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Ashleigh Gentle gets her first ever WTS win in Montreal

Triathlon News - Sat, 05/08/2017 - 22:33
Australian triathlete Ashleigh Gentle became today the first ever winner of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal, in a brand new circuit that has became the newest addition to the WTS. The win was not only a first for the host city, but was a first for Gentle as she captured her first ever WTS gold. Along with her on the podium were Flora Duffy (BER), still the Series leader, and Andrea Hewitt (NZL). The race started with a fantastic dive off the pontoon of the Jaques Cartier Basin in old town Montreal, with American Katie Zaferes leading since the very first strokes. Her lead carried on throughout the whole first leg as she was also the first out of the water for the second dive in, followed close by some other classic names when it comes to the swim, like Carolina Routier (ESP) and Emma Jeffcoat (AUS). After 1500m in the mild waters of the basic non-wetsuit swim, Zaferes managed to get a small gap of a couple seconds as she exited the waters, but was chased right after transition by a group of strong bikers. Those who managed to get ahead in the swim grouped together in the first lap. Tallying thirteen athletes, the leading group imposed a frantic rhythm and increased the difference with the chasers on each of the nine laps at the brand new course. Montreal was indeed one of the hardest races of the season and with athletes coming straight from a sprint distance race last week, and another sprint in Hamburg a month ago, Montreal was planned as an Olympic distance, with a hilly and hard circuit, and nine laps to complete 41.5km. During the 41.5km, the leading pack gave relays and turned up in front, trying to save some energy for the run. With all the big names in the group, including Duffy, Zaferes, Hewitt, Kirsten Kasper (USA), Taylor Knibb (USA) or Joanna Brown (CAN), among others. When it came to the run, Gentle pushed hard since the first meters, being the fastest of the field this season in the Olympic distance, to leave all of the other athletes behind. Gentle got a lead of nine seconds in the first lap, with only Duffy, Hewitt and Kasper keeping up with the frantic speed on the Montreal streets. With every pacing lap that lead only grew and eventually as she hit the bell it was enough to allow her to cross the finish line, stopping the clock on 1:59:04, to become the 20th female athlete to ever win a WTS race, and the fourth Australian, after Emma Moffatt, Erin Densham and Emma Snowsill. Second to the finish line was Duffy, 23 seconds...

Women’s Committee: Case study #1 – Driving Female Participation in Triathlon

Triathlon News - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 16:40
The ITU Women’s Committee is launching a series of articles to promote the stories of #WomeninTri. Here is the first one of the series: USA Triathlon WIN: Women’s Initiative 2017 The USA Triathlon WIN: Women’s Initiative is a series of 18 events across the country designed to drive participation by women who are new to multisport. The 2017 events are organized by 11 race directors, each of whom submitted proposals and were chosen by a selection committee from a pool of candidates. The calendar includes a combination of women’s-only triathlons and duathlons, women’s-only waves within existing races, instructional clinics and social gatherings. Each event selected for the WIN program offers some form of training or instructional session in addition to a celebratory post-event social activity. The goal is to provide low-cost, community-driven events to expose, and continue to involve, female participants of all ages in the multisport lifestyle. The WIN program builds upon USA Triathlon’s long tradition of promoting women in multisport, including the formation of a Women’s Committee in 2010 and attaining triathlon’s status as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women. It is part of a larger strategic initiative at USA Triathlon to grow the number of female triathletes in the United States. Currently women make up 38 percent of USA Triathlon’s total annual membership base. Youth participants are more evenly split, with girls making up just under half of USA Triathlon’s youth members at 46 percent. WIN Program race directors receive a stipend, promotional support on USA Triathlon’s social media channels, and WIN-branded event materials including a banner and finisher medals. Click here for the full listing of 2017 WIN Program events.

Chit chat from the #WTSMontreal Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 20:58
The elites are going to be racing on a brand new WTS course this weekend as Montreal hosts the event for the very first time. But before the first start gun goes off on Saturday, some of the athletes, including Mario Mola (ESP), Kirsten Kasper (USA), Alexis LePage (CAN) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) sat down with some of the local media to chat about the upcoming action. Mario Mola What are the preparations you have before a standard distance race? “We train all year long in order to prepare for any race. Obviously throughout the year there is a mix of sprint distance races with Olympic distance races, but at the end of the day it is quite a long effort anyway so we don’t do anything specifically for one of the other. We just try to prepare mentally for it. It is definitely going to be a tough race, but yeah I am very excited to be here in Montreal, it is the first time that I am here, so I am just taking time, go easy the first couple of days and then get ready for the show.” What do you owe the success of the Spanish team this year? “I don’t know, I don’t think there is just one reason, there are always different things that end up making a generation. If I have to say one reason, the one that always comes to my head and I have mentioned it before, but we have been lucky to have athletes in the past and even to now, such as Javier Gomez. We are able to spend time with and see how he does things. We just believe that we do things well and we are working hard, so if there is something that Javi has done it is unbelieveable and hard and complicated but that is what we are dealing with right now. We know that things are going to be hard and it is not going to be easy of course, but we will work hard. We have to be in front and we have to fight to be on the podium. In every single race we end up in the place that we deserve.” Do you think you’ll be able to put up a fast run on the Montreal course? “I don’t know! It is a big jump from a 5km to a 10km. When you start a 5km run you have done before about 40 minutes of effort. Whereas here when you start the run you have already about 1 hour 20 minutes of effort on your legs and your body, so you are not as fresh. But I feel confident that I am at the moment in good shape, I will try to do my best. I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to check the course yet but I am excited about the race here and I will try to do my best. And at the end like I always say, the time is always a small...

Chit chat from the #WTSMontreal Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 20:58
The elites are going to be racing on a brand new WTS course this weekend as Montreal hosts the event for the very first time. But before the first start gun goes off on Saturday, some of the athletes, including Mario Mola (ESP), Kirsten Kasper (USA), Alexis LePage (CAN) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) say down with some of the local media to chat about the upcoming action. Mario Mola What are the preparations you have before a standard distance race? “We train all year long in order to prepare for any race. Obviously throughout the year there is a mix of sprint distance races with Olympic distance races, but at the end of the day it is quite a long effort anyway so we don’t do anything specifically for one of the other. We just try to prepare mentally for it. It is definitely going to be a tough race, but yeah I am very excited to be here in Montreal, it is the first time that I am here, so I am just taking time, go easy the first couple of days and then get ready for the show.” What do you owe the success of the Spanish team this year? “I don’t know, I don’t think there is just one reason, there are always different things that end up making a generation. If I have to say one reason, the one that always comes to my head and I have mentioned it before, but we have been lucky to have athletes in the past and even to now, such as Javier Gomez. We are able to spend time with and see how he does things. We just believe that we do things well and we are working hard, so if there is something that Javi has done it is unbelieveable and hard and complicated but that is what we are dealing with right now. We know that things are going to be hard and it is not going to be easy of course, but we will work hard. We have to be in front and we have to fight to be on the podium. In every single race we end up in the place that we deserve.” Do you think you’ll be able to put up a fast run on the Montreal course? “I don’t know! It is a big jump from a 5km to a 10km. When you start a 5km run you have done before about 40 minutes of effort. Whereas here when you start the run you have already about 1 hour 20 minutes of effort on your legs and your body, so you are not as fresh. But I feel confident that I am at the moment in good shape, I will try to do my best. I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to check the course yet but I am excited about the race here and I will try to do my best. And at the end like I always say, the time is always a small...

Chit chat from the #WTSMontreal Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 20:58
The elites are going to be racing on a brand new WTS course this weekend as Montreal hosts the event for the very first time. But before the first start gun goes off on Saturday, some of the athletes, including Mario Mola (ESP), Kirsten Kasper (USA), Alexis LePage (CAN) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) sat down with some of the local media to chat about the upcoming action. Mario Mola What are the preparations you have before a standard distance race? “We train all year long in order to prepare for any race. Obviously throughout the year there is a mix of sprint distance races with Olympic distance races, but at the end of the day it is quite a long effort anyway so we don’t do anything specifically for one of the other. We just try to prepare mentally for it. It is definitely going to be a tough race, but yeah I am very excited to be here in Montreal, it is the first time that I am here, so I am just taking time, go easy the first couple of days and then get ready for the show.” What do you owe the success of the Spanish team this year? “I don’t know, I don’t think there is just one reason, there are always different things that end up making a generation. If I have to say one reason, the one that always comes to my head and I have mentioned it before, but we have been lucky to have athletes in the past and even to now, such as Javier Gomez. We are able to spend time with and see how he does things. We just believe that we do things well and we are working hard, so if there is something that Javi has done it is unbelieveable and hard and complicated but that is what we are dealing with right now. We know that things are going to be hard and it is not going to be easy of course, but we will work hard. We have to be in front and we have to fight to be on the podium. In every single race we end up in the place that we deserve.” Do you think you’ll be able to put up a fast run on the Montreal course? “I don’t know! It is a big jump from a 5km to a 10km. When you start a 5km run you have done before about 40 minutes of effort. Whereas here when you start the run you have already about 1 hour 20 minutes of effort on your legs and your body, so you are not as fresh. But I feel confident that I am at the moment in good shape, I will try to do my best. I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to check the course yet but I am excited about the race here and I will try to do my best. And at the end like I always say, the time is always a small...

ITU confirms the partnership with American Triathlon Confederation

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 11:37
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract for 2017 with the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development as well as technical and event development as well as increasing the participation of women in the sport. “CAMTRI’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected CAMTRI President Liber Garcia is with the development necessities in Americas areas.” Garcia said, “The signing of the Development Grant contract is an enormous step forward for us as we seek to build the sport of Triathlon in Americas. We have worked very hard in the development of triathlon and this has been recognised by the ITU as they assist us on our sporting journey. Our plan is focused on creating talent in athletes and coaches as well as highlighting gender balance and supporting women in sport. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2018.” With the funds provided bi ITU, CAMTRI will organise Level 1 and 2 Technical Official Seminars in different countries of America, as well as e-learning coaching programmes in Mexico, Bolivia and Trinidad and Tobago. CAMTRI will also put in place Youth, Junior and U23 development camps to identify the young talents of the future.  

ITU confirms the partnership with American Triathlon Confederation

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 11:37
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract for 2017 with the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development,technical and event development as well as increasing the participation of women in the sport. “CAMTRI’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected CAMTRI President Liber Garcia is with the development necessities in Americas areas.” Garcia said, “The signing of the Development Grant contract is an enormous step forward for us as we seek to build the sport of Triathlon in Americas. We have worked very hard in the development of triathlon and this has been recognised by the ITU as they assist us on our sporting journey. Our plan is focused on creating talent in athletes and coaches as well as highlighting gender balance and supporting women in sport. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2018.” With the funds provided bi ITU, CAMTRI will organise Level 1 and 2 Technical Official Seminars in different countries of America, as well as e-learning coaching programmes in Mexico, Bolivia and Trinidad and Tobago. CAMTRI will also put in place Youth, Junior and U23 development camps to identify the young talents of the future.  

ITU confirms the partnership with American Triathlon Confederation

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 11:37
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract for 2017 with the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development,technical and event development as well as increasing the participation of women in the sport. “CAMTRI’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected CAMTRI President Liber Garcia is with the development necessities in Americas areas.” Garcia said, “The signing of the Development Grant contract is an enormous step forward for us as we seek to build the sport of Triathlon in Americas. We have worked very hard in the development of triathlon and this has been recognised by the ITU as they assist us on our sporting journey. Our plan is focused on creating talent in athletes and coaches as well as highlighting gender balance and supporting women in sport. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2018.” With the funds provided bi ITU, CAMTRI will organise Level 1 and 2 Technical Official Seminars in different countries of America, as well as e-learning coaching programmes in Mexico, Bolivia and Trinidad and Tobago. CAMTRI will also put in place Youth, Junior and U23 development camps to identify the young talents of the future.  

First WTS Montreal event welcomes loaded men’s start list

Triathlon News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 21:45
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series has reached the seventh stop on the calendar, as another city becomes a part of the WTS family with the debut of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal. As the second Canadian city to host a race this season, Montreal becomes the 24th city in ITU history to have graced the WTS circuit. Montreal will host the fourth standard distance race of the season, giving athletes a unique and picturesque course that will challenge them through a series of climbs that winds around the Old City. The Spanish have consistently been holding a firm grip on the leaderboard this season, entering Montreal once again with the top three spots in the start list. The national standout however has been Mario Mola, who will wear the number one position this Sunday. He has won the last four races that he has lined up for, most recently winning in Edmonton, a venue he had yet to win at in his career. With the victory streak that Mola has been keeping, he is teetering on joining the ranks of being one of the only men in ITU history to win five WTS races in a season, a feat that only Alistair Brownlee has been able to do back in 2009. Fernando Alarza (ESP) is still second in the WTS rankings, but a bought of misfortune in his last two races have taken him off the podium. He was involved in a bike crash in Hamburg that gave him a DNF and then raced with a fever in Edmonton, leaving him to finish ninth. But if he can get back to how he was racing at the start of the season, where he earned three medals, he should be back to his racing glory. The other top Spaniard is of course Javier Gomez Noya. He started out the season by winning the first gold of the year in Abu Dhabi, but since then he has finished close, but just off the podium. However, after trying his hand at sprint races in the last two competitions, Gomez welcomes Montreal with a standard course, a distance he prefers and excels at. Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle has been having a standout season this year. In the last two races he has shown how strong he is, especially when it comes to his running abilities. His sprint in Hamburg that gave him the silver wowed the crowd, which he then used again to help his team win the Triathlon Mixed Relays World Championship. In Edmonton last weekend, he once again put forth a strong running performance, he just unfortunately miscounted the laps and broke away too early. However, despite the error, he still managed to snag the silver. Birtwhistle wants...

First WTS Montreal event welcomes loaded men’s start list

Triathlon News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 21:45
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series has reached the seventh stop on the calendar, as another city becomes a part of the WTS family with the debut of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal. As the second Canadian city to host a race this season, Montreal becomes the 24th city in ITU history to have graced the WTS circuit. Montreal will host the fourth standard distance race of the season, giving athletes a unique and picturesque course that will challenge them through a series of climbs that winds around the Old City. The Spanish have consistently been holding a firm grip on the leaderboard this season, entering Montreal once again with the top three spots in the start list. The national standout however has been Mario Mola, who will wear the number one position this Sunday. He has won the last four races that he has lined up for, most recently winning in Edmonton, a venue he had yet to win at in his career. With the victory streak that Mola has been keeping, he is teetering on joining the ranks of being one of the only men in ITU history to win five WTS races in a season, a feat that only Alistair Brownlee has been able to do back in 2009. Fernando Alarza (ESP) is still second in the WTS rankings, but a bought of misfortune in his last two races have taken him off the podium. He was involved in a bike crash in Hamburg that gave him a DNF and then raced with a fever in Edmonton, leaving him to finish ninth. But if he can get back to how he was racing at the start of the season, where he earned three medals, he should be back to his racing glory. The other top Spaniard is of course Javier Gomez Noya. He started out the season by winning the first gold of the year in Abu Dhabi, but since then he has finished close, but just off the podium. However, after trying his hand at sprint races in the last two competitions, Gomez welcomes Montreal with a standard course, a distance he prefers and excels at. Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle has been having a standout season this year. In the last two races he has shown how strong he is, especially when it comes to his running abilities. His sprint in Hamburg that gave him the silver wowed the crowd, which he then used again to help his team win the Triathlon Mixed Relays World Championship. In Edmonton last weekend, he once again put forth a strong running performance, he just unfortunately miscounted the laps and broke away too early. However, despite the error, he still managed to snag the silver. Birtwhistle wants...

Women’s field to open the debut WTS Montreal course

Triathlon News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:05
The Canadian tour of the 2017 World Triathlon Series continues as the elites line up for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal to face off for the seventh time. After battling the sprint distance course in Edmonton, Canada last weekend, athletes traveled east to Quebec to compete in the debut WTS race held in Montreal. Montreal joins the WTS family this season as the 24th city to ever hold the honor of hosting a WTS race since its inception in 2009. It is also only the second Canadian city to do so, and with back-to-back race weekends held in Edmonton and Montreal, it is the first time in WTS history that two races have been held in the same country in the same season. As the largest city in the province of Quebec, Montreal is serving up a standard distance course, where the elites will make their way through the Old Port and Old Montreal. The women’s field has really been heating up as the number one position in the overall WTS rankings has changed almost every race, making the battle for the World Title a close and exciting one. For the first time this season, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy will line up wearing the golden swim cap. Duffy has been unstoppable this season, just winning her fourth consecutive WTS race last weekend in Edmonton. However, not only is she winning, she is dominating. The closest winning margin she has won by is 31 seconds, which was in Hamburg. Otherwise Duffy’s victories have been done by over a minute margin, meaning that she in untouchable on her way to the top of the podium. Another advantage for Duffy this weekend is that she won at the Montreal venue last year when it was a World Cup. Two Americans have been in the forefront this season, exchanging turns at the top of the leaderboard. Katie Zaferes and Kirsten Kasper have been huge threats to the WTS as they have been two of the most consistent racers in the field this year. Zaferes just earned the bronze medal in Edmonton that she added to her collect after also earning the silver in Yokohama. She has not won gold yet however, and since she is only 8 points behind Duffy in the rankings, she is very much alive in the World Title chance. While Kasper is currently third in the rankings, she does not have a chance to become the leader again directly after Montreal. But that does not mean she is out of the running. She has her five races to count towards the rankings, and since her worst finish is a ninth place, she can replace that this weekend with a better finish....

Women’s field to open the debut WTS Montreal course

Triathlon News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:05
The Canadian tour of the 2017 World Triathlon Series continues as the elites line up for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal to face off for the seventh time. After battling the sprint distance course in Edmonton, Canada last weekend, athletes traveled east to Quebec to compete in the debut WTS race held in Montreal. Montreal joins the WTS family this season as the 24th city to ever hold the honor of hosting a WTS race since its inception in 2009. It is also only the second Canadian city to do so, and with back-to-back race weekends held in Edmonton and Montreal, it is the first time in WTS history that two races have been held in the same country in the same season. As the largest city in the province of Quebec, Montreal is serving up a standard distance course, where the elites will make their way through the Old Port and Old Montreal. The women’s field has really been heating up as the number one position in the overall WTS rankings has changed almost every race, making the battle for the World Title a close and exciting one. For the first time this season, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy will line up wearing the golden swim cap. Duffy has been unstoppable this season, just winning her fourth consecutive WTS race last weekend in Edmonton. However, not only is she winning, she is dominating. The closest winning margin she has won by is 31 seconds, which was in Hamburg. Otherwise Duffy’s victories have been done by over a minute margin, meaning that she in untouchable on her way to the top of the podium. Another advantage for Duffy this weekend is that she won at the Montreal venue last year when it was a World Cup. Two Americans have been in the forefront this season, exchanging turns at the top of the leaderboard. Katie Zaferes and Kirsten Kasper have been huge threats to the WTS as they have been two of the most consistent racers in the field this year. Zaferes just earned the bronze medal in Edmonton that she added to her collect after also earning the silver in Yokohama. She has not won gold yet however, and since she is only 8 points behind Duffy in the rankings, she is very much alive in the World Title chance. While Kasper is currently third in the rankings, she does not have a chance to become the leader again directly after Montreal. But that does not mean she is out of the running. She has her five races to count towards the rankings, and since her worst finish is a ninth place, she can replace that this weekend with a better finish....

ITU Opens Bidding for 2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series and World Cups

Triathlon News - Tue, 01/08/2017 - 15:40
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that it has opened bidding for the 2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series (WPS) and ITU Paratriathlon World Cup (PWC) events to all National Federations and cities interested in hosting the premier races. After a very successful first year of the World Paratriathlon Series, with three cities hosting spectacular races across the world and more paratriathletes than ever competing for the overall rankings, ITU is opening the possibility for more cities to join the circuit. Up to four cities can bid to organise a WPS, which can be combined with a World Triathlon Series event or ran independently. As per the World Cups, in 2018 ITU will aim to organise 8-10 events Worldwide that can be combined with another ITU event or ran independently. With the goal set for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, paratriathletes will compete to secure points on the rankings, as well as trying to qualify for a spot at the World Championships, which in 2018 will be held in conjunction with the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia. Cities interested in hosting a World Paratriathlon Series race or a Paratriathlon World Cup must submit bid documents in conjunction with their respective National Federations before September 4, 2017. Read the Bid Document here.

ITU Opens Bidding for 2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series and World Cups

Triathlon News - Tue, 01/08/2017 - 15:40
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that it has opened bidding for the 2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series (WPS) and ITU Paratriathlon World Cup (PWC) events to all National Federations and cities interested in hosting the premier races. After a very successful first year of the World Paratriathlon Series, with three cities hosting spectacular races across the world and more paratriathletes than ever competing for the overall rankings, ITU is opening the possibility for more cities to join the circuit. Up to four cities can bid to organise a WPS, which can be combined with a World Triathlon Series event or ran independently. As per the World Cups, in 2018 ITU will aim to organise 8-10 events Worldwide that can be combined with another ITU event or ran independently. With the goal set for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, paratriathletes will compete to secure points on the rankings, as well as trying to qualify for a spot at the World Championships, which in 2018 will be held in conjunction with the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia. Cities interested in hosting a World Paratriathlon Series race or a Paratriathlon World Cup must submit bid documents in conjunction with their respective National Federations before September 4, 2017. Read the Bid Document here.

Liisa Lilja ends US dominance with WPSEdmonton win

Triathlon News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 21:05
Finland’s Liisa Lilja was victorious at the final World Paratriathlon Series event of the season in Edmonton, Canada, on Friday (28 July) to break the USA’s dominance in the women’s PTS2 class. The first two World Series events of the year saw US winners in the classification, with Paralympic champion Allysa Seely winning at the opening race in Gold Coast, Australia, in April, before her compatriot Hailey Danz beat Lilja to win in Yokohama, Japan, a month later. In Edmonton, the top two from Yokohama were reversed as Lilja pulled out a lead in the swim, before extending her advantage on the bike leg. Danz cut the Finnish Paratriathlete’s lead in the run, but Lilja (1:27:10) had built a big enough margin in the opening two disciplines to finish ahead of Danz (1:29:05) by nearly two minutes. Great Britain’s Fran Brown secured bronze in a time of 1:32:59. The men’s PTS2 race was hotly-contested with France’s Geoffrey Wersy (1:14:48) clinching the victory ahead of Moroccan Mohamed Lahna (1:14:54). Lahna had nearly a two minute lead after the swim, but Wersy cut his lead to 29 seconds after the bike, before overtaking Lahna on the run to take the win. There was also a close battle for bronze with Spain’s Lionel Morales (1:16:10) holding off the challenge of the Netherlands’ Maurits Morsink (1:16:44) to secure his place on the podium. Morsink’s compatriot Geert Schipper (1:06:07) repeated his World Series success from Yokohama by winning gold in the men’s PTWC event. Silver went to Great Britain’s Joe Townsend (1:08:36) and bronze to Italy’s Alexandre Paviza (1:11:12). Another athlete to win a second World Series event of the season was Australia’s Emily Tapp in the women’s PTWC race. The Gold Coast winner completed the Edmonton course in a time of 1:23:07, with the Netherlands’ Margret Ijdema (1:39:26) finishing second. Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor (1:13:39) beat Spain’s Joaquin Carrasco (1:20:56) to win the men’s PTS3 category. There was also a British winner in the men’s PTS4 event as Steven Crowley (1:07:44) secured gold ahead of Japan’s Hideki Uda (1:12:34) and the USA’s Joel Rosinbum (1:13:02).

Liisa Lilja ends US dominance with WPSEdmonton win

Triathlon News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 21:05
Finland’s Liisa Lilja was victorious at the final World Paratriathlon Series event of the season in Edmonton, Canada, on Friday (28 July) to break the USA’s dominance in the women’s PTS2 class. The first two World Series events of the year saw US winners in the classification, with Paralympic champion Allysa Seely winning at the opening race in Gold Coast, Australia, in April, before her compatriot Hailey Danz beat Lilja to win in Yokohama, Japan, a month later. In Edmonton, the top two from Yokohama were reversed as Lilja pulled out a lead in the swim, before extending her advantage on the bike leg. Danz cut the Finnish Paratriathlete’s lead in the run, but Lilja (1:27:10) had built a big enough margin in the opening two disciplines to finish ahead of Danz (1:29:05) by nearly two minutes. Great Britain’s Fran Brown secured bronze in a time of 1:32:59. The men’s PTS2 race was hotly-contested with France’s Geoffrey Wersy (1:14:48) clinching the victory ahead of Moroccan Mohamed Lahna (1:14:54). Lahna had nearly a two minute lead after the swim, but Wersy cut his lead to 29 seconds after the bike, before overtaking Lahna on the run to take the win. There was also a close battle for bronze with Spain’s Lionel Morales (1:16:10) holding off the challenge of the Netherlands’ Maurits Morsink (1:16:44) to secure his place on the podium. Morsink’s compatriot Geert Schipper (1:06:07) repeated his World Series success from Yokohama by winning gold in the men’s PTWC event. Silver went to Great Britain’s Joe Townsend (1:08:36) and bronze to Italy’s Alexandre Paviza (1:11:12). Another athlete to win a second World Series event of the season was Australia’s Emily Tapp in the women’s PTWC race. The Gold Coast winner completed the Edmonton course in a time of 1:23:07, with the Netherlands’ Margret Ijdema (1:39:26) finishing second. Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor (1:13:39) beat Spain’s Joaquin Carrasco (1:20:56) to win the men’s PTS3 category. There was also a British winner in the men’s PTS4 event as Steven Crowley (1:07:44) secured gold ahead of Japan’s Hideki Uda (1:12:34) and the USA’s Joel Rosinbum (1:13:02).

Liisa Lilja ends US dominance with WPSEdmonton win

Triathlon News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 21:05
Finland’s Liisa Lilja was victorious at the final World Paratriathlon Series event of the season in Edmonton, Canada, on Friday (28 July) to break the USA’s dominance in the women’s PTS2 class. The first two World Series events of the year saw US winners in the classification, with Paralympic champion Allysa Seely winning at the opening race in Gold Coast, Australia, in April, before her compatriot Hailey Danz beat Lilja to win in Yokohama, Japan, a month later. In Edmonton, the top two from Yokohama were reversed as Lilja pulled out a lead in the swim, before extending her advantage on the bike leg. Danz cut the Finnish Paratriathlete’s lead in the run, but Lilja (1:27:10) had built a big enough margin in the opening two disciplines to finish ahead of Danz (1:29:05) by nearly two minutes. Great Britain’s Fran Brown secured bronze in a time of 1:32:59. The men’s PTS2 race was hotly-contested with France’s Geoffrey Wersy (1:14:48) clinching the victory ahead of Moroccan Mohamed Lahna (1:14:54). Lahna had nearly a two minute lead after the swim, but Wersy cut his lead to 29 seconds after the bike, before overtaking Lahna on the run to take the win. There was also a close battle for bronze with Spain’s Lionel Morales (1:16:10) holding off the challenge of the Netherlands’ Maurits Morsink (1:16:44) to secure his place on the podium. Morsink’s compatriot Geert Schipper (1:06:07) repeated his World Series success from Yokohama by winning gold in the men’s PTWC event. Silver went to Great Britain’s Joe Townsend (1:08:36) and bronze to Italy’s Alexandre Paviza (1:11:12). Another athlete to win a second World Series event of the season was Australia’s Emily Tapp in the women’s PTWC race. The Gold Coast winner completed the Edmonton course in a time of 1:23:07, with the Netherlands’ Margret Ijdema (1:39:26) finishing second. Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor (1:13:39) beat Spain’s Joaquin Carrasco (1:20:56) to win the men’s PTS3 category. There was also a British winner in the men’s PTS4 event as Steven Crowley (1:07:44) secured gold ahead of Japan’s Hideki Uda (1:12:34) and the USA’s Joel Rosinbum (1:13:02). Japan’s Mami Tani followed up her win in Yokohama with victory in the women’s PTS4 category. Tani (1:22:29) finished ahead of Gold Coast winner and two-time world champion Sally Pilbeam (1:25:33) to seal the win. Another win for Daniel Stefan Daniel impressed on home soil, winning the men’s PTS5 event....

The ‘Godfather’ of Australian Triathlon, Garth Prowd OAM, Passes Away

Triathlon News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 17:11
It is with great sadness that ITU has learned of the tragic death of Garth Prowd OAM, the man affectionately known as the Godfather of Australian triathlon, a pioneer of sports tourism in Queensland and a passionate athlete advocate. Garth was involved in event management and sports marketing for almost 30 years as Managing Director of USM EVENTS, one of Australia’s largest and most successful event management companies, and he was involved in the launching and management of classic triathlon events as Mooloolaba, Gold Coast or Noosa. After he sold his company in 2009, he was a highly sought after consultant in event management, sports marketing, events tourism and media management. Garth was one of the most experienced, highly respected and knowledgeable event managers and business owners throughout the global events industry. “It is such a tragic loss that we have no words to express it”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “Garth was a true lover of our sport, and he helped us to develop triathlon around the world. He was loved by athletes, organisers and all the community, and will be really missed. The thoughts and prayers or all ITU staff are with his friends and family, as well as with the Australian Federation”, she said. ITU first Vice President, Loreen Barnett, said: “Garth was such a good partner for ITU as we were evolving into a sport ready to take our place on the programme of the Olympic Games.  He taught us many lessons about sport marketing and the business of sport. My heart is very heavy to hear of his death and my condolences go out to his family”. Sheila O’Kelly, former ITU World Cup manager, said: “as the ITU World Cup manager from 2005 to 2009, it was such a pleasure to work with Garth. He was a real partner for me and we shared such passion for the sport and the athletes. I’m so sorry to hear that he was taken from us too soon. He made triathlon a better sport.” Garth died after a tragic accident in Spain, when he was 65 years old. Following a road bike accident while riding in Barcelona on Saturday July 22, during a family holiday in Spain, Garth was critically injured and taken to hospital where he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Garth was a truly remarkable man and he will be remembered for his incredible life and his contribution to Australian sport. He was a man who revolutionised triathlon, running and cycling events in Australia, who was himself an enthusiastic sportsman....

The ‘Godfather’ of Australian Triathlon, Garth Prowd OAM, Passes Away

Triathlon News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 17:11
It is with great sadness that ITU has learned of the tragic death of Garth Prowd OAM, the man affectionately known as the Godfather of Australian triathlon, a pioneer of sports tourism in Queensland and a passionate athlete advocate. Garth was involved in event management and sports marketing for almost 30 years as Managing Director of USM EVENTS, one of Australia’s largest and most successful event management companies, and he was involved in the launching and management of classic triathlon events as Mooloolaba, Gold Coast or Noosa. After he sold his company in 2009, he was a highly sought after consultant in event management, sports marketing, events tourism and media management. Garth was one of the most experienced, highly respected and knowledgeable event managers and business owners throughout the global events industry. “It is such a tragic loss that we have no words to express it”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “Garth was a true lover of our sport, and he helped us to develop triathlon around the world. He was loved by athletes, organisers and all the community, and will be really missed. The thoughts and prayers or all ITU staff are with his friends and family, as well as with the Australian Federation”, she said. ITU first Vice President, Loreen Barnett, said: “Garth was such a good partner for ITU as we were evolving into a sport ready to take our place on the programme of the Olympic Games.  He taught us many lessons about sport marketing and the business of sport. My heart is very heavy to hear of his death and my condolences go out to his family”. Sheila O’Kelly, former ITU World Cup manager, said: “as the ITU World Cup manager from 2005 to 2009, it was such a pleasure to work with Garth. He was a real partner for me and we shared such passion for the sport and the athletes. I’m so sorry to hear that he was taken from us too soon. He made triathlon a better sport.” Garth died after a tragic accident in Spain, when he was 65 years old. Following a road bike accident while riding in Barcelona on Saturday July 22, during a family holiday in Spain, Garth was critically injured and taken to hospital where he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Garth was a truly remarkable man and he will be remembered for his incredible life and his contribution to Australian sport. He was a man who revolutionised triathlon, running and cycling events in Australia, who was himself an enthusiastic sportsman....

Mola strikes again in to claim WTS Edmonton

Triathlon News - Sat, 29/07/2017 - 21:18
A furious sprint in the last kilometre gave Spaniard Mario Mola his fourth victory of the season after claiming gold in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton. Second place was for Australian Jake Birtwhistle, while South African Richard Murray claimed bronze. The race started with Slovakian Richard Varga leading the 750m swim, exactly the way he’s been doing it over the last 30 WTS races he has started. Only a couple of seconds behind him, a strong group of swimmers followed, with Jonathan Brownlee, Aaron Royle and Ben Kanute included. And almost 20 seconds behind, the Spanish trio along with some of the other contendants in Edmonton, such as Richard Murray or Jake Birtwhistle. And with all of them grouped in transition, in a matter of seconds a large group of more than 20 athletes was formed on the lead, and stood the same for the 20 km of the new bike course, including a terrific hill on each lap. Continuous lead changes ended up with all of them arriving together to the transition once more, with all to be decided on the run. The flat 5km was once more when Mola showed that he is the one to beat this season. Even though this time he was close to be beaten by his training mate, Birtwhistle, who flew past him with two laps to go. Maybe a bit early, enough for Mola to push hard on the last kilometre and put himself again in first position, to cross the finish line stopping the clock on 54.51, 10 seconds ahead of Birtwhistle, who claimed his third silver medal in his WTS career and showcased the best run of the day. On the battle for bronze, another running specialist, Murray, ended up third, 8 seconds ahead of Jonathan Brownlee. It was the fourth time Mola raced in Edmonton, a lucky event for him, where he has never been off the podium, even though this was his first win in Edmonton. With his win here, the fourth of the season, Mola leads now the Series Rankings with 3664 points, while Fernando Alarza keeps the second place with 3172. Javier Gomez Noya keeps the third place on the rankings, with 2990 points, followed close by Murray with 2512. With most of the athletes competing again next week in WTS Montreal, the season is hotter than ever. “I feel fantastic. I did the best I could, I won another sprint distance, so I think I am performing better, doing better on the swim and doing a better performance overall”, said Mola, who has won two sprint races in a row. “I saw Jake moving on the second lap and I thought it was the end of the world, but...

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