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Perterer and Stateff deliver debut World Cup wins in Cagliari

Triathlon News - Sat, 02/06/2018 - 17:53
In the build-up to the 2018 ITU Cagliari World Cup, all the talk was of a tough and technical course, a steep climb and a rapid descent that was likely to take its toll on the athletes. By the end of Saturday’s racing, it had become clear that it is on precisely these kinds of demanding courses that they love to compete and put all their training to the test. The women’s race saw the kind of close finish that seems unthinkable after such a gruelling hour under the Italian sun, but it was Austria’s Lisa Perterer who caught American Taylor Spivey right on the line to win her first ever World Cup gold in the most dramatic of fashions, swiftly followed by Britain’s India Lee in third. “I didn’t know what I was thinking at the end,” said a delighted Perterer afterwards, “but I just kept telling myself; you can do this.” The men’s race then saw Delian Stateff and Davide Uccellari come home in first and third respectively, New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde the only man who could keep up with the flying Italians as the home crowd roared the duo down the finish. Women’s race The women’s podium looked wide open from the minute Britain’s Lucy Hall and Japan’s Fuka Sega emerged from T1 with a solid advantage, only to be quickly caught up by the likes of USA’s Taylor Spivey and Chelsea Burns, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat and Italian Alice Betto. The bike then fell into a comfortable pattern for the ten-strong lead group, who worked together on each of the five long climbs up the Viale Regina Margherita before dropping down for a winding descent that left mind and body little time for recuperation. Even by the fifth and final ascent the leaders were looking composed, leaving the chasing pack of Sandra Dodet and Vendula Frintova blowing harder in a vain hope of closing ground on them. It all changed through the second transition as Verena Steinhauser began to force the pace with the Italian crowd powering her on and only Perterer, Lee and Spivey still had enough to go with her. As the rest of the field became drained by the chase, the four leaders summoned the will for an almighty final 400m. Spivey was first to make the charge, only for Perterer to dig deeper still, breaking the tape first by a fraction of a second to record a spellbinding debut World Cup win. Find the full women’s results here Men’s race As the wind picked up and the water became choppier ahead of the men’s race, France’s Raoul Shaw seized the moment with a...

Athletes’ chatter ahead of Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 01/06/2018 - 12:01
As the beautiful city of Cagliari gets ready to host the sixth World Cup of the 2018 season, and with a host of exceptional athletes in the men’s and women’s field once more, we catch up with some of those eyeing a place on the podium. Wearing the number one in the women’s race this year will be USA’s Taylor Spivey. “I’m really excited about this race. The hill really suits my style for the bike and the run, with a big climb and pretty steep descent, so I’m looking forward to it. 
My season hasn’t gone exactly how I would have wanted it to so far. The fourth in New Plymouth and ninth in Bermuda were good races, but overall I know I’ve got a lot more in me, so I’m looking forward to this middle chunk of the season where I really seem to showcase my best results.
” Number two on Saturday, Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova, added; “This is my third time here and I’m looking forward to the tough bike course. I think the run will be the challenge but I really like hot races so it’ll be good for me.” Italy’s Alice Betto will be looking for a lift from her home crowd as she looks to improve on her 9th place last year. “My season began well, and I enjoyed the hills and technical side of Bermuda but in Yokohama I had a crash so I just want to race here and take advantage of the good condition I feel in right now. It will be harder than last year I think, but a good race for me and this is a beautiful location. I hope the Italian fans get behind me and the rest of the team!” For the men’s race, Cagliari marks the World Cup return for Spain’s Uxio Abuin. After a tricky start to 2018, he will wear the number one on Saturday. “This year I’ve been injured and started to train a little later than some of the other athletes, but the last month has gone well for me so I’m feeling in good shape. I’m looking for some good World Cup results to build towards the World Series but the course here is very tough this year with the hill run.” Following his win in Astana a fortnight ago, Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy is eager to build on that success. “I feel good. I’ve tried to save myself a little since Astana but we will have to see how it goes here. That was a great day for me, and has built up my confidence so I hope to repeat the performance. This is my first time in Cagliari. My last race in Italy was at U23 about 7 years ago so it’s good to be back here.” Australia’s Declan Wilson is another athlete looking to use Cagliari as a springboard...

Athletes’ chatter ahead of Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 01/06/2018 - 12:01
As the beautiful city of Cagliari gets ready to host the sixth World Cup of the 2018 season, and with a host of exceptional athletes in the men’s and women’s field once more, we catch up with some of those eyeing a place on the podium. Wearing the number one in the women’s race this year will be USA’s Taylor Spivey. “I’m really excited about this race. The hill really suits my style for the bike and the run, with a big climb and pretty steep descent, so I’m looking forward to it. 
My season hasn’t gone exactly how I would have wanted it to so far. The fourth in New Plymouth and ninth in Bermuda were good races, but overall I know I’ve got a lot more in me, so I’m looking forward to this middle chunk of the season where I really seem to showcase my best results.
” Number two on Saturday, Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova, added; “This is my third time here and I’m looking forward to the tough bike course. I think the run will be the challenge but I really like hot races so it’ll be good for me.” Italy’s Alice Betto will be looking for a lift from her home crowd as she looks to improve on her 9th place last year. “My season began well, and I enjoyed the hills and technical side of Bermuda but in Yokohama I had a crash so I just want to race here and take advantage of the good condition I feel in right now. It will be harder than last year I think, but a good race for me and this is a beautiful location. I hope the Italian fans get behind me and the rest of the team!” For the men’s race, Cagliari marks the World Cup return for Spain’s Uxio Abuin. After a tricky start to 2018, he will wear the number one on Saturday. “This year I’ve been injured and started to train a little later than some of the other athletes, but the last month has gone well for me so I’m feeling in good shape. I’m looking for some good World Cup results to build towards the World Series but the course here is very tough this year with the hill run.” Following his win in Astana a fortnight ago, Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy is eager to build on that success. “I feel good. I’ve tried to save myself a little since Astana but we will have to see how it goes here. That was a great day for me, and has built up my confidence so I hope to repeat the performance. This is my first time in Cagliari. My last race in Italy was at U23 about 7 years ago so it’s good to be back here.” Australia’s Declan Wilson is another athlete looking to use Cagliari as a springboard...

Athletes’ chatter ahead of Cagliari World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 01/06/2018 - 12:01
As the beautiful city of Cagliari gets ready to host the sixth World Cup of the 2018 season, and with a host of exceptional athletes in the men’s and women’s field once more, we catch up with some of those eyeing a place on the podium. Wearing the number one in the women’s race this year will be USA’s Taylor Spivey. “I’m really excited about this race. The hill really suits my style for the bike and the run, with a big climb and pretty steep descent, so I’m looking forward to it. 
My season hasn’t gone exactly how I would have wanted it to so far. The fourth in New Plymouth and ninth in Bermuda were good races, but overall I know I’ve got a lot more in me, so I’m looking forward to this middle chunk of the season where I really seem to showcase my best results.
” Number two on Saturday, Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova, added; “This is my third time here and I’m looking forward to the tough bike course. I think the run will be the challenge but I really like hot races so it’ll be good for me.” Italy’s Alice Betto will be looking for a lift from her home crowd as she looks to improve on her 9th place last year. “My season began well, and I enjoyed the hills and technical side of Bermuda but in Yokohama I had a crash so I just want to race here and take advantage of the good condition I feel in right now. It will be harder than last year I think, but a good race for me and this is a beautiful location. I hope the Italian fans get behind me and the rest of the team!” For the men’s race, Cagliari marks the World Cup return for Spain’s Uxio Abuin. After a tricky start to 2018, he will wear the number one on Saturday. “This year I’ve been injured and started to train a little later than some of the other athletes, but the last month has gone well for me so I’m feeling in good shape. I’m looking for some good World Cup results to build towards the World Series but the course here is very tough this year with the hill run.” Following his win in Astana a fortnight ago, Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy is eager to build on that success. “I feel good. I’ve tried to save myself a little since Astana but we will have to see how it goes here. That was a great day for me, and has built up my confidence so I hope to repeat the performance. This is my first time in Cagliari. My last race in Italy was at U23 about 7 years ago so it’s good to be back here.” Australia’s Declan Wilson is another athlete looking to use Cagliari as a springboard...

World Cup racing returns to Cagliari this weekend

Triathlon News - Wed, 30/05/2018 - 10:54
The 2018 triathlon season makes its now-customary stop on the Italian island of Sardinia this weekend for the sixth race of the year: the ITU Cagliari World Cup. The sprint-distance course once again includes a highly technical bike section around the marina and through the city streets, with the five laps likely to dictate who will be in contention by the time the run reaches its conclusion back at the waterside. Women’s preview The Cagliari course could play to American Taylor Spivey’s strengths as one of the strongest cyclists in the field, but Alice Betto is going to be one of the strongest ones to beat, after her disappointing race in WTS Yokohama. She will be racing on home soil and will be eager to give the Italian crowd plenty to cheer. Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat arrives hoping to continue her excellent run of form in 2018 following wins in Mooloolaba and Chengdu. Teammate Felicity Sheedy-Ryan is no stranger to the World Cup podium either, and returns to the circuit for the first time since her 4th place in Weihai at the end of 2017, while Japan’s Fuka Sega, who joined Jeffcoat on that Chengdu podium, could also feature strongly.  ASICS World Triathlon Team’s Kaidi Kivioja (EST) looked in excellent form on the bike in Astana and she will look to be well-positioned out of the water once again, alongside fellow team member, Iceland’s Edda Hannesdottir. Vendula Frintova returns to the World Cup circuit after three solid WTS races. The Czech athlete put in a rapid bike section on route to gold in the Huelva World Cup last year, a race in which Chelsea Burns finished third, and the American starts again in Cagliari in search of a first World Cup win. Another strong French squad takes to the pontoon in Cagliari following a brilliant collective performance in Astana. Sandra Dodet earned her first World Cup gold two weeks ago and was joined on the podium by Emilie Morier, while Justine Guerard also secured a top-five finish in the Kazakh capital. Britain’s Lucy Hall continues her journey back to full fitness after a solid outing in Astana and will work hard with teammate India Lee – winner here two years ago – in a bid to conjure up some Italian magic and a return to winning ways. See the full women’s line-up here Men’s preview Spain’s Uxio Abuin makes a welcome return to the World Cup starting line to assume the no.1 slot this weekend. The Spaniard didn’t enjoy the best of races here last year after a poor bike...

World Cup racing returns to Cagliari this weekend

Triathlon News - Wed, 30/05/2018 - 10:54
The 2018 triathlon season makes its now-customary stop on the Italian island of Sardinia this weekend for the sixth race of the year: the ITU Cagliari World Cup. The sprint-distance course once again includes a highly technical bike section around the marina and through the city streets, with the five laps likely to dictate who will be in contention by the time the run reaches its conclusion back at the waterside. Women’s preview The Cagliari course could play to American Taylor Spivey’s strengths as one of the strongest cyclists in the field, but Alice Betto is going to be one of the strongest ones to beat, after her disappointing race in WTS Yokohama. She will be racing on home soil and will be eager to give the Italian crowd plenty to cheer. Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat arrives hoping to continue her excellent run of form in 2018 following wins in Mooloolaba and Chengdu. Teammate Felicity Sheedy-Ryan is no stranger to the World Cup podium either, and returns to the circuit for the first time since her 4th place in Weihai at the end of 2017, while Japan’s Fuka Sega, who joined Jeffcoat on that Chengdu podium, could also feature strongly.  ASICS World Triathlon Team’s Kaidi Kivioja (EST) looked in excellent form on the bike in Astana and she will look to be well-positioned out of the water once again, alongside fellow team member, Iceland’s Edda Hannesdottir. Vendula Frintova returns to the World Cup circuit after three solid WTS races. The Czech athlete put in a rapid bike section on route to gold in the Huelva World Cup last year, a race in which Chelsea Burns finished third, and the American starts again in Cagliari in search of a first World Cup win. Another strong French squad takes to the pontoon in Cagliari following a brilliant collective performance in Astana. Sandra Dodet earned her first World Cup gold two weeks ago and was joined on the podium by Emilie Morier, while Justine Guerard also secured a top-five finish in the Kazakh capital. Britain’s Lucy Hall continues her journey back to full fitness after a solid outing in Astana and will work hard with teammate India Lee – winner here two years ago – in a bid to conjure up some Italian magic and a return to winning ways. See the full women’s line-up here Men’s preview Spain’s Uxio Abuin makes a welcome return to the World Cup starting line to assume the no.1 slot this weekend. The Spaniard didn’t enjoy the best of races here last year after a poor bike...

Golden day at Eton Dorney for British Paratriathletes

Triathlon News - Tue, 29/05/2018 - 12:44
Britain’s elite paratriathletes won nine gold medals as Eton Dorney hosted an ITU Paratriathlon World Cup event for the first time. International athletes were welcomed to West London, where temperatures topped 25 degrees at the London 2012 Olympic rowing venue. Gold medal winning performances were achieved by Commonwealth Champions, Joe Townsend and Jade Jones, and Paralympic champions, Andy Lewis and Martin Shultz (GER) also won their respective categories. It was a big day for some emerging athletes, including Britain’s Hannah Moore who won PTS4 gold just a year after trying her first paratriathlon and there was an opportunity to trial some new guides for the visually impaired atheltes. After winning the PTWC race, Townsend said: “The sport just keeps moving on; you can see the fields are stacked and it’s close, hard racing. With a lot of guys coming across from different sports to paratriathlon, it means I’ve got to keep on pushing the boundaries and training hard.” Also in the PTWC category, there was gold for Jade Jones-Hall, who has been working through her Law degree finals and couldn’t apply much power on the bike after a mechanical issue meant she had to cover the whole 20km flat course in her easiest gear. However, she showed her absolute class to claim the win from team mate Lizzie Tench. Paralympic Champion, Andy Lewis, enjoyed every moment of racing at home. He claimed PTS2 gold ahead of Maurits Morsink (NED) having missed some training this year due to injury. He said: “My little boy and my little girl are here today, and hearing them today has really helped me, because I found that tough today, and probably one of the toughest races I’ve done ever, just because I’ve not raced for a long time.” In the visually impaired category (PTVI) there was a valuable opportunity to trial some new guides. Paralympic silver medal winner, Alison Patrick won gold with Hannah Drewitt whilst world champion, Dave Ellis was a winner with Mark Buckingham. Patrick said: “I haven’t raced since the European’s last year so it’s good to back out there. Me and Hannah have only worked together this week, but she did really well.” Ellis said: “Mark’s just got so much experience, I felt really comfortable on the bike with him. Buckingham, who guided at short notice after Carl Shaw broke his collarbone, added: “It was a good race. There’s still a bit of learning to be done though; my shoes came off the pedals as we were...

Golden day at Eton Dorney for British Paratriathletes

Triathlon News - Tue, 29/05/2018 - 12:44
Britain’s elite paratriathletes won nine gold medals as Eton Dorney hosted an ITU Paratriathlon World Cup event for the first time. International athletes were welcomed to West London, where temperatures topped 25 degrees at the London 2012 Olympic rowing venue. Gold medal winning performances were achieved by Commonwealth Champions, Joe Townsend and Jade Jones, and Paralympic champions, Andy Lewis and Martin Shultz (GER) also won their respective categories. It was a big day for some emerging athletes, including Britain’s Hannah Moore who won PTS4 gold just a year after trying her first paratriathlon and there was an opportunity to trial some new guides for the visually impaired atheltes. After winning the PTWC race, Townsend said: “The sport just keeps moving on; you can see the fields are stacked and it’s close, hard racing. With a lot of guys coming across from different sports to paratriathlon, it means I’ve got to keep on pushing the boundaries and training hard.” Also in the PTWC category, there was gold for Jade Jones-Hall, who has been working through her Law degree finals and couldn’t apply much power on the bike after a mechanical issue meant she had to cover the whole 20km flat course in her easiest gear. However, she showed her absolute class to claim the win from team mate Lizzie Tench. Paralympic Champion, Andy Lewis, enjoyed every moment of racing at home. He claimed PTS2 gold ahead of Maurits Morsink (NED) having missed some training this year due to injury. He said: “My little boy and my little girl are here today, and hearing them today has really helped me, because I found that tough today, and probably one of the toughest races I’ve done ever, just because I’ve not raced for a long time.” In the visually impaired category (PTVI) there was a valuable opportunity to trial some new guides. Paralympic silver medal winner, Alison Patrick won gold with Hannah Drewitt whilst world champion, Dave Ellis was a winner with Mark Buckingham. Patrick said: “I haven’t raced since the European’s last year so it’s good to back out there. Me and Hannah have only worked together this week, but she did really well.” Ellis said: “Mark’s just got so much experience, I felt really comfortable on the bike with him. Buckingham, who guided at short notice after Carl Shaw broke his collarbone, added: “It was a good race. There’s still a bit of learning to be done though; my shoes came off the pedals as we were...

Golden day at Eton Dorney for British Paratriathletes

Triathlon News - Tue, 29/05/2018 - 12:44
Britain’s elite paratriathletes won nine gold medals as Eton Dorney hosted an ITU Paratriathlon World Cup event for the first time. International athletes were welcomed to West London, where temperatures topped 25 degrees at the London 2012 Olympic rowing venue. Gold medal winning performances were achieved by Commonwealth Champions, Joe Townsend and Jade Jones, and Paralympic champions, Andy Lewis and Martin Shultz (GER) also won their respective categories. It was a big day for some emerging athletes, including Britain’s Hannah Moore who won PTS4 gold just a year after trying her first paratriathlon and there was an opportunity to trial some new guides for the visually impaired atheltes. After winning the PTWC race, Townsend said: “The sport just keeps moving on; you can see the fields are stacked and it’s close, hard racing. With a lot of guys coming across from different sports to paratriathlon, it means I’ve got to keep on pushing the boundaries and training hard.” Also in the PTWC category, there was gold for Jade Jones-Hall, who has been working through her Law degree finals and couldn’t apply much power on the bike after a mechanical issue meant she had to cover the whole 20km flat course in her easiest gear. However, she showed her absolute class to claim the win from team mate Lizzie Tench. Paralympic Champion, Andy Lewis, enjoyed every moment of racing at home. He claimed PTS2 gold ahead of Maurits Morsink (NED) having missed some training this year due to injury. He said: “My little boy and my little girl are here today, and hearing them today has really helped me, because I found that tough today, and probably one of the toughest races I’ve done ever, just because I’ve not raced for a long time.” In the visually impaired category (PTVI) there was a valuable opportunity to trial some new guides. Paralympic silver medal winner, Alison Patrick won gold with Hannah Drewitt whilst world champion, Dave Ellis was a winner with Mark Buckingham. Patrick said: “I haven’t raced since the European’s last year so it’s good to back out there. Me and Hannah have only worked together this week, but she did really well.” Ellis said: “Mark’s just got so much experience, I felt really comfortable on the bike with him. Buckingham, who guided at short notice after Carl Shaw broke his collarbone, added: “It was a good race. There’s still a bit of learning to be done though; my shoes came off the pedals as we were...

ITU delegation takes part in the ORIS meeting

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:14
An ITU Delegation has been taking part in the working sessions of the ORIS (Olympic Results and Information Services) taking place in Montreux (Switzerland). The three-day meeting, focussed on discussions and tests for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October, was joined also by Atos, Omega and Tokyo 2020. The ORIS project was established at the Sydney 2000 Games, with the idea of setting the standards of all the information and results related with the Olympic Games, from how the information should be collected, presented and distributed to the different transmission routes: printed reports, web pages, INFO, scoreboards, etc. The ITU participated in the working group since its inception and has been cooperating with all the stakeholders in setting up the principles of how the information should be collected and distributed, using as a reference the practices already in place on all ITU events. In preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic games, ITU continues working as part of the group trying to define best practices and more effective ways of implementing the new technologies to deliver better results. This meeting of the ORIS project was to discuss the evolution of the sport and the information needs since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and to continue working towards Tokyo 2020, and also to do a test of the services that will be in place for Buenos Aires. As some samples of the measures already tested, the working group continues working in the line of reducing the consumption of paper so that all reports will exist as pdf documents and will be printed only at the request of the interested user. Also, there will be more comments on incidents in the race than previously (race facts), similar to what ITU is currently doing in the live coverage of the WTS. The different states of the penalties (pending, served, subject to appeal, etc.) have also been clarified. The use of the image of the athlete’s headshot during sports presentations and results on a screen will also be implemented. The delegation from ITU consisted on Thanos Nikopoulos, in charge of all the technical operations for Tokyo 2020; David Bonilla, specialized in the reports of entries, results, etc.; Alberto Marquez, real-time data management expert and it was coordinated by Enrique Quesada.

Big names feature at Eton Dorney ITU Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 15:09
International Paratriathlon kicks off two weeks of major triathlon events being hosted in Great Britain. This Monday’s Eton Dorney ITU Paratriathlon World Cup race features Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth champions, and will be followed by the ITU World Triathlon Events in Nottingham (7 June) and Leeds (11 June). Great Britain’s most successful paratriathletes are relishing the prospect of racing at home, something they rarely have the opportunity to do at the highest level. The line-up features six of the seven medal winners from the ITU World Paratriathlon Series event in Yokohama, Japan just two weeks ago, and all four of the Team England Commonwealth Games athletes, including gold medal winners, Joe Townsend and Jade Jones-Hall. From the US, Paralympic medallist Melissa Stockwell will be also toeing the start line in Eton Dorney, while France and Germany are also sending strong teams to compete in the UK, led by Yannick Bourseaux and Paralympic gold medallist Martin Schulz respectively. Racing takes place in and around the regatta lake, which hosted the London 2012 Olympic rowing. The venue provides a flat and fast closed-circuit course and easy access for spectators to see all three paratriathlon disciplines. Jones-Hall and Townsend will look to continue their good form having started with PTWC gold on the Gold Coast in the first ever Commonwealth Paratriathlon last month. Jones-Hall said: “The year had started brilliantly for me; the Commonwealth Games was a great experience.” She added: “This weekend is special too, as racing at home is not something we get to do very often, so I’m looking forward to it.” Paralympic Champion, Andy Lewis (PTS2), is starting his season after injury niggles kept him out of Yokohama. Having won Paralympic, World and European titles, he is excited to come back to where it all started. The race runs alongside the Artic One Paratriathlon Festival event, which is aimed at novices. Lewis said: “This is the first race of the season for me and I am definitely ready to get out there and see what I can do after a previous injury. This is where it all started for me with an Artic One event in 2014, and it’s just brilliant that we now have an ITU race here alongside that.” Other Paralympic Games medallists including Lauren Steadman and Alison Patrick are set to take part in the race as well. In-form George Peasgood will be carrying a lot of momentum, after winning in the PTS5 race in...

Big names feature at Eton Dorney ITU Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 15:09
International Paratriathlon kicks off two weeks of major triathlon events being hosted in Great Britain. This Monday’s Eton Dorney ITU Paratriathlon World Cup race features Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth champions, and will be followed by the ITU World Triathlon Events in Nottingham (7 June) and Leeds (11 June). Great Britain’s most successful paratriathletes are relishing the prospect of racing at home, something they rarely have the opportunity to do at the highest level. The line-up features six of the seven medal winners from the ITU World Paratriathlon Series event in Yokohama, Japan just two weeks ago, and all four of the Team England Commonwealth Games athletes, including gold medal winners, Joe Townsend and Jade Jones-Hall. From the US, Paralympic medallist Melissa Stockwell will be also toeing the start line in Eton Dorney, while France and Germany are also sending strong teams to compete in the UK, led by Yannick Bourseaux and Paralympic gold medallist Martin Schulz respectively. Racing takes place in and around the regatta lake, which hosted the London 2012 Olympic rowing. The venue provides a flat and fast closed-circuit course and easy access for spectators to see all three paratriathlon disciplines. Jones-Hall and Townsend will look to continue their good form having started with PTWC gold on the Gold Coast in the first ever Commonwealth Paratriathlon last month. Jones-Hall said: “The year had started brilliantly for me; the Commonwealth Games was a great experience.” She added: “This weekend is special too, as racing at home is not something we get to do very often, so I’m looking forward to it.” Paralympic Champion, Andy Lewis (PTS2), is starting his season after injury niggles kept him out of Yokohama. Having won Paralympic, World and European titles, he is excited to come back to where it all started. The race runs alongside the Artic One Paratriathlon Festival event, which is aimed at novices. Lewis said: “This is the first race of the season for me and I am definitely ready to get out there and see what I can do after a previous injury. This is where it all started for me with an Artic One event in 2014, and it’s just brilliant that we now have an ITU race here alongside that.” Other Paralympic Games medallists including Lauren Steadman and Alison Patrick are set to take part in the race as well. In-form George Peasgood will be carrying a lot of momentum, after winning in the PTS5 race in...

#YOGJourney: Yuka Sato eyes triathlon success on home soil at Tokyo 2020

Triathlon News - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 16:13
Japan’s Yuka Sato etched her name into Olympic history at the YOG Singapore 2010 by becoming the first-ever YOG gold medallist. Her impressive victory in the women’s triathlon ensured her unique place in the record books and kick-started a #YOGJourney that she hopes will take her all the way to the podium on home soil at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Following her victory in Singapore, Sato – who took up triathlon aged nine and credits her mother as the biggest influence on her career – revealed how a trip to the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 motivated her to pursue her own Olympic dream. “When I watched the triathlon at Beijing 2008, I was inspired to one day compete on the Olympic stage,” she said. “The YOG and the Olympic Games are very different events, but I feel like I’ve overcome the first hurdle. “To achieve this gold medal is the halfway stage. I know that there will be hardships in my career, but when I face them I will be able to remember this feeling. It will give me confidence for the future.” Eight years on, reflecting on her #YOGJourney in an interview with olympic.org after WTS Bermuda, Sato still has fond memories of her success in Singapore. “Winning the first-ever gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games, and seeing everyone celebrating my achievement, was a great experience for me,” says Sato, who encourages athletes at the YOG Buenos Aires 2018 later this year to make the most of the experience. “The Youth Olympic Games are a great opportunity for [athletes] to meet athletes from other countries and other sports, so I would tell them to enjoy that experience and meet as many people as they can.” Since winning YOG gold, Sato has forged a successful triathlon career that has included gold medals in the 2015 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup and the 2015 Osaka ASTC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup. In September 2013, she was also chosen to represent young Japanese athletes during Tokyo’s final presentation for the Olympic Games 2020. Having made her senior Olympic debut at Rio 2016, where she finished 15th, her next goal is to emulate her YOG success on home soil in 2020. “Having the Olympic Games in Tokyo is very exciting for me and for all Japanese people. Everyone is very focused on this event, and I can take inspiration and power from that. Hopefully I can use that power to qualify for the Games and win a medal.”

#YOGJourney: Yuka Sato eyes triathlon success on home soil at Tokyo 2020

Triathlon News - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 16:13
Japan’s Yuka Sato etched her name into Olympic history at the YOG Singapore 2010 by becoming the first-ever YOG gold medallist. Her impressive victory in the women’s triathlon ensured her unique place in the record books and kick-started a #YOGJourney that she hopes will take her all the way to the podium on home soil at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Following her victory in Singapore, Sato – who took up triathlon aged nine and credits her mother as the biggest influence on her career – revealed how a trip to the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 motivated her to pursue her own Olympic dream. “When I watched the triathlon at Beijing 2008, I was inspired to one day compete on the Olympic stage,” she said. “The YOG and the Olympic Games are very different events, but I feel like I’ve overcome the first hurdle. “To achieve this gold medal is the halfway stage. I know that there will be hardships in my career, but when I face them I will be able to remember this feeling. It will give me confidence for the future.” Eight years on, reflecting on her #YOGJourney in an interview with olympic.org after WTS Bermuda, Sato still has fond memories of her success in Singapore. “Winning the first-ever gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games, and seeing everyone celebrating my achievement, was a great experience for me,” says Sato, who encourages athletes at the YOG Buenos Aires 2018 later this year to make the most of the experience. “The Youth Olympic Games are a great opportunity for [athletes] to meet athletes from other countries and other sports, so I would tell them to enjoy that experience and meet as many people as they can.” Since winning YOG gold, Sato has forged a successful triathlon career that has included gold medals in the 2015 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup and the 2015 Osaka ASTC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup. In September 2013, she was also chosen to represent young Japanese athletes during Tokyo’s final presentation for the Olympic Games 2020. Having made her senior Olympic debut at Rio 2016, where she finished 15th, her next goal is to emulate her YOG success on home soil in 2020. “Having the Olympic Games in Tokyo is very exciting for me and for all Japanese people. Everyone is very focused on this event, and I can take inspiration and power from that. Hopefully I can use that power to qualify for the Games and win a medal.”

Dodet and Polyanskiy star in Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 15:03
Saturday saw Astana make its debut on the ITU World Cup stage, with athletes pursuing Olympic qualification points for Tokyo 2020 as well as the honour of being first atop the podium in the Kazakhstan capital. The new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team was also together for the first time since the partnership’s unveiling, adding yet another layer to an already eagerly anticipated race. With overnight temperatures dropping, even the glorious sunshine that greeted the athletes could not help overcome a biting wind, leaving ITU and the LOC with no option but to change the format of the women’s race to a duathlon for the athletes’ safety. That meant a 5km run, 40km bike and 10km run format, leading to some thrillingly tight racing ending with a heroic final flourish from Sandra Dodet of France. By the time the men lined up, conditions meant that a sprint swim was possible, and it was Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy who took the honours after executing a near-perfect run. Women’s race The women took the line for the opening two-lap run and jockeyed for position through the early stages of the winding course, Russia’s Yuliya Golofeeva setting a steady pace with nobody looking to stretch things too soon in the race. By the time the athletes were well through T1, Australia’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale and South Africa’s Gillian Sanders were among a large pack that was headed by Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) and ASICS World Triathlon Team member Kaidi Kivioja (EST). The eighteen leaders extended the gap at the halfway point, among them no fewer than six members of the French team including Justine Guerard, Emilie Morier and Margot Garabedian. Working well together, the lead was soon stretched to over two minutes from the small group led by Elena Danilova (RUS). Out of T2 it was Italy’s Angelica Olmo who assumed the front spot, Britain’s Lucy Hall and Gillian Sanders exiting side-by-side and hoping to remain in touch. Soon, though, it was the French trio of Dodet, Guerard and Morier looking in control as they established a five-deep lead group. Then, with two laps still to go, Dodet lay down the gauntlet and pushed ahead on her own. Neither Morier nor Olma could go with her, and with a first World Cup win in her sights, it was the 21-year-old who carved out a 36-second advantage going into the chute and took the tape. Emilie Morier was clearly delighted to be joining her on the podium in second, with Angelica Olma finishing in third. Sanders came home in...

Dodet and Polyanskiy star in Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 15:03
Saturday saw Astana make its debut on the ITU World Cup stage, with athletes pursuing Olympic qualification points for Tokyo 2020 as well as the honour of being first atop the podium in the Kazakhstan capital. The new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team was also together for the first time since the partnership’s unveiling, adding yet another layer to an already eagerly anticipated race. With overnight temperatures dropping, even the glorious sunshine that greeted the athletes could not help overcome a biting wind, leaving ITU and the LOC with no option but to change the format of the women’s race to a duathlon for the athlete’s safety. That meant a 5km run, 40km bike and 10km run format, leading to some thrillingly tight racing ending with a heroic final flourish from Sandra Dodet of France. By the time the men lined up, conditions meant that a sprint swim was possible, and it was Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy who took the honours after executing a near-perfect run. Women’s race The women took the line for the opening two-lap run and jockeyed for position through the early stages of the winding course, Russia’s Yuliya Golofeeva setting a steady pace with nobody looking to stretch things too soon in the race. By the time the athletes were well through T1, Australia’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale and South Africa’s Gillian Sanders were among a large pack that was headed by Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) and ASICS World Triathlon Team member Kaidi Kivioja (EST). The eighteen leaders extended the gap at the halfway point, among them no fewer than six members of the French team including Justine Guerard, Emilie Morier and Margot Garabedian. Working well together, the lead was soon stretched to over two minutes from the small group led by Elena Danilova (RUS). Out of T2 it was Italy’s Angelica Olmo who assumed the front spot, Britain’s Lucy Hall and Gillian Sanders exiting side-by-side and hoping to remain in touch. Soon, though, it was the French trio of Dodet, Guerard and Morier looking in control as they established a five-deep lead group. Then, with two laps still to go, Dodet lay down the gauntlet and pushed ahead on her own. Neither Morier nor Olma could go with her, and with a first World Cup win in her sights, it was the 21-year-old who carved out a 36-second advantage going into the chute and took the tape. Emilie Morier was clearly delighted to be joining her on the podium in second, with Angelica Olma finishing in third. Sanders came home in...

Dodet and Polyanskiy star in Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 15:03
Saturday saw Astana make its debut on the ITU World Cup stage, with athletes pursuing Olympic qualification points for Tokyo 2020 as well as the honour of being first atop the podium in the Kazakhstan capital. The new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team was also together for the first time since the partnership’s unveiling, adding yet another layer to an already eagerly anticipated race. With overnight temperatures dropping, even the glorious sunshine that greeted the athletes could not help overcome a biting wind, leaving ITU and the LOC with no option but to change the format of the women’s race to a duathlon for the athletes’ safety. That meant a 5km run, 40km bike and 10km run format, leading to some thrillingly tight racing ending with a heroic final flourish from Sandra Dodet of France. By the time the men lined up, conditions meant that a sprint swim was possible, and it was Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy who took the honours after executing a near-perfect run. Women’s race The women took the line for the opening two-lap run and jockeyed for position through the early stages of the winding course, Russia’s Yuliya Golofeeva setting a steady pace with nobody looking to stretch things too soon in the race. By the time the athletes were well through T1, Australia’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale and South Africa’s Gillian Sanders were among a large pack that was headed by Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) and ASICS World Triathlon Team member Kaidi Kivioja (EST). The eighteen leaders extended the gap at the halfway point, among them no fewer than six members of the French team including Justine Guerard, Emilie Morier and Margot Garabedian. Working well together, the lead was soon stretched to over two minutes from the small group led by Elena Danilova (RUS). Out of T2 it was Italy’s Angelica Olmo who assumed the front spot, Britain’s Lucy Hall and Gillian Sanders exiting side-by-side and hoping to remain in touch. Soon, though, it was the French trio of Dodet, Guerard and Morier looking in control as they established a five-deep lead group. Then, with two laps still to go, Dodet lay down the gauntlet and pushed ahead on her own. Neither Morier nor Olma could go with her, and with a first World Cup win in her sights, it was the 21-year-old who carved out a 36-second advantage going into the chute and took the tape. Emilie Morier was clearly delighted to be joining her on the podium in second, with Angelica Olma finishing in third. Sanders came home in...

Dodet and Polyanskiy star in Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 15:03
Saturday saw Astana make its debut on the ITU World Cup stage, with athletes pursuing Olympic qualification points for Tokyo 2020 as well as the honour of being first atop the podium in the Kazakhstan capital. The new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team was also together for the first time since the partnership’s unveiling, adding yet another layer to an already eagerly anticipated race. With overnight temperatures dropping, even the glorious sunshine that greeted the athletes could not help overcome a biting wind, leaving ITU and the LOC with no option but to change the format of the women’s race to a duathlon for the athletes’ safety. That meant a 5km run, 40km bike and 10km run format, leading to some thrillingly tight racing ending with a heroic final flourish from Sandra Dodet of France. By the time the men lined up, conditions meant that a sprint swim was possible, and it was Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy who took the honours after executing a near-perfect run. Women’s race The women took the line for the opening two-lap run and jockeyed for position through the early stages of the winding course, Russia’s Yuliya Golofeeva setting a steady pace with nobody looking to stretch things too soon in the race. By the time the athletes were well through T1, Australia’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale and South Africa’s Gillian Sanders were among a large pack that was headed by Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) and ASICS World Triathlon Team member Kaidi Kivioja (EST). The eighteen leaders extended the gap at the halfway point, among them no fewer than six members of the French team including Justine Guerard, Emilie Morier and Margot Garabedian. Working well together, the lead was soon stretched to over two minutes from the small group led by Elena Danilova (RUS). Out of T2 it was Italy’s Angelica Olmo who assumed the front spot, Britain’s Lucy Hall and Gillian Sanders exiting side-by-side and hoping to remain in touch. Soon, though, it was the French trio of Dodet, Guerard and Morier looking in control as they established a five-deep lead group. Then, with two laps still to go, Dodet lay down the gauntlet and pushed ahead on her own. Neither Morier nor Olma could go with her, and with a first World Cup win in her sights, it was the 21-year-old who carved out a 36-second advantage going into the chute and took the tape. Emilie Morier was clearly delighted to be joining her on the podium in second, with Angelica Olma finishing in third. Sanders came home in...

Dodet and Polyanskiy star in Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 15:03
Saturday saw Astana make its debut on the ITU World Cup stage, with athletes pursuing Olympic qualification points for Tokyo 2020 as well as the honour of being first atop the podium in the Kazakhstan capital. The new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team was also together for the first time since the partnership’s unveiling, adding yet another layer to an already eagerly anticipated race. With overnight temperatures dropping, even the glorious sunshine that greeted the athletes could not help overcome a biting wind, leaving ITU and the LOC with no option but to change the format of the women’s race to a duathlon for the athletes’ safety. That meant a 5km run, 40km bike and 10km run format, leading to some thrillingly tight racing ending with a heroic final flourish from Sandra Dodet of France. By the time the men lined up, conditions meant that a sprint swim was possible, and it was Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy who took the honours after executing a near-perfect run. Women’s race The women took the line for the opening two-lap run and jockeyed for position through the early stages of the winding course, Russia’s Yuliya Golofeeva setting a steady pace with nobody looking to stretch things too soon in the race. By the time the athletes were well through T1, Australia’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale and South Africa’s Gillian Sanders were among a large pack that was headed by Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) and ASICS World Triathlon Team member Kaidi Kivioja (EST). The eighteen leaders extended the gap at the halfway point, among them no fewer than six members of the French team including Justine Guerard, Emilie Morier and Margot Garabedian. Working well together, the lead was soon stretched to over two minutes from the small group led by Elena Danilova (RUS). Out of T2 it was Italy’s Angelica Olmo who assumed the front spot, Britain’s Lucy Hall and Gillian Sanders exiting side-by-side and hoping to remain in touch. Soon, though, it was the French trio of Dodet, Guerard and Morier looking in control as they established a five-deep lead group. Then, with two laps still to go, Dodet lay down the gauntlet and pushed ahead on her own. Neither Morier nor Olma could go with her, and with a first World Cup win in her sights, it was the 21-year-old who carved out a 36-second advantage going into the chute and took the tape. Emilie Morier was clearly delighted to be joining her on the podium in second, with Angelica Olma finishing in third. Sanders came home in...

ASICS World Triathlon Team debuts at Astana World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 05:41
The 2018 ITU Astana World Cup became the first outing for the new-look ASICS World Triathlon Team, with nine of the team’s athletes competing in the first World Cup race in which points were available for Olympic qualification. Signed in January and part of the ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the partnership with the global sports brand provides precious support to the ITU Development programme as it seeks to further extend the opportunities it offers to developing triathlon nations, their athletes and coaches. Rolf Ebeling and Mick Delamotte led the team in Astana, the first of five World Cups earmarked for the athletes, and one which included a first World Cup outing for Philippines’ Marion Kim Mangrobang. “Each one of these races, while they are valuable in terms of earning points for Olympic selection, is a development opportunity for these guys. They’ll be able to come away from here with some new skills and new experiences that they can take home to their own training environment and become better athletes as a result,” said Mick Delamotte ahead of the athlete’s briefing in Astana. “The programme itself has developed and morphed over the years but we’ve had some wonderful athletes have come through, from Flora Duffy to Lisa Norden and Barbara Riveros. There has been more than a dozen of our athletes at each of the Olympic Games since the programme began and I think that is testament to the quality of the programme itself that its providing those opportunities.” For Rolf Ebeling, the agreement with ASICS and subsequent renaming of Team ITU is another important step on the road to elevating performances from countries with less of a tradition in the sport to compete on the biggest stages with the best athletes in the world. “The ASICS World Triathlon Team is a perfect step for the development team and for ITU. For our programme to have a partner of that stature is important, and from the provision of equipment to the profile of the brand, it’s a perfect fit. We have quality athletes and they are proud to be associated with ASICS. Now, one of the new elements we will be bringing in is having the coaches, those from the athletes’ own countries, come and take part in the programme in the future too.” For Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, the support she has received through being a part of the development team since 2012 is something that she could never have expected due to a lack of funding for the sport at home, where...

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