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

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

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

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

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