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Jade Jones swaps the track for triathlon in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 18:05
A first ever triathlon can be a daunting experience, but British wheelchair racer Jade Jones is relishing the challenge as she prepares to compete in her first Para triathlon at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para triathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan. Jones, who has competed on the track in the last two Paralympic Games, has wanted to try the sport for a number of years. After watching it make its Paralympics debut in Rio 2016, she decided to try it out. “Triathlon is something I’ve always wanted to have a go at and after Rio I thought it would be a good time for a new challenge,” Jones said. “It’s been hard to learn completely new disciplines from scratch but it’s also been a lot of fun to try something new.” The 21-year-old only began swim training in November 2016 and her preparation has seen her continue to break records on the track. Jones broke the British 10,000m record last weekend, just a few weeks after setting a personal best in the Boston Marathon and a fifth-place finish at the London Marathon. “I’m really pleased with my build-up for the race,” Jones said. “The endurance events, such as a marathon in the race chair, really cross over with my triathlon training in terms of fitness. My training has been going well so I am looking to put in a strong performance and see where I go from there.” Jones will put all her training and preparation to the test when she competes in the PTHC class in Yokohama alongside her compatriot Lizzie Tench. Jones said she is looking forward to competing in her first triathlon “without any pressure or expectations.” When asked about her aims, Jones said: “I’m currently looking to do both track/road and Para triathlon. The training crosses over really well so I don’t feel any pressure to choose between the two right now. I’m excited to see how the season goes.” Seeing her compatriot Andy Lewis win gold in Rio was especially encouraging, and Lewis will be hoping to start his season with a win in the men’s PTS2 category, as will the Netherlands’ Geert Schipper in the men’s PTHC class. The USA’s Allysa Seely (PTS2) will be looking to continue their dominance after coming off Paralympic gold. Her compatriot Chris Hammer will be hoping to make it two wins out of two by following up his victory from the World Series opening race in Gold Coast, Australia, in what looks set to be a hotly-contested men’s PTS5 race. Australian Kate Doughty will be looking to repeat her...

Jade Jones swaps the track for triathlon in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 18:05
A first ever triathlon can be a daunting experience, but British wheelchair racer Jade Jones is relishing the challenge as she prepares to compete in her first Para triathlon at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para triathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan. Jones, who has competed on the track in the last two Paralympic Games, has wanted to try the sport for a number of years. After watching it make its Paralympics debut in Rio 2016, she decided to try it out. “Triathlon is something I’ve always wanted to have a go at and after Rio I thought it would be a good time for a new challenge,” Jones said. “It’s been hard to learn completely new disciplines from scratch but it’s also been a lot of fun to try something new.” The 21-year-old only began swim training in November 2016 and her preparation has seen her continue to break records on the track. Jones broke the British 10,000m record last weekend, just a few weeks after setting a personal best in the Boston Marathon and a fifth-place finish at the London Marathon. “I’m really pleased with my build-up for the race,” Jones said. “The endurance events, such as a marathon in the race chair, really cross over with my triathlon training in terms of fitness. My training has been going well so I am looking to put in a strong performance and see where I go from there.” Jones will put all her training and preparation to the test when she competes in the PTHC class in Yokohama alongside her compatriot Lizzie Tench. Jones said she is looking forward to competing in her first triathlon “without any pressure or expectations.” When asked about her aims, Jones said: “I’m currently looking to do both track/road and Para triathlon. The training crosses over really well so I don’t feel any pressure to choose between the two right now. I’m excited to see how the season goes.” Seeing her compatriot Andy Lewis win gold in Rio was especially encouraging, and Lewis will be hoping to start his season with a win in the men’s PTS2 category, as will the Netherlands’ Geert Schipper in the men’s PTHC class. The USA’s Allysa Seely (PTS2) will be looking to continue their dominance after coming off Paralympic gold. Her compatriot Chris Hammer will be hoping to make it two wins out of two by following up his victory from the World Series opening race in Gold Coast, Australia, in what looks set to be a hotly-contested men’s PTS5 race. Australian Kate Doughty will be looking to repeat her...

Team ITU starts the season in Chengdu

Triathlon News - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 07:02
The 2017 season couldn’t have started better for the members of Team ITU. They kicked off the season at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup with success. and are already working towards their next race, the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup, taking place at the end of May. For these young triathletes, who come from emerging or developing nations, the exciting road to Tokyo 2020 has only just begun. The primary objective of Team ITU is to provide support, resources and expertise to selected triathletes to compete at a World Cup level, leading them to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the success of the Rio Olympic Games where 11 Team ITU athletes had the chance to compete, the programme continues with three Team ITU athletes already selected for the Tokyo 2020 Team: Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Jason Wilson (BAR) and Ron Darmon (ISR). New members that joined the team this season now have the chance to show that they too are on the path to Olympic glory. “I feel like I am a veteran already, I started triathlon ten years ago in 2007 and I’ve been a part of Team ITU since 2012. Since then I’ve come a long way, and even last year I qualified for the Olympics,” said Kivioja, who proved that she is on a great path for Tokyo, finishing 9th in her semifinal and then 19th in the A final in Chengdu. “It’s hard for me to train at home in Estonia first of all because of the weather. There aren’t many training partners so I try to join a lot of different groups and train in warmer conditions like Australia and Spain and of course training camps with Team ITU when possible.” “Team ITU has helped me a lot, I remember when I started, like Edda (Hannesdattir), I was travelling alone and it was really hard, because when you have the team you have the support at the race. There’s always somebody who gives you advice and just being part of a team environment helps you a lot”, she said. Edda was not so lucky in China for her first race of the season where a bike crash on her semifinal left her out of the finals. “I only started training for triathlon a year and a half ago and in August I moved to Denmark and started training with the Danish national team because we don’t have any structure back home in Iceland. This season I want to learn a lot, I want to focus on myself and try to improve on the things I can improve. I’ll try to race as much as I can just to get more experience, so that would be the main focus for this...

Team ITU starts the season in Chengdu

Triathlon News - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 07:02
The 2017 season couldn’t have started better for the members of Team ITU. They kicked off the season at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup with success. and are already working towards their next race, the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup, taking place at the end of May. For these young triathletes, who come from emerging or developing nations, the exciting road to Tokyo 2020 has only just begun. The primary objective of Team ITU is to provide support, resources and expertise to selected triathletes to compete at a World Cup level, leading them to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the success of the Rio Olympic Games where 11 Team ITU athletes had the chance to compete, the programme continues with three Team ITU athletes already selected for the Tokyo 2020 Team: Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Jason Wilson (BAR) and Ron Darmon (ISR). New members that joined the team this season now have the chance to show that they too are on the path to Olympic glory. “I feel like I am a veteran already, I started triathlon ten years ago in 2007 and I’ve been a part of Team ITU since 2012. Since then I’ve come a long way, and even last year I qualified for the Olympics,” said Kivioja, who proved that she is on a great path for Tokyo, finishing 9th in her semifinal and then 19th in the A final in Chengdu. “It’s hard for me to train at home in Estonia first of all because of the weather. There aren’t many training partners so I try to join a lot of different groups and train in warmer conditions like Australia and Spain and of course training camps with Team ITU when possible.” “Team ITU has helped me a lot, I remember when I started, like Edda (Hannesdattir), I was travelling alone and it was really hard, because when you have the team you have the support at the race. There’s always somebody who gives you advice and just being part of a team environment helps you a lot”, she said. Edda was not so lucky in China for her first race of the season where a bike crash on her semifinal left her out of the finals. “I only started training for triathlon a year and a half ago and in August I moved to Denmark and started training with the Danish national team because we don’t have any structure back home in Iceland. This season I want to learn a lot, I want to focus on myself and try to improve on the things I can improve. I’ll try to race as much as I can just to get more experience, so that would be the main focus for this...

Old friendly rivals reunite in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:08
For the eighth time in World Triathlon Series history, elites head back to Japan to compete in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Celebrating one of the cities that was one of our first, Yokohama hosts the third stop of the 2017 Series and second standard-distance race of the year. Always drawing large crowds, Yokohama continues to be a fan and athlete-favorite event. This year, the men’s field returns to battle it out once again in the Harbour. Topping the men’s start list is the current WTS rankings leader Javier Gomez Noya (ESP). After winning in the season opening race in Abu Dhabi, Gomez proved he is back in action after missing a large part of the 2016 year. Just missing the podium in Gold Coast by coming in fourth, Gomez has a good relationship with Yokohama and has won in the Japanese city both in 2014 and 2015. So, winning for a third time at the same venue could be in the cards for the Spaniard this weekend. That is of course if he can get by his fellow Spanish compatriots Fernando Alarza and Mario Mola. Alarza outsprinted Gomez on the blue carpet in Gold Coast and continues to prove he is not just the young Spaniard anymore, but rather a threat to some of the older veterans such as Gomez. And of course there is Mola, the current reigning ITU World Champion, who also won in Yokohama last year. He also got back on the leaderboard when he was victorious in Gold Coast, a win he earned on his 50th WTS race of his career. However, there is one man returning to the WTS who wants to stop the Spanish winning streak. Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee is set to race in Yokohama for his first ITU appearance since the infamous Cozumel Grand Final. The World Champion runner-up last season and Olympic silver medallist, fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Brownlee and to see him seek revenge on the world crown he just nearly missed last year. Brit Tom Bishop also returns to race in Yokohama after earning his first WTS medal in Abu Dhabi. Aussies Jacob Birtwhistle and Ryan Baile are top contenders for the weekend. Birtwhistle is one of Australia’s young talent, who qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games by finishing fifth in Gold Coast. Baile is a talent on the bike and usually has a good finish. Other names to watch this weekend include men who have had past success in Yokohama. Last year Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt and Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales debuted on their first WTS podiums in Yokohama. Joao Silva (POR) won in...

Old friendly rivals reunite in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:08
For the eighth time in World Triathlon Series history, elites head back to Japan to compete in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Celebrating one of the cities that was one of our first, Yokohama hosts the third stop of the 2017 Series and second standard-distance race of the year. Always drawing large crowds, Yokohama continues to be a fan and athlete-favorite event. This year, the men’s field returns to battle it out once again in the Harbour. Topping the men’s start list is the current WTS rankings leader Javier Gomez Noya (ESP). After winning in the season opening race in Abu Dhabi, Gomez proved he is back in action after missing a large part of the 2016 year. Just missing the podium in Gold Coast by coming in fourth, Gomez has a good relationship with Yokohama and has won in the Japanese city both in 2014 and 2015. So, winning for a third time at the same venue could be in the cards for the Spaniard this weekend. That is of course if he can get by his fellow Spanish compatriots Fernando Alarza and Mario Mola. Alarza outsprinted Gomez on the blue carpet in Gold Coast and continues to prove he is not just the young Spaniard anymore, but rather a threat to some of the older veterans such as Gomez. And of course there is Mola, the current reigning ITU World Champion, who also won in Yokohama last year. He also got back on the leaderboard when he was victorious in Gold Coast, a win he earned on his 50th WTS race of his career. However, there is one man returning to the WTS who wants to stop the Spanish winning streak. Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee is set to race in Yokohama for his first ITU appearance since the infamous Cozumel Grand Final. The World Champion runner-up last season and Olympic silver medallist, fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Brownlee and to see him seek revenge on the world crown he just nearly missed last year. While older brother Alistair Brownlee is mostly focusing on new distance races this season, Jonny will be teaming up with training partner Richard Varga (SVK) to hit up the circuit together. Varga is a top swimmer and therefore is likely to make the lead bike pack, where he and Jonny can make their moves. Brit Tom Bishop also returns to race in Yokohama after earning his first WTS medal in Abu Dhabi. Aussies Jacob Birtwhistle and Ryan Baile are top contenders for the weekend. Birtwhistle is one of Australia’s young talent, who qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games by finishing fifth in...

Old friendly rivals reunite in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:08
For the eighth time in World Triathlon Series history, elites head back to Japan to compete in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Celebrating one of the cities that was one of our first, Yokohama hosts the third stop of the 2017 Series and second standard-distance race of the year. Always drawing large crowds, Yokohama continues to be a fan and athlete-favorite event. This year, the men’s field returns to battle it out once again in the Harbour. Topping the men’s start list is the current WTS rankings leader Javier Gomez Noya (ESP). After winning in the season opening race in Abu Dhabi, Gomez proved he is back in action after missing a large part of the 2016 year. Just missing the podium in Gold Coast by coming in fourth, Gomez has a good relationship with Yokohama and has won in the Japanese city both in 2014 and 2015. So, winning for a third time at the same venue could be in the cards for the Spaniard this weekend. That is of course if he can get by his fellow Spanish compatriots Fernando Alarza and Mario Mola. Alarza outsprinted Gomez on the blue carpet in Gold Coast and continues to prove he is not just the young Spaniard anymore, but rather a threat to some of the older veterans such as Gomez. And of course there is Mola, the current reigning ITU World Champion, who also won in Yokohama last year. He also got back on the leaderboard when he was victorious in Gold Coast, a win he earned on his 50th WTS race of his career. However, there is one man returning to the WTS who wants to stop the Spanish winning streak. Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee is set to race in Yokohama for his first ITU appearance since the infamous Cozumel Grand Final. The World Champion runner-up last season and Olympic silver medallist, fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Brownlee and to see him seek revenge on the world crown he just nearly missed last year. While older brother Alistair Brownlee is mostly focusing on new distance races this season, Jonny will be teaming up with training partner Richard Varga (SVK) to hit up the circuit together. Varga is a top swimmer and therefore is likely to make the lead bike pack, where he and Jonny can make their moves. Brit Tom Bishop also returns to race in Yokohama after earning his first WTS medal in Abu Dhabi. Aussies Jacob Birtwhistle and Ryan Baile are top contenders for the weekend. Birtwhistle is one of Australia’s young talent, who qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games by finishing fifth in...

Big names return to WTS women’s field for Yokohama

Triathlon News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:47
In the third stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series the elites head to Japan to return to the familiar event of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Last year Yokohama played the home to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic qualifying event for many nations, but this season the Japanese harbor city returns to host the second standard-distance race of the year. As one of the athlete-favourite events on the WTS calendar, many popular names will be debuting to the WTS circuit to compete in their first event of the 2017 season. One of those names is the 2016 reigning ITU World Champion, Flora Duffy (BER). After being forced to pull her name off the start list in both Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast this season due to injury, Duffy is finally ready to line up this weekend to begin her quest of reclaiming her world title. Duffy’s cinderella story was realized last year when she claimed four WTS podiums and two victories that aided in the seizing of the world crown for the first time for the small Caribbean-island woman. So after having to miss out on the first two WTS competitions of the season, Duffy is eager to get back on the blue carpet. But possibly Duffy’s biggest threat to her crown this year is Kiwi Andrea Hewitt, who has staked claims on the overall Series gold after she won both races this season in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast. Hewitt has been unstoppable so far, proving that she is the top competitor in both a sprint and standard-distance setting. Her confidence and fitness in all three disciplines has been evident this year, so it is no surprise that she once again will enter Yokohama wearing the golden number one. And if she does snag another WTS gold, she will earn her second Yokohama victory after she won in the same venue back in 2011. Great Britain fans will be delighted to see both Non Stanford and Vicky Holland starting their WTS seasons this weekend. Stanford raced in the Chengdu World Cup last weekend and walked away with the gold medal, so she comes in on high regards and ready to gain success in the larger and tougher Series. While Holland planned to race in Chengdu as well, a sore calf left her to make the decision to pull out. But the Olympic bronze medallist is rested up and ready to embark on her 2017 race season. As Yokohama always hosts one of the largest crowds of the season, the streets will be loud for Japan’s own Ai Ueda and Juri Ide. Ueda earned the bronze medal in Yokohama last year and took the silver medal in Yokohama in 2014....

Big names return to WTS women’s field for Yokohama

Triathlon News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:47
In the third stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series the elites head to Japan to return to the familiar event of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Last year Yokohama played the home to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic qualifying event for many nations, but this season the Japanese harbor city returns to host the second standard-distance race of the year. As one of the athlete-favourite events on the WTS calendar, many popular names will be debuting to the WTS circuit to compete in their first event of the 2017 season. One of those names is the 2016 reigning ITU World Champion, Flora Duffy (BER). After being forced to pull her name off the start list in both Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast this season due to injury, Duffy is finally ready to line up this weekend to begin her quest of reclaiming her world title. Duffy’s cinderella story was realized last year when she claimed four WTS podiums and two victories that aided in the seizing of the world crown for the first time for the small Caribbean-island woman. So after having to miss out on the first two WTS competitions of the season, Duffy is eager to get back on the blue carpet. But possibly Duffy’s biggest threat to her crown this year is Kiwi Andrea Hewitt, who has staked claims on the overall Series gold after she won both races this season in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast. Hewitt has been unstoppable so far, proving that she is the top competitor in both a sprint and standard-distance setting. Her confidence and fitness in all three disciplines has been evident this year, so it is no surprise that she once again will enter Yokohama wearing the golden number one. And if she does snag another WTS gold, she will earn her second Yokohama victory after she won in the same venue back in 2011. Great Britain fans will be delighted to see both Non Stanford and Vicky Holland starting their WTS seasons this weekend. Stanford raced in the Chengdu World Cup last weekend and walked away with the gold medal, so she comes in on high regards and ready to gain success in the larger and tougher Series. While Holland planned to race in Chengdu as well, a sore calf left her to make the decision to pull out. But the Olympic bronze medallist is rested up and ready to embark on her 2017 race season. As Yokohama always hosts one of the largest crowds of the season, the streets will be loud for Japan’s own Ai Ueda and Juri Ide. Ueda earned the bronze medal in Yokohama last year and took the silver medal in Yokohama in 2014....

Hauser and Stanford earn first-time World Cup wins in Chengdu

Triathlon News - Sun, 07/05/2017 - 06:34
To conclude the season’s first semifinal/finals race format of the season, Australia’s Matthew Hauser and Great Britain’s Non Stanford earned first-time career World Cup wins at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. Men’s Recap Starting his ITU World Cup career off on the right foot, Aussie Matthew Hauser earned the gold medal in his debut WC race at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. Taking sixth place in his semifinal heat the day before, Hauser conquered the super sprint distance on day two of racing to earn the winner takes all prize of standing on his first WC podium. The silver medal went to Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE), who for the third year in a row took second place at the Chengdu World Cup. The bronze then went to Aussie compatriot Luke Willian who collected his second WC medal this year after winning in Mooloolaba in March. Right after the race, Hauser said: “I’m absolutely stoked, it was my debut world cup after doing Gold Coast WTS a couple of weeks ago. I’m really pleased with the effort and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year”. “I knew I conserved a lot of energy yesterday in the heats and just did what I could to get to the final. I knew it was always going to be a running race today, so I tried to conserve on the swim and bike and save it for the run and I managed to execute the processes right”, explained. After completing the semifinal sprint course on Saturday, which saw the athletes race a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run, the top nine men from the three heats advanced to the “A” Finals along with the addition of the next three fastest times to make up a 30-man roster to start the race. Diving into the water to kick start the super sprint course, the men had a quick 400-metre swim before Alois Knabl (AUT) exited the waters first with Richard Varga (SVK) just behind him in second. The 10-kilometre bike ride deemed unhelpful to separate any frontrunners in the men’s race as the entire field except for one rider cycled together as a mass pack. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum and Bob Haller (LUX) made it out of T2 first, but they were followed by a sea of men behind him. As the short 2.5-kilometre lap carried on it seems that it would be another photo finish, but Hauser managed to get out in front and avoid the close call and pull off the win. Pevtsov and Willian then followed right behind to finish off the 1-2-3. “I focused on saving some energy for the run, Chengdu is my...

Hauser and Stanford earn first-time World Cup wins in Chengdu

Triathlon News - Sun, 07/05/2017 - 06:34
To conclude the season’s first semifinal/finals race format of the season, Australia’s Matthew Hauser and Great Britain’s Non Stanford earned first-time career World Cup wins at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. Men’s Recap Starting his ITU World Cup career off on the right foot, Aussie Matthew Hauser earned the gold medal in his debut WC race at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. Taking sixth place in his semifinal heat the day before, Hauser conquered the super sprint distance on day two of racing to earn the winner takes all prize of standing on his first WC podium. The silver medal went to Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE), who for the third year in a row took second place at the Chengdu World Cup. The bronze then went to Aussie compatriot Luke Willian who collected his second WC medal this year after winning in Mooloolaba in March. Right after the race, Hauser said: “I’m absolutely stoked, it was my debut world cup after doing Gold Coast WTS a couple of weeks ago. I’m really pleased with the effort and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year”. “I knew I conserved a lot of energy yesterday in the heats and just did what I could to get to the final. I knew it was always going to be a running race today, so I tried to conserve on the swim and bike and save it for the run and I managed to execute the processes right”, explained. After completing the semifinal sprint course on Saturday, which saw the athletes race a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run, the top nine men from the three heats advanced to the “A” Finals along with the addition of the next three fastest times to make up a 30-man roster to start the race. Diving into the water to kick start the super sprint course, the men had a quick 400-metre swim before Alois Knabl (AUT) exited the waters first with Richard Varga (SVK) just behind him in second. The 10-kilometre bike ride deemed unhelpful to separate any frontrunners in the men’s race as the entire field except for one rider cycled together as a mass pack. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum and Bob Haller (LUX) made it out of T2 first, but they were followed by a sea of men behind him. As the short 2.5-kilometre lap carried on it seems that it would be another photo finish, but Hauser managed to get out in front and avoid the close call and pull off the win. Pevtsov and Willian then followed right behind to finish off the 1-2-3. “I focused on saving some energy for the run, Chengdu is my...

Hauser and Stanford earn first-time World Cup wins in Chengdu

Triathlon News - Sun, 07/05/2017 - 06:34
To conclude the season’s first semifinal/finals race format of the season, Australia’s Matthew Hauser and Great Britain’s Non Stanford earned first-time career World Cup wins at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. Men’s Recap Starting his ITU World Cup career off on the right foot, Aussie Matthew Hauser earned the gold medal in his debut WC race at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. Taking sixth place in his semifinal heat the day before, Hauser conquered the super sprint distance on day two of racing to earn the winner takes all prize of standing on his first WC podium. The silver medal went to Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE), who for the third year in a row took second place at the Chengdu World Cup. The bronze then went to Aussie compatriot Luke Willian who collected his second WC medal this year after winning in Mooloolaba in March. Right after the race, Hauser said: “I’m absolutely stoked, it was my debut world cup after doing Gold Coast WTS a couple of weeks ago. I’m really pleased with the effort and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year”. “I knew I conserved a lot of energy yesterday in the heats and just did what I could to get to the final. I knew it was always going to be a running race today, so I tried to conserve on the swim and bike and save it for the run and I managed to execute the processes right”, explained. After completing the semifinal sprint course on Saturday, which saw the athletes race a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run, the top nine men from the three heats advanced to the “A” Finals along with the addition of the next three fastest times to make up a 30-man roster to start the race. Diving into the water to kick start the super sprint course, the men had a quick 400-metre swim before Alois Knabl (AUT) exited the waters first with Richard Varga (SVK) just behind him in second. The 10-kilometre bike ride deemed unhelpful to separate any frontrunners in the men’s race as the entire field except for one rider cycled together as a mass pack. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum and Bob Haller (LUX) made it out of T2 first, but they were followed by a sea of men behind him. As the short 2.5-kilometre lap carried on it seems that it would be another photo finish, but Hauser managed to get out in front and avoid the close call and pull off the win. Pevtsov and Willian then followed right behind to finish off the 1-2-3. “I focused on saving some energy for the run, Chengdu is my...

Hauser and Stanford earn first-time World Cup wins in Chengdu

Triathlon News - Sun, 07/05/2017 - 06:34
To conclude the season’s first semifinal/finals race format of the season, Australia’s Matthew Hauser and Great Britain’s Non Stanford earned first-time career World Cup wins at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. Men’s Recap Starting his ITU World Cup career off on the right foot, Aussie Matthew Hauser earned the gold medal in his debut WC race at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. Taking sixth place in his semifinal heat the day before, Hauser conquered the super sprint distance on day two of racing to earn the winner takes all prize of standing on his first WC podium. The silver medal went to Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE), who for the third year in a row took second place at the Chengdu World Cup. The bronze then went to Aussie compatriot Luke Willian who collected his second WC medal this year after winning in Mooloolaba in March. Right after the race, Hauser said: “I’m absolutely stoked, it was my debut world cup after doing Gold Coast WTS a couple of weeks ago. I’m really pleased with the effort and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year”. “I knew I conserved a lot of energy yesterday in the heats and just did what I could to get to the final. I knew it was always going to be a running race today, so I tried to conserve on the swim and bike and save it for the run and I managed to execute the processes right”, explained. After completing the semifinal sprint course on Saturday, which saw the athletes race a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run, the top nine men from the three heats advanced to the “A” Finals along with the addition of the next three fastest times to make up a 30-man roster to start the race. Diving into the water to kick start the super sprint course, the men had a quick 400-metre swim before Alois Knabl (AUT) exited the waters first with Richard Varga (SVK) just behind him in second. The 10-kilometre bike ride deemed unhelpful to separate any frontrunners in the men’s race as the entire field except for one rider cycled together as a mass pack. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum and Bob Haller (LUX) made it out of T2 first, but they were followed by a sea of men behind him. As the short 2.5-kilometre lap carried on it seems that it would be another photo finish, but Hauser managed to get out in front and avoid the close call and pull off the win. Pevtsov and Willian then followed right behind to finish off the 1-2-3. “I focused on saving some energy for the run, Chengdu is my...

Hauser and Stanford earn first-time World Cup wins in Chengdu

Triathlon News - Sun, 07/05/2017 - 06:34
To conclude the season’s first semifinal/finals race format of the season, Australia’s Matthew Hauser and Great Britain’s Non Stanford earned first-time career World Cup wins at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. Men’s Recap Starting his ITU World Cup career off on the right foot, Aussie Matthew Hauser earned the gold medal in his debut WC race at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. Taking sixth place in his semifinal heat the day before, Hauser conquered the super sprint distance on day two of racing to earn the winner takes all prize of standing on his first WC podium. The silver medal went to Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE), who for the third year in a row took second place at the Chengdu World Cup. The bronze then went to Aussie compatriot Luke Willian who collected his second WC medal this year after winning in Mooloolaba in March. Right after the race, Hauser said: “I’m absolutely stoked, it was my debut world cup after doing Gold Coast WTS a couple of weeks ago. I’m really pleased with the effort and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year”. “I knew I conserved a lot of energy yesterday in the heats and just did what I could to get to the final. I knew it was always going to be a running race today, so I tried to conserve on the swim and bike and save it for the run and I managed to execute the processes right”, explained. After completing the semifinal sprint course on Saturday, which saw the athletes race a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run, the top nine men from the three heats advanced to the “A” Finals along with the addition of the next three fastest times to make up a 30-man roster to start the race. Diving into the water to kick start the super sprint course, the men had a quick 400-metre swim before Alois Knabl (AUT) exited the waters first with Richard Varga (SVK) just behind him in second. The 10-kilometre bike ride deemed unhelpful to separate any frontrunners in the men’s race as the entire field except for one rider cycled together as a mass pack. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum and Bob Haller (LUX) made it out of T2 first, but they were followed by a sea of men behind him. As the short 2.5-kilometre lap carried on it seems that it would be another photo finish, but Hauser managed to get out in front and avoid the close call and pull off the win. Pevtsov and Willian then followed right behind to finish off the 1-2-3. “I focused on saving some energy for the run, Chengdu is my...

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 06/05/2017 - 08:11
Men’s Recap Heat 1 Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy proved he still is a master of the multi-round triathlon as he took the top honour in the men’s semifinal round one. Polyanskiy, who won the semifinal race and final in last year’s Tiszaujvaros event came out on top and earned his way to reclaim another title in Sunday’s “A” Finals. Taking second place was Hungary’s Gabor Faldum, while Joao Silva of Portugal took third.  Starting off the semifinal rounds, the men’s first heat dove into the water and after a quick 750-metre lap, China’s own Zheng Xu exited the swim as the leader. While he tried to get a lead on the bike along with Korea’s Seung Hun Seo, they were eventually caught. Onto the run, a small group of men ran through the two laps together, and while the finish was a tight race, it was Polyanskiy who pushed through to take the win. Polyanskiy said, “I am feeling very good, for me it is like a warmup. But on the last run I had to give a little push because there was a lot of people. I like racing in China, I was here about 7 or 8 years ago and the people are always very nice, nice people and nice organization. Tomorrow will be an experience for me, but we will see, I think it will be a great race tomorrow.” Also qualifying in the top-nine finishing pool was Kenji Nener (AUS), Bob Haller (LUX), Russell White (IRL), Zhengyu Duan (CHN), Alois Knabl (AUT) and Yuichi Hosoda (JPN). Heat 2 A Photo finish was needed to see the winner of the second semifinal, with Lukas Hollaus (AUT), Luke William (AUS) and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) crossing the line together, and the victory finally going to the Austrian. The Canadian, along with Chinese favourite Chen Liu, was leading the group out of the water but the frentic chase on the bikes led to a big group going for the run together, including also Makoto Odakura (JAP), Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) or Stefan Zachaeus (LUX). Hollaus, who started his season brilliantly with a sixth place in Cape Town, showed his skills on the bike and managed to keep a bit of a distance until the final meters of the race, enough to let him fight with William and Mislawchuk for the win. Mislawchuck said after the race: “It was a very interesting race, we all saved some energy for tomorrow, but it will be interesting how the final, with the super sprint, will go. It’s great to experiment with different formats. I love Olympic distance, but is also great to have some sprints and this semi final and...

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 06/05/2017 - 08:11
Men’s Recap Heat 1 Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy proved he still is a master of the multi-round triathlon as he took the top honour in the men’s semifinal round one. Polyanskiy, who won the semifinal race and final in last year’s Tiszaujvaros event came out on top and earned his way to reclaim another title in Sunday’s “A” Finals. Taking second place was Hungary’s Gabor Faldum, while Joao Silva of Portugal took third.  Starting off the semifinal rounds, the men’s first heat dove into the water and after a quick 750-metre lap, China’s own Zheng Xu exited the swim as the leader. While he tried to get a lead on the bike along with Korea’s Seung Hun Seo, they were eventually caught. Onto the run, a small group of men ran through the two laps together, and while the finish was a tight race, it was Polyanskiy who pushed through to take the win. Polyanskiy said, “I am feeling very good, for me it is like a warmup. But on the last run I had to give a little push because there was a lot of people. I like racing in China, I was here about 7 or 8 years ago and the people are always very nice, nice people and nice organization. Tomorrow will be an experience for me, but we will see, I think it will be a great race tomorrow.” Also qualifying in the top-nine finishing pool was Kenji Nener (AUS), Bob Haller (LUX), Russell White (IRL), Zhengyu Duan (CHN), Alois Knabl (AUT) and Yuichi Hosoda (JPN). Heat 2 A Photo finish was needed to see the winner of the second semifinal, with Lukas Hollaus (AUT), Luke William (AUS) and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) crossing the line together, and the victory finally going to the Austrian. The Canadian, along with Chinese favourite Chen Liu, was leading the group out of the water but the frentic chase on the bikes led to a big group going for the run together, including also Makoto Odakura (JAP), Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) or Stefan Zachaeus (LUX). Hollaus, who started his season brilliantly with a sixth place in Cape Town, showed his skills on the bike and managed to keep a bit of a distance until the final meters of the race, enough to let him fight with William and Mislawchuk for the win. Mislawchuck said after the race: “It was a very interesting race, we all saved some energy for tomorrow, but it will be interesting how the final, with the super sprint, will go. It’s great to experiment with different formats. I love Olympic distance, but is also great to have some sprints and this semi final and...

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 06/05/2017 - 08:10
Men’s Recap Heat 1 Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy proved he still is a master of the multi-round triathlon as he took the top honour in the men’s semifinal round one. Polyanskiy, who won the semifinal race and final in last year’s Tiszaujvaros event came out on top and earned his way to reclaim another title in Sunday’s “A” Finals. Taking second place was Hungary’s Gabor Faldum, while Joao Silva of Portugal took third.  Starting off the semifinal rounds, the men’s first heat dove into the water and after a quick 750-metre lap, China’s own Zheng Xu exited the swim as the leader. While he tried to get a lead on the bike along with Korea’s Seung Hun Seo, they were eventually caught. Onto the run, a small group of men ran through the two laps together, and while the finish was a tight race, it was Polyanskiy who pushed through to take the win. Polyanskiy said, “I am feeling very good, for me it is like a warmup. But on the last run I had to give a little push because there was a lot of people. I like racing in China, I was here about 7 or 8 years ago and the people are always very nice, nice people and nice organization. Tomorrow will be an experience for me, but we will see, I think it will be a great race tomorrow.” Also qualifying in the top-nine finishing pool was Kenji Nener (AUS), Bob Haller (LUX), Russell White (IRL), Zhengyu Duan (CHN), Alois Knabl (AUT) and Yuichi Hosoda (JPN). Heat 2 A Photo finish was needed to see the winner of the second semifinal, with Lukas Hollaus (AUT), Luke William (AUS) and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) crossing the line together, and the victory finally going to the Austrian. The Canadian, along with Chinese favourite Chen Liu, was leading the group out of the water but the frentic chase on the bikes led to a big group going for the run together, including also Makoto Odakura (JAP), Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) or Stefan Zachaeus (LUX). Hollaus, who started his season brilliantly with a sixth place in Cape Town, showed his skills on the bike and managed to keep a bit of a distance until the final meters of the race, enough to let him fight with William and Mislawchuk for the win. Mislawchuck said after the race: “It was a very interesting race, we all saved some energy for tomorrow, but it will be interesting how the final, with the super sprint, will go. It’s great to experiment with different formats. I love Olympic distance, but is also great to have some sprints and this semi final and...

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 06/05/2017 - 08:10
Men’s Recap Heat 1 Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy proved he still is a master of the multi-round triathlon as he took the top honour in the men’s semifinal round one. Polyanskiy, who won the semifinal race and final in last year’s Tiszaujvaros event came out on top and earned his way to reclaim another title in Sunday’s “A” Finals. Taking second place was Hungary’s Gabor Faldum, while Joao Silva of Portugal took third.  Starting off the semifinal rounds, the men’s first heat dove into the water and after a quick 750-metre lap, China’s own Zheng Xu exited the swim as the leader. While he tried to get a lead on the bike along with Korea’s Seung Hun Seo, they were eventually caught. Onto the run, a small group of men ran through the two laps together, and while the finish was a tight race, it was Polyanskiy who pushed through to take the win. Polyanskiy said, “I am feeling very good, for me it is like a warmup. But on the last run I had to give a little push because there was a lot of people. I like racing in China, I was here about 7 or 8 years ago and the people are always very nice, nice people and nice organization. Tomorrow will be an experience for me, but we will see, I think it will be a great race tomorrow.” Also qualifying in the top-nine finishing pool was Kenji Nener (AUS), Bob Haller (LUX), Russell White (IRL), Zhengyu Duan (CHN), Alois Knabl (AUT) and Yuichi Hosoda (JPN). Heat 2 A Photo finish was needed to see the winner of the second semifinal, with Lukas Hollaus (AUT), Luke William (AUS) and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) crossing the line together, and the victory finally going to the Austrian. The Canadian, along with Chinese favourite Chen Liu, was leading the group out of the water but the frentic chase on the bikes led to a big group going for the run together, including also Makoto Odakura (JAP), Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) or Stefan Zachaeus (LUX). Hollaus, who started his season brilliantly with a sixth place in Cape Town, showed his skills on the bike and managed to keep a bit of a distance until the final meters of the race, enough to let him fight with William and Mislawchuk for the win. Mislawchuck said after the race: “It was a very interesting race, we all saved some energy for tomorrow, but it will be interesting how the final, with the super sprint, will go. It’s great to experiment with different formats. I love Olympic distance, but is also great to have some sprints and this semi final and...

Athletes chatter ahead of Chengdu World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:23
Great Britain’s Vicky Holland and Richard Varga from Slovakia will make their 2017 race debut at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup and along with local hope Zhang Yi from China, spoke to the media at the opening press conference. Vicky Holland (GBR) On the reasons behind choosing Chengdu super sprint for first 2017 ITU race: “I like if possible to start my season with a sprint distance. I think it’s the best way to sharpen up some of your skills that might be a bit rusty from the off season, your transition skills, swimming in open water. This race in particular fitted really well with Yokohama being next weekend. So the race for me here in Chengdu will be a lead in race to the World Series race in Yokohama.” On main aims of the 2017 season: “As for this season, I think I’d really like to look at having a strong overall result on the World Series. My highest position in the World Series ever was a fourth place overall in 2015, so this year I hope to go at least one better and as such I need to do a full race season of World Series races and for me that will begin next weekend in Yokohama.” Richard Varga (SVK) On thoughts on super sprint distance and hopes for the race: “I hope to get on the final podium, I have so far missed it for the World Cups and World Series, so I would like to build my confidence for this season here, starting with a really good result. I think this kind of race really suits me because it’s pretty fast, so I think it’ll be good for my confidence building up to Yokohama.” On why he thinks super sprint distance is suitable for him: “I come from a swimming background and short distances, so I think the fast twitch has stayed in me and I think that’s the biggest difference from the Olympic distance where you are racing for two hours. I think this will suit a different athlete, this shorter distance and maybe we’ll see some surprises.” On tactics for the race: “It’s two races, it’s not just one where one mistake it can change everything. So on the first day, Saturday, it will be sprint where I will try to just get qualified and conserve my energy and be really smart about how much energy I waste and just be good enough to get in the final. And I will use the energy that I saved for the final.” Zhang Yi (CHN) On the feeling of racing at home: “The race is in my hometown, so I feel at home and racing under this new format, it is a new challenge for me. Even though I have competed in...

Athletes chatter ahead of Chengdu World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:23
Great Britain’s Vicky Holland and Richard Varga from Slovakia will make their 2017 race debut at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup and along with local hope Zhang Yi from China, spoke to the media at the opening press conference. Vicky Holland (GBR) On the reasons behind choosing Chengdu super sprint for first 2017 ITU race: “I like if possible to start my season with a sprint distance. I think it’s the best way to sharpen up some of your skills that might be a bit rusty from the off season, your transition skills, swimming in open water. This race in particular fitted really well with Yokohama being next weekend. So the race for me here in Chengdu will be a lead in race to the World Series race in Yokohama.” On main aims of the 2017 season: “As for this season, I think I’d really like to look at having a strong overall result on the World Series. My highest position in the World Series ever was a fourth place overall in 2015, so this year I hope to go at least one better and as such I need to do a full race season of World Series races and for me that will begin next weekend in Yokohama.” Richard Varga (SVK) On thoughts on super sprint distance and hopes for the race: “I hope to get on the final podium, I have so far missed it for the World Cups and World Series, so I would like to build my confidence for this season here, starting with a really good result. I think this kind of race really suits me because it’s pretty fast, so I think it’ll be good for my confidence building up to Yokohama.” On why he thinks super sprint distance is suitable for him: “I come from a swimming background and short distances, so I think the fast twitch has stayed in me and I think that’s the biggest difference from the Olympic distance where you are racing for two hours. I think this will suit a different athlete, this shorter distance and maybe we’ll see some surprises.” On tactics for the race: “It’s two races, it’s not just one where one mistake it can change everything. So on the first day, Saturday, it will be sprint where I will try to just get qualified and conserve my energy and be really smart about how much energy I waste and just be good enough to get in the final. And I will use the energy that I saved for the final.” Zhang Yi (CHN) On the feeling of racing at home: “The race is in my hometown, so I feel at home and racing under this new format, it is a new challenge for me. Even though I have competed in...

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