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Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final stages...

Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final stages...

Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final...

Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final...

Athletes chatter ahead of Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 22:15
Almost 100 triathletes will take the stage this Sunday in Huelva for the inaugural ITU World Cup in the coastal Spanish city. With a very demanding and challenging course, let’s hear what athletes think about the race, the course and their expectations for the event. Vicente Hernandez On the pressure of wearing number 1: “This season I had the opportunity to race almost all WTS, and that was my main objective for the season. This is the first world cup of the season for me, and being in Spain is very special for me. I will have my family supporting here and I am also wearing number 1, so it’s a great race the one we have ahead.” On the weather conditions in Huelva: “I?ve been racing lately in places where it was almost winter and here the weather it’s gonna be perfect. Sunny, warm but not too hot. It’s more confortable to compete with this type of weather, so we all can enjoy, triathletes and spectators alike.” On the field of play in Huelva: “There are some very good riders, as Leo and some other really good swimmers. The first section of the bike will be very important, but everyone hast to play their cards. “ Anna Godoy Contreras On her great results in Rotterdam last week: “This is also my last race of the season for my so I will give it all. I want to finish in the top ten, that’s the perfect goal for me here. In order to do so, with this technical circuit and with the first segment of 20km on the bike, I will try to be in the front pack because I think it’s where the race will be decided”. Leo Bergere On the technical course: “I haven’t had the chance of taking a look on the course yet, but I love the atmosphere here in the city and how everything is prepared. I really can’t wait to race this Sunday”. On how does he feel after his great performance in Rotterdam: “my legs still hurt from Rotterdam, it was a really demanding race. But I have two more days to recover before this race”. On his plans for the race: “It’s a secret. There is a really strong field here but the key will be to be strong during the first section of the bike course. Joanna Brown On her best season ever so far: “I was really happy with my season. I trained really well in winter and the hard work came up at the end of the season. I was really happy to finish 7th on the Series this year, and I am really excited to be racing here this week, in this perfect set up for a triathlon and with this warm and colourful atmosphere in Huelva”. On her strategy for the race: “I have...

Athletes chatter ahead of Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 22:15
Almost 100 triathletes will take the stage this Sunday in Huelva for the inaugural ITU World Cup in the coastal Spanish city. With a very demanding and challenging course, let’s hear what athletes think about the race, the course and their expectations for the event. Vicente Hernandez On the pressure of wearing number 1: “This season I had the opportunity to race almost all WTS, and that was my main objective for the season. This is the first world cup of the season for me, and being in Spain is very special for me. I will have my family supporting here and I am also wearing number 1, so it’s a great race the one we have ahead.” On the weather conditions in Huelva: “I?ve been racing lately in places where it was almost winter and here the weather it’s gonna be perfect. Sunny, warm but not too hot. It’s more confortable to compete with this type of weather, so we all can enjoy, triathletes and spectators alike.” On the field of play in Huelva: “There are some very good riders, as Leo and some other really good swimmers. The first section of the bike will be very important, but everyone hast to play their cards. “ Anna Godoy Contreras On her great results in Rotterdam last week: “This is also my last race of the season for my so I will give it all. I want to finish in the top ten, that’s the perfect goal for me here. In order to do so, with this technical circuit and with the first segment of 20km on the bike, I will try to be in the front pack because I think it’s where the race will be decided”. Leo Bergere On the technical course: “I haven’t had the chance of taking a look on the course yet, but I love the atmosphere here in the city and how everything is prepared. I really can’t wait to race this Sunday”. On how does he feel after his great performance in Rotterdam: “my legs still hurt from Rotterdam, it was a really demanding race. But I have two more days to recover before this race”. On his plans for the race: “It’s a secret. There is a really strong field here but the key will be to be strong during the first section of the bike course. Joanna Brown On her best season ever so far: “I was really happy with my season. I trained really well in winter and the hard work came up at the end of the season. I was really happy to finish 7th on the Series this year, and I am really excited to be racing here this week, in this perfect set up for a triathlon and with this warm and colourful atmosphere in Huelva”. On her strategy for the race: “I have...

Huelva ready to hosts its first ever World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 13:56
The city of Huelva, in the south west coast of Spain, will make its official debut in the ITU World Cup circuit hosting this Sunday. As the city celebrates the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus setting sail from the river port of Palos de la Frontera on his first voyage that lead to the discovery of America, triathletes will compete in the first ITU event after the 2017 Grand Final on one of the most challenging and emblematic courses of the season. A total of 60 men and 41 women will dive in the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Punta Umbría for a two lap swim, to then mount their bikes and cover the 20 km between the coast and the Huelva city centre. After a flat first 20km, triathletes will then do four laps of 5,1km on a really technical, demanding and hilly course, passing four times through the terrific “Cuesta de las tres caídas”. The run course will see athletes passing by the most emblematic places of the city, doing four laps of 2,5 km each, a bit hilly in the first section, almost flat in the second. Men’s Preview Wearing number 1 will be Spanish athlete Vicente Hernandez, who just finished 12th on the Rotterdam Grand Final. In his second season among the top triathletes of the world, Hernandez will race for his first podium of the season on a World Cup, with the extra motivation of racing on home soil. But the task won’t be so easy. Indeed the Spanish team will be one of the strongest in Huelva, with three more usual suspects in the World Cup circuit: Antonio Serrat Seoane, who finished 5th in the U23 World Championship last week in Rotterdam; David Castro Fajardo, former U23 World Champion, and Uxio Abuin, winner of the last two world cups in the 2016 season. Another one to watch will surely be Frenchman Leo Bergere, who initiated an impressive breakaway performance on the bike in Rotterdam to finish in 6th place. The current ITU Aquathlon World Champion, Matthew Sharpe (CAN), is probably one of the strongest swimmers in the field, and will surely be in the race from from the start fighting for the podium. Other big names will be Kevin McDowell (USA), Adam Bowden (GBR) or Justus Nieschlag (GER), who will most likely try to get hold of the big opportunity a World Cup brings right after the Grand Final, with some of the usual names on the podiums either taking some rest or competing elsewhere. Women’s Preview A fifth place in the Rotterdam Grand Final earned Canadian Joanna Brown a 7th position in the...

Huelva ready to hosts its first ever World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 13:56
The city of Huelva, in the south west coast of Spain, will make its official debut in the ITU World Cup circuit hosting this Sunday. As the city celebrates the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus setting sail from the river port of Palos de la Frontera on his first voyage that lead to the discovery of America, triathletes will compete in the first ITU event after the 2017 Grand Final on one of the most challenging and emblematic courses of the season. A total of 60 men and 41 women will dive in the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Punta Umbría for a two lap swim, to then mount their bikes and cover the 20 km between the coast and the Huelva city centre. After a flat first 20km, triathletes will then do four laps of 5,1km on a really technical, demanding and hilly course, passing four times through the terrific “Cuesta de las tres caídas”. The run course will see athletes passing by the most emblematic places of the city, doing four laps of 2,5 km each, a bit hilly in the first section, almost flat in the second. Men’s Preview Wearing number 1 will be Spanish athlete Vicente Hernandez, who just finished 12th on the Rotterdam Grand Final. In his second season among the top triathletes of the world, Hernandez will race for his first podium of the season on a World Cup, with the extra motivation of racing on home soil. But the task won’t be so easy. Indeed the Spanish team will be one of the strongest in Huelva, with three more usual suspects in the World Cup circuit: Antonio Serrat Seoane, who finished 5th in the U23 World Championship last week in Rotterdam; David Castro Fajardo, former U23 World Champion, and Uxio Abuin, winner of the last two world cups in the 2016 season. Another one to watch will surely be Frenchman Leo Bergere, who initiated an impressive breakaway performance on the bike in Rotterdam to finish in 6th place. The current ITU Aquathlon World Champion, Matthew Sharpe (CAN), is probably one of the strongest swimmers in the field, and will surely be in the race from from the start fighting for the podium. Other big names will be Kevin McDowell (USA), Adam Bowden (GBR) or Justus Nieschlag (GER), who will most likely try to get hold of the big opportunity a World Cup brings right after the Grand Final, with some of the usual names on the podiums either taking some rest or competing elsewhere. Women’s Preview A fifth place in the Rotterdam Grand Final earned Canadian Joanna Brown a 7th position in the...

ITU announces the 2018 ITU WTS, World Cup and Paratriathlon calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:40
Following the ITU Executive Board meeting held in Rotterdam, and the Annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the calendar for the 2018 season. With 7 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) events plus the ITU Grand Final; 18 ITU World Cups, 3 ITU Paratriathlon World Series and 6 ITU Paratriathlon World Cups, the season is going to be busier than ever. “I am thrilled with the new calendar, it’s a perfect mix between new additions to our portfolio of events, classic races across the world and a lot of multisport and multi-day events. Our sport keeps growing, evolving and exploring new territories. We maintain the equal prize money for male and female athletes in all ITU events. Our officials and organising committees never stop learning and I am sure that we will deliver an excellent season”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. In its tenth season, the World Triathlon Series will feature at eight stops, with one city debuting for the first time in the calendar. The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi on 3 March, to then move onto a new addition to the calendar, Bermuda. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean island will host its very first WTS race on 21 April. Next stop will be Japan for one of the longest running events on the calendar, Yokohama, where triathletes will be performing on 12 May to then move over to Europe for the third edition of WTS Leeds, which will take place on 10 June. The series will continue its journey through Europe for again another classic Series, Hamburg, not only for a WTS race, but also one of the most spectacular events on ITU’s calendar, the Mixed Relays World Championships. The excitement and emotions of the team event will be showcased again in front of thousands of spectators on the weekend of 14-15 July. For the second year in a row, two Canadian cities will host a WTS race. First, triathletes will stop in Edmonton on July 28-29 for a fast an exciting race on a challenging course. The last stop before the ITU Grand Final will be Montreal, ready to welcome athletes to the old port on August 25-26. The golden beaches of the Gold Coast will host the Grand Final, as well as the Junior, U23 and Paratriathlon World Championships 12–16 of September. ITU is working with various WTS events and National Federations on the creation of the first ever Mixed Team Relay Series, which is expected to be announced in a few weeks. The second-tier events, ITU World Cups, will...

ITU announces the 2018 ITU WTS, World Cup and Paratriathlon calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:40
Following the ITU Executive Board meeting held in Rotterdam, and the Annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the calendar for the 2018 season. With 7 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) events plus the ITU Grand Final; 18 ITU World Cups, 3 ITU Paratriathlon World Series and 6 ITU Paratriathlon World Cups, the season is going to be busier than ever. “I am thrilled with the new calendar, it’s a perfect mix between new additions to our portfolio of events, classic races across the world and a lot of multisport and multi-day events. Our sport keeps growing, evolving and exploring new territories. We maintain the equal prize money for male and female athletes in all ITU events. Our officials and organising committees never stop learning and I am sure that we will deliver an excellent season”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. In its tenth season, the World Triathlon Series will feature at eight stops, with one city debuting for the first time in the calendar. The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi on 3 March, to then move onto a new addition to the calendar, Bermuda. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean island will host its very first WTS race on 21 April. Next stop will be Japan for one of the longest running events on the calendar, Yokohama, where triathletes will be performing on 12 May to then move over to Europe for the third edition of WTS Leeds, which will take place on 10 June. The series will continue its journey through Europe for again another classic Series, Hamburg, not only for a WTS race, but also one of the most spectacular events on ITU’s calendar, the Mixed Relays World Championships. The excitement and emotions of the team event will be showcased again in front of thousands of spectators on the weekend of 14-15 July. For the second year in a row, two Canadian cities will host a WTS race. First, triathletes will stop in Edmonton on July 28-29 for a fast an exciting race on a challenging course. The last stop before the ITU Grand Final will be Montreal, ready to welcome athletes to the old port on August 25-26. The golden beaches of the Gold Coast will host the Grand Final, as well as the Junior, U23 and Paratriathlon World Championships 12–16 of September. ITU is working with various WTS events and National Federations on the creation of the first ever Mixed Team Relay Series, which is expected to be announced in a few weeks. The second-tier events, ITU World Cups, will...

ITU announces the 2018 ITU WTS, World Cup and Paratriathlon calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:39
Following the ITU Executive Board meeting held in Rotterdam, and the Annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the calendar for the 2018 season. With 7 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) events plus the ITU Grand Final; 18 ITU World Cups, 3 ITU Paratriathlon World Series and 6 ITU Paratriathlon World Cups, the season is going to be busier than ever. “I am thrilled with the new calendar, it’s a perfect mix between new additions to our portfolio of events, classic races across the world and a lot of multisport and multi-day events. Our sport keeps growing, evolving and exploring new territories. We maintain the equal prize money for male and female athletes in all ITU events. Our officials and organising committees never stop learning and I am sure that we will deliver an excellent season”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. In its tenth season, the World Triathlon Series will feature at eight stops, with one city debuting for the first time in the calendar. The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi on 3 March, to then move onto a new addition to the calendar, Bermuda. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean island will host its very first WTS race on 28 April. Next stop will be Japan for one of the longest running events on the calendar, Yokohama, where triathletes will be performing on 12 May to then move over to Europe for the third edition of WTS Leeds, which will take place on 10 June. The series will continue its journey through Europe for again another classic Series, Hamburg, not only for a WTS race, but also one of the most spectacular events on ITU’s calendar, the Mixed Relays World Championships. The excitement and emotions of the team event will be showcased again in front of thousands of spectators on the weekend of 14-15 July. For the second year in a row, two Canadian cities will host a WTS race. First, triathletes will stop in Edmonton on July 28-29 for a fast an exciting race on a challenging course. The last stop before the ITU Grand Final will be Montreal, ready to welcome athletes to the old port on August 25-26. The golden beaches of the Gold Coast will host the Grand Final, as well as the Junior, U23 and Paratriathlon World Championships 12–16 of September. ITU is working with various WTS events and National Federations on the creation of the first ever Mixed Team Relay Series, which is expected to be announced in a few weeks. The second-tier events, ITU World Cups, will...

ITU announces the 2018 ITU WTS, World Cup and Paratriathlon calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:39
Following the ITU Executive Board meeting held in Rotterdam, and the Annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the calendar for the 2018 season. With 7 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) events plus the ITU Grand Final; 18 ITU World Cups, 3 ITU Paratriathlon World Series and 6 ITU Paratriathlon World Cups, the season is going to be busier than ever. “I am thrilled with the new calendar, it’s a perfect mix between new additions to our portfolio of events, classic races across the world and a lot of multisport and multi-day events. Our sport keeps growing, evolving and exploring new territories. We maintain the equal prize money for male and female athletes in all ITU events. Our officials and organising committees never stop learning and I am sure that we will deliver an excellent season”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. In its tenth season, the World Triathlon Series will feature at eight stops, with one city debuting for the first time in the calendar. The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi on 3 March, to then move onto a new addition to the calendar, Bermuda. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean island will host its very first WTS race on 28 April. Next stop will be Japan for one of the longest running events on the calendar, Yokohama, where triathletes will be performing on 12 May to then move over to Europe for the third edition of WTS Leeds, which will take place on 10 June. The series will continue its journey through Europe for again another classic Series, Hamburg, not only for a WTS race, but also one of the most spectacular events on ITU’s calendar, the Mixed Relays World Championships. The excitement and emotions of the team event will be showcased again in front of thousands of spectators on the weekend of 14-15 July. For the second year in a row, two Canadian cities will host a WTS race. First, triathletes will stop in Edmonton on July 28-29 for a fast an exciting race on a challenging course. The last stop before the ITU Grand Final will be Montreal, ready to welcome athletes to the old port on August 25-26. The golden beaches of the Gold Coast will host the Grand Final, as well as the Junior, U23 and Paratriathlon World Championships 12–16 of September. ITU is working with various WTS events and National Federations on the creation of the first ever Mixed Team Relay Series, which is expected to be announced in a few weeks. The second-tier events, ITU World Cups, will...

ITU announces the 2018 ITU WTS, World Cup and Paratriathlon calendar

Triathlon News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:39
Following the ITU Executive Board meeting held in Rotterdam, and the Annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the calendar for the 2018 season. With 7 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) events plus the ITU Grand Final; 18 ITU World Cups, 3 ITU Paratriathlon World Series and 6 ITU Paratriathlon World Cups, the season is going to be busier than ever. “I am thrilled with the new calendar, it’s a perfect mix between new additions to our portfolio of events, classic races across the world and a lot of multisport and multi-day events. Our sport keeps growing, evolving and exploring new territories. We maintain the equal prize money for male and female athletes in all ITU events. Our officials and organising committees never stop learning and I am sure that we will deliver an excellent season”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. In its tenth season, the World Triathlon Series will feature at eight stops, with one city debuting for the first time in the calendar. The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi on 3 March, to then move onto a new addition to the calendar, Bermuda. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean island will host its very first WTS race on 28 April. Next stop will be Japan for one of the longest running events on the calendar, Yokohama, where triathletes will be performing on 12 May to then move over to Europe for the third edition of WTS Leeds, which will take place on 10 June. The series will continue its journey through Europe for again another classic Series, Hamburg, not only for a WTS race, but also one of the most spectacular events on ITU’s calendar, the Mixed Relays World Championships. The excitement and emotions of the team event will be showcased again in front of thousands of spectators on the weekend of 14-15 July. For the second year in a row, two Canadian cities will host a WTS race. First, triathletes will stop in Edmonton on July 28-29 for a fast an exciting race on a challenging course. The last stop before the ITU Grand Final will be Montreal, ready to welcome athletes to the old port on August 25-26. The golden beaches of the Gold Coast will host the Grand Final, as well as the Junior, U23 and Paratriathlon World Championships 12–16 of September. ITU is working with various WTS events and National Federations on the creation of the first ever Mixed Team Relay Series, which is expected to be announced in a few weeks. The second-tier events, ITU World Cups, will...

The Social Story of #RotterdamGF Age Group World Champs

Triathlon News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:35
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The Social Story of #RotterdamGF Age Group World Champs

Triathlon News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:35
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Victory in Rotterdam secures Flora Duffy’s two-time world championship crown

Triathlon News - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 20:35
In what looked like a near perfect race outcome that suited her strengths, Flora Duffy (BER) had a dominating performance at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Rotterdam to claim victory and reclaim her ITU World Championship title for the second year in a row. Making a name for herself as one of the most consistent swim, bike and run athletes, Duffy’s Grand Final gold ended a season that saw her claim six WTS races in the year, that all aided in her repeat world honour. Duffy said of her win: “I am pretty reluctant to ever say you can have a perfect race, but I would say today went just how I wanted it to. I had a great swim and set myself up perfectly for the bike. I tried to play it safe on the bike because there is so much on the line and then on the run I felt pretty strong, so I wanted to go for it. Yeah, it was a great day. I just try to make it a swim, bike and run. Not a swim, get through the bike and then onto the run. So maybe it is forcing everyone to be really good at all three, but that is how I want to race a triathlon, I just love to race.” Coming in second place in the race was USA’s Katie Zaferes, who also had a strong overall performance from start to finish. With the result, she pushed her way into the third overall spot in the rankings to take the final place on the world championship podium; a career first for Zaferes. “I am so excited. I told Flora (Duffy) when I finished that ‘you might have won, but I feel like I did.’ I am one more up from last year, so I just keep making my way,” she said of getting third in the overall season. The bronze medal then went to Jessica Learmonth (GBR), who earned in Rotterdam her second WTS medal of her career. Learmonth said, “It was hard from start to finish to be honest. I didn’t feel very comfortable throughout, I know I led out of the swim and stuff, but on the bike Flora (Duffy) and Katie (Zaferes) were so strong I was really struggling. I didn’t know how the run was going to go, I felt alright but my back was really stiff and the back of my calf hurt towards the end, but it was just a battle to hold on.” One of strongest performances of the day came from Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who despite being down by over three minutes on the bike, had the run of her life to finish sixth, which was the exact position needed in order for her to maintain her second-place spot on the world championship podium. The silver overall Series trophy was a career first and best for...

Victory in Rotterdam secures Flora Duffy’s two-time world championship crown

Triathlon News - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 20:35
In what looked like a near perfect race outcome that suited her strengths, Flora Duffy (BER) had a dominating performance at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Rotterdam to claim victory and reclaim her ITU World Championship title for the second year in a row. Making a name for herself as one of the most consistent swim, bike and run athletes, Duffy’s Grand Final gold ended a season that saw her claim six WTS races in the year, that all aided in her repeat world honour. Duffy said of her win: “I am pretty reluctant to ever say you can have a perfect race, but I would say today went just how I wanted it to. I had a great swim and set myself up perfectly for the bike. I tried to play it safe on the bike because there is so much on the line and then on the run I felt pretty strong, so I wanted to go for it. Yeah, it was a great day. I just try to make it a swim, bike and run. Not a swim, get through the bike and then onto the run. So maybe it is forcing everyone to be really good at all three, but that is how I want to race a triathlon, I just love to race.” Coming in second place in the race was USA’s Katie Zaferes, who also had a strong overall performance from start to finish. With the result, she pushed her way into the third overall spot in the rankings to take the final place on the world championship podium; a career first for Zaferes. “I am so excited. I told Flora (Duffy) when I finished that ‘you might have won, but I feel like I did.’ I am one more up from last year, so I just keep making my way,” she said of getting third in the overall season. The bronze medal then went to Jessica Learmonth (GBR), who earned in Rotterdam her second WTS medal of her career. Learmonth said, “It was hard from start to finish to be honest. I didn’t feel very comfortable throughout, I know I led out of the swim and stuff, but on the bike Flora (Duffy) and Katie (Zaferes) were so strong I was really struggling. I didn’t know how the run was going to go, I felt alright but my back was really stiff and the back of my calf hurt towards the end, but it was just a battle to hold on.” One of strongest performances of the day came from Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who despite being down by over three minutes on the bike, had the run of her life to finish sixth, which was the exact position needed in order for her to maintain her second-place spot on the world championship podium. The silver overall Series trophy was a career first and best for...

Victory in Rotterdam secures Flora Duffy’s two-time world championship crown

Triathlon News - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 20:35
In what looked like a near perfect race outcome that suited her strengths, Flora Duffy (BER) had a dominating performance at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Rotterdam to claim victory and reclaim her ITU World Championship title for the second year in a row. Making a name for herself as one of the most consistent swim, bike and run athletes, Duffy’s Grand Final gold ended a season that saw her claim six WTS races in the year, that all aided in her repeat world honour. Duffy said of her win: “I am pretty reluctant to ever say you can have a perfect race, but I would say today went just how I wanted it to. I had a great swim and set myself up perfectly for the bike. I tried to play it safe on the bike because there is so much on the line and then on the run I felt pretty strong, so I wanted to go for it. Yeah, it was a great day. I just try to make it a swim, bike and run. Not a swim, get through the bike and then onto the run. So maybe it is forcing everyone to be really good at all three, but that is how I want to race a triathlon, I just love to race.” Coming in second place in the race was USA’s Katie Zaferes, who also had a strong overall performance from start to finish. With the result, she pushed her way into the third overall spot in the rankings to take the final place on the world championship podium; a career first for Zaferes. “I am so excited. I told Flora (Duffy) when I finished that ‘you might have won, but I feel like I did.’ I am one more up from last year, so I just keep making my way,” she said of getting third in the overall season. The bronze medal then went to Jessica Learmonth (GBR), who earned in Rotterdam her second WTS medal of her career. Learmonth said, “It was hard from start to finish to be honest. I didn’t feel very comfortable throughout, I know I led out of the swim and stuff, but on the bike Flora (Duffy) and Katie (Zaferes) were so strong I was really struggling. I didn’t know how the run was going to go, I felt alright but my back was really stiff and the back of my calf hurt towards the end, but it was just a battle to hold on.” One of strongest performances of the day came from Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who despite being down by over three minutes on the bike, had the run of her life to finish sixth, which was the exact position needed in order for her to maintain her second-place spot on the world championship podium. The silver overall Series trophy was a career first and best for...

Mario Mola repeats World Championship title in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 17:51
Keeping the world title for the nation of Spain for the fifth year in a row, a third-place finish at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam was enough to grant Mario Mola a back-to-back ITU World Triathlon Championship crown in a season-best performance. With the repeat title, Mola became only the second man in ITU history since the inception of the WTS to ever win two-straight world titles. Winning the Grand Final race gold was France’s Vincent Luis, who claimed his first WTS victory of the season. Luis’s win came from a dominating and dramatic run effort, after breaking away from a powerful lead pack in the final metres to seize the event gold. The silver medal went to Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), who once again, had one of the best run performances in the race to fly past the competition that he ran with stride for stride for the whole ten-kilometre course. With his second-place finish, he advanced 271 points over South Africa’s Richard Murray to take the third spot on the overall World Championship podium. Crossing the line in fourth, Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) secured enough points to gaurantee his place in the rankings to be named second overall in the season and the runner-up world champion. Mola said of how it sounds to be a two-time World Champion, “It sounds great. I can’t describe it with words. You are always nervous before a race, no matter what the situation or where you are, I am sure you are going to have those nerves in order to perform well. I knew I was in a good situation, I wish I could race every year with these kinds of points going into the Grand Final and this type of situation, but I knew I had to race very well or else it was not going to be easy. But it was the title, so that is what I tried to do.” Luis commented on his season best race victory, “I didn’t expect that. It was a tough year, there was a lot of tough up and downs, a lot of downs. I can’t imagine having a win at the Grand Final. I spent like two or three months of this year injured so I could not work, I just can’t believe it. I just worked so hard that it feels amazing.” After crossing off the junior men and u23 women races earlier in the day, the elite men prepared to battle it out on the course for the first set of elite grand final honours. Rain and cold weather was touch and go throughout the morning, so by the time of the elite men’s start the conditions caused a wet course. However, the rain did let up in time for the...

Mario Mola repeats World Championship title in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 17:51
Keeping the world title for the nation of Spain for the fifth year in a row, a third-place finish at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam was enough to grant Mario Mola a back-to-back ITU World Triathlon Championship crown in a season-best performance. With the repeat title, Mola became only the second man in ITU history since the inception of the WTS to ever win two-straight world titles. Winning the Grand Final race gold was France’s Vincent Luis, who claimed his first WTS victory of the season. Luis’s win came from a dominating and dramatic run effort, after breaking away from a powerful lead pack in the final metres to seize the event gold. The silver medal went to Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), who once again, had one of the best run performances in the race to fly past the competition that he ran with stride for stride for the whole ten-kilometre course. With his second-place finish, he advanced 271 points over South Africa’s Richard Murray to take the third spot on the overall World Championship podium. Crossing the line in fourth, Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) secured enough points to guarantee his place in the rankings to be named second overall in the season and the runner-up world champion. Mola said of how it sounds to be a two-time World Champion: “It sounds great. I can’t describe it with words. You are always nervous before a race, no matter what the situation or where you are, I am sure you are going to have those nerves in order to perform well. I knew I was in a good situation, I wish I could race every year with these kinds of points going into the Grand Final and this type of situation, but I knew I had to race very well or else it was not going to be easy. But it was the title, so that is what I tried to do.” Luis commented on his season best race victory: “I didn’t expect that. It was a tough year, there was a lot of tough up and downs, a lot of downs. I couldn’t imagine having a win at the Grand Final. I spent like two or three months of this year injured so I could not work, I just can’t believe it. I just worked so hard that it feels amazing.” After crossing off the junior men and U23 women races earlier in the day, the elite men prepared to battle it out on the course for the first set of elite grand final honours. Rain and cold weather was touch and go throughout the morning, so by the time of the elite men’s start the conditions caused a wet course. However, the rain did let up in time for the...

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