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Gold Coast to host ITU WTS Grand Final 12-16 September 2018

Triathlon News - Mon, 03/07/2017 - 11:00
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final will be hosted between 12-16 September on the Gold Coast (Australia). More than 5,000 of the world’s best elite and Age-Group triathletes will be heading to Queensland for the final race of the 2018 season. Athletes representing 46 nations will be competing at Southport Broadwater Parklands, the site of the highly successful Jewel ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast and home to the 2009 ITU World Championships. The 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final will celebrate the diversity of the sport of triathlon with athletes competing in Elite, Under 23, Junior and Elite Paratriathlon categories as well as the U23/Jnr Mixed Team Relay, Age-Group, Standard and Sprint Distance, and Open Paratriathlon events. ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado said “the Gold Coast has been a great date on ITU’s calendar for many years and we are extremely proud that Australia will host the Grand Final next season. The city provides an unforgettable landscape for welcoming not only the elite triathletes, but also thousands of Age-Groupers, and with the total support of the city and the great experience of the local organising committee, I am confident that it will be a really successful event”. With spectacular opening and closing ceremonies, a range of associated social events, and the natural setting of the stunning Gold Coast, the 2018 World Championships will be a must-do event for athletes all over the world. The Gold Coast event is the culmination of a four year strategy between Tourism Events Queensland (TEQ), the City of Gold Coast and IRONMAN Oceania to bring the world’s best triathletes to the Gold Coast. IRONMAN Oceania, Managing Director Dave Beeche said the ITU World Grand Final is expected to attract more than 17,000 visitors, giving Queensland significant global exposure and providing a major boost for the profile triathlon in Australia. “The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final is the most prestigious event on the World Triathlon Series calendar, so we are very excited to welcome this event, the athletes, their families and friends to Queensland. Australia, and especially Queensland has a strong tradition in the sport of triathlon and we look forward to working with the ITU on presenting the ‘grandest’ of all Grand Finals and welcoming the world’s best to the magnificent Gold Coast,” he said. Minister for Tourism, Major Events...

Mohamad Masoo: Fleeing from Syria with the Olympics on his mind

Triathlon News - Fri, 30/06/2017 - 15:43
The first time that Mohamad Masoo dreamed of being an Olympian he was still living in his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. A city now torn apart by war, and a city he decided to leave only a year and a half ago. Now Masso, a member of Team ITU, literally lives another life in Hannover, training hard with just one goal in mind, Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A swimmer since he was six years old, he started triathlon in Syria when he was 17, even though training in his hometown was not always safe. “Last time I was training in Damascus, at the Tishreen Stadium, a bomb exploded inside the stadium. People had told me to stop going there for training, they said that it was too dangerous, but I didn’t care… until that day”, he explains. That was the day when he decided that enough was enough. Along with his younger brother, they left Aleppo and crossed the Syrian border into Turkey. Their journey to Europe was not an easy one. “We arrived on the coast where there was a boat for Greece ready to depart. The boat wasn’t the safest, with 20 passengers and only 19 life jackets, so it was lucky that I’m a strong swimmer, so I wouldn’t need it.” Luckily, all of them made it to Greece safely, and from there, as thousands of other refugees from Syria, crossed thousands of kilometres and several countries until he settled in Germany, and is now training hard in Hamburg. At the beginning of the year, he was appointed to Team ITU, which aims to provide support, resources and expertise to athletes from emerging or developing National Federations with the opportunity to compete at the Olympics and at a World Cup level in the meantime. “I really think I can make it to Tokyo 2020, I really want to be Olympian, representing my country, Syria, or as a member of the IOC Refugees Team”, explained Masoo before racing in the ITU Madrid World Cup. “I am really working hard to get there”. **With the sharing of this incredible story, ITU is excited to launch a public campaign called #TogetherWeTri! We want to share more articles and stories like this and show how triathlon is a sport where people can come together in all types of circumstances. Have you witnessed someone lending their equipment at a race? Or are a part of a life-changing training group? Or simply have a story of someone who has inspired you in the sport? Then we want you to share it with us! Send us your stories online using the hashtag #TogetherWeTri and we could feature you on our website and social...

Mohamad Masoo: Fleeing from Syria with the Olympics on his mind

Triathlon News - Fri, 30/06/2017 - 15:43
The first time that Mohamad Masoo dreamed of being an Olympian he was still living in his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. A city now torn apart by war, and a city he decided to leave only a year and a half ago. Now Masso, a member of Team ITU, literally lives another life in Hannover, training hard with just one goal in mind, Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A swimmer since he was six years old, he started triathlon in Syria when he was 17, even though training in his hometown was not always safe. “Last time I was training in Damascus, at the Tishreen Stadium, a bomb exploded inside the stadium. People had told me to stop going there for training, they said that it was too dangerous, but I didn’t care… until that day”, he explains. That was the day when he decided that enough was enough. Along with his younger brother, they left Aleppo and crossed the Syrian border into Turkey. Their journey to Europe was not an easy one. “We arrived on the coast where there was a boat for Greece ready to depart. The boat wasn’t the safest, with 20 passengers and only 19 life jackets, so it was lucky that I’m a strong swimmer, so I wouldn’t need it.” Luckily, all of them made it to Greece safely, and from there, as thousands of other refugees from Syria, crossed thousands of kilometres and several countries until he settled in Germany, and is now training hard in Hamburg. At the beginning of the year, he was appointed to Team ITU, which aims to provide support, resources and expertise to athletes from emerging or developing National Federations with the opportunity to compete at the Olympics and at a World Cup level in the meantime. “I really think I can make it to Tokyo 2020, I really want to be Olympian, representing my country, Syria, or as a member of the IOC Refugees Team”, explained Masoo before racing in the ITU Madrid World Cup. “I am really working hard to get there”. **With the sharing of this incredible story, ITU is excited to launch a public campaign called #TogetherWeTri! We want to share more articles and stories like this and show how triathlon is a sport where people can come together in all types of circumstances. Have you witnessed someone lending their equipment at a race? Or are a part of a life-changing training group? Or simply have a story of someone who has inspired you in the sport? Then we want you to share it with us! Send us your stories online using the hashtag #TogetherWeTri and we could feature you on our website and social...

Mohammed Masso: Fleeing from Syria with the Olympics on his mind

Triathlon News - Fri, 30/06/2017 - 15:43
The first time that Mohammed Masso dreamed of being an Olympian he was still living in his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. A city now torn apart by war, and a city he decided to leave only a year and a half ago. Now Masso, a member of Team ITU, literally lives another life in Hannover, training hard with just one goal in mind, Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A swimmer since he was six years old, he started triathlon in Syria when he was 17, even though training in his hometown was not always safe. “Last time I was training in Damascus, at the Tishreen Stadium, a bomb exploded inside the stadium. People had told me to stop going there for training, they said that it was too dangerous, but I didn’t care… until that day”, he explains. That was the day when he decided that enough was enough. Along with his younger brother, they left Aleppo and crossed the Syrian border into Turkey. Their journey to Europe was not an easy one. “We arrived on the coast where there was a boat for Greece ready to depart. The boat wasn’t the safest, with 20 passengers and only 19 life jackets, so it was lucky that I’m a strong swimmer, so I wouldn’t need it.” Luckily, all of them made it to Greece safely, and from there, as thousands of other refugees from Syria, crossed thousands of kilometres and several countries until he settled in Germany, and is now training hard in Hamburg. At the beginning of the year, he was appointed to Team ITU, which aims to provide support, resources and expertise to athletes from emerging or developing National Federations with the opportunity to compete at the Olympics and at a World Cup level in the meantime. “I really think I can make it to Tokyo 2020, I really want to be Olympian, representing my country, Syria, or as a member of the IOC Refugees Team”, explained Masso before racing in the ITU Madrid World Cup. “I am really working hard to get there”. **With the sharing of this incredible story, ITU is excited to launch a public campaign called #TogetherWeTri! We want to share more articles and stories like this and show how triathlon is a sport where people can come together in all types of circumstances. Have you witnessed someone lending their equipment at a race? Or are a part of a life-changing training group? Or simply have a story of someone who has inspired you in the sport? Then we want you to share it with us! Send us your stories online using the hashtag #TogetherWeTri and we could feature you on our website and...

Jairo Ruiz continues comeback in Altafulla

Triathlon News - Fri, 30/06/2017 - 11:18
Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez is targeting a podium place at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Altafulla, Spain, on Sunday (2 July) as he continues his comeback from a knee injury. The 28-year-old won bronze at both the 2016 World Championships and Paralympic Games, but an injury to his right knee has disrupted his progress this season. “When I came back from Rio I continued training for a medium distance triathlon,” Ruiz said. “In training one day my knee started to hurt. It happened suddenly, without a blow or anything. I had planned to take this year easier, but, in the end, I have had to rest [anyway] because of the injury.” “Kitzbühel was the final test to check that everything was OK. To finish second and without any more injury problems was a magnificent result for me.” Ruiz returned to competition at the recent European Championships in Kitzbühel, Austria, and the PTS5 athlete was satisfied with his performance considering he was not at 100 per cent strength. “I was very pleased with silver as the injury has disrupted my training over the past few months and I haven’t been able to run,” Ruiz said. “Kitzbühel was the final test to check that everything was OK. To finish second and without any more injury problems was a magnificent result for me.” The Spaniard is now targeting the podium on this weekend’s Altafulla World Cup. “It is a race that I know well because I have run there several times in national championships and I like the course,” Ruiz said. “I am hoping to win a medal in Altafulla - standing on the podium in your home race is always special.” France’s Yannick Bourseaux is likely to be Ruiz’s nearest challenger in the men’s PTS5 class. Bourseaux finished just ahead of Ruiz at last year’s World Championships, winning the silver medal, while Ruiz got the better of the Frenchman in Rio. In the other events, France’s Ahmed Andaloussi will be looking to repeat his victory from the first World Cup event of the season in Besancon in the men’s PTWC class. Andaloussi’s compatriot Mona Francis will be hoping for the same in what looks set to be a hotly-contested women’s race. Great Britain’s John Fulton will want to build on his fourth-place finish from his international debut in Besancon in the men’s PTS2 class. Fulton will, however, face competition from France’s Geoffrey Wersy and Japan’s Kenji Hashimoto in Altafulla. The men’s PTS4 could see two European medallists battle it...

Jairo Ruiz continues comeback in Altafulla

Triathlon News - Fri, 30/06/2017 - 11:18
Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez is targeting a podium place at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Altafulla, Spain, on Sunday (2 July) as he continues his comeback from a knee injury. The 28-year-old won bronze at both the 2016 World Championships and Paralympic Games, but an injury to his right knee has disrupted his progress this season. “When I came back from Rio I continued training for a medium distance triathlon,” Ruiz said. “In training one day my knee started to hurt. It happened suddenly, without a blow or anything. I had planned to take this year easier, but, in the end, I have had to rest [anyway] because of the injury.” “Kitzbühel was the final test to check that everything was OK. To finish second and without any more injury problems was a magnificent result for me.” Ruiz returned to competition at the recent European Championships in Kitzbühel, Austria, and the PTS5 athlete was satisfied with his performance considering he was not at 100 per cent strength. “I was very pleased with silver as the injury has disrupted my training over the past few months and I haven’t been able to run,” Ruiz said. “Kitzbühel was the final test to check that everything was OK. To finish second and without any more injury problems was a magnificent result for me.” The Spaniard is now targeting the podium on this weekend’s Altafulla World Cup. “It is a race that I know well because I have run there several times in national championships and I like the course,” Ruiz said. “I am hoping to win a medal in Altafulla - standing on the podium in your home race is always special.” France’s Yannick Bourseaux is likely to be Ruiz’s nearest challenger in the men’s PTS5 class. Bourseaux finished just ahead of Ruiz at last year’s World Championships, winning the silver medal, while Ruiz got the better of the Frenchman in Rio. In the other events, France’s Ahmed Andaloussi will be looking to repeat his victory from the first World Cup event of the season in Besancon in the men’s PTWC class. Andaloussi’s compatriot Mona Francis will be hoping for the same in what looks set to be a hotly-contested women’s race. Great Britain’s John Fulton will want to build on his fourth-place finish from his international debut in Besancon in the men’s PTS2 class. Fulton will, however, face competition from France’s Geoffrey Wersy and Japan’s Kenji Hashimoto in Altafulla. The men’s PTS4 could see two European medallists battle it...

Jairo Ruiz continues comeback in Altafulla

Triathlon News - Fri, 30/06/2017 - 11:18
Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez is targeting a podium place at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Altafulla, Spain, on Sunday (2 July) as he continues his comeback from a knee injury. The 28-year-old won bronze at both the 2016 World Championships and Paralympic Games, but an injury to his right knee has disrupted his progress this season. “When I came back from Rio I continued training for a medium distance triathlon,” Ruiz said. “In training one day my knee started to hurt. It happened suddenly, without a blow or anything. I had planned to take this year easier, but, in the end, I have had to rest [anyway] because of the injury.” “Kitzbühel was the final test to check that everything was OK. To finish second and without any more injury problems was a magnificent result for me.” Ruiz returned to competition at the recent European Championships in Kitzbühel, Austria, and the PTS5 athlete was satisfied with his performance considering he was not at 100 per cent strength. “I was very pleased with silver as the injury has disrupted my training over the past few months and I haven’t been able to run,” Ruiz said. “Kitzbühel was the final test to check that everything was OK. To finish second and without any more injury problems was a magnificent result for me.” The Spaniard is now targeting the podium on this weekend’s Altafulla World Cup. “It is a race that I know well because I have run there several times in national championships and I like the course,” Ruiz said. “I am hoping to win a medal in Altafulla - standing on the podium in your home race is always special.” France’s Yannick Bourseaux is likely to be Ruiz’s nearest challenger in the men’s PTS5 class. Bourseaux finished just ahead of Ruiz at last year’s World Championships, winning the silver medal, while Ruiz got the better of the Frenchman in Rio. In the other events, France’s Ahmed Andaloussi will be looking to repeat his victory from the first World Cup event of the season in Besancon in the men’s PTWC class. Andaloussi’s compatriot Mona Francis will be hoping for the same in what looks set to be a hotly-contested women’s race. Great Britain’s John Fulton will want to build on his fourth-place finish from his international debut in Besancon in the men’s PTS2 class. Fulton will, however, face competition from France’s Geoffrey Wersy and Japan’s Kenji Hashimoto in Altafulla. The men’s PTS4 could see two European medallists battle it...

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