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Flora Duffy repeats WTS Stockholm victory to collect fifth win of season

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 16:08
Becoming only the second woman in ITU history to have won five World Triathlon Series races in a single season, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy secured the place in history after a dominating victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. The win secured her the overall Series leader position going into the Rotterdam Grand Final next month as she will enter the race with a perfect score of 4000 points in the effort of retaining her world title. “I was very happy with today to execute a solid race in the swim, bike and run. My swim has been a little shakier this year so it was nice to come out third behind Jess (Learmonth) and Lucy (Hall), it was a perfect position. And then onto the bike we were hammering on that first lap to create a gap and that kind of set the race up perfectly,” Duffy said. Speaking of her position before Rotterdam, “That is the reason that I came here, I had five pretty good scores before today, but as you said you never know what is going to happen. With the Grand Final being points and a half you kind of want to go in there with have the biggest buffer that you can to make sure you can absolutely give yourself the world title.” Taking the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth, who earned her first career WTS medal, while the bronze went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle who had a come-from-behind performance that gave her a fourth podium finish this season. Learmonth said, “It is amazing, I can’t really believe it to be honest. It was hard work, but I am delighted.” While the day before in Stockholm it was overcast with rain in the forecast, the skies cleared just in time for WTS racing. With a pontoon dive, the women first had to overcome a longer 1000 metre lap followed by a second lap of half the distance at only 500 metres. The British were the swiftest in the water to start as Learmonth and Lucy Hall managed to get out in front. The distance of the first lap really separated the field into a long line of swimmers with small groups gaped out among the course. Duffy kept up with the consistency of her swim this season and remained just on the heels of the two Brits. Staying the leader throughout, Learmonth exited the water first for the third time this 2017 season, followed by Hall, Duffy and Katie Zaferes (USA). After a quick first transition, Learmonth, Zaferes and Duffy caught the slight edge to race off on the bike as a threesome, Hall just missing the pack by seconds. Great Britain’s Jodie...

Long Distance Champions to be crowned to close out Penticton

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 13:16
The most anticipated race of the whole multisport festival, the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships has arrived and is bringing forth a deep list of strong elite athletes that are eager to showcase the world their talent at the longer course. The course contains a three-kilometre swim, a 120-kilometre bike course that winds around the two lakes surrounding the city of Penticton and then finishes with a 30-kilomtre three-lap run course that will tour through the downtown streets of the city. Women’s Preview Topping the women’s field is one of Canada’s own: Rachel McBride. McBride or “The Tiger” is known as Canada’s up and coming talent or winning quite a few long course races. She also won the bronze medal last year in the ITU World Championship in Oklahoma, so knows what it takes to make the podium. Another Canadian racing is Melanie McQuaid, who will be competing after she won the cross triathlon world championship in Penticton just a few days ago. Leanda Cave of Great Britain is among the start list and will be a huge threat. She is only person who has won both ITU Standard Distance World Championships in 2002 and the ITU Long Distance World Championships in 2007. This distance is her strength however, so she will be a top performer on Sunday. Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen is also a previous Long Distance Course World Championship, which is was in 2014. Her title win was one of miraculous proportions, because she suffered a crash the year before and then came back to win the crown. Aussies Melissa Hauschildt and Sarah Crowley are frontrunners as well. Hauschildt was the ITU Long Distance World Champ in 2013 and is a really consistent triathlete and one of the top runners in the field. Whereas Crowley has won some more recent long distance races and is one of the best talents on the bike and run. One of the top names is another Canadian, Heather Wurtele. She is very successful on long distance courses and has multiple titles under her belt in the Ironman world. And one more Canadian to watch is Jen Annett, while she may not be one of the top threats, she was born in Penticton, giving her a home turf advantage. Men’s Preview The men’s field is a long and talent filled list of athletes that signifies that the world title could go in any direction. One of the most obvious choices to win on Sunday is the 2016 reigning champion, Frenchman Sylvain Sudrie. He was also the 2011 champion and has had a handful...

ITU seeks Sport Department Intern

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 23:22
ITU is seeking an intern for its Sport Department in Lausanne, Switzerland to assist with administrative activities, as well as administering databases and events. JOB DESCRIPTION Function: Intern – Sport Department Activity level: 100% Location: Lausanne Period: 20-Sept. to 20-Dec (3 months) Compensation: n/a MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU sanctioned events • Administer ITU Sport Department and ITU Development related databases • Coordinate meetings and conference calls • Contribute generally to the work of the ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS Sport Administration • Athletes’ database update • Skype Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates • Inventory shipment Technical Operations • TOs newsletter information coordination • Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level Paratriathlon • Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification • Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) Development • Development database management • Filing for development projects • Certification management • Updates (archive) on http://www.triathlon.org/development EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Ability to filter information and assess priorities • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid residence permit for Switzerland for the duration of the internship. Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@triathlon.org. Deadline to apply: 4th of September.

ITU seeks Sport Department Intern

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 23:22
ITU is seeking an intern for its Sport Department in Lausanne, Switzerland to assist with administrative activities, as well as administering databases and events. JOB DESCRIPTION Function: Intern Activity level: 100% Location: Lausanne Period: 20-Sept. to 20-Dec (3 months) Compensation: to be discussed MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU sanctioned events • Administer ITU Sport Department and ITU Development related databases • Coordinate meetings and Skype conference calls • Contribute generally to the work of the ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS Sport Administration • Athletes’ database update • Skype Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates • Inventory shipment Technical Operations • TOs newsletter information coordination • Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level Paratriathlon • Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification • Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) Development • Development database management • Filing for development projects • Certification management • Updates (archive) on http://www.triathlon.org/development •Administration/Finance • Assist the Administration in the Lausanne Office EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Ability to filter information and assess priorities • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid residence permit for Switzerland for the duration of the internship. Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@triathlon.org. Deadline to apply: 4th of September.

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