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All the World Championship chatter ahead of #RotterdamGF

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 01:11
Starting on Friday, September 15 the top athletes in triathlon reaching from every corner of the globe will begin lining up to stake claims on ITU World Championship Crowns. Paratriathlon, junior women and U23 men will kick off the grand final racing on Friday, while Saturday will see junior men, u23 and both sets of elite toeing the line in the quest of world honours. Sunday will then be left to the timeless age group athletes, who marvel from 78 nations to compete in the standard and sprint distance courses. But before the first wave of athletes hit the water, a select few triathletes took the time to meet with the Rotterdam media to share their thoughts on the upcoming battle for world championship gold. Flora Duffy (BER), the 2016 World Title holder, represented for the international elites, while on the national Dutch side, Rachel Klamer, U23 reigning World Champion Jorik Van Egdom, and paratriathletes Geert Schipper and Jetze Plat were in attendance. Here is what they all had to say: Plat On how do you see yourself before the race? “I hope my form is still there. I feel really good. I raced two weeks ago in South Africa in the Para Cycling World Championships, so I’m confident”. On how excited he is on racing on home soil: “I feel great. Hopefully the weather is gonna be a bit better so we will have plenty of people on the course. It’s gonna be very special? On who will be the one to beat in the race: “I will focuss on my own race, but at the end this guy (pointing to Geert Schiper) is also very strong. I hope that we can get the first two spots on the podium”. On the secret of success of the Dutch para triathletes: “We have a good program, and we are lucky that we compete for the same country”. Schipper On his expectations for the race: “I really hope I win the race. That’s my first goal, but I’m realistic and I know that Jetze can swim really fast, can bike really well –he won a World Title in para cycling a few weeks ago- and is also very fast on the run. So I will go for the gold, but I can take silver”. On the conditions of the course. “I think those conditions suit Jetze a bit more. We both have very strong and light bikes but I think he is more a speed guy while I’m more consistent but not as fast”. On the secret of success of the Dutch para triathletes: “We have a good program, and we are lucky that we compete for the same country”. Van Egdom On how does he feel as defending U23 World...

All the World Championship chatter ahead of #RotterdamGF

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/09/2017 - 01:11
Starting on Friday, September 15 the top athletes in triathlon reaching from every corner of the globe will begin lining up to stake claims on ITU World Championship Crowns. Paratriathlon, Junior women and U23 men will kick off the grand final racing on Friday, while Saturday will see Junior men, u23 and both sets of Elite toeing the line in the quest of world honours. Sunday will then be left to the timeless age group athletes, who marvel from 78 nations to compete in the standard and sprint distance courses. But before the first wave of athletes hit the water, a select few triathletes took the time to meet with the Rotterdam media to share their thoughts on the upcoming battle for world championship gold. Flora Duffy (BER), the 2016 World Title holder, represented for the international elites, while on the national Dutch side, Rachel Klamer, U23 reigning World Champion Jorik Van Egdom, and paratriathletes Geert Schipper and Jetze Plat were in attendance. Here is what they all had to say: Plat On how do you see yourself before the race? “I hope my form is still there. I feel really good. I raced two weeks ago in South Africa in the Para Cycling World Championships, so I’m confident”. On how excited he is on racing on home soil: “I feel great. Hopefully the weather is gonna be a bit better so we will have plenty of people on the course. It’s gonna be very special? On who will be the one to beat in the race: “I will focuss on my own race, but at the end this guy (pointing to Geert Schiper) is also very strong. I hope that we can get the first two spots on the podium”. On the secret of success of the Dutch para triathletes: “We have a good program, and we are lucky that we compete for the same country”. Schipper On his expectations for the race: “I really hope I win the race. That’s my first goal, but I’m realistic and I know that Jetze can swim really fast, can bike really well –he won a World Title in para cycling a few weeks ago- and is also very fast on the run. So I will go for the gold, but I can take silver”. On the conditions of the course. “I think those conditions suit Jetze a bit more. We both have very strong and light bikes but I think he is more a speed guy while I’m more consistent but not as fast”. On the secret of success of the Dutch para triathletes: “We have a good program, and we are lucky that we compete for the same country”. Van Egdom On how does he feel as defending U23 World...

All comes down to Rotterdam to crown the overall WTS women’s podium

Triathlon News - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:37
Months of racing all year long have all come down to the final and most anticipated race of the 2017 season, the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. A roster of 49 of the best women triathletes in the world have made their way to Holland to compete in the last WTS race of the season, where the title of World Champion will be crowned. Debuting Rotterdam as a first-time WTS host, the women will battle it out on a unique and technical course that features two transition areas and a standard 1500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike and ten-kilometre run. The women’s field features a close and tight overall Series podium that will all come down to the final finishing moments before it is known who will take the final three spots of the year. It is only going to take a seventh place finish for Flora Duffy (BER) to become the ITU WTS World champion for a second year in a row. She enters the Grand Final in Rotterdam with a perfect tally of points with 4000, due to her five win she has collected throughout the year. The five wins that came from Yokohama, Leeds, Hamburg, Edmonton and Stockholm made for a historical season for Duffy as she became only the second woman in ITU history to win five races in a single season. She also collected some other records along the way from her dominating 2017 season, such as the longest winning margin for a WTS victory, which was 1:51 in Yokohama. While she may have missed the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy returned and has conquered ever since, never missing the podium in every race she has contended in. She is easily the frontunner to take the world honour on Saturday, if all conditions can play in her favour. However, triathlon is a sport that is always unpredictable and so nothing is secured until the finish line is crossed, a statement that Aussie Ashleigh Gentle knows all too well to be true. She has had a very up and down season due to uncontrollable circumstances such as illnesses. But, she has also proven that she excels in all the circumstances that she is dealt, such as after fighting a cold she went on to win her first-career WTS win in Montreal. The victory, along with her three other podiums in the season from Gold Coast, Hamburg and Stockholm has put her second in the overall rankings heading into the Grand Final 493 points behind Duffy. Kiwi Andrea Hewitt is another woman who has had some inconsistencies in her season, but she had put forth some results in the moments where it...

All comes down to Rotterdam to crown the overall WTS women’s podium

Triathlon News - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:37
Months of racing all year long have all come down to the final and most anticipated race of the 2017 season, the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. A roster of 49 of the best women triathletes in the world have made their way to Holland to compete in the last WTS race of the season, where the title of World Champion will be crowned. Debuting Rotterdam as a first-time WTS host, the women will battle it out on a unique and technical course that features two transition areas and a standard 1500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike and ten-kilometre run. The women’s field features a close and tight overall Series podium that will all come down to the final finishing moments before it is known who will take the final three spots of the year. It is only going to take a seventh place finish for Flora Duffy (BER) to become the ITU WTS World champion for a second year in a row. She enters the Grand Final in Rotterdam with a perfect tally of points with 4000, due to her five win she has collected throughout the year. The five wins that came from Yokohama, Leeds, Hamburg, Edmonton and Stockholm made for a historical season for Duffy as she became only the second woman in ITU history to win five races in a single season. She also collected some other records along the way from her dominating 2017 season, such as the longest winning margin for a WTS victory, which was 1:51 in Yokohama. While she may have missed the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy returned and has conquered ever since, never missing the podium in every race she has contended in. She is easily the frontunner to take the world honour on Saturday, if all conditions can play in her favour. However, triathlon is a sport that is always unpredictable and so nothing is secured until the finish line is crossed, a statement that Aussie Ashleigh Gentle knows all too well to be true. She has had a very up and down season due to uncontrollable circumstances such as illnesses. But, she has also proven that she excels in all the circumstances that she is dealt, such as after fighting a cold she went on to win her first-career WTS win in Montreal. The victory, along with her three other podiums in the season from Gold Coast, Hamburg and Stockholm has put her second in the overall rankings heading into the Grand Final 493 points behind Duffy. Kiwi Andrea Hewitt is another woman who has had some inconsistencies in her season, but she had put forth some results in the moments where it...

All comes down to Rotterdam to crown the overall WTS women’s podium

Triathlon News - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:37
Months of racing all year long have all come down to the final and most anticipated race of the 2017 season, the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. A roster of 49 of the best women triathletes in the world have made their way to Holland to compete in the last WTS race of the season, where the title of World Champion will be crowned. Debuting Rotterdam as a first-time WTS host, the women will battle it out on a unique and technical course that features two transition areas and a standard 1500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike and ten-kilometre run. The women’s field features a close and tight overall Series podium that will all come down to the final finishing moments before it is known who will take the final three spots of the year. It is only going to take a seventh place finish for Flora Duffy (BER) to become the ITU WTS World champion for a second year in a row. She enters the Grand Final in Rotterdam with a perfect tally of points with 4000, due to her five win she has collected throughout the year. The five wins that came from Yokohama, Leeds, Hamburg, Edmonton and Stockholm made for a historical season for Duffy as she became only the second woman in ITU history to win five races in a single season. She also collected some other records along the way from her dominating 2017 season, such as the longest winning margin for a WTS victory, which was 1:51 in Yokohama. While she may have missed the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy returned and has conquered ever since, never missing the podium in every race she has contended in. She is easily the frontunner to take the world honour on Saturday, if all conditions can play in her favour. However, triathlon is a sport that is always unpredictable and so nothing is secured until the finish line is crossed, a statement that Aussie Ashleigh Gentle knows all too well to be true. She has had a very up and down season due to uncontrollable circumstances such as illnesses. But, she has also proven that she excels in all the circumstances that she is dealt, such as after fighting a cold she went on to win her first-career WTS win in Montreal. The victory, along with her three other podiums in the season from Gold Coast, Hamburg and Stockholm has put her second in the overall rankings heading into the Grand Final 493 points behind Duffy. Kiwi Andrea Hewitt is another woman who has had some inconsistencies in her season, but she had put forth some results in the moments where it...

ITU announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

Triathlon News - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:00
ITU today announced the six inductees for the fourth edition of the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at a gala dinner on board the James Cook ferry in Rotterdam, the city that will host the ITU 2017 World Triathlon Grand Final, on September 13. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome these inductees into the ITU Hall of Fame,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado, who was not able to be present at the ceremony but sent her warm messages to all inductees. “We are a very young International Federation, but we have been privileged enough to have witness some incredible athletes compete and accomplish amazing feats, so it is a great pleasure to have those great names included on our historial gallery”. Elite Women Jackie Fairweather (Gallagher) – Jackie Fairweather was a World Champion Australian triathlete and long-distance runner. Fairweather began competing in triathlon in 1992, and won the elite Australian National Series in her first season. She spent eight years as a professional triathlete and in 1996 she became ITU World Triathlon Champion in Cleveland, Ohio, setting a championship record time of 1 hour 50 minutes 52 seconds. She also won the ITU World Duathlon Championships in 1996 to become the only person ever to win both world titles in the same year. Fairweather won the ITU Duathlon World Championships again in 1999, but narrowly missed repeating the double in the Triathlon World Championship, after finishing 2nd to Loretta Harrop. Fairweather collected further World Championship silver medals in 1995 and 1997, and won the bronze medal in the marathon in the 2002 Commonwealth Games (after finishing 11th in her first ever marathon in Boston). Barb Lindquist (USA) – Barbara Metz Lindquist (born July 1, 1969 in Wilmington, Delaware) began swimming aged eight, and was eventually recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. Swimming for the US National Team she won a gold and three silver medals in the 1987 & 1991 Pan American Games. She was a finalist in three events (200m free, 400m free, 800m free) at the 1988 Swimming Olympic Trials. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she gradually moved into Triathlon, becoming one of the sport’s most consistent performers. Of her 134 career races, she won 33, stood on the podium 86 times, and had 114 top 10 finishes. Barb represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens,...

ITU announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

Triathlon News - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:00
ITU today announced the six inductees for the fourth edition of the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at a gala dinner on board the James Cook ferry in Rotterdam, the city that will host the ITU 2017 World Triathlon Grand Final, on September 13. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome these inductees into the ITU Hall of Fame,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado, who was not able to be present at the ceremony but sent her warm messages to all inductees. “We are a very young International Federation, but we have been privileged enough to have witness some incredible athletes compete and accomplish amazing feats, so it is a great pleasure to have those great names included on our historial gallery”. Elite Women Jackie Fairweather (Gallagher) – Jackie Fairweather was a World Champion Australian triathlete and long-distance runner. Fairweather began competing in triathlon in 1992, and won the elite Australian National Series in her first season. She spent eight years as a professional triathlete and in 1996 she became ITU World Triathlon Champion in Cleveland, Ohio, setting a championship record time of 1 hour 50 minutes 52 seconds. She also won the ITU World Duathlon Championships in 1996 to become the only person ever to win both world titles in the same year. Fairweather won the ITU Duathlon World Championships again in 1999, but narrowly missed repeating the double in the Triathlon World Championship, after finishing 2nd to Loretta Harrop. Fairweather collected further World Championship silver medals in 1995 and 1997, and won the bronze medal in the marathon in the 2002 Commonwealth Games (after finishing 11th in her first ever marathon in Boston). Barb Lindquist (USA) – Barbara Metz Lindquist (born July 1, 1969 in Wilmington, Delaware) began swimming aged eight, and was eventually recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. Swimming for the US National Team she won a gold and three silver medals in the 1987 & 1991 Pan American Games. She was a finalist in three events (200m free, 400m free, 800m free) at the 1988 Swimming Olympic Trials. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she gradually moved into Triathlon, becoming one of the sport’s most consistent performers. Of her 134 career races, she won 33, stood on the podium 86 times, and had 114 top 10 finishes. Barb represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens,...

ITU announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

Triathlon News - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:00
ITU today announced the six inductees for the fourth edition of the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at a gala dinner on board the James Cook ferry in Rotterdam, the city that will host the ITU 2017 World Triathlon Grand Final, on September 13. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome these inductees into the ITU Hall of Fame,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado, who was not able to be present at the ceremony but sent her warm messages to all inductees. “We are a very young International Federation, but we have been privileged enough to have witness some incredible athletes compete and accomplish amazing feats, so it is a great pleasure to have those great names included on our historial gallery”. Elite Women Jackie Fairweather (Gallagher) – Jackie Fairweather was a World Champion Australian triathlete and long-distance runner. Fairweather began competing in triathlon in 1992, and won the elite Australian National Series in her first season. She spent eight years as a professional triathlete and in 1996 she became ITU World Triathlon Champion in Cleveland, Ohio, setting a championship record time of 1 hour 50 minutes 52 seconds. She also won the ITU World Duathlon Championships in 1996 to become the only person ever to win both world titles in the same year. Fairweather won the ITU Duathlon World Championships again in 1999, but narrowly missed repeating the double in the Triathlon World Championship, after finishing 2nd to Loretta Harrop. Fairweather collected further World Championship silver medals in 1995 and 1997, and won the bronze medal in the marathon in the 2002 Commonwealth Games (after finishing 11th in her first ever marathon in Boston). Barb Lindquist (USA) – Barbara Metz Lindquist (born July 1, 1969 in Wilmington, Delaware) began swimming aged eight, and was eventually recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. Swimming for the US National Team she won a gold and three silver medals in the 1987 & 1991 Pan American Games. She was a finalist in three events (200m free, 400m free, 800m free) at the 1988 Swimming Olympic Trials. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she gradually moved into Triathlon, becoming one of the sport’s most consistent performers. Of her 134 career races, she won 33, stood on the podium 86 times, and had 114 top 10 finishes. Barb represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens,...

ITU announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

Triathlon News - Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:00
ITU today announced the six inductees for the fourth edition of the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at a gala dinner on board the James Cook ferry in Rotterdam, the city that will host the ITU 2017 World Triathlon Grand Final, on September 13. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome these inductees into the ITU Hall of Fame,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado, who was not able to be present at the ceremony but sent her warm messages to all inductees. “We are a very young International Federation, but we have been privileged enough to have witness some incredible athletes compete and accomplish amazing feats, so it is a great pleasure to have those great names included on our historial gallery”. Elite Women Jackie Fairweather (Gallagher) – Jackie Fairweather was a World Champion Australian triathlete and long-distance runner. Fairweather began competing in triathlon in 1992, and won the elite Australian National Series in her first season. She spent eight years as a professional triathlete and in 1996 she became ITU World Triathlon Champion in Cleveland, Ohio, setting a championship record time of 1 hour 50 minutes 52 seconds. She also won the ITU World Duathlon Championships in 1996 to become the only person ever to win both world titles in the same year. Fairweather won the ITU Duathlon World Championships again in 1999, but narrowly missed repeating the double in the Triathlon World Championship, after finishing 2nd to Loretta Harrop. Fairweather collected further World Championship silver medals in 1995 and 1997, and won the bronze medal in the marathon in the 2002 Commonwealth Games (after finishing 11th in her first ever marathon in Boston). Barb Lindquist (USA) – Barbara Metz Lindquist (born July 1, 1969 in Wilmington, Delaware) began swimming aged eight, and was eventually recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. Swimming for the US National Team she won a gold and three silver medals in the 1987 & 1991 Pan American Games. She was a finalist in three events (200m free, 400m free, 800m free) at the 1988 Swimming Olympic Trials. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she gradually moved into Triathlon, becoming one of the sport’s most consistent performers. Of her 134 career races, she won 33, stood on the podium 86 times, and had 114 top 10 finishes. Barb represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens,...

Mario Mola enters Rotterdam Grand Final as frontrunner to reclaim World Crown

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 18:17
The 2017 World Triathlon Series has so far seen eight stops across eight cities, seven countries and four continents with elite action that has produced nail-biting finishes and record-breaking moments that have made the history books. This season has been one to remember and as it gets ready to come to a close, the elites will line up on the WTS start line one last time where world champions will be revealed. The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will play host this Saturday to the world’s top 69 elite men triathletes, who have competed all season long for their place on the start list and chance at earning the world title. The 2017 World Crown is Spaniard Mario Mola’s to lose. He has dominated the WTS season this year by winning four straight races in a row (Gold Coast, Yokohama, Hamburg and Edmonton), so he is entering the Grand Final as the number one seed and the frontrunner with 3701 overall Series points. He needs to finish at least fifth place on Saturday in order to secure the title that would give him back-to-back world crowns. However, Mola has not had the most consistent of seasons this year. Although he has won four races, if he hasn’t been on top of the podium, then he has finished far from it. His best finish off the podium has been 7th place in Montreal, so knowing that he needs to finish at least fifth, he needs to be on top of his game come Saturday. Charging in behind him and eager to take the crown would be another Spaniard, Javier Gomez Noya. Gomez started off the year perfectly by winning the season opener in Abu Dhabi, but then he remained off the podium with some top ten finishes. He then got back on track towards the end of the year and returned to gold in Montreal. He enters Rotterdam second in the rankings and has the chance of winning his 6th world honour of his career if he can finish the race and keep Mola five positions behind him. The other Spaniard that will be vying for a spot on the overall Series podium is Fernando Alarza. Alarza is another athlete who started the season strong, but has had bouts of bad luck in racing, including two DNF’s in Hamburg and Stockholm, that has put out of the top three entering Saturday. Last year he earned the bronze medal in the overall Series, and if he can get a top finish in the last race of the season he has the opportunity to get back on the podium once again. At the start of the season, South African Richard Murray decided he wouldn’t just give all of...

Mario Mola enters Rotterdam Grand Final as frontrunner to reclaim World Crown

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 18:17
The 2017 World Triathlon Series has so far seen eight stops across eight cities, seven countries and four continents with elite action that has produced nail-biting finishes and record-breaking moments that have made the history books. This season has been one to remember and as it gets ready to come to a close, the elites will line up on the WTS start line one last time where world champions will be revealed. The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will play host this Saturday to the world’s top 69 elite men triathletes, who have competed all season long for their place on the start list and chance at earning the world title. The 2017 World Crown is Spaniard Mario Mola’s to lose. He has dominated the WTS season this year by winning four straight races in a row (Gold Coast, Yokohama, Hamburg and Edmonton), so he is entering the Grand Final as the number one seed and the frontrunner with 3701 overall Series points. He needs to finish at least fifth place on Saturday in order to secure the title that would give him back-to-back world crowns. However, Mola has not had the most consistent of seasons this year. Although he has won four races, if he hasn’t been on top of the podium, then he has finished far from it. His best finish off the podium has been 7th place in Montreal, so knowing that he needs to finish at least fifth, he needs to be on top of his game come Saturday. Charging in behind him and eager to take the crown would be another Spaniard, Javier Gomez Noya. Gomez started off the year perfectly by winning the season opener in Abu Dhabi, but then he remained off the podium with some top ten finishes. He then got back on track towards the end of the year and returned to gold in Montreal. He enters Rotterdam second in the rankings and has the chance of winning his 6th world honour of his career if he can finish the race and keep Mola five positions behind him. The other Spaniard that will be vying for a spot on the overall Series podium is Fernando Alarza. Alarza is another athlete who started the season strong, but has had bouts of bad luck in racing, including two DNF’s in Hamburg and Stockholm, that has put out of the top three entering Saturday. Last year he earned the bronze medal in the overall Series, and if he can get a top finish in the last race of the season he has the opportunity to get back on the podium once again. At the start of the season, South African Richard Murray decided he wouldn’t just give all of...

Rotterdam to set the stage to crown Under 23 World Champions

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 15:19
Before the world watches as the elite world champions are crowned in Rotterdam, the Under 23 field will toe the line to battle it out for World Championship honours at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. On the men’s side, Jorik Van Egdom (NED) returns as the reigning 2016 U23 World Championship to reclaim his title, while on the women’s side the gold is up for grabs for anyone’s taking. Competing on the same course that the elites will see, the U23 rosters will see a two lap 1500-metre swim, 8 lap 40-kilometre bike and four lap 10-kilometre run Olympic distance course. The men will kick start the racing first as they are set to toe the line on Friday, September 15 with a 17:00 start time. The women will follow the next day on Saturday, September 16 with a 10:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlon.org/live and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview The men’s field is going to be a strong showcase of talent, due to the list of names that are lining up. A lot of the men racing Friday make huge waves among the elite field, so the race for the World Title is going to be a tight one. Topping the list is Frenchman Raphael Montoya. He is the rising star of the men’s French team, who has had a standout year in the elite field in both the World Cup circuit and World Triathlon Series. He has finished in the top 11 men in every single race, with personal bests as a silver medallist at the Madrid World Cup and finishing fifth in both WTS Edmonton and WTS Montreal. However, French compatriot Dorian Coninx is another top contender for the U23 title, giving France a strong chance at getting on the podium. While he has not seen a podium yet this year, but last year he made it onto his first WTS podium by earning the bronze medal in 2016 WTS Cape Town. He is a really strong overall athlete, but an exceptional biker and runner, so if he gets in the lead bike pack he can really do some damage. Representing Australia is Luke Willian. He has had a stellar year in the World Cup scene this year, earning a victory in Mooloolaba and a bronze in Chengdu. If he can get the World Title this week, he will bring back the honour home to Australia since Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle won the title in 2015. Adrien Brifford (SU) is a young talent that is going to make some waves on the elite scene in the upcoming years....

Rotterdam to set the stage to crown Under 23 World Champions

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 15:19
Before the world watches as the elite world champions are crowned in Rotterdam, the Under 23 field will toe the line to battle it out for World Championship honours at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. On the men’s side, Jorik Van Egdom (NED) returns as the reigning 2016 U23 World Championship to reclaim his title, while on the women’s side the gold is up for grabs for anyone’s taking. Competing on the same course that the elites will see, the U23 rosters will see a two lap 1500-metre swim, 8 lap 40-kilometre bike and four lap 10-kilometre run Olympic distance course. The men will kick start the racing first as they are set to toe the line on Friday, September 15 with a 17:00 start time. The women will follow the next day on Saturday, September 16 with a 10:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview The men’s field is going to be a strong showcase of talent, due to the list of names that are lining up. A lot of the men racing Friday make huge waves among the elite field, so the race for the World Title is going to be a tight one. Topping the list is Frenchman Raphael Montoya. He is the rising star of the men’s French team, who has had a standout year in the elite field in both the World Cup circuit and World Triathlon Series. He has finished in the top 11 men in every single race, with personal bests as a silver medallist at the Madrid World Cup and finishing fifth in both WTS Edmonton and WTS Montreal. However, French compatriot Dorian Coninx is another top contender for the U23 title, giving France a strong chance at getting on the podium. While he has not seen a podium yet this year, but last year he made it onto his first WTS podium by earning the bronze medal in 2016 WTS Cape Town. He is a really strong overall athlete, but an exceptional biker and runner, so if he gets in the lead bike pack he can really do some damage. Representing Australia is Luke Willian. He has had a stellar year in the World Cup scene this year, earning a victory in Mooloolaba and a bronze in Chengdu. If he can get the World Title this week, he will bring back the honour home to Australia since Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle won the title in 2015. Adrien Brifford (SU) is a young talent that is going to make some waves on the elite scene in the upcoming years....

Rotterdam to set the stage to crown Under 23 World Champions

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 15:19
Before the world watches as the elite world champions are crowned in Rotterdam, the Under 23 field will toe the line to battle it out for World Championship honours at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. On the men’s side, Jorik Van Egdom (NED) returns as the reigning 2016 U23 World Championship to reclaim his title, while on the women’s side the gold is up for grabs for anyone’s taking. Competing on the same course that the elites will see, the U23 rosters will see a two lap 1500-metre swim, 8 lap 40-kilometre bike and four lap 10-kilometre run Olympic distance course. The men will kick start the racing first as they are set to toe the line on Friday, September 15 with a 17:00 start time. The women will follow the next day on Saturday, September 16 with a 10:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview The men’s field is going to be a strong showcase of talent, due to the list of names that are lining up. A lot of the men racing Friday make huge waves among the elite field, so the race for the World Title is going to be a tight one. Topping the list is Frenchman Raphael Montoya. He is the rising star of the men’s French team, who has had a standout year in the elite field in both the World Cup circuit and World Triathlon Series. He has finished in the top 11 men in every single race, with personal bests as a silver medallist at the Madrid World Cup and finishing fifth in both WTS Edmonton and WTS Montreal. However, French compatriot Dorian Coninx is another top contender for the U23 title, giving France a strong chance at getting on the podium. While he has not seen a podium yet this year, but last year he made it onto his first WTS podium by earning the bronze medal in 2016 WTS Cape Town. He is a really strong overall athlete, but an exceptional biker and runner, so if he gets in the lead bike pack he can really do some damage. Representing Australia is Luke Willian. He has had a stellar year in the World Cup scene this year, earning a victory in Mooloolaba and a bronze in Chengdu. If he can get the World Title this week, he will bring back the honour home to Australia since Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle won the title in 2015. Adrien Brifford (SU) is a young talent that is going to make some waves on the elite scene in the upcoming years....

Rotterdam to set the stage to crown Under 23 World Champions

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 15:19
Before the world watches as the elite world champions are crowned in Rotterdam, the Under 23 field will toe the line to battle it out for World Championship honours at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. On the men’s side, Jorik Van Egdom (NED) returns as the reigning 2016 U23 World Championship to reclaim his title, while on the women’s side the gold is up for grabs for anyone’s taking. Competing on the same course that the elites will see, the U23 rosters will see a two lap 1500-metre swim, 8 lap 40-kilometre bike and four lap 10-kilometre run Olympic distance course. The men will kick start the racing first as they are set to toe the line on Friday, September 15 with a 17:00 start time. The women will follow the next day on Saturday, September 16 with a 10:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview The men’s field is going to be a strong showcase of talent, due to the list of names that are lining up. A lot of the men racing Friday make huge waves among the elite field, so the race for the World Title is going to be a tight one. Topping the list is Frenchman Raphael Montoya. He is the rising star of the men’s French team, who has had a standout year in the elite field in both the World Cup circuit and World Triathlon Series. He has finished in the top 11 men in every single race, with personal bests as a silver medallist at the Madrid World Cup and finishing fifth in both WTS Edmonton and WTS Montreal. However, French compatriot Dorian Coninx is another top contender for the U23 title, giving France a strong chance at getting on the podium. While he has not seen a podium yet this year, but last year he made it onto his first WTS podium by earning the bronze medal in 2016 WTS Cape Town. He is a really strong overall athlete, but an exceptional biker and runner, so if he gets in the lead bike pack he can really do some damage. Representing Australia is Luke Willian. He has had a stellar year in the World Cup scene this year, earning a victory in Mooloolaba and a bronze in Chengdu. If he can get the World Title this week, he will bring back the honour home to Australia since Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle won the title in 2015. Adrien Brifford (SU) is a young talent that is going to make some waves on the elite scene in the upcoming years....

Rotterdam to set the stage to crown Under 23 World Champions

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 15:19
Before the world watches as the elite world champions are crowned in Rotterdam, the Under 23 field will toe the line to battle it out for World Championship honours at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. On the men’s side, Jorik Van Egdom (NED) returns as the reigning 2016 U23 World Championship to reclaim his title, while on the women’s side the gold is up for grabs for anyone’s taking. Competing on the same course that the elites will see, the U23 rosters will see a two lap 1500-metre swim, 8 lap 40-kilometre bike and four lap 10-kilometre run Olympic distance course. The men will kick start the racing first as they are set to toe the line on Friday, September 15 with a 17:00 start time. The women will follow the next day on Saturday, September 16 with a 10:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlon.org/live and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview The men’s field is going to be a strong showcase of talent, due to the list of names that are lining up. A lot of the men racing Friday make huge waves among the elite field, so the race for the World Title is going to be a tight one. Topping the list is Frenchman Raphael Montoya. He is the rising star of the men’s French team, who has had a standout year in the elite field in both the World Cup circuit and World Triathlon Series. He has finished in the top 11 men in every single race, with personal bests as a silver medallist at the Madrid World Cup and finishing fifth in both WTS Edmonton and WTS Montreal. However, French compatriot Dorian Coninx is another top contender for the U23 title, giving France a strong chance at getting on the podium. While he has not seen a podium yet this year, but last year he made it onto his first WTS podium by earning the bronze medal in 2016 WTS Cape Town. He is a really strong overall athlete, but an exceptional biker and runner, so if he gets in the lead bike pack he can really do some damage. Representing Australia is Luke Willian. He has had a stellar year in the World Cup scene this year, earning a victory in Mooloolaba and a bronze in Chengdu. If he can get the World Title this week, he will bring back the honour home to Australia since Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle won the title in 2015. Adrien Brifford (SU) is a young talent that is going to make some waves on the elite scene in the upcoming years....

Reigning Junior World Champions return to reclaim titles in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:41
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will welcome the future of the sport of triathlon as the Junior World Champions will be crowned. With many names in the start list that have already gotten a taste of some elite action, the strength of the junior fields prove that the future of triathlon is bright and will only continue to improve in the years to come. Both of the men’s and women’s junior world champions from 2016 have returned to reclaim their titles, but the crown is anyone’s for the taking. Battling on a sprint distance course, where the juniors will see a 750-metre one lap swim, 20-kilometre four lap bike and five-kilometre two lap run. The women will start on Friday, September 15 with a start time of 15:00, while the men will compete the following day on Saturday, September 16 with a 08:00am local start time. A live finish-line stream will be available to watch on triathlon.org/live and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview USA’s Austin Hindman returns as the 2016 Junior World Champion to reclaim his crown. Last year he had a dominating performance in Cozumel to earn the gold, collecting his first major ITU title in his career. Since then he has competed mainly in CAMTRI and national events, but he did debut in his first WTS race of his career in Edmonton this year. However, wearing the number one on the start list is Aussie Matthew Hauser. He has had a fantastic 2017 season, he won the Chengdu World Cup, earning his first World Cup victory of his career. He also was a part of the Australian Team Mixed Relay that earned the World Championship title, so a win from Hauser in Rotterdam will give him his second World Title of the year. Kiwi Daniel Hoy first got his name in headlines in 2014 when he earned the silver medal in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in a sprint finish. In Oceania competitions he has had many successes, but over the years his improvement on the ITU World Cup and WTS stage has been evident. This year he earned a 12th place finish in WTS Gold Coast, a very strong finish for a junior-aged competitor. He also just missed out on the Junior World Championship podium last year by finishing fourth, so he will want to finally step up with a medal this year. The man that beat out Hoy in the Youth Olympic Games sprint finish was Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra. He also made the Junior World Championship podium last year with...

Reigning Junior World Champions return to reclaim titles in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:41
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will welcome the future of the sport of triathlon as the Junior World Champions will be crowned. With many names in the start list that have already gotten a taste of some elite action, the strength of the junior fields prove that the future of triathlon is bright and will only continue to improve in the years to come. Both of the men’s and women’s junior world champions from 2016 have returned to reclaim their titles, but the crown is anyone’s for the taking. Battling on a sprint distance course, where the juniors will see a 750-metre one lap swim, 20-kilometre four lap bike and five-kilometre two lap run. The women will start on Friday, September 15 with a start time of 15:00, while the men will compete the following day on Saturday, September 16 with a 08:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview USA’s Austin Hindman returns as the 2016 Junior World Champion to reclaim his crown. Last year he had a dominating performance in Cozumel to earn the gold, collecting his first major ITU title in his career. Since then he has competed mainly in CAMTRI and national events, but he did debut in his first WTS race of his career in Edmonton this year. However, wearing the number one on the start list is Aussie Matthew Hauser. He has had a fantastic 2017 season, he won the Chengdu World Cup, earning his first World Cup victory of his career. He also was a part of the Australian Team Mixed Relay that earned the World Championship title, so a win from Hauser in Rotterdam will give him his second World Title of the year. Kiwi Daniel Hoy first got his name in headlines in 2014 when he earned the silver medal in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in a sprint finish. In Oceania competitions he has had many successes, but over the years his improvement on the ITU World Cup and WTS stage has been evident. This year he earned a 12th place finish in WTS Gold Coast, a very strong finish for a junior-aged competitor. He also just missed out on the Junior World Championship podium last year by finishing fourth, so he will want to finally step up with a medal this year. The man that beat out Hoy in the Youth Olympic Games sprint finish was Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra. He also made the Junior World Championship podium last year with...

Reigning Junior World Champions return to reclaim titles in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:41
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will welcome the future of the sport of triathlon as the Junior World Champions will be crowned. With many names in the start list that have already gotten a taste of some elite action, the strength of the junior fields prove that the future of triathlon is bright and will only continue to improve in the years to come. Both of the men’s and women’s junior world champions from 2016 have returned to reclaim their titles, but the crown is anyone’s for the taking. Battling on a sprint distance course, where the juniors will see a 750-metre one lap swim, 20-kilometre four lap bike and five-kilometre two lap run. The women will start on Friday, September 15 with a start time of 15:00, while the men will compete the following day on Saturday, September 16 with a 08:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview USA’s Austin Hindman returns as the 2016 Junior World Champion to reclaim his crown. Last year he had a dominating performance in Cozumel to earn the gold, collecting his first major ITU title in his career. Since then he has competed mainly in CAMTRI and national events, but he did debut in his first WTS race of his career in Edmonton this year. However, wearing the number one on the start list is Aussie Matthew Hauser. He has had a fantastic 2017 season, he won the Chengdu World Cup, earning his first World Cup victory of his career. He also was a part of the Australian Team Mixed Relay that earned the World Championship title, so a win from Hauser in Rotterdam will give him his second World Title of the year. Kiwi Daniel Hoy first got his name in headlines in 2014 when he earned the silver medal in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in a sprint finish. In Oceania competitions he has had many successes, but over the years his improvement on the ITU World Cup and WTS stage has been evident. This year he earned a 12th place finish in WTS Gold Coast, a very strong finish for a junior-aged competitor. He also just missed out on the Junior World Championship podium last year by finishing fourth, so he will want to finally step up with a medal this year. The man that beat out Hoy in the Youth Olympic Games sprint finish was Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra. He also made the Junior World Championship podium last year with...

Reigning Junior World Champions return to reclaim titles in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:41
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will welcome the future of the sport of triathlon as the Junior World Champions will be crowned. With many names in the start list that have already gotten a taste of some elite action, the strength of the junior fields prove that the future of triathlon is bright and will only continue to improve in the years to come. Both of the men’s and women’s junior world champions from 2016 have returned to reclaim their titles, but the crown is anyone’s for the taking. Battling on a sprint distance course, where the juniors will see a 750-metre one lap swim, 20-kilometre four lap bike and five-kilometre two lap run. The women will start on Friday, September 15 with a start time of 15:00, while the men will compete the following day on Saturday, September 16 with a 08:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview USA’s Austin Hindman returns as the 2016 Junior World Champion to reclaim his crown. Last year he had a dominating performance in Cozumel to earn the gold, collecting his first major ITU title in his career. Since then he has competed mainly in CAMTRI and national events, but he did debut in his first WTS race of his career in Edmonton this year. However, wearing the number one on the start list is Aussie Matthew Hauser. He has had a fantastic 2017 season, he won the Chengdu World Cup, earning his first World Cup victory of his career. He also was a part of the Australian Team Mixed Relay that earned the World Championship title, so a win from Hauser in Rotterdam will give him his second World Title of the year. Kiwi Daniel Hoy first got his name in headlines in 2014 when he earned the silver medal in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in a sprint finish. In Oceania competitions he has had many successes, but over the years his improvement on the ITU World Cup and WTS stage has been evident. This year he earned a 12th place finish in WTS Gold Coast, a very strong finish for a junior-aged competitor. He also just missed out on the Junior World Championship podium last year by finishing fourth, so he will want to finally step up with a medal this year. The man that beat out Hoy in the Youth Olympic Games sprint finish was Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra. He also made the Junior World Championship podium last year with...

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