017, including her world title. “I’m very excited, to not only be (the Games) in Australia for the first time but the first time and having been selected, I can’t even believe that, that’s something of the greatest honour,” she said in an interview. Tapp became a paraplegic after a campdrafting accident in 2011 in her hometown in Australia, and started paratriathlon in 2015. But since her class was not included in the Paralympic programme for Rio 2016, she then changed to athletics. After the Games, she changed again her focus to paratriathlon and has had an impressive career since, which puts her in a great position to try to earn her first Commonwealth Games medal tomorrow. Lining up along with the Aussie athlete will be breakout star of the season, English Jade Jones, who made her international paratriathlon debut in Yokohama in May 2017 and won the ETU European title a month later in Kitzbuhel, to finish the season with a silver medal in the World Championships. Coming from a track athletics background, she decided to try triathlon having already competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The start list for the women’s competition will also include two more Assie athletes, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker, one English, Lizzie Tench and one Scotish, Karen Darke. Parker is one of the fastest known cases of a triathlete transitioning to paratriathlete after an accident. Nine months after the bike crash that left her paralyzed, she was again in the podium finishing second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships, a result that puts her in the list of the ones to watch in the Commonwealth race. Men’s Preview Six men will line up in the Southport Broadwater Parklands pontoon Saturday morning for the debut of Paratriathlon in the Commonwealth Games. And among...

Paratriathlon ready to make its debut at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 04:14
With Gold Coast 2018 having the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history, Paratriathlon is ready to make its debut in the programme this Saturday. Twelve athletes (six men, six female) in the PTWC class will be vying for the medals over a sprint distance course, the same one used by the elite athletes this past Thursday. Women’s Preview The Women’s gold medal in the PTWC class will most likely be a fierce battle between Emilie Tapp (AUS) and Jade Jones (ENG). The current two-time ITU world champion was one of the first nominations onto the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games following her outstanding performances in 2017, including her world title. “I’m very excited, to not only be (the Games) in Australia for the first time but the first time and having been selected, I can’t even believe that, that’s something of the greatest honour,” she said in an interview. Tapp became a paraplegic after a campdrafting accident in 2011 in her hometown in Australia, and started paratriathlon in 2015. But since her class was not included in the Paralympic programme for Rio 2016, she then changed to athletics. After the Games, she changed again her focus to paratriathlon and has had an impressive career since, which puts her in a great position to try to earn her first Commonwealth Games medal tomorrow. Lining up along with the Aussie athlete will be breakout star of the season, English Jade Jones, who made her international paratriathlon debut in Yokohama in May 2017 and won the ETU European title a month later in Kitzbuhel, to finish the season with a silver medal in the World Championships. Coming from a track athletics background, she decided to try triathlon having already competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The start list for the women’s competition will also include two more Assie athletes, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker, one English, Lizzie Tench and one Scotish, Karen Darke. Parker is one of the fastest known cases of a triathlete transitioning to paratriathlete after an accident. Nine months after the bike crash that left her paralyzed, she was again in the podium finishing second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships, a result that puts her in the list of the ones to watch in the Commonwealth race. Men’s Preview Six men will line up in the Southport Broadwater Parklands pontoon Saturday morning for the debut of Paratriathlon in the Commonwealth Games. And among...

A perfectly executed race gives Henri Schoeman gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 07:03
South African Henri Schoeman added one more medal to his tally claiming the victory at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In one of the best runs of the afternoon in the Southport Broadwater Parklands, Aussie Jacob Birthwhistle claimed silver, the first medal for the home country on these Games, while Scottish athlete Marc Austin claimed bronze. After the Women enjoyed an amazing sun for their race, the men had to take the stage under a fierce storm that made the athletes shiver while standing on the pontoon. But it looked like both Brownlee brothers, Jonathan and Alistair, liked it, as Alistair took the lead from the first strokes and during most of the 750m swim on the choppy waters of the Gold Coast. Only Tayler Reid (NZL) was able to stand at his side, to go to the first transition together. On their bikes, both were almost immediately chased by the younger Brownlee, Jonny, along with Henri Schoeman, Matthew Hauser and Marc Austin, who managed to make it to the lead pack at the beginning of the bike leg and continued like that for the 20km ride. And off they went, maintaining a 25 seconds gap even though the visible efforts of both brothers for organizing the group to try to increase the time difference. Behind them, a large group including Richard Murray (RSA), Ryan Sissons (NZL), Birthwhistle, Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Matthew Sharpe (CAN) worked hard to avoid having a big gap before the end of the bike course, tricky under the rainy conditions with some 180 degree turns. By the time they all got to the second transition, the gap was still manageable for their aspirations, and Sissons, Sharpe, Birthwhistle and Murray went for it trying to chase down the leaders. On the meantime, in the lead group things changed every kilometer. Henri put the extra gear on right after transition and opened a small gap since the beginning. Behind them, what started as a five men group ended up with Jonny Brownlee and Marc Austin keeping up the pace while Alistair, Reid and Hauser were slowly being chased by the pursuers. With 2.5km to go, Alistair Brownlee was in an unusual 8th place, 43 seconds behind, while Reid looked desperately behind him. He had a reason to do it. Jacob Birthwhistle was proving that he is one of the fastest runners in the field, passing athletes meter by meter. His colossal effort paid off not only with the fastest run split of the day (14.36 for the 5km) but also with a silver medal, the first for the home country of the...

A perfectly executed race gives Henri Schoeman gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 07:03
South African Henri Schoeman added one more medal to his tally claiming the victory at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In one of the best runs of the afternoon in the Southport Broadwater Parklands, Aussie Jacob Birthwhistle claimed silver, the first medal for the home country on these Games, while Scottish athlete Marc Austin claimed bronze. After the Women enjoyed an amazing sun for their race, the men had to take the stage under a fierce storm that made the athletes shiver while standing on the pontoon. But it looked like both Brownlee brothers, Jonathan and Alistair, liked it, as Alistair took the lead from the first strokes and during most of the 750m swim on the choppy waters of the Gold Coast. Only Tayler Reid (NZL) was able to stand at his side, to go to the first transition together. On their bikes, both were almost immediately chased by the younger Brownlee, Jonny, along with Henri Schoeman, Matthew Hauser and Marc Austin, who managed to make it to the lead pack at the beginning of the bike leg and continued like that for the 20km ride. And off they went, maintaining a 25 seconds gap even though the visible efforts of both brothers for organizing the group to try to increase the time difference. Behind them, a large group including Richard Murray (RSA), Ryan Sissons (NZL), Birthwhistle, Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Matthew Sharpe (CAN) worked hard to avoid having a big gap before the end of the bike course, tricky under the rainy conditions with some 180 degree turns. By the time they all got to the second transition, the gap was still manageable for their aspirations, and Sissons, Sharpe, Birthwhistle and Murray went for it trying to chase down the leaders. On the meantime, in the lead group things changed every kilometer. Henri put the extra gear on right after transition and opened a small gap since the beginning. Behind them, what started as a five men group ended up with Jonny Brownlee and Marc Austin keeping up the pace while Alistair, Reid and Hauser were slowly being chased by the pursuers. With 2.5km to go, Alistair Brownlee was in an unusual 8th place, 43 seconds behind, while Reid looked desperately behind him. He had a reason to do it. Jacob Birthwhistle was proving that he is one of the fastest runners in the field, passing athletes meter by meter. His colossal effort paid off not only with the fastest run split of the day (14.36 for the 5km) but also with a silver medal, the first for the home country of the...

Duffy claims gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 03:45
After a dominant race from beginning to end, Flora Duffy claimed the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and put temporarily her country on top of the medal table. Behind her, English Jessica Learmonth claimed silver, and Canadian Joanna Brown took the third place. The race started with Duffy, Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell (ENG) leading the swim from the very first strokes, on a windy but really warm day in Southport Broadwater Parklands. With the water at 24.1 degrees, the hot and humid conditions were hard for all the athletes, but Duffy and Learmonth imposed a frantic rhythm as soon as they mounted their bikes, a few seconds ahead of all the other athletes. The two of them worked together to build up a difference enough to maintain them away from the chasing pack, which included some strong runners, such as Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Vicky Holland (ENG) or Joanna Brown (CAN). Halfway through the fast and flat course, the leading duo had almost one minute difference over the chasers, and by the end of the 20km bike, the two of them managed to keep it to almost one minute. A minute that proved to be too much for the chasers. With Flora speeding up in the first meters of the 5km run, Learmonth tried to keep up the pace but looking nervously behind her every few meters. She had a reason to do it. Behind her, and coming strong, her teammates Coldwell and Holland, along with Gentle and Brown were speeding up, cheered by the thousands of spectators lining up along the course in Southport Broadwater Parklands. The last kilometer looked like a fun run for Duffy, smiling and being cheered on by the spectators, knowing that the first medal of the Games was almost hers. And indeed it was. Looking confident and grabbing a Bermudian flag, Flora crossed the finish line to claim her first ever gold medal on the Commonwealth Games, stopping the clock on 56:50. She will now have two more chances of grabbing medals: in the Mixed Relay this Saturday, and on the Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bike race next Thursday. “I came in the favourite so that adds its own pressure”, said Duffy after claiming gold. But it looks like the pressure was well handled. “I am getting used to the pressure - from 2016 (winning the ITU World Championships) I had to get used to it, it is the space in which I am. There will be media and people watching me, so I just try to forget about it and do my thing”, she explained. With the gold medal hanging brightly on her...

Duffy claims gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 03:45
After a dominant race from beginning to end, Flora Duffy claimed the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and put temporarily her country on top of the medal table. Behind her, English Jessica Learmonth claimed silver, and Canadian Joanna Brown took the third place. The race started with Duffy, Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell (ENG) leading the swim from the very first strokes, on a windy but really warm day in Southport Broadwater Parklands. With the water at 24.1 degrees, the hot and humid conditions were hard for all the athletes, but Duffy and Learmonth imposed a frantic rhythm as soon as they mounted their bikes, a few seconds ahead of all the other athletes. The two of them worked together to build up a difference enough to maintain them away from the chasing pack, which included some strong runners, such as Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Vicky Holland (ENG) or Joanna Brown (CAN). Halfway through the fast and flat course, the leading duo had almost one minute difference over the chasers, and by the end of the 20km bike, the two of them managed to keep it to almost one minute. A minute that proved to be too much for the chasers. With Flora speeding up in the first meters of the 5km run, Learmonth tried to keep up the pace but looking nervously behind her every few meters. She had a reason to do it. Behind her, and coming strong, her teammates Coldwell and Holland, along with Gentle and Brown were speeding up, cheered by the thousands of spectators lining up along the course in Southport Broadwater Parklands. The last kilometer looked like a fun run for Duffy, smiling and being cheered on by the spectators, knowing that the first medal of the Games was almost hers. And indeed it was. Looking confident and grabbing a Bermudian flag, Flora crossed the finish line to claim her first ever gold medal on the Commonwealth Games, stopping the clock on 56:50. She will now have two more chances of grabbing medals: in the Mixed Relay this Saturday, and on the Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bike race next Thursday. “I came in the favourite so that adds its own pressure”, said Duffy after claiming gold. But it looks like the pressure was well handled. “I am getting used to the pressure - from 2016 (winning the ITU World Championships) I had to get used to it, it is the space in which I am. There will be media and people watching me, so I just try to forget about it and do my thing”, she explained. With the gold medal hanging brightly on her...

Five of the world’s top 10 athletes vying for gold at Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:42
On its fourth appearance on the Commonwealth Games programme, the women’s event promises to present some of the best racing of the season with an impressive start list. As the very first medal event of the Games, check out who we think could feature on the podium in the Gold Coast this Thursday. Reigning double world champion, Flora Duffy (BER) will surely take her chance of claiming the first gold medal in Major Games. Duffy, who finished in 8th place both in Rio 2016 Olympics and in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be the woman to stop here, even though she will have to save some energy as the Bermudian will be competing in three medal events in the Gold Coast. For the first time ever, Bermuda will have a team in the Mixed Relay event, and Duffy has also qualified for the Mountain Bike race, which will take place only three days after the triathlon races. One of her main rivals will be Aussi Ashleigh Gentle, who proved race after race last year that she is one of the better runners in the field, and who will try to repeat what Emma Snowsill did in Melbourne 2006: be on top of the podium on home soil. At 27 years of age, and coming off the best year of her career under new coach Jamie Turner, she will face a truly world-class field at the Games, featuring five of the world’s top 10 athletes. But she can also say that Gentle is the only athlete to have beaten Duffy in the past year, when she broke through to win the World Series in Montreal. “(It would be) the greatest thing ever,’’ she told the local media in an interview last week. “I have ridden and run around here (the Gold Coast) most of my life. I am certainly comfortable here, that’s for sure. I am really looking forward to seeing what I can do in front of my home crowd,” she said. Along with them will be lining up one of the most experienced triathletes in the field, Kiwi Andrea Hewitt, going for her third Commonwealth Games, after claiming bronze in Melbourne 2006 and a fourth place in Glasgow 2014. The Kiwi has the experience of winning here in the Gold Coast in the WTS event in 2017. And even tho Andrea performs better over Olympic distance, she is convinced that if her swim goes well, she will be among the contenders for the podium. “A sprint race leaves you no room for error,” she said. Brits Jess Learmonth, Vicky Holland and Sophie Coldwell will also make a strong trio, and will most likely try to break away during the swim segment, with Learmonth being one of...

Five of the world’s top 10 athletes vying for gold at Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:42
On its fourth appearance on the Commonwealth Games programme, the women’s event promises to present some of the best racing of the season with an impressive start list. As the very first medal event of the Games, check out who we think could feature on the podium in the Gold Coast this Thursday. Reigning double world champion, Flora Duffy (BER) will surely take her chance of claiming the first gold medal in Major Games. Duffy, who finished in 8th place both in Rio 2016 Olympics and in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be the woman to stop here, even though she will have to save some energy as the Bermudian will be competing in three medal events in the Gold Coast. For the first time ever, Bermuda will have a team in the Mixed Relay event, and Duffy has also qualified for the Mountain Bike race, which will take place only three days after the triathlon races. One of her main rivals will be Aussi Ashleigh Gentle, who proved race after race last year that she is one of the better runners in the field, and who will try to repeat what Emma Snowsill did in Melbourne 2006: be on top of the podium on home soil. At 27 years of age, and coming off the best year of her career under new coach Jamie Turner, she will face a truly world-class field at the Games, featuring five of the world’s top 10 athletes. But she can also say that Gentle is the only athlete to have beaten Duffy in the past year, when she broke through to win the World Series in Montreal. “(It would be) the greatest thing ever,’’ she told the local media in an interview last week. “I have ridden and run around here (the Gold Coast) most of my life. I am certainly comfortable here, that’s for sure. I am really looking forward to seeing what I can do in front of my home crowd,” she said. Along with them will be lining up one of the most experienced triathletes in the field, Kiwi Andrea Hewitt, going for her third Commonwealth Games, after claiming bronze in Melbourne 2006 and a fourth place in Glasgow 2014. The Kiwi has the experience of winning here in the Gold Coast in the WTS event in 2017. And even tho Andrea performs better over Olympic distance, she is convinced that if her swim goes well, she will be among the contenders for the podium. “A sprint race leaves you no room for error,” she said. Brits Jess Learmonth, Vicky Holland and Sophie Coldwell will also make a strong trio, and will most likely try to break away during the swim segment, with Learmonth being one of...

Brownlee’s ready to shine again at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:34
A total of 38 men will compete in the individual men’s race in the Gold Coast, with the younger Brownlee, Jonathan, wearing number 1. With a start list crowded with Olympic and WTS medallist, expect a fast and furious race set over a 750m swim, a quite technical 20km bike and a 5km run. The Commonwealth Games will be the first time since WTS Leeds 2017 where we will see the two Olympic medallist siblings competing together, and they have quite a record of getting to the podium while joining efforts during a race. Alistair and Jonny claimed first and second place in WTS Leeds 2017 and 2016, as they did in the Rio Olympic Games and in the previous Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow 2014. Both brothers have been training in Australia for a few weeks, preparing for this race. Jonny, who finished 7th in WTS Abu Dhabi in March after he crashed on the bike, has been focussing on adapting to the weather circumstances he will have to face in the Gold Coast. “I didn’t have my finest winter training this year, but I think it’s going to be ok. I’m really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and competing in similar conditions as the ones I made back home, on my conservatory, where I built some heaters to try to prepare myself for the hot and humid conditions that we will have in Gold Coast”, he said. Returning from six months off from competition after surgery, Brownlee’s older brother, Alistair, kicked off his 2018 season with a win and some blazing fast splits at Ironman 70.3 Dubai. He then announced that he will race in the first WTS of the season in Abu Dhabi, to get ready for the Commonwealth Games, but a minor injury made him withdraw at the last minute. Alistair has been training also in Queensland for three weeks, and looks like one of the ones to beat this Thursday. “The Commonwealth Games has always meant a lot to me and I am motivated to race for England”, he said. Both brothers will have some other strong names to watch, specially when it comes to a fast sprint race as the one designed for the Gold Coast. Henri Schoeman (RSA), bronze medallist in Rio 2016, has had one of the strongest starts of the season, winning the WTS Abu Dhabi after a dominant performance, leading all three segments of the race. Being one of the strongest swimmers of the race, expect him to try to build up a lead since the first strokes on the water. His compatriot Richard Murray, bronze medallist in the previous Commonwealth Games, will try to step up on...

Brownlee’s ready to shine again at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:34
A total of 38 men will compete in the individual men’s race in the Gold Coast, with the younger Brownlee, Jonathan, wearing number 1. With a start list crowded with Olympic and WTS medallist, expect a fast and furious race set over a 750m swim, a quite technical 20km bike and a 5km run. The Commonwealth Games will be the first time since WTS Leeds 2017 where we will see the two Olympic medallist siblings competing together, and they have quite a record of getting to the podium while joining efforts during a race. Alistair and Jonny claimed first and second place in WTS Leeds 2017 and 2016, as they did in the Rio Olympic Games and in the previous Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow 2014. Both brothers have been training in Australia for a few weeks, preparing for this race. Jonny, who finished 7th in WTS Abu Dhabi in March after he crashed on the bike, has been focussing on adapting to the weather circumstances he will have to face in the Gold Coast. “I didn’t have my finest winter training this year, but I think it’s going to be ok. I’m really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and competing in similar conditions as the ones I made back home, on my conservatory, where I built some heaters to try to prepare myself for the hot and humid conditions that we will have in Gold Coast”, he said. Returning from six months off from competition after surgery, Brownlee’s older brother, Alistair, kicked off his 2018 season with a win and some blazing fast splits at Ironman 70.3 Dubai. He then announced that he will race in the first WTS of the season in Abu Dhabi, to get ready for the Commonwealth Games, but a minor injury made him withdraw at the last minute. Alistair has been training also in Queensland for three weeks, and looks like one of the ones to beat this Thursday. “The Commonwealth Games has always meant a lot to me and I am motivated to race for England”, he said. Both brothers will have some other strong names to watch, specially when it comes to a fast sprint race as the one designed for the Gold Coast. Henri Schoeman (RSA), bronze medallist in Rio 2016, has had one of the strongest starts of the season, winning the WTS Abu Dhabi after a dominant performance, leading all three segments of the race. Being one of the strongest swimmers of the race, expect him to try to build up a lead since the first strokes on the water. His compatriot Richard Murray, bronze medallist in the previous Commonwealth Games, will try to step up on...

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