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Flora Duffy earns back-to-back WTS win in Leeds

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/06/2017 - 18:53
Earning her fourth career World Triathlon Series victory and second consecutive win of the season, Flora Duffy (BER) claimed the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds in a near-perfect race scenario. Exiting the waters among the leaders and then joining a small and fierce lead bike pack that worked well together to earn a large advantage, Duffy entered the run with a clear shot of earning the day’s gold medal. Giving her a second WTS win of the season and a trade up from the silver medal she earned in Leeds in 2016, Duffy’s victory also puts her in a solid position to continue her quest of reclaiming her World Title. Duffy said of how the race played out, “I came out of the water in a good position and luckily the girls on the bike were keen to work with me. So perhaps they picked up on if you ride hard there is an opportunity to podium, so we made a huge gap and yeah it was fantastic. You know this was Taylor’s (Spivey) first podium and Alice’s (Betto) as well, so that is really cool and I am super happy for them.” “Four was perfect, especially when we came into the circuit because it is so technical here, so the smaller the group is the faster you get through the corners and just the more efficient you are. Those girls rode super well technically so it helped the speed, so we just gradually just put more and more time into the chase group, which was pretty cool,” she said of the small lead bunch she cycled with. “Obviously you go into each race with a goal, so yeah it is nice that I have won the first two, which kind of came as a surprise but I guess I will just keep the momentum going.” Joining the reigning World Champion on the podium was two WTS medal first-timers: Taylor Spivey (USA) and Alice Betto (ITA). Spivey earned the silver medal, advancing from her first-time silver medal she earned in Madrid in the World Cup circuit only a few weeks before in order to become only the seventh woman in the USA to make a WTS podium. “I am beyond thrilled, I wasn’t expecting it all. I just am so happy that all of my hard work has paid off and it came together today,” Spivey said. “I think making that front pack with Flora, she is just so strong and technically amazing. I really had to push to stay on her wheel because I am not as technically as strong as her, but I am just so happy I managed to pull it together today.” A cloudy and slightly cool day welcomed the women as they kicked off the day of racing in Leeds....

IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 09/06/2017 - 12:10
ITU is pleased to announce that the Triathlon Mixed Relays has been included on the Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday June 9 the new events added for the next Olympics, which will be Triathlon Mixed Relays, Basketball 3x3, Archery Mixed Team event, 4x400 mixed relays in athletics, BMX freestyle Park, Madison in Cycling, team events in fencing, mixed team event in judo, mixed doubles in table tennis and 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. In August 2020, the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will host the third triathlon event during the next Olympics, giving triathletes the possibility to earn another Olympic medal. The Mixed Relays will represent a catalyst on the promotion of women athletes within all NOCs around the world, as it completely fulfils the Agenda 2020 requirements. Marisol Casado, President of ITU and IOC Member, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. We’ve been pushing for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Programme for quite a long time, as it is an event that gives the sport something very important: a sense of team building. But most important, is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, said: The fascinating new vents that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympic Programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, she was one of the first triathletes backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed...

IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 09/06/2017 - 12:10
ITU is pleased to announce that the Triathlon Mixed Relays has been included on the Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday June 9 the new events added for the next Olympics, which will be Triathlon Mixed Relays, Basketball 3x3, Archery Mixed Team event, 4x400 mixed relays in athletics, BMX freestyle Park, Madison in Cycling, team events in fencing, mixed team event in judo, mixed doubles in table tennis and 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. In August 2020, the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will host the third triathlon event during the next Olympics, giving triathletes the possibility to earn another Olympic medal. The Mixed Relays will represent a catalyst on the promotion of women athletes within all NOCs around the world, as it completely fulfils the Agenda 2020 requirements. Marisol Casado, President of ITU and IOC Member, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. We’ve been pushing for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Programme for quite a long time, as it is an event that gives the sport something very important: a sense of team building. But most important, is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, said: The fascinating new vents that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympic Programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, she was one of the first triathletes backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed...

IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 09/06/2017 - 12:10
ITU is pleased to announce that the Triathlon Mixed Relays has been included on the Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday June 9 the new events added for the next Olympics, which will be Triathlon Mixed Relays, Basketball 3x3, Archery Mixed Team event, 4x400 mixed relays in athletics, BMX freestyle Park, Madison in Cycling, team events in fencing, mixed team event in judo, mixed doubles in table tennis and 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. In August 2020, the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will host the third triathlon event during the next Olympics, giving triathletes the possibility to earn another Olympic medal. The Mixed Relays will represent a catalyst on the promotion of women athletes within all NOCs around the world, as it completely fulfils the Agenda 2020 requirements. Marisol Casado, President of ITU and IOC Member, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. We’ve been pushing for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Programme for quite a long time, as it is an event that gives the sport something very important: a sense of team building. But most important, is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, said: The fascinating new vents that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympic Programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, she was one of the first triathletes backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed...

IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 09/06/2017 - 12:10
ITU is pleased to announce that the Triathlon Mixed Relays has been included on the Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday June 9 the new events added for the next Olympics, which will be Triathlon Mixed Relays, Basketball 3x3, Archery Mixed Team event, 4x400 mixed relays in athletics, BMX freestyle Park, Madison in Cycling, team events in fencing, mixed team event in judo, mixed doubles in table tennis and 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. In August 2020, the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will host the third triathlon event during the next Olympics, giving triathletes the possibility to earn another Olympic medal. The Mixed Relays will represent a catalyst on the promotion of women athletes within all NOCs around the world, as it completely fulfils the Agenda 2020 requirements. Marisol Casado, President of ITU and IOC Member, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. We’ve been pushing for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Programme for quite a long time, as it is an event that gives the sport something very important: a sense of team building. But most important, is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, said: The fascinating new vents that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympic Programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, she was one of the first triathletes backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed...

IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 09/06/2017 - 12:10
ITU is pleased to announce that the Triathlon Mixed Relays has been included on the Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday June 9 the new events added for the next Olympics, which will be Triathlon Mixed Relays, Basketball 3x3, Archery Mixed Team event, 4x400 mixed relays in athletics, BMX freestyle Park, Madison in Cycling, team events in fencing, mixed team event in judo, mixed doubles in table tennis and 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. In August 2020, the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will host the third triathlon event during the next Olympics, giving triathletes the possibility to earn another Olympic medal. The Mixed Relays will represent a catalyst on the promotion of women athletes within all NOCs around the world, as it completely fulfils the Agenda 2020 requirements. Marisol Casado, President of ITU and IOC Member, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. We’ve been pushing for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Programme for quite a long time, as it is an event that gives the sport something very important: a sense of team building. But most important, is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, said: The fascinating new vents that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympic Programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, she was one of the first triathletes backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed...

IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 09/06/2017 - 02:11
ITU is pleased to announce that the Triathlon Mixed Relays has been included on the Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday June 9 the new events added for the next Olympics, which will be Triathlon Mixed Relays, Basketball 3x3, Archery Mixed Team event, 4x400 mixed relays in athletics, BMX freestyle Park, Madison in Cycling, team events in fencing, mixed team event in judo, mixed doubles in table tennis and 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming. In August 2020, the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will host the third triathlon event during the next Olympics, giving triathletes the possibility to earn another Olympic medal. The Mixed Relays will represent a catalyst on the promotion of women athletes within all NOCs around the world, as it completely fulfils the Agenda 2020 requirements. Marisol Casado, President of ITU and IOC Member, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. We’ve been pushing for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Programme for quite a long time, as it is an event that gives the sport something very important: a sense of team building. But most important, is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, said: The fascinating new vents that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”. The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit. With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympic Programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, she was one of the first triathletes backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed...

Athletes chatter ahead of WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 17:11
With less than three days to go WTS Leeds, the Brownlee brothers’ hometown is ready for welcoming the first stop of the European leg of the series. Let’s hear what athletes think about the race this Sunday. Alistair Brownlee On his season so far: “I’ve been doing some long distance and middle distance races so far this year. It’s a out twice the distance of here in Leeds. And I’m really looking forward racing here in Leeds, I couldn’t miss my home race. On the atmosphere in Leeds. “Last year the atmosphere was incredible, and I think it helped get the message out there that the Leeds race is the one more supported by the people of the WTS circuit. Racing here for me last year was just magical. I just hope that even more people will show up this year and they shout even louder”. Jonathan Brownlee On what you expect from Sunday: “It’s gonna be a great day, I hope we’ll have lots of people watching. It’s a tough course but I really like it” About his season so far: “I’ve been quite unlucky, with injuries and crashes. I just hope I can perform great here and I can be with Alistair in the podium”. Non Stanford. On what she is looking for on this race: “Definetely I want to perform better tan last year. Hopefully I’ll have a better swim than last year, so that when it comes on the run I can feel more comfortable. On her season so far: “I won in Chengdu World Cup and in Yokohama WTS I had probably the best swim of my career. I finished on 7th place, after the bike crash, but I run the second fastest of all triathletes, so I’m quite happy with that. Kirstin Kasper On her feelings for the race: “I finished second in Cagliari, I executed my race the way I wanted and now I’m really excited about racing in Leeds. Came with great preparations, and I just will perform the way I have planned. It’s my first time in Leeds, I watched last year on TV and thought that it will be really nice to race here”. On the different weather conditions and bike course from Cagliari: “It’s a tough course, very technical and challenging, but I like it a lot. It will be very fun. And it’s also gonna be really different conditions that the ones we had in Cagliari, but I usually train with this weather so it should be fine”.

Athletes chatter ahead of WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 17:11
With less than three days to go until WTS Leeds, the Brownlee brothers’ hometown is ready to welcome the first stop of the European leg of the series. Let’s hear what athletes think about the race this Sunday. Alistair Brownlee On his season so far: “I’ve been doing some long distance and middle distance races so far this year. It’s a out twice the distance of here in Leeds. And I’m really looking forward racing here in Leeds, I couldn’t miss my home race. On the atmosphere in Leeds. “Last year the atmosphere was incredible, and I think it helped get the message out there that the Leeds race is the one more supported by the people of the WTS circuit. Racing here for me last year was just magical. I just hope that even more people will show up this year and they shout even louder”. Jonathan Brownlee On what to expect from this Sunday: “It’s gonna be a great day, I hope we’ll have lots of people watching. It’s a tough course but I really like it” About his season so far: “I’ve been quite unlucky, with injuries and crashes. I just hope I can perform great here and I can be with Alistair on the podium”. Non Stanford. On what she is looking for in this race: “Definitely I want to perform better than last year. Hopefully I’ll have a better swim than last year too, so that when it comes to the run I can feel more comfortable. On her season so far: “I won in Chengdu World Cup and in Yokohama WTS I had probably the best swim of my career. I finished in 7th place after the bike crash, but I ran the second fastest of all triathletes, so I’m quite happy with that. Kirstin Kasper On her feelings for the race: “I finished second in Cagliari, I executed my race the way I wanted to and now I’m really excited about racing in Leeds. I came with great preparations, and I will perform the way I have planned. It’s my first time in Leeds, I watched last year on TV and thought that it will be really nice to race here”. On the different weather conditions and the bike course from Cagliari: “It’s a tough course, very technical and challenging, but I like it a lot. It will be a lot of fun. And it’s also gonna be really different conditions than the ones we had in Cagliari, but I usually train with this weather so it should be fine”.

Athletes chatter ahead of WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 17:11
With less than three days to go until WTS Leeds, the Brownlee brothers’ hometown is ready to welcome the first stop of the European leg of the series. Let’s hear what athletes think about the race this Sunday. Alistair Brownlee On his season so far: “I’ve been doing some long distance and middle distance races so far this year. It’s a out twice the distance of here in Leeds. And I’m really looking forward racing here in Leeds, I couldn’t miss my home race. On the atmosphere in Leeds. “Last year the atmosphere was incredible, and I think it helped get the message out there that the Leeds race is the one more supported by the people of the WTS circuit. Racing here for me last year was just magical. I just hope that even more people will show up this year and they shout even louder”. Jonathan Brownlee On what to expect from this Sunday: “It’s gonna be a great day, I hope we’ll have lots of people watching. It’s a tough course but I really like it” About his season so far: “I’ve been quite unlucky, with injuries and crashes. I just hope I can perform great here and I can be with Alistair on the podium”. Non Stanford. On what she is looking for in this race: “Definitely I want to perform better than last year. Hopefully I’ll have a better swim than last year too, so that when it comes to the run I can feel more comfortable. On her season so far: “I won in Chengdu World Cup and in Yokohama WTS I had probably the best swim of my career. I finished in 7th place after the bike crash, but I ran the second fastest of all triathletes, so I’m quite happy with that. Kirstin Kasper On her feelings for the race: “I finished second in Cagliari, I executed my race the way I wanted to and now I’m really excited about racing in Leeds. I came with great preparations, and I will perform the way I have planned. It’s my first time in Leeds, I watched last year on TV and thought that it will be really nice to race here”. On the different weather conditions and the bike course from Cagliari: “It’s a tough course, very technical and challenging, but I like it a lot. It will be a lot of fun. And it’s also gonna be really different conditions than the ones we had in Cagliari, but I usually train with this weather so it should be fine”.

Athletes chatter ahead of WTS Leeds

Triathlon News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 17:11
With less than three days to go until WTS Leeds, the Brownlee brothers’ hometown is ready to welcome the first stop of the European leg of the series. Let’s hear what athletes think about the race this Sunday. Alistair Brownlee On his season so far: “I’ve been doing some long distance and middle distance races so far this year. It’s a out twice the distance of here in Leeds. And I’m really looking forward racing here in Leeds, I couldn’t miss my home race. On the atmosphere in Leeds. “Last year the atmosphere was incredible, and I think it helped get the message out there that the Leeds race is the one more supported by the people of the WTS circuit. Racing here for me last year was just magical. I just hope that even more people will show up this year and they shout even louder”. Jonathan Brownlee On what to expect from this Sunday: “It’s gonna be a great day, I hope we’ll have lots of people watching. It’s a tough course but I really like it” About his season so far: “I’ve been quite unlucky, with injuries and crashes. I just hope I can perform great here and I can be with Alistair on the podium”. Non Stanford. On what she is looking for in this race: “Definitely I want to perform better than last year. Hopefully I’ll have a better swim than last year too, so that when it comes to the run I can feel more comfortable. On her season so far: “I won in Chengdu World Cup and in Yokohama WTS I had probably the best swim of my career. I finished in 7th place after the bike crash, but I ran the second fastest of all triathletes, so I’m quite happy with that. Kirstin Kasper On her feelings for the race: “I finished second in Cagliari, I executed my race the way I wanted to and now I’m really excited about racing in Leeds. I came with great preparations, and I will perform the way I have planned. It’s my first time in Leeds, I watched last year on TV and thought that it will be really nice to race here”. On the different weather conditions and the bike course from Cagliari: “It’s a tough course, very technical and challenging, but I like it a lot. It will be a lot of fun. And it’s also gonna be really different conditions than the ones we had in Cagliari, but I usually train with this weather so it should be fine”.

ITU confirms the partnership with Oceania Triathlon Union

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 13:12
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract with the Oceania Triathlon Union (OTU). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development as well as technical and event development, and increasing the participation of women in the sport. “OTU’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected OTU President Peter Hedge is with the development necessities of Oceania areas.” Hedge said, “The signing of this Development Grant contract is a major step forward for us as we seek to consolidate the work of our Development Committee. The hours spent by our dedicated team has resulted in significant support being offered by ITU. Our plan is focused on fostering the growth of National Federations and creating talent in athletes and coaches. I have carefully listened to the “wish list” from our Federations and feel that the way forward, as presented by the Development Committee, is the right one for us here in the Oceania area. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2018.”

ITU confirms the partnership with Oceania Triathlon Union

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 13:12
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract with the Oceania Triathlon Union (OTU). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development as well as technical and event development, and increasing the participation of women in the sport. “OTU’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected OTU President Peter Hedge is with the development necessities of Oceania areas.” Hedge said, “The signing of this Development Grant contract is a major step forward for us as we seek to consolidate the work of our Development Committee. The hours spent by our dedicated team has resulted in significant support being offered by ITU. Our plan is focused on fostering the growth of National Federations and creating talent in athletes and coaches. I have carefully listened to the “wish list” from our Federations and feel that the way forward, as presented by the Development Committee, is the right one for us here in the Oceania area. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2018.”

Brownlee Brothers return to reclaim hometown WTS Leeds event

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 12:00
The World Triathlon Series heads to Europe this weekend for the second annual Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds event. After debuting on the calendar last year, WTS Leeds quickly became one of most buzzworthy events of the circuit as fans crowd the streets from start to finish to watch the world’s top triathletes compete. This season the elites will once again be treated to a unique and technical standard-distance course experience that will take them through the countryside before finishing in the city centre, where thousands of fans are expected to line the venue to create an alive atmosphere. Spain’s Fernando Alarza has earned the right to wear the golden number one this weekend and lead off the men’s start list. In the first three WTS events of the season he has finished in the top four in every single one, making the podium in the Gold Coast and Yokohama. His abilities in the swim and bike and increasing speed on the run has catapulted him to be one of the top Spanish men in the field, even beating out veteran Javier Gomez Noya in a sprint in Gold Coast. This weekend could be the event that gives Alarza his first WTS gold of the season. Henri Schoeman (RSA) is eager to land on the WTS podium. After his standout performances last year, his intentions for this 2017 season has been to keep up the momentum. In WTS Yokohama he just missed out on a medal in the final kilometres of the race and finished fourth. And while he has a couple ITU World Cup podiums under his belt this season, he will not stop until he steps up in the WTS. Fans lucky enough to watch the race in person will have the great excitement of seeing the return of both Brownlee brothers competing together for the first time this year. After last season and winning Olympic gold, older brother Alistair Brownlee has devoted his time to competing on the longer distance course. But when the WTS returns to the city that started his triathlon career, he has no choice but to sign up. Jonathan Brownlee on the other hand has set his sights on winning the world title at the end of the year. However, after missing Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast and then an unfortunate bike crash left him with a finish of 42nd place in Yokohama, every race counts now for points and he can’t afford another race mishap. The Brownlees are not the only Brits that the local fans will be cheering on this Sunday. Tom Bishop debuted on his first WTS podium in Abu Dhabi earlier this year and is really...

Brownlee Brothers return to reclaim hometown WTS Leeds event

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 12:00
The World Triathlon Series heads to Europe this weekend for the second annual Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds event. After debuting on the calendar last year, WTS Leeds quickly became one of most buzzworthy events of the circuit as fans crowd the streets from start to finish to watch the world’s top triathletes compete. This season the elites will once again be treated to a unique and technical standard-distance course experience that will take them through the countryside before finishing in the city centre, where thousands of fans are expected to line the venue to create an alive atmosphere. Spain’s Fernando Alarza has earned the right to wear the golden number one this weekend and lead off the men’s start list. In the first three WTS events of the season he has finished in the top four in every single one, making the podium in the Gold Coast and Yokohama. His abilities in the swim and bike and increasing speed on the run has catapulted him to be one of the top Spanish men in the field, even beating out veteran Javier Gomez Noya in a sprint in Gold Coast. This weekend could be the event that gives Alarza his first WTS gold of the season. Henri Schoeman (RSA) is eager to land on the WTS podium. After his standout performances last year, his intentions for this 2017 season has been to keep up the momentum. In WTS Yokohama he just missed out on a medal in the final kilometres of the race and finished fourth. And while he has a couple ITU World Cup podiums under his belt this season, he will not stop until he steps up in the WTS. Fans lucky enough to watch the race in person will have the great excitement of seeing the return of both Brownlee brothers competing together for the first time this year. After last season and winning Olympic gold, older brother Alistair Brownlee has devoted his time to competing on the longer distance course. But when the WTS returns to the city that started his triathlon career, he has no choice but to sign up. Jonathan Brownlee on the other hand has set his sights on winning the world title at the end of the year. However, after missing Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast and then an unfortunate bike crash left him with a finish of 42nd place in Yokohama, every race counts now for points and he can’t afford another race mishap. The Brownlees are not the only Brits that the local fans will be cheering on this Sunday. Tom Bishop debuted on his first WTS podium in Abu Dhabi earlier this year and is really...

Brownlee Brothers return to reclaim hometown WTS Leeds event

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 12:00
The World Triathlon Series heads to Europe this weekend for the second annual Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds event. After debuting on the calendar last year, WTS Leeds quickly became one of most buzzworthy events of the circuit as fans crowd the streets from start to finish to watch the world’s top triathletes compete. This season the elites will once again be treated to a unique and technical standard-distance course experience that will take them through the countryside before finishing in the city centre, where thousands of fans are expected to line the venue to create an alive atmosphere. Spain’s Fernando Alarza has earned the right to wear the golden number one this weekend and lead off the men’s start list. In the first three WTS events of the season he has finished in the top four in every single one, making the podium in the Gold Coast and Yokohama. His abilities in the swim and bike and increasing speed on the run has catapulted him to be one of the top Spanish men in the field, even beating out veteran Javier Gomez Noya in a sprint in Gold Coast. This weekend could be the event that gives Alarza his first WTS gold of the season. Henri Schoeman (RSA) is eager to land on the WTS podium. After his standout performances last year, his intentions for this 2017 season has been to keep up the momentum. In WTS Yokohama he just missed out on a medal in the final kilometres of the race and finished fourth. And while he has a couple ITU World Cup podiums under his belt this season, he will not stop until he steps up in the WTS. Fans lucky enough to watch the race in person will have the great excitement of seeing the return of both Brownlee brothers competing together for the first time this year. After last season and winning Olympic gold, older brother Alistair Brownlee has devoted his time to competing on the longer distance course. But when the WTS returns to the city that started his triathlon career, he has no choice but to sign up. Jonathan Brownlee on the other hand has set his sights on winning the world title at the end of the year. However, after missing Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast and then an unfortunate bike crash left him with a finish of 42nd place in Yokohama, every race counts now for points and he can’t afford another race mishap. The Brownlees are not the only Brits that the local fans will be cheering on this Sunday. Tom Bishop debuted on his first WTS podium in Abu Dhabi earlier this year and is really...

Brownlee Brothers return to reclaim hometown WTS Leeds event

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 12:00
The World Triathlon Series heads to Europe this weekend for the second annual Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds event. After debuting on the calendar last year, WTS Leeds quickly became one of most buzzworthy events of the circuit as fans crowd the streets from start to finish to watch the world’s top triathletes compete. This season the elites will once again be treated to a unique and technical standard-distance course experience that will take them through the countryside before finishing in the city centre, where thousands of fans are expected to line the venue to create an alive atmosphere. Spain’s Fernando Alarza has earned the right to wear the golden number one this weekend and lead off the men’s start list. In the first three WTS events of the season he has finished in the top four in every single one, making the podium in the Gold Coast and Yokohama. His abilities in the swim and bike and increasing speed on the run has catapulted him to be one of the top Spanish men in the field, even beating out veteran Javier Gomez Noya in a sprint in Gold Coast. This weekend could be the event that gives Alarza his first WTS gold of the season. Henri Schoeman (RSA) is eager to land on the WTS podium. After his standout performances last year, his intentions for this 2017 season has been to keep up the momentum. In WTS Yokohama he just missed out on a medal in the final kilometres of the race and finished fourth. And while he has a couple ITU World Cup podiums under his belt this season, he will not stop until he steps up in the WTS. Fans lucky enough to watch the race in person will have the great excitement of seeing the return of both Brownlee brothers competing together for the first time this year. After last season and winning Olympic gold, older brother Alistair Brownlee has devoted his time to competing on the longer distance course. But when the WTS returns to the city that started his triathlon career, he has no choice but to sign up. Jonathan Brownlee on the other hand has set his sights on winning the world title at the end of the year. However, after missing Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast and then an unfortunate bike crash left him with a finish of 42nd place in Yokohama, every race counts now for points and he can’t afford another race mishap. The Brownlees are not the only Brits that the local fans will be cheering on this Sunday. Tom Bishop debuted on his first WTS podium in Abu Dhabi earlier this year and is really...

Strong women’s field turns up for second-ever WTS Leeds race

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 08:30
The fourth stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series sees the athletes traveling over to England to begin the European leg of the nine-city tour. Elites will line up for the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, an event that will appear on the WTS calendar for only the second time in its history. WTS Leeds is one of the most popular events of the year due to its challenging and scenic course that gives the athletes a tour of the entire city with thousands of fans expected to cover every inch of the course. The energy will be electric on Sunday, with the woman’s field providing a mix of local and international talent that will make for a great spectacle for all involved. For the first time in her career, USA’s Kirsten Kasper will be wearing the number one to kick off the WTS women’s event. Her breakthrough 2016 year has continued into this season as her results have consistently kept among the top, even earning herself her first WTS medal in Yokohama when she finished third. She easily is becoming one of the top U.S. women and the WTS should see a lot more success from the up and comer. But with the rankings changing after every single race, it is the current World Champion, Flora Duffy (BER) who is going to want to take that number one spot. Duffy returned to the WTS in true Duffy fashion – by winning. After missing out on the first two events of the season due to injury, she lined up in Yokohama and started up right where she left off, on top of the podium. Now as she sets off to race WTS race number two, the aim is to keep climbing in the leaderboard. Last year in Leeds, Duffy took home the silver medal right behind USA’s Gwen Jorgensen. But with Jorgensen out of commission this season, the lane to the gold medal could be wide open. With Leeds expected to have over 80,000 fans in attendance to cheer on the elites, it will be foolish to count out the British woman as the adrenaline that comes from a home crowd is sure to play an advantage. Perhaps the top women’s hopeful for Great Britain is Non Stanford. Stanford started her 2017 season on the ITU World Cup circuit and won in Chengdu. She then competed in WTS Yokohama the following week, however an unlucky bike crash on the rainy course took her out of medal contention. Despite the misfortune she still finished seventh in the race, and so comes into Leeds, her training city, ready to collect some hardware. While Brit favourites Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson will have...

Strong women’s field turns up for second-ever WTS Leeds race

Triathlon News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 08:30
The fourth stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series sees the athletes traveling over to England to begin the European leg of the nine-city tour. Elites will line up for the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, an event that will appear on the WTS calendar for only the second time in its history. WTS Leeds is one of the most popular events of the year due to its challenging and scenic course that gives the athletes a tour of the entire city with thousands of fans expected to cover every inch of the course. The energy will be electric on Sunday, with the woman’s field providing a mix of local and international talent that will make for a great spectacle for all involved. For the first time in her career, USA’s Kirsten Kasper will be wearing the number one to kick off the WTS women’s event. Her breakthrough 2016 year has continued into this season as her results have consistently kept among the top, even earning herself her first WTS medal in Yokohama when she finished third. She easily is becoming one of the top U.S. women and the WTS should see a lot more success from the up and comer. But with the rankings changing after every single race, it is the current World Champion, Flora Duffy (BER) who is going to want to take that number one spot. Duffy returned to the WTS in true Duffy fashion – by winning. After missing out on the first two events of the season due to injury, she lined up in Yokohama and started up right where she left off, on top of the podium. Now as she sets off to race WTS race number two, the aim is to keep climbing in the leaderboard. Last year in Leeds, Duffy took home the silver medal right behind USA’s Gwen Jorgensen. But with Jorgensen out of commission this season, the lane to the gold medal could be wide open. With Leeds expected to have over 80,000 fans in attendance to cheer on the elites, it will be foolish to count out the British woman as the adrenaline that comes from a home crowd is sure to play an advantage. Perhaps the top women’s hopeful for Great Britain is Non Stanford. Stanford started her 2017 season on the ITU World Cup circuit and won in Chengdu. She then competed in WTS Yokohama the following week, however an unlucky bike crash on the rainy course took her out of medal contention. Despite the misfortune she still finished seventh in the race, and so comes into Leeds, her training city, ready to collect some hardware. While Brit favourites Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson will have...

French Paratriathletes impress on home soil

Triathlon News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 19:30
France’s para triathletes impressed at the first International Triathlon Union (ITU) Para Triathlon World Cup of the season in Besancon, France, on Sunday (4 June). The French contingent sealed 11 podium-finishes, with Ahmed Andaloussi, Mona Francis, Elise Marc, Alexis Hanquinquant and Gwladys Lemoussu all winning their respective events. There was a French one-two in the men’s PTHC, with Ahmed Andaloussi (1:13:59) finishing over a minute ahead of his compatriot Alexandre Paviza (1:15:07). Great Britain’s Bret Crossley (1:16:51) ended third to reach his first international podium. France’s Mona Francis was the sole entrant in the women’s equivalent and completed the course in 1:48:33. There was further French success in the women’s PTS3. Elise Marc had a 16 second advantage over Germany’s Nora Hansel after transition two, but a strong run by Marc saw her defend her title from last year in 1:28:35, ahead of second-placed Hansel (1:31:12). The German champion held off the challenge from her compatriot Maike Hausberger (1:31:40), who finished 28 seconds further back in third. Alexis Hanquinquant continued his impressive start to his Para triathlon career with victory on home soil in the men’s PTS4. Last year, Hanquinquant just missed out the podium in only his second ever international race, but twelve months later he was amongst the French athletes celebrating a win. There were less than 10 seconds between Hanquinquant and Great Britain’s Steven Crowley after the bike leg. The Frenchman (1:07:16) pulled away on the five-kilometre run to finish one minute, 34 seconds ahead of Crowley (1:08:50). Luxembourg’s Joe Kurt completed the podium in a time of 1:09:50. France’s Gwladys Lemoussu improved on her second place from last year as she crossed the finish line first in the women’s PTS5. Lemoussu (1:18:50) ended over seven minutes ahead of Russia’s Rzaeva Amida (1:26:15), whilst Ukraine’s Svitlana Kirpichova (1:27:05) cross the finish line third. Another athlete who went one place better than last year was Russia’s Alexandr Ialchik in the men’s PTS5. Ialchik completed the course in a time of 1:06:41, with France’s Maxime Maurel (1:08:36) and Yan Guanter (1:09:25) finishing second and third respectively. Germany secured three wins in Besancon, with Stefan Loesler, Max Gelhaar and Lena Dieter sealing victories in their respective events. Loesler pulled clear during the swim in the men’s PTS2, before extending his...

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