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Friendship put aside as Pilbeam, Harvey renew rivalry in #WPSGoldCoast

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:23
Australians Sally Pilbeam and Kerryn Harvey will renew their rivalry on Saturday (8 April) when the ITU World ParaTriathlon Series gets underway on their home course in Gold Coast. It is actually the rivalry that makes them better in the women’s PTS4 category. “Kerryn is an amazing athlete - she pushes me every time we race each other. We have very similar disabilities so we both learn a lot from each other. We both go out there to win, but always catch up for a drink after the race,” Pilbeam said. Pilbeam, in fact, influenced Harvey to take up the sport after having her arm and shoulder amputated in 2013 after contracting a rare and life-threatening infection from a cycling crash. “When I was first considering a return to triathlon I travelled to Sydney and watched Sally race; seeing her swimming, riding and running gave me the belief that it was all possible,” Harvey said. The pair have gone head-to-head in local and international races. But there is one race that remains in Harvey’s memory, not just because she beat Pilbeam. “It was Sunshine Coast back in 2014 and my second race as a Paratriathlete. Sally and I both suffered severely in the heat and humidity, and it was survival of the fittest. Sally was in front until around 1km to go on the run when I passed her. I can barely remember crossing the finish line in first place. Both of us ended up in ambulances on drips. It was epic but it took me a long time to recover,” Harvey said. Harvey got her season underway at the Oceania Championships last month, while Pilbeam will begin her season in Gold Coast. “Last year was difficult for me so I come into this year refreshed and feeling positive about the new season,” said PIlbeam, a two-time world champion. “I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to travel around the world to compete, but racing at home is special. You always seem to find something extra when racing at home.” Fellow Australian and five-time world champion Bill Chaffey began his season with a win after overcoming a crash to add another Oceania Championships title on his home course in March. Chaffey will be hoping to win again on home soil in Gold Coast on Saturday, but he faces fierce competition in the men’s PTHC category. His main challenge will likely come from the Netherlands’ world and Paralympic champion Jetze Plat, who will be competing for the first time since winning gold at Rio 2016. Another Paralympic champion on the start list includes...

Repeat wins for Katie Zafares and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zafares and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zaferes and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zafares and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zaferes and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zaferes and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zafares and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zaferes and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Repeat wins for Katie Zaferes and Richard Murray at New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:15
Women’s Race Review Katie Zaferes wins second New Plymouth World Cup title Katie Zaferes (USA) has continued the American domination at the New Plymouth World Cup on Sunday, winning the event for a second time, her first in 2014, and the fourth consecutive by the US women. Canadian Joanna Brown stormed home to take her first World Cup podium, and the silver medal from Belgium’s Claire Michel who put herself in the mix the whole day over the Sprint distance format. Zaferes was in the lead group out of the swim, remained alert and out of trouble in the tricky conditions on the bike with her compatriots Taylor Spivey, Kristen Kasper, Sarah True, Chelsea Burns and Summer Cook. “Everyone was pushing from the very beginning, it was a constant really strong ride all the way through for me. It was great practice, I don’t tend to do well on tactics or technically on the course.” “It was one of my goals to stay in the right place, I was really happy with how I executed it.” Zaferes was in the lead group out of the non-wetsuit swim, which was key for the 2016 Olympian, however it was fellow American Cook that lead out from Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), Alice Betto, Kasper and Yuko Takahashi (JPN). “I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, I find that to be a strength, so it gave me some confidence knowing it would be a bit chilly and it’s not the perfect condition, I kind of do better in that,” said Zaferes. The drizzling rain ensured bike-handling skills were crucial on this technical course but the women didn’t hold back. In the early stages of the 20-kilometre bike there was just 10 seconds that separated the top 20 women, Spivey and Claire Michel (BEL) were doing a far bit of the work up front with True. Initially local favourite Andrew Hewitt (NZL) was just 12 seconds off the pace but fell way back to the eventual chase group 2+mins behind. It was clear they were not going to bridge the gap today and the medals would come from the front group. On the bell lap there was still no holding back for the leaders and coming into T2 it was a group of 20 contenders but Takahashi was first onto the run course. On the first of three laps the group was whittled away to just 8 with Michel surging to the front and Kasper, Cook, Brown, Takahashi, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Zaferes in contact. Brown had given herself a goal today and that was to be on the podium. “The whole last part of the run I was just telling myself I had to get on...

Stacked Start Lists Appearing for New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/03/2017 - 11:27
For the seventh time in ITU history, the elites head to the coastal city on the North Island of New Zealand for the 2017 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup. As the third stop on the World Cup calendar, the Kiwi city will host the second sprint distance race of the year. Both the women’s and men’s start lists are coming loaded with talent as reigning champions and eager rising stars are all slated to compete in the hopes of joining the New Plymouth record books. Women’s Preview Topping the women’s field for New Plymouth will be the Kiwi herself, Andrea Hewitt. Hewitt comes in to race in her first World Cup event of the season as the current leader in the ITU rankings after she won gold in the debut World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi. The sprint dash at the finish line that gave her the victory was her first competition win since 2013. Last year in New Plymouth Hewitt earned the silver medal, a feat she accomplished in 2014 as well. However, she has yet to take home the title hosted in her home nation, but if she performs on Sunday the way she performed in Abu Dhabi, there is a large chance that will change. Hewitt has some stiff competition to overcome thought if she wants to snag the World Cup honour. The U.S. is coming stacked with top talent in the hopes of continuing their streak of winning the New Plymouth crown for the fourth year in a row. In 2014, Katie Zaferes started the winning streak for the USA when she was victorious in New Zealand, which also happens to be the last World Cup race that she competed in, so she will be returning to take back the title. Three other strong Americans are in contention to win this Sunday: Sarah True, Kirsten Kasper and Summer Cook. New Plymouth in 2014 was the last World Cup event True has competed in, and despite her successes on the WTS podium, she has never won a World Cup race in her career, so this weekend could be the time to change that fact. But then there are the young guns from the U.S. that have been making headlines. Kasper earned her first WC win in Salinas last year and will be hungry for more, while Cook captured four WC podiums last year and is on the hunt for her first of 2017. Japan’s Ai Ueda also comes into New Plymouth near the top of the women’s start list. Ueda earned the bronze medal in the WC opening race of the season in Cape Town. Known as one of the most consistent athletes across all three disciplines, Ueda also has the reputation for racing many competitions...

Stacked Start Lists Appearing for New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/03/2017 - 11:27
For the seventh time in ITU history, the elites head to the coastal city on the North Island of New Zealand for the 2017 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup. As the third stop on the World Cup calendar, the Kiwi city will host the second sprint distance race of the year. Both the women’s and men’s start lists are coming loaded with talent as reigning champions and eager rising stars are all slated to compete in the hopes of joining the New Plymouth record books. Women’s Preview Topping the women’s field for New Plymouth will be the Kiwi herself, Andrea Hewitt. Hewitt comes in to race in her first World Cup event of the season as the current leader in the ITU rankings after she won gold in the debut World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi. The sprint dash at the finish line that gave her the victory was her first competition win since 2013. Last year in New Plymouth Hewitt earned the silver medal, a feat she accomplished in 2014 as well. However, she has yet to take home the title hosted in her home nation, but if she performs on Sunday the way she performed in Abu Dhabi, there is a large chance that will change. Hewitt has some stiff competition to overcome thought if she wants to snag the World Cup honour. The U.S. is coming stacked with top talent in the hopes of continuing their streak of winning the New Plymouth crown for the fourth year in a row. In 2014, Katie Zaferes started the winning streak for the USA when she was victorious in New Zealand, which also happens to be the last World Cup race that she competed in, so she will be returning to take back the title. Three other strong Americans are in contention to win this Sunday: Sarah True, Kirsten Kasper and Summer Cook. New Plymouth in 2014 was the last World Cup event True has competed in, and despite her successes on the WTS podium, she has never won a World Cup race in her career, so this weekend could be the time to change that fact. But then there are the young guns from the U.S. that have been making headlines. Kasper earned her first WC win in Salinas last year and will be hungry for more, while Cook captured four WC podiums last year and is on the hunt for her first of 2017. Japan’s Ai Ueda also comes into New Plymouth near the top of the women’s start list. Ueda earned the bronze medal in the WC opening race of the season in Cape Town. Known as one of the most consistent athletes across all three disciplines, Ueda also has the reputation for racing many competitions...

Stacked Start Lists Appearing for New Plymouth World Cup

Triathlon News - Tue, 28/03/2017 - 11:27
For the seventh time in ITU history, the elites head to the coastal city on the North Island of New Zealand for the 2017 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup. As the third stop on the World Cup calendar, the Kiwi city will host the second sprint distance race of the year. Both the women’s and men’s start lists are coming loaded with talent as reigning champions and eager rising stars are all slated to compete in the hopes of joining the New Plymouth record books. Women’s Preview Topping the women’s field for New Plymouth will be the Kiwi herself, Andrea Hewitt. Hewitt comes in to race in her first World Cup event of the season as the current leader in the ITU rankings after she won gold in the debut World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi. The sprint dash at the finish line that gave her the victory was her first competition win since 2013. Last year in New Plymouth Hewitt earned the silver medal, a feat she accomplished in 2014 as well. However, she has yet to take home the title hosted in her home nation, but if she performs on Sunday the way she performed in Abu Dhabi, there is a large chance that will change. Hewitt has some stiff competition to overcome thought if she wants to snag the World Cup honour. The U.S. is coming stacked with top talent in the hopes of continuing their streak of winning the New Plymouth crown for the fourth year in a row. In 2014, Katie Zaferes started the winning streak for the USA when she was victorious in New Zealand, which also happens to be the last World Cup race that she competed in, so she will be returning to take back the title. Three other strong Americans are in contention to win this Sunday: Sarah True, Kirsten Kasper and Summer Cook. New Plymouth in 2014 was the last World Cup event True has competed in, and despite her successes on the WTS podium, she has never won a World Cup race in her career, so this weekend could be the time to change that fact. But then there are the young guns from the U.S. that have been making headlines. Kasper earned her first WC win in Salinas last year and will be hungry for more, while Cook captured four WC podiums last year and is on the hunt for her first of 2017. Japan’s Ai Ueda also comes into New Plymouth near the top of the women’s start list. Ueda earned the bronze medal in the WC opening race of the season in Cape Town. Known as one of the most consistent athletes across all three disciplines, Ueda also has the reputation for racing many competitions...

ITU sanctions two athletes for Anti-Doping Rule Violations

Triathlon News - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:34
ITU has today announced it has imposed a 10-month ban on both Hao Miao (CHN) and Liwei Sun (CHN). Both athletes committed anti-doping rule violations at an in-competition doping control test at the 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event for the use of Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). The athletes’ periods of ineligibility are backdated to October 31, 2016, at which time they each accepted a voluntary provisional suspension pending the outcome of a hearing. Both Miao and Sun forfeit their results from the men’s 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event. They may resume competing August 30, 2017.  The athletes asserted that the adverse analytical findings were as a result of ingestion of a fructose “candy” used for the purpose of carbohydrate supplementation and provided analysis reports in Chinese confirming that the candy contained HCTZ. After thorough investigation, six various bottles that had been purchased by the team management for the athletes’ use were sent for forensic analysis. A laboratory in China reported that two of these bottles, those containing of pressed fructose candy capsules purchased in 2015, were found to contain significant amounts of HCTZ. While the athletes were found to have no significant fault in the anti-doping rule violation, it is the responsibility of all athletes to be aware of what they ingest. Therefore, after a careful analysis of their degree of fault and identified shortcomings in respecting this duty of care, a period of ineligibility of 10 months was imposed by the Arbitration Panel. Following this situation, ITU reminds all athletes to be aware of everything they ingest, especially supplements. ITU is strongly committed to maintaining the integrity of the sport by ensuring athletes are competing on a level-playing field by abiding to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code to help keep triathlon clean. For more on ITU’s Anti-doping program, visit http://www.triathlon.org/anti-doping. View the latest 2017 Prohibited List (WADA).

ITU sanctions two athletes for Anti-Doping Rule Violations

Triathlon News - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:34
ITU has today announced it has imposed a 10-month ban on both Hao Miao (CHN) and Liwei Sun (CHN). Both athletes committed anti-doping rule violations at an in-competition doping control test at the 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event for the use of Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). The athletes’ periods of ineligibility are backdated to October 31, 2016, at which time they each accepted a voluntary provisional suspension pending the outcome of a hearing. Both Miao and Sun forfeit their results from the men’s 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event. They may resume competing August 30, 2017.  The athletes asserted that the adverse analytical findings were as a result of ingestion of a fructose “candy” used for the purpose of carbohydrate supplementation and provided analysis reports in Chinese confirming that the candy contained HCTZ. After thorough investigation, six various bottles that had been purchased by the team management for the athletes’ use were sent for forensic analysis. A laboratory in China reported that two of these bottles, those containing of pressed fructose candy capsules purchased in 2015, were found to contain significant amounts of HCTZ. While the athletes were found to have no significant fault in the anti-doping rule violation, it is the responsibility of all athletes to be aware of what they ingest. Therefore, after a careful analysis of their degree of fault and identified shortcomings in respecting this duty of care, a period of ineligibility of 10 months was imposed by the Arbitration Panel. Following this situation, ITU reminds all athletes to be aware of everything they ingest, especially supplements. ITU is strongly committed to maintaining the integrity of the sport by ensuring athletes are competing on a level-playing field by abiding to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code to help keep triathlon clean. For more on ITU’s Anti-doping program, visit http://www.triathlon.org/anti-doping. View the latest 2017 Prohibited List (WADA).

ITU sanctions two athlets for Anti-Doping Rule Violations

Triathlon News - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:34
ITU has today announced it has imposed a 10-month ban on both Hao Miao (CHN) and Liwei Sun (CHN). Both athletes committed anti-doping rule violations at an in-competition doping control test at the 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event for the use of Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). The athletes’ periods of ineligibility are backdated to October 31, 2016, at which time they each accepted a voluntary provisional suspension pending the outcome of a hearing. Both Miao and Sun forfeit their results from the men’s 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event. They may resume competing August 30, 2017.  The athletes asserted that the adverse analytical findings were as a result of ingestion of a fructose “candy” used for the purpose of carbohydrate supplementation and provided analysis reports in Chinese confirming that the candy contained HCTZ. After thorough investigation, six various bottles that had been purchased by the team management for the athletes’ use were sent for forensic analysis. A laboratory in China reported that two of these bottles, those containing of pressed fructose candy capsules purchased in 2015, were found to contain significant amounts of HCTZ. While the athletes were found to have no significant fault in the anti-doping rule violation, it is the responsibility of all athletes to be aware of what they ingest. Therefore, after a careful analysis of their degree of fault and identified shortcomings in respecting this duty of care, a period of ineligibility of 10 months was imposed by the Arbitration Panel. Following this situation, ITU reminds all athletes to be aware of everything they ingest, especially supplements. ITU is strongly committed to maintaining the integrity of the sport by ensuring athletes are competing on a level-playing field by abiding to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code to help keep triathlon clean. For more on ITU’s Anti-doping program, visit http://www.triathlon.org/anti-doping. View the latest 2017 Prohibited List (WADA).

Workout Wednesday with Dunia Gomez

Triathlon News - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 21:45
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Dunia Gomez, a triathlon coach from Mexico who traded in her dancing shoes for triathlon gold medals. Switching to a triathlon suit was the start of a fantastic age-group career for Gomez as she became a three-time gold medallist at the 2016 World Championships in Cozumel, winning the standard distance, sprint distance and aquathlon races in the same week. She was also the 2015 world champ for aquathlon and the sprint distance for her age group. So if you are going to get any training tips from anyone, Gomez is it! Name: Dunia Gomez Tirado Country: MEX Age Group: Female 30-34 Standard Distance Profession: Triathlon Coach How you got involved in triathlon? I was a folkloric dancer and the teacher sent us to run and swim to do some conditioning. So I started swimming and while there I knew a triathlon group who then invited me to train with them. After starting with the group and doing some swimming and running, I then went to a relay triathlon in Ixtapa where I did the swimming part. It was after that race when I knew that I wanted to do triathlon forever, so I left dance and become a triathlete. How often you train? Every single day. Best training advice? Alway find a real personal meaning when it comes to training and then do it with your whole heart.   What motivates you to race? My Family. Favourite swim workout: 750m split (50m 100% rest 5’’, 100m 95% rest 10’’, 150m 90% rest 15’’, 200m 85-90% rest 20’’ and 250m 85-100%) Favourite bike workout: Counterclock of 20 km full gas Favourite run workout: 10x1000 @6’ 80-90%

Workout Wednesday with Dunia Gomez

Triathlon News - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 21:45
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Dunia Gomez, a triathlon coach from Mexico who traded in her dancing shoes for triathlon gold medals. Switching to a triathlon suit was the start of a fantastic age-group career for Gomez as she became a three-time gold medallist at the 2016 World Championships in Cozumel, winning the standard distance, sprint distance and aquathlon races in the same week. She was also the 2015 world champ for aquathlon and the sprint distance for her age group. So if you are going to get any training tips from anyone, Gomez is it! Name: Dunia Gomez Tirado Country: MEX Age Group: Female 30-34 Standard Distance Profession: Triathlon Coach How you got involved in triathlon? I was a folkloric dancer and the teacher sent us to run and swim to do some conditioning. So I started swimming and while there I knew a triathlon group who then invited me to train with them. After starting with the group and doing some swimming and running, I then went to a relay triathlon in Ixtapa where I did the swimming part. It was after that race when I knew that I wanted to do triathlon forever, so I left dance and become a triathlete. How often you train? Every single day. Best training advice? Alway find a real personal meaning when it comes to training and then do it with your whole heart.   What motivates you to race? My Family. Favourite swim workout: 750m split (50m 100% rest 5’’, 100m 95% rest 10’’, 150m 90% rest 15’’, 200m 85-90% rest 20’’ and 250m 85-100%) Favourite bike workout: Counterclock of 20 km full gas Favourite run workout: 10x1000 @6’ 80-90%

ITU seeks Editor

Triathlon News - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 13:06
Following recent restructuring, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) wishes to expand its communications team to support the increasing activities of the international federation. ITU is now searching for a journalist/editor to be located at its office in Madrid. The position will be filled by 3 May 2017. ITU is a summer Olympic federation, with its headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) and offices in Madrid (Spain) and Vancouver (Canada). Job summary: • Write, edit and publish content for the website, social media channels, press releases or any kind of documents required by the Communications department or other ITU’s departments. • Assist in creating audiovisual content for our channels, including copy, pictures, photo galleries, videoclips or scripts for videos and/or presentations. • Engage with athletes, LOCs, partners and other stakeholders to prepare content for ITU’s communications channels • Assist with media operations and management during events Key responsibilities: • Create and edit written content for all ITU’s communications channels in order to engage, promote and create awareness of the sport. • Create graphic content and/or short video clips for social media • Participate in development content for presentations, internal memos or press releases. • Edit and publish content on the website and social media channels The candidate: • Must be a journalist, linguist or editor with experience working in sport events. Knowledge about the sport of triathlon is desirable, although not essential • Native English speaker, other languages desirable • Must have advanced proofreading or edit skills • Must have some knowledge of graphic design and video editing software and skills • Experience in working remotely with Content Management Systems and Social media tools • Digitally savvy, a team player and a great all-rounder, with experience of reporting at all levels. • Must have the ability to organise, plan and work to strict deadlines. • All candidates must possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, a progressive personality and enjoy engaging with internal team members, as well as external stakeholders. • Available to work on week-ends both on site and remotely Interested candidates should send their CV to: jobs@triathlon.org quoting ref: Journalist/editor process. The closing date for applications is 15 April 2017.

ITU seeks Editor

Triathlon News - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 13:06
Following recent restructuring, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) wishes to expand its communications team to support the increasing activities of the international federation. ITU is now searching for a journalist/editor to be located at its office in Madrid. The position will be filled by 3 May 2017. ITU is a summer Olympic federation, with its headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) and offices in Madrid (Spain) and Vancouver (Canada). Job summary: • Write, edit and publish content for the website, social media channels, press releases or any kind of documents required by the Communications department or other ITU’s departments. • Assist in creating audiovisual content for our channels, including copy, pictures, photo galleries, videoclips or scripts for videos and/or presentations. • Engage with athletes, LOCs, partners and other stakeholders to prepare content for ITU’s communications channels • Assist with media operations and management during events Key responsibilities: • Create and edit written content for all ITU’s communications channels in order to engage, promote and create awareness of the sport. • Create graphic content and/or short video clips for social media • Participate in development content for presentations, internal memos or press releases. • Edit and publish content on the website and social media channels The candidate: • Must be a journalist, linguist or editor with experience working in sport events. Knowledge about the sport of triathlon is desirable, although not essential • Native English speaker, other languages desirable • Must have advanced proofreading or edit skills • Must have some knowledge of graphic design and video editing software and skills • Experience in working remotely with Content Management Systems and Social media tools • Digitally savvy, a team player and a great all-rounder, with experience of reporting at all levels. • Must have the ability to organise, plan and work to strict deadlines. • All candidates must possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, a progressive personality and enjoy engaging with internal team members, as well as external stakeholders. • Available to work on week-ends both on site and remotely Interested candidates should send their CV to: jobs@triathlon.org quoting ref: Journalist/editor process. The closing date for applications is 15 April 2017.

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