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Olympic qualification points up for grab in Huatulco

Čt, 16/05/2024 - 20:43

With less than ten days to close the Olympic qualification period, all eyes are set this weekend on two different spots: Samarkand, in Uzbekistan, and Huatulco, in Mexico. Both cities will host this weekend’s World Triathlon Cups that will award some of the last available Olympic points up for grabs, as the race to get a ticket to Paris24 heats up. Most of the athletes who are competing in the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Event in Huatulco this Friday are staying for the World Cup during the weekend. Sprint distance, beach start, heat and humidity… buckle up! The women’s field in Huatulco is stacked with talent and the Olympic hopes are higher than ever.

Huatulco is already a classic stop on the World Triathlon Cup circuit, but on this edition, the venue has changed slightly, to Playa Chaué, 800m away from the town center. The athletes will face a 750m swim with a beach start that will take them to open and choppy Pacific Ocean waters to do one lap counter-clockwise, to then face a long 400m run to transition. The bike course is also challenging, with four laps planned, of 5km each, with a considerable climb on each lap, to then finish with a fast a technical 5km run.

Wearing the number 1 on the beach of Huatulco this Saturday evening will be Rachel Klamer. The Dutch woman was back on the podium of a World Cup last year in Karlovy Vary and seems to be again in great running form, and she is always a very dangerous one when the race is to be decided in the last leg. Huatulco, with a long run out of the swim and a hard bike and run course, looks like a perfect scenario for Klamer to return to the podium.

The beach start and the long run to transition are actually great factors in favour of Zsanett Kuttor-Bragmayer. The young Hungarian’s goal is to qualify the team for the Olympic Games on Friday at the Mixed Relay Qualifier, but has also eyes set on the individual race. She arrived in Huatulco one week ago to get her body ready used to the extreme weather conditions in Mexico, and seems to have adapted really well to the heat and humidity.

Another athlete who knows extremely well what it takes to race under the weather conditions in Mexico is Elizabeth Bravo (ECU). Aiming for her fourth consecutive Olympic Games, the Ecuadorian would be on the start list of Paris if things stand as they are now, but a good result in Huatulco will give her enough points to breathe calmly the last days of the qualification period. In a similar situation are Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto (COL) and Lisa Perterer (AUT). Both of them are currently on the last spots of the rankings, and need desperately a good result in Huatulco, since some of the women who are also fighting for those last spots are racing in Samarkand -an Standard distance race that gives more points than a Sprint distance-.

For Maria Carolina, silver medallist at the 2023 PanAmerican Games, the season started really well with a second place at the Wollongong World Cup but she was not able to finish the race in Chengdu, and is in need for some points that will give her a bit of a rest. She is well used to the conditions in Huatulco, where she has finished in 9th place the two years that she lined up here before. Since Colombia dropped last minute the team for the Mixed Relay race, she will be a bit more rested than Perterer, who has to double up on Friday to try to secure her country two spots on the Paris 24 Olympics, and then on Saturday on the individual race.

Gina Sereno and Erika Ackerlund will be leading the USA team, joined this time by 2017 U23 World Champion Tamara Gorman, who is returning to the circuit after multiple injuries that kept her out of the blue carpet. The three of them are fast runners and are used to the extreme weather conditions of Mexico. Another fast runner that will enjoy the long run out of the beach will be indeed Alberte Kjær Pedersen (DEN), ready to shine on a course that seems to fit her really well, and another athlete that will have the benefit of toeing the start line fresh.

The hard bike course seems to fit extremely well the likes of Solveig Lovseth (NOR), one of the strongest bikers on the circuit, and who is looking to consolidate her Olympic rankings as well, and so are Romina Biagoili (ARG) and Vicky Van Der Merwe (RSA), who have secured their presence at the Paris 2024 Olympics via the new flag classification.

The Women’s race in Huatulco will unfold at 17.30h local time in Mexico on Saturday, and you can watch it live on TriathlonLIVE.tv.
Check the full start lists here

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Huatulco to award two Mixed Relay Teams a golden ticket to Paris 2024 Olympics

St, 15/05/2024 - 20:30

With the Olympic qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games just about to close on May 27, Mexico becomes the centre of the drama that surrounds the road to Paris, as the 2024 World Triathlon Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Event Huatulco is set to decide two more Mixed Relay teams on the Paris 2024 start line.  A super-sprint course of 300m swim, 7.2km bike and 1.8km run on hot and humid conditions will be a true test for the athletes on Friday, with the individual races of the World Cup taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

With host country France; World Champions in 2022 and 2023, Great Britain and Germany, and New Zealand, Australia, USA, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal already qualified through the Mixed Relay rankings, each of the nine teams lining up in Mexico will know that, in the unpredictable world of the super-sprint relay, a top-two finish and that Olympic qualification of two men and two women is surely within reach. And that means a lot to some of them.

The race in Huatulco is key for most of the teams toeing the start line, since securing a top two spot will mean qualifying for the Olympic Games athletes who have not earned the spot by themselves on the individual Olympic qualification. This is the case for Hungary -they have three men and one woman qualified as of today-; Norway -two men and one woman as of today-; South Africa -two men and one woman qualified-; Netherlands -two women and one man qualified-; Canada -one woman, two men qualified-; and Ecuador -only one female qualified-. For other countries, like Mexico, Spain and Austria, they already have two men and two women relatively secured on the start lists in Paris so it is likely that they will have a team lining up in Paris next summer despite their placing in Huatulco.

This luxury of having anyway two men and two women “safe” in the rankings for Paris has led to some teams declining racing in the Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Event, like Brazil or Belgium.

Considering that a victory in Huatulco will mean four tickets secured for Paris, Hungary is lining up the A team to try to secure the last spot that they need. Csongor Lehmann and Bence Bicsak flew directly from Yokohama to Mexico, while Zsanett Kuttor-Bragmayer decided to skip Yokohama to save some fresh legs for the Mexican heat. They will be joined by one of the rising stars of the country, Karolina Helga Horváth, who despite being only 22 years old, she help the Hungarian team to get the 5th place at the Junior/U23 Mixed Relay World Championships last year.

Team Norway knows that the only chance that their second female athlete, Lotte Miller, can make it to the start line in Paris is by finishing top-two this Friday in Huatulco. Miller, who has been through a series of injuries in the last two years, has dropped significantly on the rankings, but she proved only a few months ago that she is a reliable asset when it comes to a relay, as she helped the Norwegian Team to claim the gold medal at the 2023 European Games in Krakow. Norway will repeat the team that shined under the rain in Krakow: Vetle Bergsvik Thorn, Solveig Løvseth, Casper Stornes and Lotte Miller, and they seem to be on great form. The long run out of the water and the uphill on the bike course can be an asset for them, known all for their bike power and skills.

South Africa is also bringing their best athletes to Mexico, hoping to secure one of the first two places that will give a second female a ticket to the Olympics, as well as the opportunity for the South African team to redeem themselves of the bad luck that they had in Tokyo 2020, on the debut of the Mixed Relay at the Olympics, when Team South Africa was not able to take the start after Henri Schoeman crashed during the individual race and was unable to race. The Rio 2016 bronze medallist Henri Schoeman will be leading the team in Huatulco, along with the young rising star, Jamie Riddle, who showed with his silver medal at the Wollongong World Cup that he is in great shape. On the women’s side, South Africa is bringing their top three ranked females -Vicky Van Der Merwe, Bridget Theunissen and Amber Schlebusch- and will decide which two are doing the relay 24 hours before the start.  Both Schoeman and Riddle are excellent swimmers and experts on beach starts like the one in Huatulco, and have proven to be really powerful under heat and humid conditions like the ones expected during the weekend.

The Dutch Team also needs desperately a top-two position at the end of the race, to secure the second spot for the men, and Richard Murray, Rachel Klamer, Barbara de Koning and Mitch Kolkman are ready to give it a try. They all seem to like the weather conditions in Mexico, and are always a team that rises to the occasion when it matters.

Canada has brought Brock Hoel, Sophia Howell, Mathis Beaulieu and Desirae Ridenour to try to fight for the second female spot for their team. All of them great swimmers, it will be hard to follow them in the water, especially with these choppy and shallow waters on the Pacific Ocean.

Genis Grau, Sara Guerrero Manso, Pelayo Gonzalez Turrez and Maria Casals Mojica will be lining up for Team Spain. Despite being a young team with not a lot of experience, all of them have experience in sprint and super-sprint courses and get along really well with these weather conditions. Especially Grau, who is one of the favourites for the individual race on Sunday after finishing on the podium here in Huatulco in the previous two world cups.

Despite hosting the Mixed Relay Qualification Event, Mexico knows that they have secured two men and two women through the individual rankings, and therefore have decided to bring to this race a young team to give them more experience on the international field. Yael Vladimir González Melendez, Mercedes Romero Orozco, Nicolas Probert Vargas and Luisa Daniela Baca Vargas will be representing their country this Friday, with nothing to lose and much to learn.

Team Ecuador will be lining up Juan Jose Andrade Figueroa, three-times Olympian Elizabeth Bravo, Gabriel Terán Carvajal and Paula Jara, while representing Team Austria will be Tjebbe Kaindl, Julia Hauser, Alois Knabl and Lisa Perterer. For the Austrian team, they have currently two men and two women on the provisional start list for Paris, but they are all sitting in the last places of the qualified athletes, so they need to secure good performances either on the Mixed Relay or on the individual races during the weekend, to secure their spots.

The Mixed Relay Olympic Qualifier Event will start on Friday, May 17, at 7.15am local time in Mexico, and you can watch the race LIVE on TriathlonLIVE.tv.
The final line-ups will not be confirmed until two hours before the race, check the start lists here.

 

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Paris 2024 Qualification Period rolls into big final fortnight with Samarkand World Cup

St, 15/05/2024 - 12:53

One weekend, two World Cups, two continents, one huge goal: Paris 2024 Qualification. As we reach the pointy end of the chases for places on the 30 July Olympic start line, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, gets ready to host an Olympic-distance thriller that could decide the 2024 Games destiny of several athletes.

It’s a two-lap, 1500m swim with no out-and-back-in at halfway, before an attritional 40km ride with rolling climbs, a dead turn and two s-bends on each of the 6 laps, before four flat, tight 2.5km run laps to the tape.

For some of the athletes from Germany, Japan, USA and Hungary, a strong result here could be the final determinant of a place on the team for Paris. For others, including members of Team World Triathlon, the points won here could also help secure qualification once the numbers are crunched post-WTCS Cagliari.

Put simply, now is the moment to pull out the performances of a lifetime, and you can watch it all unfold on TriathlonLive.tv from 1.30pm local time on Saturday 18 March.

Schomburg and Priester, one and two

The race number one is Germany’s Jonas Schomburg. The 30-year-old followed career-best silver in Chengdu at the end of April with 19th in Yokohama to anchor himself at 17th in the Olympic rankings with two races to go, 16 spots ahead of nearest rival Lasse Nygaard Priester.

Priester has four World Cup podiums to his name, including a Karlovy Vary win in 2021, but has lost ground on Schomburg in the first races of this year. After a poor swim in China, Priester actually had one of his best in Yokohama, exiting just 17 seconds behind Schomburg, but it is the race number one who is sure to be piling on the pressure from the outset, knowing that another podium here would surely see him safely to Paris.

Hungarians’ seek to divide and conquer

The Hungarians in action this weekend hoping for top 30 finishes to guarantee their full Olympic delegation of three men are Mark Devay and Gabor Faldum in Samarkand, Bence Bicsak in Huatulco. Only a maximum of two can join Csongor Lehmann in Paris, and just five places separate the contenders.

If true to form in Uzbekistan, Devay will no doubt be one of the first out of the water, Faldum one of the fastest over the run. For now, what that ultimately reveals in the results is anyone’s guess, but the raw hunger of both to podium will be in no doubt.

For Japan’s top-ranked Makoto Odakura and Aoba Yasumatsu, the race is on to deliver the decisive display that could see either man join Kenji Nener in Paris. Seth Rider will also be eager to put himself right in the shop window to join Morgan Pearson for a first Games, or even scoop a first World Cup win that would suddenly put the USA in the reckoning for a third men’s spot.

Swiss looking to boss the bike

Bike powerhouses Simon Westermann and Sylvain Fridelance – 65th and 69th in the rankings – will want to put themselves in the reckoning for Team Switzerland. France’s Paul Georgenthum and former U23 World Champion Conor Bentley (GBR) should have designs on a big performance on Saturday, Emil Holm’s unfortunate crash in Yokohama and strong showing in Chengdu could see him primed for a big push.

Tyler Smith is the sole male member of Team World Triathlon in Samarkand, the Bermudian looking to secure the big finish that would pay off the hard work on the bike in recent outings, and along with the fearless young Greek Panagiotis Bitados and Morocco’s Badr Siwane will be ones to watch on Saturday.

WORLD TRIATHLON CUP SAMARKAND
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18 May, 1.30pm local time
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Samarkand hosts last weekend of World Triathlon Cup action in the Olympic Qualification period

St, 15/05/2024 - 12:27

With qualification opportunities for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games now down to their final fortnight, the first ever Samarkand World Cup assumes huge significance for many of the 37 women set to toe the line on Saturday morning in Uzbekistan.

After two years of Asia Triathlon Cups here, the step up to hosting a World Cup sees an Olympic-distance course that boasts a 1500m, two lap swim, transitioning into 6 laps and 40km on the bike around the Silk Road Samarkand rowing lake, and wrapping up with a 4-lap run to the tape.

It’s flat and fast, one dead turn and two technical bike sections, a tight 10km run, and everything on the line for the athletes chasing their Paris 2024 dreams. Watch it all unfold over on TriathlonLive.tv from 10.30am local time on Saturday 18 May.

Xinyu Lin wears the one

After the disappointment of a DNF in Chengdu, China’s medal hope Xinyu Lin wears the number one with renewed determination to become her country’s first ever World Cup champion this weekend. An Asian Games and Asian Continental runner-up, Xinyu was also the Asia Cup silver medallist here in 2022 behind Sinem Francisca Tous Servera, who also goes out for Turkey.

Both women look on course for their first Olympic Games on 31 July, Tous with two potential qualifying options; either through her individual ranking or the Europe New Flag. If the latter, it could have a huge impact on the Olympic fortunes of the Slovakian trio of Ivana Kuriackova, Zuzana Michalickova and Romana Gajdosova, with the three in close contention for that possible New Flag slot, though Michalickova will hope to put it beyond any doubt and score individual qualification herself with a strong race.

Races for places continues among Team World Triathlon

The young Slovak stands 10 places behind Erica Hawley, Bermuda’s latest talent and the last name currently in the automatic qualification slots. All four have been central figures of Team World Triathlon in recent years, the development squad dedicated to helping athletes from smaller National Federations with fewer resources to realise their Olympic potential. Czech duo Petra Kurikova and Tereza Zimovjanova join the three Slovakians on the team for Samarkand.

Bronze medallist in Chengdu and in a brilliant run of form is Poland’s Roksana Slupek. The 24-year-old has already surpassed her 6-race first qualification period points total in just three outings, and followed that first World Cup medal with Asia Cup gold in Taizhou last weekend. In form and one to watch, she was shoulder-to-shoulder with Tilda Mansson for much of that 10km in China, proving she has the speed to challenge for the medals at this level. The rising Swedish star scooped yet another World Cup podium and starts here hungry for redemption after a mechanical took her out of WTCS Yokohama before her race got going.

Nothing flat about Holland’s return

The British team can count on a former World Champion in Vicky Holland, who follows up what proved an excellent return to Series racing with 18th in Yokohama. She will be alongside Hong Kong World Cup Champion Sian Rainsley and rising star Jessica Fullagar.

Ilaria Zane will want to tighten her grip on a possible place in Paris for Team Italy, while Germany’s Lena Meissner, a bronze-winning revelation at the 2022 Championship Finals Abu Dhabi, arrives on a mission to rediscover that magic once more.

If Therese Feuersigner can set the swim alight just as she did in Chengdu, the Austrian could blow the race wide open, Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat likely to be right there with her in the water as she continues her World Cup comeback. 

World Triathlon Cup Samarkand
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18 May, 10.30am local time
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The key moves in the Olympic triathlon rankings after WTCS Yokohama

Po, 13/05/2024 - 08:47

There were joys in the first wins of Morgan Pearson (USA) and Leonie Periault (FRA), there were lows in the crashes that wiped out the likes of world champion Dorian Coninx (FRA) and Vasco Vilaca (POR) and there were plenty of talking points in between. As a long-awaited season opener and first Olympic taster, WTCS Yokohama had a bit of everything.

One of the most significant aspects of the race, though, came right after the finish line as the Olympic rankings were thrown into new directions. As the window to qualify for the Paris Olympic Games enters its final fortnight, plenty is on the line for a lot of athletes. Read on below to find out the most noteworthy shifts caused by Yokohama and who now sees their Olympic hopes hanging by a thread.

The Men’s Olympic Rankings


After winning the Wollongong World Cup last month, Luke Willian (AUS) had climbed to 41st in the Olympic qualification rankings. That was only a taster for what was to come. A brilliant bronze medal bumped him up seventeen places to 24th in the rankings and saw him hit the automatic criteria required to earn selection to the Australian team in Paris.

With the silver medallist from Yokohama, Matthew Hauser (AUS), also ensconced in the top-30, Australia will need one more athlete to rise if they are to send a third man to the Games. In that respect, Brandon Copeland may be pivotal. He finished the weekend ranked 42nd, a place shy of where Willian entered it. If Copeland can muster something special at WTCS Cagliari in two weeks, perhaps Australia’s dramatic late dash to a full male trio at the Games will be complete.

Along with being the race winner, Morgan Pearson was the biggest riser in the rankings. He climbed twenty-five places to 25th and now stands as the second American man after Matthew McElroy. As a result, USA occupies the same boat as the Australian men. Seth Rider is next in line and stands 46th in rankings. If he can jump into the top-30, the team will receive that precious third slot in Paris.

Among the other risers, Charles Paquet of Canada’s 5th place in Yokohama saw him soar seventeen places to 32nd in the Olympic rankings while Marten Van Riel (BEL) gained thirteen places to sit in 34th, showing just how things could still be thrown open after the final hurrah at WTCS Cagliari.

However, when it comes to the push to send three men to Paris, two countries have lost ground. After positive progress across the World Cup action earlier in the season, New Zealand are now on the outside looking in. Dylan McCullough is still just about safe in 30th however Tayler Reid has slipped back to 38th. Reid is only 60 points back from McCullough so both can make the top-30 but the race to do so will be tight.

Similarly, Alberto Gonzalez Garcia (ESP) slipped two places to 31st. As the third Spanish man in the Olympic rankings, he will need to overtake McCullough in the next two weeks. With Hungary also hunting a third male slot, the race for the top-30 over the final fortnight will be incredibly tight.

The Women’s Olympic Rankings

One of the biggest movers in the women’s rankings was Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP). The Spanish athlete was in sensational form as she finished 6th and subsequently improved her Olympic ranking by fourteen places to 46th. For Spain, Godoy’s form could make the Olympic conversation extremely interesting.

Miriam Casillas Garcia has already been picked for the Games and is deep inside the top-30. Standing in between Casillas and Godoy is Noelia Juan in 34th. Should Juan and Godoy rise into the top-30, both could go to Paris as Spain will get to send three women. Should either of them miss out, though, the two women will be in a straight shoot-out for the final place on the team. 

As with Pearson in the men’s race, Leonie Periault’s win saw her make a notable climb in the Olympic rankings. She moved up eight places into 17th and is now realistically assured a place on the French team. Taylor Knibb (USA) also rose by five places to break into the top-10. She now stands in 6th.

The top-30 cut off remains key and two women made moves in that area. Flora Duffy (BER) jumped six places to 24th while Djenyfer Arnold (BRA) also gained six places to now sit in 33rd. However, neither athlete will affect the race for a third athlete as their respective countries only have two women in the top-60 of the rankings. For the likes of Spain, the consequences could be huge. 

Stay up to date with the final rises and falls on TriathlonLive and across World Triathlon social channels.

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Six things we took away from WTCS Yokohama

Ne, 12/05/2024 - 08:25

The patience of triathlon fans was rewarded as the WTCS season burst into life at the opening round of 2024 in Yokohama. It had been a long wait since the Championship Finals in Pontevedra and athletes, coaches and fans were champing at the bit to get the new Series underway. What followed in Japan was a pair of explosive races.

From the first-time winners to the Olympic battles and to the personal stories, read on to find six of the major takeaways from WTCS Yokohama.

1. DOUBLE DEBUTANTS

Leonie Periault (FRA) and Morgan Pearson (USA) were the cream of the crop in Yokohama as both powered to their first ever victories in the Series. As it happens, Periault and Pearson share a number of similarities. The most obvious comes in how they won their respective races, with both relying on outstanding running performances.

Both were previous medallists in Yokohama. Pearson claimed his maiden WTCS medal at the race back in 2021. There must be something in the air in Olympic years for both of his breakout WTCS showings have come in the build-up to the Games. Meanwhile, Periault was a previous medallist at the race back in 2022.

Both are also previous silver medallists at WTCS Finals – Periault in Edmonton in 2021 and Pearson in Abu Dhabi in 2022 – while, in another parallel, the two athletes also won their last outings at the Karlovy Vary World Cup. Pearson won the event in 2023, his only international medal of the season, while Periault won the race the last time she visited in 2022. Over the last couple of years, then, the careers of Pearson and Periault have been uncannily familiar.

Elsewhere, the podium in Yokohama saw another first as Luke Willian (AUS) stormed to a career-best performance and took 3rd place.

2. DUFFY IS BACK

One of the biggest talking points in Yokohama was the return of the reigning Olympic champion, Flora Duffy (BER). Due to a persistent injury problem, Duffy had not raced since the WTCS Final back in 2022 where she wrapped up a fourth world title. A knee issue had flared up earlier in her campaign and that 2023 season was over before it began.

A long wait was therefore in store for Duffy’s return. The best part of 18 months came and went as, save for an abortive attempt to race the Paris Olympic Test Event, Duffy watched the triathlon world move on.

With time running out to get back into the swing of things ahead of her Olympic defence in Paris, she eventually made it onto the start list for Yokohama. With her form unknown, anything could have followed.

Any concerns, though, proved unfounded. Duffy finished 7th in a strong all-round performance in which she was towards the front for most of the race. A particularly eye-catching second lap of the swim set up her day and she hardly put a foot wrong. With the cobwebs blown off, so to speak, Duffy is officially back and a return to the podium in the Series and potentially at the Olympic Games will now be in her sights.

3. VILACA’S BITTERSWEET WEEKEND

It all started so well for Vasco Vilaca (POR). Alongside Ricardo Batista, Melanie Santos and Maria Tomé, Vilaca had his Olympic selection officially confirmed in the days leading up to Yokohama. Together, that quartet secured Olympic qualification in the Mixed Team Relay event in Napier at the start of the year and thus were granted the Olympic slots by the Portuguese selectors.

After a welcome boost before the race, Vilaca then got off to a great start. He was among the ten fastest swimmers and inserted himself at the head of the front pack out of T1. A cheeky small breakaway followed alongside Jonas Schomburg, Vetle Bergsvik Thorn and Lasse Nygaard Priester in a show of strength. After industrious work on the bike, all seemed to be going Vilaca’s way.

However, he was caught up in the crash on the final lap of the bike. Although he went on to finish the race after sustaining some unpleasant scrapes, his race was wrecked. A wounded Vilaca lost over a minute to the leaders on the bike and then ran home for 27th place.

It was a weekend that had started so promisingly and hinted at so much prior to his crash. The four-time medallist from 2023, though, will have to bide his time for his next shot at the podium.

4. AMERICAN NEAR MISSES

While Pearson starred in the men’s race and Taylor Knibb (USA) earned the silver medal in the women’s event, the American Olympic race was actually left on a knife-edge. Pearson and Knibb had already secured the places on the Olympic team at the Paris Test Event and so the action behind them was more pertinent to the race to the Games.

To that end, two athletes came up just short of their goals. A medal in Yokohama would have been enough to secure automatic nomination to the American team however Taylor Spivey finished 4th and Kirsten Kasper finished 5th. After good work in the swim and bike, both found themselves in contention out of T2. Indeed, Kasper spent much of the early stages of the run in a medal position.

While Spivey and Kasper have proven their form, their Olympic futures will now fall under the discretion of the American selectors. With Katie Zaferes (USA) set to get her chance to prove herself at WTCS Cagliari, what comes next will be anyone’s guess.

5. THAT LATE SMOKE

One shared trait of the men’s and women’s races in Yokohama was the late rises of a few athletes through the field. While Pearson had the best run split in the men’s race, Periault was the third fastest runner in the women’s event. The top split actually went to Lisa Tertsch (GER) as she completed the 10km in 32:49 to pick off women ahead and finish 14th. Similarly, Gwen Jorgensen (USA) used a big run split (32:56) to rise to 15th having arrived in T2 the better part of 2 minutes behind the lead group.

In the men’s race, Miguel Hidalgo (BRA) and WTCS debutant Hugo Milner (GBR) were also among the top runners. Hidalgo managed to run his way into the top-8 with the second fastest run of the day while Milner rallied with the fourth fastest run split (after Matthew Hauser) having lost time earlier.

It did not affect the top positions, but the late smoke on the run certainly added some drama further down the field.

6. THE HOME HERO

Last but by no means least, we come to Japan’s man of the hour. Kenji Nener (JPN) had a fantastic day as he finished 7th, his best ever finish in the Series. For much of the run, Nener was locked into the chase pack and until Hauser attacked on the final lap he was in with a shout of winning a medal.

For now, Nener’s new personal best will be enough of a step forward. Furthermore, he has officially cracked the automatic selection requirement to make the Japanese Olympic team. Nener had to finish inside the top-8 in Yokohama and he ended up doing so with relative comfort.

Having already won a first ever World Cup medal this season and defended his Asian title, Nener is certainly on the rise and the home hero will be one to watch as the season unfolds.

After the excitement of Yokohama, be sure to catch the next round of the WTCS in Cagliari in two weeks. You can stay up to date with the build-up and all the action on Triathlon.Live and across World Triathlon social channels.

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Morgan Pearson pulls out lightning fast 10km to take WTCS Yokohama gold

So, 11/05/2024 - 08:47

The sun was out and the action was on from the gun for the men’s WTCS Yokohama on Saturday afternoon, and Morgan Pearson delivered the gold with a blistering 29m11s 10km run to the tape. Pearson becomes the first American male to hit a top-tier podium since Jarrod Shoemaker’s Hamburg win in 2009.

After a huge pack had come together on the bike and several crashes shuffled the pack, including a last-lap shock that took out Dorian Coninx, Vasco Vilaca and Tom Richard, it was Pearson and Luke Willian pulling clear of the field, only for fellow Australian Matthew Hauser to pass Willian over the closing stages and take the silver.

A first WTCS podium for a delighted Willian also meant his place at Paris 2024 was confirmed, hitting the top eight criteria for his team to open up his Olympic dreams.

“I knew I could win one of these, but these guys are beasts and training just as hard as me,” said Pearson. “Everyone wants to win. You can be in the shape of your life and still have things go wrong or someone be fitter. You just have to show up and give it your best and today my best was good enough. Last year I had some back problems and I did Miami to do an Olympic distance and test my health rather than Abu Dhabi. This is a nice way to start the season but of course we all know who is missing today and it’s still a long way to Paris.”

As would prelude the course of the race, the swim didn’t stretch out as much as the women’s had, Mark Devay (HUN) and Vincent Luis (FRA) leading from Dorian Coninx (FRA) and Jonas Schomburg (GER).

Hauser, Kenji Nener (JPN) and Miguel Hidalgo (BRA) were also going well over the second lap of 750m, and heading up the ramp and towards transition, Vetle Bergsvik Thorn (NOR) and Vilaca were well set.

There were 33 men coming together on lap two of nine, Schomburg leading the long train along transition, Spanish trio David Castro Fajardo, Sergio Baxter Cabrera and Antonio Serrat Seoane 45 seconds back with Belgian Jelle Geens, Hugo Milner and Matthew McElroy (USA).

The chasers went about reeling in that group, the pace too hot for Milner as he dropped off, a coming together between Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk and Henri Schoeman (RSA) ending their races.

As the packs eventually merged to a group of 50, stress points emerged and the next to come down was Simon Westermann (SUI) after misjudging a corner, Emil Holm also caught up and both fell back.

The bike then settled until the final lap, when a seemingly incongruous corner saw some big names come down, Tom Richard, Dorian Coninx and Vilaca the main victims and coming off hard, Leo Bergere, Miguel Hidalgo, Hungarians Mark Devay and Gabor Faldum also caught in the crossfire but able to continue.

Up ahead, Luke Willian and Schomburg were in and out of transition fast and clean, Geens also going well, Hauser and Nener well set as Pearson struggled into his trainers and lost some time.

It would not be long until he found his groove once more, however. As Willian, Geens and Schomburg pulled away from the field, Pearson was picking off those ahead and by the time they came towards transition for the first time the American was on Willian’s shoulder, the Belgian dropping back to be replaced by the marauding Canadian Charles Paquet.

Hauser and Nener were now 5 seconds back with Luis and Bergere for company, but that gap would be stretched over the penultimate lap.

Indeed, with Paquet then dropped, the lead went out to nearly 15 seconds to the lead two, but cue the rise of Matt Hauser, reeling in his teammate with a blistering fourth lap as Pearson found another gear of his own to find daylight out front.

There was no stopping Pearson as he pulled clear to the tape, Hauser moved into silver, he and Willian making it two Australian men on a Series podium for the first time.

Behind them, Leo Bergere pulled out another fine fourth ahead of Paquet, a career-best fifth seeing his Paris 2024 qualification assured. Marten Van Riel finished strongly for sixth ahead of Nener, Miguel Hidalgo with the day’s second-fastest run to eighth, Luis and Blummenfelt rounding out the top ten.

Quotes
“Really proud of myself over the past couple of years after struggling with the consistency coming up from Junior and U23 so its great to have these results,” said Hauser. “I heard a lot of noise at the crash and wanted to stay out the front but I hope everyone is okay. There’s so much at sake and people’s Olympic spots and dreams are on the line, but days like these make it all worthwhile for me.”

“I’m a bit speechless right now,” admitted Willian. “I was so close to qualifying last time (to Tokyo) and missed out on the discretionary selection and this whole journey has been about taking my opportunities and making my own destiny, so its pretty special. It was quite stressful the whole race, got caught in the crash and dug in deep to get back on, then the legs started cramping that last lap and I just really wanted that podium. I didn’t want to just qualify, I want to compete and strive for the best, and it’s pretty special the other Aussie on the podium is my roommate.”

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Periault sparkles in WTCS Yokohama to add another French pearl to the Paris puzzle

So, 11/05/2024 - 04:38

In a race full of stories and Olympic consequence on Saturday morning in Yokohama, it was a French star with renewed designs on the biggest prize in Paris who shone brightest, Leonie Periault pulling out a run for the ages to seal a second World Triathlon Championship Series gold of her career.

The pace had been on from the very start of the swim as Taylor Knibb looked to test those around her, fellow Americans Taylor Spivey, Kirsten Kasper and Gwen Jorgensen knowing a podium here would seal their own ambitions of an Olympic start. A large bike pack formed powered on by the returning Flora Duffy and Netherlands Maya Kingma, but once out onto the run there was nobody that could hold a candle to Periault.

Teammate Emma Lombardi was able to stay closest for the longest, but from early on the second lap of four, the results rarely looked in any doubt, Periault taking the gold by over 30 seconds from Knibb, Lombardi with the bronze.

“I am very happy, I don’t understand the performance”, said Periault. “It’s a good start for me after the winter, with my new coaches, I am happy but I don’t understand the result!”

Spivey and Kasper finished tantalisingly close to their podium goal in fourth and fifth, a brilliant Ana Godoy Contreras display saw the Spaniard home in sixth one place ahead of Duffy, Brazil’s Djenyfer Arnold, German Laura Lindemann and GB’s Kate Waugh rounded out the top 10, Jorgensen eventually home in 15th.

Onto the pontoon it was numbers one to ten - Lombardi to Knibb - lined up in order from the right, Kirsten Kasper far left, and Knibb was on the pace first and pulling away as the buoy came into sight after 300m.

Jorgensen started middle-left, Duffy right in the middle with Vicky Holland, and Bermuda’s Olympic Champion was 20 seconds back after the first swim lap, Knibb first out and back in with Kingma and Kasper, Jorgensen 22 seconds off the pace.

Duffy flew through lap two though to haul her way into 6th place by the exit, Lombardi and Spivey for company, Natalie Van Coevorden just 13 seconds off the front.

Over the mount line it was Lombardi first onto the bike, Vittoria Lopes, Kingma, Kasper and Summer Rappaport +15s, Tilda Mansson +20s, Nina Eim of Germany +33s, Jorgensen +44 seconds.

It was small groups everywhere early on but 10 came together up front with Kate Waugh having a great T1 while Knibb was 10s slower in transition but was quickly back on the group.

It was the familiar form of Flora Duffy onto the front, Derron in a small group 15s back with Rappaport hanging on to them, Van Coevorden, Jeanne Lehair and Eim with them, while Lisa Tertsch was 45s back with Vicky Holland while Jorgensen slipped a minute back with Nicole Van Der Kaay.

Kingma tried to pull away early on lap two and stretch the leaders, but the pack covered it off well. The pace was definitely on as 17 leaders put 30 seconds over the strong quartet of Derron, Eim, Van Coevorden and Lehair, one minute to Rachel Klamer and Tertsch, 80 seconds off the front was Jorgensen and Annika Koch.

Kingma led several more small charges but none of the breaks were able to stick, the Brazilian duo of Arnold and Lopes still going well, Bianca Seregni likewise as Jolien Vermeylen was dropped.

The Eim group was now 50 seconds off them and drifting further away from that formidable bike pack, the third group already 85 seconds off the leaders now with Rappaport among them, 110 seconds to Koch, Jorgensen and Van Der Kaay.

Tilda Mansson’s race ended with the bad luck of a broken seat post while Maya Kingma suffered a puncture at the end of lap four. Suddenly Jorgensen had Kingma for company and the American’s gap was 2 minutes 20 seconds with two laps to go.

Knibb had sat on the back for much of the bike but came to the front on the 7th lap to push things on, and there were 14 together into transition with just over a minute to the first chasers, 2m15s to the second.

Waugh was onto the gas early out of T2 alongside Lombardi, a poor transition hampered Knibb’s progress but she was soon back on track. But once Periault had found her groove there was little anybody else could do about it.

The French star was really pushing the pace on the first lap, Lindemann and Duffy soon trailing by some 10seconds, Spivey and Lindemann 15 seconds back.

Periault was still absolutely flying on lap two while Knibb and Lombardi set about the battle for silver as they hit the halfway point of the run now 22s back.

Spivey and Kasper were 20s back, then Waugh and Duffy 25s back, Alice Betto and Lopes +50s, Eim and Derron locked together 75 seconds back, Jorgensen up into 17th place and picking through the field.

Periault’s lead was out to 35s at the bell, Spivey tantalisingly close 13s off the podium places, Kasper 20 seconds off the battle for medals, but there they would stay, Leonie Periault flying home for gold and the Series lead ahead of another massive race in Cagliari in two weeks’ time.

“I’ve got a lot of transition practice to do but this was the first test after a lot of changes last year, said Knibb. “This is the first time we got to see as a team where I am and they’re probably horrified by how I raced but thats what we’re working with!


“I’m really satisfied, a good third place and my first podium here so i’m very happy,” said Lombardi. “It was good to be back to an Olympic distance and see where I’m at, taking away different things to take to training and be my best at the end of July. It was a good fight with Taylor.

Results and splits available here.

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Para stars deliver brilliant day of racing at WTPS Yokohama as Paris 2024 draws closer

So, 11/05/2024 - 02:59

On a beautiful Saturday morning in Yokohama, Japan, some of the biggest names in Para Triathlon hit the city streets with just over 100 days to go to the opening of the Paralympic Games and the hunt for form and points as well as the medals delivered plenty of entertainment for the crowds.

PTS5
USA’s Chris Hammer was the first Para triathlete crossing the finish line, to claim the title in the PTS5 men’s category, solidifying his designs on a spot at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The American finished in fourth place both in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, and is looking to make it a third time lucky in Paris next summer. Second over the line was Stefan Daniel (CAN), who had won here two times before, while Brazil’s Ronan Cordeiro claimed the last spot on the podium.

In the women’s race, Claire Cashmore (GBR) won the PTS5 after Canada’s unfortunate Kamylle Frenette embarked on one lap too many from a leading position to end up taking the silver. Bronze was to Gwladys Lemoussu from France, who crossed some three minutes behind the two leaders.

PTS4
If there is anyone looking forward to next summer in Paris, it is Alexis Hanquinquant. Five times a World Champion and with one Paralympic gold medal already under his belt, here is a man ready to deliver at home, and WTPS Yokohama proved to be the ideal step on his way to a second. Hanquinquant was accompanied on the podium by his teammate Pierre-Antoine Baele (FRA), who managed to hold off to Nil Riudavets Victory (ESP). The Spaniard, one of the youngest athletes on the circuit, celebrated his first ever podium on the Para Series and positioned himself with a great chance to make the team for Paris 2024.

It was an emotional victory for Kelly Emlinger (USA), still adapting to her new prosthetic but delivering a defiant run that saw her cross the finish line two minutes ahead of Marta Francés Gómez (ESP) in silver. Elke Van Engelen (GER) finished in the third place that gives her solid points on the road to Paris 2024

PTS3
In the men’s PTS3 it was France’s Michael Herter taking the win. The Frenchman had an impressive gap on the swim that proved enough to hold off Justin Godfrey, from Australia, while behind him Hwang Tae Kim (KOR) pulled off a great performance to claim the bronze medal, that will give him some really valuable points in the pursuit of his Paralympic dreams.

In the women’s race, Anna Plotnikova, a Neutral Independent Athlete, dominated, crossing the finish line almost 15 minutes ahead of Rachel Watts (USA), who claims silver.

PTS2
Mark Barr (USA) already has his ticket to Paris for next summer, but he added another gold medal to his already extensive collection by delivering a masterclass in Yokohama and take the tape dominantly. Stephane Bahier (FRA) was second on the day, while Australia’s Thomas Goodman rounded up the PTS2 podium.

USA’s Hailey Danz won the women’s title in the PTS2 class, while behind her Anu Francis from Australia claimed the silver medal. Japan’s Yukako Hata delighted the local crowds finishing in the third place, the only medal for Team Japan on the day in Yokohama.

PTVI
Dave Ellis B3 and Francesca Tarantello B3 won the visually impaired races. In the men’s race, Ellis proved once again that Yokohama is a great race for him, setting the fastest splits on the swim, bike and run segments to claim the victory by almost one minute over Thibaut Rigaudeau (FRA). Only 21 year’s old, Owen Cravens B3 consolidated his Paralympic ranking with the bronze medal, knowing that he already has earned a spot on the USA’s Paralympic team for Paris 2024.

In the women’s race, Tarantello outsprinted Paralympic champion Susana Rodriguez (ESP) down the blue carpet, another edition of what promises to be an epic battle between them in Paris next summer. Ireland’s Chloe MacCombe claimed the bronze medal, one that gives her more solid points on the Paralympic rankings.

PTWC
It was Australia’s Lauren Parker H1 with the women’s PTWC gold ahead of Leanne Taylor (CAN) and Jessica Ferreira (BRA), who had to go to the photo finish to determine who would claim silver and who was last on the podium, with the Canadian finally getting the second place. Kendall Gretsch H2 was fourth on the day, but the battle with Parker in the lead up to Paris promises to be an intense one as the duo prepares for another massive Paralympic showdown,

In the men’s race, Geert Schipper H2 scored the men’s gold to follow up his world title win in Pontevedra last year. Only Florian Brungraber (AUT) was able to grab the silver medal, while the bronze went to Louis Noel (FRA), whom climbed to 9th place in the Paralympic rankings with today’s race.

For the full results, click here.

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Triathlon world waits and wonders as Yokohama gets Series underway with Paris points in play

Pá, 10/05/2024 - 10:31

Yokohama is ready to get the 2024 World Triathlon Championship Series rolling on Saturday morning, and anticipation is running red hot with the prospect of an almighty first Olympic-distance test for the athletes in this huge year for the sport.

We may be missing last year’s World Champion Beth Potter and runner-up Cassandre Beaugrand, both with their Paris 2024 tickets effectively stamped, but with the return of defending Olympic Champion Flora Duffy going up against the Rio 2016 champion Gwen Jorgensen for the first time in eight years, this is set to be a race to savour.

For the US athletes, a podium here will mean auto qualification for Paris, something that, remarkably, all five of those on the start line have achieved. It is the same target for the Italians, while for the Australians, a top eight finish will suffice. Buckle up for two hours of entertainment as this fast and furious 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run gets underway at 10.15am local time on 11 May, all on TriathlonLive.tv.

Flying French finding their feet

Wearing the number one for the first time in a WTCS will be Emma Lombardi. Still just 22-years-old, the overall Series bronze medallist in 2023 took fourth in the Test Event after a career-best silver at WTCS Sunderland. It was on WTCS debut here in 2022 that the French star announced her arrival with a stunning race to finish just off the podium behind Flora Duffy. A first Series gold is surely incoming, and this would be a huge moment to achieve it.

Looking to join Lombardi and Beaugrand for a precious home Games is Leonie Periault. Chasing her best form after an injury-impacted campaign last year, it was also here two years ago she recorded her career-best silver, but consolidating her position in the Olympic Ranking top 30 and that third French spot on the start line will be the goal here.

Huge test awaits for returning Duffy

The 2021 World and Olympic Champion Flora Duffy was sadly absent from the blue carpet for the whole of 2023 as a knee injury kept her from racing. Yokohama marks her first action since retaining her world title at the 2022 Championship Finals Abu Dhabi, and it will be fascinating to see how she stands up to the exertions of an Olympic distance return and how far she can push it on the 10km run.

The last time Duffy and Gwen Jorgensen shared a start line was the 2016 Grand Final Cozumel, finishing first and second respectively. Here, Jorgensen knows that a podium finish – and above any other US athlete - is required to complete her remarkable comeback to the top and qualify for Paris 2024. If 2023 was marked by some vintage performances on the World Cup circuit, then this year demands the same but at the top tier.

The same goal stands in front of fellow Americans Taylor Spivey, Summer Rappaport and Kirsten Kasper, all of whom have hit the podium here, though none have scooped gold. Taylor Knibb has won Yokohama gold, back in 2021, and with her Olympic place assured she can take a more relaxed approach. For Rappaport, two silvers in 2019 and 2021 underline her love of racing in Japan, and it all adds up to what could be a fascinating finale over the closing stages this time around.

Waugh looking for medal momentum

It may have been teammate Sophie Coldwell taking the headlines here 12 months ago, but a then-career-best fifth for Kate Waugh showed her intentions among a strong British women’s team. Fast forward to the season-closer in Pontevedra and an outstanding silver has helped her into 16th in the Olympic Rankings and in firm contention for a slot on the team. The mission for Yokohama 2024 is clear, a medal would be an incredible statement.

Germany’s trio of Olympic qualifiers Laura Lindemann, Lisa Tertsch and Nina Eim all start on a course that has historically not held much success for them. Lindemann’s three 10th-place finishes in 2016, 2018 and 2019 are the best of the bunch to date. Now would be a great time to break that voodoo.

Mexico’s surprise package of 2023 was Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal, earning second in that rain-soaked race, but the queen of consistency in Yokohama has been Netherlands Maya Kingma, finishing 6th, 5th, 3rd and 7th in her four races here.

For the Australian women Natalie Van Coevorden, Sophie Linn, Jaz Hedgeland and Charlotte McShane, a top 8 finish would be enough to book their spot on the Paris start line, otherwise it will go down to the rankings at the end of the month.

So much on the line, one massive Olympic distance test lies ahead.

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Olympic stories ready to unfold as World Triathlon Championship Series gets underway in Yokohama

Pá, 10/05/2024 - 10:30

After the comings and goings of Abu Dhabi, the 2024 Series will finally begin in earnest in Japan on Saturday, with WTCS Yokohama the stage for one of the most hotly anticipated races of recent times.

Not just because it is the first time we have seen the likes of Dorian Coninx, Kristian Blummenfelt and co since that dramatic title win in Pontevedra, and not just because these will be the first Series points on the line of this year. We are also now firmly inside the final month of Olympic Qualification and there are huge consequences out there for the athletes mounting their Paris 2024 campaigns.

It is a familiar course that awaits 40km south of central Tokyo, the two-lap 1.5km swim followed by a fast, flat 40km bike and 10km run to the medals. There are stories within stories to unravel for those athletes still chasing their starting place in Paris, and you can watch it all unfold from 1pm local time on TriathlonLive.tv

The Tokyo 2020 trio Coninx, Bergere and Luis ride again

If it feels like France have been building to their moment in the Olympic sun, the prospect of fielding the men’s world champions for four of the past five years should be enough to give even the likes of Kristian Blummenfelt pause for thought.

For Coninx, victory in the Pontevedra Championship Finals was the crowning glory in a year in which he also sampled podium life in Paris with bronze at the Test Event in August. With his Olympic start place all but assured, this is the time to start pushing the boundaries once more and seeing just how far he can take this impressive run of consistency.

One of the few to regularly better that level of performance has been Leo Bergere. An incredible ten individual Series podiums since Tokyo, the unassuming 27-year-old will be hungry to pull out another swim-bike-run like his title-winning show in Abu Dhabi 2022.

Making his long-awaited Series return will be Vincent Luis, the 2019 and 2020 World Champion who can out-swim and out-bike anyone on his day, and knows exactly how to close out a race in the big-pressure situations. After the silver-medal super-sprint indoor World Cup return in Lievin, Luis’ Olympic-distance form will have tongues wagging once more.

Vilaça aims to improve on 2023 bronze

It was here that Portugal’s Vasco Vilaça made it back-to-back Series podiums for the first time 12 months ago to set up a major world title challenge. Finals-day illness prevented his crowning moment from coming to fruition, before bouncing back to secure a first World Cup gold in Rome. Off the back of two weeks of altitude camp and ready to shake things up again.

Australia’s Matthew Hauser also delivered his best season to date in 2023 and looked to be coming to a simmer at just the right time with a brilliant first Series gold in Montreal off the back of silver in Yokohama. That finish here saw off the likes of Coninx, Bergere and Vilaça and besting that rapid 29m29s run will be a big target this weekend.

Olympic Champion back on the beat

In 2021, Kristian Blummenfelt was at the very height of his powers, a win at WTCS Yokohama setting him on course for a history-making Olympic and World title double. Those achievements gave him a taste for what had been previously deemed impossible. Now, three years on, nobody would dare to write the Norwegian off, and there are few that can dig as deep as the 30-year-old when the needle is already in the red. The gap out of the water could be crucial.

Among the more experienced names that have the ability to deliver a podium-threatening run both here and in Paris are the Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk, Belgium’s Jelle Geens and USA’s Morgan Pearson. Chasing their best form and already booked in to start their first Games, Csongor Lehmann (HUN) and Miguel Hidalgo (BRA) will be ones to watch.

Paris contenders lining up for date with destiny

Looking to join Lehmann on 30 July are three Hungarians hoping to stick potentially two extra spots for their country; Bence Bicsak, Mark Devay and Gabor Faldum. Standing 24th, 25th and 31st respectively in the rankings, it is Devay who could make the most headway with only six out of a eight second-period races currently counting towards his tally.

Jonas Schomburg did his hopes of joining Lasse Luhrs and Tim Hellwig in Paris the power of good with a World Cup silver in Chengdu, Lasse Nygaard Priester also still on a quest knowing a first WTCS podium is probably required to achieve it. For the British team it is a case of experience versus youth as Jonathan Brownlee assesses his prospects of making Olympic history at a fourth Games and one of the fastest 10km runners out there, Hugo Milner, looks to make an impact on his first WTCS start.

Brandon Copeland, Luke Willian and Jacob Birtwhistle are the Australians in the hunt to join Matt Hauser at the Games, and a podium for Matthew McElroy, Darr Smith, Seth Rider or Kevin McDowell would ensure their start for the USA alongside Pearson.

A little over 100 points is all that separates the Spanish trio of David Castro Fajardo, Sergio Baxter Cabrera and Alberto Gonzalez Garcia, knowing a top 30 ranking at the end of May would guarantee Spain, and potentially them, the third men’s slot on 30 July.

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The triathlon races to Paris: where Team USA stand

Pá, 10/05/2024 - 08:47

The Olympic Qualification window has entered its closing stages, with less than two months to go, and plenty is left to be decided. For most countries, the final composition of their Olympic triathlon teams remains up in the air. In several cases, national selectors are weighing up the claims of one athlete against another while in others some are awaiting the final allocation of Olympic places to work out who should receive the coveted slots.

One of the most competitive races in play is that of the American team. Having come home with Olympic gold (women’s race, 2016), Olympic silver (Mixed Team Relay, 2020) and Olympic bronze (women’s race, 2020) from the past two Games, Team USA have established a level of achievement that they will look to maintain in Paris. Deciding on who will fly the flag this summer is no easy task, though. Among both the men’s and women’s squads, there is a chance that a WTCS medallist or Olympic medallist could be left at home.

Who is on the team?

Taylor Knibb and Morgan Pearson booked their places with top-8 finishes at the Paris Test Event last summer. Both were part of the relay that won silver in Tokyo and have won WTCS medals since the last Games. Knibb memorably won the WTCS Final in Edmonton in 2021 before adding subsequent medals in both 2022 and 2023. Pearson likewise performed well at a WTCS Final. In 2022 he stormed to the silver medal in Abu Dhabi.

What is required to qualify?

As things stand, the expectation is that there are two further women’s spots to be filled and one on the men’s side. A podium finish at WTCS Yokohama will be enough to put one further female and male athlete on the team. Thereafter it becomes discretionary selection, so one of the women’s slots will be discretionary. Should no one make the podium in Yokohama, all of the remaining slots will fall under the discretion of the national selectors.

Which women are the mix?

The American women’s race to Paris is one of the most intense in the world. Any of five WTCS medallists (including two former world champions) could claim the remaining two slots.

Taylor Spivey won two WTCS medals last season – in Abu Dhabi and Cagliari – and has been a consistent force at the front of the field for the entire Olympic cycle. Moreover, she proved her chops in the relay with a sterling performance at the World Mixed Team Relay Championships in Hamburg last summer.

Summer Rappaport also won a WTCS medal in 2023. She memorably took the bronze in Montreal after breaking clear with her compatriot Knibb, making her return to the WTCS podium for the first time since 2021.

Katie Zaferes finished 5th at the same race in Montreal and has also visited World Cup podiums since making her comeback from a maternity break. The world champion in 2019 and the Olympic bronze medallist in Tokyo, Zaferes brings a wealth of experience and has already opened her season with a silver medal at the Hong Kong World Cup. She was also a part of the relay that won silver in Tokyo, highlighting what she could bring to the team event.

Finishing right behind her in Hong Kong was Kirsten Kasper. Yet another WTCS medallist, Kasper has been a reliable force for Team USA over the years. Finishes of 6th and 8th at WTCS Cagliari and Yokohama, respectively, in 2023 proved that she could punch her Olympic ticket. Like Spivey, she missed out on Olympic selection in Tokyo behind Knibb, Rappaport and Zaferes and will look to make it this time round.

Then there is Gwen Jorgensen. The former Olympic and world champion won four World Cup events in 2023 and opened her account for 2024 with a bronze medal at the indoor World Cup in Lievin. Qualifying for the relay has been her stated aim since returning to the sport, and few would bet against her making that a reality.

Such is the depth of the American team, some of the contenders will likely not get to start at the final selection race in Yokohama due to nationality quotas. As things stand, though, the women’s race could go in any number of directions.

Which men are in the mix?

Kevin McDowell helped the American relay to silver in Tokyo and made his return to racing after an injury absence at the Hong Kong World Cup. However, if he is to make it to Paris this summer, he will have two clear obstacles to overcome.

WTCS medallist and World Cup winner Matthew McElroy is a favourite to qualify for the team. He is the highest ranked American man in the Olympic Qualification rankings and finished 8th at WTCS Abu Dhabi last season.

Another name to consider is Seth Rider. Rider was part of the relay (alongside McElroy, Spivey and Rappaport) that finished 4th in Hamburg last summer and has become a significant part of the team. He is actually ahead of Morgan Pearson in the Olympic rankings, although Pearson’s Test Event performance has seen him leap-frog his domestic rivals onto the Paris start.

Additional candidates such as Darr Smith and Chase McQueen could also come into contention over the coming weeks. Considering the depth of talent involved, whoever makes the American team will have certainly done it the hard way.

Watch the decisive races on TriathlonLive and stay abreast with all the latest updates across the World Triathlon channels.

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World Triathlon and PTO announce new anti-doping measures for long distance triathlon

Pá, 10/05/2024 - 06:47

World Triathlon and the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) have announced new anti-doping measures, including a growing, global Registered Testing Pool (RTP) that will see athletes tested in and out of competition for the new T100 Triathlon World Tour. It will be delivered by the International Testing Agency (ITA) acting on behalf of World Triathlon and in conjunction with National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs).

The new measures include the following and have been active since 7 May, 2024:

One global Registered Testing Pool (RTP) covering a range of athletes competing at different triathlon distances. Those athletes contracted to the T100 Triathlon World Tour who were not already in an RTP have been added to it.

Inclusion of T100 wildcard athletes in the RTP once they have competed in three or more T100 races during a calendar year, regardless of their PTO ranking.

Coordination by the ITA, on behalf of World Triathlon, with all National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) and the overseeing of all in-competition testing at T100 races.

All PTO members will be included in a full anti-doping Education program, delivered by World Triathlon, including topics such as RTP procedure and ‘whereabouts’. Whereabouts information will give the ITA the intelligence to locate athletes without notice, which is vital to an effective testing process.

These anti-doping measures underpin everything in the partnership between World Triathlon and the PTO and cement the T100 Triathlon World Tour as ‘the official World Championship Tour of long distance triathlon’.

Speaking about the announcement, the World Triathlon president and IOC member Marisol Casado said:

“Since the partnership was announced last August, our focus for World Triathlon and PTO has been on implementing comprehensive and effective strategies to uphold the integrity of our sport. One of the key initiatives driving this progress is the establishment of a unified, global Registered Testing Pool for all triathlon athletes, no matter the type of race they compete at. While this process has required time and careful consideration, it is a strategic move towards greater efficiency and transparency. By centralising an RTP we aim to streamline information sharing, enhance data analysis capabilities, and bolster our collective efforts to detect and deter doping. This unified approach also lays the foundation for developing biological passports, ensuring a sustainable framework for anti-doping intelligence progression, and we are also committed to providing comprehensive anti-doping education for all triathletes.”

“All the athletes are frequently transitioning between different distances within the sport, and it is key for all of us to prevent overlap and duplication within the RTP. And we are not only talking about the PTO, we would love all other triathlon organisers and organisations, to join us in this vital endeavour, fostering a collaborative approach to anti-doping efforts.”

“For World Triathlon, the fight against doping has been key and we have invested close to $30 million dollars since our inception which is a large percentage compared to our annual revenues. This commitment underscores our unwavering dedication to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and fairness across the sport.”

PTO CEO Sam Renouf said:

“Protecting the integrity of our sport is paramount to the purpose of the PTO and our members, which is why we’ve been continuing to work hard together with our partners World Triathlon and other stakeholders in the sport on anti-doping measures. Such measures include a global Registered Testing Pool (RTP) covering the contracted and wildcard athletes competing in the T100 Triathlon World Tour. But also, importantly, points the way to a broader, global solution for the sport around anti-doping.”

“Our members have never had the breadth and depth of race opportunities and prize funds that are now available, so it makes complete sense for us all to demand more in this area to ensure the integrity of the races we are putting on and the validity of what our fans are watching.”

PTO Athlete Board member and contracted T100 athlete David McNamee added:

“Athletes do not have a choice whether they are covered by an RTP or not, but they will always be the ones in the spotlight when there is any conversation or speculation about anti-doping. It is therefore vitally important we know that all is being done – as well as being seen to be done – to ensure that we are competing on a level playing field. So we welcome today’s announcement and will follow its progress with interest. Creating one, global RTP irrespective of the distances you are racing has got to be a positive step forward.”

The next races on the T100 Triathlon World Tour are in San Francisco on Saturday 8 June. The contracted T100 men and women on the start lists can be found here. The wildcards for both races will be announced at the end of the week.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Development, Education & NF Services: April news recap

Pá, 10/05/2024 - 03:41

As the racing towards Paris 2024 heats up, April saw another busy month in Development, Education and NF Services in which:


124 National Federations confirmed their Good Standing status with World Triathlon on time, a testament to each Federation’s commitment to the fulfilment of its membership obligations.

World Triathlon NF services dedicated the latest Open Hours session to the 35th Anniversary of the World Triathlon (formerly International Triathlon Union).  The celebration shared messages and historic photos charting the sport’s success and growth since Avignon 1989.

Triathlon has always maintained equality for women, and in a continued show of this, the Body Confident Course rollout continued through April. With the support of Triathlon Nations - Italy, Great Britain and Mexico the Laureaus program will remain available for two years.  It is expected to improve the awareness of female body image, reduce the negativity of young women toward their bodies, and improve self-confidence and self-talk.

In athlete news, ten years ago, Erica Hawley (BER), Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto (COL) and Tyler Smith (BER) raced in China, competing together at their very first major event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. This month, all three lined up in the Chengdu World Cup (CHN) as Team World Triathlon teammates with the goal of achieving their Olympic potential for Paris 2024.

Athlete development saw a boost from Europe Triathlon as they hosted the second development camp of the year from 2 to 9 April in Murcia, Spain.  Africa Triathlon also offered youth and junior athletes a post-event camp following the 2024 Africa Triathlon Championships Hurghada held in Egypt. 

Anti-doping education has been mandated for all athletes since 1 January 2024 to ensure the integrity of our sport.  April saw this taken up by all athletes entering the sport.

Coach Education, Coach Revalidation and Technical Official courses were also rolled out throughout April, making it yet another busy month of Development and Education for World Triathlon. 

In exciting news from Kyrgyzstan, the country’s first Triathlon Centre was opened in Bishkek - heralding the dawn of a new era of Triathlon development and growth in the region…

Details of all these stories follow…

NF Open Hours: 35 Years Together


For the full article recapping April’s World Triathlon National Federation Open Hours looking back over 35 years of triathlon, click here.

Please visit the links below for the recordings of the sessions and the presentations.
April 17-18, 2024 | 35 Years of ITU-TRI
17 April Presentation
Webinar Recording (17 April session, English)
Webinar Recording (17 April session, French)
18 April Presentation
Webinar Recording (18 April session, English)

The next NF Open Hours will be held on 18-19 June. Don’t miss it!
Visit NFs Open Hours • World Triathlon or contact us at federations@triathlon.org.

Body Confident Sport Roll-out

Triathlon welcomes participants of all shapes, sizes and abilities. Our coaches can empower athletes to develop a more compassionate and accepting attitude toward themselves by promoting positive self-talk, reframing negative thoughts, and focusing on their efforts, progress, and achievements rather than solely on their appearance or physical attributes. World Triathlon works closely with three national federations (Italy, Great Britain, and Mexico) to roll out the Body Confident Sport programme for coaches and athletes in the next two years, thanks to the Laureus Sport for Good grant.

For the full article, please click here:
World Triathlon joins Laureus for Body Confident Sport campaign • World Triathlon

Athlete Development Team World Triathlon - Chengdu WC

The 2024 Chengdu World Cup was the first official event of the year for Team World Triathlon, the development squad for athletes from smaller national federations to help them realise their Olympic potential.

For the full article, please click here:
Smith and Michalickova lead the way for Team World Triathlon in Chengdu • World Triathlon

Nanjing 2014 & Chengdu 2024: Not only ten years between


Erica Hawley (BER), Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto (COL), and Tyler Smith (BER) were young athletes competing together at their very first major event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Ten years later, they were part of the same team, Team World Triathlon, in the same country, China, to chase their Olympic Dream for Paris 2024 and beyond. Athlete Development is a long process that takes time and requires careful planning and progression across different physical, mental, and emotional growth stages.

Murcia hosted a new combined initiative for athletes & coaches

Europe Triathlon hosted the second development camp of the year from 2 to 9 April in Murcia, Spain. Making the most of Easter in the Spring break, the next generation of European triathletes moved to the south to benefit from nicer weather allowing them to train outside with winter behind them. Thirty-eight participants from Bulgaria, Finland, Malta, Moldova, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey benefitted from the 2024 Murcia Europe Triathlon - World Triathlon Skill Development Camp led by Vicent Beltran (ESP) and Thomas Steurbaut (BEL). During the camp, a bunch of coaches from Turkey attended a unique mentoring programme requested by the National Federation to receive practical implications. The coaches group was managed by Hector Arevalochico (ESP).

“It was the first time the World Triathlon ran two parallel projects. The skill development camp and the Turkish Coach Mentorship Program. To masimise ” - Vicent Beltran (ESP) - TRI Headcoach.

“The combination of two projects (mentorship Turkey and the skill development camp) made this a challenging course to give. Thanks to the great mindset of the coaches and athletes, this was an excellent camp. How the athletes improved in such a short amount of time is impressive! Great job by them all!” - Thomas Steurbaut (BEL) - TRI Headcoach.

The young generation of athletes met in Hurghada

Africa Triathlon hosted youth and junior athletes for a post-event camp following the 2024 Africa Triathlon Championships Hurghada (Egypt). Pam Fulton (ZIM), World Triathlon head coach, conducted this camp from 21 to 27 April at the famous holiday venue of the Red Sea. Fourteen athletes and three coaches from Libya, Algeria, and Egypt attended. “This was the first of our camps whereby the emphasis is on criteria based on rankings or at least proven participation in continental cup/championship events.”  - Rick Fulton (ZIM) - Africa Triathlon Continental Coordinator.

“All the camp participants were so keen to learn from each session so they could improve in their triathlon career. The language barrier did not deter anyone from participating in each session and gaining as much knowledge as possible. The dynamics within the group were incredible, with everyone always supporting and helping each other. We all had fun whilst training and learning, and made new friends, and I came away from this camp feeling very positive and grateful to have been given this opportunity to touch each athlete and coach’s life positively.” - Pamela Fulton (ZIM), TRI head coach.

“On behalf of the Libyan Triathlon group (Mohamed, Omar, and Coach Anwar). I am glad to give a special thanks to African Triathlon and World Triathlon for this fantastic opportunity. Providing the training camp with such an experienced lead coach (Pam Fulton) to teach the young athletes and coaches with so many techniques to improve themselves in the sport of Triathlon. The training camp was planned very well and was fun. The first day was gathering information about each other and seeing the athletes’ and their coaches’ purpose and goals. That was a great start, everyone had a chance to talk about themselves and showed their strategies to get better at the sport of Triathlon. The schedules were planned ahead so everyone knew what they would be doing the next day by the hour. Personally, I was very impressed and pleased because everyone had fun while they were training. The young athletes got along so well, and they helped each other with their weaknesses.” - Libyan Triathlon Federation.

Anti-doping education

From 1 January 2024, a new rule was introduced in the World Triathlon Anti-Doping Rules: “Athletes and Para Triathletes must complete the Anti-Doping Education Course to be admitted to the waiting list and/or compete in all Word Triathlon and Continental Confederations competitions from all multisport, programs, and categories with the only exception of Age Groups.”

The procedures that athletes must follow are detailed here. Athletes under 16 can only enrol in their relevant course once they provide parental consent. The parental consent form is now fully digital; no scanning and emailing is required anymore.

Participation in Development Camps

Similar to the enrolment in any course, athletes under 16 must also provide signed parental consent for any Development Camp participation. Other than complying with GDPR, this is also important with respect to:
+ Arriving at the camp with proper and safe gear,
+ Having adequate travel and health insurance coverage.
+ The Development Camp parental consent form is also fully digital from now on.

Coach Education Olympic Solidarity Grant to level up coaches in Uruguay

Latin America’s National Federation, Uruguay, hosted the first IOC Olympic Solidarity granted initiative in 2024. Twelve coach candidates (8 men and 4 women) attended the 2024 Montevideo OS - World Triathlon Coaches Level 1 Course from 15 to 19 April in the capital city. After intense online learning, Claudai Beristain from Mexico and Rodrigo Milazzo from Brazil guided the candidates for their first coaching education journey with World Triathlon.

“The group was very good, showing a high standard of knowledge and involvement with triathlon. Therefore, they were keen and participative in all practical sessions and classroom discussions with fellow participants and facilitators.”
- Rodrigo Milazzo (BRA) - TRI Coach Facilitator.

“It was an intense week of learning - I congratulate everyone for their commitment. The teachers came to our country to give their all and didn’t hold anything back. It was a pleasure to meet and share with professionals like that. Everything we learned during the week doesn’t end here!”  - Marcelo Caraballo (URU) - Level 1 coach candidate.

“The course represents an excellent opportunity for coaches in Uruguay, providing a benchmark towards triathlon development in the country, with a glimpse for future outcomes” - Paul Medina (URU) - Level 1 coach candidate.

The 2024 CRoC Final Stats & Results

The final participation results of this year’s Certificate Revalidation of Coaches (CRoC) are the following:
+ 833 individuals completed their annual tasks and took part in the Body Confident Coaching Course at the same time,
+ This represents slightly more than 51% of all certified coaches (including expired certificates) since 2014,
+ The relative participation of Level 2 Certified Coaches is nearly double compared to their Level 1 Certified peers (81% vs 42%),
+ Graduates of Olympic Solidarity courses are slightly behind in participation compared to coaches certified in other courses, which requires specific attention in the future from their National Federations,

The continental completion ratios (among coaches holding valid certificates) are as follows:
Africa Triathlon: 82%
Americas Triathlon: 67%
Asia Triathlon: 89%
Europe Triathlon: 80%
Oceania Triathlon: 77%

After joining World Triathlon’s Coach Education Partnership Programme (CEPP) in 2023, an additional 36 coaches from Triathlon Brasil have successfully completed the 2024 revalidation tasks.

Coaches who went through the process, which included anti-doping updates as usual, become automatically eligible for event accreditations throughout 2024. They are not required to complete any additional courses.

For those coaches who miss completion in any year(s) during their 4-year certificate validity period, the Revalidation of Expired Certifications course has been continuously available since 2023. This is a fully automated, pay-based e-learning revalidation opportunity.

Technical Officials Education Italian Triathlon Federation becomes an ATOEP nation

The Italian Triathlon Federation (FITRI) joins the elite club of eighteen nations with the Accredited Technical Officials Education Programme (ATOEP) of World Triathlon in 2024. After intensive and detailed mutual work between the NF and TRI led by Thanos Nikopoulos, head of operations, FITRI’s national education is now recognised by TRI. The accreditation enables the NF to train Level 1 Technical Officials within their national system. Congratulations to Italy on completing the process and being awarded.
More details about the Accredited Technical Officials Education Programme (ATOEP) can be found here:
TO Education Programme (ATOEP) | Development • World Triathlon.

In the meantime, the Japan Triathlon Union (JTU) - already accredited NF with TO education - organised the 2024 Tokyo Japan Triathlon Union - World Triathlon Technical Officials Level 1 Seminar (ATOEP) in early April to train a significant number of officials for the upcoming national, continental and world events.

Japan continues hosting TO Education initiatives

The Japan Triathlon Union (JTU) is always open to supporting and hosting technical officials’ education linked to the Asia Triathlon Championships, which has been approved on many occasions in the past. Between 22 and 24 April, just right after the 2024 Asia Triathlon Championships, JTU organised the 2024 Hatsukaichi World Triathlon Technical Officials & Event Organisers Level 2 Seminar, providing excellent facilities for learning, sharing and networking. Combining continental championships with the Technical Officials Level 2 Seminar is a sustainable combination of development projects and events. Rebecca Mok (HGK) and Adele Cheah (MAS) led the new generation of TOs on their first journey at Level 2.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the Level 2 TO Seminar. It has provided me with a better understanding of decision-making, problem-solving, building rapport, ensuring safety and fair play, venue and FOP planning, leading and delegating tasks, and updated with the recent rule updates. Through attending this course, I am more confident and ready to take on the role of a TD in major events. I want to thank Japan Triathlon Union, Asia Triathlon, and World Triathlon for their dedication to the sport’s development, our Qatar Triathlon Federation for their support, and Ms. Adele and Ms. Rebecca for facilitating this course. I have learned a lot and am excited to use the lessons I learned when I return to Qatar.” - John Bonalos (QAT), Level 2 TO Candidate

“This is my first time being the World Triathlon Level 2 Technical Official Seminar facilitator. Each participant learned hard and took the initiative to ask many questions during the seminar. I hope to use my knowledge and experience to provide our Asia Technical Officials with further learning and growth in sports in all areas of the world. Thank you for Asia and World Triathlon opportunities and trust.” - Rebecca Mok (HKG), TRI TO Facilitator.

Bolivia boosts the number of certified TOs

Bolivia took advantage of hosting back-to-back of the 2024 World Triathlon Development Regional Cup Cochabamba and the   2024 Sucre World Triathlon Technical Officials Level 1 Seminar in April. Carlos Eduardo Fernandez (BRA), TRI TO facilitator, conducted the course.

“A great team that we hope will continue working together to enhance triathlon in Bolivia.” - Bolivian NF Representative.

Venezuela looks after TO Education

The National Federation of Venezuela enhanced TO Education before staging the 2024 Americas Triathlon Cup and South Americas Triathlon Championships La Guaira. The 2024 Caracas World Triathlon Technical Officials Level 1 Seminar trained nineteen new officials to serve events with safe and fair delivery in the country and beyond. The course was delivered on 22-23 April by Roberto Menescal (BRA), TRI TO facilitator.

“All participants were motivated and eager to engage during the practical sessions.” - Roberto Menescal (BRA) - TRI TO Facilitator.

TO Revalidation E-learning is underway

While face-to-face technical officials education courses are running worldwide to recruit the next generation of officials, already certified TOs started their revalidation process in April for both levels (L1 and L2) in Spanish and English. The online revalidation courses are running for four months.

The Level 1 Revalidation will prepare technical officials who are in the first few years of their international triathlon officiating experience. In contrast, the Level 2 Revalidation is designed to enhance the skills of the participants in event management as Technical Delegates at a higher level of competitions (Continental Cups, Continental Championships, Multisport Continental Championships, Multisport Series events and Para triathlon events). This gained knowledge will also be applied at World Triathlon Series events, World Cups and Major Events, where the participants can officiate as technical officials.

National Federation News Kyrgyzstan inaugurates the first Triathlon Center in Bishkek

The Kyrgyz Republic Triathlon Federation proudly opens its first Triathlon Center in Bishkek on 30 April. The facility will welcome national and international triathletes and Para triathletes in the future. World Triathlon congratulates the NF on their exceptional achievements and investments in the future. The new chapter of triathlon history in Kyrgyzstan has just begun.

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May’s WTCS and World Cup races fuel Team World Triathlon’s Olympic dreams

Čt, 09/05/2024 - 18:44

Team World Triathlon are facing their final roll of the dice. The Olympic qualification window closes in less than four weeks and, as such, the current iteration of the Team will soon find out which of them will be going to Paris.

As a reminder, the purpose of Team World Triathlon is to provide support, resources, and expertise to athletes from emerging/developing National Federations with a view to helping them qualify for this summer’s Paris Olympic Games. Of the twenty-seven athletes on the Team, over half still stand with realistic shots of qualifying.

Who’s close?

At the time of writing, three members of the Team World Triathlon have essentially guaranteed Olympic qualification. WTCS medallist Jawad Abdelmoula (MAR) is the leading man in that regard while he will likely be joined on the men’s start list in Paris by Diego Moya (CHI). Moya’s recent bronze medal at the Wollongong World Cup has essentially sewn up his qualification. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto (COL) can afford to turn her attentions to Paris after claiming the silver medal in Wollongong.

Several other Team members are incredibly close to making the cut. Erica Hawley (BER) can be confident of locking in her slot but remains vulnerable to any last-minute shake-up in the rankings. Not far behind Hawley in the Olympic rankings is Zuzana Michlickova (SVK). The Slovakian athlete has displayed sterling World Cup form since last August, logging five top-10 finishes, and is on the cusp of qualifying. Badr Siwane (MAR) is another athlete in the hunt to qualify through the Olympic rankings.

At the same time, Michlickova’s compatriot and fellow Team member, Ivana Kuriackova, currently leads the European women’s New Flag race. Vicky Van Der Merwe (RSA) is the runaway leader in the African women’s New Flag race while Siefeldeen Ismail (EGY) is pushing hard for the African men’s New Flag berth.

Three Team athletes are also likely to earn the two Universality slots per gender. Tyler Smith (BER), Eloi Adjavon (TOG) and Edda Hannesdottir (ISL) have strong chances of receiving an invitation from the Tripartite Commission.

Several other members harbour Olympic aspirations and Team World Triathlon will continue their qualification efforts right up until the deadline at the end of May. With two WTCS races and two World Cups taking place this month, many of the Team will be taking on the best in the world as they pursue their paths to Paris.

WTCS – Yokohama and Cagliari

Two athletes have secured starting slots at WTCS Yokohama and the Team will have one representative in each of the men’s and women’s races. Moya will be starting in the former while Michalickova will be lining up on the pontoon in the latter. Michalickova has not yet broken into the top-30 of a WTCS race in her incipient career. Should she score a best ever finish in Yokohama, Olympic qualification could become a reality. Moya, meanwhile, will hope to translate his recent World Cup medal into a high WTCS finish.

At the second WTCS race of May, in Cagliari, five members of the Team will be racing. One of the most noteworthy stories of the quintet belongs to Matthew Wright (BAR).

Wright last raced in the WTCS back in 2018 in Edmonton. Almost six years will have passed when he readies himself on the Cagliari start line and simply completing his journey back will stand as a major achievement. If all goes to plan, Wright may be able to cap a WTCS return with Olympic qualification during the same weekend. He will be joined by Abdelmoula.

Three women from Team World Triathlon will be starting in Cagliari. Michalickova will be back for more WTCS action while her fellow Slovakian Kuriackova will also be present. Hawley will complete the trio in Cagliari. She has not yet finished inside the top-40 at a WTCS race and so finds herself in a similar boat to Michalickova. With a personal best finish, Paris may come calling.

World Cups – Samarkand and Huatulco

Of course world-level racing will not only take place in the WTCS this month; May will also see two World Cups held in the final fortnight of Olympic qualification, in Samarkand and Huatulco. The two events will actually take place on the same weekend, falling between the showdowns in Yokohama and Cagliari.

Samarkand is the second of two designated World Cup events for Team World Triathlon ahead of the Olympic qualification deadline at the end of May. The first event was the Chengdu World Cup last month. It has therefore attracted a significant cohort of Team athletes.

Hawley and Michlickova will be racing in Samarkand a week before WTCS Cagliari. As one of three world-level races for Michlickova, May will certainly be a busy month. Romana Gajdošová (SVK) and Hannesdottir will also be in attendance.

Aleksandr Kurishov (UZB) will have a chance to race at a World Cup on home soil as Uzbekistan welcomes the triathlon community to its first ever World Cup event. Smith, Siwane, Henry Räppo (EST) and Panagiotis Bitados (GRE) will also be starting in the men’s event.

Over in Mexico, the illustrious Huatulco World Cup returns. Velasquez will be seeking a second World Cup medal of the season, as will Moya. Van Der Merwe will hope to translate her sparkling African form – she is unbeaten on her home continent in 2024 – in pastures new in Huatulco and will be joined by her fellow Team member and South African athlete Amber Schlebusch.

Two Team members from Costa Rica and Ecuador will also start in Huatulco. Alvaro Campos Solano and Raquel Solis Guerrero will represent the former while Gabriel Terán Carvajal and Ramón Armando Matute will be racing for the latter.

Plenty of Team World Triathlon athletes will therefore be starting across the May WTCS and World Cup events. However, with Olympic qualification at a truly cut-throat stage, they will have to overcome the best efforts of the rest of the world if they are to make it to Paris. Keep up to date with all the action and how Team World Triathlon fare on their Olympic journeys on TriathlonLive and across World Triathlon social channels.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon Paths to Paris: Csongor Lehmann

Čt, 09/05/2024 - 13:24

On small details can grand moments turn. The individual triathlon events at the Olympic Games may last for a tad under two hours, but the races can be won in the briefest of windows. The problem is, no one knows exactly when and where the fleeting opportunities will present themselves.

As part of World Triathlon’s Paths to Paris series, Csongor Lehmann (HUN) shared some of the aspects of his skillset he has bolstered in his hunt for what could be the biggest moment of his career so far.

He has already qualified for the Hungarian Olympic team, making him the first male triathlete from his country to be selected.

“I have my spot so I can be quite calm,” he said. “I don’t have to focus on the last races of the qualifying period. Instead, I can really focus on the races that will help me get better on the road to the Olympics, and on the WTCS.”

In addition to the WTCS, Lehmann will use the French Grand Prix as some of his preparatory races. There, he will be able to race against some of the best in the business and to sharpen his race craft before the peak of the season.

Right now, though, he is entrenched in a brutal period of physical preparation as he and his team try to piece together the puzzle that will see him succeed in Paris. Fresh off his latest swimming session, Lehmann did not sugar-coat his efforts.

“The intensity is going up at the moment,” he explained. “We had a lot of volume recently as is normal in this part of the preparation period and now we are doing more intensity. The ‘brick’ sessions have come back too with a lot of stressful sessions.”

Earlier in the year Lehmann was on a training camp in Spain with his home club. Among his training partners he can count Gergely Kiss, silver medallist at the 2022 World U23 Championships, as well as several others that push him.

Moreover, inspiration has come from beyond his teammates as several famous faces have been in the same part of the world.

“Like this morning, you can see Alistair Brownlee (the former Olympic champion) and Beth Potter (the women’s world champion) training. In this environment, it’s much easier to do the sessions. They’re putting in the work and it is very motivating to see them.”

After the season he had in 2023, Lehmann also has plenty of intrinsic drive to carry him through this tough block.

“Last year I finished in the top-10 overall in the Series,” he noted. “I was 10th. Now I would like to do better and make it into the top-5.”

As a result of his stellar form, he has earned his slot at a first Olympic Games and his excitement is palpable.

“I talked with a lot of people about the Olympics. It’s a very unique event, it’s special and there’s nothing similar to it. On the other hand we are racing with the same guys as always. I think the atmosphere will be what I have to get used to.”

To that end, Lehmann is working on the mental aspect of his preparation. “I am working on that to learn how to handle that kind of pressure.”

“I started to work with a psychologist. I did not have problems with it before and I could always do my best on the WTCS level but I think Paris will be on a whole new level.”
Although he feels has already improved, “there are many more things I can do to get better.”

In many ways, Lehmann offers an insight into the paradox of the Olympic Games. While he pointed out that he will be against the same athletes as the rest of the year and noted that the underlying physical challenge is no different to any other WTCS race, the size of the moment sets it apart.

The challenge is thus not to be overwhelmed by the scale of the event. When every reminder serves only to reinforce just how big the Games are, though, it is hard to come to terms with it.

“The thing is, I have to be on the start line just like every other race and not to feel that pressure. I need to have the same emotions as before a WTCS race. That’s the plan.”

Over the course of the current Olympic cycle, Lehmann has made great strides in the sport. In 2021, he missed out on Tokyo after having a brief chance to qualify through the relay. Nevertheless, he ended the year as a rising star after winning the World U23 title. With a new Olympics on the horizon, Lehmann has since grown into the leading Hungarian triathlete.

“Being in the best position of the Hungarian team now gives me a lot of confidence,” he said. “Hungarian triathlon is very strong at the moment, especially on the guys’ side. I think we have four guys in the top-30 (of the Olympic Qualification rankings) or thereabouts. We can really pull each other and motivate each other.”

When asked about his growth over the Olympic cycle, Lehmann could not help but laugh a little.

“It was quite an interesting journey. In the first year after winning the World U23 Champs, I felt like a rookie and my racing was not yet at the level it is now. Back then, I could have one or two top-10s but I really had to do my best to reach the top guys. And now my last year was a lot more consistent and I’m on the way to getting into the top group. I’m in the mix.”

Wins at the World Cup level, such as in Karlovy Vary in 2022 and at home in Tiszaujvaros last year, showcased his abilities. Likewise, recording his best ever WTCS season in 2023 boosted him and winning a first WTCS medal is now firmly in his sights this season.

“I think we are on a good path and I’ve improved a lot so I think we have to focus on the small things, like what decides a race at the end.”

While he works on what might appear to be the minor details, then, Csongor Lehmann has a grand image in mind when it comes to his path to Paris and the WTCS beyond.

“I’m close to the first guys and with these small parts of the big picture I think we can put it together and win that medal.”

Kategorie: Triatlon

Smith and Michalickova lead the way for Team World Triathlon in Chengdu

Pá, 03/05/2024 - 09:09

The 2024 Chengdu World Cup was the first official event of the year for Team World Triathlon, the development squad for athletes from smaller national federations to help them realise their Olympic potential.

Six athletes were selected for the event, receiving travel support and covering on-site expenses such as accommodation, plus dedicated technical and coaching support. Bermuda’s Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith, Slovakia’s Zuzana Michalickova and Romana Gajdosova, Ukraine’s Vitalii Vorontsov and Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto of Colombia headed to China under the guidance of Rolf Ebeling and Vincent Beltran.

Of those six, three of the athletes were graduates from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games exactly one decade prior, also in China. Smith, Hawley and Velasquez competed in the individual and mixed relay events at Nanjing 2014, and were back in the country chasing their Olympic dreams and a start at Paris 2024.

It was Michalickova with the best result of the day on the women’s side, finishing 13th one place ahead of Hawley, Gajdosova in 23rd. The unlucky Velasquez had to pull up on the run from a strong position after suffering stomach issues.

On the men’s side, Smith’s hard work on the bike may have taken its toll on the run, but he pushed on for 24th place after Vorontsov was forced to retire from the race. Another member of the team but who received support from his federation and was therefore not part of the squad, Badr Siwane (MAR), finished 30th.

The result leaves Smith in 111th in the Olympic rankings, with a Tripartite Invitation still a possible route to a start in Paris. Velasquez remains on course to be Colombia’s first female Olympic triathlete since Fiorella D’Croz at Athens 2004, and Hawley is currently ranked within the qualification zone. Michalickova and Gajdosova, chase a similar goal or the New Flag slot along with compatriot Ivana Kuriackova.

The team moves on to Uzbekistan for the last weekend of World Cup racing before the qualification period ends, and it will be all in at the Samarkand World Cup on Saturday 18 May. You can watch all the action unfold and follow the World Triathlon Team’s fortunes over on TriathlonLive.tv.

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Who will be racing at WTCS Yokohama 2024?

Čt, 02/05/2024 - 08:59

After the unfortunate cancellation of WTCS Abu Dhabi, the WTCS season will begin in earnest with the classic race in Yokohama. An institution of the World Series, Yokohama is one of two standard-distance stops scheduled before the WTCS Final. As such, it will award 1000 points for the win and is one of the most valuable races, in terms of points, on the calendar.

In addition, the event will likely prove pivotal for the Olympic aspirations of several athletes. The USA and France are two examples of teams that could see places settled in Japan on 11 May. With the world title and Olympic qualification both in play, it is no surprise that the event has attracted an awesome field. Before you catch all the action on TriathlonLive, check out some of the headlining stars and major stories to follow below.

Former Olympic champions on the hunt

No fewer than three past Olympic champions start in Yokohama. Ready to check her race-readiness after missing the whole of last year with injury, Flora Duffy (BER) is due to make her long-awaited return to the blue carpet. As her first race since winning the 2022 world title title in Abu Dhabi, it will be a fascinating feel for form for the Bermuda star.

Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), the 2020 Olympic champion, and Gwen Jorgensen (USA), the 2016 Olympic champion, could be in the mix for medals in Japan.

Whereas Blummenfelt has already sealed Olympic qualification and can look ahead to defending his gold medal, Jorgensen will need a big result to boost her hopes of starting in Paris after multiple World Cup wins across her comeback season last year.

World title candidates on show

The reigning men’s world champion Dorian Coninx (FRA) will look to bring some of the Pontevedra magic to add another gold medal to his collection, wile teammate Emma Lombardi (FRA) took third on the overall WTCS podium in 2023 and will look to secure valuable points and form.

The woman that pushed Flora Duffy all the way in 2022, Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) will be sadly absent as she focuses on the British Olympic qualifier in Cagliari, but the mighty Taylor Knibb (USA) starts. The former winner in Yokohama and Series bronze medallist in 2022 will no doubt fire things up on the bike.

Further WTCS gold medallists from 2023 will also look to press their world title claims. Sophie Coldwell (GBR) will attempt to repeat her dramatic win here last year, while WTCS Montreal top-dog Matthew Hauser (AUS) will also be one to track.

Recent WTCS medallists lurking

The past two WTCS seasons (2022 and 2023) have seen a number of athletes, new faces and old, step upon the podium at races. A swathe of such medallists will be starting in Yokohama and any one of them could power to the gold.

Kate Waugh (GBR) and Leonie Periault (FRA) have both medalled at WTCS Finals; Waugh memorably claimed silver at last year’s edition in Pontevedra while Periault matched the feat at the 2021 Final in Edmonton. Periault also won silver in Yokohama in 2022 and in Montreal in 2023. She will certainly be a threat as she seeks to lock in her place on the French Olympic team.

Germany will have a trio of WTCS medallists starting in the form of Laura Lindemann, Annika Koch and Lisa Tertsch. Of that trio, only Lindeman has won a medal over the standard distance. She earned the bronze medal in Paris last summer.

Similarly, the USA will be well-represented by WTCS medallists chasing Olympic starts. Taylor Spivey nabbed two WTCS medals in 2023 while Summer Rappaport also returned to the podium in Montreal. Then there is Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal (MEX). After shocking the world on her way to silver in Yokohama last season, she could upgrade that to gold this year.

Double world champion Vincent Luis (FRA) will look to make his first WTCS podium since winning in Bermuda in 2022 while, after winning four WTCS medals in 2023, Vasco Vilaca (POR) will also be confident of breaking onto the podium once more. Manoel Messias (BRA), a double WTCS medallist over the sprint distance last year, could make an impact too.

Former WTCS race winner Jelle Geens (BEL) is another 2023 medallist to watch while Antonio Serrat Seoane, Roberto Sanchez Mantecon and Morgan Pearson will look to return to their medal-winning heights of 2022.

The form candidates

Among the starters in Yokohama will also be several names that have gotten their 2024 seasons off to lightning starts.

Alberto Gonzalez Garcia (ESP) is one such athlete. After winning the bronze medal at the Napier World Cup, Gonzalez powered to his first World Cup win in Hong Kong. Similarly, Vetle Bergsvik Thorn (NOR) will look to take Yokohama by storm after winning the Lievin World Cup.

As already noted, Lindemann is racing and she will look to build upon her win in Lievin. Meanwhile, her teammate Tertsch beat Beaugrand and Taylor-Brown on the way to the gold medal at the Europe Cup in Quarteira. While the two German women claimed gold in Lievin and Quarteira between them, Luis managed to take home the silver medals in the two men’s races. He should therefore not be discounted in Yokohama.

Although her female teammates are all WTCS medallists, Olivia Mathias (GBR) could also be a dark horse after making the podium in Napier. Serrat will also look to get one over Gonzalez after winning the silver medal behind him in Hong Kong.

From the home nation, Takumi Hojo (JPN) took the silver medal at the Asia Championships over the sprint distance and will look to impress alongside Kenji Nener (JPN), who won maiden World Cup medal in Hong Kong.

Throw in a clutch of rising talents like Csongor Lehmann, Miguel Hidalgo, Bianca Seregni, Cathia Schär and more, and a truly spectacular race could be in store.

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The Olympic triathlon qualification movers after the Chengdu World Cup

Po, 29/04/2024 - 12:42

It was a day for breakaways at the Chengdu World Cup as Julie Derron (SUI) and Max Stapley (GBR) claimed the gold medals in style. You can watch back the thrilling races and see how they unfolded on TriathlonLive

As has been the case with the previous World Cup stops of 2024, the action in Chengdu also added yet another series of twists in the winding road to the Paris Olympic Games. From making individual hopes likelier to qualifying third athletes to shaking up the New Flags, Chengdu was part of a weekend in which plenty changed.

The Men’s Olympic Rankings


Finishes of 3rd for Tayler Reid (NZL) and 4th for Márk Dévay (HUN) have seen both rise in the Olympic rankings. Dévay has climbed two places in the ranking into 25th drawing one spot behind compatriot Bence Bicsák who finished 7th in Chengdu. With Csongor Lehmann entrenched in the top-10, Hungary have tightened their grip on a third men’s slot for Paris, Gabor Faldum also hoping it will be him.

A little further back, Reid’s medal-winning antics have seen him rise eight spots in the rankings into 28th. He now joins his countrymen Hayden Wilde and Dylan McCullough in the top-30. Should this picture remain unchanged, New Zealand will also receive three male Olympic slots, eliminating the need to choose between McCullough and Reid this summer.

Like Dévay, Jonas Schomburg (GER) gained two places in the rankings after finishing 2nd in Chengdu. Notably, he has now overtaken his compatriot Tim Hellwig in the Olympic rankings and now looks ever more likely to be joining him and Lasse Luhrs on the German Olympic squad, though Lasse Nygaard Priester will also be chasing hard in Yokohama after Chengdu disappointment.

Emil Holm (DEN) finished 6th in Chengdu, a result that sees him rise by nine places in the Olympic rankings. His performance has provided the final brushstrokes on the painting of his Paris visions for he now sits in 64th in the Olympic rankings and can start to feel safer. Meanwhile, Max Stapley’s maiden World Cup win saw him rise from 90th to 73rd. His jump on balance may have come too late to make a surge towards the top-30, which would deliver Britain a third men’s slot in Paris. His win, though, already gives him plenty to celebrate.

The Women’s Olympic Rankings

The flavour of the month in the women’s rankings has surely been Tilda Månsson (SWE). After a superb win a week earlier in Wollongong, the young Swedish athlete was back on the podium in Chengdu. In addition to representing her first medal over the Olympic distance, her result has seen her make a jump in the Olympic rankings for a second successive week.

Having risen eleven places into 61st after Wollongong, Månsson has gained a further ten places and now sits in 51st. Månsson was actually the final woman due to qualify through the provisional Olympic rankings in the wake of Wollongong and now she has buttressed her position further. With every weekend, it is becoming more likely that she will be the youngest triathlete to start at this summer’s Olympic Games.

Roksana Slupek (POL) won the bronze medal in Chengdu and has now broken into the top-100 of the Olympic rankings. She sits in 84th. On the one hand, she has the best part of thirty places to make up in the rankings to qualify for Paris and thus may seem a little too far behind to make a serious charge. On the other hand, Slupek only has three results in the second period of Olympic qualification under her belt. This is because she missed a large chunk of last season with injury.

Whenever Slupek races in May, then, she will essentially have a free hit at accruing Olympic points. Most of the athletes ahead of year have already hit their quotas of race results and can only gain points by improving upon existing performances. Whatever Slupek does, though, will see her rise further. Moreover, she has inserted herself into the fray for the European New Flag slot at the Olympic Games, a point that will be discussed later on.

One of the happiest teams in Chengdu was Italy as Ilaria Zane (ITA) and Alice Betto (ITA) finished 4th and 5th, respectively. While both were fantastic performances, the big talking point lies with Zane’s result. She has improved her Olympic ranking by eight places to 26th.

With Verena Steinhauser and Bianca Seregni already ahead of Zane, that makes it three Italian women in the top-30. Most importantly, it provisionally hands Italy a third women’s slot at the Games. Given the performances of Steinhauser, Seregni, Zane and Betto, though, four will have to somehow go into three when the final selection comes around.

Finally, Julie Derron climbed into the top-10 of the Olympic rankings on the back of her stunning win in Chengdu. She earned 500 points for her win and rose seven places to 10th. In the bigger picture, the Swiss athlete has sent a warning shot to the rest of the world and could be in the mix for an Olympic medal this summer.

The New Flag implications

As already touched upon with Slupek’s rise, the New Flag races to the Olympic Games have also seen some changes over the weekend. While Slupek left a hole in the wall from where she came crashing into the European New Flag conversation with her 3rd place in Chengdu, there were a couple of further noteworthy shifts elsewhere.

Ivana Kuriackova (SVK) won the Americas Cup in La Guaira to bolster her own hopes of claiming the European women’s New Flag. While Slupek climbed twenty-three places in the world rankings to 61st, Kuriackova rose by five places to take 57th. Less than 15 points now separate the two women.

Sinem Francisca Tous Servera (TUR) also cannot be ignored in this discussion. She entered the weekend as the leader of the European women’s New Flag race but now holds 60th in the world rankings. Likewise, Zuzana Michalickova (SVK) will be a threat. She finished 13th in Chengdu to gain a small boost in both her Olympic ranking (69th) and world ranking (65th).

Should Michalickova qualify for Paris through the Olympic rankings, she would block Kuriackova from earning the New Flag place. Right now, that would put Slupek onto the Games start list. Equally, Michalickova could still claim the New Flag herself. The race to Paris among the European women is therefore deliciously poised and will have no shortage of drama over the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, at the Asia Cup in Pokhara, Manami Iijima (GUM) finished 2nd to essentially guarantee that she will earn the Oceania women’s New Flag slot. In addition, Siefeldeen Ismail (EGY) won the men’s race and thrust himself up the world rankings into 102nd.

Entering the weekend, Jean Gael Laurent L`entete (MRI) led the African men’s New Flag race. However, Ismail’s win has seen him slice L`entete’s lead considerably. A 7th place finish in Pokhara helped L`entete to defend his current lead from 94th in the rankings but, with only a few weeks to go, Ismail is hunting down his continental rival.

With less than four weeks remaining, the races to Paris are showing no signs of slowing down. Stay up to date with the upcoming action on TriathlonLive and across World Triathlon social channels.

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Britain’s Max Stapley soars to first World Triathlon Cup gold in Chengdu

Po, 29/04/2024 - 09:14

Great Britain’s Max Stapley rose to the occasion in Chengdu, China on Monday morning, pulling clear of a four-deep lead group over the last lap to deliver a scintillating Olympic-distance gold and register a first World Cup win. He was with Jonas Schomburg (GER), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Mark Devay (HUN) for the majority of the 10km run before finally edging away, Schomburg securing a career best silver, Reid holding off Devay for the bronze.

“My training has gone perfectly into this, I texted my girlfriend this morning and said I was going to have a good one,” said a beaming Stapley. “I looked at the start list and there’s a few guys, we see each other every race in the break and gagging for it, so once it was on I was motivating the troops and getting it going. That’s how I want to race. I was trying to calm myself at the start of the run and the wind picked up so it got tactical, but when the gap opened up for it and I said to myself ‘there’s no time like now’. I’m on a high right now and want to thank all the people that support me… this one’s for the breakaway boys!”

Swim opens things up early on

Race number one Lasse Nygaard Priester took up position on the right of the pontoon staring at a tough 330m to the first buoy, some strong swimmers like Jonas Schomburg and Mark Devay preferring the left, and it was soon Devay pulling clear, Tayler Reid tucked on his feet.

As the turns were navigated for the first time, a single file of athletes was fast and flowing, Schomburg, Stapley and Michele Sarzilla of Italy going well but there was no surprise to see Devay out ahead as they rose out up the ramp and dived back in for the second 750m, Kyotaro Yoshikawa (JPN) switching places with Sarzilla as they pushed the second lap and began to head back to shore.

On the 140m run to the bike racks, John Reed (USA) led a second group 35 seconds back followed by Ben Dijkstra and Bence Bicsak +45s, Nygaard Priester already a minute off the front.

Six make it stick

A six-strong lead group formed on the bike that Mitch Kolkman (NED) and Christopher Deegan (AUS) couldn’t quite get onto the back of, leaving Devay with Valentin Morlec (FRA), Schomburg, Reid, Stapley and Yoshikawa over lap one of the bike. They quickly carved out a 45-second advantage to the Emil Holm-driven second pack, Priester’s third group drifting back to two minutes off the pace over the opening stages.

At the halfway point the leaders’ gap was out to a minute, Holm along with Luke Bate (AUS), Tyler Smith (BER) and Russell White (IRL) among the 26-deep bunch trying to dig their way back into the race, but with little success.

Priester’s group was also drifting further off the pace, effectively ending his chances to have an impact on proceedings, while Schomburg had delivered a fluid transition to get out onto the run in front of the rest. The German going a little easier on the throttle than in the past, they still had 1m35s to Badr Siwane (MAR), first of the second pack out and pushing on.

Hungary’s Gabor Faldum was five seconds off Siwane, Bence Bicsak another five off his teammate, both knowing that Paris points were on the line and going all in.

Heat turned up as Stapley delivers

Stapley and Devay were taking turns out front as first Yoshikawa and then Morlec were dropped on the first run lap, and suddenly it looked like a four-way shootout for the podium.

That is how it would stay until Devay began to fade at the bell, Stapley moving to the front and assuming a position he wouldn’t relinquish from there. Leading for the final 2km, the Brit put in a final surge to find some crucial daylight and by the final turn, the first World Cup gold was his, Schomburg finding the push to edge the silver from Tayler Reid, Devay just holding off a resurgent Morlec, Holm 6th, Bicsak 7th, Crisanto Grajales, Sarzilla and Reed rounding out the top 10.

“Second podium, second race in a week, wasn’t feeling that good in Australia with jetlag but felt better this week so happy for this and stoked for the guys on the podium”, said Schomburg. “We were working so hard on the bike, shout to Mark, too, for pushing the swim so hard, but it really worked. It was really crucial to get some more points on my Olympic ranking - three races to go… i’m ready for it.”

“That was hard! Im happy to be on the podium but that last 500m I was in the hurt box,” said Reid. “Max turned up the heat a little bit and I was gone. I loved how we raced today, Mark was a weapon out there today, to string the pack down was great, wicked to be on the podium after spending som time working in the trenches with them. I was hoping for a sprint but couldn’t quite get there!”

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