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Andrea Hewitt wins second straight WTS in Gold Coast

Triathlon News - Sat, 08/04/2017 - 08:58
It might have taken her six years to get back on top of a World Triathlon Series podium but Andrea Hewitt (NZL) now has two from two to start the year after she claimed the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast title in Australia on Saturday. While her first victory of the year came from an epic sprint to the finish on the blue carpet in Abu Dhabi just over a month ago, her second victory came through outrunning her competition from the second transition, on the first sprint distance course of the season. “I knew my running was good and that is why I went out at that pace, but you never know how the race is going to go and today I just ran a 5k at my pace and it was good enough to be out in front, so I am really happy,” Hewitt said of her day’s performance. The win also came after the Kiwi had just celebrated her 35th birthday the week prior to race day. “Last week was my birthday, but age is just a number isn’t it?  It just all comes down to the training, today my swim and bike wasn’t up there but then I had the legs on the run so that is just how triathlon goes,” Hewitt said. Taking the silver medal was Australia’s own Ashleigh Gentle, who with the podium also met Triathlon Australia’s qualification criteria for a team spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Games will also be hosted in the Gold Coast at the same venue, and the first official medal awarded at those Games will be at the women’s triathlon event. “It feels really good, I guess for me a huge goal of mine moving on from Rio was to one day show up to a one-day race where you have to show up and perform and I did that today so I am really happy,” Gentle said. “It’s a sprint race, it is so fast from the get-go and it is something I have not had much confidence in before so I am really happy that I was just able to take what the swim was, get on the bike and work hard. And once it came down to a run race I wanted to go out hard and see if I can hold on.” Finishing with the bronze was Japan’s Juri Ide, who made a comeback to the WTS podium for the first time since 2014. With the sunny venue, the Gold Coast made for the perfect backdrop to debut the first sprint distance race of the season. With the wind providing a few extra waves, the one-lap 750metre swim left little time to fall behind. Spaniard Carolina Routier once again led out of the water and into the first transition. While many were right at her feet, Hewitt fell behind and exited about 30...

Andrea Hewitt wins second straight WTS in Gold Coast

Triathlon News - Sat, 08/04/2017 - 08:58
It took her six years to get back on the World Triathlon Series podium and now Andrea Hewitt (NZL) has collected two WTS golds in one month after claiming the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast. While her first victory of the year came from an epic sprint to the finish on the blue carpet in Abu Dhabi, her second victory was won by outrunning her competition out of the gate on the first sprint distance course of the season. “I knew my running was good and that is why I went out at that pace, but you never know how the race is going to go and today I just ran a 5k at my pace and it was good enough to be out in front, so I am really happy,” Hewitt said of her day’s performance. The win also came after the Kiwi had just celebrated her 35th birthday the week prior to race day, making her one of the oldest women on the start list. “Last week was my birthday, but age is just a number isn’t it?  It just all comes down to the training, today my swim and bike wasn’t up there but then I had the legs on the run so that is just how triathlon goes.” Taking the silver medal was Australia’s own Ashleigh Gentle, who with the podium also collected her automatic qualification team spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Games will also be hosted in the Gold Coast at the same venue, where the first official medal awarded at the Games will be at the women’s triathlon event. Gentle said, “Yeah it feels really good, I guess for me a huge goal of mine moving on from Rio was to one day show up to a one-day race where you have to show up and perform and I did that today so I am really happy. It’s a sprint race, it is so fast from the get-go and it is something I have not had much confidence in before so I am really happy that I was just able to take what the swim was, get on the bike and work hard. And once it came down to a run race I wanted to go out hard and see if I can hold on.” Finishing with the bronze was Japan’s Juri Ide, who made a comeback to the WTS podium for the first time since 2014. With the beachy and sunny venue, the Gold Coast made for the perfect backdrop to debut the first sprint distance race of the season. With the wind providing a few extra waves, the one-lap 750 metre swim left little time to fall behind. Spaniard Carolina Routier once again led out of the water and into the first transition. While many were right at her feet, Hewitt fell behind and exited about 30 seconds down alongside Great Britain’s...

Australian Paratriathletes shine in Gold Coast

Triathlon News - Sat, 08/04/2017 - 03:28
Australians Emily Tapp and Bill Chaffey excelled at the opening race of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Paratriathlon Series on home soil in Gold Coast, achieving qualification for next year’s Commonwealth Games. The event was held on the proposed course for Gold Coast 2018, where Paratriathlon will make its Commonwealth Games debut, adding further incentive for the Australian Paratriathletes competing. Women’s PTCH In the women’s PTHC, Tapp pulled clear during the 750m swim, before extending her advantage during the 20km bike and five kilometre run to finish in a winning time of 1:16:32. The USA’s Mary Catherine Callahan (1:26:23) was Tapp’s nearest challenger. Australia’s Sarah Tait rounded off the podium, completing the course in a time of 1:37:21. Men’s PTCH Five-time world champion Chaffey secured the qualification spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the men’s equivalent, after finishing second in a time of 1:03:47. The Netherlands’ world and Paralympic champion Jetze Plat impressed in his first race since winning gold at Rio 2016, completing the Gold Coast course in 58:22 to take the win. France’s Ahmed Andaloussi finished third in a time of 1:05:52. Women’s PTS2 Another Rio 2016 gold medallist who impressed in Gold Coast was the USA’s Allysa Seely in the women’s PTS2. She followed up her victory at last month’s CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships, by winning in a time of 1:26:35. Japan’s Yukako Hata (1:34:01) and Spain’s Rakel Mateo Uriarte (1:40:26) completed the podium. Men’s PTS2 France’s Stephane Bahier (1:08:30) won a hotly contested men’s PTS2, finishing one minute clear of the USA’s Mark Barr (1:09:31). Bahier, Barr and Australia’s third-placed Brant Garvey (1:13:14) were side-by-side in transition two, but the Frenchman pulled clear on the run to win. Women’s PTVI There was no such joy for PT5 Paralympic champion Katie Kelly (1:32.19) as she finished fifth in the women’s PTVI. The race was won by USA’s Elizabeth Baker in 1:10:36, who held off the challenge of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:11:08) and the Netherlands’ Odette Deudekom (1:14:06). Men’s PTIV Australia’s Jonathan Goerlach won the men’s PTVI in 1:05:12, with the Netherlands’ Daniel Knegt (1:06:32) in second and Goerlach’s compatriot Gerrard Gosens (1:07:15) in third. Men’s PTS4 Alexis Hanquinquant ensured a double celebration for France as he claimed victory in the men’s PTS4 with a time...

Australian Paratriathletes shine in Gold Coast

Triathlon News - Sat, 08/04/2017 - 03:28
Australians Emily Tapp and Bill Chaffey excelled at the opening race of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Paratriathlon Series on home soil in Gold Coast, achieving qualification for next year’s Commonwealth Games. The event was held on the proposed course for Gold Coast 2018, where Paratriathlon will make its Commonwealth Games debut, adding further incentive for the Australian Paratriathletes competing. Women’s PTCH In the women’s PTHC, Tapp pulled clear during the 750m swim, before extending her advantage during the 20km bike and five kilometre run to finish in a winning time of 1:16:32. The USA’s Mary Catherine Callahan (1:26:23) was Tapp’s nearest challenger. Australia’s Sarah Tait rounded off the podium, completing the course in a time of 1:37:21. Men’s PTCH Five-time world champion Chaffey secured the qualification spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the men’s equivalent, after finishing second in a time of 1:03:47. The Netherlands’ world and Paralympic champion Jetze Plat impressed in his first race since winning gold at Rio 2016, completing the Gold Coast course in 58:22 to take the win. France’s Ahmed Andaloussi finished third in a time of 1:05:52. Women’s PTS2 Another Rio 2016 gold medallist who impressed in Gold Coast was the USA’s Allysa Seely in the women’s PTS2. She followed up her victory at last month’s CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships, by winning in a time of 1:26:35. Japan’s Yukako Hata (1:34:01) and Spain’s Rakel Mateo Uriarte (1:40:26) completed the podium. Men’s PTS2 France’s Stephane Bahier (1:08:30) won a hotly contested men’s PTS2, finishing one minute clear of the USA’s Mark Barr (1:09:31). Bahier, Barr and Australia’s third-placed Brant Garvey (1:13:14) were side-by-side in transition two, but the Frenchman pulled clear on the run to win. Women’s PTVI There was no such joy for PT5 Paralympic champion Katie Kelly (1:32.19) as she finished fifth in the women’s PTVI. The race was won by USA’s Elizabeth Baker in 1:10:36, who held off the challenge of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:11:08) and the Netherlands’ Odette Deudekom (1:14:06). Men’s PTIV Australia’s Jonathan Goerlach won the men’s PTVI in 1:05:12, with the Netherlands’ Daniel Knegt (1:06:32) in second and Goerlach’s compatriot Gerrard Gosens (1:07:15) in third. Men’s PTS4 Alexis Hanquinquant ensured a double celebration for France as he claimed victory in the men’s PTS4 with a time...

Gold Coast 2017 Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 09:42
The 2017 World Triathlon Series speeds up this weekend on Australia’s Gold Coast. Some of the athletes who will toe the startline for the sprint distance race spoke to the media on Thursday, including Andrea Hewitt, Charlotte McShane, Katie Zaferes, Javier Gomez Noya, Richard Murray and Ryan Bailie. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) On her win in Abu Dhabi: “I hadn’t been on the top of the podium in a while, so it was nice in the first race of the season too, not knowing how the training had been going over the summer. Going from New Zealand to win in Abu Dhabi was a perfect start.” On the longevity of his career: “I just enjoy it, I enjoy the travelling and the racing. My first international race was in Australia, I came over to Australia and raced in the Coral Coast triathlon, it doesn’t feel that long ago though I have been going around for a while.” On Triathlon New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games selection: “The New Zealand standard is if I can get in the top six I can qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games, so I look forward to competing for New Zealand again. The Commonwealth Games is a big race for New Zealand, I got third in Melbourne in 2006, I didn’t go as well as I wanted too - so I’d love to make up for that in Gold Coast.” Charlotte McShane(AUS) On the automatic selection opportunity at Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games: “I guess my focus for this year, along with the other Australians, is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Everything I have done has been building up to this, so I’m excited to get out there. I’m going to try and not think about it as being the first Australian, because I still want to be better than everyone else on the start line, so I think it’s important not to get too caught up in that. At the end of the day, if you are the first Australian and you are 11th it doesn’t matter anyway, so the goal for me is to be in the best place I can finish. On her experience moving up from underage racing to World Triathlon Series: “I guess patience comes into a lot. It’s difficult and the girls are super tough. I think one of the hardest things when you are younger is trying to find that consistency, and that can be quite tough mentally. One week you might be ok and the next week not so good. So it’s just about finding that consistency, so I think I’m getting better at that and hopefully over the next few years I can improve.” Katie Zaferes (USA) On her month-long training stint on the Gold Coast: “It’s been really great. We’ve...

Gold Coast 2017 Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 09:41
The 2017 World Triathlon Series speeds up this weekend on Australia’s Gold Coast. Some of the athletes who will toe the startline for the sprint distance race spoke to the media on Thursday, including Andrea Hewitt, Charlotte McShane, Katie Zaferes, Javier Gomez Noya, Richard Murray and Ryan Bailie. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) On her win in Abu Dhabi: “I hadn’t been on the top of the podium in a while, so it was nice in the first race of the season too, not knowing how the training had been going over the summer. Going from New Zealand to win in Abu Dhabi was a perfect start.” On the longevity of her career: “I just enjoy it, I enjoy the travelling and the racing. My first international race was in Australia, I came over to Australia and raced in the Coral Coast triathlon, it doesn’t feel that long ago though I have been going around for a while.” On Triathlon New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games selection: “The New Zealand standard is if I can get in the top six I can qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games, so I look forward to competing for New Zealand again. The Commonwealth Games is a big race for New Zealand, I got third in Melbourne in 2006, I didn’t go as well as I wanted too - so I’d love to make up for that in Gold Coast.” Charlotte McShane(AUS) On the automatic selection opportunity at Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games: “I guess my focus for this year, along with the other Australians, is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Everything I have done has been building up to this, so I’m excited to get out there. I’m going to try and not think about it as being the first Australian, because I still want to be better than everyone else on the start line, so I think it’s important not to get too caught up in that. At the end of the day, if you are the first Australian and you are 11th it doesn’t matter anyway, so the goal for me is to be in the best place I can finish. On her experience moving up from underage racing to World Triathlon Series: “I guess patience comes into a lot. It’s difficult and the girls are super tough. I think one of the hardest things when you are younger is trying to find that consistency, and that can be quite tough mentally. One week you might be ok and the next week not so good. So it’s just about finding that consistency, so I think I’m getting better at that and hopefully over the next few years I can improve.” Katie Zaferes (USA) On her month-long training stint on the Gold Coast: “It’s been really great. We’ve...

Gold Coast 2017 Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 09:41
The 2017 World Triathlon Series speeds up this weekend on Australia’s Gold Coast. Some of the athletes who will toe the startline for the sprint distance race spoke to the media on Thursday, including Andrea Hewitt, Charlotte McShane, Katie Zaferes, Javier Gomez Noya, Richard Murray and Ryan Bailie. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) On her win in Abu Dhabi: “I hadn’t been on the top of the podium in a while, so it was nice in the first race of the season too, not knowing how the training had been going over the summer. Going from New Zealand to win in Abu Dhabi was a perfect start.” On the longevity of her career: “I just enjoy it, I enjoy the travelling and the racing. My first international race was in Australia, I came over to Australia and raced in the Coral Coast triathlon, it doesn’t feel that long ago though I have been going around for a while.” On Triathlon New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games selection: “The New Zealand standard is if I can get in the top six I can qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games, so I look forward to competing for New Zealand again. The Commonwealth Games is a big race for New Zealand, I got third in Melbourne in 2006, I didn’t go as well as I wanted too - so I’d love to make up for that in Gold Coast.” Charlotte McShane(AUS) On the automatic selection opportunity at Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games: “I guess my focus for this year, along with the other Australians, is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Everything I have done has been building up to this, so I’m excited to get out there. I’m going to try and not think about it as being the first Australian, because I still want to be better than everyone else on the start line, so I think it’s important not to get too caught up in that. At the end of the day, if you are the first Australian and you are 11th it doesn’t matter anyway, so the goal for me is to be in the best place I can finish. On her experience moving up from underage racing to World Triathlon Series: “I guess patience comes into a lot. It’s difficult and the girls are super tough. I think one of the hardest things when you are younger is trying to find that consistency, and that can be quite tough mentally. One week you might be ok and the next week not so good. So it’s just about finding that consistency, so I think I’m getting better at that and hopefully over the next few years I can improve.” Katie Zaferes (USA) On her month-long training stint on the Gold Coast: “It’s been really great. We’ve...

Gold Coast to Offer Up Fast and Furious Men’s Race

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:16
The World Triathlon Series torch gets passed to Oceania this weekend as the elites take on the second stop of the season at the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast. This year will mark the second straight time that Australia has hosted the second stop of the Series, but unlike last year the elites will set foot on a sprint-distance course for the first time in 2017. The shorter course makes for faster competition as the sport’s top men toe the line for a one lap 750-metre swim, four lap 20-kilometre bike and two lap five-kilometre run. The action will be back-to-back action this weekend as both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is back and ready to produce some wins after he captured the WTS opening race in Abu Dhabi, which was his first ITU race back from injury in months. He will once again return to the Gold Coast, where he will sport the golden number one and top the men’s start list. As a five-time ITU World Champion, Gomez is a veteran when it comes to success on the race course, but he has not raced a sprint distance since Edmonton in 2015, so we will see how he ventures on Saturday. Gomez will be joined by two of his fellow Spanish compatriots that have learned a thing or two from him and are among the top men in the field. One is none other than the reigning World Champion Mario Mola. While his eighth-place finish in Abu Dhabi did not give him the result that he normally can produce, he has shown a strength on the shorter sprint courses, so he will be in his element on Saturday. He also is the reinging WTS Gold Coast Champion, so he will be on the move to get a repeat title this weekend. While Fernando Alarza is another Spaniard to look out for. He finished just off the podium in fourth in Abu Dhabi and has really showcased his strong running abilities last season. However, it seems that the man of the hour is South Africa’s Richard Murray. His 2017 is resulting in an early hot streak as he has so far claimed two World Cup races, fifth in Abu Dhabi and was named the inaugural Super League Champion. He also excels on the sprint course, both of his World Cup wins in Cape Town and New Plymouth were on the shorter distance, so if he keeps his momentum going he is definitely going to make the Gold Coast podium. The Aussie men to be put on the radar is Jacob...

Gold Coast to Offer Up Fast and Furious Men’s Race

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:16
The World Triathlon Series torch gets passed to Oceania this weekend as the elites take on the second stop of the season at the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast. This year will mark the second straight time that Australia has hosted the second stop of the Series, but unlike last year the elites will set foot on a sprint-distance course for the first time in 2017. The shorter course makes for faster competition as the sport’s top men toe the line for a one lap 750-metre swim, four lap 20-kilometre bike and two lap five-kilometre run. The action will be back-to-back action this weekend as both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is back and ready to produce some wins after he captured the WTS opening race in Abu Dhabi, which was his first ITU race back from injury in months. He will once again return to the Gold Coast, where he will sport the golden number one and top the men’s start list. As a five-time ITU World Champion, Gomez is a veteran when it comes to success on the race course, but he has not raced a sprint distance since Edmonton in 2015, so we will see how he ventures on Saturday. Gomez will be joined by two of his fellow Spanish compatriots that have learned a thing or two from him and are among the top men in the field. One is none other than the reigning World Champion Mario Mola. While his eighth-place finish in Abu Dhabi did not give him the result that he normally can produce, he has shown a strength on the shorter sprint courses, so he will be in his element on Saturday. While Fernando Alarza is another Spaniard to look out for. He finished just off the podium in fourth in Abu Dhabi and has really showcased his strong running abilities last season. However, it seems that the man of the hour is South Africa’s Richard Murray. His 2017 is resulting in an early hot streak as he has so far claimed two World Cup races, fifth in Abu Dhabi and was named the inaugural Super League Champion. He also excels on the sprint course, both of his World Cup wins in Cape Town and New Plymouth were on the shorter distance, so if he keeps his momentum going he is definitely going to make the Gold Coast podium. The Aussie men to be put on the radar is Jacob Birtwhistle, Ryan Baile and Drew Box. Birtwhistle will be making his debut WTS appearance for the season in the...

Gold Coast to Offer Up Fast and Furious Men’s Race

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:16
The World Triathlon Series torch gets passed to Oceania this weekend as the elites take on the second stop of the season at the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast. This year will mark the second straight time that Australia has hosted the second stop of the Series, but unlike last year the elites will set foot on a sprint-distance course for the first time in 2017. The shorter course makes for faster competition as the sport’s top men toe the line for a one lap 750-metre swim, four lap 20-kilometre bike and two lap five-kilometre run. The action will be back-to-back action this weekend as both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is back and ready to produce some wins after he captured the WTS opening race in Abu Dhabi, which was his first ITU race back from injury in months. He will once again return to the Gold Coast, where he will sport the golden number one and top the men’s start list. As a five-time ITU World Champion, Gomez is a veteran when it comes to success on the race course, but he has not raced a sprint distance since Edmonton in 2015, so we will see how he ventures on Saturday. Gomez will be joined by two of his fellow Spanish compatriots that have learned a thing or two from him and are among the top men in the field. One is none other than the reigning World Champion Mario Mola. While his eighth-place finish in Abu Dhabi did not give him the result that he normally can produce, he has shown a strength on the shorter sprint courses, so he will be in his element on Saturday. He also is the reigning WTS Gold Coast Champion, so he will be on the move to get a repeat title this weekend. While Fernando Alarza is another Spaniard to look out for. He finished just off the podium in fourth in Abu Dhabi and has really showcased his strong running abilities last season. However, it seems that the man of the hour is South Africa’s Richard Murray. His 2017 is resulting in an early hot streak as he has so far claimed two World Cup races, fifth in Abu Dhabi and was named the inaugural Super League Champion. He also excels on the sprint course, both of his World Cup wins in Cape Town and New Plymouth were on the shorter distance, so if he keeps his momentum going he is definitely going to make the Gold Coast podium. The Aussie men to be put on the radar is Jacob...

Gold Coast to Offer Up Fast and Furious Men’s Race

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:16
The World Triathlon Series torch gets passed to Oceania this weekend as the elites take on the second stop of the season at the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast. This year will mark the second straight time that Australia has hosted the second stop of the Series, but unlike last year the elites will set foot on a sprint-distance course for the first time in 2017. The shorter course makes for faster competition as the sport’s top men toe the line for a one lap 750-metre swim, four lap 20-kilometre bike and two lap five-kilometre run. The action will be back-to-back action this weekend as both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is back and ready to produce some wins after he captured the WTS opening race in Abu Dhabi, which was his first ITU race back from injury in months. He will once again return to the Gold Coast, where he will sport the golden number one and top the men’s start list. As a five-time ITU World Champion, Gomez is a veteran when it comes to success on the race course, but he has not raced a sprint distance since Edmonton in 2015, so we will see how he ventures on Saturday. Gomez will be joined by two of his fellow Spanish compatriots that have learned a thing or two from him and are among the top men in the field. One is none other than the reigning World Champion Mario Mola. While his eighth-place finish in Abu Dhabi did not give him the result that he normally can produce, he has shown a strength on the shorter sprint courses, so he will be in his element on Saturday. He also is the reigning WTS Gold Coast Champion, so he will be on the move to get a repeat title this weekend. While Fernando Alarza is another Spaniard to look out for. He finished just off the podium in fourth in Abu Dhabi and has really showcased his strong running abilities last season. However, it seems that the man of the hour is South Africa’s Richard Murray. His 2017 is resulting in an early hot streak as he has so far claimed two World Cup races, fifth in Abu Dhabi and was named the inaugural Super League Champion. He also excels on the sprint course, both of his World Cup wins in Cape Town and New Plymouth were on the shorter distance, so if he keeps his momentum going he is definitely going to make the Gold Coast podium. The Aussie men to be put on the radar is Jacob...

Gold Coast to Offer Up Fast and Furious Men’s Race

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:16
The World Triathlon Series torch gets passed to Oceania this weekend as the elites take on the second stop of the season at the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast. This year will mark the second straight time that Australia has hosted the second stop of the Series, but unlike last year the elites will set foot on a sprint-distance course for the first time in 2017. The shorter course makes for faster competition as the sport’s top men toe the line for a one lap 750-metre swim, four lap 20-kilometre bike and two lap five-kilometre run. The action will be back-to-back action this weekend as both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is back and ready to produce some wins after he captured the WTS opening race in Abu Dhabi, which was his first ITU race back from injury in months. He will once again return to the Gold Coast, where he will sport the golden number one and top the men’s start list. As a five-time ITU World Champion, Gomez is a veteran when it comes to success on the race course, but he has not raced a sprint distance since Edmonton in 2015, so we will see how he ventures on Saturday. Gomez will be joined by two of his fellow Spanish compatriots that have learned a thing or two from him and are among the top men in the field. One is none other than the reigning World Champion Mario Mola. While his eighth-place finish in Abu Dhabi did not give him the result that he normally can produce, he has shown a strength on the shorter sprint courses, so he will be in his element on Saturday. He also is the reigning WTS Gold Coast Champion, so he will be on the move to get a repeat title this weekend. While Fernando Alarza is another Spaniard to look out for. He finished just off the podium in fourth in Abu Dhabi and has really showcased his strong running abilities last season. However, it seems that the man of the hour is South Africa’s Richard Murray. His 2017 is resulting in an early hot streak as he has so far claimed two World Cup races, fifth in Abu Dhabi and was named the inaugural Super League Champion. He also excels on the sprint course, both of his World Cup wins in Cape Town and New Plymouth were on the shorter distance, so if he keeps his momentum going he is definitely going to make the Gold Coast podium. The Aussie men to be put on the radar is Jacob...

Women Ready to Sprint in Gold Coast

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 22:49
For the second year in a row, the elites head down under to Australia to compete in the second stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series. This year, the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast will host the first sprint-distance course of the year, offering up the chance to unveil who is the first athlete of the season to outrace the competition on the shorter yet faster stage. Both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. After the incredible sprint finish in the WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi that landed her the first gold medal of the season, it will be Andrea Hewitt (NZL) who tops the women’s start list. While Hewitt is known as one of the more consistent athletes on the circuit as she finishes in the top tier in the majority of her races, she had not been able to achieve WTS gold since 2011. Now having gotten back to the top of the podium, it will be a test to see if she can stay there. In Abu Dhabi, Hewitt outsprinted Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson in the final seconds on the blue carpet. But while she just missed out on the win, it was Stimpson who had one of the stronger performances of the day. Her cycling abilities during the event were outstanding as she singlehandedly merged the chase pack with the leaders and pushed the tempo for the rest of the race. After the WTS opener it was clear that Stimpson is going to be a real threat this season, so it will be exciting to watch and see what she has up her sleeve for Saturday’s competition. Stimpson also lines up in Gold Coast as the 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion, and as the countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast hit the one year mark, it will be exciting to see the reigning Champ compete at the same venue as she will compete at next year. The local crowd has a group of local Aussie talent that can be anticipated to do well this weekend. Gillian Backhouse, Charlotte McShane and Ashleigh Gentle are three rising Aussie talent in the women’s field that are ready to continue the Australian legacy of strong females. Especially in the absence of Olympian Emma Moffart, who announced her retirement after that season, there is a space to fill for who is the top Aussie woman. Backhouse finished sixth in Abu Dhabi, which is a climb back up the ladder after some mid-roster finishes in 2016. Training partners McShane and Gentle both have WTS podium success, so...

Women Ready to Sprint in Gold Coast

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 22:49
For the second year in a row, the elites head down under to Australia to compete in the second stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series. This year, the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast will host the first sprint-distance course of the year, offering up the chance to unveil who is the first athlete of the season to outrace the competition on the shorter yet faster stage. Both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. After the incredible sprint finish in the WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi that landed her the first gold medal of the season, it will be Andrea Hewitt (NZL) who tops the women’s start list. While Hewitt is known as one of the more consistent athletes on the circuit as she finishes in the top tier in the majority of her races, she had not been able to achieve WTS gold since 2011. Now having gotten back to the top of the podium, it will be a test to see if she can stay there. In Abu Dhabi, Hewitt outsprinted Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson in the final seconds on the blue carpet. But while she just missed out on the win, it was Stimpson who had one of the stronger performances of the day. Her cycling abilities during the event were outstanding as she singlehandedly merged the chase pack with the leaders and pushed the tempo for the rest of the race. After the WTS opener it was clear that Stimpson is going to be a real threat this season, so it will be exciting to watch and see what she has up her sleeve for Saturday’s competition. Stimpson also lines up in Gold Coast as the 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion, and as the countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast hit the one year mark, it will be exciting to see the reigning Champ compete at the same venue as she will compete at next year. The local crowd has a group of local Aussie talent that can be anticipated to do well this weekend. Gillian Backhouse, Charlotte McShane and Ashleigh Gentle are three rising Aussie talent in the women’s field that are ready to continue the Australian legacy of strong females. Especially in the absence of Olympian Emma Moffart, who announced her retirement after that season, there is a space to fill for who is the top Aussie woman. Backhouse finished sixth in Abu Dhabi, which is a climb back up the ladder after some mid-roster finishes in 2016. Training partners McShane and Gentle both have WTS podium success, so...

Women Ready to Sprint in Gold Coast

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 22:49
For the second year in a row, the elites head down under to Australia to compete in the second stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series. This year, the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast will host the first sprint-distance course of the year, offering up the chance to unveil who is the first athlete of the season to outrace the competition on the shorter yet faster stage. Both the men and the women will line up on Saturday, April 8 with the women kick starting the race day with a 14:00 start time. The men will then follow at 16:00 local time. After the incredible sprint finish in the WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi that landed her the first gold medal of the season, it will be Andrea Hewitt (NZL) who tops the women’s start list. While Hewitt is known as one of the more consistent athletes on the circuit as she finishes in the top tier in the majority of her races, she had not been able to achieve WTS gold since 2011. Now having gotten back to the top of the podium, it will be a test to see if she can stay there. In Abu Dhabi, Hewitt outsprinted Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson in the final seconds on the blue carpet. But while she just missed out on the win, it was Stimpson who had one of the stronger performances of the day. Her cycling abilities during the event were outstanding as she singlehandedly merged the chase pack with the leaders and pushed the tempo for the rest of the race. After the WTS opener it was clear that Stimpson is going to be a real threat this season, so it will be exciting to watch and see what she has up her sleeve for Saturday’s competition. The local crowd has a group of local Aussie talent that can be anticipated to do well this weekend. Gillian Backhouse, Charlotte McShane and Ashleigh Gentle are three rising Aussie talent in the women’s field that are ready to continue the Australian legacy of strong females. Especially in the absence of Olympian Emma Moffart, who announced her retirement after that season, there is a space to fill for who is the top Aussie woman. Backhouse finished sixth in Abu Dhabi, which is a climb back up the ladder after some mid-roster finishes in 2016. Training partners McShane and Gentle both have WTS podium success, so it just becomes a matter of who can be the first Aussie woman to get a medal for this season. But another nation who is bringing the heat is the USA. Last weekend at the New Plymouth World Cup, six U.S. women finished in the top ten, one of which, Katie Zaferes, won the...

ITU President, Marisol Casado, elected to the ASOIF Council

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 21:26
The International Triathlon Union is pleased to announce that President Marisol Casado has been elected to the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) at the General Assembly held in Aarhus, Denmark. Ms. Casado, also an IOC member, was elected to one of the four vacancies on the six-member ASOIF Council, and will serve on a two-year term until 2019. Also elected were IAAF President, Sebastian Coe; World Archery President Ugur Erdener and C K Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The newly elected Council members will join Patrick Baumann (FIBA Secretary General) and Patxi Perurena (ICF President) as Council members, under the Presidency of Francesco Ricci Bitti. After the voting, Ms. Casado, the only female member of the ASOIF Council, said: “I feel extremely proud to be part of he ASOIF Council. I will serve with dedication, commitment, transparency and loyalty to all Summer Olympic International Sport Federations, as I have always done in the International Triathlon Union.” “There are 28 summer international federations and now, as a Council member, I have the responsibility of strengthening the solid link among the summer IFs, the IOC and Organising Committees of Summer Olympic Games. I am committed to making this responsibility my duty and working even more closely with the members federations. It is only with our constant work and dedication that we keep on developing our sports and engaging with the society, as ASOIF has been doing with great commitment under the presidency of Ricci Bitti”, she said. The ASOIF Council is composed of a President and six Members, all from different International Federations and elected for four-year terms. As per the ASOIF Statutes each Council Member can only serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Tasks of the Council include to prepare, conduct and manage the General Assembly as well as to implement the decisions and resolutions taken by it. Casado was also member of the Council between 2011 and 2013.

ITU President, Marisol Casado, elected to the ASOIF Council

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 21:26
The International Triathlon Union is pleased to announce that President Marisol Casado has been elected to the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) at the General Assembly held in Aarhus, Denmark. Ms. Casado, also an IOC member, was elected to one of the four vacancies on the six-member ASOIF Council, and will serve on a two-year term until 2019. Also elected were IAAF President, Sebastian Coe; World Archery President Ugur Erdener and C K Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The newly elected Council members will join Patrick Baumann (FIBA Secretary General) and Patxi Perurena (ICF President) as Council members, under the Presidency of Francesco Ricci Bitti. After the voting, Ms. Casado, the only female member of the ASOIF Council, said: “I feel extremely proud to be part of he ASOIF Council. I will serve with dedication, commitment, transparency and loyalty to all Summer Olympic International Sport Federations, as I have always done in the International Triathlon Union.” “There are 28 summer international federations and now, as a Council member, I have the responsibility of strengthening the solid link among the summer IFs, the IOC and Organising Committees of Summer Olympic Games. I am committed to making this responsibility my duty and working even more closely with the members federations. It is only with our constant work and dedication that we keep on developing our sports and engaging with the society, as ASOIF has been doing with great commitment under the presidency of Ricci Bitti”, she said. The ASOIF Council is composed of a President and six Members, all from different International Federations and elected for four-year terms. As per the ASOIF Statutes each Council Member can only serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Tasks of the Council include to prepare, conduct and manage the General Assembly as well as to implement the decisions and resolutions taken by it.

ITU President, Marisol Casado, elected to the ASOIF Council

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 21:26
The International Triathlon Union is pleased to announce that President Marisol Casado has been elected to the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) at the General Assembly held in Aarhus, Denmark. Ms. Casado, also an IOC member, was elected to one of the four vacancies on the six-member ASOIF Council, and will serve on a two-year term until 2019. Also elected were IAAF President, Sebastian Coe; World Archery President Ugur Erdener and C K Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The newly elected Council members will join Patrick Baumann (FIBA Secretary General) and Patxi Perurena (ICF President) as Council members, under the Presidency of Francesco Ricci Bitti. After the voting, Ms. Casado, the only female member of the ASOIF Council, said: “I feel extremely proud to be part of he ASOIF Council. I will serve with dedication, commitment, transparency and loyalty to all Summer Olympic International Sport Federations, as I have always done in the International Triathlon Union.” “There are 28 summer international federations and now, as a Council member, I have the responsibility of strengthening the solid link among the summer IFs, the IOC and Organising Committees of Summer Olympic Games. I am committed to making this responsibility my duty and working even more closely with the members federations. It is only with our constant work and dedication that we keep on developing our sports and engaging with the society, as ASOIF has been doing with great commitment under the presidency of Ricci Bitti”, she said. The ASOIF Council is composed of a President and six Members, all from different International Federations and elected for four-year terms. As per the ASOIF Statutes each Council Member can only serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Tasks of the Council include to prepare, conduct and manage the General Assembly as well as to implement the decisions and resolutions taken by it.

Friendship put aside as Pilbeam, Harvey renew rivalry in #WTSGoldCoast

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:23
Australians Sally Pilbeam and Kerryn Harvey will renew their rivalry on Saturday (8 April) when the ITU World ParaTriathlon Series gets underway on their home course in Gold Coast. It is actually the rivalry that makes them better in the women’s PTS4 category. “Kerryn is an amazing athlete - she pushes me every time we race each other. We have very similar disabilities so we both learn a lot from each other. We both go out there to win, but always catch up for a drink after the race,” Pilbeam said. Pilbeam, in fact, influenced Harvey to take up the sport after having her arm and shoulder amputated in 2013 after contracting a rare and life-threatening infection from a cycling crash. “When I was first considering a return to triathlon I travelled to Sydney and watched Sally race; seeing her swimming, riding and running gave me the belief that it was all possible,” Harvey said. The pair have gone head-to-head in local and international races. But there is one race that remains in Harvey’s memory, not just because she beat Pilbeam. “It was Sunshine Coast back in 2014 and my second race as a Paratriathlete. Sally and I both suffered severely in the heat and humidity, and it was survival of the fittest. Sally was in front until around 1km to go on the run when I passed her. I can barely remember crossing the finish line in first place. Both of us ended up in ambulances on drips. It was epic but it took me a long time to recover,” Harvey said. Harvey got her season underway at the Oceania Championships last month, while Pilbeam will begin her season in Gold Coast. “Last year was difficult for me so I come into this year refreshed and feeling positive about the new season,” said PIlbeam, a two-time world champion. “I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to travel around the world to compete, but racing at home is special. You always seem to find something extra when racing at home.” Fellow Australian and five-time world champion Bill Chaffey began his season with a win after overcoming a crash to add another Oceania Championships title on his home course in March. Chaffey will be hoping to win again on home soil in Gold Coast on Saturday, but he faces fierce competition in the men’s PTHC category. His main challenge will likely come from the Netherlands’ world and Paralympic champion Jetze Plat, who will be competing for the first time since winning gold at Rio 2016. Another Paralympic champion on the start list includes...

Friendship put aside as Pilbeam, Harvey renew rivalry in #WTSGoldCoast

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:23
Australians Sally Pilbeam and Kerryn Harvey will renew their rivalry on Saturday (8 April) when the ITU World ParaTriathlon Series gets underway on their home course in Gold Coast. It is actually the rivalry that makes them better in the women’s PTS4 category. “Kerryn is an amazing athlete - she pushes me every time we race each other. We have very similar disabilities so we both learn a lot from each other. We both go out there to win, but always catch up for a drink after the race,” Pilbeam said. Pilbeam, in fact, influenced Harvey to take up the sport after having her arm and shoulder amputated in 2013 after contracting a rare and life-threatening infection from a cycling crash. “When I was first considering a return to triathlon I travelled to Sydney and watched Sally race; seeing her swimming, riding and running gave me the belief that it was all possible,” Harvey said. The pair have gone head-to-head in local and international races. But there is one race that remains in Harvey’s memory, not just because she beat Pilbeam. “It was Sunshine Coast back in 2014 and my second race as a Paratriathlete. Sally and I both suffered severely in the heat and humidity, and it was survival of the fittest. Sally was in front until around 1km to go on the run when I passed her. I can barely remember crossing the finish line in first place. Both of us ended up in ambulances on drips. It was epic but it took me a long time to recover,” Harvey said. Harvey got her season underway at the Oceania Championships last month, while Pilbeam will begin her season in Gold Coast. “Last year was difficult for me so I come into this year refreshed and feeling positive about the new season,” said PIlbeam, a two-time world champion. “I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to travel around the world to compete, but racing at home is special. You always seem to find something extra when racing at home.” Fellow Australian and five-time world champion Bill Chaffey began his season with a win after overcoming a crash to add another Oceania Championships title on his home course in March. Chaffey will be hoping to win again on home soil in Gold Coast on Saturday, but he faces fierce competition in the men’s PTHC category. His main challenge will likely come from the Netherlands’ world and Paralympic champion Jetze Plat, who will be competing for the first time since winning gold at Rio 2016. Another Paralympic champion on the start list includes...

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