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ITU Women’s Committee – Promoting Women in Triathlon – Case Study #2

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 10:40
Equally Inspiring - Triathlon Ireland’s Women in Sport Strategy 2017-2021 In the summer of 2017, Triathlon Ireland launched its ‘Equally Inspiring’ initiative - a four-year strategy to empower women through the sport of triathlon. Triathlon has one of the highest female participation rates of all endurance sports in Ireland, with the number of women and girls taking part in our sport increasing by a massive 83% in the past four years.  But with female members making up 34% of the community of triathletes in Ireland, women and girls remain under-represented in our sport. The main pillars of Equally Inspiring strategy are: • Participation by encouraging and providing opportunities for women and girls to become involved in triathlon. • Leadership Development by developing strong leadership networks and initiatives that will empower women. The ITU recognises the important role that ‘builders’ play in empowering women through sport and with this in mind, part of Triathlon Ireland’s strategy focuses on Technical Officials (TO’s), Race Organisers and Volunteers. • Coaching by creating a female mentor scheme and network aimed at encouraging more women into coaching and the launch of a women-only coach training programme. As an example of the strategy in action, Triathlon Ireland has appointed additional women to its Technical Committee, which now has a female majority. New terms of reference have also been developed to ensure that there is always gender equality on the panel at all times. Find out more about Triathlon Ireland’s Equally Inspiring female participation strategy

Debut Sarasota World Cup brings circuit back to USA

Triathlon News - Wed, 04/10/2017 - 15:35
As the 2017 season presses on, ITU has reached the 12th stop on the World Cup tour as first-time race host steps up to debut the 2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup.  The Gulf Coast city in Florida will be the first major ITU race in the United States since Chicago hosted the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in 2015. In fact, at the world cup level, the last U.S. held event was in 2010 at the Hy-Vee ITU World Cup hosted in Des Moines, Iowa. Sarasota will showcase a standard-distance course where the elites will compete at the Nathan Benderson Park, seeing a two-lap 1500 metre swim, six laps totaling 36.6 kilometres for the bike and finishing with a four-lap ten kilometre run. Women’s Preview The local crowds will be excited to see Katie Zaferes wearing the number one on Saturday in the women’s race. Over the last few years Zaferes has skyrocketed her career to becoming one of the top women in the sport, number three to be exact. After a sensational season where she earned three podiums in the WTS, including finishing second at the Grand Final in Rotterdam, Zaferes claimed her first world medal by taking the bronze in the overall world rankings. She also won the New Plymouth World Cup earlier this season, so she could score another WC medal on Saturday. Zaferes is not going to be the only top U.S. talent lining up in Sarasota. Taylor Spivey, Chelsea Burns and Tamara Gorman are other top Americans eager to get a world cup medal in their home nation. Spivey had a breakout season this year when she earned second in WTS Leeds, landing her first podium in the Series. Burns has similar successes, but at the world cup tier.  She collected her first two world cup podiums of her career this season, both in Spain; she took bronze in both Madrid and Huelva. While Gorman is a young talent for the women’s team. Going through the college recruitment program out of the University of Minnesota, where she runs for the track and field team. She just recently won the U23 world title in Rotterdam. Melanie Santos (POR) took the runner-up spot in the U23 world race, where she put her name on the map. Canadian Dominika Jamnicky is the highest ranked international elite on the start list. She has had some very strong finishes this season and will be looking to get onto her first career world cup podium this weekend. The Mexican women are bringing a large roster, tallying six women. Leading the team is Adriana Barrraza and Vanesa De La Torre....

Debut Sarasota World Cup brings circuit back to USA

Triathlon News - Wed, 04/10/2017 - 15:35
As the 2017 season presses on, ITU has reached the 12th stop on the World Cup tour as first-time race host steps up to debut the 2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup.  The Gulf Coast city in Florida will be the first major ITU race in the United States since Chicago hosted the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in 2015. In fact, at the world cup level, the last U.S. held event was in 2010 at the Hy-Vee ITU World Cup hosted in Des Moines, Iowa. Sarasota will showcase a standard-distance course where the elites will compete at the Nathan Benderson Park, seeing a two-lap 1500 metre swim, six laps totaling 36.6 kilometres for the bike and finishing with a four-lap ten kilometre run. Women’s Preview The local crowds will be excited to see Katie Zaferes wearing the number one on Saturday in the women’s race. Over the last few years Zaferes has skyrocketed her career to becoming one of the top women in the sport, number three to be exact. After a sensational season where she earned three podiums in the WTS, including finishing second at the Grand Final in Rotterdam, Zaferes claimed her first world medal by taking the bronze in the overall world rankings. She also won the New Plymouth World Cup earlier this season, so she could score another WC medal on Saturday. Zaferes is not going to be the only top U.S. talent lining up in Sarasota. Taylor Spivey, Chelsea Burns and Tamara Gorman are other top Americans eager to get a world cup medal in their home nation. Spivey had a breakout season this year when she earned second in WTS Leeds, landing her first podium in the Series. Burns has similar successes, but at the world cup tier.  She collected her first two world cup podiums of her career this season, both in Spain; she took bronze in both Madrid and Huelva. While Gorman is a young talent for the women’s team. Going through the college recruitment program out of the University of Minnesota, where she runs for the track and field team. She just recently won the U23 world title in Rotterdam. Melanie Santos (POR) took the runner-up spot in the U23 world race, where she put her name on the map. Canadian Dominika Jamnicky is the highest ranked international elite on the start list. She has had some very strong finishes this season and will be looking to get onto her first career world cup podium this weekend. The Mexican women are bringing a large roster, tallying six women. Leading the team is Adriana Barrraza and Vanesa De La Torre....

Debut Sarasota World Cup brings circuit back to USA

Triathlon News - Wed, 04/10/2017 - 15:35
As the 2017 season presses on, ITU has reached the 12th stop on the World Cup tour as first-time race host steps up to debut the 2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup.  The Gulf Coast city in Florida will be the first major ITU race in the United States since Chicago hosted the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in 2015. In fact, at the world cup level, the last U.S. held event was in 2010 at the Hy-Vee ITU World Cup hosted in Des Moines, Iowa. Due to the high levels of algae in the water, decision was taken right before the athletes briefing to change all races to a duathlon, with elite athletes going for a 5km run - 40 km bike - 10km run circuit, while the Paraethletes will have a 2.5 km run, 20 km bike and 5 km run. Women’s Preview The local crowds will be excited to see Katie Zaferes wearing the number one on Saturday in the women’s race. Over the last few years Zaferes has skyrocketed her career to becoming one of the top women in the sport, number three to be exact. After a sensational season where she earned three podiums in the WTS, including finishing second at the Grand Final in Rotterdam, Zaferes claimed her first world medal by taking the bronze in the overall world rankings. She also won the New Plymouth World Cup earlier this season, so she could score another WC medal on Saturday. Zaferes is not going to be the only top U.S. talent lining up in Sarasota. Taylor Spivey, Chelsea Burns and Tamara Gorman are other top Americans eager to get a world cup medal in their home nation. Spivey had a breakout season this year when she earned second in WTS Leeds, landing her first podium in the Series. Burns has similar successes, but at the world cup tier.  She collected her first two world cup podiums of her career this season, both in Spain; she took bronze in both Madrid and Huelva. While Gorman is a young talent for the women’s team. Going through the college recruitment program out of the University of Minnesota, where she runs for the track and field team. She just recently won the U23 world title in Rotterdam. Melanie Santos (POR) took the runner-up spot in the U23 world race, where she put her name on the map. Canadian Dominika Jamnicky is the highest ranked international elite on the start list. She has had some very strong finishes this season and will be looking to get onto her first career world cup podium this weekend. The Mexican women are bringing a large roster, tallying six women. Leading the team is...

Debut Sarasota World Cup brings circuit back to USA

Triathlon News - Wed, 04/10/2017 - 15:35
As the 2017 season presses on, ITU has reached the 12th stop on the World Cup tour as first-time race host steps up to debut the 2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup.  The Gulf Coast city in Florida will be the first major ITU race in the United States since Chicago hosted the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in 2015. In fact, at the world cup level, the last U.S. held event was in 2010 at the Hy-Vee ITU World Cup hosted in Des Moines, Iowa. Due to the high levels of algae in the water, decision was taken right before the athletes briefing to change all races to a duathlon, with elite athletes going for a 5km run - 40 km bike - 10km run circuit, while the Parathletes will have a 2.5 km run, 20 km bike and 5 km run. Women’s Preview The local crowds will be excited to see Katie Zaferes wearing the number one on Saturday in the women’s race. Over the last few years Zaferes has skyrocketed her career to becoming one of the top women in the sport, number three to be exact. After a sensational season where she earned three podiums in the WTS, including finishing second at the Grand Final in Rotterdam, Zaferes claimed her first world medal by taking the bronze in the overall world rankings. She also won the New Plymouth World Cup earlier this season, so she could score another WC medal on Saturday. Zaferes is not going to be the only top U.S. talent lining up in Sarasota. Taylor Spivey, Chelsea Burns and Tamara Gorman are other top Americans eager to get a world cup medal in their home nation. Spivey had a breakout season this year when she earned second in WTS Leeds, landing her first podium in the Series. Burns has similar successes, but at the world cup tier.  She collected her first two world cup podiums of her career this season, both in Spain; she took bronze in both Madrid and Huelva. While Gorman is a young talent for the women’s team. Going through the college recruitment program out of the University of Minnesota, where she runs for the track and field team. She just recently won the U23 world title in Rotterdam. Melanie Santos (POR) took the runner-up spot in the U23 world race, where she put her name on the map. Canadian Dominika Jamnicky is the highest ranked international elite on the start list. She has had some very strong finishes this season and will be looking to get onto her first career world cup podium this weekend. The Mexican women are bringing a large roster, tallying six women. Leading the team is Adriana...

Debut Sarasota World Cup brings circuit back to USA

Triathlon News - Wed, 04/10/2017 - 15:35
As the 2017 season presses on, ITU has reached the 12th stop on the World Cup tour as first-time race host steps up to debut the 2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup.  The Gulf Coast city in Florida will be the first major ITU race in the United States since Chicago hosted the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in 2015. In fact, at the world cup level, the last U.S. held event was in 2010 at the Hy-Vee ITU World Cup hosted in Des Moines, Iowa. Sarasota will showcase a standard-distance course where the elites will compete at the Nathan Benderson Park, seeing a two-lap 1500 metre swim, six laps totaling 36.6 kilometres for the bike and finishing with a four-lap ten kilometre run. Women’s Preview The local crowds will be excited to see Katie Zaferes wearing the number one on Saturday in the women’s race. Over the last few years Zaferes has skyrocketed her career to becoming one of the top women in the sport, number three to be exact. After a sensational season where she earned three podiums in the WTS, including finishing second at the Grand Final in Rotterdam, Zaferes claimed her first world medal by taking the bronze in the overall world rankings. She also won the New Plymouth World Cup earlier this season, so she could score another WC medal on Saturday. Zaferes is not going to be the only top U.S. talent lining up in Sarasota. Taylor Spivey, Chelsea Burns and Tamara Gorman are other top Americans eager to get a world cup medal in their home nation. Spivey had a breakout season this year when she earned second in WTS Leeds, landing her first podium in the Series. Burns has similar successes, but at the world cup tier.  She collected her first two world cup podiums of her career this season, both in Spain; she took bronze in both Madrid and Huelva. While Gorman is a young talent for the women’s team. Going through the college recruitment program out of the University of Minnesota, where she runs for the track and field team. She just recently won the U23 world title in Rotterdam. Melanie Santos (POR) took the runner-up spot in the U23 world race, where she put her name on the map. Canadian Dominika Jamnicky is the highest ranked international elite on the start list. She has had some very strong finishes this season and will be looking to get onto her first career world cup podium this weekend. The Mexican women are bringing a large roster, tallying six women. Leading the team is Adriana Barrraza and Vanesa De La Torre....

Women’s triathlon will be the first medal of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Tue, 03/10/2017 - 20:55
The first gold medal of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be won in a sprint format Triathlon, announced at the Southport Broadwater Parklands today. For the first time in Commonwealth Games history, sprint courses will be utilised for the Individual and Paratriathlon races, set to provide fast and exciting racing in an iconic GC2018 setting for athletes, spectators and a global television audience. The women’s and men’s Individual Triathlon races will be held on Thursday 5 April, with the women’s Triathlon having the honour of being the first medal event at GC2018 followed shortly after by the men’s race. The inaugural Paratriathlon at a Commonwealth Games and an exciting Mixed Team Relay will round out the Triathlon program on 7 April. The sprint format for the Individual and Paratriathlon will comprise a 750m swim leg, 20km bike leg and 5km run leg, while the Mixed Team Relay will feature four athletes each completing a 250m swim, 7km bike and 1.5km run. The northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands will host the start, finish and transitions for the Triathlon, with the bike and run legs to head north along a flat, technical and scenic route. GC2018 Triathlon Ambassador Ashleigh Gentle, fellow Gold Coast triathlon star Matthew Hauser and Australian paratriathletes Emily Tapp and Nic Beveridge attended the announcement today, all expressing their excitement over the sprint format on the picturesque and spectator-friendly course. Those lucky enough to have secured tickets to the Triathlon will have great seats at the Southport Broadwater Parklands venue with exclusive access to the race starts, finishes, transitions and other amenities. For those who missed out on tickets, the public space and parks which line the Broadwater in Labrador and Biggera Waters, some of the best and most scenic spectator vantage points at the Games, will provide a great opportunity to witness the exciting bike and run legs. Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said: “The Triathlon will demonstrate Queensland’s love of outdoor sport to visitors for the Commonwealth Games and a huge global television and social media audience. The course looks fantastic and I can’t think of a better sport to feature on the opening day of competition to showcase the Games to the world. The first medal event of the Games will be the women’s Triathlon which will bring a huge focus on the sport of Triathlon from fans and the world’s...

Women’s triathlon will be the first medal of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Tue, 03/10/2017 - 20:55
The first gold medal of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be won in a sprint format Triathlon, announced at the Southport Broadwater Parklands today. For the first time in Commonwealth Games history, sprint courses will be utilised for the Individual and Paratriathlon races, set to provide fast and exciting racing in an iconic GC2018 setting for athletes, spectators and a global television audience. The women’s and men’s Individual Triathlon races will be held on Thursday 5 April, with the women’s Triathlon having the honour of being the first medal event at GC2018 followed shortly after by the men’s race. The inaugural Paratriathlon at a Commonwealth Games and an exciting Mixed Team Relay will round out the Triathlon program on 7 April. The sprint format for the Individual and Paratriathlon will comprise a 750m swim leg, 20km bike leg and 5km run leg, while the Mixed Team Relay will feature four athletes each completing a 250m swim, 7km bike and 1.5km run. The northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands will host the start, finish and transitions for the Triathlon, with the bike and run legs to head north along a flat, technical and scenic route. GC2018 Triathlon Ambassador Ashleigh Gentle, fellow Gold Coast triathlon star Matthew Hauser and Australian paratriathletes Emily Tapp and Nic Beveridge attended the announcement today, all expressing their excitement over the sprint format on the picturesque and spectator-friendly course. Those lucky enough to have secured tickets to the Triathlon will have great seats at the Southport Broadwater Parklands venue with exclusive access to the race starts, finishes, transitions and other amenities. For those who missed out on tickets, the public space and parks which line the Broadwater in Labrador and Biggera Waters, some of the best and most scenic spectator vantage points at the Games, will provide a great opportunity to witness the exciting bike and run legs. Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said: “The Triathlon will demonstrate Queensland’s love of outdoor sport to visitors for the Commonwealth Games and a huge global television and social media audience. The course looks fantastic and I can’t think of a better sport to feature on the opening day of competition to showcase the Games to the world. The first medal event of the Games will be the women’s Triathlon which will bring a huge focus on the sport of Triathlon from fans and the world’s...

Women’s triathlon will be the first medal of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Triathlon News - Tue, 03/10/2017 - 20:55
The first gold medal of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be won in a sprint format Triathlon, announced at the Southport Broadwater Parklands today. For the first time in Commonwealth Games history, sprint courses will be utilised for the Individual and Paratriathlon races, set to provide fast and exciting racing in an iconic GC2018 setting for athletes, spectators and a global television audience. The women’s and men’s Individual Triathlon races will be held on Thursday 5 April, with the women’s Triathlon having the honour of being the first medal event at GC2018 followed shortly after by the men’s race. The inaugural Paratriathlon at a Commonwealth Games and an exciting Mixed Team Relay will round out the Triathlon program on 7 April. The sprint format for the Individual and Paratriathlon will comprise a 750m swim leg, 20km bike leg and 5km run leg, while the Mixed Team Relay will feature four athletes each completing a 250m swim, 7km bike and 1.5km run. The northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands will host the start, finish and transitions for the Triathlon, with the bike and run legs to head north along a flat, technical and scenic route. GC2018 Triathlon Ambassador Ashleigh Gentle, fellow Gold Coast triathlon star Matthew Hauser and Australian paratriathletes Emily Tapp and Nic Beveridge attended the announcement today, all expressing their excitement over the sprint format on the picturesque and spectator-friendly course. Those lucky enough to have secured tickets to the Triathlon will have great seats at the Southport Broadwater Parklands venue with exclusive access to the race starts, finishes, transitions and other amenities. For those who missed out on tickets, the public space and parks which line the Broadwater in Labrador and Biggera Waters, some of the best and most scenic spectator vantage points at the Games, will provide a great opportunity to witness the exciting bike and run legs. Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said: “The Triathlon will demonstrate Queensland’s love of outdoor sport to visitors for the Commonwealth Games and a huge global television and social media audience. The course looks fantastic and I can’t think of a better sport to feature on the opening day of competition to showcase the Games to the world. The first medal event of the Games will be the women’s Triathlon which will bring a huge focus on the sport of Triathlon from fans and the world’s...

Uxio Abuin and Jolanda Annen grab Weihai World Cup titles

Triathlon News - Sat, 30/09/2017 - 07:00
Spaniard Uxio Abuin Ares claimed his first victory of the season after a perfectly executed race in the 2017 ITU Weihai World Cup, which saw a Spanish-speaking podium sweep with Mexican Rodrigo Gonzalez finishing second and Spain’s Alberto Serrat Seoane third. On the women’s race, Swiss Jolanda Annen executed an almost perfect race, leading from the start till the end, claiming her second World Cup victory of the year. She was joined on the podium by Aussie Emma Jackson and Russian Anastasia Gorbunova. Men’s Review The elite men were the first to dive in the waters of the Halfmoon Bay in Weihai to see the really strong swimmers leading the group from the first strokes. South African Wian Sullwald was in fact first out of the calm waters, followed close by Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) and, for much delight of the local crowds, Zheng Xu. But a splendid transition from Abui, Serrat Seoane, Jumpei Furuya (JPN) and some of the other strong names on the field led to all favorites starting the bike leg altogether. With four Japanese athletes in the leading group -Furuya, Shogo Ishitsuka, Makoto Odakura and Yuichi Hosoda- the group worked hard on the technical and hilly course to build up a growing difference with the chasing group. 44 seconds behind the ten-men leading pack, a big chasing group keep on working in relays to try to keep the leaders in sight, under one minute, to keep alive the race, and after the fourth lap, the difference started to decrease. By the end of the 40 kilometers on their bikes, the lead group had merged with the chasers, and all was to be decided in the 10-kilometer run. It was then when the Spaniard showed that they were the best runners in the field, with Serrat Seoane quickly taking the lead followed right on his feels by Uxio Abuin and an astonishing Rodrigo Gonzalez, who was 24th with two laps remaining in the bike leg and right with the leaders some kilometers after. The three of them run together for half of the race, leaving behind some of the other big names in Wei as Felix Duchampt (FRA), Sullwand or Lukas Hollaus (LUX), who struggled to keep up with the strong rhythm imposed by the Spaniards. A few meters before crossing the finish line, Abuin turned up to be the most experienced of the three athletes sprinting for the win, and a final push 200 meters before the finish tape allowed him to grab it first, stopping the clock on 01:56:15, and with the Mexican Gonzalez finishing second and Serrat Seoane third. Abuin proved in...

Uxio Abuin and Jolanda Annen grab Weihai World Cup titles

Triathlon News - Sat, 30/09/2017 - 07:00
Spaniard Uxio Abuin Ares claimed his first victory of the season after a perfectly executed race in the 2017 ITU Weihai World Cup, which saw a Spanish-speaking podium sweep with Mexican Rodrigo Gonzalez finishing second and Spain’s Alberto Serrat Seoane third. On the women’s race, Swiss Jolanda Annen executed an almost perfect race, leading from the start till the end, claiming her second World Cup victory of the year. She was joined on the podium by Aussie Emma Jackson and Russian Anastasia Gorbunova. Men’s Review The elite men were the first to dive in the waters of the Halfmoon Bay in Weihai to see the really strong swimmers leading the group from the first strokes. South African Wian Sullwald was in fact first out of the calm waters, followed close by Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) and, for much delight of the local crowds, Zheng Xu. But a splendid transition from Abui, Serrat Seoane, Jumpei Furuya (JPN) and some of the other strong names on the field led to all favorites starting the bike leg altogether. With four Japanese athletes in the leading group -Furuya, Shogo Ishitsuka, Makoto Odakura and Yuichi Hosoda- the group worked hard on the technical and hilly course to build up a growing difference with the chasing group. 44 seconds behind the ten-men leading pack, a big chasing group keep on working in relays to try to keep the leaders in sight, under one minute, to keep alive the race, and after the fourth lap, the difference started to decrease. By the end of the 40 kilometers on their bikes, the lead group had merged with the chasers, and all was to be decided in the 10-kilometer run. It was then when the Spaniard showed that they were the best runners in the field, with Serrat Seoane quickly taking the lead followed right on his feels by Uxio Abuin and an astonishing Rodrigo Gonzalez, who was 24th with two laps remaining in the bike leg and right with the leaders some kilometers after. The three of them run together for half of the race, leaving behind some of the other big names in Wei as Felix Duchampt (FRA), Sullwand or Lukas Hollaus (LUX), who struggled to keep up with the strong rhythm imposed by the Spaniards. A few meters before crossing the finish line, Abuin turned up to be the most experienced of the three athletes sprinting for the win, and a final push 200 meters before the finish tape allowed him to grab it first, stopping the clock on 01:56:15, and with the Mexican Gonzalez finishing second and Serrat Seoane third. Abuin proved in...

Action moves to Asia for the Weihai World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 28/09/2017 - 16:23
The vibrant coastal city of Weihai is ready to welcome top triathletes from around the world for the first ever edition of the ITU 2017 Weihai World Cup. Dubbed China’s “garden city by the sea”, Weihai is located on the stunning coast in China’s north-eastern Shandong province. The city boasts lush forests, picturesque islands, with more than 900 kilometres of beachfront and clean waters, making Weihai the perfect location for triathlon. After years of hosting Long Distance ITU races, Weihai debuts in the World Cup circuit with the Olympic-distance format. Athletes will swim 1500 meters over two laps in the Halfmoon Bay to then face six laps of 6,7km each on a technically demanding bike circuit with hills and a few technical corners. For the 10km run, athletes will do four laps on a flat circuit along the seaside. Men’s Preview A total of 34 men will dive in the waters of the Halfmoon Bay in Weihai to claim the first ever World Cup title up for grab in the Chinese city. Among the ones to watch, a man with a really strong background when it comes to the end of the season: Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP). The Spaniard won his two first World Cups last season in Korea and Japan, the last two events of the season, and just a week ago proved that his form is improving, finishing third in the Huelva World Cup among an impressive field. Along with Ares will be another Spaniard, Antonio Serrat Seoane, 5th in the U23 World Championships two weeks ago, and again another triathlete consistently performing well in the last races of the season. Also in the mens field, the South African Wian Sullwand will be one to keep an eye on, wearing the golden number 1 and trying to grab his second podium of the season after finishing third this year in Cape Town. Even though his last two races, in Karlovy Vary World Cup and the Rotterdam Grand Final, were a bit disappointing for him, Sullwand is one of the strongest swimmers in the field and will be likely to collect some hardware in Weihai. Racing alone instead of alongside his brother is Igor Polyanskiy. The Russian didn’t have a great season in terms of results this year, but he is one of the strongest athletes in both the swim and cycle on the Weihai start list. A pair of Japanese athletes, Jumpei Furuya and Yuichi Hosoda, will be trying to make some waves in Weihai. However, the crowds will be in favour of the Chinese athletes participating this Saturday in the Elite races, especially Chen Liu and Zhihang...

Action moves to Asia for the Weihai World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 28/09/2017 - 16:23
The vibrant coastal city of Weihai is ready to welcome top triathletes from around the world for the first ever edition of the ITU 2017 Weihai World Cup. Dubbed China’s “garden city by the sea”, Weihai is located on the stunning coast in China’s north-eastern Shandong province. The city boasts lush forests, picturesque islands, with more than 900 kilometres of beachfront and clean waters, making Weihai the perfect location for triathlon. After years of hosting Long Distance ITU races, Weihai debuts in the World Cup circuit with the Olympic-distance format. Athletes will swim 1500 meters over two laps in the Halfmoon Bay to then face six laps of 6,7km each on a technically demanding bike circuit with hills and a few technical corners. For the 10km run, athletes will do four laps on a flat circuit along the seaside. Men’s Preview A total of 34 men will dive in the waters of the Halfmoon Bay in Weihai to claim the first ever World Cup title up for grab in the Chinese city. Among the ones to watch, a man with a really strong background when it comes to the end of the season: Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP). The Spaniard won his two first World Cups last season in Korea and Japan, the last two events of the season, and just a week ago proved that his form is improving, finishing third in the Huelva World Cup among an impressive field. Along with Ares will be another Spaniard, Antonio Serrat Seoane, 5th in the U23 World Championships two weeks ago, and again another triathlete consistently performing well in the last races of the season. Also in the mens field, the South African Wian Sullwand will be one to keep an eye on, wearing the golden number 1 and trying to grab his second podium of the season after finishing third this year in Cape Town. Even though his last two races, in Karlovy Vary World Cup and the Rotterdam Grand Final, were a bit disappointing for him, Sullwand is one of the strongest swimmers in the field and will be likely to collect some hardware in Weihai. Racing alone instead of alongside his brother is Igor Polyanskiy. The Russian didn’t have a great season in terms of results this year, but he is one of the strongest athletes in both the swim and cycle on the Weihai start list. A pair of Japanese athletes, Jumpei Furuya and Yuichi Hosoda, will be trying to make some waves in Weihai. However, the crowds will be in favour of the Chinese athletes participating this Saturday in the Elite races, especially Chen Liu and Zhihang...

Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final stages...

Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final stages...

Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final...

Nieschlag and Frintova claim first ever victories in Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 16:00
Glorious sunshine and pristine beaches packed with spectators welcomed participants to the first ever ITU Huelva World Cup, where two newcomers finished on top of the podium. Germany’s Justus Nieschlag claimed the men’s gold after a consistent and dominant race, with Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova winning the women’s race by a comfortable margin over the rest of the field. A calm, collected approach from Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova at the first Huelva ITU World Cup paid huge dividends on Sunday morning as she won gold by an impressive 36-second margin over Canada’s Joanna Brown in a time of 2:01:14. The USA’s Chelsea Burns finished in third, narrowly beating Japan’s Yuko Takahashi to the line thanks to a blistering final flourish. It was a beautiful morning on Huelva beach as the athletes lined up on the sands for two laps of the swimming course, the calm water offering excellent conditions for the start of the race. It was Yuko Takahashi who again played to her strengths in the water, establishing a halfway lead that she then extended, delivering the only sub 19-minute swim to emerge in front of a ten-strong pack of cyclists that included Spain’s Sara Perez and Italian Ilaria Zane alongside Burns and Brown. The coastal scenery changed dramatically as the city drew into view, Frintova adapting brilliantly to attack the tight turns and thrive through the technical section, with Mexico’s Cecilia Perez with USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek also staying in touch with the leaders through the climbs and cobbles that followed the highway’s more straightforward challenges. As the Czech extended her lead to over 20 seconds, Burns and Brown both struggled with the second transition, and Frintova was ruthless with the opportunity that was presented her. Indeed, it was only the USA’s Chelsea Sodaro who managed to outpace Frintova in the run, Joanna Brown comfortably going through the gears to make her way back into second but the gap to the leader never looked under threat. As Takahashi tired, Chelsea Burns sensed an opportunity to take advantage, securing a podium finish thanks to a stirring final lap under the Spanish sun, 50 seconds behind the winner. Fellow American Renee Tomlin and Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti finished fifth and sixth. But there can be no doubt that the morning belonged to Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova. Having worked her way into contention from the chasing pack of cyclists, her technique was flawless in the final...

Athletes chatter ahead of Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 22:15
Almost 100 triathletes will take the stage this Sunday in Huelva for the inaugural ITU World Cup in the coastal Spanish city. With a very demanding and challenging course, let’s hear what athletes think about the race, the course and their expectations for the event. Vicente Hernandez On the pressure of wearing number 1: “This season I had the opportunity to race almost all WTS, and that was my main objective for the season. This is the first world cup of the season for me, and being in Spain is very special for me. I will have my family supporting here and I am also wearing number 1, so it’s a great race the one we have ahead.” On the weather conditions in Huelva: “I?ve been racing lately in places where it was almost winter and here the weather it’s gonna be perfect. Sunny, warm but not too hot. It’s more confortable to compete with this type of weather, so we all can enjoy, triathletes and spectators alike.” On the field of play in Huelva: “There are some very good riders, as Leo and some other really good swimmers. The first section of the bike will be very important, but everyone hast to play their cards. “ Anna Godoy Contreras On her great results in Rotterdam last week: “This is also my last race of the season for my so I will give it all. I want to finish in the top ten, that’s the perfect goal for me here. In order to do so, with this technical circuit and with the first segment of 20km on the bike, I will try to be in the front pack because I think it’s where the race will be decided”. Leo Bergere On the technical course: “I haven’t had the chance of taking a look on the course yet, but I love the atmosphere here in the city and how everything is prepared. I really can’t wait to race this Sunday”. On how does he feel after his great performance in Rotterdam: “my legs still hurt from Rotterdam, it was a really demanding race. But I have two more days to recover before this race”. On his plans for the race: “It’s a secret. There is a really strong field here but the key will be to be strong during the first section of the bike course. Joanna Brown On her best season ever so far: “I was really happy with my season. I trained really well in winter and the hard work came up at the end of the season. I was really happy to finish 7th on the Series this year, and I am really excited to be racing here this week, in this perfect set up for a triathlon and with this warm and colourful atmosphere in Huelva”. On her strategy for the race: “I have...

Athletes chatter ahead of Huelva World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 22:15
Almost 100 triathletes will take the stage this Sunday in Huelva for the inaugural ITU World Cup in the coastal Spanish city. With a very demanding and challenging course, let’s hear what athletes think about the race, the course and their expectations for the event. Vicente Hernandez On the pressure of wearing number 1: “This season I had the opportunity to race almost all WTS, and that was my main objective for the season. This is the first world cup of the season for me, and being in Spain is very special for me. I will have my family supporting here and I am also wearing number 1, so it’s a great race the one we have ahead.” On the weather conditions in Huelva: “I?ve been racing lately in places where it was almost winter and here the weather it’s gonna be perfect. Sunny, warm but not too hot. It’s more confortable to compete with this type of weather, so we all can enjoy, triathletes and spectators alike.” On the field of play in Huelva: “There are some very good riders, as Leo and some other really good swimmers. The first section of the bike will be very important, but everyone hast to play their cards. “ Anna Godoy Contreras On her great results in Rotterdam last week: “This is also my last race of the season for my so I will give it all. I want to finish in the top ten, that’s the perfect goal for me here. In order to do so, with this technical circuit and with the first segment of 20km on the bike, I will try to be in the front pack because I think it’s where the race will be decided”. Leo Bergere On the technical course: “I haven’t had the chance of taking a look on the course yet, but I love the atmosphere here in the city and how everything is prepared. I really can’t wait to race this Sunday”. On how does he feel after his great performance in Rotterdam: “my legs still hurt from Rotterdam, it was a really demanding race. But I have two more days to recover before this race”. On his plans for the race: “It’s a secret. There is a really strong field here but the key will be to be strong during the first section of the bike course. Joanna Brown On her best season ever so far: “I was really happy with my season. I trained really well in winter and the hard work came up at the end of the season. I was really happy to finish 7th on the Series this year, and I am really excited to be racing here this week, in this perfect set up for a triathlon and with this warm and colourful atmosphere in Huelva”. On her strategy for the race: “I have...

Huelva ready to hosts its first ever World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 13:56
The city of Huelva, in the south west coast of Spain, will make its official debut in the ITU World Cup circuit hosting this Sunday. As the city celebrates the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus setting sail from the river port of Palos de la Frontera on his first voyage that lead to the discovery of America, triathletes will compete in the first ITU event after the 2017 Grand Final on one of the most challenging and emblematic courses of the season. A total of 60 men and 41 women will dive in the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Punta Umbría for a two lap swim, to then mount their bikes and cover the 20 km between the coast and the Huelva city centre. After a flat first 20km, triathletes will then do four laps of 5,1km on a really technical, demanding and hilly course, passing four times through the terrific “Cuesta de las tres caídas”. The run course will see athletes passing by the most emblematic places of the city, doing four laps of 2,5 km each, a bit hilly in the first section, almost flat in the second. Men’s Preview Wearing number 1 will be Spanish athlete Vicente Hernandez, who just finished 12th on the Rotterdam Grand Final. In his second season among the top triathletes of the world, Hernandez will race for his first podium of the season on a World Cup, with the extra motivation of racing on home soil. But the task won’t be so easy. Indeed the Spanish team will be one of the strongest in Huelva, with three more usual suspects in the World Cup circuit: Antonio Serrat Seoane, who finished 5th in the U23 World Championship last week in Rotterdam; David Castro Fajardo, former U23 World Champion, and Uxio Abuin, winner of the last two world cups in the 2016 season. Another one to watch will surely be Frenchman Leo Bergere, who initiated an impressive breakaway performance on the bike in Rotterdam to finish in 6th place. The current ITU Aquathlon World Champion, Matthew Sharpe (CAN), is probably one of the strongest swimmers in the field, and will surely be in the race from from the start fighting for the podium. Other big names will be Kevin McDowell (USA), Adam Bowden (GBR) or Justus Nieschlag (GER), who will most likely try to get hold of the big opportunity a World Cup brings right after the Grand Final, with some of the usual names on the podiums either taking some rest or competing elsewhere. Women’s Preview A fifth place in the Rotterdam Grand Final earned Canadian Joanna Brown a 7th position in the...

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