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Flora Duffy repeats WTS Stockholm victory to collect fifth win of season

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 16:08
Becoming only the second woman in ITU history to have won five World Triathlon Series races in a single season, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy secured the place in history after a dominating victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. The win secured her the overall Series leader position going into the Rotterdam Grand Final next month as she will enter the race with a perfect score of 4000 points in the effort of retaining her world title. “I was very happy with today to execute a solid race in the swim, bike and run. My swim has been a little shakier this year so it was nice to come out third behind Jess (Learmonth) and Lucy (Hall), it was a perfect position. And then onto the bike we were hammering on that first lap to create a gap and that kind of set the race up perfectly,” Duffy said. Speaking of her position before Rotterdam, “That is the reason that I came here, I had five pretty good scores before today, but as you said you never know what is going to happen. With the Grand Final being points and a half you kind of want to go in there with have the biggest buffer that you can to make sure you can absolutely give yourself the world title.” Taking the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth, who earned her first career WTS medal, while the bronze went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle who had a come-from-behind performance that gave her a fourth podium finish this season. Learmonth said, “It is amazing, I can’t really believe it to be honest. It was hard work, but I am delighted.” While the day before in Stockholm it was overcast with rain in the forecast, the skies cleared just in time for WTS racing. With a pontoon dive, the women first had to overcome a longer 1000 metre lap followed by a second lap of half the distance at only 500 metres. The British were the swiftest in the water to start as Learmonth and Lucy Hall managed to get out in front. The distance of the first lap really separated the field into a long line of swimmers with small groups gaped out among the course. Duffy kept up with the consistency of her swim this season and remained just on the heels of the two Brits. Staying the leader throughout, Learmonth exited the water first for the third time this 2017 season, followed by Hall, Duffy and Katie Zaferes (USA). After a quick first transition, Learmonth, Zaferes and Duffy caught the slight edge to race off on the bike as a threesome, Hall just missing the pack by seconds. Great Britain’s Jodie...

Flora Duffy repeats WTS Stockholm victory to collect fifth win of season

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 16:08
Becoming only the second woman in ITU history to have won five World Triathlon Series races in a single season, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy secured the place in history after a dominating victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. The win secured her the overall Series leader position going into the Rotterdam Grand Final next month as she will enter the race with a perfect score of 4000 points in the effort of retaining her world title. “I was very happy with today to execute a solid race in the swim, bike and run. My swim has been a little shakier this year so it was nice to come out third behind Jess (Learmonth) and Lucy (Hall), it was a perfect position. And then onto the bike we were hammering on that first lap to create a gap and that kind of set the race up perfectly,” Duffy said. Speaking of her position before Rotterdam, “That is the reason that I came here, I had five pretty good scores before today, but as you said you never know what is going to happen. With the Grand Final being points and a half you kind of want to go in there with have the biggest buffer that you can to make sure you can absolutely give yourself the world title.” Taking the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth, who earned her first career WTS medal, while the bronze went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle who had a come-from-behind performance that gave her a fourth podium finish this season. Learmonth said, “It is amazing, I can’t really believe it to be honest. It was hard work, but I am delighted.” While the day before in Stockholm it was overcast with rain in the forecast, the skies cleared just in time for WTS racing. With a pontoon dive, the women first had to overcome a longer 1000 metre lap followed by a second lap of half the distance at only 500 metres. The British were the swiftest in the water to start as Learmonth and Lucy Hall managed to get out in front. The distance of the first lap really separated the field into a long line of swimmers with small groups gaped out among the course. Duffy kept up with the consistency of her swim this season and remained just on the heels of the two Brits. Staying the leader throughout, Learmonth exited the water first for the third time this 2017 season, followed by Hall, Duffy and Katie Zaferes (USA). After a quick first transition, Learmonth, Zaferes and Duffy caught the slight edge to race off on the bike as a threesome, Hall just missing the pack by seconds. Great Britain’s Jodie...

Flora Duffy repeats WTS Stockholm victory to collect fifth win of season

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 16:08
Becoming only the second woman in ITU history to have won five World Triathlon Series races in a single season, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy secured the place in history after a dominating victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. The win secured her the overall Series leader position going into the Rotterdam Grand Final next month as she will enter the race with a perfect score of 4000 points in the effort of retaining her world title. “I was very happy with today to execute a solid race in the swim, bike and run. My swim has been a little shakier this year so it was nice to come out third behind Jess (Learmonth) and Lucy (Hall), it was a perfect position. And then onto the bike we were hammering on that first lap to create a gap and that kind of set the race up perfectly,” Duffy said. Speaking of her position before Rotterdam, “That is the reason that I came here, I had five pretty good scores before today, but as you said you never know what is going to happen. With the Grand Final being points and a half you kind of want to go in there with have the biggest buffer that you can to make sure you can absolutely give yourself the world title.” Taking the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth, who earned her first career WTS medal, while the bronze went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle who had a come-from-behind performance that gave her a fourth podium finish this season. Learmonth said, “It is amazing, I can’t really believe it to be honest. It was hard work, but I am delighted.” While the day before in Stockholm it was overcast with rain in the forecast, the skies cleared just in time for WTS racing. With a pontoon dive, the women first had to overcome a longer 1000 metre lap followed by a second lap of half the distance at only 500 metres. The British were the swiftest in the water to start as Learmonth and Lucy Hall managed to get out in front. The distance of the first lap really separated the field into a long line of swimmers with small groups gaped out among the course. Duffy kept up with the consistency of her swim this season and remained just on the heels of the two Brits. Staying the leader throughout, Learmonth exited the water first for the third time this 2017 season, followed by Hall, Duffy and Katie Zaferes (USA). After a quick first transition, Learmonth, Zaferes and Duffy caught the slight edge to race off on the bike as a threesome, Hall just missing the pack by seconds. Great Britain’s Jodie...

Long Distance Champions to be crowned to close out Penticton

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 13:16
The most anticipated race of the whole multisport festival, the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships has arrived and is bringing forth a deep list of strong elite athletes that are eager to showcase the world their talent at the longer course. The course contains a three-kilometre swim, a 120-kilometre bike course that winds around the two lakes surrounding the city of Penticton and then finishes with a 30-kilomtre three-lap run course that will tour through the downtown streets of the city. Women’s Preview Topping the women’s field is one of Canada’s own: Rachel McBride. McBride or “The Tiger” is known as Canada’s up and coming talent or winning quite a few long course races. She also won the bronze medal last year in the ITU World Championship in Oklahoma, so knows what it takes to make the podium. Another Canadian racing is Melanie McQuaid, who will be competing after she won the cross triathlon world championship in Penticton just a few days ago. Leanda Cave of Great Britain is among the start list and will be a huge threat. She is only person who has won both ITU Standard Distance World Championships in 2002 and the ITU Long Distance World Championships in 2007. This distance is her strength however, so she will be a top performer on Sunday. Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen is also a previous Long Distance Course World Championship, which is was in 2014. Her title win was one of miraculous proportions, because she suffered a crash the year before and then came back to win the crown. Aussies Melissa Hauschildt and Sarah Crowley are frontrunners as well. Hauschildt was the ITU Long Distance World Champ in 2013 and is a really consistent triathlete and one of the top runners in the field. Whereas Crowley has won some more recent long distance races and is one of the best talents on the bike and run. One of the top names is another Canadian, Heather Wurtele. She is very successful on long distance courses and has multiple titles under her belt in the Ironman world. And one more Canadian to watch is Jen Annett, while she may not be one of the top threats, she was born in Penticton, giving her a home turf advantage. Men’s Preview The men’s field is a long and talent filled list of athletes that signifies that the world title could go in any direction. One of the most obvious choices to win on Sunday is the 2016 reigning champion, Frenchman Sylvain Sudrie. He was also the 2011 champion and has had a handful...

ITU seeks Sport Department Intern

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 23:22
ITU is seeking an intern for its Sport Department in Lausanne, Switzerland to assist with administrative activities, as well as administering databases and events. JOB DESCRIPTION Function: Intern – Sport Department Activity level: 100% Location: Lausanne Period: 20-Sept. to 20-Dec (3 months) Compensation: n/a MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU sanctioned events • Administer ITU Sport Department and ITU Development related databases • Coordinate meetings and conference calls • Contribute generally to the work of the ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS Sport Administration • Athletes’ database update • Skype Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates • Inventory shipment Technical Operations • TOs newsletter information coordination • Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level Paratriathlon • Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification • Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) Development • Development database management • Filing for development projects • Certification management • Updates (archive) on http://www.triathlon.org/development EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Ability to filter information and assess priorities • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid residence permit for Switzerland for the duration of the internship. Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@triathlon.org. Deadline to apply: 4th of September.

ITU seeks Sport Department Intern

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 23:22
ITU is seeking an intern for its Sport Department in Lausanne, Switzerland to assist with administrative activities, as well as administering databases and events. JOB DESCRIPTION Function: Intern Activity level: 100% Location: Lausanne Period: 20-Sept. to 20-Dec (3 months) Compensation: to be discussed MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU sanctioned events • Administer ITU Sport Department and ITU Development related databases • Coordinate meetings and Skype conference calls • Contribute generally to the work of the ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS Sport Administration • Athletes’ database update • Skype Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates • Inventory shipment Technical Operations • TOs newsletter information coordination • Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level Paratriathlon • Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification • Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) Development • Development database management • Filing for development projects • Certification management • Updates (archive) on http://www.triathlon.org/development •Administration/Finance • Assist the Administration in the Lausanne Office EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Ability to filter information and assess priorities • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid residence permit for Switzerland for the duration of the internship. Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@triathlon.org. Deadline to apply: 4th of September.

Sharpe (CAN) and Pallant (GBR) named 2017 Aquathlon World Champs in Penticton

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 20:28
Canada’s own Matthew Sharpe and Great Britain’s Emma Pallant collected world honours after being victorious at the 2017 Penticton ITU Aquathlon World Championships. Being the best of those who can swim and then run, the multisport championships saw athletes conquer a one-kilometre swim followed by a five-kilometre run. Joining Pallant on the women’s podium, junior Delia Sclabas (SUI) finished second among the elites to get her an upgraded medal, while the bronze went to British compatriot Jacqueline Slack. On the men’s side, Penticton crowds were treated to a home nation sweep as Canadians John Rassmussen and Aiden longcroft-Harris made the podium along with Sharpe. Women’s Recap While the women’s field was small, the competition was fierce. Multiple women entered the aquathlon event already having won a Multisport medal earlier in the week. After a short staggered start from the men’s race, the women’s start line that was made up of elites, U23s and juniors ran in Okanagan Lake to start the one-kilometre swim. The wind and colder weather made for a challenging and choppy swim. Great Britain’s Chloe Pollard exited the swim first with a healthy advantage of over a minute. Following behind was then Keisha Besler (CAN) and Holly Henry (CAN), Pallant was eighth out of the water and had to make up a deficit of almost three minutes. Onto the run Pollard had a commanding lead, but was being chased by some very strong runners behind her. With much ground to cover, it took the first few kilometres for Pallant to get her stride, but she caught up to the front in the second lap and did not slow down. Pallant bypassed the competition and finished the five-kilometre course first to get her first aquathlon world championship. The gold then would be added to her already earned bronze medal from the duathlon event earlier in the Multisport week. Junior Sclabas then took the silver, also the duathlon junior champion, she pulled off a swift run to get the second place in the elite category. The bronze then went to Great Britain’s Slack, who had a strong run as well after making up ground from a tough swim. Pallant said of her come-from-behind victory, “I came out with a young whippersnapper of a junior, which she pushed me all the way. So I am used to chasing and she went ahead in the swim in the front, but I am really happy to come away with a win.” Men’s Recap   The full mix of elite, U23 and junior racers started off the aquathlon...

Sharpe (CAN) and Pallant (GBR) named 2017 Aquathlon World Champs in Penticton

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 20:28
Canada’s own Matthew Sharpe and Great Britain’s Emma Pallant collected world honours after being victorious at the 2017 Penticton ITU Aquathlon World Championships. Being the best of those who can swim and then run, the multisport championships saw athletes conquer a one-kilometre swim followed by a five-kilometre run. Joining Pallant on the women’s podium, junior Delia Sclabas (SUI) finished second among the elites to get her an upgraded medal, while the bronze went to British compatriot Jacqueline Slack. On the men’s side, Penticton crowds were treated to a home nation sweep as Canadians John Rassmussen and Aiden longcroft-Harris made the podium along with Sharpe. Women’s Recap While the women’s field was small, the competition was fierce. Multiple women entered the aquathlon event already having won a Multisport medal earlier in the week. After a short staggered start from the men’s race, the women’s start line that was made up of elites, U23s and juniors ran in Okanagan Lake to start the one-kilometre swim. The wind and colder weather made for a challenging and choppy swim. Great Britain’s Chloe Pollard exited the swim first with a healthy advantage of over a minute. Following behind was then Keisha Besler (CAN) and Holly Henry (CAN), Pallant was eighth out of the water and had to make up a deficit of almost three minutes. Onto the run Pollard had a commanding lead, but was being chased by some very strong runners behind her. With much ground to cover, it took the first few kilometres for Pallant to get her stride, but she caught up to the front in the second lap and did not slow down. Pallant bypassed the competition and finished the five-kilometre course first to get her first aquathlon world championship. The gold then would be added to her already earned bronze medal from the duathlon event earlier in the Multisport week. Junior Sclabas then took the silver, also the duathlon junior champion, she pulled off a swift run to get the second place in the elite category. The bronze then went to Great Britain’s Slack, who had a strong run as well after making up ground from a tough swim. Pallant said of her come-from-behind victory, “I came out with a young whippersnapper of a junior, which she pushed me all the way. So I am used to chasing and she went ahead in the swim in the front, but I am really happy to come away with a win.” Men’s Recap   The full mix of elite, U23 and junior racers started off the aquathlon...

Sharpe (CAN) and Pallant (GBR) named 2017 Aquathlon World Champs in Penticton

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 20:28
Canada’s own Matthew Sharpe and Great Britain’s Emma Pallant collected world honours after being victorious at the 2017 Penticton ITU Aquathlon World Championships. Being the best of those who can swim and then run, the multisport championships saw athletes conquer a one-kilometre swim followed by a five-kilometre run. Joining Pallant on the women’s podium, junior Delia Sclabas (SUI) finished second among the elites to get her an upgraded medal, while the bronze went to British compatriot Jacqueline Slack. On the men’s side, Penticton crowds were treated to a home nation sweep as Canadians John Rassmussen and Aiden longcroft-Harris made the podium along with Sharpe. Women’s Recap While the women’s field was small, the competition was fierce. Multiple women entered the aquathlon event already having won a Multisport medal earlier in the week. After a short staggered start from the men’s race, the women’s start line that was made up of elites, U23s and juniors ran in Okanagan Lake to start the one-kilometre swim. The wind and colder weather made for a challenging and choppy swim. Great Britain’s Chloe Pollard exited the swim first with a healthy advantage of over a minute. Following behind was then Keisha Besler (CAN) and Holly Henry (CAN), Pallant was eighth out of the water and had to make up a deficit of almost three minutes. Onto the run Pollard had a commanding lead, but was being chased by some very strong runners behind her. With much ground to cover, it took the first few kilometres for Pallant to get her stride, but she caught up to the front in the second lap and did not slow down. Pallant bypassed the competition and finished the five-kilometre course first to get her first aquathlon world championship. The gold then would be added to her already earned bronze medal from the duathlon event earlier in the Multisport week. Junior Sclabas then took the silver, also the duathlon junior champion, she pulled off a swift run to get the second place in the elite category. The bronze then went to Great Britain’s Slack, who had a strong run as well after making up ground from a tough swim. Pallant said of her come-from-behind victory, “I came out with a young whippersnapper of a junior, which she pushed me all the way. So I am used to chasing and she went ahead in the swim in the front, but I am really happy to come away with a win.” Men’s Recap The full mix of elite, U23 and junior racers started off the aquathlon event with...

Sharpe (CAN) and Pallant (GBR) named 2017 Aquathlon World Champs in Penticton

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 20:28
Canada’s own Matthew Sharpe and Great Britain’s Emma Pallant collected world honours after being victorious at the 2017 Penticton ITU Aquathlon World Championships. Being the best of those who can swim and then run, the multisport championships saw athletes conquer a one-kilometre swim followed by a five-kilometre run. Joining Pallant on the women’s podium, junior Delia Sclabas (SUI) finished second among the elites to get her an upgraded medal, while the bronze went to British compatriot Jacqueline Slack. On the men’s side, Penticton crowds were treated to a home nation sweep as Canadians John Rassmussen and Aiden longcroft-Harris made the podium along with Sharpe. Women’s Recap While the women’s field was small, the competition was fierce. Multiple women entered the aquathlon event already having won a Multisport medal earlier in the week. After a short staggered start from the men’s race, the women’s start line that was made up of elites, U23s and juniors ran in Okanagan Lake to start the one-kilometre swim. The wind and colder weather made for a challenging and choppy swim. Great Britain’s Chloe Pollard exited the swim first with a healthy advantage of over a minute. Following behind was then Keisha Besler (CAN) and Holly Henry (CAN), Pallant was eighth out of the water and had to make up a deficit of almost three minutes. Onto the run Pollard had a commanding lead, but was being chased by some very strong runners behind her. With much ground to cover, it took the first few kilometres for Pallant to get her stride, but she caught up to the front in the second lap and did not slow down. Pallant bypassed the competition and finished the five-kilometre course first to get her first aquathlon world championship. The gold then would be added to her already earned bronze medal from the duathlon event earlier in the Multisport week. Junior Sclabas then took the silver, also the duathlon junior champion, she pulled off a swift run to get the second place in the elite category. The bronze then went to Great Britain’s Slack, who had a strong run as well after making up ground from a tough swim. Pallant said of her come-from-behind victory, “I came out with a young whippersnapper of a junior, which she pushed me all the way. So I am used to chasing and she went ahead in the swim in the front, but I am really happy to come away with a win.” Men’s Recap The full mix of elite, U23 and junior racers started off the aquathlon event with...

Athletes’ meet and greet before WTS Stockholm

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 19:00
Just a few hours before taking the start on 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, a couple of the elite athletes took the stage to share with the media, and with all the triathlon fans around the world, their thoughts about the race and the season. Even though American Kirsten Kasper was not able to join at the last minute, let’s hear what Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt and Swedish Gabriel Sandör said about the fantastic Stockholm course. Kristian Blummenfelt On how does it feel to race so close to tour home nation: “I’m not from Sweden, but Stockholm is quite close, so I almost feel at home. This is the closest I can get to race at home in a big race, and there’s always tons of people cheering and that’s always great”. On goals for this race, after getting a third and a second place on WTS races this year: “I would love to win here. Montreal was a bit disappointing for me, I think I saved a bit more energy than what I should have on the run instead of taking more risks, and that’s the reason why I didn’t win. I was too scared of blowing u and not finishing on the podium. So I’m really looking forward to not saving anything here”. On the hard and hilly course: “I like this course. I reckon that it’s a tough course, but it’s tough for all of us. It’s not so easy to get back and relax, you have to push hard and climb the hill anyway”. On your favourites for this race: “I think definitely Jonny (Brownlee) is the one to beat here. I will be extra motivated after his two fourth places in the last two races, and I’m sure he will be trying to break away, similar than what he did in Montreal, and then I guess he will be even stronger on the run. So he is my favourite for this one. And on the women’s side, Flora. No doubt about it”. Gabriel Sandör On how it is like to be racing at home: “It adds a little bit of pressure, but I like it. It’s good to have crowds supporting”. On goals for this race. “My goal is to get over the top 30. I need a very good swim to be able to get out of the water on the first pack, and then ride hard and have a very good run”. On goals for the future: “Obviously, the Olympics in Tokyo. And for the season, get better results than last year”. On your favourites for this race: “I think Kristian is one of the main favourites for this race, he is in a great shape. As for the women, I see Flora as the clear favourite, but Andrea (Hewitt) is very strong as well”.

Athletes’ meet and greet before WTS Stockholm

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 19:00
Just a few hours before taking the start on 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, a couple of the elite athletes took the stage to share with the media, and with all the triathlon fans around the world, their thoughts about the race and the season. Even though American Kirsten Kasper was not able to join at the last minute, let’s hear what Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt and Swedish Gabriel Sandör said about the fantastic Stockholm course. Kristian Blummenfelt On how does it feel to race so close to tour home nation: “I’m not from Sweden, but Stockholm is quite close, so I almost feel at home. This is the closest I can get to race at home in a big race, and there’s always tons of people cheering and that’s always great”. On goals for this race, after getting a third and a second place on WTS races this year: “I would love to win here. Montreal was a bit disappointing for me, I think I saved a bit more energy than what I should have on the run instead of taking more risks, and that’s the reason why I didn’t win. I was too scared of blowing u and not finishing on the podium. So I’m really looking forward to not saving anything here”. On the hard and hilly course: “I like this course. I reckon that it’s a tough course, but it’s tough for all of us. It’s not so easy to get back and relax, you have to push hard and climb the hill anyway”. On your favourites for this race: “I think definitely Jonny (Brownlee) is the one to beat here. I will be extra motivated after his two fourth places in the last two races, and I’m sure he will be trying to break away, similar than what he did in Montreal, and then I guess he will be even stronger on the run. So he is my favourite for this one. And on the women’s side, Flora. No doubt about it”. Gabriel Sandör On how it is like to be racing at home: “It adds a little bit of pressure, but I like it. It’s good to have crowds supporting”. On goals for this race. “My goal is to get over the top 30. I need a very good swim to be able to get out of the water on the first pack, and then ride hard and have a very good run”. On goals for the future: “Obviously, the Olympics in Tokyo. And for the season, get better results than last year”. On your favourites for this race: “I think Kristian is one of the main favourites for this race, he is in a great shape. As for the women, I see Flora as the clear favourite, but Andrea (Hewitt) is very strong as well”.

New Aquathlon World Champions to be crowned in Penticton

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 04:45
The third elite world championship event is set to take place on Friday, August 25 where two new world champions will be named at the 2017 Penticton ITU Aquathlon World Championships. With a unique format this year, the elites, U23’s and juniors will all line the start list together to race at the same time and on the same course, making for one jammed-packed action filled race. With the men starting at 8:15am local time and the women following just after at 8:25am, the aquathlon offers up a short and speedy race that sees the athletes competing in a one-kilometre swim, followed by a five-kilometre run course. Elite The men’s elite field will see eleven men race in the effort of securing a world crown. The frontrunner is a man who already has a Penticton World Championship medal. Great Britain’s Mark Buckingham earned the bronze medal in the duathlon earlier in the week, but it will be the first time that the Brit has raced in an ITU aquathlon. Canada has some strong contenders that could bring the title home. Matthew Sharpe is a steadfast athletes in the ITU Triathlon World Cup and World Triathlon Series scene, even making it onto his first world cup podium for the first time last year, which also was in a Canadian hosted event. So he performs well on home country soil and could easily pick up a world crown. Jean-Philippe Thibodeau (CAN) is another strong Canadian, he was intended to compete in the cross triathlon event on Wednesday, but had to pull out before the race due to injury. But the extra rest has given him what he needs to line the start list on Friday. Aussie Ben Allen race in the cross triathlon in Penticton and was one of the leading men out of the swim, so he has already proven his strength in the water portion of the race. While the women’s elite race only contains three athletes, guaranteeing each a spot on the podium, the strength of the women keeps the mystery of who will be on the top of it. Jacqueline Slack of Great Britain was the silver medallist in the cross triathlon world event, where she was the swim leader during the race. She also had a phenomenal run, so the aquathlon is suited well for her strengths in the sport. Another Brit is Emma Pallant, who like Slack is entering the race on Friday already with a Penticton medal. Pallant took home the bronze medal in the duathlon race, which kicked off the Penticton World Championship Festival. However, the woman who could take the crown away from a Brit is Aussie Sarah...

New Aquathlon World Champions to be crowned in Penticton

Triathlon News - Fri, 25/08/2017 - 04:45
The third elite world championship event is set to take place on Friday, August 25 where two new world champions will be named at the 2017 Penticton ITU Aquathlon World Championships. With a unique format this year, the elites, U23’s and juniors will all line the start list together to race at the same time and on the same course, making for one jammed-packed action filled race. With the men starting at 8:15am local time and the women following just after at 8:25am, the aquathlon offers up a short and speedy race that sees the athletes competing in a one-kilometre swim, followed by a five-kilometre run course. Elite The men’s elite field will see eleven men race in the effort of securing a world crown. The frontrunner is a man who already has a Penticton World Championship medal. Great Britain’s Mark Buckingham earned the bronze medal in the duathlon earlier in the week, but it will be the first time that the Brit has raced in an ITU aquathlon. Canada has some strong contenders that could bring the title home. Matthew Sharpe is a steadfast athletes in the ITU Triathlon World Cup and World Triathlon Series scene, even making it onto his first world cup podium for the first time last year, which also was in a Canadian hosted event. So he performs well on home country soil and could easily pick up a world crown. Jean-Philippe Thibodeau (CAN) is another strong Canadian, he was intended to compete in the cross triathlon event on Wednesday, but had to pull out before the race due to injury. But the extra rest has given him what he needs to line the start list on Friday. Aussie Ben Allen race in the cross triathlon in Penticton and was one of the leading men out of the swim, so he has already proven his strength in the water portion of the race. While the women’s elite race only contains three athletes, guaranteeing each a spot on the podium, the strength of the women keeps the mystery of who will be on the top of it. Jacqueline Slack of Great Britain was the silver medallist in the cross triathlon world event, where she was the swim leader during the race. She also had a phenomenal run, so the aquathlon is suited well for her strengths in the sport. Another Brit is Emma Pallant, who like Slack is entering the race on Friday already with a Penticton medal. Pallant took home the bronze medal in the duathlon race, which kicked off the Penticton World Championship Festival. However, the woman who could take the crown away from a Brit is Aussie Sarah...

All set in Stockholm for the women to battle for the WTS crowns

Triathlon News - Wed, 23/08/2017 - 23:58
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series reaches the eighth stop on the calendar, and this time it is the Swedish capital that will host this weekend the 2017 ITU World triathlon Stockholm, where athletes will compete in the penultimate race before the Grand Final. A field of 35 women will dive in the water of the Riddarfjärden in what will probably be an all-against-the-current-WTS-leader, Bermudian Flora Duffy. She will be indeed the one to beat in the streets of the Royal city, wearing the golden swim cap reserved for the number one of the series, and knowing that no other athlete can take away that position form her, no matter what she does this weekend. The clear dominator of the season will be trying to get in Stockholm her fifth victory of the season, something only American Gwen Jorgensen has done before. Flora’s dominant season has seen so far a record for the largest winning margins in both Standard distance (11 seconds, in WTS Yokohama), and Sprint distance (31 seconds in WTS Hamburg), so it looks like there’s little the rest of the athletes can do to kick her out of the leading position, but the Bermudian will have to prove herself strong and consistent to be able to win again in Stockholm. One of her strongest rivals will be, Australian Ashleigh Gentle, who just comes back from an astonishing victory –the first of her extensive WTS career- in Montreal. But Gentle’s performance was not a one-day show, as she has been one of the most consistent athletes of the season, enough to get her at the moment the second place on the overall rankings. Same scenario applies to American Katie Zaferes, one of the more consistent athletes of the season, and who has finished within the top four positions on most races this season. One of the strongest runners on the field, she will be in the fight for the podium in Stockholm, but also fighting to keep herself on the final podium of the season. She will have to watch out for one of the ‘classic’ athletes of the circuit, kiwi Andrea Hewitt. With one of the best beginnings of the season of her career –winning WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Gold Coast-, and a great come back in WTS Montreal to finish in third place, she will be one to look for, as usual when it comes to Olympic distance. And she will definitely will be trying to get on top three spots of the overall rankings of the series as well. Stockholm will be also the perfect scenario for British Jodie Stimpson to come back to racing after an stress...

All set in Stockholm for the women to battle for the WTS crowns

Triathlon News - Wed, 23/08/2017 - 23:58
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series reaches the eighth stop on the calendar, and this time it is the Swedish capital that will host this weekend the 2017 ITU World triathlon Stockholm, where athletes will compete in the penultimate race before the Grand Final. A field of 35 women will dive in the water of the Riddarfjärden in what will probably be an all-against-the-current-WTS-leader, Bermudian Flora Duffy. She will be indeed the one to beat in the streets of the Royal city, wearing the golden swim cap reserved for the number one of the series, and knowing that no other athlete can take away that position form her, no matter what she does this weekend. The clear dominator of the season will be trying to get in Stockholm her fifth victory of the season, something only American Gwen Jorgensen has done before. Flora’s dominant season has seen so far a record for the largest winning margins in both Standard distance (11 seconds, in WTS Yokohama), and Sprint distance (31 seconds in WTS Hamburg), so it looks like there’s little the rest of the athletes can do to kick her out of the leading position, but the Bermudian will have to prove herself strong and consistent to be able to win again in Stockholm. One of her strongest rivals will be, Australian Ashleigh Gentle, who just comes back from an astonishing victory –the first of her extensive WTS career- in Montreal. But Gentle’s performance was not a one-day show, as she has been one of the most consistent athletes of the season, enough to get her at the moment the second place on the overall rankings. Same scenario applies to American Katie Zaferes, one of the more consistent athletes of the season, and who has finished within the top four positions on most races this season. One of the strongest runners on the field, she will be in the fight for the podium in Stockholm, but also fighting to keep herself on the final podium of the season. She will have to watch out for one of the ‘classic’ athletes of the circuit, kiwi Andrea Hewitt. With one of the best beginnings of the season of her career –winning WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Gold Coast-, and a great come back in WTS Montreal to finish in third place, she will be one to look for, as usual when it comes to Olympic distance. And she will definitely will be trying to get on top three spots of the overall rankings of the series as well. Stockholm will be also the perfect scenario for British Jodie Stimpson to come back to racing after an stress...

WTS racing returns to Stockholm for penultimate leg of the Series

Triathlon News - Wed, 23/08/2017 - 23:15
The best triathletes in the world will gather in Sweden this weekend for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, one of the most emblematic and scenic races on the ITU calendar. For the penultimate leg of the WTS season, athletes will be competing on a standard distance course, the same one from last year, in one of the most beautiful set ups of the world, which sits right next to the Royal Palace. Most eyes will be focused, one more time, on the Spaniard Army. With Mario Mola leading the pack, and knowing that no matter what he does in Sotckholm he will be the leader when the Grand Final comes, he will be wearing the golden number 1 this Saturday. With four victories in WTS races this season – WTS Gold Coast, WTS Yokohama, WTS Hamburg and WTS Edmonton - the Spaniard sure wants to get rid of the sour experience of finishing WTS Montreal, two weeks ago, in a disappointing 14th position, way further back than what he is used to. Back in the Standard distance in Stockholm, he will try to secure himself a podium position which will guarantee him also a comfortable lead before facing the Grand Final in Rotterdam in September. His main concern in this race will probably be another Spaniard, Fernando Alarza, who had a powerful start of the season, with three podiums, but has been just recently being left out of the podium positions for the overall WTS rankings, standing currently in fourth position. With his teammate Javier Gomez Noya and South African contendant Richard Murray not racing this weekend, he has a great chance of not only getting in the podium positions in Stockholm, but also to get back to the top overall rankings. An 8th position in this race will put him in third, while crossing the finish line in fourth or better will be enough to guarantee him the second place in the WTS rankings. be Alarza is the only athlete in the men’s field who has taken the start in all seven WTS races this season, and if he can get back to how he was racing at the start of the year, where he got three medals, he will be without a doubt be back to his glory racing. The Spaniards will have to be wise and strong during the swim if they want to keep their chances of the podium, as British Jonathan Brownlee will be for sure trying to redeem himself of his lasts performances in Canada, where he finished fourth two times in back to back races. He surely will be putting some pressure on the series leaders, trying to break away on the bike course. Flat and with nine...

WTS racing returns to Stockholm for penultimate leg of the Series

Triathlon News - Wed, 23/08/2017 - 23:15
The best triathletes in the world will gather in Sweden this weekend for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, one of the most emblematic and scenic races on the ITU calendar. For the penultimate leg of the WTS season, athletes will be competing on a standard distance course, the same one from last year, in one of the most beautiful set ups of the world, which sits right next to the Royal Palace. Most eyes will be focused, one more time, on the Spaniard Army. With Mario Mola leading the pack, and knowing that no matter what he does in Sotckholm he will be the leader when the Grand Final comes, he will be wearing the golden number 1 this Saturday. With four victories in WTS races this season – WTS Gold Coast, WTS Yokohama, WTS Hamburg and WTS Edmonton - the Spaniard sure wants to get rid of the sour experience of finishing WTS Montreal, two weeks ago, in a disappointing 14th position, way further back than what he is used to. Back in the Standard distance in Stockholm, he will try to secure himself a podium position which will guarantee him also a comfortable lead before facing the Grand Final in Rotterdam in September. His main concern in this race will probably be another Spaniard, Fernando Alarza, who had a powerful start of the season, with three podiums, but has been just recently being left out of the podium positions for the overall WTS rankings, standing currently in fourth position. With his teammate Javier Gomez Noya and South African contendant Richard Murray not racing this weekend, he has a great chance of not only getting in the podium positions in Stockholm, but also to get back to the top overall rankings. An 8th position in this race will put him in third, while crossing the finish line in fourth or better will be enough to guarantee him the second place in the WTS rankings. be Alarza is the only athlete in the men’s field who has taken the start in all seven WTS races this season, and if he can get back to how he was racing at the start of the year, where he got three medals, he will be without a doubt be back to his glory racing. The Spaniards will have to be wise and strong during the swim if they want to keep their chances of the podium, as British Jonathan Brownlee will be for sure trying to redeem himself of his lasts performances in Canada, where he finished fourth two times in back to back races. He surely will be putting some pressure on the series leaders, trying to break away on the bike course. Flat and with nine...

Serrano (MEX) and Mcquaid (CAN) battle the off road to be named Cross Triathlon World Champions

Triathlon News - Wed, 23/08/2017 - 21:55
Batting on one of the most beautiful and scenically diverse courses that the sport has seen, Mexico’s Francisco Serrano and Canada’s own Melanie Mcquaid were named the 2017 Penticton ITU Cross Triathlon World Champions. Serrano earned his very first World Title in the men’s field after a huge comeback performance on the run drove him past the race-day leader and onto the blue carpet to grab the finisher’s tape. Joining him on the podium then was Spaniard Ruben Rufaza who finished with the silver, while bronze went to Kiwi Kyle Smith, who claimed the elite third place medal, but also the U23 World Championship as he was the first athlete to finish. The win from Mcquaid gave her a reclaiming of the crown after she first won the ITU Cross Title in 2011. But after 6 years, she busted out a dominating start-to-finish performance to grant her the second title and more so, on home soil. Coming in second was Great Britain’s Jacqueline Slack and bronze then was earned by Ladina Buss (SUI). Men’s Recap The men’s field packed in the talent as past world champion medallists lined the start list. They began the day as the first group to test the course and as the starting drum beat down, they entered the water from a beach start. Stroking through the clear blue waters of the Okanagan Lake, the 1.5km swim spread out the roster entering the first transition zone. Smith was the first to exit the waters, followed by Aussie Ben Allen and France’s Brice Daubord with the rest of the field gaped out behind. After a swift T1, the leading athletes headed out onto the 31km bike course that took the athletes through a tour of landscapes in the vineyard countryside, to single-lane trail riding in the forest to overlooking viewpoints of the lake below. While Rufaza was among the chase in the swim, he quickly hammered through the off road bike course and pulled ahead to become the race leader. As a three-time crown defender, it looked like he had the strength to go for his fourth consecutive title in Penticton. So when he made his way to the second transition, he had built a healthy lead of over 30 seconds from the chasers behind. Hot on his heels and pushing for two more podium spots was a trio of Allen, Smith and Serrano entering T2 together. After dropping off the bike, the men headed back up a large hill and onto the dirt terrain for the 8km run. Striding up and down small hills and winding down clay-rock formations and even down to the lakeside to run...

Serrano (MEX) and Mcquaid (CAN) battle the off road to be named Cross Triathlon World Champions

Triathlon News - Wed, 23/08/2017 - 21:55
Battling on one of the most beautiful and scenically diverse courses that the sport has seen, Mexico’s Francisco Serrano and Canada’s own Melanie Mcquaid were named the 2017 Penticton ITU Cross Triathlon World Champions. Serrano earned his very first World Title in the men’s field after a huge comeback performance on the run drove him past the race-day leader and onto the blue carpet to grab the finisher’s tape. Joining him on the podium then was Spaniard Ruben Rufaza who finished with the silver, while bronze went to Kiwi Kyle Smith, who claimed the elite third place medal, but also the U23 World Championship as he was the first athlete to finish. The win from Mcquaid gave her a reclaiming of the crown after she first won the ITU Cross Title in 2011. But after 6 years, she busted out a dominating start-to-finish performance to grant her the second title and more so, on home soil. Coming in second was Great Britain’s Jacqueline Slack and bronze then was earned by Ladina Buss (SUI). Men’s Recap The men’s field packed in the talent as past world champion medallists lined the start list. They began the day as the first group to test the course and as the starting drum beat down, they entered the water from a beach start. Stroking through the clear blue waters of the Okanagan Lake, the 1.5km swim spread out the roster entering the first transition zone. Smith was the first to exit the waters, followed by Aussie Ben Allen and France’s Brice Daubord with the rest of the field gaped out behind. After a swift T1, the leading athletes headed out onto the 31km bike course that took the athletes through a tour of landscapes in the vineyard countryside, to single-lane trail riding in the forest to overlooking viewpoints of the lake below. While Rufaza was among the chase in the swim, he quickly hammered through the off road bike course and pulled ahead to become the race leader. As a three-time crown defender, it looked like he had the strength to go for his fourth consecutive title in Penticton. So when he made his way to the second transition, he had built a healthy lead of over 30 seconds from the chasers behind. Hot on his heels and pushing for two more podium spots was a trio of Allen, Smith and Serrano entering T2 together. After dropping off the bike, the men headed back up a large hill and onto the dirt terrain for the 8km run. Striding up and down small hills and winding down clay-rock formations and even down to the lakeside to run...

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