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Sophie Coldwell reigns supreme in Tiszy before storm halts men’s progress

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:19
The town of Tiszaujvaros, north-east Hungary, was once again consumed by triathlon fever this weekend as two days of elite racing provided the focal point of the annual festival of sport and culture. For 22 years, Tiszy has been a staple on the ITU World Cup circuit, but for the first time in its history, this year the men’s race had to be abandoned after a freak storm saw hail and high winds leave conditions hazardous for the athletes and spectators. That was after Britain’s Sophie Coldwell had delivered an imperious display in the women’s race to earn gold in the very city she won seven years ago as a Junior. Coldwell dominated the run to finish 16 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Melanie Santos, who scored her first ever World Cup podium. USA’s Chelsea Burns came home in third.  With a large lead group of cyclists battling incredible weather conditions, the men’s race was cut short as the storm that blew in just after the athletes emerged from the water intensified. As the winds grew stronger, heavy rain gave way to hailstones, and as sections of the course became flooded the race referee took the decision to abandon the race for the safety of the athletes and the spectators alike. Women’s race review After a very well-executed and comfortable semi-final, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat looked like the woman to beat on Sunday, but Coldwell also exuded confidence alongside Santos and USA’s Taylor Knibb in their semi. The Hungarian duo of Zsofia Kovacs and Zsanett Bragmayer were equally focussed on securing their first-ever podium finishes on home soil, and as the swimmers found their rhythm and the field began to spread, it was Bragmayer who was able to assume the early lead and emerge first from the water. Taylor Knibb had found herself a little way back in the traffic, but was typically unfazed as she and teammate Chelsea Burns soon made up lost ground and merged into a lead pack of 15 riders that also included Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Sara Sala of Spain. With strong cyclists like Australia’s Jeffcoat and Tamsyn Moana-Veale, France’s Margot Garabedian and Britain’s India Lee also in the front runners, as each of the eight laps ticked by their lead grew, and by the bell it was a positively unassailable 75 seconds. Through the second transition, Taylor Knibb struggled a little with her bike and it was Santos and Coldwell with Burns and Spain’s Ana Godoy-Contreras who were able to assert themselves on the four-lap run....

Sophie Coldwell reigns supreme in Tiszy before storm halts men’s progress

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:19
The town of Tiszaujvaros, north-east Hungary, was once again consumed by triathlon fever this weekend as two days of elite racing provided the focal point of its annual festival of sport and culture. For 22 years, Tiszy has been a staple on the ITU World Cup circuit, but this year for the first time in its history, the men’s race had to be abandoned after a freak storm saw hail and high winds leave conditions too hazardous for the athletes and spectators. That was all after Britain’s Sophie Coldwell had delivered an imperious display in the women’s race to earn gold in the very city she won seven years ago as a Junior. Coldwell dominated the run to finish 16 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Melanie Santos, who scored her first ever World Cup podium. USA’s Chelsea Burns came home in third.  “I am over the moon to come back here seven years later and win my first World Cup. Melanie and I have always been close and she is running really well so I definitely think we help each other out. I’m building into the world U23s now and i’m just really pleased with how things are looking at the moment,” said a delighted Coldwell after the race. With a large lead group of cyclists battling incredible weather conditions, the men’s race was cut short as the storm that blew in just after the athletes hit the water intensified. As the winds grew stronger, heavy rain gave way to hailstones, and with sections of the course becoming flooded, the race referee took the decision to abandon the race for the safety of the athletes and the spectators alike. “The priority for us in any event is the athlete’s safety, and the extreme weather conditions in Tiszy this afternoon made it impossible to carry on with the men’s race. We had hailstorms, thunder, lightning and the wind was blowing over the barriers, so we had no choice but to cancel”, said John Petrides, ITU Technical Delegate. Women’s race review After a very well-executed and comfortable semi-final, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat looked like the woman to beat on Sunday, but Coldwell also exuded confidence alongside Santos and USA’s Taylor Knibb in their semi. The Hungarian duo of Zsofia Kovacs and Zsanett Bragmayer were equally focussed on securing their first-ever podium finishes on home soil, and as the swimmers found their rhythm and the field began to spread, it was Bragmayer who was able to assume the early lead and emerge first from the water. Taylor Knibb had found herself a little way back in...

Sophie Coldwell reigns supreme in Tiszy before storm halts men’s progress

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:19
The town of Tiszaujvaros, north-east Hungary, was once again consumed by triathlon fever this weekend as two days of elite racing provided the focal point of its annual festival of sport and culture. For 22 years, Tiszy has been a staple on the ITU World Cup circuit, but this year for the first time in its history, the men’s race had to be abandoned after a freak storm saw hail and high winds leave conditions too hazardous for the athletes and spectators. That was all after Britain’s Sophie Coldwell had delivered an imperious display in the women’s race to earn gold in the very city she won seven years ago as a Junior. Coldwell dominated the run to finish 16 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Melanie Santos, who scored her first ever World Cup podium. USA’s Chelsea Burns came home in third.  “I am over the moon to come back here seven years later and win my first World Cup. Melanie and I have always been close and she is running really well so I definitely think we help each other out. I’m building into the world U23s now and i’m just really pleased with how things are looking at the moment,” said a delighted Coldwell after the race. With a large lead group of cyclists battling incredible weather conditions, the men’s race was cut short as the storm that blew in just after the athletes hit the water intensified. As the winds grew stronger, heavy rain gave way to hailstones, and with sections of the course becoming flooded, the race referee took the decision to abandon the race for the safety of the athletes and the spectators alike. “The priority for us in any event is the athlete’s safety, and the extreme weather conditions in Tiszy this afternoon made it impossible to carry on with the men’s race. We had hailstorms, thunder, lightning and the wind was blowing over the barriers, so we had no choice but to cancel”, said John Petrides, ITU Technical Delegate. Women’s race review After a very well-executed and comfortable semi-final, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat looked like the woman to beat on Sunday, but Coldwell also exuded confidence alongside Santos and USA’s Taylor Knibb in their semi. The Hungarian duo of Zsofia Kovacs and Zsanett Bragmayer were equally focussed on securing their first-ever podium finishes on home soil, and as the swimmers found their rhythm and the field began to spread, it was Bragmayer who was able to assume the early lead and emerge first from the water. Taylor Knibb had found herself a little way back in...

Sophie Coldwell reigns supreme in Tiszy before storm halts men’s progress

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:19
The town of Tiszaujvaros, north-east Hungary, was once again consumed by triathlon fever this weekend as two days of elite racing provided the focal point of its annual festival of sport and culture. For 22 years, Tiszy has been a staple on the ITU World Cup circuit, but this year for the first time in its history, the men’s race had to be abandoned after a freak storm saw hail and high winds leave conditions too hazardous for the athletes and spectators. That was all after Britain’s Sophie Coldwell had delivered an imperious display in the women’s race to earn gold in the very city she won seven years ago as a Junior. Coldwell dominated the run to finish 16 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Melanie Santos, who scored her first ever World Cup podium. USA’s Chelsea Burns came home in third.  “I am over the moon to come back here seven years later and win my first World Cup. Melanie and I have always been close and she is running really well so I definitely think we help each other out. I’m building into the world U23s now and i’m just really pleased with how things are looking at the moment,” said a delighted Coldwell after the race. With a large lead group of cyclists battling incredible weather conditions, the men’s race was cut short as the storm that blew in just after the athletes hit the water intensified. As the winds grew stronger, heavy rain gave way to hailstones, and with sections of the course becoming flooded, the race referee took the decision to abandon the race for the safety of the athletes and the spectators alike. “The priority for us in any event is the athlete’s safety, and the extreme weather conditions in Tiszy this afternoon made it impossible to carry on with the men’s race. We had hailstorms, thunder, lightning and the wind was blowing over the barriers, so we had no choice but to cancel”, said John Petrides, ITU Technical Delegate. Women’s race review After a very well-executed and comfortable semi-final, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat looked like the woman to beat on Sunday, but Coldwell also exuded confidence alongside Santos and USA’s Taylor Knibb in their semi. The Hungarian duo of Zsofia Kovacs and Zsanett Bragmayer were equally focussed on securing their first-ever podium finishes on home soil, and as the swimmers found their rhythm and the field began to spread, it was Bragmayer who was able to assume the early lead and emerge first from the water. Taylor Knibb had found herself a little way back in...

Sophie Coldwell reigns supreme in Tiszy before storm halts men’s progress

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:19
The town of Tiszaujvaros, north-east Hungary, was once again consumed by triathlon fever this weekend as two days of elite racing provided the focal point of the annual festival of sport and culture. For 22 years, Tiszy has been a staple on the ITU World Cup circuit, but for the first time in its history, this year the men’s race had to be cut short midway through the cycle after a freak storm saw hail and high winds leave conditions hazardous for the athletes and spectators. That was after Britain’s Sophie Coldwell had delivered an imperious display in the women’s race to earn gold in the very city she won seven years ago as a Junior. Coldwell dominated the run to finish 16 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Melanie Santos, who scored her first ever World Cup podium. USA’s Chelsea Burns came home in third.  Women’s race review After a very well-executed and comfortable semi-final, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat looked like the woman to beat on Sunday, but Coldwell also exuded confidence alongside Santos and USA’s Taylor Knibb in their semi. The Hungarian duo of Zsofia Kovacs and Zsanett Bragmayer were equally focussed on securing their first-ever podium finishes on home soil, and as the swimmers found their rhythm and the field began to spread, it was Bragmayer who was able to assume the early lead and emerge first from the water. Taylor Knibb had found herself a little way back in the traffic, but was typically unfazed as she and teammate Chelsea Burns soon made up lost ground and merged into a lead pack of 15 riders that also included Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Sara Sala of Spain. With strong cyclists like Australia’s Jeffcoat and Tamsyn Moana-Veale, France’s Margot Garabedian and Britain’s India Lee also in the front runners, as each of the eight laps ticked by their lead grew, and by the bell it was a positively unassailable 75 seconds. Through the second transition, Taylor Knibb struggled a little with her bike and it was Santos and Coldwell with Burns and Spain’s Ana Godoy-Contreras who were able to assert themselves on the four-lap run. Indeed, once Coldwell decided to make her move with two laps to go, there was nobody who could keep pace. As the Spaniard fell away, Santos found herself alone in second and Burns managed to hold off a late burst from Emma Jeffcoat to ensure her first podium since Huelva last year. Bragmayer was the highest-placed Hungarian in 10th, while Poland’s talented Roksana Slupek, winner of the...

Sophie Coldwell reigns supreme in Tiszy before storm halts men’s progress

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:19
The town of Tiszaujvaros, north-east Hungary, was once again consumed by triathlon fever this weekend as two days of elite racing provided the focal point of its annual festival of sport and culture. For 22 years, Tiszy has been a staple on the ITU World Cup circuit, but this year for the first time in its history, the men’s race had to be abandoned after a freak storm saw hail and high winds leave conditions too hazardous for the athletes and spectators. That was all after Britain’s Sophie Coldwell had delivered an imperious display in the women’s race to earn gold in the very city she won seven years ago as a Junior. Coldwell dominated the run to finish 16 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Melanie Santos, who scored her first ever World Cup podium. USA’s Chelsea Burns came home in third.  “I am over the moon to come back here seven years later and win my first World Cup. Melanie and I have always been close and she is running really well so I definitely think we help each other out. I’m building into the world U23s now and i’m just really pleased with how things are looking at the moment,” said a delighted Coldwell after the race. With a large lead group of cyclists battling incredible weather conditions, the men’s race was cut short as the storm that blew in just after the athletes hit the water intensified. As the winds grew stronger, heavy rain gave way to hailstones, and with sections of the course becoming flooded, the race referee took the decision to abandon the race for the safety of the athletes and the spectators alike. “The priority for us in any event is the athlete’s safety, and the extreme weather conditions in Tiszy this afternoon made it impossible to carry on with the men’s race. We had hailstorms, thunder, lightning and the wind was blowing over the barriers, so we had no choice but to cancel”, said John Petrides, ITU Technical Delegate. Women’s race review After a very well-executed and comfortable semi-final, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat looked like the woman to beat on Sunday, but Coldwell also exuded confidence alongside Santos and USA’s Taylor Knibb in their semi. The Hungarian duo of Zsofia Kovacs and Zsanett Bragmayer were equally focussed on securing their first-ever podium finishes on home soil, and as the swimmers found their rhythm and the field began to spread, it was Bragmayer who was able to assume the early lead and emerge first from the water. Taylor Knibb had found herself a little way back in...

Sophie Coldwell reigns supreme in Tiszy before storm halts men’s progress

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:19
The town of Tiszaujvaros, north-east Hungary, was once again consumed by triathlon fever this weekend as two days of elite racing provided the focal point of the annual festival of sport and culture. For 22 years, Tiszy has been a staple on the ITU World Cup circuit, but for the first time in its history, this year the men’s race had to be abandoned after a freak storm saw hail and high winds leave conditions hazardous for the athletes and spectators. “The priority for us in any event is the athlete’s safety, and the extreme weather conditions in Tiszy this afternoon made it impossible to carry on with the men’s race. We had hailstorms, thunders, lightning and the wind was blowing up the barriers, so we decided to cancel the race”, said John Petrides, ITU Technical Delegate. That was after Britain’s Sophie Coldwell had delivered an imperious display in the women’s race to earn gold in the very city she won seven years ago as a Junior. Coldwell dominated the run to finish 16 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Melanie Santos, who scored her first ever World Cup podium. USA’s Chelsea Burns came home in third.  With a large lead group of cyclists battling incredible weather conditions, the men’s race was cut short as the storm that blew in just after the athletes emerged from the water intensified. As the winds grew stronger, heavy rain gave way to hailstones, and as sections of the course became flooded the race referee took the decision to abandon the race for the safety of the athletes and the spectators alike. Women’s race review After a very well-executed and comfortable semi-final, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat looked like the woman to beat on Sunday, but Coldwell also exuded confidence alongside Santos and USA’s Taylor Knibb in their semi. The Hungarian duo of Zsofia Kovacs and Zsanett Bragmayer were equally focussed on securing their first-ever podium finishes on home soil, and as the swimmers found their rhythm and the field began to spread, it was Bragmayer who was able to assume the early lead and emerge first from the water. Taylor Knibb had found herself a little way back in the traffic, but was typically unfazed as she and teammate Chelsea Burns soon made up lost ground and merged into a lead pack of 15 riders that also included Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Sara Sala of Spain. With strong cyclists like Australia’s Jeffcoat and Tamsyn Moana-Veale, France’s Margot Garabedian and Britain’s India Lee also in the front...

Success in the Sprint Duathlon World Championships in Denmark

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 12:44
Athletes lined up to take on the Sprint Duathlon World Championships in Denmark earlier today, as part of the 2018 FYNSKE BANK Multisport World Championships Fyn. In the open fields Danish Oliver Martinussen and America’s Amy Koop crossed the finish line with victorious performances, claiming the World Championships prestige. Britain’s Danny Russell clocked an impressive time of 57-minutes-52-seconds to claim the World title and Germany’s Madlen Kappeler was the first female age group athlete to cross the distinguished finish line. “It’s really an incredible feeling. At the standard duathlon, the first round was hard. But it was so much fun! I used to do a lot of mountain biking, a little bit of running and three years ago I started triathlon and duathlon, I love it. Denmark is a great country and it’s beautiful - it was great to come here!” said Kappeler. Danish paratriathlete, Marianne Huche, who is aiming to claim the ‘Multisport Legend’ badge of honour at the end of the festival, showcased a commanding race and was charged by the genuine home crowd support. “I’m going for the Multisport Legend title, to be the first para-triathlete to claim that! The crowd support really gave me that extra boost! Thank you so much to everybody out there! You’re amazing!” Huche will now prepare to compete in the Cross Triathlon World Championships which will be held on Tuesday, 10 July in Svendborg. “It’s no secret that my favourite is coming up this Saturday! It’s the Long Distance Triathlon. I’m really looking forward to that and it’s my absolute favourite. It’ll be the fourth time in a row that I’m racing that!” added Huche. Lew Hollander and Wayne Fong, both in the 85-89 age group category, crossed the sprint duathlon finish line, producing inspiring performances Athletes took on a 5km run, 20km bike and finished with a 2.5km run in today’s sprint duathlon race format.

Success in the Sprint Duathlon World Championships in Denmark

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 12:44
Athletes lined up to take on the Sprint Duathlon World Championships in Denmark earlier today, as part of the 2018 FYNSKE BANK Multisport World Championships Fyn. In the open fields Danish Oliver Martinussen and America’s Amy Koop crossed the finish line with victorious performances, claiming the World Championships prestige. Britain’s Danny Russell clocked an impressive time of 57-minutes-52-seconds to claim the World title and Germany’s Madlen Kappeler was the first female age group athlete to cross the distinguished finish line. “It’s really an incredible feeling. At the standard duathlon, the first round was hard. But it was so much fun! I used to do a lot of mountain biking, a little bit of running and three years ago I started triathlon and duathlon, I love it. Denmark is a great country and it’s beautiful - it was great to come here!” said Kappeler. Danish paratriathlete, Marianne Huche, who is aiming to claim the ‘Multisport Legend’ badge of honour at the end of the festival, showcased a commanding race and was charged by the genuine home crowd support. “I’m going for the Multisport Legend title, to be the first para-triathlete to claim that! The crowd support really gave me that extra boost! Thank you so much to everybody out there! You’re amazing!” Huche will now prepare to compete in the Cross Triathlon World Championships which will be held on Tuesday, 10 July in Svendborg. “It’s no secret that my favourite is coming up this Saturday! It’s the Long Distance Triathlon. I’m really looking forward to that and it’s my absolute favourite. It’ll be the fourth time in a row that I’m racing that!” added Huche. Lew Hollander and Wayne Fong, both in the 85-89 age group category, crossed the sprint duathlon finish line, producing inspiring performances Athletes took on a 5km run, 20km bike and finished with a 2.5km run in today’s sprint duathlon race format.

Six superb semis set up mouth-watering finals day in Tiszaujvaros

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:33
On a balmy Saturday afternoon in Tiszaujvaros, six sprint triathlons – three women’s and three men’s – filled the streets of Hungary’s home of triathlon, to decide the names that would compete in Sunday’s finals, and it was Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat who set the pace from the off. Leading all the way from the first strokes of the first swim, Jeffcoat set the fastest time of all three women’s semis to win in 59:07, ahead of home favourite Zsofia Kovacs, who will be desperately keen for a first Tiszy podium finish, and Germany’s Anabel Knoll. Zsanett Bragmeyer also qualified for the hosts, finishing third behind Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Poland’s Roksana Slupek in semi-final three. That was after an imperious display from Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Taylor Knibb (USA) and Melanie Santos (POR) saw the trio cross the line together well ahead of a chasing pack that included Japan’s experienced Juri Ide and Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras. In the first of the three men’s races of the day, it was Aurelien Raphael (FRA) and Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) - winner here in 2016 - who were once again fastest in the swim, but Hungary’s Tamas Toth delivered a brilliant bike ride and solid run to cross the line with the Russian, Brazil’s Manoel Messias and Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez also among the qualifiers. Another Hungarian, 2017 Tiszy World Cup winner Bence Bicsak, took control of the second men’s semi, one which saw Anthony Pujades of France and GB’s Chris Perham also deliver assured performances on route to a final. The day’s biggest thrills were saved for last, however, as half the field from semi-final three poured out of T2 as one. It was Canada’s powerful Matthew Sharpe who was able to keep his nose ahead of the pack, Switzerland’s Fridelance and Faldum of Hungary also securing all-important top-nine places in a frantic dash for the line. All of the day’s semi-final results can be seen here

Six superb semis set up mouth-watering finals day in Tiszaujvaros

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:33
On a balmy Saturday afternoon in Tiszaujvaros, six sprint triathlons – three women’s and three men’s – filled the streets of Hungary’s home of triathlon, to decide the names that would compete in Sunday’s finals, and it was Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat who set the pace from the off. Leading all the way from the first strokes of the first swim, Jeffcoat set the fastest time of all three women’s semis to win in 59:07, ahead of home favourite Zsofia Kovacs, who will be desperately keen for a first Tiszy podium finish, and Germany’s Anabel Knoll. Zsanett Bragmeyer also qualified for the hosts, finishing third behind Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Poland’s Roksana Slupek in semi-final three. That was after an imperious display from Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Taylor Knibb (USA) and Melanie Santos (POR) saw the trio cross the line together well ahead of a chasing pack that included Japan’s experienced Juri Ide and Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras. In the first of the three men’s races of the day, it was Aurelien Raphael (FRA) and Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) - winner here in 2016 - who were once again fastest in the swim, but Hungary’s Tamas Toth delivered a brilliant bike ride and solid run to cross the line with the Russian, Brazil’s Manoel Messias and Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez also among the qualifiers. Another Hungarian, 2017 Tiszy World Cup winner Bence Bicsak, took control of the second men’s semi, one which saw Anthony Pujades of France and GB’s Chris Perham also deliver assured performances on route to a final. The day’s biggest thrills were saved for last, however, as half the field from semi-final three poured out of T2 as one. It was Canada’s powerful Matthew Sharpe who was able to keep his nose ahead of the pack, Switzerland’s Fridelance and Faldum of Hungary also securing all-important top-nine places in a frantic dash for the line. All of the day’s semi-final results can be seen here. See the line-ups for Sunday’s finals here.

Six superb semis set up mouth-watering finals day in Tiszaujvaros

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:33
On a balmy Saturday afternoon in Tiszaujvaros, six sprint triathlons – three women’s and three men’s – filled the streets of Hungary’s home of triathlon, to decide the names that would compete in Sunday’s finals, and it was Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat who set the pace from the off. Leading all the way from the first strokes of the first swim, Jeffcoat set the fastest time of all three women’s semis to win in 59:07, ahead of home favourite Zsofia Kovacs, who will be desperately keen for a first Tiszy podium finish, and Germany’s Anabel Knoll. Zsanett Bragmeyer also qualified for the hosts, finishing third behind Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Poland’s Roksana Slupek in semi-final three. That was after an imperious display from Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Taylor Knibb (USA) and Melanie Santos (POR) saw the trio cross the line together well ahead of a chasing pack that included Japan’s experienced Juri Ide and Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras. In the first of the three men’s races of the day, it was Aurelien Raphael (FRA) and Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) - winner here in 2016 - who were once again fastest in the swim, but Hungary’s Tamas Toth delivered a brilliant bike ride and solid run to cross the line with the Russian, Brazil’s Manoel Messias and Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez also among the qualifiers. Another Hungarian, 2017 Tiszy World Cup winner Bence Bicsak, took control of the second men’s semi, one which saw Anthony Pujades of France and GB’s Chris Perham also deliver assured performances on route to a final. The day’s biggest thrills were saved for last, however, as half the field from semi-final three poured out of T2 as one. It was Canada’s powerful Matthew Sharpe who was able to keep his nose ahead of the pack, Switzerland’s Fridelance and Faldum of Hungary also securing all-important top-nine places in a frantic dash for the line. All of the day’s semi-final results can be seen here. See the line-ups for Sunday’s finals here.

Schilling, Illes, earn World titles in the opening event of the 2018 Multisport World Championships

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 00:54
Opening the Multisport World Championships Festival, in perfect Summer conditions, the 2018 ITU Duathlon World Championships crowned the first set of world titles in Odense, Denmark. Danish triathlete and Olympian Andrea Schilling produced the race of his career to earn the duathlon world title while Sandrina Illes from Austria seized the title in the elite women’s race. Frenchman Yohan Le Berre claimed the silver medal and Britain’s Mark Buckingham rounded the elite men’s podium with a bronze medal. After placing fifth in the 2017 Penticton ITU Duathlon World Championship, Illes was elated to be on top of the podium to take home the 2018 World Champion title. Joining Illes on the women’s podium was Japan’s Ai Ueda and Britain’s Georgina Schwiening. Men’s Recap The men’s field was stacked with duathlon expertise, setting the high expectations that it was going to be a ferocious race from start to finish. The race format commenced with a 10km run, followed by a 36km bike and finished with a 4.9km run. Danish triathlete Schilling lay it down from the starting line, producing a fierce race combination. The first run didn’t mix things up a great deal however onto the bike it was Schilling, Buckingham, Le Berre and Britain’s Adam Bowden who broke away and proved to the field that it was going to come down to a firing final run of the day. The four men worked hard together out on the six-lap bike course and motored into transition in a hustle. It was the young gun Dane who showed off his strong bike form keeping the other men in tow. Schilling, who could already taste the sweet victory on Danish soil, fired off from the start producing a 13-minute-19seconds race split to run through the finish tape and be named the 2018 Duathlon World Champion. Claiming this title in front of a home crowd was an honourable moment for Schilling who acknowledged that he was incredibly motivated leading into today’s race. “It’s so amazing to win on home-soil. To be able to do it and get the gold medal, is just completely amazing. I’m so happy. All along the course there was a new person I knew, cheering for me, so I just got a major boost every time,” said Schilling. A disappointed Le Berre took out the silver medal and admitted that he was second best today behind a ferocious Schilling. Buckingham capped the men’s podium and was awarded the bronze medal. Women’s Recap The women’s field saw a mix of strong experience line up to...

Schilling, Illes, earn World titles in the opening event of the 2018 Multisport World Championships

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 00:54
Opening the Multisport World Championships Festival, in perfect Summer conditions, the 2018 ITU Duathlon World Championships crowned the first set of world titles in Odense, Denmark. Danish triathlete and Olympian Andrea Schilling produced the race of his career to earn the duathlon world title while Sandrina Illes from Austria seized the title in the elite women’s race. Frenchman Yohan Le Berre claimed the silver medal and Britain’s Mark Buckingham rounded the elite men’s podium with a bronze medal. After placing fifth in the 2017 Penticton ITU Duathlon World Championship, Illes was elated to be on top of the podium to take home the 2018 World Champion title. Joining Illes on the women’s podium was Japan’s Ai Ueda and Britain’s Georgina Schwiening. Men’s Recap The men’s field was stacked with duathlon expertise, setting the high expectations that it was going to be a ferocious race from start to finish. The race format commenced with a 10km run, followed by a 36km bike and finished with a 4.9km run. Danish triathlete Schilling lay it down from the starting line, producing a fierce race combination. The first run didn’t mix things up a great deal however onto the bike it was Schilling, Buckingham, Le Berre and Britain’s Adam Bowden who broke away and proved to the field that it was going to come down to a firing final run of the day. The four men worked hard together out on the six-lap bike course and motored into transition in a hustle. It was the young gun Dane who showed off his strong bike form keeping the other men in tow. Schilling, who could already taste the sweet victory on Danish soil, fired off from the start producing a 13-minute-19seconds race split to run through the finish tape and be named the 2018 Duathlon World Champion. Claiming this title in front of a home crowd was an honourable moment for Schilling who acknowledged that he was incredibly motivated leading into today’s race. “It’s so amazing to win on home-soil. To be able to do it and get the gold medal, is just completely amazing. I’m so happy. All along the course there was a new person I knew, cheering for me, so I just got a major boost every time,” said Schilling. A disappointed Le Berre took out the silver medal and admitted that he was second best today behind a ferocious Schilling. Buckingham capped the men’s podium and was awarded the bronze medal. Women’s Recap The women’s field saw a mix of strong experience line up to...

Schilling, Illes, earn World titles in the opening event of the 2018 Multisport World Championships

Triathlon News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 00:54
Opening the Multisport World Championships Festival, in perfect Summer conditions, the 2018 ITU Duathlon World Championships crowned the first set of world titles in Odense, Denmark. Danish triathlete and Olympian Andrea Schilling produced the race of his career to earn the duathlon world title while Sandrina Illes from Austria seized the title in the elite women’s race. Frenchman Yohan Le Berre claimed the silver medal and Britain’s Mark Buckingham rounded the elite men’s podium with a bronze medal. After placing fifth in the 2017 Penticon ITU Duathlon World Championship, Illes was elated to be on top of the podium to take home the 2018 World Champion title. Joining Illes on the women’s podium was Japan’s Ai Ueda and Britain’s Georgina Schwiening. Men’s Recap The men’s field was stacked with duathlon expertise, setting the high expectations that it was going to be a ferocious race from start to finish. The race format commenced with a 10km run, followed by a 36km bike and finished with a 4.9km run. Danish triathlete Schilling lay it down from the starting line, producing a fierce race combination. The first run didn’t mix things up a great deal however onto the bike it was Schilling, Buckingham, Le Berre and Britain’s Adam Bowden who broke away and proved to the field that it was going to come down to a firing final run of the day. The four men worked hard together out on the six-lap bike course and motored into transition in a hustle. It was the young gun Dane who showed off his strong bike form keeping the other men in tow. Schilling, who could already taste the sweet victory on Danish soil, fired off from the start producing a 13-minute-19seconds race split to run through the finish tape and be named the 2018 Duathlon World Champion. Claiming this title in front of a home crowd was an honourable moment for Schilling who acknowledged that he was incredibly motivated leading into today’s race. “It’s so amazing to win on home-soil. To be able to do it and get the gold medal, is just completely amazing. I’m so happy. All along the course there was a new person I knew, cheering for me, so I just got a major boost every time,” said Schilling. A disappointed Le Berre took out the silver medal and admitted that he was second best today behind a ferocious Schilling. Buckingham capped the men’s podium and was awarded the bronze medal. Women’s Recap The women’s field saw a mix of strong experience line up to...

ITU announces the 2019 World Triathlon Series Calendar

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/07/2018 - 14:19
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar for the 2019 season. With seven regular WTS races ahead of the Grand Final in Lausanne, the season will be packed with triathlon action, with the World Triathlon Mixed Relays Series and the World Paratriahlon Series increasing the number of events in 2019. It is always exciting to bring new host cities on board and to work with them to deliver new challenges and collectively raise the bar of what it takes to produce our top-tier WTS events. Bermuda did exactly that this year with a stunning course, and this year it will be the turn of Lausanne to showcase itself to the world of triathlon. “Triathlon is constantly evolving and growing, and it is important that we are able to bring our biggest events to new audiences”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “With each new venue and new territory, everybody, from athletes and coaches to LOCs and officials, learns and adapts, and that is healthy for our sport. At the same time, we are of course delighted to return to iconic venues such as Leeds and Hamburg. We are looking forward to delivering yet another thrilling year for the WTS during this Olympic qualifying cycle.” For its 11th season, the World Triathlon Series will feature eight stops, getting underway once more in Abu Dhabi. From there, the action will move to the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda at the end of April, where the athletes will do battle with the infamous Corkscrew Hill for the second time. The next stop will be Japan for one of the most established races on the circuit, Yokohama, before the focus shifts to Europe and the fourth edition of the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds. Then we head to the eagerly anticipated Canadian event in the beautiful city of Montreal. The diamond of the calendar is Hamburg, where hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets every year. The final stop before the Grand Final is the iconic event in the city of Edmonton in Hawrelak park. The 2019 Grand Final will then take place in the stunning Swiss city of Lausanne. Thousands of amateur triathletes from around the world will gather to compete in a city rich in sporting culture, home to the Olympic movement making it an ideal location for the year’s elite’s finale, along with the Junior, U23, and Paratriathlon World Championship events. In 2018 ITU launched the Word Triathlon Mixed Relay Series which set teams competing...

ITU announces the 2019 World Triathlon Series Calendar

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/07/2018 - 14:19
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar for the 2019 season. With seven regular WTS races ahead of the Grand Final in Lausanne, the season will be packed with triathlon action, with the World Triathlon Mixed Relays Series and the World Paratriahlon Series increasing the number of events in 2019. It is always exciting to bring new host cities on board and to work with them to deliver new challenges and collectively raise the bar of what it takes to produce our top-tier WTS events. Bermuda did exactly that this year with a stunning course, and this year it will be the turn of Lausanne to showcase itself to the world of triathlon. “Triathlon is constantly evolving and growing, and it is important that we are able to bring our biggest events to new audiences”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “With each new venue and new territory, everybody, from athletes and coaches to LOCs and officials, learns and adapts, and that is healthy for our sport. At the same time, we are of course delighted to return to iconic venues such as Leeds and Hamburg. We are looking forward to delivering yet another thrilling year for the WTS during this Olympic qualifying cycle.” For its 11th season, the World Triathlon Series will feature eight stops, getting underway once more in Abu Dhabi. From there, the action will move to the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda at the end of April, where the athletes will do battle with the infamous Corkscrew Hill for the second time. The next stop will be Japan for one of the most established races on the circuit, Yokohama, before the focus shifts to Europe and the fourth edition of the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds. Then we head to the eagerly anticipated Canadian event in the beautiful city of Montreal. The diamond of the calendar is Hamburg, where hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets every year. The final stop before the Grand Final is the iconic event in the city of Edmonton in Hawrelak park. The 2019 Grand Final will then take place in the stunning Swiss city of Lausanne. Thousands of amateur triathletes from around the world will gather to compete in a city rich in sporting culture, home to the Olympic movement making it an ideal location for the year’s elite’s finale, along with the Junior, U23, and Paratriathlon World Championship events. In 2018 ITU launched the Word Triathlon Mixed Relay Series which set teams competing...

ITU announces the 2019 World Triathlon Series Calendar

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/07/2018 - 14:19
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar for the 2019 season. With seven regular WTS races ahead of the Grand Final in Lausanne, the season will be packed with triathlon action, with the World Triathlon Mixed Relays Series and the World Paratriahlon Series increasing the number of events in 2019. It is always exciting to bring new host cities on board and to work with them to deliver new challenges and collectively raise the bar of what it takes to produce our top-tier WTS events. Bermuda did exactly that this year with a stunning course, and this year it will be the turn of Lausanne to showcase itself to the world of triathlon. “Triathlon is constantly evolving and growing, and it is important that we are able to bring our biggest events to new audiences”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “With each new venue and new territory, everybody, from athletes and coaches to LOCs and officials, learns and adapts, and that is healthy for our sport. At the same time, we are of course delighted to return to iconic venues such as Leeds and Hamburg. We are looking forward to delivering yet another thrilling year for the WTS during this Olympic qualifying cycle.” For its 11th season, the World Triathlon Series will feature eight stops, getting underway once more in Abu Dhabi. From there, the action will move to the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda at the end of April, where the athletes will do battle with the infamous Corkscrew Hill for the second time. The next stop will be Japan for one of the most established races on the circuit, Yokohama, before the focus shifts to Europe and the fourth edition of the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds. Then we head to the eagerly anticipated Canadian event in the beautiful city of Montreal. The diamond of the calendar is Hamburg, where hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets every year. The final stop before the Grand Final is the iconic event in the city of Edmonton in Hawrelak park. The 2019 Grand Final will then take place in the stunning Swiss city of Lausanne. Thousands of amateur triathletes from around the world will gather to compete in a city rich in sporting culture, home to the Olympic movement making it an ideal location for the year’s elite’s finale, along with the Junior, U23, and Paratriathlon World Championship events. In 2018 ITU launched the Word Triathlon Mixed Relay Series which set teams competing...

Athletes’ chatter ahead of Tiszy World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/07/2018 - 13:50
The eagerly anticipated Tiszaujvaros World Cup triathlon festival returns this weekend, ready to showcase once more the power that the sport has on this small town in the north east of Hungary. The two-day format will see three men’s and three women’s semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, distilling the fields down to 30 athletes for each of Sunday’s finals. Six podium contenders, some well experienced in the Tiszy traditions, some savouring it for the first time, give us their thoughts ahead of the race. Emma Jeffcoat (AUS) “I really love this format, I think it rewards the athletes that race smart and tactically, saving the legs on the run a little so that there is more left for the Sunday. I have some great memories of Tiszy, too, and I was here two years ago for only my third ever World Cup and my whole family came over from Australia to watch me finish fifth, my best result at that time. I’m looking forward to making some more memories this weekend, and I know how important it is to get ahead in the swim and avoid any trouble in the water. Getting away on the bike in a smaller group would be optimal, then it’s down to whoever’s got the legs on the 5km run.” Gabor Faldum (HUN) “
I’ve been at home preparing for this race since Antwerp and the training has been going well, I feel good. I’ve made two podiums here in the past and the crowd is always behind us as a team so that gives us some added energy. This is the 22nd World Cup here and that history is so strong – I used to come here on holiday as a kid with my family to watch World Cups and now I’m here racing with the best, so I love this place and this race. The swim is quite hectic in the lake so you have to be fast to the first buoy but then the turns open out the field.” Kevin McDowell (USA) “This year I have been as consistent as I’ve ever been in training, but I’ve had some rotten luck and some unfortunate timings what with the crash in Abu Dhabi, the flat in Yokohama and then pulling up sick just before Nottingham and Leeds, but I’ve had some time since then and been talking through everything with the coach and I think we’re good to go for the second half of the season. There’s really no other race like this. Day one is all about qualifying so you have to be smart, pretty much go full gas on the swim, ride clever and not have to smash the run completely and save up for day two. The town comes alive and the vibes are like nothing else I’ve experienced. It’s...

Athletes’ chatter ahead of Tiszy World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/07/2018 - 13:50
The eagerly anticipated Tiszaujvaros World Cup triathlon festival returns this weekend, ready to showcase once more the power that the sport has on this small town in the north east of Hungary. The two-day format will see three men’s and three women’s semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, distilling the fields down to 30 athletes for each of Sunday’s finals. Six podium contenders, some well experienced in the Tiszy traditions, some savouring it for the first time, give us their thoughts ahead of the race. Emma Jeffcoat (AUS) “I really love this format, I think it rewards the athletes that race smart and tactically, saving the legs on the run a little so that there is more left for the Sunday. I have some great memories of Tiszy, too, and I was here two years ago for only my third ever World Cup and my whole family came over from Australia to watch me finish fifth, my best result at that time. I’m looking forward to making some more memories this weekend, and I know how important it is to get ahead in the swim and avoid any trouble in the water. Getting away on the bike in a smaller group would be optimal, then it’s down to whoever’s got the legs on the 5km run.” Gabor Faldum (HUN) “
I’ve been at home preparing for this race since Antwerp and the training has been going well, I feel good. I’ve made two podiums here in the past and the crowd is always behind us as a team so that gives us some added energy. This is the 22nd World Cup here and that history is so strong – I used to come here on holiday as a kid with my family to watch World Cups and now I’m here racing with the best, so I love this place and this race. The swim is quite hectic in the lake so you have to be fast to the first buoy but then the turns open out the field.” Kevin McDowell (USA) “This year I have been as consistent as I’ve ever been in training, but I’ve had some rotten luck and some unfortunate timings what with the crash in Abu Dhabi, the flat in Yokohama and then pulling up sick just before Nottingham and Leeds, but I’ve had some time since then and been talking through everything with the coach and I think we’re good to go for the second half of the season. There’s really no other race like this. Day one is all about qualifying so you have to be smart, pretty much go full gas on the swim, ride clever and not have to smash the run completely and save up for day two. The town comes alive and the vibes are like nothing else I’ve experienced. It’s...

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