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Elizabeth Bravo earns debut world cup win at home in Salinas

Triathlon News - Sun, 29/10/2017 - 19:34
With the cheers of the home crowd roaring, Ecuador’s own Elizabeth Bravo claimed her first-career world cup victory at the 2017 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup. Claiming also the first world cup title for the small South American country, Bravo had a dominating run to bring her home to win the gold in the final sprint distance race of the world cup season. Bravo said of her race and her victory, “I didn’t have a good transition, but I knew I was really strong in the run and I could push a lot. At first I thought I could stay with USA’s Gorman, but then I thought I could do more and more. So I went and all the people were cheering, so I got more and more energy and more fast. I am really happy for winning my first world cup and at home, it is amazing!” Joining Bravo on the podium was USA’s Tamara Gorman who finished second and Luisa Baptista of Brazil who claimed bronze. Both women also collected world cup medals for the first time in their careers, making the whole podium a milestone event. Gorman commented on obtaining her first world cup silver, “Coming off of worlds, I was excited for this race after not having a good race in the last world cup in Sarasota. I just wanted to end this year with a bang and it was good!” Salinas played host to the penultimate world cup race of the 2017 season. The day welcomed the elites with a cloudy and humid sky that saw a breeze initiate some strong waves for the beach swim start. The women ran towards the sea early in the morning, to kick off the back-to-back race event. Showcasing her strength in the water, Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes exited the swim first, with Gorman closely behind. Through the first transition, the first lap on the bike saw a small group of four women, Gorman, Lopes, Diana Castillo (COL) and Minami Kubono (JPN) join forces and attempt to create a gap against the field behind. While the four leaders managed to get ahead with about 25 seconds to spare, a fierce chase of 10 led by Canada’s Dominika Jamnicky and Bravo continued to forge the space in pursuit of closing the gap. On the bell, the push from the chase deemed worthy and they managed to catch the top four to enter together into the second transition. It was then onto the run where the podium started to form. Using the motivation from the crowds, Bravo soared past the competition into the first position. Her form strengthened after each lap and her lead never faltered. She managed to hold tight and into the finish chute and...

Elizabeth Bravo earns debut world cup win at home in Salinas

Triathlon News - Sun, 29/10/2017 - 19:34
With the cheers of the home crowd roaring, Ecuador’s own Elizabeth Bravo claimed her first-career world cup victory at the 2017 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup. Claiming also the first world cup title for the small South American country, Bravo had a dominating run to bring her home to win the gold in the final sprint distance race of the world cup season. Bravo said of her race and her victory, “I didn’t have a good transition, but I knew I was really strong in the run and I could push a lot. At first I thought I could stay with USA’s Gorman, but then I thought I could do more and more. So I went and all the people were cheering, so I got more and more energy and more fast. I am really happy for winning my first world cup and at home, it is amazing!” Joining Bravo on the podium was USA’s Tamara Gorman who finished second and Luisa Baptista of Brazil who claimed bronze. Both women also collected world cup medals for the first time in their careers, making the whole podium a milestone event. Gorman commented on obtaining her first world cup silver, “Coming off of worlds, I was excited for this race after not having a good race in the last world cup in Sarasota. I just wanted to end this year with a bang and it was good!” Salinas played host to the penultimate world cup race of the 2017 season. The day welcomed the elites with a cloudy and humid sky that saw a breeze initiate some strong waves for the beach swim start. The women ran towards the sea early in the morning, to kick off the back-to-back race event. Showcasing her strength in the water, Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes exited the swim first, with Gorman closely behind. Through the first transition, the first lap on the bike saw a small group of four women, Gorman, Lopes, Diana Castillo (COL) and Minami Kubono (JPN) join forces and attempt to create a gap against the field behind. While the four leaders managed to get ahead with about 25 seconds to spare, a fierce chase of 10 led by Canada’s Dominika Jamnicky and Bravo continued to forge the space in pursuit of closing the gap. On the bell, the push from the chase deemed worthy and they managed to catch the top four to enter together into the second transition. It was then onto the run where the podium started to form. Using the motivation from the crowds, Bravo soared past the competition into the first position. Her form strengthened after each lap and her lead never faltered. She managed to hold tight and into the finish chute and...

Aurelien Raphael and Summer Cook secure World Cup wins in Tongyeong

Triathlon News - Sat, 28/10/2017 - 09:17
A decisive, gritty run from France’s Aurelien Raphael saw him win a hard-earned first World Cup sprint gold in the 2017 ITU Tongyeong World Cup, South Korea, on Saturday morning, narrowly holding off a late surge from Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov. The cool conditions on what has become a classic World Cup circuit clearly suited a thrilled Raphael, who was patient in the thick of a huge pack for much of the race before pulling away for a memorable final flourish. In the women’s race earlier in the day, USA’s Summer Cook was once again able to produce a late surge to pip the tenacious Ai Ueda – one of five Japanese athletes to finish in the top fifteen - into second in a near carbon-copy of their 2016 finish. Martin Van Riel and Claire Michel both bagged bronze medals for Belgium. Women’s review The Tongyeong fishing boats hadn’t long set sail before the women launched themselves into the flat waters off Korea’s southern coast, and it was Summer Cook who led for most of the one-lap, 750-metre swim. The American was able to make the most of the traffic-free conditions to establish herself at the head of a lead pack that included compatriot Taylor Spivey, Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer, Korea’s Yun-Jung Jang and Japan’s Yuko Takahashi. Cook and Bragmeyer then both dropped off the pace through the transition and onto the bikes, where Ai Ueda once again took control of an 18-strong group, helped by the close presence of teammates Yuko Takahashi, Fuka Sega and Juri Ide. It didn’t take long for Cook to work her way back into contention, however, while the New Zealand team was also well-placed with Rebecca Spence and Elise Salt tucking in behind Nicole Van Der Kaay. Another efficient transition off the bikes saw Ueda able to settle into her stride first, but Cook and Belgium’s Claire Michel looked to apply the pressure as they broke away from the rest of the field. Three soon became two as Cook settled into her rhythm, Ueda clearly determined not to allow her to get away as she did here 12 months ago. This time around, Ueda was still matching her rival by the time they reached the peak of the hill, but it proved to be on the downhill that Cook carved out an advantage, her longer stride eating up the final few hundred metres to ensure a second World Cup gold of the 2017 season. For Ueda, a first podium since Cape Town in February will be a huge confidence boost going into the Miyazaki World Cup race on home turf next weekend,...

Aurelien Raphael and Summer Cook secure World Cup wins in Tongyeong

Triathlon News - Sat, 28/10/2017 - 09:17
A decisive, gritty run from France’s Aurelien Raphael saw him win a hard-earned first World Cup sprint gold in the 2017 ITU Tongyeong World Cup, South Korea, on Saturday morning, narrowly holding off a late surge from Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov. The cool conditions on what has become a classic World Cup circuit clearly suited a thrilled Raphael, who was patient in the thick of a huge pack for much of the race before pulling away for a memorable final flourish. In the women’s race earlier in the day, USA’s Summer Cook was once again able to produce a late surge to pip the tenacious Ai Ueda – one of five Japanese athletes to finish in the top fifteen - into second in a near carbon-copy of their 2016 finish. Martin Van Riel and Claire Michel both bagged bronze medals for Belgium. Women’s review The Tongyeong fishing boats hadn’t long set sail before the women launched themselves into the flat waters off Korea’s southern coast, and it was Summer Cook who led for most of the one-lap, 750-metre swim. The American was able to make the most of the traffic-free conditions to establish herself at the head of a lead pack that included compatriot Taylor Spivey, Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer, Korea’s Yun-Jung Jang and Japan’s Yuko Takahashi. Cook and Bragmeyer then both dropped off the pace through the transition and onto the bikes, where Ai Ueda once again took control of an 18-strong group, helped by the close presence of teammates Yuko Takahashi, Fuka Sega and Juri Ide. It didn’t take long for Cook to work her way back into contention, however, while the New Zealand team was also well-placed with Rebecca Spence and Elise Salt tucking in behind Nicole Van Der Kaay. Another efficient transition off the bikes saw Ueda able to settle into her stride first, but Cook and Belgium’s Claire Michel looked to apply the pressure as they broke away from the rest of the field. Three soon became two as Cook settled into her rhythm, Ueda clearly determined not to allow her to get away as she did here 12 months ago. This time around, Ueda was still matching her rival by the time they reached the peak of the hill, but it proved to be on the downhill that Cook carved out an advantage, her longer stride eating up the final few hundred metres to ensure a second World Cup gold of the 2017 season. For Ueda, a first podium since Cape Town in February will be a huge confidence boost going into the Miyazaki World Cup race on home turf next weekend,...

Aurelien Raphael and Summer Cook secure World Cup wins in Tongyeong

Triathlon News - Sat, 28/10/2017 - 09:17
A decisive, gritty run from France’s Aurelien Raphael saw him win a hard-earned first World Cup sprint gold in the 2017 ITU Tongyeong World Cup, South Korea, on Saturday morning, narrowly holding off a late surge from Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov. The cool conditions on what has become a classic World Cup circuit clearly suited a thrilled Raphael, who was patient in the thick of a huge pack for much of the race before pulling away for a memorable final flourish. In the women’s race earlier in the day, USA’s Summer Cook was once again able to produce a late surge to pip the tenacious Ai Ueda – one of five Japanese athletes to finish in the top fifteen - into second in a near carbon-copy of their 2016 finish. Martin Van Riel and Claire Michel both bagged bronze medals for Belgium. Women’s review The Tongyeong fishing boats hadn’t long set sail before the women launched themselves into the flat waters off Korea’s southern coast, and it was Summer Cook who led for most of the one-lap, 750-metre swim. The American was able to make the most of the traffic-free conditions to establish herself at the head of a lead pack that included compatriot Taylor Spivey, Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer, Korea’s Yun-Jung Jang and Japan’s Yuko Takahashi. Cook and Bragmeyer then both dropped off the pace through the transition and onto the bikes, where Ai Ueda once again took control of an 18-strong group, helped by the close presence of teammates Yuko Takahashi, Fuka Sega and Juri Ide. It didn’t take long for Cook to work her way back into contention, however, while the New Zealand team was also well-placed with Rebecca Spence and Elise Salt tucking in behind Nicole Van Der Kaay. Another efficient transition off the bikes saw Ueda able to settle into her stride first, but Cook and Belgium’s Claire Michel looked to apply the pressure as they broke away from the rest of the field. Three soon became two as Cook settled into her rhythm, Ueda clearly determined not to allow her to get away as she did here 12 months ago. This time around, Ueda was still matching her rival by the time they reached the peak of the hill, but it proved to be on the downhill that Cook carved out an advantage, her longer stride eating up the final few hundred metres to ensure a second World Cup gold of the 2017 season. For Ueda, a first podium since Cape Town in February will be a huge confidence boost going into the Miyazaki World Cup race on home turf next weekend,...

Aurelien Raphael and Summer Cook secure World Cup wins in Tongyeong

Triathlon News - Sat, 28/10/2017 - 09:17
A decisive, gritty run from France’s Aurelien Raphael saw him win a hard-earned first World Cup sprint gold in the 2017 ITU Tongyeong World Cup, South Korea, on Saturday morning, narrowly holding off a late surge from Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov. The cool conditions on what has become a classic World Cup circuit clearly suited a thrilled Raphael, who was patient in the thick of a huge pack for much of the race before pulling away for a memorable final flourish. In the women’s race earlier in the day, USA’s Summer Cook was once again able to produce a late surge to pip the tenacious Ai Ueda – one of five Japanese athletes to finish in the top fifteen - into second in a near carbon-copy of their 2016 finish. Martin Van Riel and Claire Michel both bagged bronze medals for Belgium. Women’s review The Tongyeong fishing boats hadn’t long set sail before the women launched themselves into the flat waters off Korea’s southern coast, and it was Summer Cook who led for most of the one-lap, 750-metre swim. The American was able to make the most of the traffic-free conditions to establish herself at the head of a lead pack that included compatriot Taylor Spivey, Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer, Korea’s Yun-Jung Jang and Japan’s Yuko Takahashi. Cook and Bragmeyer then both dropped off the pace through the transition and onto the bikes, where Ai Ueda once again took control of an 18-strong group, helped by the close presence of teammates Yuko Takahashi, Fuka Sega and Juri Ide. It didn’t take long for Cook to work her way back into contention, however, while the New Zealand team was also well-placed with Rebecca Spence and Elise Salt tucking in behind Nicole Van Der Kaay. Another efficient transition off the bikes saw Ueda able to settle into her stride first, but Cook and Belgium’s Claire Michel looked to apply the pressure as they broke away from the rest of the field. Three soon became two as Cook settled into her rhythm, Ueda clearly determined not to allow her to get away as she did here 12 months ago. This time around, Ueda was still matching her rival by the time they reached the peak of the hill, but it proved to be on the downhill that Cook carved out an advantage, her longer stride eating up the final few hundred metres to ensure a second World Cup gold of the 2017 season. “At about the halfway point we established the same pattern as last year,” said Cook afterwards. “I love racing Ai, you always know you’re going to have...

Aurelien Raphael and Summer Cook secure World Cup wins in Tongyeong

Triathlon News - Sat, 28/10/2017 - 09:17
A decisive, gritty run from France’s Aurelien Raphael saw him win a hard-earned first World Cup sprint gold in the 2017 ITU Tongyeong World Cup, South Korea, on Saturday morning, narrowly holding off a late surge from Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov. The cool conditions on what has become a classic World Cup circuit clearly suited a thrilled Raphael, who was patient in the thick of a huge pack for much of the race before pulling away for a memorable final flourish. In the women’s race earlier in the day, USA’s Summer Cook was once again able to produce a late surge to pip the tenacious Ai Ueda – one of five Japanese athletes to finish in the top fifteen - into second in a near carbon-copy of their 2016 finish. Martin Van Riel and Claire Michel both bagged bronze medals for Belgium. Women’s review The Tongyeong fishing boats hadn’t long set sail before the women launched themselves into the flat waters off Korea’s southern coast, and it was Summer Cook who led for most of the one-lap, 750-metre swim. The American was able to make the most of the traffic-free conditions to establish herself at the head of a lead pack that included compatriot Taylor Spivey, Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer, Korea’s Yun-Jung Jang and Japan’s Yuko Takahashi. Cook and Bragmeyer then both dropped off the pace through the transition and onto the bikes, where Ai Ueda once again took control of an 18-strong group, helped by the close presence of teammates Yuko Takahashi, Fuka Sega and Juri Ide. It didn’t take long for Cook to work her way back into contention, however, while the New Zealand team was also well-placed with Rebecca Spence and Elise Salt tucking in behind Nicole Van Der Kaay. Another efficient transition off the bikes saw Ueda able to settle into her stride first, but Cook and Belgium’s Claire Michel looked to apply the pressure as they broke away from the rest of the field. Three soon became two as Cook settled into her rhythm, Ueda clearly determined not to allow her to get away as she did here 12 months ago. This time around, Ueda was still matching her rival by the time they reached the peak of the hill, but it proved to be on the downhill that Cook carved out an advantage, her longer stride eating up the final few hundred metres to ensure a second World Cup gold of the 2017 season. “At about the halfway point we established the same pattern as last year,” said Cook afterwards. “I love racing Ai, you always know you’re going to have...

Athletes chatter ahead of Tongyeong World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 27/10/2017 - 06:16
As the end of the season quickly approaches, athletes get ready for the 2017 ITU Tongyeong World Cup in South Korea. Let’s hear what they think of the race. Chelsea Sodaro In her first World Cup season, USA’s Chelsea Sodaro caused quite a stir with her podium finish in the heat of Sarasota at the start of October. “My running background has been reaping some good splits, but I’m focussing on my swims to give me a better start. I’m fortunate to be working with one of the best coaches in the world and to be surrounded by great women athletes, and now I just want to end my first season on a high. I’m used to the hills with my training in San Diego, so I think the Tongyeong course will suit me.” Edda Hannesdottir The sole Icelandic representative in Korea, Edda Hannesdottir’s is optimistic despite less-than-ideal preparations for the penultimate World Cup of the season. “I had a car accident followed by a sinus infection but after a couple of races, including a best-finish 15th place in Sarasota, I am back in good shape. I’ve been turning my clocks around for the past week or so and I feel fresh after the trip here, now I’m looking forward to the swim after missing out on the water in Sarasota. I suffered a lot on the last lap of the run there and needed half an hour in the ice bath to get over the heat. I made some mistakes in that race but I also learned a lot.” Uxio Abuin The winner here last year, Spain’s Uxio Abuin has featured on the podium in his last two World Cups including gold in Weihai, and is confident again going into the penultimate race of the year. “I feel in good shape right now, but I have done all year really. Maybe I got a bit unlucky earlier in the season but the podium finish in Huelva was a real confidence boost. The Spanish team is so strong right now, getting these points is really important. I like the Tongyeong course and I have good memories here, and I expect a similar race to last year.” Andreas Schilling Denmark’s Andreas Schilling will start a World Cup wearing the number one for the first time in his career this weekend, the reflection of a solid year for the powerful cyclist. “I don’t feel any extra pressure as top seed, it comes at the end of a good year with no injuries and despite a few ups and downs I feel I’ve made steps forward. It is a hilly course for the bike ride and that is where I’ll look to exert some pressure before the run. I enjoy the sprint distance, so I’d be...

Athletes chatter ahead of Tongyeong World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 27/10/2017 - 06:15
As the end of the season quickly approaches, athletes get ready for the 2017 ITU Tongyeong World Cup in South Korea. Let’s hear what they think of the race. Chelsea Sodaro In her first World Cup season, USA’s Chelsea Sodaro caused quite a stir with her podium finish in the heat of Sarasota at the start of October. “My running background has been reaping some good splits, but I’m focussing on my swims to give me a better start. I’m fortunate to be working with one of the best coaches in the world and to be surrounded by great women athletes, and now I just want to end my first season on a high. I’m used to the hills with my training in San Diego, so I think the Tongyeong course will suit me.” Edda Hannesdottir The sole Icelandic representative in Korea, Edda Hannesdottir’s is optimistic despite less-than-ideal preparations for the penultimate World Cup of the season. “I had a car accident followed by a sinus infection but after a couple of races, including a best-finish 15th place in Sarasota, I am back in good shape. I’ve been turning my clocks around for the past week or so and I feel fresh after the trip here, now I’m looking forward to the swim after missing out on the water in Sarasota. I suffered a lot on the last lap of the run there and needed half an hour in the ice bath to get over the heat. I made some mistakes in that race but I also learned a lot.” Uxio Abuin The winner here last year, Spain’s Uxio Abuin has featured on the podium in his last two World Cups including gold in Weihai, and is confident again going into the penultimate race of the year. “I feel in good shape right now, but I have done all year really. Maybe I got a bit unlucky earlier in the season but the podium finish in Huelva was a real confidence boost. The Spanish team is so strong right now, getting these points is really important. I like the Tongyeong course and I have good memories here, and I expect a similar race to last year.” Andreas Schilling Denmark’s Andreas Schilling will start a World Cup wearing the number one for the first time in his career this weekend, the reflection of a solid year for the powerful cyclist. “I don’t feel any extra pressure as top seed, it comes at the end of a good year with no injuries and despite a few ups and downs I feel I’ve made steps forward. It is a hilly course for the bike ride and that is where I’ll look to exert some pressure before the run. I enjoy the sprint distance, so I’d be...

Last sprint distance world cup race of season to be held in Salinas

Triathlon News - Wed, 25/10/2017 - 12:30
While the year has been a long and exciting one, as the 2017 world cup season narrows down to its final races on the circuit, elites have the chance to race in the final sprint distance event of the season at the 2017 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup. This will be only the second time that Ecuador has hosted the event, after first debuting on the ITU world cup scene in 2016. With a sandy beach start and a flat, yet technical bike and run course that has one small hill on each lap, this sprint will be the last time of 2017 that elites will line up for the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run distances. Women’s Preview The women will kick off the day of races by lining up on the beach first. Canada’s Dominika Jamnicky is headlining the start list, wearing the number one cap in a world cup for the first time in her career. Earning her best overall world cup performance at the Yucatan World Cup by finishing fourth, Jamnicky competes well in hot conditions, so Salinas is a perfect race for her to finish off her season with a potential first-career world cup podium. All of the medal finishers from Salinas are not in the lineup this weekend, so the podium is wide open for the taking. Two of the strongest contenders to potentially step up to collect those spots are Vanesa De La Torre (MEX) and Cecilia Perez (MEX). De La Torre finished fourth in Salinas last year, which was her best world cup result in her career. Perez has never made a world cup podium before, but both Mexican women do well in the heat so will be using the Ecuadorian coast to their advantage. Salinas will be only the second world cup race for Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) since she returned to compete this season after having a baby. Her first race back was in Weihai, where she strongly finished 12th. She has experience getting on the world cup podium and like many other women on the roster, she also performs well in the heat. Elizabeth Bravo of Ecuador will be the hometown crowd favourite of the weekend. Bravo is Ecuador’s only triathlete to have competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and has played a huge aspect in growing the sport in the small Latin country. Other women to watch out for this Sunday is USA’s Tamara Gorman and Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes. Both women are young talent within the sport that have had breakout 2017 seasons. Gorman won the U23 women’s triathlon world championship title at the Rotterdam Grand Final last month and has continued to...

Last sprint distance world cup race of season to be held in Salinas

Triathlon News - Wed, 25/10/2017 - 12:30
While the year has been a long and exciting one, as the 2017 world cup season narrows down to its final races on the circuit, elites have the chance to race in the final sprint distance event of the season at the 2017 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup. This will be only the second time that Ecuador has hosted the event, after first debuting on the ITU world cup scene in 2016. With a sandy beach start and a flat, yet technical bike and run course that has one small hill on each lap, this sprint will be the last time of 2017 that elites will line up for the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run distances. Women’s Preview The women will kick off the day of races by lining up on the beach first. Canada’s Dominika Jamnicky is headlining the start list, wearing the number one cap in a world cup for the first time in her career. Earning her best overall world cup performance at the Yucatan World Cup by finishing fourth, Jamnicky competes well in hot conditions, so Salinas is a perfect race for her to finish off her season with a potential first-career world cup podium. All of the medal finishers from Salinas are not in the lineup this weekend, so the podium is wide open for the taking. Two of the strongest contenders to potentially step up to collect those spots are Vanesa De La Torre (MEX) and Cecilia Perez (MEX). De La Torre finished fourth in Salinas last year, which was her best world cup result in her career. Perez has never made a world cup podium before, but both Mexican women do well in the heat so will be using the Ecuadorian coast to their advantage. Salinas will be only the second world cup race for Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) since she returned to compete this season after having a baby. Her first race back was in Weihai, where she strongly finished 12th. She has experience getting on the world cup podium and like many other women on the roster, she also performs well in the heat. Elizabeth Bravo of Ecuador will be the hometown crowd favourite of the weekend. Bravo is Ecuador’s only triathlete to have competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and has played a huge aspect in growing the sport in the small Latin country. Other women to watch out for this Sunday is USA’s Tamara Gorman and Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes. Both women are young talent within the sport that have had breakout 2017 seasons. Gorman won the U23 women’s triathlon world championship title at the Rotterdam Grand Final last month and has continued to...

Tongyeong set to host penultimate World Cup sprint of 2017

Triathlon News - Mon, 23/10/2017 - 18:16
The ITU World Cup moves on to the beautiful setting of Tongyeong for the 13th stop of the 2017 tour. The South Korean city famous for its stunning harbor will once again provide the athletes with the bulk of the course for a frantic Sprint distance race this Saturday. Part of the ITU calendar since 2003, Tongyeong hosted the first ITU World Triathlon Series back in 2009. This weekend, it will once again be taken over by 70 men and 49 women in search for the World Cup glory.   Men’s preview The winner here in 2016, Spain’s Uxio Abuin Ares will be hoping to continue his now customary strong finish to the season after securing podium places in Weihai and Huelva, with Martin Van Riel of Belgium also ending 2017 strongly with second earlier this month in Sarasota. Abuin’s training partner Rodrigo Gonzalez (MEX) beat Van Riel to the post in Florida, and conditions on the Korean coast look like they may well suit the Mexican once again. Korea and Japan will be well represented and both teams may well look to use their collective strength and spirit in the pursuit of medals, with Japan’s Jumpei Furuya, 11th in Weihai at the end of September, possibly having the best chance of breaking into the top ten. The USA’s Eric Lagerstrom and Matthew McElroy will be the best options for Team USA as both seek to overcome the disappointment of the last few races, not as successful as they had planned. After a silver medal in New Plymouth and a 5th place in Cagliari, McElroy wasn’t able to finish most of the races lately, while Lagerstrom finished 25th in Sarasota and 17th in Karlovy Vary, but both are really strong bikers and runners and a course as the one in Tongyeong can be the perfect set up for them. Click here for the full men’s starting list Women’s preview This time last year, Japan’s Ai Ueda was collecting top-five finishes at will, but injury has blighted much of her 2017 campaign and a medal this weekend looks like it could be a tall order after the long journey back to full fitness. Ueda’s Teammate Juri Ide won in Sarasota three weeks ago thanks to a brilliant run and Yuko Takahashi’s fourth place in Huelva in September means that the three Japanese talents could yet prove a formidable trio if they emerge within range from the swim. Pushing them hard on Saturday will almost certainly be the Americans Summer Cook, winner in Yucatan in August, and one of the best runners in the circuit, Chelsea Sodaro, who is looking to go one...

Tongyeong set to host penultimate World Cup sprint of 2017

Triathlon News - Mon, 23/10/2017 - 18:16
The ITU World Cup moves on to the beautiful setting of Tongyeong for the 13th stop of the 2017 tour. The South Korean city famous for its stunning harbor will once again provide the athletes with the bulk of the course for a frantic Sprint distance race this Saturday. Part of the ITU calendar since 2003, Tongyeong hosted the first ITU World Triathlon Series back in 2009. This weekend, it will once again be taken over by 70 men and 49 women in search for the World Cup glory.   Men’s preview The winner here in 2016, Spain’s Uxio Abuin Ares will be hoping to continue his now customary strong finish to the season after securing podium places in Weihai and Huelva, with Martin Van Riel of Belgium also ending 2017 strongly with second earlier this month in Sarasota. Abuin’s training partner Rodrigo Gonzalez (MEX) beat Van Riel to the post in Florida, and conditions on the Korean coast look like they may well suit the Mexican once again. Korea and Japan will be well represented and both teams may well look to use their collective strength and spirit in the pursuit of medals, with Japan’s Jumpei Furuya, 11th in Weihai at the end of September, possibly having the best chance of breaking into the top ten. The USA’s Eric Lagerstrom and Matthew McElroy will be the best options for Team USA as both seek to overcome the disappointment of the last few races, not as successful as they had planned. After a silver medal in New Plymouth and a 5th place in Cagliari, McElroy wasn’t able to finish most of the races lately, while Lagerstrom finished 25th in Sarasota and 17th in Karlovy Vary, but both are really strong bikers and runners and a course as the one in Tongyeong can be the perfect set up for them. Click here for the full men’s starting list Women’s preview This time last year, Japan’s Ai Ueda was collecting top-five finishes at will, but injury has blighted much of her 2017 campaign and a medal this weekend looks like it could be a tall order after the long journey back to full fitness. Ueda’s Teammate Juri Ide won in Sarasota three weeks ago thanks to a brilliant run and Yuko Takahashi’s fourth place in Huelva in September means that the three Japanese talents could yet prove a formidable trio if they emerge within range from the swim. Pushing them hard on Saturday will almost certainly be the Americans Summer Cook, winner in Yucatan in August, and one of the best runners in the circuit, Chelsea Sodaro, who is looking to go one...

Paving the way: From female elite athlete to coach

Triathlon News - Mon, 23/10/2017 - 17:35
It is always inspiring to see strong female role models within triathlon, paving the way for future female athletes. Pooja Chaurushi, born in Ahmedabad, India, is a seven-time National Triathlon Champion, as well as winning more than 210 medals, including 12 at International level. She is the only triathlete currently to represent India at the Asian Games and the World Triathlon Championships. But after a fruitful career representing India as a triathlete, she decided to shift her focus to giving back to her sport. Pooja now dedicates her time to coaching and the development of upcoming triathletes as an ITU certified Triathlon Coach. In mid-2016, she introduced Tri Sports Academy, where she provides training for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon. Most recently, Pooja was honored as a brand ambassador of South Asian Triathlon Association. “When I was an athlete, initially triathlon was not so popular sport in India but with my achievements and participation in ITU races, it started getting popular. During my entire career, I faced the challenge of not having any triathlon specific coach in India and it took me very long to learn tactics and also there was no good infrastructure for triathlon here”, she said. That’s when she decided to become a coach, right after her retirement from her competitive career. “In July 2016 the Secretary of Surat Tennis Club approached me for the guidance for his son’s training for a recreational triathlon event. He suggested to take a training camp for triathlon in their club, so I grabbed this opportunity and organised a 15 days camp for triathlon, duathlon and Aquathlon at the club.  Initially, it was little difficult for me to work with amateur athletes, but after the camp, athletes found a visible change in their performance and techniques in all three games” remembers Pooja. “After the camp, and with the help of my brother, we started a multi-sport academy (TRI SPORTS ACADEMY) at my place. Currently, we have more than 50 athletes at our academy who are training for Triathlon, Aquathlon, Duathlon and individual sports like cycling, swimming and running”, she explained. “In March 2017, I came to know about ITU coaches course in Dubai. I enrolled my name for the same and finally, I got the chance to participate in the course. During that course, and many others afterward,  I learned so many things about the different aspects of coaching and delivering the sessions, and I realised that...

Paving the way: From female elite athlete to coach

Triathlon News - Mon, 23/10/2017 - 17:35
It is always inspiring to see strong female role models within triathlon, paving the way for future female athletes. Pooja Chaurushi, born in Ahmedabad, India, is a seven-time National Triathlon Champion, as well as winning more than 210 medals, including 12 at International level. She is the only triathlete currently to represent India at the Asian Games and the World Triathlon Championships. But after a fruitful career representing India as a triathlete, she decided to shift her focus to giving back to her sport. Pooja now dedicates her time to coaching and the development of upcoming triathletes as an ITU certified Triathlon Coach. In mid-2016, she introduced Tri Sports Academy, where she provides training for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon. Most recently, Pooja was honored as a brand ambassador of South Asian Triathlon Association. “When I was an athlete, initially triathlon was not so popular sport in India but with my achievements and participation in ITU races, it started getting popular. During my entire career, I faced the challenge of not having any triathlon specific coach in India and it took me very long to learn tactics and also there was no good infrastructure for triathlon here”, she said. That’s when she decided to become a coach, right after her retirement from her competitive career. “In July 2016 the Secretary of Surat Tennis Club approached me for the guidance for his son’s training for a recreational triathlon event. He suggested to take a training camp for triathlon in their club, so I grabbed this opportunity and organised a 15 days camp for triathlon, duathlon and Aquathlon at the club.  Initially, it was little difficult for me to work with amateur athletes, but after the camp, athletes found a visible change in their performance and techniques in all three games” remembers Pooja. “After the camp, and with the help of my brother, we started a multi-sport academy (TRI SPORTS ACADEMY) at my place. Currently, we have more than 50 athletes at our academy who are training for Triathlon, Aquathlon, Duathlon and individual sports like cycling, swimming and running”, she explained. “In March 2017, I came to know about ITU coaches course in Dubai. I enrolled my name for the same and finally, I got the chance to participate in the course. During that course, and many others afterward,  I learned so many things about the different aspects of coaching and delivering the sessions, and I realised that...

Get ready for the Science and Triathlon Conference!

Triathlon News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:20
This year’s ITU Science and Triathlon Conference is much more than just a gathering of the best coaching minds in sport. The 2017 event brings the world’s top experts and researchers in endurance sports whom, over three days, will completely focus their attention on how to apply the latest science and research into best practices in coaching triathlon. This year programme is a combination of practical hands-on information and top experts on multiple fields. Don’t miss out this opportunity and register now! Alex Hutchinson will talk about hype and reality in sports science. From spring-loaded shoes to bioengineered sports drinks, sports science keeps making bigger promises about training and performance. But how do you distinguish evidence-backed research from pseudoscience and wishful thinking is something that will be discussed at the Conference. Two gold-medallist coaches, Iñaki Arenal, from the Spanish Triathlon Federation, and Malcolm Brown, from the British Triathlon Federation, will share with all the attendants the insights of training top elite triathletes. And Dr. Carl Foster will discuss how to best understand training stress using both theory and the applied importance of periodizing plans. How to predict overreaching using the most scientific method of determining “training stress” as opposed to counting hours. To close the second day of the Conference, Mark Pollock will help people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games. In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-­charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionic robotic legs. On the third day, Professor Stephen Cheung will talk about Adapting to Training and Competing in the Heat. Many sports are conducted in warm to extremely hot temperatures, which can lead to both reduced performances and increased risk to athlete health. Progressive adaptation to higher heat loads via laboratory acclimation or natural exposure (acclimatization) can provide substantial potential...

Get ready for the Science and Triathlon Conference!

Triathlon News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:20
This year’s ITU Science and Triathlon Conference is much more than just a gathering of the best coaching minds in sport. The 2017 event brings the world’s top experts and researchers in endurance sports whom, over three days, will completely focus their attention on how to apply the latest science and research into best practices in coaching triathlon. This year programme is a combination of practical hands-on information and top experts on multiple fields. Don’t miss out this opportunity and register now! Alex Hutchinson will talk about hype and reality in sports science. From spring-loaded shoes to bioengineered sports drinks, sports science keeps making bigger promises about training and performance. But how do you distinguish evidence-backed research from pseudoscience and wishful thinking is something that will be discussed at the Conference. Two gold-medallist coaches, Iñaki Arenal, from the Spanish Triathlon Federation, and Malcolm Brown, from the British Triathlon Federation, will share with all the attendants the insights of training top elite triathletes. And Dr. Carl Foster will discuss how to best understand training stress using both theory and the applied importance of periodizing plans. How to predict overreaching using the most scientific method of determining “training stress” as opposed to counting hours. To close the second day of the Conference, Mark Pollock will help people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games. In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-­charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionic robotic legs. On the third day, Professor Stephen Cheung will talk about Adapting to Training and Competing in the Heat. Many sports are conducted in warm to extremely hot temperatures, which can lead to both reduced performances and increased risk to athlete health. Progressive adaptation to higher heat loads via laboratory acclimation or natural exposure (acclimatization) can provide substantial potential...

Get ready for the Science and Triathlon Conference!

Triathlon News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:20
This year’s ITU Science and Triathlon Conference is much more than just a gathering of the best coaching minds in sport. The 2017 event brings the world’s top experts and researchers in endurance sports whom, over three days, will completely focus their attention on how to apply the latest science and research into best practices in coaching triathlon. This year programme is a combination of practical hands-on information and top experts on multiple fields. Don’t miss out this opportunity and register now! Alex Hutchinson will talk about hype and reality in sports science. From spring-loaded shoes to bioengineered sports drinks, sports science keeps making bigger promises about training and performance. But how do you distinguish evidence-backed research from pseudoscience and wishful thinking is something that will be discussed at the Conference. Two gold-medallist coaches, Iñaki Arenal, from the Spanish Triathlon Federation, and Malcolm Brown, from the British Triathlon Federation, will share with all the attendants the insights of training top elite triathletes. And Dr. Carl Foster will discuss how to best understand training stress using both theory and the applied importance of periodizing plans. How to predict overreaching using the most scientific method of determining “training stress” as opposed to counting hours. To close the second day of the Conference, Mark Pollock will help people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games. In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-­charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionic robotic legs. On the third day, Professor Stephen Cheung will talk about Adapting to Training and Competing in the Heat. Many sports are conducted in warm to extremely hot temperatures, which can lead to both reduced performances and increased risk to athlete health. Progressive adaptation to higher heat loads via laboratory acclimation or natural exposure (acclimatization) can provide substantial potential...

Get ready for the Science and Triathlon Conference!

Triathlon News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:20
This year’s ITU Science and Triathlon Conference is much more than just a gathering of the best coaching minds in sport. The 2017 event brings the world’s top experts and researchers in endurance sports whom, over three days, will completely focus their attention on how to apply the latest science and research into best practices in coaching triathlon. This year programme is a combination of practical hands-on information and top experts on multiple fields. Don’t miss out this opportunity and register now! Alex Hutchinson will talk about hype and reality in sports science. From spring-loaded shoes to bioengineered sports drinks, sports science keeps making bigger promises about training and performance. But how do you distinguish evidence-backed research from pseudoscience and wishful thinking is something that will be discussed at the Conference. Two gold-medallist coaches, Iñaki Arenal, from the Spanish Triathlon Federation, and Malcolm Brown, from the British Triathlon Federation, will share with all the attendants the insights of training top elite triathletes. And Dr. Carl Foster will discuss how to best understand training stress using both theory and the applied importance of periodizing plans. How to predict overreaching using the most scientific method of determining “training stress” as opposed to counting hours. To close the second day of the Conference, Mark Pollock will help people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games. In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-­charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionic robotic legs. On the third day, Professor Stephen Cheung will talk about Adapting to Training and Competing in the Heat. Many sports are conducted in warm to extremely hot temperatures, which can lead to both reduced performances and increased risk to athlete health. Progressive adaptation to higher heat loads via laboratory acclimation or natural exposure (acclimatization) can provide substantial potential...

Africa and Europe announce their 2018 Competition Calendar

Triathlon News - Mon, 16/10/2017 - 16:33
For the European Triathlon Union (ETU), the season will start with the Winter Triathlon European Championships, to be held in Catania (Italy) on the 12 of February. And ahead, the European triathletes will have a busy season, with 13 European Championships along the season, from the Elite one in Glasgow in August to the Sprint distance one in Tartu (Estonia) in July or the U23 in the city of Eilat, in Israel, in October. The ETU Multisport Championships Festival will take place at the end of October, where the Cross Triathlon and Duathlon titles will be decided, along with the Standard and Sprint Duathlon titles (Standard Distance for Elite, U23 and AG and Sprint Distance for Juniors, Para and AG), Aquathlon and Middle Distance titles. There will also be a chance to play with the new format of Aquabike. No titles, just a demonstration event. A whole week of events and the best excuse ever to go to Ibiza (Spain) in October. The backbone of the annual racing calendar for European athletes is the series of European Cup events that will reach in 2018 all corners of the Old Continent. With the season starting once again in Gran Canaria (Spain), in early March, ETU can offer a full programme of events that will attract the best European athletes to the 21 European Cups on dispute this season. New additions as Olsztyn in Poland, or classic ones such as Tiszjauvaros or Alanya, will welcome athletes from all Europe for the European Cups and the Junior European Cups, and the finale in 2018 will be hosted in Huelva (Spain). Click here for the full ETU calendar African triathletes will head to Rabat, in Morocco, in April for the ATU Triathlon African Championships, which will host also the Mixed Relays Championship as well as the Paratriathlon event, while the Duathlon Long Distance Championship will be in Luxor (Egypt) in October. In the 2018 season, the African Cup will be comprised of 10 events, all around the African continent, starting in Zimbabwe in February and finishing in Dakar (Senegal) in December, with stops in Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Namibia, and Morocco. Click here for the full ATU calendar  

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