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Mooloolaba 2017: Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/03/2017 - 06:56
The 2017 ITU World Cup series heads back down under to Mooloolaba this weekend, as the iconic Australian event celebrates its 25th birthday. Australian athletes are looking to race well at home, ahead of the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event next month. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS): On her previous memories of Mooloolaba: I’ve had a bit of experience here at Mooloolaba, certainly as a spectator when I was younger. I have very vivid memories of being on the sideline and watching watching Moffy (Emma Moffatt), Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes doing some pretty hot battles up and down the hill, on a very tough course. I’m so excited to be back in Queensland after being in New South Wales for a bit for training. I’m very happy to be there. On moving to train with coach Jamie Turner: It’s been great. I had a trial down there in January. I came home just for a week on the Gold Coast to I guess think about things and then I flew back down a week later. It’s been really great. I haven’t had that daily performance environment for a long time, being with other people. I’ve really enjoyed it. Looking back the last few years I’ve been really happy with some of my results but when I look at major championships I feel as though I have really let myself down, so going down to Wollongong was an investment in my triathlon career for the next four years. That’s what I’ve planned to do. It’s been going great so far. I’d just like to start the season here and hope I can roll on with some results I can be proud of this year. On what she is looking to improve on this year: I think looking at all three aspects there is something in each of them which I can improve on. Also just from a mental aspect. Being able to go to a race and be truly confident and comfortable in what I have done and what I am capable of, just being able to execute a great race plan. I think without getting too specific there are some aspects physically and mentally which I am looking to improve on this year and for the future. Jaz Hedgeland (AUS): On starting her season in 2017 at Mooloolaba: I know I’m very excited. The last couple of months of training has all gone to plan, and I know I have people that believe in me, so I’ve just got to see what happens. Emma Jackson (AUS): On her start to the 2017 season so far: Pretty happy with my win at the Oceania sprint distance championships, but as you said tomorrow it is Olympic distance. So it’s going to be quite tough out...

Mooloolaba 2017: Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/03/2017 - 06:56
The 2017 ITU World Cup series heads back down under to Mooloolaba this weekend, as the iconic Australian event celebrates its 25th birthday. Australian athletes are looking to race well at home, ahead of the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event next month. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS): On her previous memories of Mooloolaba: I’ve had a bit of experience here at Mooloolaba, certainly as a spectator when I was younger. I have very vivid memories of being on the sideline and watching watching Moffy (Emma Moffatt), Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes doing some pretty hot battles up and down the hill, on a very tough course. I’m so excited to be back in Queensland after being in New South Wales for a bit for training. I’m very happy to be there. On moving to train with coach Jamie Turner: It’s been great. I had a trial down there in January. I came home just for a week on the Gold Coast to I guess think about things and then I flew back down a week later. It’s been really great. I haven’t had that daily performance environment for a long time, being with other people. I’ve really enjoyed it. Looking back the last few years I’ve been really happy with some of my results but when I look at major championships I feel as though I have really let myself down, so going down to Wollongong was an investment in my triathlon career for the next four years. That’s what I’ve planned to do. It’s been going great so far. I’d just like to start the season here and hope I can roll on with some results I can be proud of this year. On what she is looking to improve on this year: I think looking at all three aspects there is something in each of them which I can improve on. Also just from a mental aspect. Being able to go to a race and be truly confident and comfortable in what I have done and what I am capable of, just being able to execute a great race plan. I think without getting too specific there are some aspects physically and mentally which I am looking to improve on this year and for the future. Jaz Hedgeland (AUS): On starting her season in 2017 at Mooloolaba: I know I’m very excited. The last couple of months of training has all gone to plan, and I know I have people that believe in me, so I’ve just got to see what happens. Emma Jackson (AUS): On her start to the 2017 season so far: Pretty happy with my win at the Oceania sprint distance championships, but as you said tomorrow it is Olympic distance. So it’s going to be quite tough out...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series. It will once again offer up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off the year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. Swift on her feet, look out for Jackson on the back of run. While she has experience on the World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will be looking to change that trend. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is known as one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: Holding the number one position on the men’s start list will be Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales. Grajales started out his ITU racing season in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, where he placed 21st. He produced a strong season in 2016, scoring his first WTS podium in Yokohama, as well as making it onto his first World Cup podium since 2012. He is a strong runner, so the competition will need to keep an eye on him on the 10km run. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum joins Grajales as a top international athlete to watch out for. Having made it onto the World Cup podium...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series. It will once again offer up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off the year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. Swift on her feet, look out for Jackson on the back of run. While she has experience on the World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will be looking to change that trend. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is known as one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: Holding the number one position on the men’s start list will be Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales. Grajales started out his ITU racing season in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, where he placed 21st. He produced a strong season in 2016, scoring his first WTS podium in Yokohama, as well as making it onto his first World Cup podium since 2012. He is a strong runner, so the competition will need to keep an eye on him on the 10km run. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum joins Grajales as a top international athlete to watch out for. Having made it onto the World Cup podium...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series, first appearing on the docket in 2005 and once again offering up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: While the women’s field consists of a small roster, it is full of current and rising talent. Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off her year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. She is a really strong cyclist, who’s signature move is to ride at the tail end of the leading pack, waiting to make her move on the run. While she has experience on the winning World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will also be looking for some home nation success. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. While Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is famously known as being one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career, and after getting a DNF in Mooloolaba last year, it could be the perfect location to snag her first gold. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: The men’s roster is also carrying a lighter load, as only 26 men will toe the Mooloolaba start line. However, it is stacked full of men who have the World Cup podium experience but have yet to take the gold,...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series. It will once again offer up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off the year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. Swift on her feet, look out for Jackson on the back of run. While she has experience on the World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will be looking to change that trend. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is known as one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: Holding the number one position on the men’s start list will be Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales. Grajales started out his ITU racing season in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, where he placed 21st. He produced a strong season in 2016, scoring his first WTS podium in Yokohama, as well as making it onto his first World Cup podium since 2012. He is a strong runner, so the competition will need to keep an eye on him on the 10km run. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum joins Grajales as a top international athlete to watch out for. Having made it onto the World Cup podium...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series, first appearing on the docket in 2005 and once again offering up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: While the women’s field consists of a small roster, it is full of current and rising talent. Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off her year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. She is a really strong cyclist, who’s signature move is to ride at the tail end of the leading pack, waiting to make her move on the run. While she has experience on the winning World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will also be looking for some home nation success. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. While Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is famously known as being one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career, and after getting a DNF in Mooloolaba last year, it could be the perfect location to snag her first gold. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: The men’s roster is also carrying a lighter load, as only 26 men will toe the Mooloolaba start line. However, it is stacked full of men who have the World Cup podium experience but have yet to take...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series. It will once again offer up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off the year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. Swift on her feet, look out for Jackson on the back of run. While she has experience on the World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will be looking to change that trend. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is known as one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: Holding the number one position on the men’s start list will be Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales. Grajales started out his ITU racing season in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, where he placed 21st. He produced a strong season in 2016, scoring his first WTS podium in Yokohama, as well as making it onto his first World Cup podium since 2012. He is a strong runner, so the competition will need to keep an eye on him on the 10km run. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum joins Grajales as a top international athlete to watch out for. Having made it onto the World Cup podium...

ITU Mixed Relay World Championships return to Hamburg

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 14:32
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the 2017 ITU Mixed Relay World Championships will return to Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg has hosted the dynamic event for four years running, consistently attracting crowds upwards of 250,000 spectators, with the grandstands selling out every year. “Mixed Relay is without a doubt one of our most popular events to watch every year,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said. “It is really incredible to watch such an unpredictable race, especially in the heart of Hamburg with so many fans cheering on our athletes.” One of the most attractive events for spectators live and on television, the Mixed Relay continues to gain major attention, with 3.94 million viewers tuning in on Germany’s ZDF and Spain’s La 1 alone in 2016. Another four million viewers tuned in from 46 channels in 18 different countries. In 2015, nearly 2 million viewers watched the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship event on the German television, a competition which attracted more viewership than the Tour de France on the network. “We are excited to host the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg again. Mixed Relay is a stunning event that showcases the sport of triathlon. The unique format, with its short distances, provides an unmatched, dynamic atmosphere”, commented Oliver Schiek, Head of Operations from the Hamburg local organising company, IRONMAN. “Spectators in Hamburg will be excited for this highly attractive and thrilling competition. On site and in the media, the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships is a huge success. We are proud that this international triathlon flagship event will again be held in the city of Hamburg, outlines our status as an endurance city,” said Andy Grote, Senator of sports of the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg. ITU’s Triathlon Mixed Relay format consists of teams of four, comprised of two women and two men. Each athlete completes a mini triathlon of swimming, cycling and running, before tagging their teammate. In reference to getting the event into the Olympics, Mixed Relay Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Rio Olympics bronze medallist Vicky Holland said, “I really hope so, just look at atmosphere that it generates having this tight, fast racing circuit. The lead changes so often, it’s a great spectator event and great for us to be part of it. Having girls and guys in the same race as well, it’s just a bit unique.” Olympian &...

ITU Mixed Relay World Championships return to Hamburg

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 14:32
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the 2017 ITU Mixed Relay World Championships will return to Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg has hosted the dynamic event for four years running, consistently attracting crowds upwards of 250,000 spectators, with the grandstands selling out every year. “Mixed Relay is without a doubt one of our most popular events to watch every year,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said. “It is really incredible to watch such an unpredictable race, especially in the heart of Hamburg with so many fans cheering on our athletes.” One of the most attractive events for spectators live and on television, the Mixed Relay continues to gain major attention, with 3.94 million viewers tuning in on Germany’s ZDF and Spain’s La 1 alone in 2016. Another four million viewers tuned in from 46 channels in 18 different countries. In 2015, nearly 2 million viewers watched the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship event on the German television, a competition which attracted more viewership than the Tour de France on the network. “We are excited to host the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg again. Mixed Relay is a stunning event that showcases the sport of triathlon. The unique format, with its short distances, provides an unmatched, dynamic atmosphere”, commented Oliver Schiek, Head of Operations from the Hamburg local organising company, IRONMAN. “Spectators in Hamburg will be excited for this highly attractive and thrilling competition. On site and in the media, the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships is a huge success. We are proud that this international triathlon flagship event will again be held in the city of Hamburg, outlines our status as an endurance city,” said Andy Grote, Senator of sports of the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg. ITU’s Triathlon Mixed Relay format consists of teams of four, comprised of two women and two men. Each athlete completes a mini triathlon of swimming, cycling and running, before tagging their teammate. In reference to getting the event into the Olympics, Mixed Relay Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Rio Olympics bronze medallist Vicky Holland said, “I really hope so, just look at atmosphere that it generates having this tight, fast racing circuit. The lead changes so often, it’s a great spectator event and great for us to be part of it. Having girls and guys in the same race as well, it’s just a bit unique.” Olympian &...

ITU Mixed Relay World Championships return to Hamburg

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 14:32
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the 2017 ITU Mixed Relay World Championships will return to Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg has hosted the dynamic event for four years running, consistently attracting crowds upwards of 250,000 spectators, with the grandstands selling out every year. “Mixed Relay is without a doubt one of our most popular events to watch every year,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said. “It is really incredible to watch such an unpredictable race, especially in the heart of Hamburg with so many fans cheering on our athletes.” One of the most attractive events for spectators live and on television, the Mixed Relay continues to gain major attention, with 3.94 million viewers tuning in on Germany’s ZDF and Spain’s La 1 alone in 2016. Another four million viewers tuned in from 46 channels in 18 different countries. In 2015, nearly 2 million viewers watched the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship event on the German television, a competition which attracted more viewership than the Tour de France on the network. “We are excited to host the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg again. Mixed Relay is a stunning event that showcases the sport of triathlon. The unique format, with its short distances, provides an unmatched, dynamic atmosphere”, commented Oliver Schiek, Head of Operations from the Hamburg local organising company, IRONMAN. “Spectators in Hamburg will be excited for this highly attractive and thrilling competition. On site and in the media, the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships is a huge success. We are proud that this international triathlon flagship event will again be held in the city of Hamburg, outlines our status as an endurance city,” said Andy Grote, Senator of sports of the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg. ITU’s Triathlon Mixed Relay format consists of teams of four, comprised of two women and two men. Each athlete completes a mini triathlon of swimming, cycling and running, before tagging their teammate. In reference to getting the event into the Olympics, Mixed Relay Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Rio Olympics bronze medallist Vicky Holland said, “I really hope so, just look at atmosphere that it generates having this tight, fast racing circuit. The lead changes so often, it’s a great spectator event and great for us to be part of it. Having girls and guys in the same race as well, it’s just a bit unique.” Olympian &...

Message from ITU President on International Women’s Day

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 12:09
In celebration of International Women’s Day, ITU President & IOC Member Marisol Casado shares a message to the triathlon community on the benefits of empowering women in sport. I’m really proud to be part of an organization that has always supported gender balance. Not only we do have strong and inspiring female athletes in all of our races, we have women involved at every level of triathlon including technical officials, coaches, leading federations, and as a part of organizing committees. We believe in women, we empower women, and we encourage them to keep on breaking the glass ceiling around the world. It is also very special for me to be part of all the celebrations and activities around International Women’s Day. This year, it was an honor to participate at the second International Federations Women in Leadership Forum, organized by ASOIF and the IOC. I was not alone at the Forum, as I was joined by ITU Executive Board Member Debbie Alexander, as well as Secretary General of the Malaysian Triathlon Federation, Melody Tan. They are two great examples of women who have worked really hard to make our sport better. In sport, we still have a huge lack of female leaders, which needs to change. In order to have more women in responsibility roles within the IOC and International Federations, we need to encourage them to take on greater responsibilities in their National Federations, Clubs, and teams. It has been fantastic to share knowledge with all of the women and men participating in the Forum, as well as mentoring the next generation in their fields of expertise. Women bring important skills and different perspectives to sport organisations, which not only enrich the sport landscape but our communities in general. It’s extremely important that both genders work together to create these opportunities. It’s on all of us to keep on working on having more female leaders in sports.

Message from ITU President on International Women’s Day

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 12:09
In celebration of International Women’s Day, ITU President & IOC Member Marisol Casado shares a message to the triathlon community on the benefits of empowering women in sport. I’m really proud to be part of an organization that has always supported gender balance. Not only we do have strong and inspiring female athletes in all of our races, we have women involved at every level of triathlon including technical officials, coaches, leading federations, and as a part of organizing committees. We believe in women, we empower women, and we encourage them to keep on breaking the glass ceiling around the world. It is also very special for me to be part of all the celebrations and activities around International Women’s Day. This year, it was an honor to participate at the second International Federations Women in Leadership Forum, organized by ASOIF and the IOC. I was not alone at the Forum, as I was joined by ITU Executive Board Member Debbie Alexander, as well as Secretary General of the Malaysian Triathlon Federation, Melody Tan. They are two great examples of women who have worked really hard to make our sport better. In sport, we still have a huge lack of female leaders, which needs to change. In order to have more women in responsibility roles within the IOC and International Federations, we need to encourage them to take on greater responsibilities in their National Federations, Clubs, and teams. It has been fantastic to share knowledge with all of the women and men participating in the Forum, as well as mentoring the next generation in their fields of expertise. Women bring important skills and different perspectives to sport organisations, which not only enrich the sport landscape but our communities in general. It’s extremely important that both genders work together to create these opportunities. It’s on all of us to keep on working on having more female leaders in sports.

Message from ITU President on International Women’s Day

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 12:09
In celebration of International Women’s Day, ITU President & IOC Member Marisol Casado shares a message to the triathlon community on the benefits of empowering women in sport. I’m really proud to be part of an organization that has always supported gender balance. Not only we do have strong and inspiring female athletes in all of our races, we have women involved at every level of triathlon including technical officials, coaches, leading federations, and as a part of organizing committees. We believe in women, we empower women, and we encourage them to keep on breaking the glass ceiling around the world. It is also very special for me to be part of all the celebrations and activities around International Women’s Day. This year, it was an honor to participate at the second International Federations Women in Leadership Forum, organized by ASOIF and the IOC. I was not alone at the Forum, as I was joined by ITU Executive Board Member Debbie Alexander, as well as Secretary General of the Malaysian Triathlon Federation, Melody Tan. They are two great examples of women who have worked really hard to make our sport better. In sport, we still have a huge lack of female leaders, which needs to change. In order to have more women in responsibility roles within the IOC and International Federations, we need to encourage them to take on greater responsibilities in their National Federations, Clubs, and teams. It has been fantastic to share knowledge with all of the women and men participating in the Forum, as well as mentoring the next generation in their fields of expertise. Women bring important skills and different perspectives to sport organisations, which not only enrich the sport landscape but our communities in general. It’s extremely important that both genders work together to create these opportunities. It’s on all of us to keep on working on having more female leaders in sports.

First steps towards developing Technical Officials in Cambodia

Triathlon News - Mon, 06/03/2017 - 20:24
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) have organised the first ITU Technical Officials Community Level Seminar in Phnom Penh, a seminar aimed to educate 28 candidates from Cambodia the basic knowledge and knowhow to organize national level triathlon events. 28 participants carefully selected by the Cambodian Triathlon Federation took part in the one and half a day seminar to learn about ITU Competition Rules and Event Organizers Manual to organize and operate triathlon events. Melody Tan, ITU facilitator from Malaysia, was in charge of the course. Tan expressed her deep appreciation to the Cambodia Triathlon Federation for all their efforts and support to make the seminar possible. “I am so happy to have this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with candidates mostly from other sports. I hope the participants will share what they learnt here with their friends and colleagues who are interested in our sport and implement their skills to have safe and fair events in this country.” Participants expressed their satisfaction to learn about triathlon in an enjoyable seminar mood and thanked Tan for her efforts in making the seminar interactive by showing many videos and inviting questions and feedback from participants. Mr. Kong Rithy Chup, President of Cambodian Triathlon Federation, thanked ITU and ASTC for their support to hold the seminar, “an event that will have a huge impact” on their technical officials’ development. To enhance triathlon development further in Cambodia, he requests for continuous support and assistance from ASTC and ITU. The next ITU-ASTC Sports Development projects are 2017 Subic Bay ITU Paratriathlon Rules and Event Management Seminar on April 28th and the 2017 Dubai ITU Level 1 Coaches Course from April 30th to May 4th.

First steps towards developing Technical Officials in Cambodia

Triathlon News - Mon, 06/03/2017 - 20:24
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) have organised the first ITU Technical Officials Community Level Seminar in Phnom Penh, a seminar aimed to educate 28 candidates from Cambodia the basic knowledge and knowhow to organize national level triathlon events. 28 participants carefully selected by the Cambodian Triathlon Federation took part in the one and half a day seminar to learn about ITU Competition Rules and Event Organizers Manual to organize and operate triathlon events. Melody Tan, ITU facilitator from Malaysia, was in charge of the course. Tan expressed her deep appreciation to the Cambodia Triathlon Federation for all their efforts and support to make the seminar possible. “I am so happy to have this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with candidates mostly from other sports. I hope the participants will share what they learnt here with their friends and colleagues who are interested in our sport and implement their skills to have safe and fair events in this country.” Participants expressed their satisfaction to learn about triathlon in an enjoyable seminar mood and thanked Tan for her efforts in making the seminar interactive by showing many videos and inviting questions and feedback from participants. Mr. Kong Rithy Chup, President of Cambodian Triathlon Federation, thanked ITU and ASTC for their support to hold the seminar, “an event that will have a huge impact” on their technical officials’ development. To enhance triathlon development further in Cambodia, he requests for continuous support and assistance from ASTC and ITU. The next ITU-ASTC Sports Development projects are 2017 Subic Bay ITU Paratriathlon Rules and Event Management Seminar on April 28th and the 2017 Dubai ITU Level 1 Coaches Course from April 30th to May 4th.

Gomez makes golden ITU World Triathlon Series comeback

Triathlon News - Sat, 04/03/2017 - 16:21
In the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series season opener in Abu Dhabi, Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya returned to competition with his 13th career WTS win after almost a year break from the Series. The five-time ITU World Champion debuted stronger than ever, celebrating his 50th WTS race with the fastest time of the day. “It is great to come back this way. I still had a few mistakes in the race, I did not swim very well and had a bad T2. But I knew that is was going to be a very tough run, and with Tom Bishop it was very technical. On the third lap we slowed down a lot, just trying to save energy for the last lap and I made my move with about three kilometres to go and I won, so it worked well. So, I am very happy to be back this way,” said Gomez. The win also earned the Spaniard his 37th WTS podium with a career record equaling 13 wins, 17 seconds and seven third place finish. Great Britain’s Tom Bishop claimed the silver medal, his first WTS medal of his career and becoming the sixth man in Great Britain’s history to ever do so. The bronze went to France’s Vincent Luis, who made a comeback appearance today after not having raced the WTS circuit for nearly 15 months. Bishop said of his performance, “I can’t believe it to be honest. I had a plan, I wanted to swim as best as I could, save as much energy on the bike. I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go because it was the first race of the season. I had a feeling that it might all come together when I found myself in the front group and there was a gap so I knew I had to work as hard as I could.”           The race was split early on, with a longer 900m swim loop helping to break up the bunch. Aurelien Raphael (FRA), Pierre Le Corre (FRA), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) exited first, some top names such as Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA) struggled in the second half of the field. While not the fastest athletes in the water, Gomez and Luis were positioned perfectly only about 10 seconds behind. The leading men made a swift break through the first transition and onto the bike, taking the first several laps to form a strong working group. By the third lap, a group of 10 men which included Gomez, Polyanskiy, Schoeman, Luis, Bishop Andrea Salvisberg (SUI), Marco Van Der Stel (BEL), Ben Kanute (USA), Leo Bergere (FRA), and Greg BIlllington (USA) finally put the hammer down, regularly maintaining 45 seconds over the chase....

Gomez makes golden ITU World Triathlon Series comeback

Triathlon News - Sat, 04/03/2017 - 16:21
In the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series season opener in Abu Dhabi, Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya returned to competition with his 13th career WTS win after almost a year break from the Series. The five-time ITU World Champion debuted stronger than ever, celebrating his 50th WTS race with the fastest time of the day. “It is great to come back this way. I still had a few mistakes in the race, I did not swim very well and had a bad T2. But I knew that is was going to be a very tough run, and with Tom Bishop it was very technical. On the third lap we slowed down a lot, just trying to save energy for the last lap and I made my move with about three kilometres to go and I won, so it worked well. So, I am very happy to be back this way,” said Gomez. The win also earned the Spaniard his 37th WTS podium with a career record equaling 13 wins, 17 seconds and seven third place finish. Great Britain’s Tom Bishop claimed the silver medal, his first WTS medal of his career and becoming the sixth man in Great Britain’s history to ever do so. The bronze went to France’s Vincent Luis, who made a comeback appearance today after not having raced the WTS circuit for nearly 15 months. Bishop said of his performance, “I can’t believe it to be honest. I had a plan, I wanted to swim as best as I could, save as much energy on the bike. I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go because it was the first race of the season. I had a feeling that it might all come together when I found myself in the front group and there was a gap so I knew I had to work as hard as I could.”           The race was split early on, with a longer 900m swim loop helping to break up the bunch. Aurelien Raphael (FRA), Pierre Le Corre (FRA), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) exited first, some top names such as Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA) struggled in the second half of the field. While not the fastest athletes in the water, Gomez and Luis were positioned perfectly only about 10 seconds behind. The leading men made a swift break through the first transition and onto the bike, taking the first several laps to form a strong working group. By the third lap, a group of 10 men which included Gomez, Polyanskiy, Schoeman, Luis, Bishop Andrea Salvisberg (SUI), Marco Van Der Stel (BEL), Ben Kanute (USA), Leo Bergere (FRA), and Greg BIlllington (USA) finally put the hammer down, regularly maintaining 45 seconds over the chase....

Gomez makes golden ITU World Triathlon Series comeback

Triathlon News - Sat, 04/03/2017 - 16:21
In the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series season opener in Abu Dhabi, Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya returned to competition with his 13th career WTS win after almost a year break from the Series. The five-time ITU World Champion debuted stronger than ever, celebrating his 50th WTS race with the fastest time of the day. “It is great to come back this way. I still had a few mistakes in the race, I did not swim very well and had a bad T2. But I knew that is was going to be a very tough run, and with Tom Bishop it was very technical. On the third lap we slowed down a lot, just trying to save energy for the last lap and I made my move with about three kilometres to go and I won, so it worked well. So, I am very happy to be back this way,” said Gomez. The win also earned the Spaniard his 37th WTS podium with a career record equaling 13 wins, 17 seconds and seven third place finish. Great Britain’s Tom Bishop claimed the silver medal, his first WTS medal of his career and becoming the sixth man in Great Britain’s history to ever do so. The bronze went to France’s Vincent Luis, who made a comeback appearance today after not having raced the WTS circuit for nearly 15 months. Bishop said of his performance, “I can’t believe it to be honest. I had a plan, I wanted to swim as best as I could, save as much energy on the bike. I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go because it was the first race of the season. I had a feeling that it might all come together when I found myself in the front group and there was a gap so I knew I had to work as hard as I could.”           The race was split early on, with a longer 900m swim loop helping to break up the bunch. Aurelien Raphael (FRA), Pierre Le Corre (FRA), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) exited first, some top names such as Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA) struggled in the second half of the field. While not the fastest athletes in the water, Gomez and Luis were positioned perfectly only about 10 seconds behind. The leading men made a swift break through the first transition and onto the bike, taking the first several laps to form a strong working group. By the third lap, a group of 10 men which included Gomez, Polyanskiy, Schoeman, Luis, Bishop Andrea Salvisberg (SUI), Marco Van Der Stel (BEL), Ben Kanute (USA), Leo Bergere (FRA), and Greg BIlllington (USA) finally put the hammer down, regularly maintaining 45 seconds over the chase....

Hewitt wins WTS season opener in epic sprint finish

Triathlon News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 16:33
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series officially debuted with an exciting and emotional sprint finish that saw New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt take the gold at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. Hewitt’s win was a long time coming as her victory was dedicated to her beloved and talented fiancé, the late Laurent Vidal, who was honoured after his passing with the number one position in the same venue just one year ago. “It was an amazing race for me, it is amazing coming here to Abu Dhabi for me. Last year the number one spot was dedicated to Laurent and this year I am dedicating to Laurent. I raced two weeks ago, my race of this year in Tiga and I won. So I knew I was coming here really fit. Laurent always told me that I had everything, I had the dedication, I had the integrity, I had talent and he told me the one thing I was missing was emotion and I didn’t show it a lot of the time,” Hewitt said through tears. “I have to say thank you to Maddie Dillon, she has been beside me for one year and knows exactly what I am going through and my friends, my family I just want to thank everyone.” Earning the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, who was edged out by Hewitt by just an inch in an epic sprint battle that came down to the wire. Third place went to Austria’s Sara Vilic, who stepped onto the WTS podium for the very first time. “Coming on that straight, Andrea was the stronger one, I was stronger on the hills. To be honest, I’m just ecstatic me and Andrea got on the podium. The amount of work we did all day, if I was going to lose to a sprint finish, I’m glad it was Andrea today,” said Stimpson of her strong performance. “I can’t thank my family enough for getting me through that last year. That one was for my sister, she’s been my rock through this, and I couldn’t have done this without her.”           The women started with a two-lap swim, first tackling a long 900-metre lap before climbing onto the pontoon to dive into the water again for a shorter 600m swim. A small group of women used the first longer lap to gain a slight lead right off the bat. Spaniard Carolina Routier along with Summer Cook (USA), Katie Zaferes (USA) and Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) paved the way in the water. The group of four exited the swim for the first transition zone, while the entire field followed 20 seconds behind. It took only a couple of kilometres on the start of the bike for a lead pack to form....

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