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Spivey and Iden win emphatic World Cup golds in Weihai

Sat, 22/09/2018 - 11:24
On a hot Saturday morning along the coastline of China’s Shandong Province, the 2018 Weihai World Cup saw two superb champions as Norway’s Gustav Iden and USA’s Taylor Spivey took the tape. The sun was relentless and the bike course similarly sapping, but it was Spivey who set the tone for the day with a gutsy win to finish ahead of Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA) and Miriam Casillas Garcia (ESP). Iden then powered the bike section of the men’s race to make light of a post-swim gap to the leaders, hammering on home to finish ahead of Antonio Serrat Seoane (ESP) and Alex Yee (GBR). Men’s preview The men were first onto the beach for the start of only the second ever Weihai World Cup, and the crowds were out in force anticipating a fascinating battle on the bikes with a field packed with strong riders. Jorgen Gundersen had put himself into a useful lead over the likes of race number one Martin Van Riel, Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy and Italy’s Alessandro Fabian, but the top-ranked Belgian was back into pole position by the time the athletes had made it through T1. The bike segment then unfolded piece by piece, the long climb and fast downhill slowly shuffling the pack as Van Riel, Fabian and Spain’s Serrat took control of a big lead group of more than 20 riders. Also right in there were Great Britain’s Sam Dickinson, silver medallist at the U23 World Championships, and Alex Yee, also arriving from what was his first Olympic distance race at the Gold Coast and clearly enjoying himself in the front group. Gundersen made his move with two laps to go and went on a solo breakaway, coming out of T2 with a ten-second lead ahead of Germany’s Jonas Schomburg and 35 seconds on the main pack, but it only took one 2.5km lap for the likes of Van Riel, Serrat, Yee and Lasse Luhrs to make up the gap. With the heat bearing down on the athletes it was Iden who rolled the dice first, pushing out ahead and dropping Yee and Serrat with one lap to go. As the Norwegian hit the blue carpet he was able to enjoy the final few hundred metres to the line and soak up the cheers, while behind him the Spaniard managed to hold off Alex Yee to claim second, bronze for the Brit on a first World Cup podium, firmly underlining his credentials as a talent for the future. Germany’s Luhrs came home fourth with Spain’s Vicente Hernandez fifth. “I’m so relieved right now,” admitted Iden afterwards, “I was really nervous before the race and didn’t sleep very well, so...

Athletes’ chatter ahead of Weihai World Cup

Fri, 21/09/2018 - 13:04
The Weihai World Cup returns for its second year this weekend, the beautiful coastal course featuring one of the toughest bike sections out there. A top-class field is ready to tackle the long climb and fast descent, and with the bike and swim familiarisations completed on Friday morning, here is what some of the athletes had to say about the race. Marten Van Riel (BEL) “The course is amazing and really plays to my strengths. I look forward to attacking the hill but the downhill will be really exciting, it’s a technical 60-70kph. Ideally want to attack the bike and bring some strong guys with me like Alessandro Fabian and Russell White who were great on a tough course in Karlovy Vary, but the likes of Rodrigo Gonzalez and Gustav Iden will always be there challenging too. My season has gone really well and been a good step up since last year, so this year’s consistency in the World Series has helped me forget some of the bad luck I had earlier in the year.” Taylor Spivey (USA) “This is my first time in China so I didn’t know what to expect but Weihai is beautiful and I always love a race by the ocean. It’s one of the most difficult bike courses i’ve done this year with the switchback followed by a technical descent, so it’ll take a strong cyclist to thrive in this race. The girls I train with, Yuko Takahashi and Claire Michel, are great cyclists so I know they’re really going to test me.” Gustav Iden (NOR) “It’s my first time racing in China and it’s very different to what I’m used to in Europe, but everything’s under control and I’m ready for this. The bike course suits me perfectly I think. it’s going to be a very hard triathlon but I’ve been training hard – I’m not the kind of guy who saves himself for the run so it’s going to be very good for me. It’s been a rollercoaster season, with great highs and some real lows – I’ve only finished 4 out of 11 this year with illness, crashes and flats which is disappointing, so I’ve changed my tyres! Now I need to finish the year on a high note.” Kaidi Kavioja (EST) “I got my first WC podium in Karlovy Vary and that was exciting, but the year as a whole has been very positive. I felt I underperformed last year but a new training group and new coach has been really good for me. There’ll be six girls from the Tri squad I train with and they are all strong, so if I’m near them I’ll know I’m in a good position. The support from the Asics World Triathlon team has been...

Athletes’ chatter ahead of Weihai World Cup

Fri, 21/09/2018 - 13:04
The Weihai World Cup returns for its second year this weekend, the beautiful coastal course featuring one of the toughest bike sections out there. A top-class field is ready to tackle the long climb and fast descent, and with the bike and swim familiarisations completed on Friday morning, here is what some of the athletes had to say about the race. Marten Van Riel (BEL) “The course is amazing and really plays to my strengths. I look forward to attacking the hill but the downhill will be really exciting, it’s a technical 60-70kph. Ideally want to attack the bike and bring some strong guys with me like Alessandro Fabian and Russell White who were great on a tough course in Karlovy Vary, but the likes of Rodrigo Gonzalez and Gustav Iden will always be there challenging too. My season has gone really well and been a good step up since last year, so this year’s consistency in the World Series has helped me forget some of the bad luck I had earlier in the year.” Taylor Spivey (USA) “This is my first time in China so I didn’t know what to expect but Weihai is beautiful and I always love a race by the ocean. It’s one of the most difficult bike courses i’ve done this year with the switchback followed by a technical descent, so it’ll take a strong cyclist to thrive in this race. The girls I train with, Yuko Takahashi and Claire Michel, are great cyclists so I know they’re really going to test me.” Gustav Iden (NOR) “It’s my first time racing in China and it’s very different to what I’m used to in Europe, but everything’s under control and I’m ready for this. The bike course suits me perfectly I think. it’s going to be a very hard triathlon but I’ve been training hard – I’m not the kind of guy who saves himself for the run so it’s going to be very good for me. It’s been a rollercoaster season, with great highs and some real lows – I’ve only finished 4 out of 11 this year with illness, crashes and flats which is disappointing, so I’ve changed my tyres! Now I need to finish the year on a high note.” Kaidi Kavioja (EST) “I got my first WC podium in Karlovy Vary and that was exciting, but the year as a whole has been very positive. I felt I underperformed last year but a new training group and new coach has been really good for me. There’ll be six girls from the Tri squad I train with and they are all strong, so if I’m near them I’ll know I’m in a good position. The support from the Asics World Triathlon team has been...

Triathlon action returns to Asia for Weihai World Cup

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 15:46
The city of Weihai in the north-eastern corner of China will be the setting for the 12th stop of the 2018 World Cup season this weekend and, coming just a week after the WTS Grand Final on Australia’s Gold Coast, both the men’s and women’s races are filled with big-name talent. The athletes will tackle a challenging standard-distance course that begins with two laps in the waters of Halfmoon Bay before a six-lap ride that includes an energy-sapping 2km climb, rounding off with four loops of a fast and flat 2.5km coastal run course. Women’s preview Wearing the number one on Saturday will be USA’s Taylor Spivey, fresh from her solid 7th place on the Gold Coast. Having posted no fewer than six top ten WTS finishes this season and following her second place in Miyazaki last year and again in Cagliari just over three months ago, the American will be eager to deliver her first World Cup gold on Saturday. Lisa Perterer was the champion in that memorable race in Sardinia and, despite not quite hitting those heights since, she will know that she has the potential to take control of the race if the Austrian can get her tactics right on the bike. Standing in their way is a field rich in quality, however, not least Japan’s Yuko Takahashi, fresh from her Asian Games title, and the ever-present threat of Ai Ueda. The Belgian duo of Claire Michel and Valerie Barthelemy could also be potent challengers after strong showings in the WTS Grand Final, Michel no stranger to the World Cup podium where she would love to return for the first time since New Plymouth back in March. Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova rose to the occasion in Karlovy Vary to record a hard-earned gold on home turf a month ago, and Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja will be looking to follow up her excellent second place after Frintova edged a thrilling finale to that race. Also hoping to recreate a little Karlovy Vary magic will be Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti, who’s third place marked a stunning return to World Cup racing and a first podium in five years. Men’s preview Leading the line in the men’s race will be Marten Van Riel, who will be a man on a mission after bad luck plagued his WTS Grand Final last weekend. First, the Belgian was unseated by a Vincent Luis back wheel early on in the bike section, then his chain dropped heading into T2 having worked so hard to open up a sizeable gap over the pack. That will leave him hungry for success in Weihai, but the Belgian certainly...

Triathlon action returns to Asia for Weihai World Cup

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 15:46
The city of Weihai in the north-eastern corner of China will be the setting for the 12th stop of the 2018 World Cup season this weekend and, coming just a week after the WTS Grand Final on Australia’s Gold Coast, both the men’s and women’s races are filled with big-name talent. The athletes will tackle a challenging standard-distance course that begins with two laps in the waters of Halfmoon Bay before a six-lap ride that includes an energy-sapping 2km climb, rounding off with four loops of a fast and flat 2.5km coastal run course. Women’s preview Wearing the number one on Saturday will be USA’s Taylor Spivey, fresh from her solid 7th place on the Gold Coast. Having posted no fewer than six top ten WTS finishes this season and following her second place in Miyazaki last year and again in Cagliari just over three months ago, the American will be eager to deliver her first World Cup gold on Saturday. Lisa Perterer was the champion in that memorable race in Sardinia and, despite not quite hitting those heights since, she will know that she has the potential to take control of the race if the Austrian can get her tactics right on the bike. Standing in their way is a field rich in quality, however, not least Japan’s Yuko Takahashi, fresh from her Asian Games title, and the ever-present threat of Ai Ueda. The Belgian duo of Claire Michel and Valerie Barthelemy could also be potent challengers after strong showings in the WTS Grand Final, Michel no stranger to the World Cup podium where she would love to return for the first time since New Plymouth back in March. Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova rose to the occasion in Karlovy Vary to record a hard-earned gold on home turf a month ago, and Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja will be looking to follow up her excellent second place after Frintova edged a thrilling finale to that race. Also hoping to recreate a little Karlovy Vary magic will be Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti, who’s third place marked a stunning return to World Cup racing and a first podium in five years. Men’s preview Leading the line in the men’s race will be Marten Van Riel, who will be a man on a mission after bad luck plagued his WTS Grand Final last weekend. First, the Belgian was unseated by a Vincent Luis back wheel early on in the bike section, then his chain dropped heading into T2 having worked so hard to open up a sizeable gap over the pack. That will leave him hungry for success in Weihai, but the Belgian certainly...

Triathlon action returns to Asia for Weihai World Cup

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 15:46
The city of Weihai in the north-eastern corner of China will be the setting for the 12th stop of the 2018 World Cup season this weekend and, coming just a week after the WTS Grand Final on Australia’s Gold Coast, both the men’s and women’s races are filled with big-name talent. The athletes will tackle a challenging standard-distance course that begins with two laps in the waters of Halfmoon Bay before a six-lap ride that includes an energy-sapping 2km climb, rounding off with four loops of a fast and flat 2.5km coastal run course. Women’s preview Wearing the number one on Saturday will be USA’s Taylor Spivey, fresh from her solid 7th place on the Gold Coast. Having posted no fewer than six top ten WTS finishes this season and following her second place in Miyazaki last year and again in Cagliari just over three months ago, the American will be eager to deliver her first World Cup gold on Saturday. Lisa Perterer was the champion in that memorable race in Sardinia and, despite not quite hitting those heights since, she will know that she has the potential to take control of the race if the Austrian can get her tactics right on the bike. Standing in their way is a field rich in quality, however, not least Japan’s Yuko Takahashi, fresh from her Asian Games title, and the ever-present threat of Ai Ueda. The Belgian duo of Claire Michel and Valerie Barthelemy could also be potent challengers after strong showings in the WTS Grand Final, Michel no stranger to the World Cup podium where she would love to return for the first time since New Plymouth back in March. Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova rose to the occasion in Karlovy Vary to record a hard-earned gold on home turf a month ago, and Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja will be looking to follow up her excellent second place after Frintova edged a thrilling finale to that race. Also hoping to recreate a little Karlovy Vary magic will be Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti, who’s third place marked a stunning return to World Cup racing and a first podium in five years. Men’s preview Leading the line in the men’s race will be Marten Van Riel, who will be a man on a mission after bad luck plagued his WTS Grand Final last weekend. First, the Belgian was unseated by a Vincent Luis back wheel early on in the bike section, then his chain dropped heading into T2 having worked so hard to open up a sizeable gap over the pack. That will leave him hungry for success in Weihai, but the Belgian certainly...

Triathlon action returns to Asia for Weihai World Cup

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 15:46
The city of Weihai in the north-eastern corner of China will be the setting for the 12th stop of the 2018 World Cup season this weekend and, coming just a week after the WTS Grand Final on Australia’s Gold Coast, both the men’s and women’s races are filled with big-name talent. The athletes will tackle a challenging standard-distance course that begins with two laps in the waters of Halfmoon Bay before a six-lap ride that includes an energy-sapping 2km climb, rounding off with four loops of a fast and flat 2.5km coastal run course. Women’s preview Wearing the number one on Saturday will be USA’s Taylor Spivey, fresh from her solid 7th place on the Gold Coast. Having posted no fewer than six top ten WTS finishes this season and following her second place in Miyazaki last year and again in Cagliari just over three months ago, the American will be eager to deliver her first World Cup gold on Saturday. Lisa Perterer was the champion in that memorable race in Sardinia and, despite not quite hitting those heights since, she will know that she has the potential to take control of the race if the Austrian can get her tactics right on the bike. Standing in their way is a field rich in quality, however, not least Japan’s Yuko Takahashi, fresh from her Asian Games title, and the ever-present threat of Ai Ueda. The Belgian duo of Claire Michel and Valerie Barthelemy could also be potent challengers after strong showings in the WTS Grand Final, Michel no stranger to the World Cup podium where she would love to return for the first time since New Plymouth back in March. Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova rose to the occasion in Karlovy Vary to record a hard-earned gold on home turf a month ago, and Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja will be looking to follow up her excellent second place after Frintova edged a thrilling finale to that race. Also hoping to recreate a little Karlovy Vary magic will be Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti, who’s third place marked a stunning return to World Cup racing and a first podium in five years. Men’s preview Leading the line in the men’s race will be Marten Van Riel, who will be a man on a mission after bad luck plagued his WTS Grand Final last weekend. First, the Belgian was unseated by a Vincent Luis back wheel early on in the bike section, then his chain dropped heading into T2 having worked so hard to open up a sizeable gap over the pack. That will leave him hungry for success in Weihai, but the Belgian certainly...

World Triathletes, Gold Coast

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 14:32
The best triathletes from across the globe descended on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, to line up and contest at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, the pinnacle event on the triathlon calendar. Moments of personal triumph and champion status from our World Triathlon age-group triathletes. Matthew Murray, USA, Male 20-24 It is hard when you are not the first wave because you are passing people and don’t know who is who, so I was just running on my own and focusing on my own race. Todd Buckingham, USA, Male 25-29 It is great. I did the sprint on Thursday and won that one so I was hoping to back up but Malcolm King from NZL wouldn’t let me catch him until the last minute, so it was a battle. It was awesome. I jhave ust graudated with my PhD at Michigan State in the physiological performance related variables associated with my finish time in the Olympic distance triathlon. So I might have had a bit of an advantage against the field. It is has been great. I got in on Monday and just tried to acclimatise to the time zone while I was getting out seeing the beautiful country. I didn’t want to come all this way just to race. After Thursday’s race I just focused on recovery and it paid off. Kristy Harnett, Australia, Female 20-24 I did not expect that at all. Top 15 was the goal. I just enjoy the sport for what it is, the racing is just a bonus. I would happily just train and not race when you get results like this you can’t help but get that post race high. I come from a running background and my swim and run are by far my strongest legs. Today’s result is from lots of 4am starts, a good coach and lots of training. I just stuck with the front group on the swim and went for it on the bike and pulled together what ever I could on the run. I am studying nursing in Sydney, I work in a running shop and teaches kids to swim, I love my jobs and what I do. After today I might have to take my triathlon a bit more seriously. Kristelle Congi, France, 25-29 I am very very happy it is a formidable race. I was hoping for a good result but first place is very good. Owain Matthews, Great Britain, Male 35-39 I did a second pack swim and came out pretty good and there was only a couple of guys ahead of me and I managed to get past all of my pack on the bike and then rode 40km solo. I caught the two guys ahead of me on the early part of the run and then just went as hard as I could. The course is quick and it was a little bit faster than I thought I...

World Triathletes, Gold Coast

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 14:32
The best triathletes from across the globe descended on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, to line up and contest at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, the pinnacle event on the triathlon calendar. Moments of personal triumph and champion status from our World Triathlon age-group triathletes. Daniel Paddison, Australia, Male 18-19 It wasn’t what I was expecting. I only started triathlon four years ago andi have loved it ever since. I came out of the swim pretty well and I just tried to hold them on the bike, then on the run there was a guy from the USA and I was trying to catch him. I put a bit of a sprint on in the last kilometre and it got over the line. I am so happy, I am exhilarated. I am from Brisbane, so I am a local and it is great to have this race on local to me. I was doing karate before triathlon and made the Queensland team a few times for that. I used to swim at school for fitness and my swim coach suggested I do it and I really enjoyed it. I am hoping to progress through the sport in the next few years and try and get up to those elites.   Matthew Murray, USA, Male 20-24 It is hard when you are not the first wave because you are passing people and don’t know who is who, so I was just running on my own and focusing on my own race. Todd Buckingham, USA, Male 25-29 It is great. I did the sprint on Thursday and won that one so I was hoping to back up but Malcolm King from NZL wouldn’t let me catch him until the last minute, so it was a battle. It was awesome. I have just graduated with my PhD at Michigan State in the physiological performance related variables associated with my finish time in the Olympic distance triathlon. So I might have had a bit of an advantage against the field. It is has been great. I got in on Monday and just tried to acclimatise to the time zone while I was getting out seeing the beautiful country. I didn’t want to come all this way just to race. After Thursday’s race I just focused on recovery and it paid off. Kristy Harnett, Australia, Female 20-24 I did not expect that at all. Top 15 was the goal. I just enjoy the sport for what it is, the racing is just a bonus. I would happily just train and not race when you get results like this you can’t help but get that post race high. I come from a running background and my swim and run are by far my strongest legs. Today’s result is from lots of 4am starts, a good coach and lots of training. I just stuck with the front group on the swim and...

Aquathlon to be included at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego 2019

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 13:42
ITU is pleased to announce that Aquathlon has been included in the first ever edition of the World Beach Games, which will take place in San Diego (USA) from 10-14 October 2019. The International Triathlon Union is also launching the Aquathlon Ranking, which will have all the athletes competing in this discipline. The inaugural edition of the ANOC World Beach Games will take place on Mission Beach, famously known to be the birth place of triathlon. It was in that same beach when, in 1974, the San Diego Track and Field club organised a race that started with a run, followed by swim, bike and run again.  And that’s exactly what we will do in the Beach Games 45 years later: start with a run (we do a run - swim - run).  “We are immensely proud to be part of an event since its inception as we will be on the World Beach Games”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “To be able to have Aquathlon included in the inaugural edition of the Beach Games will indeed mean an incredible boost for one of our most recent disciplines, and it will mean a great increase in the number of athletes regularly competing on our events and enjoying the possibility of participating on great multisport events as those Games will be”, she said. A total of 60 athletes will participate in the Individual races, 30 men and 30 women, and they will compete on a 5km run - run – 2k swim – 5k run. For the Mixed Relay event, each athlete will do a 1.25k run - 500m swim - 1.25k run, with teams formed with a man and a woman from the same country, and each athletes to the distance twice. To be eligible to participate in the ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019, all athletes must be on the ITU Aquathlon Ranking, with points to be collected at World Championships, Continental and National Championships. The 24 highest ranked athletes, on the ITU Aquathlon Ranking as of 15 July 2019 will be allocated one quota place for their National Olympic Committee, respecting the maximum quota allocation of two athletes per country per event. The Host Country, USA, will have guaranteed two places per gender and event as long as they comply with the eligibility criteria. The remaining four places per gender will be allocated via invitations. All countries that have a minimum of one man and one woman participating are eligible for the Mixed Relay competition, and if a country has two male and two females qualified, they can enter two teams in the Mixed Relay event. ANOC...

Aquathlon to be included at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego 2019

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 13:42
ITU is pleased to announce that Aquathlon has been included in the first ever edition of the World Beach Games, which will take place in San Diego (USA) from 10-14 October 2019. The International Triathlon Union is also launching the Aquathlon Ranking, which will have all the athletes competing in this discipline. The inaugural edition of the ANOC World Beach Games will take place on Mission Beach, famously known to be the birth place of triathlon. It was in that same beach when, in 1974, the San Diego Track and Field club organised a race that started with a run, followed by swim, bike and run again.  And that’s exactly what we will do in the Beach Games 45 years later: start with a run (we do a run - swim - run).  “We are immensely proud to be part of an event since its inception as we will be on the World Beach Games”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “To be able to have Aquathlon included in the inaugural edition of the Beach Games will indeed mean an incredible boost for one of our most recent disciplines, and it will mean a great increase in the number of athletes regularly competing on our events and enjoying the possibility of participating on great multisport events as those Games will be”, she said. A total of 60 athletes will participate in the Individual races, 30 men and 30 women, and they will compete on a 5km run - run – 2k swim – 5k run. For the Mixed Relay event, each athlete will do a 1.25k run - 500m swim - 1.25k run, with teams formed with a man and a woman from the same country, and each athletes to the distance twice. To be eligible to participate in the ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019, all athletes must be on the ITU Aquathlon Ranking, with points to be collected at World Championships, Continental and National Championships. The 24 highest ranked athletes, on the ITU Aquathlon Ranking as of 15 July 2019 will be allocated one quota place for their National Olympic Committee, respecting the maximum quota allocation of two athletes per country per event. The Host Country, USA, will have guaranteed two places per gender and event as long as they comply with the eligibility criteria. The remaining four places per gender will be allocated via invitations. All countries that have a minimum of one man and one woman participating are eligible for the Mixed Relay competition, and if a country has two male and two females qualified, they can enter two teams in the Mixed Relay event. ANOC...

#WTSGoldCoast Grand Final by the Numbers

Tue, 18/09/2018 - 16:20
Thousands of athletes descended on the Gold Coast of Australia to compete against the world’s best triathletes and paint the town gold as World Champions were crowned! Age-Group athletes, Juniors, U23, Paratriathlon and Mixed Relay Teams all competed to win perspective World Titles in their sport categories before the Elites lined up to close out the 2018 World Triathlon Series in the 8th stop in the season. The WTS World Championship trophy went to Vicky Holland (GBR) who won her first-career World Crown by collecting 5540 overall Series points and on the men’s side Mario Mola recorded his third-straight World Title by tallying 6081 Series points in the year. The event as a whole saw the home nation of Australia win the most medals earned with 74 (23 gold, 25 silver, 26 bronze) while USA had 40 total medals and Great Britain had 35 medals. So, after completing yet another succesful WTS year, let’s take a look at the final numbers and best times from the events to see who swam, biked, ran and won in the quickest way! #WTSGoldCoast Elites Course: Olympic distance, 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run Combining both the men’s and women’s races. there was 102 finishes, 16 DNF, 2 DSQ and 2 LAP on the course. WINNER M - Vincent Luis (FRA) - 01:44:34 F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 01:52:00 SWIM M - Vincent Luis (FRA) & Richard Varga (SVK) - 00:18:32 F -  Vicky Holland (GBR) & Jessica Learmonth (GBR) - 00:19:27 BIKE M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) - 00:54:03 F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 00:57:16 RUN M - Vincent Luis (FRA) - 00:29:44 F -  Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 00:33:44 FASTEST AVERAGE SWIM SPEED M - Vincent Luis (FRA) & Richard Varga (SVK) - 1:13.28 MINS/100M F - Vicky Holland (GBR) & Jessica Learmonth (GBR) - 1:17.08 MINS/100M FASTEST AVERAGE BIKE SPEED M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) - 44.4KM/HR F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 41.91 KM/HR FASTEST AVERAGE RUN SPEED M - Vincent Luis (FRA) - 2:56.64 MINS/KM F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 3:20.64 MINS/KM HIGHEST RANKING CLIMB M - Shachar Sagiv (ISR) & Vicente Hernandez (ESP) - 12 spots (Sagiv from #49 to #37) (Hernandez from #58 to #46) F - Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) - 10 spots (from #64 to #54) HIGHEST RANKING NEW ADDITIONS F - Barbara Riveros (CHI) - From 0 to #70 #WTSGoldCoast Juniors Course: Sprint distance, 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run WINNER M - Csongor Lehmann (HUN) - 00:52:49 F - Cecilia Sayuri Ramirez Alavez (MEX) - 00:59:11 SWIM M - Dylan Mccullough (NZL) -...

#WTSGoldCoast Grand Final by the Numbers

Tue, 18/09/2018 - 16:20
Thousands of athletes descended on the Gold Coast of Australia to compete against the world’s best triathletes and paint the town gold as World Champions were crowned! Age-Group athletes, Juniors, U23, Paratriathlon and Mixed Relay Teams all competed to win perspective World Titles in their sport categories before the Elites lined up to close out the 2018 World Triathlon Series in the 8th stop in the season. The WTS World Championship trophy went to Vicky Holland (GBR) who won her first-career World Crown by collecting 5540 overall Series points and on the men’s side Mario Mola recorded his third-straight World Title by tallying 6081 Series points in the year. The event as a whole saw the home nation of Australia win the most medals earned with 74 (23 gold, 25 silver, 26 bronze) while USA had 40 total medals and Great Britain had 35 medals. So, after completing yet another succesful WTS year, let’s take a look at the final numbers and best times from the events to see who swam, biked, ran and won in the quickest way! #WTSGoldCoast Elites Course: Olympic distance, 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run Combining both the men’s and women’s races. there was 102 finishes, 16 DNF, 2 DSQ and 2 LAP on the course. WINNER M - Vincent Luis (FRA) - 01:44:34 F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 01:52:00 SWIM M - Vincent Luis (FRA) & Richard Varga (SVK) - 00:18:32 F -  Vicky Holland (GBR) & Jessica Learmonth (GBR) - 00:19:27 BIKE M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) - 00:54:03 F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 00:57:16 RUN M - Vincent Luis (FRA) - 00:29:44 F -  Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 00:33:44 FASTEST AVERAGE SWIM SPEED M - Vincent Luis (FRA) & Richard Varga (SVK) - 1:13.28 MINS/100M F - Vicky Holland (GBR) & Jessica Learmonth (GBR) - 1:17.08 MINS/100M FASTEST AVERAGE BIKE SPEED M - Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) - 44.4KM/HR F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 41.91 KM/HR FASTEST AVERAGE RUN SPEED M - Vincent Luis (FRA) - 2:56.64 MINS/KM F - Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) - 3:20.64 MINS/KM HIGHEST RANKING CLIMB M - Shachar Sagiv (ISR) & Vicente Hernandez (ESP) - 12 spots (Sagiv from #49 to #37) (Hernandez from #58 to #46) F - Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) - 10 spots (from #64 to #54) HIGHEST RANKING NEW ADDITIONS F - Barbara Riveros (CHI) - From 0 to #70 #WTSGoldCoast Juniors Course: Sprint distance, 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run WINNER M - Csongor Lehmann (HUN) - 00:52:49 F - Cecilia Sayuri Ramirez Alavez (MEX) - 00:59:11 SWIM M - Dylan Mccullough (NZL) -...

Luis wins WTS gold and Mola earns World title in magnificent Gold Coast finale

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 10:13
Vincent Luis capped a brilliant day for France on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon, following the team’s U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title with a WTS gold of his own on a blowy afternoon in Brisbane. Mario Mola’s own place in the sport’s history books was rarely in doubt as he crossed the line in second place looking typically assured on route to securing a remarkable third Series win. South Africa’s Richard Murray crossed the line for a hard-earned bronze, while Jacob Birtwhistle’s 7th place saw him take Series bronze. “I have a lot of feelings,” said Spain’s 2018 ITU World Champion Mola afterwards. “It has been a great season and finishing with a second place behind my training partner – it was a great race. I’ll try to make it four in a row next year and it’s in my hands to come back next year and be better.” Vincent Luis was delighted with his second WTS Grand Final gold in as many years, a result that also saw him take second in the 2018 overall Series, saying; “I didn’t expect that. I felt good in the run and I thought ‘Why not attack? I’m third in the world, I have nothing to lose’. Plus, if I have to finish second to anyone, I’m happy it is Mario.” The choppy waters made for difficult swim conditions, but Luis spearheaded the lead group at the halfway point, ever-present Richard Varga tucked in behind him with South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and Jonathan Brownlee in close pursuit. The front trio looked that way through the first transition and onto the Gold Coast highway for the 40km, 8-lap ride. Schoeman, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, Luis and Brownlee pushing hard with France’s Dorian Coninx and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel, until Luis’ back wheel left him and he and van Riel hit the tarmac. Quickly back up and riding, the only damage done was to the rhythm and momentum of that lead group, Van Riel then deciding to try and push out alone at the 20km mark, opening up an 11-second lead one lap later. He was soon caught, but then pushed on again, this time with Blummenfelt in tow, the pair driving forward with everything they had to try and earn some light ahead of the likes of Mola ahead of the run. On the final lap it was Van Riel and Blummenfelt out front by 35 seconds while Mola joined Luis and Richard Murray who were jockeying for second place in the series with Birtwhistle, part of a train of more than 30 athletes mere seconds behind. Then, with just over 1km to go and all the hard work of...

Luis wins WTS gold and Mola earns World title in magnificent Gold Coast finale

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 10:13
Vincent Luis capped a brilliant day for France on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon, following the team’s U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title with a WTS gold of his own on a blowy afternoon in Brisbane. Mario Mola’s own place in the sport’s history books was rarely in doubt as he crossed the line in second place looking typically assured on route to securing a remarkable third Series win. South Africa’s Richard Murray crossed the line for a hard-earned bronze, while Jacob Birtwhistle’s 7th place saw him take Series bronze. “I have a lot of feelings,” said Spain’s 2018 ITU World Champion Mola afterwards. “It has been a great season and finishing with a second place behind my training partner – it was a great race. I’ll try to make it four in a row next year and it’s in my hands to come back next year and be better.” Vincent Luis was delighted with his second WTS Grand Final gold in as many years, a result that also saw him take second in the 2018 overall Series, saying; “I didn’t expect that. I felt good in the run and I thought ‘Why not attack? I’m third in the world, I have nothing to lose’. Plus, if I have to finish second to anyone, I’m happy it is Mario.” The choppy waters made for difficult swim conditions, but Luis spearheaded the lead group at the halfway point, ever-present Richard Varga tucked in behind him with South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and Jonathan Brownlee in close pursuit. The front trio looked that way through the first transition and onto the Gold Coast highway for the 40km, 8-lap ride. Schoeman, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, Luis and Brownlee pushing hard with France’s Dorian Coninx and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel, until Luis’ back wheel left him and he and van Riel hit the tarmac. Quickly back up and riding, the only damage done was to the rhythm and momentum of that lead group, Van Riel then deciding to try and push out alone at the 20km mark, opening up an 11-second lead one lap later. He was soon caught, but then pushed on again, this time with Blummenfelt in tow, the pair driving forward with everything they had to try and earn some light ahead of the likes of Mola ahead of the run. On the final lap it was Van Riel and Blummenfelt out front by 35 seconds while Mola joined Luis and Richard Murray who were jockeying for second place in the series with Birtwhistle, part of a train of more than 30 athletes mere seconds behind. Then, with just over 1km to go and all the hard work of...

Luis wins WTS gold and Mola earns World title in magnificent Gold Coast finale

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 10:13
Vincent Luis capped a brilliant day for France on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon, following the team’s U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title with a WTS gold of his own on a blowy afternoon in Brisbane. Mario Mola’s own place in the sport’s history books was rarely in doubt as he crossed the line in second place looking typically assured on route to securing a remarkable third Series win. South Africa’s Richard Murray crossed the line for a hard-earned bronze, while Jacob Birtwhistle’s 7th place saw him take Series bronze. “I have a lot of feelings,” said Spain’s 2018 ITU World Champion Mola afterwards. “It has been a great season and finishing with a second place behind my training partner – it was a great race. I’ll try to make it four in a row next year and it’s in my hands to come back next year and be better.” Vincent Luis was delighted with his second WTS Grand Final gold in as many years, a result that also saw him take second in the 2018 overall Series, saying; “I didn’t expect that. I felt good in the run and I thought ‘Why not attack? I’m third in the world, I have nothing to lose’. Plus, if I have to finish second to anyone, I’m happy it is Mario.” The choppy waters made for difficult swim conditions, but Luis spearheaded the lead group at the halfway point, ever-present Richard Varga tucked in behind him with South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and Jonathan Brownlee in close pursuit. The front trio looked that way through the first transition and onto the Gold Coast highway for the 40km, 8-lap ride. Schoeman, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, Luis and Brownlee pushing hard with France’s Dorian Coninx and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel, until Luis’ back wheel left him and he and van Riel hit the tarmac. Quickly back up and riding, the only damage done was to the rhythm and momentum of that lead group, Van Riel then deciding to try and push out alone at the 20km mark, opening up an 11-second lead one lap later. He was soon caught, but then pushed on again, this time with Blummenfelt in tow, the pair driving forward with everything they had to try and earn some light ahead of the likes of Mola ahead of the run. On the final lap it was Van Riel and Blummenfelt out front by 35 seconds while Mola joined Luis and Richard Murray who were jockeying for second place in the series with Birtwhistle, part of a train of more than 30 athletes mere seconds behind. Then, with just over 1km to go and all the hard work of...

Luis wins WTS gold and Mola earns World title in magnificent Gold Coast finale

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 10:13
Vincent Luis capped a brilliant day for France on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon, following the team’s U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title with a WTS gold of his own on a blowy afternoon in Brisbane. Mario Mola’s own place in the sport’s history books was rarely in doubt as he crossed the line in second place looking typically assured on route to securing a remarkable third Series win. South Africa’s Richard Murray crossed the line for a hard-earned bronze, while Jacob Birtwhistle’s 7th place saw him take Series bronze. “I have a lot of feelings,” said Spain’s 2018 ITU World Champion Mola afterwards. “It has been a great season and finishing with a second place behind my training partner – it was a great race. I’ll try to make it four in a row next year and it’s in my hands to come back next year and be better.” Vincent Luis was delighted with his second WTS Grand Final gold in as many years, a result that also saw him take second in the 2018 overall Series, saying; “I didn’t expect that. I felt good in the run and I thought ‘Why not attack? I’m third in the world, I have nothing to lose’. Plus, if I have to finish second to anyone, I’m happy it is Mario.” The choppy waters made for difficult swim conditions, but Luis spearheaded the lead group at the halfway point, ever-present Richard Varga tucked in behind him with South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and Jonathan Brownlee in close pursuit. The front trio looked that way through the first transition and onto the Gold Coast highway for the 40km, 8-lap ride. Schoeman, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, Luis and Brownlee pushing hard with France’s Dorian Coninx and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel, until Luis’ back wheel left him and he and van Riel hit the tarmac. Quickly back up and riding, the only damage done was to the rhythm and momentum of that lead group, Van Riel then deciding to try and push out alone at the 20km mark, opening up an 11-second lead one lap later. He was soon caught, but then pushed on again, this time with Blummenfelt in tow, the pair driving forward with everything they had to try and earn some light ahead of the likes of Mola ahead of the run. On the final lap it was Van Riel and Blummenfelt out front by 35 seconds while Mola joined Luis and Richard Murray who were jockeying for second place in the series with Birtwhistle, part of a train of more than 30 athletes mere seconds behind. Then, with just over 1km to go and all the hard work of...

Luis wins WTS gold and Mola earns World title in magnificent Gold Coast finale

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 10:13
Vincent Luis capped a brilliant day for France on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon, following the team’s U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title with a WTS gold of his own on a blowy afternoon in Brisbane. Mario Mola’s own place in the sport’s history books was rarely in doubt as he crossed the line in second place looking typically assured on route to securing a remarkable third Series win. South Africa’s Richard Murray crossed the line for a hard-earned bronze, while Jacob Birtwhistle’s 7th place saw him take Series bronze. “I have a lot of feelings,” said Spain’s 2018 ITU World Champion Mola afterwards. “It has been a great season and finishing with a second place behind my training partner – it was a great race. I’ll try to make it four in a row next year and it’s in my hands to come back next year and be better.” Vincent Luis was delighted with his second WTS Grand Final gold in as many years, a result that also saw him take second in the 2018 overall Series, saying; “I didn’t expect that. I felt good in the run and I thought ‘Why not attack? I’m third in the world, I have nothing to lose’. Plus, if I have to finish second to anyone, I’m happy it is Mario.” The choppy waters made for difficult swim conditions, but Luis spearheaded the lead group at the halfway point, ever-present Richard Varga tucked in behind him with South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and Jonathan Brownlee in close pursuit. The front trio looked that way through the first transition and onto the Gold Coast highway for the 40km, 8-lap ride. Schoeman, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, Luis and Brownlee pushing hard with France’s Dorian Coninx and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel, until Luis’ back wheel left him and he and van Riel hit the tarmac. Quickly back up and riding, the only damage done was to the rhythm and momentum of that lead group, Van Riel then deciding to try and push out alone at the 20km mark, opening up an 11-second lead one lap later. He was soon caught, but then pushed on again, this time with Blummenfelt in tow, the pair driving forward with everything they had to try and earn some light ahead of the likes of Mola ahead of the run. On the final lap it was Van Riel and Blummenfelt out front by 35 seconds while Mola joined Luis and Richard Murray who were jockeying for second place in the series with Birtwhistle, part of a train of more than 30 athletes mere seconds behind. Then, with just over 1km to go and all the hard work of...

Team France earn brilliant 2018 U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 09:41
Team France became the 2018 ITU Mixed Relay U23 and Junior World Champions on Sunday following a dramatic finale to a gripping race. Consisting of Sandra Dodet, Paul Georgenthum, Emilie Morier and Leo Bergere, the team executed a near-perfect collective performance that looked to have come down to a photo finish between France and New Zealand after Hayden Wilde pushed Bergere all the way down to the wire. A penalty for the New Zealanders after Wilde had stepped outside the course saw them disqualified, however, leaving Germany to pick up the silver and Great Britain the bronze. “The atmosphere in the team is great right now,” said Bergere afterwards. “The competition for places makes it even better, and today I just went out to finish off for the team. At the line I was just picturing a dog chasing me down and threw everything I had at the line.” The line-ups of the combined U23 and Junior teams were stacked with success stories from Friday’s U23 and Saturday’s Junior races on the spectacular Gold Coast course. That meant that the Mexican team led with the woman who put in an incredible run 24 hours earlier, Cecilia Alavez, while going out second for Hungary and New Zealand were newly crowned World Champions Csongor Lehmann and Tayler Reid. From the first strokes of the swim, however, it was Hungary’s Dorka Putnoczki who took control, Germany’s Nina Eim also well placed as the first handover was made. Reid then took control of the first men’s leg, coming from behind to emerge out of T2 first and stamp his authority on the field, Germany’s Luhrs holding on to the leader for as long as he could on the run. The third leg then saw France’s Emilie Morier deliver an unbelievable swim to catch New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay and Germany’s Laura Lindemann, and the three came out onto the bikes together and developed an 18-second lead over the likes of Portugal’s Gabriela Riveiro and Team GB’s Sophie Coldwell. Lindemann pulled away over the last lap to give teammate Gabriel Allgayer a slender lead into the water, while Leo Bergere and Hayden Wilde battled it out together through the choppy water. After riding together for the entirety of the bike, Wilde and Bergere pulled away from the German at the start of the 1500m run, and the two then locked into a sprint finish that lasted well over a kilometre. With nothing between them as they entered the chute, it was a desperate lunge for the line from Bergere that saw France...

Team France earn brilliant 2018 U23-Junior Mixed Relay World title

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 09:41
Team France became the 2018 ITU Mixed Relay U23 and Junior World Champions on Sunday following a dramatic finale to a gripping race. Consisting of Sandra Dodet, Paul Georgenthum, Emilie Morier and Leo Bergere, the team executed a near-perfect collective performance that looked to have come down to a photo finish between France and New Zealand after Hayden Wilde pushed Bergere all the way down to the wire. A penalty for the New Zealanders after Wilde had stepped outside the course saw them disqualified, however, leaving Germany to pick up the silver and Great Britain the bronze. “The atmosphere in the team is great right now,” said Bergere afterwards. “The competition for places makes it even better, and today I just went out to finish off for the team. At the line I was just picturing a dog chasing me down and threw everything I had at the line.” The line-ups of the combined U23 and Junior teams were stacked with success stories from Friday’s U23 and Saturday’s Junior races on the spectacular Gold Coast course. That meant that the Mexican team led with the woman who put in an incredible run 24 hours earlier, Cecilia Alavez, while going out second for Hungary and New Zealand were newly crowned World Champions Csongor Lehmann and Tayler Reid. From the first strokes of the swim, however, it was Hungary’s Dorka Putnoczki who took control, Germany’s Nina Eim also well placed as the first handover was made. Reid then took control of the first men’s leg, coming from behind to emerge out of T2 first and stamp his authority on the field, Germany’s Luhrs holding on to the leader for as long as he could on the run. The third leg then saw France’s Emilie Morier deliver an unbelievable swim to catch New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay and Germany’s Laura Lindemann, and the three came out onto the bikes together and developed an 18-second lead over the likes of Portugal’s Gabriela Riveiro and Team GB’s Sophie Coldwell. Lindemann pulled away over the last lap to give teammate Gabriel Allgayer a slender lead into the water, while Leo Bergere and Hayden Wilde battled it out together through the choppy water. After riding together for the entirety of the bike, Wilde and Bergere pulled away from the German at the start of the 1500m run, and the two then locked into a sprint finish that lasted well over a kilometre. With nothing between them as they entered the chute, it was a desperate lunge for the line from Bergere that saw France...

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