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Spanish Paratriathletes shine in Altafulla sun

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/07/2017 - 13:12
Spain made the most of home advantage in the second ITU Paratriathlon World Cup of the season in Altafulla, Spain. The Spanish contingent impressed in the stifling heat, claiming eight podium finishes, including Eva Moral, Jairo Ruiz Lopez, Hector Catala Laparra and Susana Rodriguez all winning their respective events. Jairo Ruiz Lopez continued his good form after an injury-hit start to the season by winning the men’s PTS5 race. The French pair of Maxime Maurel and Yan Guanter led after the 5km swim, before extending their advantage on the hilly and technical bike course. Ruiz, who won a silver medal at the recent European Championships on his comeback from a knee injury, produced a strong run to pass Maurel and Guanter and crossed the line first in a time of 59:33. Yannick Bourseaux was another athlete who impressed on the run. The Frenchman overtook his compatriots to finish second, 37 seconds behind Ruiz. Maurel (1:00:17) crossed the line seven seconds behind Bourseaux (1:00:10) to take the bronze medal. It was an all-Spanish podium in the men’s PTVI category as Hector Catala Laparra (1:02:12) won gold, Jose Luis Garcia Serrano (1:03:49) silver and Daniel Llambrich Gabriel (1:05:23) bronze. Susana Rodriguez secured victory in the women’s PTVI race in a time of 1:09:53. The Spanish Paratriathlete crossed the line over seven minutes ahead of France’s Annouck Curzillat (1:16:59), with Italy’s Anna Barbaro (1:21:07) a further four minutes back. Eva Moral (1:18:19) produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTWC event, finishing nearly three minutes quicker than Great Britain’s Lizzie Tench (1:21:26). France’s Mona Francis (1:33:42) rounded off the podium. Alejandro Sanchez Palomero completed Spain’s medal haul with silver in the men’s PTS4 as Great Britain’s Steven Crowley took the gold. Crowley (1:01:58) finished one and a half minutes ahead of Sanchez Palomero (1:03:30), while Croatia’s Antonio Franko (1:07:11) finished third. The women’s PTS4 race saw two British Paratriathletes finish on the podium, with Cassie Cava (1:22:37) winning silver and Ruth Wilson (1:32:39) taking the bronze medal. The race was won by Japan’s Mami Tani (1:13:46), who finished nearly nine minutes ahead of second-place Cava. There was a British one-two in the women’s PTS5 race as Claire Cashmore secured the victory ahead of compatriot Kerry Large. Cashmore pulled out an advantage on the swim, before extending her lead on the bike...

Spanish Paratriathletes shine in Altafulla sun

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/07/2017 - 13:12
Spain made the most of home advantage in the second ITU Paratriathlon World Cup of the season in Altafulla, Spain. The Spanish contingent impressed in the stifling heat, claiming eight podium finishes, including Eva Moral, Jairo Ruiz Lopez, Hector Catala Laparra and Susana Rodriguez all winning their respective events. Jairo Ruiz Lopez continued his good form after an injury-hit start to the season by winning the men’s PTS5 race. The French pair of Maxime Maurel and Yan Guanter led after the 5km swim, before extending their advantage on the hilly and technical bike course. Ruiz, who won a silver medal at the recent European Championships on his comeback from a knee injury, produced a strong run to pass Maurel and Guanter and crossed the line first in a time of 59:33. Yannick Bourseaux was another athlete who impressed on the run. The Frenchman overtook his compatriots to finish second, 37 seconds behind Ruiz. Maurel (1:00:17) crossed the line seven seconds behind Bourseaux (1:00:10) to take the bronze medal. It was an all-Spanish podium in the men’s PTVI category as Hector Catala Laparra (1:02:12) won gold, Jose Luis Garcia Serrano (1:03:49) silver and Daniel Llambrich Gabriel (1:05:23) bronze. Susana Rodriguez secured victory in the women’s PTVI race in a time of 1:09:53. The Spanish Paratriathlete crossed the line over seven minutes ahead of France’s Annouck Curzillat (1:16:59), with Italy’s Anna Barbaro (1:21:07) a further four minutes back. Eva Moral (1:18:19) produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTWC event, finishing nearly three minutes quicker than Great Britain’s Lizzie Tench (1:21:26). France’s Mona Francis (1:33:42) rounded off the podium. Alejandro Sanchez Palomero completed Spain’s medal haul with silver in the men’s PTS4 as Great Britain’s Steven Crowley took the gold. Crowley (1:01:58) finished one and a half minutes ahead of Sanchez Palomero (1:03:30), while Croatia’s Antonio Franko (1:07:11) finished third. The women’s PTS4 race saw two British Paratriathletes finish on the podium, with Cassie Cava (1:22:37) winning silver and Ruth Wilson (1:32:39) taking the bronze medal. The race was won by Japan’s Mami Tani (1:13:46), who finished nearly nine minutes ahead of second-place Cava. There was a British one-two in the women’s PTS5 race as Claire Cashmore secured the victory ahead of compatriot Kerry Large. Cashmore pulled out an advantage on the swim, before extending her lead on the bike...

ITU confirms the partnership with African Triathlon Union

Triathlon News - Mon, 03/07/2017 - 17:25
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract with the African Triathlon Union (ATU). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development as well as technical and event development, and increasing the participation of women in the sport. “ATU’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected ATU President Ahmed Nasser is with the development necessities in Africa.” Nasser said: “The signing of this Development Grant contract is a major step forward for us as we seek to consolidate the work of our Development Committee. The hours spent by our dedicated team has resulted in significant support being offered by ITU. Our plan is focused on fostering the growth of National Federations and creating talent in athletes and coaches. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes’ race in 2018.” ATU presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to organize courses and championship races in Benim, Republic of Sudan, Algeria and Namibia, as well as promoting and supporting athletes from Rwanda, Cameroon, Chad, Mauritius, Tanzania and Uganda. Included in the plan is also a Development Youth camp in Morocco and a Development Educational Camp in Tunisia, among other projects.

ITU confirms the partnership with African Triathlon Union

Triathlon News - Mon, 03/07/2017 - 17:25
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract with the African Triathlon Union (ATU). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development as well as technical and event development, and increasing the participation of women in the sport. “ATU’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected ATU President Ahmed Nasser is with the development necessities in Africa.” Nasser said: “The signing of this Development Grant contract is a major step forward for us as we seek to consolidate the work of our Development Committee. The hours spent by our dedicated team has resulted in significant support being offered by ITU. Our plan is focused on fostering the growth of National Federations and creating talent in athletes and coaches. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes’ race in 2018.” ATU presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to organize courses and championship races in Benim, Republic of Sudan, Algeria and Namibia, as well as promoting and supporting athletes from Rwanda, Cameroon, Chad, Mauritius, Tanzania and Uganda. Included in the plan is also a Development Youth camp in Morocco and a Development Educational Camp in Tunisia, among other projects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jairo Ruiz continues comeback in Altafulla

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

Jairo Ruiz continues comeback in Altafulla

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

Jairo Ruiz continues comeback in Altafulla

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

ITU organizes 4 classification seminars as part of the education for TOs

Triathlon News - Thu, 29/06/2017 - 18:51
With Paratriathlon making its debut in Rio 2016, and after a process of adjustments to the classification system, it was time for ITU to boost the education for classifiers around the world, as part of the Technical Officials training. During the last months, ITU has organized four classification courses in four different continents, having a total of 33 participants from 17 nations out of which 16 were classifiers from different levels seeking re-certification. Four facilitators were involved in the two-day courses.   The courses took place in conjunction with the CAMTRI Paratriathlon Continental Championships in March in USA; with the Gold Coast World Paratriathlon Series in April in Australia; in conjunction with the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Series in May and in Kitzbühel on the occasion of the ETU Paratriathlon Continental Championships. Trainees were able to be present for the actual classification assessments with the consent of the athletes who were very cooperative and happy to allow new classifiers to observe classification.   ITU would like to thank USAT, Triathlon Australia and the GOLDOC, JTU and ETU and the Austrian Triathlon Federation for facilitating all the logistics for the courses at the various locations, and all the attendees. ITU is very pleased with the high number of trainees, which will allow our organization to continue growing the pool of classifiers.

ITU organizes 4 classification seminars as part of the education for TOs

Triathlon News - Thu, 29/06/2017 - 18:51
With Paratriathlon making its debut in Rio 2016, and after a process of adjustments to the classification system, it was time for ITU to boost the education for classifiers around the world, as part of the Technical Officials training. During the last months, ITU has organized four classification courses in four different continents, having a total of 33 participants from 17 nations out of which 16 were classifiers from different levels seeking re-certification. Four facilitators were involved in the two-day courses.   The courses took place in conjunction with the CAMTRI Paratriathlon Continental Championships in March in USA; with the Gold Coast World Paratriathlon Series in April in Australia; in conjunction with the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Series in May and in Kitzbühel on the occasion of the ETU Paratriathlon Continental Championships. Trainees were able to be present for the actual classification assessments with the consent of the athletes who were very cooperative and happy to allow new classifiers to observe classification.   ITU would like to thank USAT, Triathlon Australia and the GOLDOC, JTU and ETU and the Austrian Triathlon Federation for facilitating all the logistics for the courses at the various locations, and all the attendees. ITU is very pleased with the high number of trainees, which will allow our organization to continue growing the pool of classifiers.

ITU celebrates the #OlympicDay by letting the athletes take over

Triathlon News - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 12:53
Every 23rd of June, the Olympic movement celebrates around the world the Olympic Day, and the triathlon family is pleased to join the celebrations by letting our athletes take over our social media channels. For a day, Olympic champion and silver medallist, Nicola Spirig, will share on ITU’s Facebook, her training schedules only five weeks after giving birth to her second child, while Olympian Andrea Hewitt, explains on our Instagram her whereabouts while training in New Zealand. American Olympican, Ben Kanute, has taken over ITU’s Snapchat account as well to get in touch with the younger generations, while quite a few Olympians, including Mario Mola (ESP), Katie Zaferes (USA), Emma Jackson (AUS), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Carolina Routier (ESP), among others, will try to engage with the “Tweetersphere” with some insights into the daily life of being an Olympian. More than six million people around the world of all ages are joining today the International Olympic Committee hashtag of Being Active. Whether it’s moving, running, jumping, swimming, stretching or getting their sweat on to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and celebrate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and its values. “We all should embrace these values, because these are the true values every sport promotes, and the values ITU is strongly committed to as well”, explained ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We as a Federation, and our athletes, are a great sample of the need to get moving and exercising every day. Not only for the elite athletes, but also for the younger kids who are just joining our sport. Triathlon is truly a sport for all, no matter your age or gender”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, one in four adults are not active enough and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. In a bid to reverse that trend, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called upon the Movement at large – from National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations to Organising Committees of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, National Olympians Associations and Young Ambassadors – to help get the “couch potatoes off the couch”. And our triathletes are showing the world that they are the first “off the couch”.

ITU celebrates the #OlympicDay by letting the athletes take over

Triathlon News - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 12:53
Every 23rd of June, the Olympic movement celebrates around the world the Olympic Day, and the triathlon family is pleased to join the celebrations by letting our athletes take over our social media channels. For a day, Olympic champion and silver medallist, Nicola Spirig, will share on ITU’s Facebook, her training schedules only five weeks after giving birth to her second child, while Olympian Andrea Hewitt, explains on our Instagram her whereabouts while training in New Zealand. American Olympican, Ben Kanute, has taken over ITU’s Snapchat account as well to get in touch with the younger generations, while quite a few Olympians, including Mario Mola (ESP), Katie Zaferes (USA), Emma Jackson (AUS), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Carolina Routier (ESP), among others, will try to engage with the “Tweetersphere” with some insights into the daily life of being an Olympian. More than six million people around the world of all ages are joining today the International Olympic Committee hashtag of Being Active. Whether it’s moving, running, jumping, swimming, stretching or getting their sweat on to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and celebrate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and its values. “We all should embrace these values, because these are the true values every sport promotes, and the values ITU is strongly committed to as well”, explained ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We as a Federation, and our athletes, are a great sample of the need to get moving and exercising every day. Not only for the elite athletes, but also for the younger kids who are just joining our sport. Triathlon is truly a sport for all, no matter your age or gender”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, one in four adults are not active enough and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. In a bid to reverse that trend, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called upon the Movement at large – from National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations to Organising Committees of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, National Olympians Associations and Young Ambassadors – to help get the “couch potatoes off the couch”. And our triathletes are showing the world that they are the first “off the couch”. Mixed Relays This year, ITU is celebrating the Olympic Day also with a very special adding to our Olympic events: the Mixed...

ITU celebrates the #OlympicDay by letting the athletes take over

Triathlon News - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 12:53
Every 23rd of June, the Olympic movement celebrates around the world the Olympic Day, and the triathlon family is pleased to join the celebrations by letting our athletes take over our social media channels. For a day, Olympic champion and silver medallist, Nicola Spirig, will share on ITU’s Facebook, her training schedules only five weeks after giving birth to her second child, while Olympian Andrea Hewitt, explains on our Instagram her whereabouts while training in New Zealand. American Olympican, Ben Kanute, has taken over ITU’s Snapchat account as well to get in touch with the younger generations, while quite a few Olympians, including Mario Mola (ESP), Katie Zaferes (USA), Emma Jackson (AUS), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Carolina Routier (ESP), among others, will try to engage with the “Tweetersphere” with some insights into the daily life of being an Olympian. More than six million people around the world of all ages are joining today the International Olympic Committee hashtag of Being Active. Whether it’s moving, running, jumping, swimming, stretching or getting their sweat on to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and celebrate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and its values. “We all should embrace these values, because these are the true values every sport promotes, and the values ITU is strongly committed to as well”, explained ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We as a Federation, and our athletes, are a great sample of the need to get moving and exercising every day. Not only for the elite athletes, but also for the younger kids who are just joining our sport. Triathlon is truly a sport for all, no matter your age or gender”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, one in four adults are not active enough and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. In a bid to reverse that trend, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called upon the Movement at large – from National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations to Organising Committees of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, National Olympians Associations and Young Ambassadors – to help get the “couch potatoes off the couch”. And our triathletes are showing the world that they are the first “off the couch”. Mixed Relays This year, ITU is celebrating the Olympic Day also with a very special adding to our Olympic events: the Mixed...

ITU Board Member Debra Alexander, running for the IPC Governing Board

Triathlon News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 11:39
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that Executive Board member, Debra Alexander, is running for a position at the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board. The IPC announced the names of the candidates who will stand for election on 8 September at the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A total of 29 nominations have been approved by the IPC for the 12 positions available within the IPC Governing Board. There are four candidates aiming to succeed Sir Philip Craven as the IPC President: Patrick Jarvis, Andrew Parsons, John Petersson and Haidi Zhang, the first female to ever bid for this role. Three people are standing for the role of Vice President: Duane Kale, John Petersson and Majid Rashed. 22 candidates have been nominated for Member at Large positions, with 10 of them to be elected next September. The nominees are: • Debra Alexander (RSA – ITU) • Mohammed Alhameli (UAE – NPC UAE) • Anne d’Ieteren (BEL – NPC Belgium) • Marianna “Muffy” Davis (USA – NPC USA) • Rita van Driel (NED – NPC Netherlands) • Hamid El Aouni (MAR – NPC Morocco) • Duane Kale (NZL – NPC New Zealand) • Sung Il Kim (KOR – NPC Korea) • Luca Pancalli (ITA – NPC Italy) • Leonel da Rocha Pinto (ANG – African Paralympic Committee) • Karl Quade (GER – NPC Germany) • Majid Rashed (UAE – Asian Paralympic Committee) • Tim Reddish (GBR – NPC Great Britain) • Juan Pablo Salazar (COL – NPC Colombia) • László Szabó (HUN – NPC Hungary) • Imran Shani (PAK – NPC Pakistan) • Rao Inderjit Singh (IND – NPC India) • Robyn Smith (AUS - INAS) • Joe Walsh (USA – IBSA) • Kevin Wong (SGP – NPC Singapore) • Yasushi Yamawaki (JPN – NPC Japan) • Jia Yong (CHN – NPC China) All nominee applications have been reviewed by the IPC Credentials Commission against the criteria and conditions for nominations in accordance with the IPC rules and regulations. On 6 September each candidate will have the opportunity to make a presentation on their candidature to the IPC membership attending the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi. About Debra Alexander Debra Alexander is the Head of the Clinical Psychology Department: Principal Clinical Psychologist/Senior Lecturer at Tygerberg Hospital/ Stellenbosch University.  Since 2012, Debra has held the role of ITU Executive Board Member as well as African Triathlon Union (ATU) Executive Board Member and first Vice President. In 2009...

ITU Board Member Debra Alexander, running for the IPC Governing Board

Triathlon News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 11:39
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that Executive Board member, Debra Alexander, is running for a position at the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board. The IPC announced the names of the candidates who will stand for election on 8 September at the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A total of 29 nominations have been approved by the IPC for the 12 positions available within the IPC Governing Board. There are four candidates aiming to succeed Sir Philip Craven as the IPC President: Patrick Jarvis, Andrew Parsons, John Petersson and Haidi Zhang, the first female to ever bid for this role. Three people are standing for the role of Vice President: Duane Kale, John Petersson and Majid Rashed. 22 candidates have been nominated for Member at Large positions, with 10 of them to be elected next September. The nominees are: • Debra Alexander (RSA – ITU) • Mohammed Alhameli (UAE – NPC UAE) • Anne d’Ieteren (BEL – NPC Belgium) • Marianna “Muffy” Davis (USA – NPC USA) • Rita van Driel (NED – NPC Netherlands) • Hamid El Aouni (MAR – NPC Morocco) • Duane Kale (NZL – NPC New Zealand) • Sung Il Kim (KOR – NPC Korea) • Luca Pancalli (ITA – NPC Italy) • Leonel da Rocha Pinto (ANG – African Paralympic Committee) • Karl Quade (GER – NPC Germany) • Majid Rashed (UAE – Asian Paralympic Committee) • Tim Reddish (GBR – NPC Great Britain) • Juan Pablo Salazar (COL – NPC Colombia) • László Szabó (HUN – NPC Hungary) • Imran Shani (PAK – NPC Pakistan) • Rao Inderjit Singh (IND – NPC India) • Robyn Smith (AUS - INAS) • Joe Walsh (USA – IBSA) • Kevin Wong (SGP – NPC Singapore) • Yasushi Yamawaki (JPN – NPC Japan) • Jia Yong (CHN – NPC China) All nominee applications have been reviewed by the IPC Credentials Commission against the criteria and conditions for nominations in accordance with the IPC rules and regulations. On 6 September each candidate will have the opportunity to make a presentation on their candidature to the IPC membership attending the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi. About Debra Alexander Debra Alexander was elected as SASCOC Board Member in 2016 and former Head of the Clinical Psychology Department as well as an extraordinary senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and now has a private practice. Since 2012, Debra has held the role of ITU Executive Board Member as well as African Triathlon Union (ATU)...

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