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Triathlon action continues in the Gold Coast with the Mixed Relay

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 06:05
The individual races may be over, with the stunning victories of Flora Duffy (BER) and Henri Schoeman (RSA), but triathlon action is far from finished in the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, as the Paratriathlon will make its debut and the Mixed Relay event will take place both this Saturday. With thousands of spectators ready to cheer for their favourite athletes, get ready for the fast and furious format that will delight all. Eight nations will compete to claim the second title of the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games, and it looks like its going to be a fierce competition, with almost all countries having a real chance of being in the podium. Most eyes will be set, of course, on the local. The Aussies are the reigning World Champions and even though they have until one hour before the start to announce their team -as all the Nations do-, they have some really strong names to make their squad, including the recent silver medallist in the Men’s event yesterday, Jacob Birthwhistle. If the Aussies are going for the same team who grabbed their first ever World title a few months ago, it is most likely that along with Birthwhistle will be Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane, even though Luke Willian and Gillian Backhouse could also have an option. The other team which will have most eyes fixed on will be, most likely, England, with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee trying to repeat their success in the last Commonwealth Games, and after their disappointing individual race, where they finished in 10th and 7th place respectively. Along with them, silver medallist in the individual event, Jessica Learmonth, will be one safe bet when it comes to sprint distances, most likely along with Vicky Holland, who was already in the team who won gold the previous Games.  Another team that knows what it is to be on the podium of the Commonwealth Games will be South Africa, with gold medallist Henri Schoeman giving all he has to try to earn a second victory in these Games. The team will be almost the same who competed in the 2014 Games, with Richard Murray, Gillian Sanders and Simone Ackermann. With Joanna Brown on the podium on Thursday and Matthew Sharpe having finished 10th, expect Canada to be a team to contend with. They have been preparing the Mixed Relay event consistently since it has been included in the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, and they have some great talents to choose for their team, even though the great start of...

Triathlon action continues in the Gold Coast with the Mixed Relay

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 06:05
The individual races may be over, with the stunning victories of Flora Duffy (BER) and Henri Schoeman (RSA), but triathlon action is far from finished in the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, as the Paratriathlon will make its debut and the Mixed Relay event will take place both this Saturday. With thousands of spectators ready to cheer for their favourite athletes, get ready for the fast and furious format that will delight all. Eight nations will compete to claim the second title of the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games, and it looks like its going to be a fierce competition, with almost all countries having a real chance of being in the podium. Most eyes will be set, of course, on the local. The Aussies are the reigning World Champions and even though they have until one hour before the start to announce their team -as all the Nations do-, they have some really strong names to make their squad, including the recent silver medallist in the Men’s event yesterday, Jacob Birthwhistle. If the Aussies are going for the same team who grabbed their first ever World title a few months ago, it is most likely that along with Birthwhistle will be Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane, even though Luke Willian and Gillian Backhouse could also have an option. The other team which will have most eyes fixed on will be, most likely, England, with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee trying to repeat their success in the last Commonwealth Games, and after their disappointing individual race, where they finished in 10th and 7th place respectively. Along with them, silver medallist in the individual event, Jessica Learmonth, will be one safe bet when it comes to sprint distances, most likely along with Vicky Holland, who was already in the team who won gold the previous Games.  Another team that knows what it is to be on the podium of the Commonwealth Games will be South Africa, with gold medallist Henri Schoeman giving all he has to try to earn a second victory in these Games. The team will be almost the same who competed in the 2014 Games, with Richard Murray, Gillian Sanders and Simone Ackermann. With Joanna Brown on the podium on Thursday and Matthew Sharpe having finished 10th, expect Canada to be a team to contend with. They have been preparing the Mixed Relay event consistently since it has been included in the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, and they have some great talents to choose for their team, even though the great start of...

Triathlon action continues in the Gold Coast with the Mixed Relay

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 06:05
The individual races may be over, with the stunning victories of Flora Duffy (BER) and Henri Schoeman (RSA), but triathlon action is far from finished in the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, as the Paratriathlon will make its debut and the Mixed Relay event will take place both this Saturday. With thousands of spectators ready to cheer for their favourite athletes, get ready for the fast and furious format that will delight all. Eight nations will compete to claim the second title of the Mixed Relay in the Commonwealth Games, and it looks like its going to be a fierce competition, with almost all countries having a real chance of being in the podium. Most eyes will be set, of course, on the local. The Aussies are the reigning World Champions and even though they have until one hour before the start to announce their team -as all the Nations do-, they have some really strong names to make their squad, including the recent silver medallist in the Men’s event yesterday, Jacob Birthwhistle. If the Aussies are going for the same team who grabbed their first ever World title a few months ago, it is most likely that along with Birthwhistle will be Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane, even though Luke Willian and Gillian Backhouse could also have an option. The other team which will have most eyes fixed on will be, most likely, England, with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee trying to repeat their success in the last Commonwealth Games, and after their disappointing individual race, where they finished in 10th and 7th place respectively. Along with them, silver medallist in the individual event, Jessica Learmonth, will be one safe bet when it comes to sprint distances, most likely along with Vicky Holland, who was already in the team who won gold the previous Games.  Another team that knows what it is to be on the podium of the Commonwealth Games will be South Africa, with gold medallist Henri Schoeman giving all he has to try to earn a second victory in these Games. The team will be almost the same who competed in the 2014 Games, with Richard Murray, Gillian Sanders and Simone Ackermann. With Joanna Brown on the podium on Thursday and Matthew Sharpe having finished 10th, expect Canada to be a team to contend with. They have been preparing the Mixed Relay event consistently since it has been included in the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, and they have some great talents to choose for their team, even though the great start of...

Paratriathlon ready to make its debut at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 04:14
With Gold Coast 2018 having the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history, Paratriathlon is ready to make its debut in the programme this Saturday. Twelve athletes (six men, six female) in the PTWC class will be vying for the medals over a sprint distance course, the same one used by the elite athletes this past Thursday. Women’s Preview The Women’s gold medal in the PTWC class will most likely be a fierce battle between Emilie Tapp (AUS) and Jade Jones (ENG). The current two-time ITU world champion was one of the first nominations onto the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games following her outstanding performances in 2017, including her world title. “I’m very excited, to not only be (the Games) in Australia for the first time but the first time and having been selected, I can’t even believe that, that’s something of the greatest honour,” she said in an interview. Tapp became a paraplegic after a campdrafting accident in 2011 in her hometown in Australia, and started paratriathlon in 2015. But since her class was not included in the Paralympic programme for Rio 2016, she then changed to athletics. After the Games, she changed again her focus to paratriathlon and has had an impressive career since, which puts her in a great position to try to earn her first Commonwealth Games medal tomorrow. Lining up along with the Aussie athlete will be breakout star of the season, English Jade Jones, who made her international paratriathlon debut in Yokohama in May 2017 and won the ETU European title a month later in Kitzbuhel, to finish the season with a silver medal in the World Championships. Coming from a track athletics background, she decided to try triathlon having already competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The start list for the women’s competition will also include two more Assie athletes, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker, one English, Lizzie Tench and one Scotish, Karen Darke. Parker is one of the fastest known cases of a triathlete transitioning to paratriathlete after an accident. Nine months after the bike crash that left her paralyzed, she was again in the podium finishing second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships, a result that puts her in the list of the ones to watch in the Commonwealth race. Men’s Preview Six men will line up in the Southport Broadwater Parklands pontoon Saturday morning for the debut of Paratriathlon in the Commonwealth Games. And among...

Paratriathlon ready to make its debut at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 04:14
With Gold Coast 2018 having the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history, Paratriathlon is ready to make its debut in the programme this Saturday. Twelve athletes (six men, six female) in the PTWC class will be vying for the medals over a sprint distance course, the same one used by the elite athletes this past Thursday. Women’s Preview The Women’s gold medal in the PTWC class will most likely be a fierce battle between Emilie Tapp (AUS) and Jade Jones (ENG). The current two-time ITU world champion was one of the first nominations onto the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games following her outstanding performances in 2017, including her world title. “I’m very excited, to not only be (the Games) in Australia for the first time but the first time and having been selected, I can’t even believe that, that’s something of the greatest honour,” she said in an interview. Tapp became a paraplegic after a campdrafting accident in 2011 in her hometown in Australia, and started paratriathlon in 2015. But since her class was not included in the Paralympic programme for Rio 2016, she then changed to athletics. After the Games, she changed again her focus to paratriathlon and has had an impressive career since, which puts her in a great position to try to earn her first Commonwealth Games medal tomorrow. Lining up along with the Aussie athlete will be breakout star of the season, English Jade Jones, who made her international paratriathlon debut in Yokohama in May 2017 and won the ETU European title a month later in Kitzbuhel, to finish the season with a silver medal in the World Championships. Coming from a track athletics background, she decided to try triathlon having already competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The start list for the women’s competition will also include two more Assie athletes, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker, one English, Lizzie Tench and one Scotish, Karen Darke. Parker is one of the fastest known cases of a triathlete transitioning to paratriathlete after an accident. Nine months after the bike crash that left her paralyzed, she was again in the podium finishing second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships, a result that puts her in the list of the ones to watch in the Commonwealth race. Men’s Preview Six men will line up in the Southport Broadwater Parklands pontoon Saturday morning for the debut of Paratriathlon in the Commonwealth Games. And among...

Paratriathlon ready to make its debut at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 04:14
With Gold Coast 2018 having the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history, Paratriathlon is ready to make its debut in the programme this Saturday. Twelve athletes (six men, six female) in the PTWC class will be vying for the medals over a sprint distance course, the same one used by the elite athletes this past Thursday. Women’s Preview The Women’s gold medal in the PTWC class will most likely be a fierce battle between Emilie Tapp (AUS) and Jade Jones (ENG). The current two-time ITU world champion was one of the first nominations onto the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games following her outstanding performances in 2017, including her world title. “I’m very excited, to not only be (the Games) in Australia for the first time but the first time and having been selected, I can’t even believe that, that’s something of the greatest honour,” she said in an interview. Tapp became a paraplegic after a campdrafting accident in 2011 in her hometown in Australia, and started paratriathlon in 2015. But since her class was not included in the Paralympic programme for Rio 2016, she then changed to athletics. After the Games, she changed again her focus to paratriathlon and has had an impressive career since, which puts her in a great position to try to earn her first Commonwealth Games medal tomorrow. Lining up along with the Aussie athlete will be breakout star of the season, English Jade Jones, who made her international paratriathlon debut in Yokohama in May 2017 and won the ETU European title a month later in Kitzbuhel, to finish the season with a silver medal in the World Championships. Coming from a track athletics background, she decided to try triathlon having already competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The start list for the women’s competition will also include two more Assie athletes, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker, one English, Lizzie Tench and one Scotish, Karen Darke. Parker is one of the fastest known cases of a triathlete transitioning to paratriathlete after an accident. Nine months after the bike crash that left her paralyzed, she was again in the podium finishing second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships, a result that puts her in the list of the ones to watch in the Commonwealth race. Men’s Preview Six men will line up in the Southport Broadwater Parklands pontoon Saturday morning for the debut of Paratriathlon in the Commonwealth Games. And among...

A perfectly executed race gives Henri Schoeman gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 07:03
South African Henri Schoeman added one more medal to his tally claiming the victory at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In one of the best runs of the afternoon in the Southport Broadwater Parklands, Aussie Jacob Birthwhistle claimed silver, the first medal for the home country on these Games, while Scottish athlete Marc Austin claimed bronze. After the Women enjoyed an amazing sun for their race, the men had to take the stage under a fierce storm that made the athletes shiver while standing on the pontoon. But it looked like both Brownlee brothers, Jonathan and Alistair, liked it, as Alistair took the lead from the first strokes and during most of the 750m swim on the choppy waters of the Gold Coast. Only Tayler Reid (NZL) was able to stand at his side, to go to the first transition together. On their bikes, both were almost immediately chased by the younger Brownlee, Jonny, along with Henri Schoeman, Matthew Hauser and Marc Austin, who managed to make it to the lead pack at the beginning of the bike leg and continued like that for the 20km ride. And off they went, maintaining a 25 seconds gap even though the visible efforts of both brothers for organizing the group to try to increase the time difference. Behind them, a large group including Richard Murray (RSA), Ryan Sissons (NZL), Birthwhistle, Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Matthew Sharpe (CAN) worked hard to avoid having a big gap before the end of the bike course, tricky under the rainy conditions with some 180 degree turns. By the time they all got to the second transition, the gap was still manageable for their aspirations, and Sissons, Sharpe, Birthwhistle and Murray went for it trying to chase down the leaders. On the meantime, in the lead group things changed every kilometer. Henri put the extra gear on right after transition and opened a small gap since the beginning. Behind them, what started as a five men group ended up with Jonny Brownlee and Marc Austin keeping up the pace while Alistair, Reid and Hauser were slowly being chased by the pursuers. With 2.5km to go, Alistair Brownlee was in an unusual 8th place, 43 seconds behind, while Reid looked desperately behind him. He had a reason to do it. Jacob Birthwhistle was proving that he is one of the fastest runners in the field, passing athletes meter by meter. His colossal effort paid off not only with the fastest run split of the day (14.36 for the 5km) but also with a silver medal, the first for the home country of the...

A perfectly executed race gives Henri Schoeman gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 07:03
South African Henri Schoeman added one more medal to his tally claiming the victory at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In one of the best runs of the afternoon in the Southport Broadwater Parklands, Aussie Jacob Birthwhistle claimed silver, the first medal for the home country on these Games, while Scottish athlete Marc Austin claimed bronze. After the Women enjoyed an amazing sun for their race, the men had to take the stage under a fierce storm that made the athletes shiver while standing on the pontoon. But it looked like both Brownlee brothers, Jonathan and Alistair, liked it, as Alistair took the lead from the first strokes and during most of the 750m swim on the choppy waters of the Gold Coast. Only Tayler Reid (NZL) was able to stand at his side, to go to the first transition together. On their bikes, both were almost immediately chased by the younger Brownlee, Jonny, along with Henri Schoeman, Matthew Hauser and Marc Austin, who managed to make it to the lead pack at the beginning of the bike leg and continued like that for the 20km ride. And off they went, maintaining a 25 seconds gap even though the visible efforts of both brothers for organizing the group to try to increase the time difference. Behind them, a large group including Richard Murray (RSA), Ryan Sissons (NZL), Birthwhistle, Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Matthew Sharpe (CAN) worked hard to avoid having a big gap before the end of the bike course, tricky under the rainy conditions with some 180 degree turns. By the time they all got to the second transition, the gap was still manageable for their aspirations, and Sissons, Sharpe, Birthwhistle and Murray went for it trying to chase down the leaders. On the meantime, in the lead group things changed every kilometer. Henri put the extra gear on right after transition and opened a small gap since the beginning. Behind them, what started as a five men group ended up with Jonny Brownlee and Marc Austin keeping up the pace while Alistair, Reid and Hauser were slowly being chased by the pursuers. With 2.5km to go, Alistair Brownlee was in an unusual 8th place, 43 seconds behind, while Reid looked desperately behind him. He had a reason to do it. Jacob Birthwhistle was proving that he is one of the fastest runners in the field, passing athletes meter by meter. His colossal effort paid off not only with the fastest run split of the day (14.36 for the 5km) but also with a silver medal, the first for the home country of the...

Duffy claims gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 03:45
After a dominant race from beginning to end, Flora Duffy claimed the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and put temporarily her country on top of the medal table. Behind her, English Jessica Learmonth claimed silver, and Canadian Joanna Brown took the third place. The race started with Duffy, Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell (ENG) leading the swim from the very first strokes, on a windy but really warm day in Southport Broadwater Parklands. With the water at 24.1 degrees, the hot and humid conditions were hard for all the athletes, but Duffy and Learmonth imposed a frantic rhythm as soon as they mounted their bikes, a few seconds ahead of all the other athletes. The two of them worked together to build up a difference enough to maintain them away from the chasing pack, which included some strong runners, such as Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Vicky Holland (ENG) or Joanna Brown (CAN). Halfway through the fast and flat course, the leading duo had almost one minute difference over the chasers, and by the end of the 20km bike, the two of them managed to keep it to almost one minute. A minute that proved to be too much for the chasers. With Flora speeding up in the first meters of the 5km run, Learmonth tried to keep up the pace but looking nervously behind her every few meters. She had a reason to do it. Behind her, and coming strong, her teammates Coldwell and Holland, along with Gentle and Brown were speeding up, cheered by the thousands of spectators lining up along the course in Southport Broadwater Parklands. The last kilometer looked like a fun run for Duffy, smiling and being cheered on by the spectators, knowing that the first medal of the Games was almost hers. And indeed it was. Looking confident and grabbing a Bermudian flag, Flora crossed the finish line to claim her first ever gold medal on the Commonwealth Games, stopping the clock on 56:50. She will now have two more chances of grabbing medals: in the Mixed Relay this Saturday, and on the Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bike race next Thursday. “I came in the favourite so that adds its own pressure”, said Duffy after claiming gold. But it looks like the pressure was well handled. “I am getting used to the pressure - from 2016 (winning the ITU World Championships) I had to get used to it, it is the space in which I am. There will be media and people watching me, so I just try to forget about it and do my thing”, she explained. With the gold medal hanging brightly on her...

Duffy claims gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 03:45
After a dominant race from beginning to end, Flora Duffy claimed the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and put temporarily her country on top of the medal table. Behind her, English Jessica Learmonth claimed silver, and Canadian Joanna Brown took the third place. The race started with Duffy, Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell (ENG) leading the swim from the very first strokes, on a windy but really warm day in Southport Broadwater Parklands. With the water at 24.1 degrees, the hot and humid conditions were hard for all the athletes, but Duffy and Learmonth imposed a frantic rhythm as soon as they mounted their bikes, a few seconds ahead of all the other athletes. The two of them worked together to build up a difference enough to maintain them away from the chasing pack, which included some strong runners, such as Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Vicky Holland (ENG) or Joanna Brown (CAN). Halfway through the fast and flat course, the leading duo had almost one minute difference over the chasers, and by the end of the 20km bike, the two of them managed to keep it to almost one minute. A minute that proved to be too much for the chasers. With Flora speeding up in the first meters of the 5km run, Learmonth tried to keep up the pace but looking nervously behind her every few meters. She had a reason to do it. Behind her, and coming strong, her teammates Coldwell and Holland, along with Gentle and Brown were speeding up, cheered by the thousands of spectators lining up along the course in Southport Broadwater Parklands. The last kilometer looked like a fun run for Duffy, smiling and being cheered on by the spectators, knowing that the first medal of the Games was almost hers. And indeed it was. Looking confident and grabbing a Bermudian flag, Flora crossed the finish line to claim her first ever gold medal on the Commonwealth Games, stopping the clock on 56:50. She will now have two more chances of grabbing medals: in the Mixed Relay this Saturday, and on the Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bike race next Thursday. “I came in the favourite so that adds its own pressure”, said Duffy after claiming gold. But it looks like the pressure was well handled. “I am getting used to the pressure - from 2016 (winning the ITU World Championships) I had to get used to it, it is the space in which I am. There will be media and people watching me, so I just try to forget about it and do my thing”, she explained. With the gold medal hanging brightly on her...

Duffy claims gold at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 03:45
After a dominant race from beginning to end, Flora Duffy claimed the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and put temporarily her country on top of the medal table. Behind her, English Jessica Learmonth claimed silver, and Canadian Joanna Brown took the third place. The race started with Duffy, Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell (ENG) leading the swim from the very first strokes, on a windy but really warm day in Southport Broadwater Parklands. With the water at 24.1 degrees, the hot and humid conditions were hard for all the athletes, but Duffy and Learmonth imposed a frantic rhythm as soon as they mounted their bikes, a few seconds ahead of all the other athletes. The two of them worked together to build up a difference enough to maintain them away from the chasing pack, which included some strong runners, such as Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Vicky Holland (ENG) or Joanna Brown (CAN). Halfway through the fast and flat course, the leading duo had almost one minute difference over the chasers, and by the end of the 20km bike, the two of them managed to keep it to almost one minute. A minute that proved to be too much for the chasers. With Flora speeding up in the first meters of the 5km run, Learmonth tried to keep up the pace but looking nervously behind her every few meters. She had a reason to do it. Behind her, and coming strong, her teammates Coldwell and Holland, along with Gentle and Brown were speeding up, cheered by the thousands of spectators lining up along the course in Southport Broadwater Parklands. The last kilometer looked like a fun run for Duffy, smiling and being cheered on by the spectators, knowing that the first medal of the Games was almost hers. And indeed it was. Looking confident and grabbing a Bermudian flag, Flora crossed the finish line to claim her first ever gold medal on the Commonwealth Games, stopping the clock on 56:50. She will now have two more chances of grabbing medals: in the Mixed Relay this Saturday, and on the Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bike race next Thursday. “I came in the favourite so that adds its own pressure”, said Duffy after claiming gold. But it looks like the pressure was well handled. “I am getting used to the pressure - from 2016 (winning the ITU World Championships) I had to get used to it, it is the space in which I am. There will be media and people watching me, so I just try to forget about it and do my thing”, she explained. With the gold medal hanging brightly on her...

Five of the world’s top 10 athletes vying for gold at Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:42
On its fourth appearance on the Commonwealth Games programme, the women’s event promises to present some of the best racing of the season with an impressive start list. As the very first medal event of the Games, check out who we think could feature on the podium in the Gold Coast this Thursday. Reigning double world champion, Flora Duffy (BER) will surely take her chance of claiming the first gold medal in Major Games. Duffy, who finished in 8th place both in Rio 2016 Olympics and in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be the woman to stop here, even though she will have to save some energy as the Bermudian will be competing in three medal events in the Gold Coast. For the first time ever, Bermuda will have a team in the Mixed Relay event, and Duffy has also qualified for the Mountain Bike race, which will take place only three days after the triathlon races. One of her main rivals will be Aussi Ashleigh Gentle, who proved race after race last year that she is one of the better runners in the field, and who will try to repeat what Emma Snowsill did in Melbourne 2006: be on top of the podium on home soil. At 27 years of age, and coming off the best year of her career under new coach Jamie Turner, she will face a truly world-class field at the Games, featuring five of the world’s top 10 athletes. But she can also say that Gentle is the only athlete to have beaten Duffy in the past year, when she broke through to win the World Series in Montreal. “(It would be) the greatest thing ever,’’ she told the local media in an interview last week. “I have ridden and run around here (the Gold Coast) most of my life. I am certainly comfortable here, that’s for sure. I am really looking forward to seeing what I can do in front of my home crowd,” she said. Along with them will be lining up one of the most experienced triathletes in the field, Kiwi Andrea Hewitt, going for her third Commonwealth Games, after claiming bronze in Melbourne 2006 and a fourth place in Glasgow 2014. The Kiwi has the experience of winning here in the Gold Coast in the WTS event in 2017. And even tho Andrea performs better over Olympic distance, she is convinced that if her swim goes well, she will be among the contenders for the podium. “A sprint race leaves you no room for error,” she said. Brits Jess Learmonth, Vicky Holland and Sophie Coldwell will also make a strong trio, and will most likely try to break away during the swim segment, with Learmonth being one of...

Five of the world’s top 10 athletes vying for gold at Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:42
On its fourth appearance on the Commonwealth Games programme, the women’s event promises to present some of the best racing of the season with an impressive start list. As the very first medal event of the Games, check out who we think could feature on the podium in the Gold Coast this Thursday. Reigning double world champion, Flora Duffy (BER) will surely take her chance of claiming the first gold medal in Major Games. Duffy, who finished in 8th place both in Rio 2016 Olympics and in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be the woman to stop here, even though she will have to save some energy as the Bermudian will be competing in three medal events in the Gold Coast. For the first time ever, Bermuda will have a team in the Mixed Relay event, and Duffy has also qualified for the Mountain Bike race, which will take place only three days after the triathlon races. One of her main rivals will be Aussi Ashleigh Gentle, who proved race after race last year that she is one of the better runners in the field, and who will try to repeat what Emma Snowsill did in Melbourne 2006: be on top of the podium on home soil. At 27 years of age, and coming off the best year of her career under new coach Jamie Turner, she will face a truly world-class field at the Games, featuring five of the world’s top 10 athletes. But she can also say that Gentle is the only athlete to have beaten Duffy in the past year, when she broke through to win the World Series in Montreal. “(It would be) the greatest thing ever,’’ she told the local media in an interview last week. “I have ridden and run around here (the Gold Coast) most of my life. I am certainly comfortable here, that’s for sure. I am really looking forward to seeing what I can do in front of my home crowd,” she said. Along with them will be lining up one of the most experienced triathletes in the field, Kiwi Andrea Hewitt, going for her third Commonwealth Games, after claiming bronze in Melbourne 2006 and a fourth place in Glasgow 2014. The Kiwi has the experience of winning here in the Gold Coast in the WTS event in 2017. And even tho Andrea performs better over Olympic distance, she is convinced that if her swim goes well, she will be among the contenders for the podium. “A sprint race leaves you no room for error,” she said. Brits Jess Learmonth, Vicky Holland and Sophie Coldwell will also make a strong trio, and will most likely try to break away during the swim segment, with Learmonth being one of...

Brownlee’s ready to shine again at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:34
A total of 38 men will compete in the individual men’s race in the Gold Coast, with the younger Brownlee, Jonathan, wearing number 1. With a start list crowded with Olympic and WTS medallist, expect a fast and furious race set over a 750m swim, a quite technical 20km bike and a 5km run. The Commonwealth Games will be the first time since WTS Leeds 2017 where we will see the two Olympic medallist siblings competing together, and they have quite a record of getting to the podium while joining efforts during a race. Alistair and Jonny claimed first and second place in WTS Leeds 2017 and 2016, as they did in the Rio Olympic Games and in the previous Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow 2014. Both brothers have been training in Australia for a few weeks, preparing for this race. Jonny, who finished 7th in WTS Abu Dhabi in March after he crashed on the bike, has been focussing on adapting to the weather circumstances he will have to face in the Gold Coast. “I didn’t have my finest winter training this year, but I think it’s going to be ok. I’m really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and competing in similar conditions as the ones I made back home, on my conservatory, where I built some heaters to try to prepare myself for the hot and humid conditions that we will have in Gold Coast”, he said. Returning from six months off from competition after surgery, Brownlee’s older brother, Alistair, kicked off his 2018 season with a win and some blazing fast splits at Ironman 70.3 Dubai. He then announced that he will race in the first WTS of the season in Abu Dhabi, to get ready for the Commonwealth Games, but a minor injury made him withdraw at the last minute. Alistair has been training also in Queensland for three weeks, and looks like one of the ones to beat this Thursday. “The Commonwealth Games has always meant a lot to me and I am motivated to race for England”, he said. Both brothers will have some other strong names to watch, specially when it comes to a fast sprint race as the one designed for the Gold Coast. Henri Schoeman (RSA), bronze medallist in Rio 2016, has had one of the strongest starts of the season, winning the WTS Abu Dhabi after a dominant performance, leading all three segments of the race. Being one of the strongest swimmers of the race, expect him to try to build up a lead since the first strokes on the water. His compatriot Richard Murray, bronze medallist in the previous Commonwealth Games, will try to step up on...

Brownlee’s ready to shine again at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 11:34
A total of 38 men will compete in the individual men’s race in the Gold Coast, with the younger Brownlee, Jonathan, wearing number 1. With a start list crowded with Olympic and WTS medallist, expect a fast and furious race set over a 750m swim, a quite technical 20km bike and a 5km run. The Commonwealth Games will be the first time since WTS Leeds 2017 where we will see the two Olympic medallist siblings competing together, and they have quite a record of getting to the podium while joining efforts during a race. Alistair and Jonny claimed first and second place in WTS Leeds 2017 and 2016, as they did in the Rio Olympic Games and in the previous Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow 2014. Both brothers have been training in Australia for a few weeks, preparing for this race. Jonny, who finished 7th in WTS Abu Dhabi in March after he crashed on the bike, has been focussing on adapting to the weather circumstances he will have to face in the Gold Coast. “I didn’t have my finest winter training this year, but I think it’s going to be ok. I’m really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and competing in similar conditions as the ones I made back home, on my conservatory, where I built some heaters to try to prepare myself for the hot and humid conditions that we will have in Gold Coast”, he said. Returning from six months off from competition after surgery, Brownlee’s older brother, Alistair, kicked off his 2018 season with a win and some blazing fast splits at Ironman 70.3 Dubai. He then announced that he will race in the first WTS of the season in Abu Dhabi, to get ready for the Commonwealth Games, but a minor injury made him withdraw at the last minute. Alistair has been training also in Queensland for three weeks, and looks like one of the ones to beat this Thursday. “The Commonwealth Games has always meant a lot to me and I am motivated to race for England”, he said. Both brothers will have some other strong names to watch, specially when it comes to a fast sprint race as the one designed for the Gold Coast. Henri Schoeman (RSA), bronze medallist in Rio 2016, has had one of the strongest starts of the season, winning the WTS Abu Dhabi after a dominant performance, leading all three segments of the race. Being one of the strongest swimmers of the race, expect him to try to build up a lead since the first strokes on the water. His compatriot Richard Murray, bronze medallist in the previous Commonwealth Games, will try to step up on...

All you need to know about triathlon at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Sun, 01/04/2018 - 23:13
With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just about to celebrate its opening ceremony, on April 4th, let’s take a look at some facts and figures about triathlon’s history in this major event. Triathlon is set to make history in many ways at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, featuring four adrenaline-fuelled events. For the first time in the Game’s history, the individual races will be run on a fast and furious sprint course, so that athletes can easily compete two days after in the frantic Mixed Relay event. It is also the debut of the Paratriathlon, with male and female athletes of the PTWC class taking the stage on Saturday. And once again, the female triathletes will compete to win the first medal of the Games! Triathlon times: Thursday, 5 April: Women – 09:30 am, Men - 13:00pm Saturday, 7 April: Paratriathlon PTWC Men and Women – 09:30 am, Mixed Relay - 13:00pm Where to watch:  The start, finish and transitions for the Triathlon will be located at the northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands. Grand stands tickets to watch the finish line are sold out, but with the course running in Biggera Waters, Labrador and Southport, there are some great vantage points along the course where you can view the cycling and running stages of the race for free and cheer on the athletes. About the venue:  Featuring a stunning natural landscape, the Southport Broadwater Parklands is a place to connect, energise and relax in the heart of the Gold Coast’s CBD. In April 2018, the parklands and Broadwater will be put on the world stage, hosting the start and finish of the GC2018 Athletics – Marathon and Triathlon events. What are the Commonwealth Games: With 70 competing nations and territories, the Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held in the Gold Coast. Located to the south of Queensland’s state capital Brisbane, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most captivating cities. Beyond the world-renowned beaches, the Gold Coast is a place of powerful contrasts. There are 16 competition venues hosting 23 sports. The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen on a journey through the Commonwealth to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony. More than one million steps are being taken by 3,800 batonbearers – local legends who have been nominated by their communities. After travelling a record 230,000 kilometres, the Baton arrives at the...

All you need to know about triathlon at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Sun, 01/04/2018 - 23:13
With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just about to celebrate its opening ceremony, on April 4th, let’s take a look at some facts and figures about triathlon’s history in this major event. Triathlon is set to make history in many ways at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, featuring four adrenaline-fuelled events. For the first time in the Game’s history, the individual races will be run on a fast and furious sprint course, so that athletes can easily compete two days after in the frantic Mixed Relay event. It is also the debut of the Paratriathlon, with male and female athletes of the PTWC class taking the stage on Saturday. And once again, the female triathletes will compete to win the first medal of the Games! Triathlon times: Thursday, 5 April: Women – 09:30 am, Men - 13:00pm Saturday, 7 April: Paratriathlon PTWC Men and Women – 09:30 am, Mixed Relay - 13:00pm Where to watch:  The start, finish and transitions for the Triathlon will be located at the northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands. Grand stands tickets to watch the finish line are sold out, but with the course running in Biggera Waters, Labrador and Southport, there are some great vantage points along the course where you can view the cycling and running stages of the race for free and cheer on the athletes. About the venue:  Featuring a stunning natural landscape, the Southport Broadwater Parklands is a place to connect, energise and relax in the heart of the Gold Coast’s CBD. In April 2018, the parklands and Broadwater will be put on the world stage, hosting the start and finish of the GC2018 Athletics – Marathon and Triathlon events. What are the Commonwealth Games: With 70 competing nations and territories, the Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held in the Gold Coast. Located to the south of Queensland’s state capital Brisbane, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most captivating cities. Beyond the world-renowned beaches, the Gold Coast is a place of powerful contrasts. There are 16 competition venues hosting 23 sports. The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen on a journey through the Commonwealth to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony. More than one million steps are being taken by 3,800 batonbearers – local legends who have been nominated by their communities. After travelling a record 230,000 kilometres, the Baton arrives at the...

All you need to know about triathlon at the Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Sun, 01/04/2018 - 23:13
With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just about to celebrate its opening ceremony, on April 4th, let’s take a look at some facts and figures about triathlon’s history in this major event. Triathlon is set to make history in many ways at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, featuring four adrenaline-fuelled events. For the first time in the Game’s history, the individual races will be run on a fast and furious sprint course, so that athletes can easily compete two days after in the frantic Mixed Relay event. It is also the debut of the Paratriathlon, with male and female athletes of the PTWC class taking the stage on Saturday. And once again, the female triathletes will compete to win the first medal of the Games! Triathlon times: Thursday, 5 April: Women – 09:30 am, Men - 13:00pm Saturday, 7 April: Paratriathlon PTWC Men and Women – 09:30 am, Mixed Relay - 13:00pm Where to watch:  The start, finish and transitions for the Triathlon will be located at the northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands. Grand stands tickets to watch the finish line are sold out, but with the course running in Biggera Waters, Labrador and Southport, there are some great vantage points along the course where you can view the cycling and running stages of the race for free and cheer on the athletes. About the venue:  Featuring a stunning natural landscape, the Southport Broadwater Parklands is a place to connect, energise and relax in the heart of the Gold Coast’s CBD. In April 2018, the parklands and Broadwater will be put on the world stage, hosting the start and finish of the GC2018 Athletics – Marathon and Triathlon events. What are the Commonwealth Games: With 70 competing nations and territories, the Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held in the Gold Coast. Located to the south of Queensland’s state capital Brisbane, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most captivating cities. Beyond the world-renowned beaches, the Gold Coast is a place of powerful contrasts. There are 16 competition venues hosting 23 sports. The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen on a journey through the Commonwealth to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony. More than one million steps are being taken by 3,800 batonbearers – local legends who have been nominated by their communities. After travelling a record 230,000 kilometres, the Baton arrives at the...

Leading the way for effective change in gender equality

Triathlon News - Sat, 31/03/2018 - 11:17
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and its President, IOC Member Marisol Casado, have been for many years one of the greater role models for the sport community when it comes to gender balance. In an organization where gender equity is at the core of its constitution since its inception, it is now time to spread the word and help other organizations achieve those goals. With this in mind, the Gender Equality Leadership Forum, organised by the IOC and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), was the perfect scenario to explain our path to gender equality and try to engage with some other International Federations. With more than 30 IF representatives attending, the event provided a platform for IF leaders to discuss the IOC’s Gender Equality Review Project, chaired by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, findings and recommendations, share best practices to adapt to their own organisations, and seek new solutions to improve gender equality in sports leadership. The Forum was attended by over a 100 people from around the world, including 10 Presidents and 8 Secretary Generals, welcomed the evening prior by International Equestrian Federation (FEI) President and IOC Member Ingmar de Vos. He applauded the Forum as “an invaluable opportunity for us as a diverse sporting community to come together, define policies, set goals and share best practices”. “If we are here it is because we can make a difference,” he said. “We can remove the barriers that have maintained a status quo for longer than we want to admit. Why, because our core business is sport – and sport can be and is a catalyst for change.” IOC President and HeforShe Champion, Thomas Bach, attended the morning session and kick-started the discussions. In his remarks, he emphasised: “we need a two-way approach to make progress. We need on the one hand a top-down approach and other hand a bottom-up approach.” He expressed certainty that the recommendations of the IOC Gender Equality Review Project would help enact effective change. “We need a proactive individual approach. We all have to encourage women, mentor them, and then you get results. Nobody can ignore 50% of the population, 50% of the intelligence, to make their organization successful. We ask you to take leadership positions, and lead us to better organizations. And I have to thank Marisol Casado and all the other members of this Review Project for taking the lead on that”, he said....

Leading the way for effective change in gender equality

Triathlon News - Sat, 31/03/2018 - 11:17
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and its President, IOC Member Marisol Casado, have been for many years one of the greater role models for the sport community when it comes to gender balance. In an organization where gender equity is at the core of its constitution since its inception, it is now time to spread the word and help other organizations achieve those goals. With this in mind, the Gender Equality Leadership Forum, organised by the IOC and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), was the perfect scenario to explain our path to gender equality and try to engage with some other International Federations. With more than 30 IF representatives attending, the event provided a platform for IF leaders to discuss the IOC’s Gender Equality Review Project, chaired by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, findings and recommendations, share best practices to adapt to their own organisations, and seek new solutions to improve gender equality in sports leadership. The Forum was attended by over a 100 people from around the world, including 10 Presidents and 8 Secretary Generals, welcomed the evening prior by International Equestrian Federation (FEI) President and IOC Member Ingmar de Vos. He applauded the Forum as “an invaluable opportunity for us as a diverse sporting community to come together, define policies, set goals and share best practices”. “If we are here it is because we can make a difference,” he said. “We can remove the barriers that have maintained a status quo for longer than we want to admit. Why, because our core business is sport – and sport can be and is a catalyst for change.” IOC President and HeforShe Champion, Thomas Bach, attended the morning session and kick-started the discussions. In his remarks, he emphasised: “we need a two-way approach to make progress. We need on the one hand a top-down approach and other hand a bottom-up approach.” He expressed certainty that the recommendations of the IOC Gender Equality Review Project would help enact effective change. “We need a proactive individual approach. We all have to encourage women, mentor them, and then you get results. Nobody can ignore 50% of the population, 50% of the intelligence, to make their organization successful. We ask you to take leadership positions, and lead us to better organizations. And I have to thank Marisol Casado and all the other members of this Review Project for taking the lead on that”, he said....

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