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Duffy claims her fourth win of the season in WTS Edmonton

Triathlon News - Sat, 29/07/2017 - 21:14
The 2017 season seems to be the perfect one for Bermudian Flora Duffy, who claimed her fourth victory in a row in the World Triathlon series, after winning by a close margin in the Sprint race in Edmonton. The now leader of the series, Flora, was joined on the podium by young American Taylor Knibb and fellow compatriot Katie Zaferes. “It was pretty spot on, so thank you, Edmonton”, said Duffy after her victory. “Taylor (Knibb) is riding super strong at the moment, I have been in a breakaway with her before, in Montreal last year, We worked together really well, but she was so strong I thought she might be running really strong too, so I attacked her on the last hill to get a little buffer”. With a sunny and warm day in Edmonton, 33 women dive in the water for a 750m swim that was lead since the very first strokes by Spaniard Carolina Routier. She was joined after the first buoy by American Summer Cook and Brazilian Vanessa Lopes, and the three of them led the pack out of the water. But they were closely followed by an impressive American army in the water, with Kirsten Kasper, Katie Zaferes, Taylor Spivey and Tayler Knibb were among the first few athletes out of the water as well as Flora Duffy, all with a super fast swim under nine minutes. When it came to the bike, only a few Americans were able to follow the hard push of the Bermudian on the new bike course - Kasper, Zaferes and Knibb. The hill at the middle of each lap was enough for Duffy to break away with Knibb, the young American, only 19 years old and on her third WTS race of her career, pushed hard to relive the race in 2016 and opened a gap with Kasper and Zaferes, which at the end of the two laps was 18 seconds. But with three laps to go, both Americans were chased by the big pursuing group, and Duffy and Knibb’s difference was more than a minute, enough to allow them a bit of relaxation before transition. When the bike looked almost done, Duffy did another great push on the bell lap, enough to allow her to make it to the transition alone, with 12 seconds over Knibb. Behind them, at a minute and a half, the big chase group with some of the greatest runners of the circuit. So when it all came to the 5km run, Flora just kept her rhythm to secure herself the victory, the fourth of the season and the sixth of her career. Behind her, and astonishing Knibb, who managed to cross the finish line second to get her first ever WTS podium. In third, after a hard battle with Summer Cook, was Katie...

Spaniards battle it out for top spot in Edmonton

Triathlon News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 07:18
After running through three continents and five different countries, the 2017 World Triathlon Series embarks on Canada, North America, where for the first time in WTS history the series will have back-to-back event weekends and see two different WTS races held in the same country. For the sixth installment of the circuit, the WTS will hit up Alberta for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton before then crossing the nation to Montreal. Edmonton is set to host the third sprint distance race of the year. The men’s field is loading up with all the best short-course talent to ensure that Saturday’s race will be held at epic proportions. The top three positions on the overall WTS leaderboard rankings still belong to the Spanish. Mario Mola will line up for the men’s event wearing the familiar golden number. Although he has never won in Edmonton, the sprint distance suits his strengths. He also is coming into the sixth race of the city having just won in Hamburg, which was also a sprint distance event. The performances of Mola this year have been nothing but consistent and flawless, putting him in a prime position to go for a back-to-back World Championship. While Fernando Alarza (ESP) entered Hamburg as a frontrunner, a bike crash took him out of the running and he wasn’t able to finish the race. So Edmonton will be redemption for the Spaniard, eager to get back the WTS Leader Trophy. Javier Gomez Noya has not been on the WTS podium since Abu Dhabi, but as a seasoned veteran and five-time world champion, he sits comfortably in the third position in the rankings, still leaving sight for a battle for points. Jonathan Brownlee once again returns to the WTS 2017 season to race in only his third event of the year. After earning the silver medal in Leeds, he then had to miss out last minute in Hamburg. But Brownlee has traveled to Canada to uphold his Edmonton title that he locked in last year. And since the season is in the latter half of the Series, Brownlee still needs to get top notch finishes in every race if he wants a chance at racing for a World Title in the Rotterdam Grand Final. The Aussie that has been the one to watch this year has been Jacob Birtwhistle. He has been showcasing his talent over the last couple years, but it has been this season where the eyes of the world has really opened up to how much talent Birtwhistle has. His sprint finish in Hamburg in the individual event that landed him a silver medal was impressive, but then he...

Spaniards battle it out for top spot in Edmonton

Triathlon News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 07:18
After running through three continents and five different countries, the 2017 World Triathlon Series embarks on Canada, North America, where for the first time in WTS history the series will have back-to-back event weekends and see two different WTS races held in the same country. For the sixth installment of the circuit, the WTS will hit up Alberta for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton before then crossing the nation to Montreal. Edmonton is set to host the third sprint distance race of the year. The men’s field is loading up with all the best short-course talent to ensure that Saturday’s race will be held at epic proportions. The top three positions on the overall WTS leaderboard rankings still belong to the Spanish. Mario Mola will line up for the men’s event wearing the familiar golden number. Although he has never won in Edmonton, the sprint distance suits his strengths. He also is coming into the sixth race of the city having just won in Hamburg, which was also a sprint distance event. The performances of Mola this year have been nothing but consistent and flawless, putting him in a prime position to go for a back-to-back World Championship. While Fernando Alarza (ESP) entered Hamburg as a frontrunner, a bike crash took him out of the running and he wasn’t able to finish the race. So Edmonton will be redemption for the Spaniard, eager to get back the WTS Leader Trophy. Javier Gomez Noya has not been on the WTS podium since Abu Dhabi, but as a seasoned veteran and five-time world champion, he sits comfortably in the third position in the rankings, still leaving sight for a battle for points. Jonathan Brownlee once again returns to the WTS 2017 season to race in only his third event of the year. After earning the silver medal in Leeds, he then had to miss out last minute in Hamburg. But Brownlee has traveled to Canada to uphold his Edmonton title that he locked in last year. And since the season is in the latter half of the Series, Brownlee still needs to get top notch finishes in every race if he wants a chance at racing for a World Title in the Rotterdam Grand Final. The Aussie that has been the one to watch this year has been Jacob Birtwhistle. He has been showcasing his talent over the last couple years, but it has been this season where the eyes of the world has really opened up to how much talent Birtwhistle has. His sprint finish in Hamburg in the individual event that landed him a silver medal was impressive, but then he...

Spaniards battle it out for top spot in Edmonton

Triathlon News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 07:18
After running through three continents and five different countries, the 2017 World Triathlon Series embarks on Canada, North America, where for the first time in WTS history the series will have back-to-back event weekends and see two different WTS races held in the same country. For the sixth installment of the circuit, the WTS will hit up Alberta for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton before then crossing the nation to Montreal. Edmonton is set to host the third sprint distance race of the year. The men’s field is loading up with all the best short-course talent to ensure that Saturday’s race will be held at epic proportions. The top three positions on the overall WTS leaderboard rankings still belong to the Spanish. Mario Mola will line up for the men’s event wearing the familiar golden number. Although he has never won in Edmonton, the sprint distance suits his strengths. He also is coming into the sixth race of the city having just won in Hamburg, which was also a sprint distance event. The performances of Mola this year have been nothing but consistent and flawless, putting him in a prime position to go for a back-to-back World Championship. While Fernando Alarza (ESP) entered Hamburg as a frontrunner, a bike crash took him out of the running and he wasn’t able to finish the race. So Edmonton will be redemption for the Spaniard, eager to get back the WTS Leader Trophy. Javier Gomez Noya has not been on the WTS podium since Abu Dhabi, but as a seasoned veteran and five-time world champion, he sits comfortably in the third position in the rankings, still leaving sight for a battle for points. Jonathan Brownlee once again returns to the WTS 2017 season to race in only his third event of the year. After earning the silver medal in Leeds, he then had to miss out last minute in Hamburg. But Brownlee has traveled to Canada to uphold his Edmonton title that he locked in last year. And since the season is in the latter half of the Series, Brownlee still needs to get top notch finishes in every race if he wants a chance at racing for a World Title in the Rotterdam Grand Final. The Aussie that has been the one to watch this year has been Jacob Birtwhistle. He has been showcasing his talent over the last couple years, but it has been this season where the eyes of the world has really opened up to how much talent Birtwhistle has. His sprint finish in Hamburg in the individual event that landed him a silver medal was impressive, but then he...

Liisa Lilja hoping to break US dominance in Edmonton Paratriathlon Series

Triathlon News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 05:38
Finland’s Liisa Lilja is hoping to break the USA’s dominance in the women’s PTS2 category when she competes at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada on Friday (28 July). The USA’s Allysa Seely has dominated the class over recent years, and, while Seely will not be competing in Edmonton, her compatriot and Paralympic silver medallist Hailey Danz will be on the startline. Danz and Lilja have shared some brilliant battles since Lilja started the sport in 2015 and the Finnish Para triathlete is expecting another tough race in Edmonton. “I think the race will be tough and I hope I will be able to challenge Hailey,” Lilja said. “Last time we competed against each other [at the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Series], Hailey was two minutes faster than me. I am hoping the time difference will be narrower this weekend.” In Yokohama, Danz and Lilja reached transition two at the same time, but Danz pulled away on the run. “My running was really lousy on that day and Hailey ran off right on the first kilometre,” Lilja said. “In every race this season there has been something wrong, something to improve, but there is also progress from last season.” Lilja’s progress is shown in her recent results and she heads to Edmonton off the back of her first two international victories at the European Championships and Iseo-Franciacorta World Cup. But Lilja is always looking for ways to improve as she strives to be the best Paratriathlete she can. “I always want to be the fastest above the knee amputee in the race, so, of course winning in Kitzbühel and Iseo feels great,” Lilja said. “I have tried to develop my weaker sports, especially cycling, by competing in Paracycling races. I always want to develop which motivates me everyday in training.” Her next challenge is to try and beat Danz in Edmonton to continue her winning run, before taking on Danz and Seely at September’s World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. “After the race in Edmonton, I will know how far from the absolute top I am,” Lilja said. “It’s always a pleasure to compete with the US ladies. They are both very experienced and strong athletes and I respect them a lot.” Titles on the line In the men’s PTWC event, the Netherland’s Geert Schipper will be looking to win his second World Paratriathlon event of the season and repeat his success from Yokohama. The winners of the opening two World Paratriathlon events of the season will...

Liisa Lilja hoping to break US dominance in Edmonton Paratriathlon Series

Triathlon News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 05:37
Finland’s Liisa Lilja is hoping to break the USA’s dominance in the women’s PTS2 category when she competes at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada on Friday (28 July). The USA’s Allysa Seely has dominated the class over recent years, and, while Seely will not be competing in Edmonton, her compatriot and Paralympic silver medallist Hailey Danz will be on the startline. Danz and Lilja have shared some brilliant battles since Lilja started the sport in 2015 and the Finnish Para triathlete is expecting another tough race in Edmonton. “I think the race will be tough and I hope I will be able to challenge Hailey,” Lilja said. “Last time we competed against each other [at the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Series], Hailey was two minutes faster than me. I am hoping the time difference will be narrower this weekend.” In Yokohama, Danz and Lilja reached transition two at the same time, but Danz pulled away on the run. “My running was really lousy on that day and Hailey ran off right on the first kilometre,” Lilja said. “In every race this season there has been something wrong, something to improve, but there is also progress from last season.” Lilja’s progress is shown in her recent results and she heads to Edmonton off the back of her first two international victories at the European Championships and Iseo-Franciacorta World Cup. But Lilja is always looking for ways to improve as she strives to be the best Paratriathlete she can. “I always want to be the fastest above the knee amputee in the race, so, of course winning in Kitzbühel and Iseo feels great,” Lilja said. “I have tried to develop my weaker sports, especially cycling, by competing in Paracycling races. I always want to develop which motivates me everyday in training.” Her next challenge is to try and beat Danz in Edmonton to continue her winning run, before taking on Danz and Seely at September’s World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. “After the race in Edmonton, I will know how far from the absolute top I am,” Lilja said. “It’s always a pleasure to compete with the US ladies. They are both very experienced and strong athletes and I respect them a lot.” Titles on the line In the men’s PTWC event, the Netherland’s Geert Schipper will be looking to win his second World Paratriathlon event of the season and repeat his success from Yokohama. The winners of the opening two World Paratriathlon events of the season will...

Liisa Lilja hoping to break US dominance in Edmonton Paratriathlon Series

Triathlon News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 05:37
Finland’s Liisa Lilja is hoping to break the USA’s dominance in the women’s PTS2 category when she competes at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada on Friday 28 July. The USA’s Allysa Seely has dominated the class over recent years, and while Seely will not be competing in Edmonton, her compatriot and Paralympic silver medallist Hailey Danz will be on the start line. Danz and Lilja have shared some brilliant battles since Lilja started the sport in 2015 and the Finnish Para triathlete is expecting another tough race in Edmonton. “I think the race will be tough and I hope I will be able to challenge Hailey,” Lilja said. “Last time we competed against each other (at the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Series), Hailey was two minutes faster than me. I am hoping the time difference will be narrower this weekend.” In Yokohama, Danz and Lilja reached transition two at the same time, but Danz pulled away on the run. “My running was really lousy on that day and Hailey ran off right on the first kilometre,” Lilja said. “In every race this season there has been something wrong, something to improve, but there is also progress from last season.” Lilja’s progress is shown in her recent results and she heads to Edmonton off the back of her first two international victories at the European Championships and Iseo-Franciacorta World Cup. But Lilja is always looking for ways to improve as she strives to be the best Paratriathlete she can. “I always want to be the fastest above the knee amputee in the race, so, of course winning in Kitzbühel and Iseo feels great,” Lilja said. “I have tried to develop my weaker sports, especially cycling, by competing in Paracycling races. I always want to develop which motivates me every day in training.” Her next challenge is to try and beat Danz in Edmonton to continue her winning run, before taking on Danz and Seely at September’s World Championships in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. “After the race in Edmonton, I will know how far from the absolute top I am,” Lilja said. “It’s always a pleasure to compete with the US ladies. They are both very experienced and strong athletes and I respect them a lot.” Titles on the line In the men’s PTWC event, the Netherland’s Geert Schipper will be looking to win his second World Paratriathlon event of the season and repeat his success from Yokohama. The winners of the opening two World Paratriathlon events of the season will...

Close race for WTS Overall Series Leader continues in Edmonton

Triathlon News - Wed, 26/07/2017 - 00:57
The 2017 World Triathlon Series has reached its sixth destination of the season as the elites pack their bags and make their way to North America for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton. As the host of the 2014 ITU WTS Grand Final location, Edmonton has become one of the regular stops in the Series and can look forward to once again hosting the elite Grand Final event in 2020. Similar to last year, the Alberta, Canada capital city is offering up a sprint distance course, where the elites will do a simulated beach start in a man-made lake before jumping on their bikes to a course that takes them around prestigious golf courses and local parks. This weekend the women’s field is covering major World Title contenders. There are four women in the Series that are all within 107 points of each other, so every finish is crucial if they want to be the final one at the top of the podium. Three of those women are racing this Saturday, so the short course will see some action to claim the top spot on the WTS rankings leaderboard. After WTS Hamburg, USA’s Katie Zaferes moved into the leader position in the overall Series. She has had a consistent season so far and made it onto one WTS podium with a silver medal in Yokohama. However, she has yet to claim a gold. Lucky for Zaferes, she strives in a sprint distance format, so this weekend could be her shot to remain on top. In a national head-to-head, fellow U.S. compatriot Kirsten Kasper has remained a subtle threat for the entire season, tip toeing around the top of the women’s rankings. She earned her first WTS podium in Yokohama and combined with her other top finishes, she held onto the golden number one position going into Hamburg. She has been the one to watch this season, earning career milestones and is a real possibility to earn the World Title. Flora Duffy (BER) has been one word so far this season – unstoppable. She started her year in Yokohama and claimed victory. She did it again in Leeds. Then when a sprint distance was thrown in the mix in Hamburg, she conquered that too for the first time in her career. Her three straight wins has catapulted her right into the leaderboard contention. So, as she enters Edmonton and yet again another sprint challenge, she by far will have the largest target on her back. While it has been Zaferes and Kasper mostly in the limelight, two other American women are equally as strong. Taylor Spivey was another young elite who made it onto her first WTS podium...

Close race for WTS Overall Series Leader continues in Edmonton

Triathlon News - Wed, 26/07/2017 - 00:57
The 2017 World Triathlon Series has reached its sixth destination of the season as the elites pack their bags and make their way to North America for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton. As the host of the 2014 ITU WTS Grand Final location, Edmonton has become one of the regular stops in the Series and can look forward to once again hosting the elite Grand Final event in 2020. Similar to last year, the Alberta, Canada capital city is offering up a sprint distance course, where the elites will do a simulated beach start in a man-made lake before jumping on their bikes to a course that takes them around prestigious golf courses and local parks. This weekend the women’s field is covering major World Title contenders. There are four women in the Series that are all within 107 points of each other, so every finish is crucial if they want to be the final one at the top of the podium. Three of those women are racing this Saturday, so the short course will see some action to claim the top spot on the WTS rankings leaderboard. After WTS Hamburg, USA’s Katie Zaferes moved into the leader position in the overall Series. She has had a consistent season so far and made it onto one WTS podium with a silver medal in Yokohama. However, she has yet to claim a gold. Lucky for Zaferes, she strives in a sprint distance format, so this weekend could be her shot to remain on top. In a national head-to-head, fellow U.S. compatriot Kirsten Kasper has remained a subtle threat for the entire season, tip toeing around the top of the women’s rankings. She earned her first WTS podium in Yokohama and combined with her other top finishes, she held onto the golden number one position going into Hamburg. She has been the one to watch this season, earning career milestones and is a real possibility to earn the World Title. Flora Duffy (BER) has been one word so far this season – unstoppable. She started her year in Yokohama and claimed victory. She did it again in Leeds. Then when a sprint distance was thrown in the mix in Hamburg, she conquered that too for the first time in her career. Her three straight wins has catapulted her right into the leaderboard contention. So, as she enters Edmonton and yet again another sprint challenge, she by far will have the largest target on her back. While it has been Zaferes and Kasper mostly in the limelight, two other American women are equally as strong. Taylor Spivey was another young elite who made it onto her first WTS podium...

Close race for WTS Overall Series Leader continues in Edmonton

Triathlon News - Wed, 26/07/2017 - 00:57
The 2017 World Triathlon Series has reached its sixth destination of the season as the elites pack their bags and make their way to North America for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton. As the host of the 2014 ITU WTS Grand Final location, Edmonton has become one of the regular stops in the Series and can look forward to once again hosting the elite Grand Final event in 2020. Similar to last year, the Alberta, Canada capital city is offering up a sprint distance course, where the elites will do a simulated beach start in a man-made lake before jumping on their bikes to a course that takes them around prestigious golf courses and local parks. This weekend the women’s field is covering major World Title contenders. There are four women in the Series that are all within 107 points of each other, so every finish is crucial if they want to be the final one at the top of the podium. Three of those women are racing this Saturday, so the short course will see some action to claim the top spot on the WTS rankings leader board. After WTS Hamburg, USA’s Katie Zaferes moved into the leader position in the overall Series. She has had a consistent season so far and made it onto one WTS podium with a silver medal in Yokohama. However, she has yet to claim a gold. Lucky for Zaferes, she strives in a sprint distance format, so this weekend could be her shot to remain on top. In a national head-to-head, fellow U.S. compatriot Kirsten Kasper has remained a subtle threat for the entire season, tip toeing around the top of the women’s rankings. She earned her first WTS podium in Yokohama and combined with her other top finishes, she held onto the golden number one position going into Hamburg. She has been the one to watch this season, earning career milestones and is a real possibility to earn the World Title. Flora Duffy (BER) has been one word so far this season – unstoppable. She started her year in Yokohama and claimed victory. She did it again in Leeds. Then when a sprint distance was thrown in the mix in Hamburg, she conquered that too for the first time in her career. Her three straight wins has catapulted her right into the leader board contention. So, as she enters Edmonton and yet again another sprint challenge, she by far will have the largest target on her back. While it has been Zaferes and Kasper mostly in the limelight, two other American women are equally as strong. Taylor Spivey was another young elite who made it onto her first WTS podium...

Palembang hosts a Level 2 Seminar for Technical Officials

Triathlon News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 13:10
Leading Asian Technical Officials met in Palembang, Indonesia, for the ITU Technical Officials Level 2 Seminar, where these TOs were updated on event organiser management techniques as they are being trained to be the next generation of Technical Delegates. The Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) has gathered their officials together in Indonesia for the ITU Level 2 Seminar, with the key message to keep up ITU events standards that have made all our events safe and fair.  A total of 13 male and two female Technical Officials from across Asia joined the three-day seminar, under the guidance of Thanos Nikopoulos, Senior Manager of ITU Technical Operations. The participants were introduced to the various facets of being a Technical Delegate such as what is expected of them to check and approve before and during the event. “We want to guide them on what being a Technical Delegate means, to provide them with ITU templates which are useful in performance, as well as highlighting important key points,” said Rachel Ribo, ITU facilitator from Philippines. The course comprised of practical sessions, videos and photos from past events. “The aim is to learn from past events and look for solutions as a way to put safety and fairness first.” said Melody Tan, ITU facilitator from Malaysia. Marisol Casado, ITU president, stopped by the seminar to enhance Technical Officials education and to express her appreciation to the Officials who participated at the 2017 Palembang ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships. “I am so proud of your achievements and hard work in Palembang. Thank you for your efforts and hard work, we had a successful championship even though we were confronted with many challenges here. I am certain that our investment on education will bring huge progress to our sports development. However, we can’t indulge in what we have achieved in the past. We need to look forward. Let’s build triathlon together” said Marisol Casado.

Palembang hosts a Level 2 Seminar for Technical Officials

Triathlon News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 13:10
Leading Asian Technical Officials met in Palembang, Indonesia, for the ITU Technical Officials Level 2 Seminar, where these TOs were updated on event organiser management techniques as they are being trained to be the next generation of Technical Delegates. The Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) has gathered their officials together in Indonesia for the ITU Level 2 Seminar, with the key message to keep up ITU events standards that have made all our events safe and fair.  A total of 13 male and two female Technical Officials from across Asia joined the three-day seminar, under the guidance of Thanos Nikopoulos, Senior Manager of ITU Technical Operations. The participants were introduced to the various facets of being a Technical Delegate such as what is expected of them to check and approve before and during the event. “We want to guide them on what being a Technical Delegate means, to provide them with ITU templates which are useful in performance, as well as highlighting important key points,” said Rachel Ribo, ITU facilitator from Philippines. The course comprised of practical sessions, videos and photos from past events. “The aim is to learn from past events and look for solutions as a way to put safety and fairness first.” said Melody Tan, ITU facilitator from Malaysia. Marisol Casado, ITU president, stopped by the seminar to enhance Technical Officials education and to express her appreciation to the Officials who participated at the 2017 Palembang ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships. “I am so proud of your achievements and hard work in Palembang. Thank you for your efforts and hard work, we had a successful championship even though we were confronted with many challenges here. I am certain that our investment on education will bring huge progress to our sports development. However, we can’t indulge in what we have achieved in the past. We need to look forward. Let’s build triathlon together” said Marisol Casado.

Some snippets from #WTSEdmonton Press Conference

Triathlon News - Tue, 25/07/2017 - 12:16
As the sixth installment of the World Triathlon Series is about to get underway in Edmonton, some athletes got together with some local media to chat about their careers, lives and upcoming race weekend. So catch up with Joanna Brown, Tyler Mislawchuk, Katie Zaferes and Stefan Daniel. Joanna Brown Talking about her triathlon journey, “Just like any journey it has not been a straight upward progression. I had a lot of success as a junior and U23 athlete and had some good results in international and national competitions that has kind of fueled my motivation and passion for the sport. But I went through a few years with a lot of injury and illness and was never able to get ahead of it. It just felt I would go one step forward and three steps back for a number of years. I really had to ask myself if triathlon was still my passion and if this was still something that I wanted to do. And after taking a little break, I realized that I missed it. I love events like this, where I get to travel the world and go to the places that I get to race. So while it hasn’t been a straight line, I think that has been the best part of the journey is just figuring out along the way.” How does she feel going into this weekend? “I feel really good. The year has been going well, I have exceeded my own expectations already. I am feeling really fit and excited. I love the course and the race has always been so well organized here, the volunteers are amazing. I know how hard the race organizors work and I know it is going to go flawlessly. I just am really exited for this race, it is going to be a huge stepping stone for the year and for the next three years in Tokyo.” Tyler Mislawchuk Think back on your Olympic experience: “I think it is always hard to explain an Olympic experience, obviously it was a wonderful experience. I went there to get a result, I didn’t really know what that result was going to be at the time, but looking back at it I am pretty happy with it. Right after Rio I had a pretty bad injury, I was on crutches for ten weeks, so this season has been a little slow to start. I started training in February and I have been kind of on the onwards from there. But I am looking forward to this weekend. I put it on the calendar after last year’s Olympics that I wanted to race well at home, so I am just excited to be here.” How does it feel to have an event in your own nation? “It is very special. In any event, during international events or big events,...

Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled the podium today at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The 7th stop on the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived off the Tiszy pontoon for a 750m swim on the lake, with the water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three lap course. It was a very tough swim, although the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference on the first lap of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, all the big names, pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and established a strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin sat behind Barraza in first, with Periault on the last lap. The surprise was watching the young Frenchwoman sprinting against the veteran American with only 200m to go, perhaps a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to me, it’s where it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. I was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium at only 23 years of age, and even though she struggled in transition, “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I lost some seconds...

Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled today the podium at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The seventh stop of the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived in from the Tiszy’s pontoon for a 750m swim on a lake with water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three laps course. It was a very tough swim though for the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference in the first laps of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, and all the big names pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it all came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and stablished an strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin was always in second place behind Barraza first, Periault on the last lap. For much the surprise of all, the young French sprinted the veteran American with 200 meters to go, a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push on the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to mee, it’s were it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little bit more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. i was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced also yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium with only 23 years, and even though she struggled in transition. “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I...

Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled the podium today at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The 7th stop on the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived off the Tiszy pontoon for a 750m swim on the lake, with the water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three lap course. It was a very tough swim, although the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference on the first lap of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, all the big names, pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and established a strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin sat behind Barraza in first, with Periault on the last lap. The surprise was watching the young Frenchwoman sprinting against the veteran American with only 200m to go, perhaps a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to me, it’s where it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. I was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium at only 23 years of age, and even though she struggled in transition, “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I lost some seconds...

Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled today the podium at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The seventh stop of the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived in from the Tiszy’s pontoon for a 750m swim on a lake with water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three laps course. It was a very tough swim though for the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference in the first laps of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, and all the big names pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it all came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and stablished an strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin was always in second place behind Barraza first, Periault on the last lap. For much the surprise of all, the young French sprinted the veteran American with 200 meters to go, a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push on the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to mee, it’s were it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little bit more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. i was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced also yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium with only 23 years, and even though she struggled in transition. “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I...

Tomlin repeats victory in #TiszyWC; Bicsak gets his first World Cup win

Triathlon News - Sun, 23/07/2017 - 19:46
A mix of old faces and newcomers filled the podium today at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup, with American Renée Tomlin claiming her second consecutive win in the emblematic Hungarian town, while local athlete, Bence Bicsak, got his first ever World Cup podium. The 7th stop on the 15-part World Cup circuit this season delighted thousands of spectators, which enjoyed a whole week of triathlon which finished with the sprint Elite Finals. Women’s review 30 women dived off the Tiszy pontoon for a 750m swim on the lake, with the water at more than 28 degrees, which was the perfect set up for Spaniard Sara Perez Sala, along with Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) to build a small gap on the three lap course. It was a very tough swim, although the three Americans, Renee Tomlin, Erin Dolan and Tamara Gorman, who were cut out of the first group that opened a small difference on the first lap of the bike. With four laps to go, the leading group was a large one, with 18 athletes, all the big names, pushing hard to get a good position for the final kilometers. When it came to the run, eight athletes, including Tomlin, Adriana Barraza (POR), Maaike Caelers (NED), Leonie Periault (FRA) and Emilie Morier (FRA) showed that they had saved some legs for the final 5kms, and established a strong tempo, almost impossible to follow for the rest. Always second and controlling the race, Tomlin sat behind Barraza in first, with Periault on the last lap. The surprise was watching the young Frenchwoman sprinting against the veteran American with only 200m to go, perhaps a bit too early, enough for Tomlin to push the final meters to claim her second victory in a row in Tiszy. “This race means a lot to me, it’s where it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back. This year I felt a little more pressure on me but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad”, said Tomlin after her victory. “This year I’ve changed my training schemes but I think that it’s going really well now. I was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from Hamburg and having raced yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed”. Periault finished second, her first ever World Cup podium at only 23 years of age, and even though she struggled in transition, “I realised that I had left my helmet out of the box, so I had to come back before leaving transition and I lost some seconds...

All the big names make it to #TiszyWC finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 20:36
Fast and furious racing in Tiszjauvarus for the ITU 2017 World Cup semi finals, with 76 men and 53 women vying for a spot on the finals, which will take place on Sunday. Under the extreme heat of the Hungarian town, triathletes sprinted on a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km flat run that will change slightly for the finals. Women’s Semifinals Review In the first semifinal, it was Spaniard Sara Perez Sala taking the lead since the first few strokes, to be followed on the water only by American Tamara Gorman. They both led a small group who finished the three laps on the Tiszy lake and flew through Transition, with almost 30 seconds of advantage over one of the main favourites for the race, Renee Tomlin (USA). By the end of the two laps on the bike course, the group of eight riders had almost a minute difference, which allowed them to relax a bit knowing that the first 14 will automatically get a spot on the final. When it all came to the run, Gorman showed that the newcomer -it’s her first ever World Cup participation- is going to be one of the ones to watch in the final, as will be Tomlin, who made a fantastic run to finish in third position. Also qualified for the final on this leg were Emilie Morier (FRA), Elena Danilova (RUS), Sandra Dodet (FRA), Justine Guerard (FRA), Sara Perez Sala (ESP), Bragmayer Zsanett (HUN), Maikee Caelers (NED), Vanesa de la Torre (MEX), Sara Papais (ITA), Adriana Barraza (MEX), Joanne Miller (AUS) and Therese Feuersinger (AUT). The second semifinal saw another great performance for an American, Erin Dolan, who was leading the race since the first strokes of the swim until crossing the finish line. The only one able to follow her strong rythm was local athlete Zsofia Kovacs, who guarantee herself a good spot on the final crossing the finish line second. After them, a large group of up to eight athletes worked hard on the bike to chase them, but the penalties served by some of them allowed the leading duo to increase the difference on each of the three laps of the run. At the end, apart from Dolan and Kovacs, also qualified for the final were Giorgia Prioarone (ITA), Angelica Olmo (ITA), Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), Margot Garabedian (FRA), Sophia Saller (GER), Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Leonie Periault (FRA), Inés Santiago (ESP), Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP), Romina Biagioli (ARG), Daryna Moskalenko (AZE) and Edda Hannesdottir (ISL). Qualified as the best two times were Anabell Knoll (GER) and Michelle Braun (GER). Men’s...

All the big names make it to #TiszyWC finals

Triathlon News - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 20:36
Fast and furious racing in Tiszjauvarus for the ITU 2017 World Cup Semi-finals, with 76 men and 53 women vying for a spot in the finals, which will take place on Sunday. Under the extreme heat of the Hungarian town, triathletes sprinted on a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km flat run that will change slightly for the finals. Women’s Semi-finals Review In the first semi-final, it was Spaniard Sara Perez Sala taking the lead in the first few strokes, to be closely followed only by American Tamara Gorman. They both led a small group who finished the three laps on the Tiszy lake and flew through Transition, with almost 30 seconds advantage over one of the main favourites for the race, Renee Tomlin (USA). By the end of the two laps on the bike course, the group of eight riders had almost a minute difference, which allowed them to relax a bit knowing that the first 14 will automatically get a spot in the final. When it came to the run, Gorman showed that the newcomer (it’s her first ever World Cup participation) that she is going to be one of the ones to watch in the final, as will be Tomlin, who made a fantastic run to finish in third position. Also qualified for the final on this leg were Emilie Morier (FRA), Elena Danilova (RUS), Sandra Dodet (FRA), Justine Guerard (FRA), Sara Perez Sala (ESP), Bragmayer Zsanett (HUN), Maikee Caelers (NED), Vanesa de la Torre (MEX), Sara Papais (ITA), Adriana Barraza (MEX), Joanne Miller (AUS) and Therese Feuersinger (AUT). The second semi-final saw another great performance from American, Erin Dolan, who was leading the race since the first strokes of the swim until crossing the finish line. The only one able to follow her strong rhythm was local athlete Zsofia Kovacs, who guarantee herself a good spot by crossing the finish line second. Behind them, a large group of up to eight athletes worked hard on the bike to chase them, but the penalties served by some of them allowed the leading duo to increase the difference on each of the three laps of the run. At the end, apart from Dolan and Kovacs, the others that also qualified for the final were Giorgia Prioarone (ITA), Angelica Olmo (ITA), Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), Margot Garabedian (FRA), Sophia Saller (GER), Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Leonie Periault (FRA), Inés Santiago (ESP), Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP), Romina Biagioli (ARG), Daryna Moskalenko (AZE) and Edda Hannesdottir (ISL). Qualified with the two best times were Anabell Knoll (GER) and Michelle Braun...

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