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Old friendly rivals reunite in Yokohama

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

Old friendly rivals reunite in Yokohama

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

Big names return to WTS women’s field for Yokohama

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

Big names return to WTS women’s field for Yokohama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

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

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

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

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

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

Top athletes qualify for Chengdu World Cup Finals

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

Athletes chatter ahead of Chengdu World Cup

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

Athletes chatter ahead of Chengdu World Cup

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

Athletes get behind the #TriMixedRelays bid

Triathlon News - Thu, 04/05/2017 - 11:48
“It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, this week she was the first triathlete backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed Relays on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020. Hundreds of triathletes around the world, National Federations and Organizers of events have also joined the campaign. “I support the #TriMixedRelays” is trending everywhere. “Relays are unity in sport, an accomplishment bigger than the individual. Isn’t that what the Olympics is all about?” asked American triathlete Renée Tomlin. “Is my favorite event in the calendar,” replied British triathlon star Non Stanford, while her compatriot Helen Jenkins asked her followers to help to “get more triathlon on the Olympics.” “The Olympics is about athleticism, patriotism and awe. The Triathlon Mixed Relays massively fulfills this criteria and should be in Tokyo 2020,” expressed American Tommy Zaferes. “I support getting the Mixed Relays in Tokyo 2020,” said South African Richard Murray, a Relays bronze medalist himself at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Athletes around the world showed immediately that this format is loved by the whole triathlon family. From Lisa Norden (SWE) to Jodie Stimpson (GBR); from Fernando Alarza (ESP) to Ashleigh Gentle (AUS); from Aileen Reid (IRL) to Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) or Ben Kanute (USA), all were asking their teammates to push and try to get another chance at an Olympic medal. Even the ones without big teams, as Flora Duffy, current world champion, from Bermuda said, “Even though I won’t be able to race, as I’m the only triathlete from Bermuda racing at WTS level, I’d still love to see the #TriMixedRelays at the next Olympics.” The push to have the event included on the Olympic Programme is coming not only from the athletes but also from the National Federations. “What a spectacle it would be for the Triathlon Mixed Relays at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said the British Triathlon Federation. USA, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Mexico, France, Ireland… the number of Federations asking for it keeps growing day by day, with the total support of the athletes. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement for granted, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. The Major League...

Athletes get behind the #TriMixedRelays bid

Triathlon News - Thu, 04/05/2017 - 11:48
“It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, this week she was the first triathlete backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed Relays on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020. Hundreds of triathletes around the world, National Federations and Organizers of events have also joined the campaign. “I support the #TriMixedRelays” is trending everywhere. “Relays are unity in sport, an accomplishment bigger than the individual. Isn’t that what the Olympics is all about?” asked American triathlete Renée Tomlin. “Is my favorite event in the calendar,” replied British triathlon star Non Stanford, while her compatriot Helen Jenkins asked her followers to help to “get more triathlon on the Olympics.” “The Olympics is about athleticism, patriotism and awe. The Triathlon Mixed Relays massively fulfills this criteria and should be in Tokyo 2020,” expressed American Tommy Zaferes. “I support getting the Mixed Relays in Tokyo 2020,” said South African Richard Murray, a Relays bronze medalist himself at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Athletes around the world showed immediately that this format is loved by the whole triathlon family. From Lisa Norden (SWE) to Jodie Stimpson (GBR); from Fernando Alarza (ESP) to Ashleigh Gentle (AUS); from Aileen Reid (IRL) to Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) or Ben Kanute (USA), all were asking their teammates to push and try to get another chance at an Olympic medal. Even the ones without big teams, as Flora Duffy, current world champion, from Bermuda said, “Even though I won’t be able to race, as I’m the only triathlete from Bermuda racing at WTS level, I’d still love to see the #TriMixedRelays at the next Olympics.” The push to have the event included on the Olympic Programme is coming not only from the athletes but also from the National Federations. “What a spectacle it would be for the Triathlon Mixed Relays at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said the British Triathlon Federation. USA, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Mexico, France… the number of Federations asking for it keeps growing day by day, with the total support of the athletes. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement for granted, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. The Major League Triathlon also...

Athletes get behind the #TriMixedRelays bid

Triathlon News - Thu, 04/05/2017 - 11:48
“It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, this week she was the first triathlete backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed Relays on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020. Hundreds of triathletes around the world, National Federations and Organizers of events have also joined the campaign. “I support the #TriMixedRelays” is trending everywhere. “Relays are unity in sport, an accomplishment bigger than the individual. Isn’t that what the Olympics is all about?” asked American triathlete Renée Tomlin. “Is my favorite event in the calendar,” replied British triathlon star Non Stanford, while her compatriot Helen Jenkins asked her followers to help to “get more triathlon on the Olympics.” “The Olympics is about athleticism, patriotism and awe. The Triathlon Mixed Relays massively fulfills this criteria and should be in Tokyo 2020,” expressed American Tommy Zaferes. “I support getting the Mixed Relays in Tokyo 2020,” said South African Richard Murray, a Relays bronze medalist himself at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Athletes around the world showed immediately that this format is loved by the whole triathlon family. From Lisa Norden (SWE) to Jodie Stimpson (GBR); from Fernando Alarza (ESP) to Ashleigh Gentle (AUS); from Aileen Reid (IRL) to Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) or Ben Kanute (USA), all were asking their teammates to push and try to get another chance at an Olympic medal. Even the ones without big teams, as Flora Duffy, current world champion, from Bermuda said, “Even though I won’t be able to race, as I’m the only triathlete from Bermuda racing at WTS level, I’d still love to see the #TriMixedRelays at the next Olympics.” The push to have the event included on the Olympic Programme is coming not only from the athletes but also from the National Federations. “What a spectacle it would be for the Triathlon Mixed Relays at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said the British Triathlon Federation. USA, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Mexico, France, Ireland… the number of Federations asking for it keeps growing day by day, with the total support of the athletes. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement for granted, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. The Major League...

Chengdu World Cup to host first semi-final race format of season

Triathlon News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 22:47
In the fourth stop of the World Cup series, China will host the first semi-final; final format of the year at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. The multi-race format will consist of two different events with two different distances held over the course of two days. In a semi-final elimination round, athletes will complete a sprint-distance course, which consists of a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. The men’s field will have a total of three semi-final rounds where the top nine men from each round will qualify for the finals, followed by the next top three fastest combined times to create a total of 30 men for the “A” Final start list. For the women, two heats will occur with the top 14 finishers from both rounds combined with the next two fastest times will create the 30-woman “A” Final roster. In both genders the athletes with the time of 31st to 60th position in the semi-finals will qualify for the “B” Finals. The Finals will then consist of a super sprint-distance format, which will see the athletes completing a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run to crown the final winners. Women’s Preview In the first heat of the women’s event, 23 athletes will toe the line to kickstart the sprint distance elimination rounds. USA’s Kirsten Kasper tops the first start list having been one of the few women to have reached the top of the ITU World Cup podium. She will race as the lone American, stepping up against a strong British showing for the first heat. Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth are teaming up in the semi-final round. Hall won the first World Cup race of the season in Cape Town, with Learmonth, her training partner, taking second place. The two are very strong cyclists and work well together, so are huge threats if they end up side-by-side on the bike. Aussie Emma Jeffcoat nears the top of the start list, she is an up-and-coming female lead for Australia, who has been rising in the rankings and in finishes. In the second semi-final round, Brits Vicky Holland and Non Stanford are making their ITU competition debuts. Holland, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Bronze Medallist tops the start list and will be racing in her first World Cup since 2014. And while she is a regular on the World Triathlon Series podium, she has never graced the World Cup one, so starting off her 2017 season with some hardware would be a good way to begin. She will be squaring off Stanford, her former training...

Chengdu World Cup to host first semi-final race format of season

Triathlon News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 22:47
In the fourth stop of the World Cup series, China will host the first semi-final; final format of the year at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. The multi-race format will consist of two different events with two different distances held over the course of two days. In a semi-final elimination round, athletes will complete a sprint-distance course, which consists of a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. The men’s field will have a total of three semi-final rounds where the top eight men from each round will qualify for the finals, followed by the next top six fastest combined times to create a total of 30 men for the final start list. For the women, two heats will occur with the top 14 finishers from both rounds combined with the next two fastest times will create the 30-woman final roster. The final race will then consist of a super sprint-distance format, which will see the athletes completing a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run to crown the overall champions. Women’s Preview In the first heat of the women’s event, 23 athletes will toe the line to kickstart the sprint distance elimination rounds. USA’s Kirsten Kasper tops the first start list having been one of the few women to have reached the top of the ITU World Cup podium. She will race as the lone American, stepping up against a strong British showing for the first heat. Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth are teaming up in the semi-final round. Hall won the first World Cup race of the season in Cape Town, with Learmonth, her training partner, taking second place. The two are very strong cyclists and work well together, so are huge threats if they end up side-by-side on the bike. Aussie Emma Jeffcoat nears the top of the start list, she is an up-and-coming female lead for Australia, who has been rising in the rankings and in finishes. In the second semi-final round, Brits Vicky Holland and Non Stanford are making their ITU competition debuts. Holland, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Bronze Medallist tops the start list and will be racing in her first World Cup since 2014. And while she is a regular on the World Triathlon Series podium, she has never graced the World Cup one, so starting off her 2017 season with some hardware would be a good way to begin. She will be squaring off Stanford, her former training partner and housemate. Stanford also has not raced in the World Cup circuit since 2011, so it will be a good welcome back to the...

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