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World Triathlon President, Marisol Casado, appointed to six IOC Commissions

Pá, 30/09/2022 - 17:14

World Triathlon President, Marisol Casado, has been appointed by the International Olympic Committee President to six Commissions, serving now in one more Commission than in the previous years. Mrs Casado is now a member of the Future Host Commission; Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Commission; Olympic Solidarity; Education Commission; Coordination Commission of the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in Paris 2024 and Coordination Commission of the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad in Los Angeles 2028.

For the first time in history, the International Olympic Committee President, Mr.Thomas Bach, has appointed an equal number of women and men to the IOC commissions for 2022. This marks a historic milestone in the IOC’s efforts to increase gender balance at its governance level, which was a key recommendation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and its successor, Olympic Agenda 2020+5. It contributes to the IOC’s wider goal of fostering gender equality and inclusion throughout the sports movement.

Mrs Casado, an IOC member since 2010, is a very active member of the International Olympic Committee, where she also chairs the Gender Equality Review Project Working Group. She is one of the only two female Presidents of International Federations. In addition, she is a member of the ASOIF Council and Treasurer of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

In total, there are now 546 positions across the IOC commissions, with 273 positions occupied by men and 273 by women. This gender balance represents a substantial increase in female representation since the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020 almost eight years ago, with women accounting for only 20% of commission positions in 2013. In addition, a record high of 13 of the 31 commissions are chaired by women in 2022.

The IOC commissions play a vital role in the organisation’s work, focusing on specific subject areas and making recommendations to the IOC President, the Executive Board and the IOC Session. The composition of each commission includes IOC Members and a range of external experts.

“It is a great honour for me to be appointed on so many responsibility roles at the IOC. Not only because what that represents in terms of advancing towards gender balance, but also for the importance that it has to have the vision of our International Federation in these bodies”, explained Mrs Casado. “I commit myself to serve with dedication, transparency and loyalty to help develop not only our sport, triathlon, but also the whole world of sports within the Olympic movement”, she said.

Double triathlon Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee is currently a member of the Athlete’s Commission.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Virtual cycling platform MyWhoosh becomes Global Partner for 2022 Championship Finals Abu Dhabi

St, 28/09/2022 - 09:04

Already a firm fixture in the cycling world,  MyWhoosh reaches into the triathlon realm with a new agreement that sees the virtual training app become a World Triathlon Global Partner for this year’s Championship Finals. The free-to-use platform allows global users to ride anywhere, bringing an all-access pass to virtual cycling worlds and guided training programmes.   

The agreement will give MyWhoosh top-tier exposure at the biggest event in the triathlon calendar, as the races to become the 2022 world champions reach their climax in the UAE. MyWhoosh’s in-app triathlon training plan is the Official Virtual Training Plan for the Abu Dhabi Event, giving users the opportunity to get race fit for the November championships and improve on the all important bike leg.
   
In the build up to the Abu Dhabi event, alongside its weekly rides, MyWhoosh will be hosting triathlon-specific events, available for all abilities to get involved. MyTriPace Bunch is a social ride that will offer different pacing options for group riders, and Time Trial Tuesday will bring users the opportunity to test their progress.                                     

“Virtual cycling has become one of the biggest trends in training in recent years, offering millions of amateurs and professionals the convenience of being able to train and race from their own home,” said World Triathlon President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “The importance of exercise to people’s mental and physical wellbeing is beyond doubt. MyWhoosh has the power to bring people from all over the world together through cycling and, with the sport at the very heart of the magic of swim-bike-run, this partnership for triathlon’s biggest event of the year is incredibly exciting for both parties and all of its users.”

The agreement will include a major installation at the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Finals Abu Dhabi expo (23-26 November), where athletes and visitors will get to experience MyWhoosh’s immersive world of virtual cycling and test themselves on the 2022 Championship Finals bike circuit. There are already more than 700 workouts available on     the app and waiting to be tried, all created by World Cycling Tour coaches.

Matthew Smithson, In-Game Experience Manager at MyWhoosh, added, “Partnering with World Triathlon is an exciting moment for MyWhoosh. Our team is looking forward to delivering Triathlon-specific events and functionalities within MyWhoosh that have not been previously available indoors. As a triathlete who dates back to racing since the 90s, I have seen the progression of our sport and how training has changed. MyWhoosh understands Triathletes have different requirements than cyclists. This is why we have designed events focusing on consistent pacing and the ability to test yourself and track your progress.

“For those who want a fast bike split on the flat, fast roads of Abu Dhabi, it’s the perfect time to start the MyWhoosh Triathlon Training Plan. With 9 weeks to go, you can still significantly improve your bike leg and run faster from jumping off the bike fresh.

“Whilst we are focusing on the needs of Triathletes, our main goal is to see you enjoying our platform. We are proud of what we have built, and we can’t wait to join you for a ride.”

Kategorie: Triatlon

Celebrating Global Coaches Day with top World Triathlon coaches

So, 24/09/2022 - 12:35

On the 25th September, we join the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and celebrate Global Coaches Day. The mission of the ICCE is to lead and support the development of sport coaching globally. World Triathlon would like to acknowledge ICCE Global Coaches Day by profiling some of the incredible international coaches on the circuit.

Introducing Ljudmila Medan, European Triathlon Development Coach, Head of Coaches Committee Serbian triathlon.

“I am a coach because of the children and the passion I have for the sport itself. There is no other feeling like helping young athletes to further develop their natural perseverance, work and dedication.” Ljudmila Medan, European Triathlon Development Coach.

Introducing Rodrigo Milazzo, National Coach, Triathlon Brasil.

“Outstanding performance and excelling in the sport are what drive me into pushing myself to become a better coach.”

Biography:
Triathlon Brasil National Coach
Triathlon Brasil Technical Manager
Triathlon Brasil Coaching Education Facilitator
Americas Triathlon Coaches Committee Member
Americas Triathlon Coaching Education Facilitator
World Triathlon National Coaches Committee Member
World Triathlon Coaching Education Facilitator
World Triathlon Mentor

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World Triathlon celebrates Global Coaches Day with Gambia’s DeJean G Tommy

So, 24/09/2022 - 12:29

On the 25th September, we join the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and celebrate Global Coaches Day. The mission of the ICCE is to lead and support the development of sport coaching globally. World Triathlon would like to acknowledge ICCE Global Coaches Day by profiling some of the incredible international coaches on the circuit.

Introducing DeJean G Tommy, Head Coach and President of Gambia Triathlon Union.

How did you get into coaching Triathlon?
I have always been in Triathlon from a young age, but we just used it as training for Rugby, so in my relocation to Gambia in 2018, I decided to take it on as there was a capacity gap in the federation.

Can you please share a little about where and who you coach?
I’m currently coaching an athlete from The Gambia Team (the Captain) remotely and advise a few athletes in Europe and Africa. Ideally, I’d like to spend more time with athletes and coaches and I’m looking forward to being back on the track daily.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The satisfaction on the face of the athlete when they have completed a race. Knowing that I have helped that individual complete another challenge. 

What has been a career highlight as a coach?
I’ve had many highlights but the most satisfying one was watching Yankuba Jahateh start in the Africa Triathlon event in Egypt 2021. We had been pushing really hard for months and for him to lead his nation to start a race just topped it all for me.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Convincing the people of my home country that Triathlon is an awesome event that is worth investing in.

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a coach?
That there is no single answer to solve problems - treat each individual as a special case as abilities differ.

All Triathlon Coaches are a special breed, we have to work a lot harder than other single event coaches to ensure that athletes are ready for the challenges that they face each day let us work together as a Tri family to make sure our athletes always give their best in a sporting manner.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon celebrates Global Coaches Day with Japan’s Kenjiro Iijima

So, 24/09/2022 - 12:13

On the 25th September, we join the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and celebrate Global Coaches Day. The mission of the ICCE is to lead and support the development of sport coaching globally. World Triathlon would like to acknowledge ICCE Global Coaches Day by profiling some of the incredible international coaches on the circuit.

Introducing Kenjiro Iijima, Triathlon Japan.

How did you get into coaching Triathlon?
I have always had an interest in teaching and became a teacher at my alma mater after graduating from university. I competed in triathlon professionally from 1986 to 1997, but the turning point came when triathlon became an official program at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. I decided to become a coach when I realized that I wanted to produce athletes for the Olympics as a coach rather than continue as an athlete. At the perfect time, Akiko Sekine (maiden name, Akiko Hirao, 17th at the Sydney and 12th at the Athens Olympics) came to me for guidance in her quest for further growth as a professional athlete. This encounter further amplified my feelings and led me to focus on coaching athletes.

Can you please share a little about where and who you coach?
My team has two training bases. The first base is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi in Japan, at an altitude of 300 meters.  In cooperation with Yamanashi Gakuin High School and University, the athletes live in a dormitory and practice strengthening their skills. The great thing about this base is that it has a variety of bike trails and a velodrome, and athletes can practice biking on the airfield runway. For swimming, there is a university swimming pool, a private pool and a prefectural pool (50m pool is open only in the summer), and open water swimming is available in the lake. For running, there are three athletic fields, plus plenty of places for cross-country and trail running. The second base is located in Nobeyama, Nagano, at an altitude of 1,500 meters, a 50-minute drive from the first base. Here too, the athletes have their own dormitory where they can continue to train in a high-altitude living environment. There is a gym facility with a hypoxic room nearby, where further training in a high-altitude environment is possible.

I am currently coaching five athletes, Yuka Sato, Miyu Sakai, Chisato Nakajima, Mitsuho Mochizuki, and Juri Ide, throughout the year. Depending on the season, I also coach the next generation of junior athletes.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
To be able to watch each athlete grow as a person through triathlon while the athlete struggles through the twists and turns. It is such a privilege to be able to share the moment and spend time with athletes and team members. And the most rewarding part of my job is to witness when the athletes share their best smiles with their peers when they achieve their goals and objectives.



What has been a career highlight as a coach?
From the 2000 Sydney Olympics to the 2022 Tokyo Olympics, I have been able to produce seven Olympians. The highest Olympic finish for an athlete I have trained is Juri Ide’s 5th place at the Beijing Games in 2008. Akiko Sekine placed 17th in Sydney 2000 and 12th in Athens 2004, Mariko Adachi finished 14th in London 2012, Yuka Sato placed 15th in Rio 2016. Yuka also won her first Youth Olympic gold medal in 2010 in Singapore.

Another of my coaching accomplishments is getting the national team up and running. I was also able to lead the Japanese team to its third consecutive victory in the mixed relay at the Asian Games held in Guangzhou, Incheon, and Palembang.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Balance between family and coaching career, relationship with the national federation.

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a coach?
No integrity, no victory. Without outstanding human resources, enhanced competitiveness is impossible.

We, coaches and athletes, should try to understand each other, help each other when needed and enhance the value of sport through Triathlon. I believe that if we work with this mindset, it will surely lead to world peace without conflicts and wars.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon Podcast #66 - Global Coaches Day

So, 24/09/2022 - 02:21

For the 2022 ICCE Global Coaches Day on 25 September, Rodrigo Milazzo and Tibor Lehmann joined the World Triathlon Podcast for a look back over their careers up to today’s high water marks. Both are enjoying huge success with their young athletes; Milazzo with a crop of brilliant Brazilian talent like Miguel Hidalgo and Djenyfer Arnold and Lehmann’s son Csongor having just won his first World Cup in Karlovy Vary, but there is plenty more to come from them.

The pair may be reaching new heights at the same time and with eyes firmly focussed on Paris 2024, but their respective paths to this point and the highs and lows along the way are very different, and you can find out all about how they have built their success and subscribe to the World Triathlon Podcast on Spotify, Apple, Google and wherever you get your podcasts.


Rodrigo Milazzo marks 15 years in the Brazil Triathlon Federation in 2023, a year before a Paris 2024 Games that on current form could see his country finally crack the Olympic triathlon top 10.

The pandemic put a pause on a brand new development programme put into place in 2019, but it is now firmly back on schedule as Brazil continues to find more and more young potential across the huge country.

“We are having three national championships this year, and mainly for the youth athletes of 14 to 15, and we’ll be selecting five boys and five girls and two coaches and put up a training camp so we’re not looking for the talent now, we know they are the best youth triathletes out there this year. Previously it was only occasionally that a talent would be found, but now we want the youths competing on the same start as the pros so they can see what high performance is and if that’s what they want for themselves.”

There is also the important element of training new coaching talent for Milazzo, something that he carries out as a World Triathlon facilitator and mentor in South America and beyond. A firm believer in needing just a pen and paper and a stopwatch, there are old-school values at the heart of his method.

“The coaches I tend to notice are really, I wouldn’t say keen, but they are enlightened and this enlightenment is in the way they speak and the way they think. They have a more holistic view of the sport, they have to think of everything that is surrounding the athlete and also surrounding their environment in order to understand better not only the athlete, but the whole process of training. It’s not only what you’re seeing, there’s a lot more, not only at the sides but up, down, behind as well. I was never a top elite athlete but I did high performance training and that’s given me knowledge and a feeling for the sport.”

For Tibor Lehmann, realisation came after a long discussion with a friend about where his future lay as a coach and the fact that there was no reason he and his athletes couldn’t be as good as the best in the world. So he started reading more and believing more and that has helped Csongor to Junior and U23 World titles and most recently that first World Cup win in Karlovy Vary.

“We have planned all these steps carefully for Csongor, but not everyone can do what he has done. He has a great squad and I think that is what the best Olympians have had… The Karlovy Vary win was a nice moment but the main target for us is qualification for Paris.”

As for whether or not he was able to keep a lid on his emotions as Csongor looked to land his first World Cup gold, it seems there wasn’t much that Lehmann could do to influence the final throes from the sidelines.

“Karlovy Vary was the first time I’ve not been able to say anything to Csongor for the last 5km because I couldn’t imagine where he was going to find the weapon or the tool to beat the American guy (Matt McElroy). And he found it. So maybe he is smarter than me. Sometimes.”

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World Triathlon approves the first events on the 2023 season calendar

Čt, 22/09/2022 - 12:14

There may be plenty of racing left to come in this extended 2022 season, but we are already looking forward to a thrilling 2023 with new host cities and established favourites ready to roll out the blue carpet for the world’s best triathletes. The World Triathlon Executive Board has approved the first events of the 2023 calendar, when the World Triathlon Championship Series will finish with the Championship Finals in Pontevedra, Spain, while Hamburg, Germany will host in 2023 the Sprint & Relay World Championships, and the Spanish island of Ibiza the Multisport Championships. (Please note that more events will be announced in the coming weeks.)

On top of the events in Pontevedra and Hamburg, two cities have already been confirmed as stops on the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Series: the best in the world will perform once more over the Olympic distance in Yokohama in May, while in July the athletes will travel to Sunderland, UK, as the city makes its debut on the circuit replacing Leeds as a host city.

On the World Triathlon Cup calendar, the season will start with a classic destination making its long-awaited return to the circuit, New Plymouth, in New Zealand, in March. Three other destinations, Huatulco (MEX), Karlovy Vary (CZE) and Miyazaki (JPN) are also already confirmed for 2023.

As for the Para triathlon calendar, after its great success earlier this year, the Welsh city of Swansea will again host a stop of the World Triathlon Para Series, along with Yokohama and Devonport (Australia). For the World Triathlon Para Cups, A Coruña and Besançon have also been confirmed for the 2023 season.

On the Multisports calendar, the first stop of the year will be in Norway, with Skeikampen hosting the World Triathlon Winter Championships in March. Ibiza, Spain, will be the host of the next edition of the World Triathlon Multisport Championships.

When it comes to Major Games, Krakow in Poland will host the European Games, while Bali, Indonesia, will be the host city for the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games, with aquathlon part of the programme. Hangzhou, in China, has been confirmed to host the Asian Games in 2023, with the PanAmerican Games taking place in Santiago, Chile in November.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the first races confirmed on the 2023 calendar,” said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado, “It’s a perfect mix between new additions to our portfolio of events, classic races across the world and more Para triathlon venues, giving all of our athletes opportunities to perform at their best.”

Here are the dates already confirmed:
2023 World Triathlon Championship Series:
13-14 May - Yokohama, JPN (Olympic distance)
15-16 Jul - Hamburg, GER (Sprint & Mixed Relay World Championships)
29-30 Jul - Sunderland, GBR (Sprint distance & Mixed Relay)
23-24 Sep - Pontevedra, ESP (Olympic distance)

Mixed Relay:
15-16 July - Hamburg, GER (Mixed Relay World Championships)
29-30 July - Sunderland, GBR

World Triathlon Cup:
25-26 March - New Plymouth, NZL (Sprint)
17-18 June - Huatulco, MEX (Sprint)
9-10 Sept - Karlovy Vary, CZE (Olympic distance)
29-30 Oct - Miyazaki, JPN (Olympic distance)

Para Triathlon:
23-24 Sept - Pontevedra, ESP - Para triathlon World Championships
18-19 March Devonport, AUS – World Triathlon Para Series
13-14 May Yokohama, JPN – World Triathlon Para Series
15 July Swansea, GBR – World Triathlon Para Series
10-11 June - A Coruna, ESP – World Triathlon Para Cup
17-18 June Besancon, FRA – World Triathlon Para Cup

Multisport:
25-26 March Skeikampen, NOR – Winter Triathlon World Championships
29 April - 7 May Ibiza, ESP - Multisport Championships

Please note that the above calendar is not final, with more events to be announced in the coming weeks.

Continuing with last season’s revamped live triathlon coverage, the world’s home for on-demand multisports action TriathlonLIVE.tv continues to bring the best of the action to desktops, tablets and smartphones. The streaming platform will once again offer all subscribers the chance to watch the races live and on-demand, as well as enjoy countless hours of extra content, exclusive interviews, behind the scenes videos and stacks more triathlon coverage!

Kategorie: Triatlon

Triathlon included on the programme of the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games

St, 21/09/2022 - 15:05

World Triathlon is pleased to announce that triathlon has been included in the sport programme of the Commonwealth Youth Games 2023 in Trinidad and Tobago. Taking place from 4-11 August 2023, the Games will feature athletes from all Commonwealth countries aged 14-18.

Triathlon will make its debut in the Commonwealth Youth Games, with medal events for men and women. The other sports included in the programme are Aquatics (swimming), Athletics, Cycling, Fast5 Netball, Rugby Sevens and Beach Volleyball. The competition will take place in two clusters, one in Couva, Trinidad and the other Tobago, to bring a diverse perspective of the twin island country to the nations of the Commonwealth, as well as showcase a festival of the country’s activities.

The first edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games took place in Edinburgh in 2000, and Trinidad and Tobago will be the 7th edition of the event.

Triathlon is one of the core sports at the Commonwealth Games, with Flora Duffy (BER) and Alex Yee (GBR) being the last crowned champions, while England is the current champion of the Mixed Relay. Para triathlon was included in the programme in the Gold Coast 2018 Games and has been consistently included since then.

“We are delighted with the news of our sport being included in the Commonwealth Youth Games, it will bring many opportunities for the countries to develop the sport even further, investing in the young athletes that will be the rising stars in the near future”, said World Triathlon President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.

CGF President Dame Louise Martin said: “We are delighted to confirm the Sport Programme for the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games, featuring much-anticipated debuts in the Youth Games for the dynamic and innovative FAST5 Netball and Triathlon. It promises to be a thrilling and competitive Games.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Global accessibility continues with next edition of the Coaching Education Programme

Út, 20/09/2022 - 05:29

World Triathlon Development and Education in conjunction with the Korea Triathlon Federation have officially launched the fifth edition of the World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme. This programme continues to play an integral role in World Triathlon’s Coaching Education landscape for developing nations since 2017. There is no other global project similar to the World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme. 2021 saw World Triathlon Development and Education deliver the programme in a new online and completely virtually format and in 2022, the programme will be once again conducted online. One of the real values of the programme is global accessibility. Participants get to know different cultures, lifestyles, mindsets and provided with the opportunity to expand their networks, learn about the strengths and challenges of their peers from other countries and continents.

Representatives from World Triathlon including Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member, along with stakeholders from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation and the Korea Triathlon Federation met virtually to officially open the 2022 World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme.

Emma Carney, two-time World Triathlon Champion and member of the World Triathlon Development and Education team, formally opened the virtual meeting of programme stakeholders.

“Welcome to the Korea Triathlon Federation - World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme. What makes this program a standout is that it creates a unique learning environment bringing together coach candidates, coaches and coaching facilitators from all around the world in one place to learn and share World leading Triathlon coaching,” Emma Carney said.

The Programme creates a unique learning environment bringing together coach candidates, coaches and coaching facilitators from all around the world in one place to learn and share World leading Triathlon coaching. The project aims to provide opportunities for developing nations to access coaching education in triathlon and attain coaching qualification by World Triathlon at two levels: World Triathlon Level 1 Coach and World Triathlon Level 2 Coach.

Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member, stated that World Triathlon is committed to developing Triathlon and its Multisports worldwide and that coaches play a key role in this development.

“Coaches play an essential role in this process from the club and national coaches to Olympian coaches around the world. Last year the Korea Triathlon - World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme was a milestone in our coach education history as it gave us an excellent opportunity to pilot our newly designed virtual delivery forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today more than one hundred coaches representing forty-two National Federations from five continents are ready to start or level up their coaching skills and knowledge via the World Triathlon Education and Knowledge Hub. Thirty-five percent of the participants are female candidates strengthening the voices of women and having a positive impact on others.

“Thank you to our member National Federations for their continuous support and dedication to coaching education and development in general. Thank you to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation and the Korea Triathlon Federation for funding this unique and extraordinary project,” said Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member.

Facts about the Coaching Education Programme:
• A total number of graduated coaches (2017-2021): 250 (including L1 and L2 certified coaches) from 64 nations all over the world.
• There is a great proportion of women coaches accredited each year
• There is great global accessibility and diversity among those involved.
• The encouragement of returning coaches to continue their education and development
• 2020 cancelled due to the pandemic, 2022 is the second time this course will be conducted online.
• This year the 2022 cohort has 109 participants (38 female - 35%) from 42 countries, broken into two cohorts:
• Level 1: 30 participants (14 female) from 15 countries
• Level 2: 54 participants (19 female) from 31 countries
• CPD: 25 participants (5 female) from 16 countries

“A huge thank you to our funding partner in Korea for their investment in these coaching courses and beyond. Dear Coaches, please maximise this opportunity, leave your comfort zone and be ready for the challenge! As always, any feedback will help us to make our education better for the benefit of all, so please do not be shy and share your feedback as we go. All the best with the next chapter of your coaching journey,” Zita Csovelyak said, Head of National Federation Services and Development.

World Triathlon acknowledged that to their additional financial support, they are about to introduce the coaching profile tool on the Education Hub which will enable the team:
• To provide coaches with continuous feedback on their professional development.
• To identify knowledge and competence gaps which would be the basis of individual development recommendations.
• To use profile data for selection and eligibility.

For more information on World Triathlon Development and Education, visit the World Triathlon Education Hub.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Global accessibility continues with next edition of the Coaching Education Programme

Út, 20/09/2022 - 05:29

World Triathlon Development and Education in conjunction with the Korea Triathlon Federation have officially launched the fifth edition of the World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme. This programme continues to play an integral role in World Triathlon’s Coaching Education landscape for developing nations since 2017. There is no other global project similar to the World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme. 2021 saw World Triathlon Development and Education deliver the programme in a new online and completely virtually format and in 2022, the programme will be once again conducted online. One of the real values of the programme is global accessibility. Participants get to know different cultures, lifestyles, mindsets and provided with the opportunity to expand their networks, learn about the strengths and challenges of their peers from other countries and continents.

Representatives from World Triathlon including Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member, along with stakeholders from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation and the Korea Triathlon Federation met virtually to officially open the 2022 World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme.

Emma Carney, two-time World Triathlon Champion and member of the World Triathlon Development and Education team, formally opened the virtual meeting of programme stakeholders.

“Welcome to the Korea Triathlon Federation - World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme. What makes this program a standout is that it creates a unique learning environment bringing together coach candidates, coaches and coaching facilitators from all around the world in one place to learn and share World leading Triathlon coaching,” Emma Carney said.

The Programme creates a unique learning environment bringing together coach candidates, coaches and coaching facilitators from all around the world in one place to learn and share World leading Triathlon coaching. The project aims to provide opportunities for developing nations to access coaching education in triathlon and attain coaching qualification by World Triathlon at two levels: World Triathlon Level 1 Coach and World Triathlon Level 2 Coach.

Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member, stated that World Triathlon is committed to developing Triathlon and its Multisports worldwide and that coaches play a key role in this development.

“Coaches play an essential role in this process from the club and national coaches to Olympian coaches around the world. Last year the Korea Triathlon - World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme was a milestone in our coach education history as it gave us an excellent opportunity to pilot our newly designed virtual delivery forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today more than one hundred coaches representing forty-two National Federations from five continents are ready to start or level up their coaching skills and knowledge via the World Triathlon Education and Knowledge Hub. Thirty-five percent of the participants are female candidates strengthening the voices of women and having a positive impact on others.

“Thank you to our member National Federations for their continuous support and dedication to coaching education and development in general. Thank you to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation and the Korea Triathlon Federation for funding this unique and extraordinary project,” said Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member.

Facts about the Coaching Education Programme:
• A total number of graduated coaches (2017-2021): 250 (including L1 and L2 certified coaches) from 64 nations all over the world.
• There is a great proportion of women coaches accredited each year
• There is great global accessibility and diversity among those involved.
• The encouragement of returning coaches to continue their education and development
• 2020 cancelled due to the pandemic, 2022 is the second time this course will be conducted online.
• This year the 2022 cohort has 109 participants (38 female - 35%) from 42 countries, broken into two cohorts:
• Level 1: 30 participants (14 female) from 15 countries
• Level 2: 54 participants (19 female) from 31 countries
• CPD: 25 participants (5 female) from 16 countries

“A huge thank you to our funding partner in Korea for their investment in these coaching courses and beyond. Dear Coaches, please maximise this opportunity, leave your comfort zone and be ready for the challenge! As always, any feedback will help us to make our education better for the benefit of all, so please do not be shy and share your feedback as we go. All the best with the next chapter of your coaching journey,” Zita Csovelyak said, Head of National Federation Services and Development.

World Triathlon acknowledged that to their additional financial support, they are about to introduce the coaching profile tool on the Education Hub which will enable the team:
• To provide coaches with continuous feedback on their professional development.
• To identify knowledge and competence gaps which would be the basis of individual development recommendations.
• To use profile data for selection and eligibility.

For more information on World Triathlon Development and Education, visit the World Triathlon Education Hub.

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Csongor Lehmann crowned king in Karlovy Vary after brilliant debut World Cup gold

Ne, 11/09/2022 - 17:36

After finishing ninth in 2020 and scoring the bronze a year ago, Sunday afternoon in the Czech hills saw Hungary’s Csongor Lehmann finally find his golden moment at the 2022 World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary, coming at the climax of a gripping three-way tussle for the title.

The former Junior and U23 World Champion was shoulder-to-shoulder with Matthew McElroy (USA) and Lasse Luhrs (GER) at the halfway point of the final lap, but made a bold move on the final hill to pull clear and was able to hang on all the way to the line, McElroy with silver and a second successive World Cup podium, Luhrs home in third.

“This is my third race here and now at the top of the podium it really is an incredible feeling,” said a thrilled Lehmann. “I really love this place, this course is unique for me but I didn’t think that I would be able to top the podium because there were so many incredibly quick athletes around me. Leaving transition in first position was a key moment as I really wanted to push hard from the beginning on the run. I knew Matt would be quick as hell but I just had one more gear on the uphill and did not look back.”


With Richard Varga (SVK), Diego Moya (CHI) and Mark Devay (HUN) on the start, things were always likely to string out early in the swim, bad luck for Moya at the first buoy slowing his charge as things got difficult for everyone on the technical swim.

It was Varga from Devay, Nicolo Strada (ITA), Moya and Lehmann emerging at the halfway point and launching back into Rolava Lake, but the progress up front was again slowed at the buoy as the three leaders came together in almost a dead stop, the grateful field behind hauling back onto their feet.

As they came towards T1 there was just 15 seconds separating the top 15 athletes, McElroy +21 seconds, number one Messias +75 seconds, but it was Devay hitting the gas on the point-to-point bike section towards town, riding solo until he was joined by Varga and soon the likes of Lehmann, Luhrs and Samuel Dickinson (GBR) were part of a ten-deep group up front.

Vetle Bergsvik Thorn (NOR) was driving on the chasers that now included McElroy, Leon Pauger(AUT) and Alberto Gonzalez Garcia (ESP) and by the end of lap two the packs had merged, putting nearly a minute into the likes of Brock Hoel (CAN) and Messias in the chasers.

Devay and Pauger rolled the dice on lap 3 and had managed to get a decent gap but the move didn’t last long and while the pace had looked like dipping up ahead with the second transition approaching, the lead was still 43 seconds to the chasers as they dismounted.

A slick transition saw Lehmann out first onto the run, Luhrs and Seth Rider set on his shoulder, Gonzalez also pressing well, McElroy wasting no time to join them. Lehmann was soon setting the pace though, Gonzalez and Rider falling back as Grant Sheldon moved his way through the field into fifth, Devay and Dickinson for company.

It was over the second lap that McElroy took the front, Lehmann and Luhrs the only two hanging tough with him, Sheldon doing his best to stay in touch as Devay and Dickinson fell back, Messias motoring through the field and into the top ten.

It was a relentless tempo from the front three, McElroy still in pole at the bell, but it was on the final climb that Lehmann made his move and his timing could not have been better. McElroy tried to respond but his third World Cup in successive weekends and a second sprint finish saw the elastic snap and the Hungarian was away.

That left Lehmann to soak up his moment down the finish, taking the tape ten seconds ahead of McElroy, Luhrs holding firm in third as Roberto Sanchez Mantecon ran his way into a brilliant fourth ahead of Sheldon. Messias had run his way into sixth from Dickinson and Jonas Schomburg (GER) before Devay and Gabor Faldum rounded out a good top ten for Hungary.

“It was definitely the hill (not the three races in a row) - the breathing was good but the legs were hurting really bad,” said McElroy. “I knew our legs were shot, it was just a matter of time, who was going to make the move on the last lap. I think my cycling is really good right now, a testament to my coach, the work we’ve been doing has paid off today. I am pretty happy with that result.”

“To be honest, this race felt like a win after the swim,” admitted Luhrs. “I was so disappointed with it in Munich a couple of weeks ago so coming out in the top ten felt really great. On the bike and the run I just tried to keep up with the other two and suffered a lot. I am really happy with the third place to be honest!”

For the full results click here.

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Leonie Periault soars to World Cup gold with Karlovy Vary dominance

Ne, 11/09/2022 - 12:17

A strong bronze in Valencia just a week prior served as the appetiser for Leonie Periault’s main event on Sunday as she stormed to gold at the 2022 World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary, winning by a margin of 43 seconds over Italy’s Bianca Seregni in second, Summer Rappaport (USA) with bronze.

The trio had been part of a five-strong breakaway straight out of the water along with Olivia Mathias (GBR) and Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX), carving out over a minute to the growing chase pack, but it was Periault who took control early on the run and never looked back, running solo to the tape and heralding her return to full fitness.

“I’m very happy with that! The group was really good on the bike, we worked well but that run was just crazy,” said a thrilled Periault afterwards.


Race number one Julie Derron (SUI) took up position on the far end of the curved start pontoon at Rolava Lake, a technical 1.5km swim ahead, Erika Ackerlund of the USA the top-ranked on the far side and there was congestion at the tight first buoy to contend with.

As last year, it was Seregni who quickly found her way to the front, this time with Rappaport and Mathias for company and jockeying to get on the Italian’s feet. As they came out at the end of the first of two laps, it was Periault tucked in in fourth, Rueda and Sara Vilic (AUT) right in touch, Lisa Tertsch 30 seconds back and Derron 47seconds.

Simone Ackermann (RSA) was also going well as they came back round to target the exit, but a poor T1 took her out of contention, while Mathias’ speed helped her get onto Seregni and Rappaport’s back wheel along with Rueda.

The five leaders set about their task quickly, extending their advantage on the 6km ride into town and opening up 40 seconds over the likes of Lena Meissner (GER), Therese Feursinger (AUT) and Barbara De Koning (NED), Derron 75 seconds back along with Nina Eim (GER), Vittoria Lopes (BRA) and Yuko Takahashi (JPN).

Germany’s Annika Koch had her race ended early in a bad crash, Sara Vilic was also forced to pull out early on, while Sweden’s Junior World Champion Tilda Mansson had worked her way back into the race after struggling in the water.

Periault was looking strong up each of the steep climbs out of transition as the seven-lap bike began to settle, a main chase pack of 21 now together unable to haul back any ground despite the best efforts of Derron and Takahashi. Suddenly the gap grew by 15 seconds on the sixth loop and the leaders were beginning to look out of reach, Lopes’ challenge ended with a flat, Amelie Kretz (CAN) also unable to continue.

That was how it would remain, too, as Mathias racked and exited fastest onto the first of four bike laps, her riding partners all staying right with her before Periault asked the question with an early burst of speed.

Rappaport and Seregni did their best to keep the flying Frenchwoman in their sights, Rueda dropping off and Mathias alone in fourth suddenly 26 seconds off the front. Crucially, even the likes of Derron and Tertsch couldn’t make up any ground either, underlining Periault’s dominance up ahead.

At the halfway point Seregni had managed to pull away from Rappaport while Tereza Zimovjanova was giving the Czech crowds plenty to cheer as she pulled ahead of the chasers.

There was nothing anyone could do about the podium places, however, each of the three looking the master of their domain, and it was to be Periault following up bronze in Valencia with gold in Karlovy Vary, a delighted Seregni and Rappaport with silver and bronze.

Mathias hung tough for fourth ahead of Rueda, Tertsch edging Takahashi to sixth, Marlene Gomez-Goggel, Selina Klamt and Zimovjanova rounding out the top ten.

“I was very excited about this race after last year’s third, said Seregni. “Leonie ran very fast today and I tried to pace the run to keep the distance… I want to thank all the people around me. It’s a long way but I trust in the process and I am happy to be in the Italian team and try to be in the next Olympics.”

“I’ve missed being on the podium, it’s been a pretty rough season,” said Rappaport. “It’s been a battle back and I am really happy to be back. “It’s definitely encouraging, and it makes me feel like my fitness is rounding back into shape and I am excited for my next WTCS race.”

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Valuable takeaways for ASICS World Triathlon Team at second World Cup of 2022

Čt, 08/09/2022 - 12:44

The 2022 World Triathlon Cup Valencia was the setting for the second of three ASICS World Triathlon Team events this year, where members of the squad from smaller, developing triathlon federations were selected to receive help covering travel and accommodation costs, as well as the support of the team coaches and staff on site, as they chase Olympic qualification points for Paris 2024.

The athletes in Valencia were Badr Siwane (MAR), Diego Moya (CHI), Erica Hawley (BER), Henry Rappo (EST) and Jawad Abdelmoula (MAR), and the weekend was extended with a presentation to explain the intricacies of the Olympic Qualification points system by World Triathlon’s Enrique Quesada.

The race itself did not go according to plan for Moya and Siwane, who were both involved in a collision on the first lap of the bike that took them out of the race, only Moya’s helmet preventing serious damage as the two came off and landed hard on the tarmac, though he returns to racing in Karlovy Vary.

For Erica Hawley, a tough time in the swim set her back and though she posted one of the fastest bike splits of the day, the effort of catching onto the front pack took its toll, crossing the finish line in 38th place.

Jawad Abdelmoula and Henry Rappo are the new additions to the team in 2022, and the Moroccan was able to call upon the assistance of coach Vicent Beltran to ensure he could get the reassurance of a scan for an ongoing foot injury ahead of the race after. After crashing in Pontevedra, 14th place in Valencia and a good test of the injury will be a solid launchpad to the forthcoming WTCS races he plans to tackle in Cagliari, Bermuda and the Abu Dhabi Championship Finals.

For Henry Rappo, some strong pulls out on the front of the bike alongside the great Mario Mola made for a memorable day until having to slow and swerve for another crash halted his progress. Nonetheless there were plenty of positives to take away from the weekend, with some key learnings from both on and off the blue carpet for the team to take with them.

“Enrique Quesada’s explanation of the Olympic Qualification procedure and Carla Palop’s leadership of the nutrition webinar where they learnt how to make their own energy and recovery bars were both highly educational,” said coach Vicent Beltran. “We came to see how crucial it is to hold these kind of meetings so that athletes can have their questions and uncertainties clarified.”

Kategorie: Triatlon

August in review with Development and Education

Čt, 08/09/2022 - 04:22

World Triathlon Cup racing returned this month and Olympic points were on the line for athletes in the 2022 World Triathlon Cup Valencia. Two-time World Triathlon champion Emma Carney previewed and reviewed the race and these reports available in World Triathlon Education & Knowledge Hub, as useful educational resources for athletes and coaches. Here is a summary of activities that took place within World Triathlon Development and Education in August.

Fifth Edition Korea Triathlon Federation - World Triathlon Coaching Education Programme
This is the second year that World Triathlon Development delivers this programme in a fully online environment. Besides the curriculum-based Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses, we offer the Physiology of Triathlon for Youth & Juniors CPD (Continuous Professional Development) course for those coaches who are already certified as Level 1, but not yet eligible to take the Level 2 course. The 2022 cohort has 109 participants (38 female - 35%) from 42 countries. This is the first time that we can welcome candidates from Bangladesh and Algeria to our coach education pathway while China and Paraguay nominated coaches to this specific programme for the first time.

2022 Tiszaujvaros Europe Triathlon - World Triathlon Development Continental Camp

Head Coach - Mick Delamotte (AUS)
“Excited because we have a new group of athletes, new coaches and a broad mix of experience and rookies and looking forward to working with them and having a group that wants to learn. I have seen a tremendous amount of growth with the athletes in the past week and I found they have been really proactive in coming forward. It’s been really rewarding. The coaches have also been collaborating together to find solutions to come up with great sessions to meet the objectives, which has been great to see. The enthusiasm has been infectious across the group. The challenge is a new way of thinking, asking questions is part of the learning process and how it relates to their development and to the competitions they’re training for. The athletes have really engaged and embraced that concept over the past week.”

2022 Radovljica Europe Triathlon - World Triathlon Development Continental Camp

Head coach - Vicent Beltran (ESP)
“After the previous edition in 2019, it was really thrilling for me to return to a development camp in Radovljica. I was excited to meet youth athletes and the newly emerging NF at the event. I’m excited to monitor their development and watch them compete in the forthcoming Youth Festival.”

2022 Asuncion World Triathlon Technical Officials Level 1 Seminar

Facilitator - Felix Molina (MEX)
“ For me, it was a pleasure to be able to share a bit of my experience in the sport with all the course participants, who showed great interest during the two days of the course.”

Participant
“It was a very good and dynamic course which gave us the opportunity to learn more about triathlon and its rules.”

NF President - Eduardo Yulita (PAR)
“For us as a Federation, it is very important to carry out this first technical officials course in the history of Paraguay, since it will be a turning point for the development of the sport in the country.”

2022 Lusaka World Triathlon Technical Officials and Event Organizers Community Seminar

The OYDC Zambia played host to Triathlon Zambia’s second Community Technical and Event Organisers Seminar since 2018. Twenty-two delegates participated, 7 women and 15 men, in the seminar. The seminar concluded with a practical event at the National Heroes stadium. The seminar, facilitated by Mr. Rick Fulton (ZIM), was a success, as participation from the targeted institutions, clubs, schools and communities came forward to help consolidate the already existing technical team and also educate stakeholders to develop the sport.

Participant
Margaret Chitabanta (ZAM) “The workshop was so worth attending, thanks so very much for all the knowledge we have acquired. Though I came in late, I have gained a lot and with interest am slowly catching up.”

Major Mumba (ZAM) “It was really interesting and an eye opener to future opportunities too.”

For more information on World Triathlon Education and Development, please visit the World Triathlon Education & Knowledge Hub.

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Messias wears the one for Sunday’s big World Cup test in Karlovy Vary

St, 07/09/2022 - 16:40

The 2022 World Cup circuit kicks into gear once more on Sunday in the now familiar setting of the hills and cobbles of pretty Czech spa town Karlovy Vary. It’s a demanding standard distance challenge that awaits the athletes, one of the most exciting to race as much as it is to watch, and where the weather could play a big part in the outcome if the rains come.

A technical 1500m swim in Rolava Lake on the outskirts of town gets things underway, before an initial bike from there into the town centre through fast, wide turns becomes seven demanding 6.5km loops over cobbles and tarmac, steep climbs and sweeping descents, before culminating in a draining 4-lap, 10km run.

As ever, you can watch all the action as it happens over on TriathlonLive.tv, starting at 3pm local time CEST.


Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, and now this year Italy and Spain, Manoel Messias has finally discovered his World Cup podium potential outside of the Americas and produced an outstanding bike and run to outpace Mario Mola and win gold in Valencia last weekend. As an appetiser for what’s ahead in Karlovy Vary, that performance was hard to top, but this will be the 25-year-old former Junior World Champion’s first taste of life in the Czech hills, and he tackles it wearing the prestigious number one cap and knowing a stiff test lies ahead.

Sure to be ready to tackle the race head-on is another former Junior Champion, Hungary’s Csongor Lehmann. Making the step up from U23 in style, Lehmann kicked on to his first World Cup podium here last year and, on a course he knows and that suits his racing well, will surely be among those challenging for the medals once more. 

Matthew McElroy and Seth Rider lead the American medal hopes, McElroy back to his best with a 14:29 time over the 5km in Valencia to run himself into third and will be ready to test himself over a very different kind of race. For Rider, a return to the top 10 in Bergen will have been satisfying, a first World Cup podium still his primary target after plenty of success in the USA Mixed Relay team.

Italian duo Nicola Azzano and Nicolo Strada will want to deploy their swim prowess to its fullest across the 1500m opener and try and carve out a significant advantage over the bike into town, and with the likes of Chile’s Diego Moya – involved in a crash that ended his Valencia challenge before it got going – looking to end his European tour on a high, there could be an opportunity to really dictate things up front. 

It was in 2020 that Hungary’s Mark Devay looked well set to challenge for the medals before crashing at the end of the bike, and the Hungarian will doubtless be another pushing the pace off the front to try and maximise the advantage onto the run just as he did two years ago.

Casper Stornes and Vetle Bergsvik Thorn are the two Norwegians who will be fired up from their Bergen weekend and hungry to get stuck into a bike course that should suit them well: it was here five years ago that Stornes scored his first top ten finish in a World Cup and he will want to attack the 40km ride from the outset.

Jan Volar and Radim Grabik will be looking to give their fans plenty to cheer since both have shown good progress over the years on the course, and with each pass of the grandstand across bike and run will be assured of a huge lift from the crowds. 

Fifth in the Commonwealth Games at the end of July, Grant Sheldon (GBR) has scored back-to-back podiums in Karlovy Vary. Bronze in 2019 and silver last year, a good position out of the water will be crucial if the 28-year-old is to complete the set, and no doubt he will have been meticulous in his planning of how to do just that on a course he now knows like the back of his hand. 

Long overdue a first podium, it was here that Germany’s Jonas Schomburg came closest back in 2017 and we could see him attack hard again off the bike on Sunday, while compatriot Lasse Luhrs scored a first WTCS podium in Leeds and could run himself into contention.

Men’s World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary
Sunday 11 September

3pm CEST

Full start list click here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Karlovy Vary ready to stage another mighty World Cup battle in Bohemia this weekend

St, 07/09/2022 - 11:18

The third World Cup weekend in a row sees attentions switch from Spain to the beautiful Czech town of Karlovy Vary, and a tough Olympic distance course that has become an athlete favourite on the circuit over the past six years.

It’s all about the challenge held in those hills, starting with a tight 1500m swim before the 6.5km point-to-point bike segment from Rolava Lake swees down into the town centre, followed by seven laps of intense riding. Each exit of transition is followed by a sharp, cobbled climb and eventually a fast, curved descent back into the town centre and with high probability of some rain, things could get interesting where the surface gets wet, while the dim lighting of the tunnel section heading back to the blue carpet requires full concentration.

The 10km run packs rolling climbs over mixed surfaces that will grind down tired legs over four laps, before the final lift of the crowds that always fill the main square. As always, you can watch every minute over on TriathlonLive.tv, with the women going out at 10am and the men at 3pm local time CEST.


Back wearing the number one after her brilliant win last year is Switzerland’s Julie Derron. A minute back out of the water 12 months ago, she then set a lightning tempo on the bike to get right into contention before a gutsy run sealed the gold. Second in Arzachena this year and a first WTCS top 10 in Leeds showed she has carried that form into 2022 and now knows exactly what it takes to podium here.

Looking to halt her march will be USA’s Summer Rappaport, returning to Karlovy Vary for the first time since 2017’s third place. After last year’s demolition of the swim by the eventual bronze medallist Bianca Seregni, Rappaport’s equally powerful stroke could see her form a formidable early break with the Italian, who scooped another bronze in Huatulco in June and now stands 35th in the world rankings.

The World Cup winner last weekend in Valencia was Germany’s Lisa Tertsch, and the 23-year-old is in a purple patch of fine form right now over both distances having scored a first WTCS podium with bronze in Hamburg and silver in Pontevedra. With a lot of racing under her belt, this will be another massive test after last year’s disappointment of not finishing.

The same can be said of the test ahead of teammate Nina Eim, whose only World Cup podium to date was back in 2019 despite regularly being in contention over the closing stages, and she is surely due to convert her consistency into another medal soon.

Tertsch was able to outrun Leonie Periault over the final 500m in Spain, but with the French star’s return to full fitness seemingly now complete, this could be the ideal course to test her stamina heading into the end of the season.

Japan’s Yuko Takahashi returns to the blue carpet with confidence high after an excellent race in Bergen. This will be her first taste of the Karlovy Vary challenge and it is one that could suit her powerful riding style.

Tenth last year, Luisa Iogna Prat was part of the lead bike group then just fell away on the run but, like fellow Italian Seregni, has every chance to make an early impact again with a strong swim, while Erika Ackerlund (USA) will be aiming to get on that front pack out of the water this time around after chasing her way to 8th twelve months ago. 

A brilliant display in Bergen delivered the current Junior World Champion Tilda Mansson a surprise win in Norway, so all eyes will be on the 18-year-old as she looks to continue the impressive form that has also seen her hoovering up Junior European Cup golds all year. The jump to standard distance was far from easy in Pontevedra, however, and Karlovy Vary represents a significantly different course to those she is used to as a Junior.

Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes returns to the blue carpet for the first time since Hamburg and will relish the opportunity to deploy her imperious swim over the technical 1.5km opening segment, while teammate Luisa Baptista will want to put last weekend’s disappointment behind her and revel in the Czech challenge. 

Women’s World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary
Sunday 11 September

10am CEST

Full start list click here.

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Melanie Maurer and Matthieu Bourgeois win superb Long Distance Duathlon World titles in Zofingen

Ne, 04/09/2022 - 22:25

It was to be Switzerland’s Middle Distance World Champion Melanie Maurer and Matthieu Bourgeois of France who were able to master the mighty Zofingen challenge on Sunday afternoon, winning the 2022 World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships on a beautiful day for the sport in the Swiss hills. 

“The emotions are running high for me, that was the perfect race,” said a thrilled Maurer. “When I found out the size of my lead, I started to calculate how much I could afford to lose per kilometre, so I was always checking the watch. I always said to myself that if I won Zofingen, that would be it (retirement)… but it’s the best day of my career. I don’t know if I should quit.”

“What a fantastic day,” beamed Bourgeois afterwards. “I knew I was a bit stronger than Fabian on the run and controlled the first two laps, but lost 40 seconds on the climb, but I wasn’t going to be caught on the final lap. When you have days like this, you know why you do it. I’ve always wanted to wear the French uniform, now I’m also World Champion.”

For the 14th time since the race inception in 1989, this unique course set an imposing task for the athletes hitting the start; a 9.2km first run, 144km bike consisting of three laps, each packing a 605m elevation per lap and the enormous effort finishing in a 30km, three-lap run of rolling hillside.

Women’s Report
After abandoning the race in 2021 with hypothermia, Maurer was in determined mood as the sun shone down and conditions were dry and firm underfoot, taking to the front early with Belgium’s Lotte Claes. The Belgian was leading early over the bike, Maurer always close, Merle Brunnee (GER) and Antonia Luchini (AUT) giving chase.

After taking turns out front with Claes who ended the four-hour bike segment strongest, but Maurer then moved more decisively ahead at the five-hour mark and then the 34-year-old Swiss legend attacked across the first half of the 30km run. The gap gradually became more comfortable even if the mental game was becoming anything but, and with one last uphill effort after and after six hours of racing, the realisation that the title was hers finally set in, and she began to soak up the feat she had dreamed of.

Claes finished five minutes back, Brunnee just over ten minutes for the bronze, followed by Anja Kobs (GER), Katrin Esefeld (GER) and Antonia Luchini.

Men’s Report
It had been a superb display from the outset by 27-year-old Bourgeois, who was able to manage his race perfectly and never looked anything less than in control. Conversely, Holbach Fabian had struggled a little over the first 10km, but still he, Jens-Michael Gossauer (SUI), Daan De Groot (NED), Fabian Zehnder (SUI), Michael Ott (SUI) and Bourgeois were separated by only a minute.

Holbach then sliced through the field over the opening kilometres of the bike and even assumed the lead, before the Frenchman took to the front once more.

It was indeed Bourgeois who led the men into the second transition after the gruelling 3h43m on the bike and he wasted no time getting out onto the 30km run, cranking through the gears and looking comfortable heading onto the first climb with Holbach 18 seconds back.

Seppe Odeyn had managed to close the gap over the final 15km of the bike to three minutes to the front two, but couldn’t get close enough to Ott to put his podium position under threat. There was no stopping Bourgeois taking the tape with a time just under 6h 4mins, Holbach just 26 seconds behind the champion, Ott 1m17s back winning bronze. Odeyn capped a great day with fourth, Baptiste Domanico of France finishing in fifth.

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Lisa Tertsch rediscovers winning formula to deliver World Cup gold in Valencia

So, 03/09/2022 - 23:38

The Valencia waterfront filled with spectators for Saturday afternoon’s World Cup that saw 65 women taking to the sprint-distance course on a hot and humid afternoon on the Spanish coast.

After strong recent podiums at WTCS Hamburg and Pontevedra World Cup, it was Germany’s Lisa Tertsch who was able to strike gold, coming through a relentless three-way battle to take the tape. It had been Mexico’s Anahi Alvarez Corral and Leonie Periault of France on her shoulder for the majority of the 5km finale, Alvarez eventually scoring a superb first World Cup podium with silver, Periault confirming her form is right back where she wants it in third.

“The run was interesting! I was like ‘I can do it, and just do my best’ - and with that I was able to run pretty freely,” said a delighted Tertsch. “I was happy we were three and not four to be honest, and I felt like I could give it a go, but even at the last turn it was really close so I just gave it my all to get there.”


Race number one Kirsten Kasper took up her position on the very far left of the harbour start line with teammate Summer Rappaport, Nina Eim for Germany on the far right looking to use the short pier as a guide to the first buoy.

The American duo were predictability fast out, Switzerland’s Anja Weber likewise through the middle of the field. Mathilde Gautier (FRA), Maryna Kyryk (UKR) and Maria Santamaria Surroca (ESP) were also flying as the leaders emerged from the water and into transition, but out onto the bikes first it was Rappaport, Santamaria and Gautier riding solo.

The trio didn’t stay out alone for long, the likes of Ainsley Thorpe (NZL), Jolien Vermeylen (BEL) and Sara Vilic (AUT) were soon up on them and forming a big front pack of over 20 athletes, Eim and Kyryk also pulling up on them and coming through together at the end of lap one.

Lisa Perterer (AUT) was trying to drive on the chasers, Luisa Baptista (BRA) struggling further back to keep the pace on, and they were also soon pulled into the huge train that snaked through the final lap, taking no risks but plenty of fluids ahead of the run.

Bike racked right alongside Kasper, it was Tertsch immediately on the pace and bounding out of transition while the American struggled with her shoes, Switzerland’s Nora Gmur, Charlotte McShane (AUS) and Annika Koch (GER) also in hot pursuit.

Gautier, Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) and Rappaport were keeping the tempo but up ahead Tertsch was gliding through the gears along with Periault, Alvarez and now joined by Julia Hauser (AUT) and Eim.

Rappaport soon passed Hauser as the Austrian then fell back but by the time they approached the bell there was clear daylight for a front trio that was in total sync.

From that halfway mark, the trio just kept extending their advantage over a field that could find no reply and it became a three-way battle for the medals and a four-way for fourth.

Tertsch’s first attack came on the stroke of 54 minutes into the race as the dead turn onto the blue carpet approached, Alvarez responding well, but at that last 180 the German’s arms were pumping and the stride lengthened to take the tape from the Mexican, Periault in third.

Barthelemy won the chase for fourth from Gautier, Rappaport and Hauser, Spain’s Noelia Juan the highest-finishing Spaniard in eighth, Marlene Gomez Goggel (GER) and Gina Sereno (USA) rounding out the top ten.

For the full results, click here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Messias the Untouchable puts on a World Cup show in Valencia

So, 03/09/2022 - 23:37

Brazil’s Manoel Messias was a man on a mission on a steamy Saturday evening in Valencia, flying clear towards the tail end of the 20km bike with just Tjebbe Kaindl for company before laying down a huge challenge to the rest of the field on the run that not even the mighty Mario Mola could answer.

It had been a fine return for Spain’s three-time World Champion, who looked on several occasions to have the Brazilian within range, before Messias summoned a consummate final kilometre to take the tape. Mola’s 5km split of 14m22s was the fastest of the day but only narrowly quicker than that of a resurgent Matthew McElroy (USA) who safely found his way back to the podium for the first time since being beset by injury.

“I’m very happy with today,” said the Valencia gold medallist. “The race was very fast but I was feeling good on the bike and the run, I was ready to attack on the bike, so I’m just very happy.”


Men’s number one Antonio Serrat Seoane (ESP) took up position on the far left of the pontoon joined by Takumi Hojo (JPN) and Jawad Abdelmoula (MAR), and the opening 200m of the swim saw both sides of the field diverge before honing in on the first buoy.

Messias looked to get on the feet of the likes of Seoane and Diego Moya, only Bence Bicsak (HUN) and McElroy of the top-ranked athletes opting for the opposite end, and it was Nicola Azzano setting a good pace straight through the centre.

But it was fan favourite David Castro Fajardo (ESP) who was up the ramp out of the water first at the end of the 750m swim, he and Portugal’s Miguel Tiago Silva followed by Azzano, Moya and Spain’s Alberto Gonzalez Garcia out of transition and onto the 20km bike.

Morocco’s Badr Siwane was just 13 seconds behind Castro along with Bicsak and Noah Servais (BEL), but it was on the first of four bike laps that Siwane would come together with Moya and Germany’s Henry Graf, all three men’s races dramatically over before they had got into their challenge. 

Another Spanish contender, Genis Grau also had his race ended abruptly with a puncture, then it was Kaue Willy’s (BRA) turn to come off, only quick evasive action keeping the accident from escalating as the pack of riders struggled to come to terms with the course.

The pace was rarely pushed hard out front through the mid-point of the 20km bike, Felix Duchampt, Ren Sato and Gonzalez tucking in 15 seconds back on lap three and happy to keep the big group in check but staying clear of any possible trouble.

Suddenly upfront though, it was Messias and Kaindl really putting the hammer down at the end of lap three and rapidly carving out some precious daylight behind them. Nobody else was able to respond, and the duo worked well to maximise their effort as the pack allowed them to take a crucial 14 second lead out of transition.

The Spanish quartet of Gonzalez, Serrat, Castro and Roberto Sanchez Mantecon were first to hoover up Kaindl, but Messias was straight into the groove and able to maintain the gap over the first 2.5km out and back.

Mola was next to move into striking distance along with McElroy, but even he couldn’t exert enough pressure on the leader to slow his progress.

It was in fact Serrat who rolled the dice to catch and momentarily pass Messias, only for the Brazilian to go again straight away and then drop Serrat for whom the effort to bridge had been too much.

With just 1500m to go Mola found another gear to go through his compatriot as McElroy tucked in on their shoulders, then the former World Champion went all in to pull clear in second, but simply ran out of course, Messias still so smooth to the final turn and able to soak in the moment as he hit the blue carpet and took the tape, McElroy cruising into third ahead of Serrat.

David Castro crossed in followed by Gonzalez, Gianluca Pozzatti with seventh ahead of Arnaud Mengal (BEL), Mantecon the fifth Spaniard over the line and Bicsak rounding out the top ten.

For the full results click here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Zofingen ready to host once again the 2022 LD Duathlon World Championships

So, 03/09/2022 - 06:43

For the 14th time in 33 years, the duathlon world will meet at Powerman Zofingen on September 4, 2022, for the long-distance World Triathlon Championship. What started in 1989 is still the undisputed most important event in the international duathlon calendar, with a course considered the most demanding ever and all the duathlon long distance stars ready to perform at their best in the Swiss mountains.

This year, the Swiss town will host participants come from 30 nations, including most of the top specialist in this event and both defending World Champions,  Merle Brunnée (GER) and Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Other athletes to be considered amongst the favourites this Sunday will be Jens-Michael Gossauer (SUI), second in 2021; Matthieu Bourgeois (FRAU, last year’s third; or Daan de Groot (NED), the 2nd of the World Ranking at this moment.

Merle Brunnée will also face tough competition: the Swiss Melanie Maurer and Sarah Noemi Frieden have performed very well this year. Maurer took the gold medal at the World Middle Distance Championships in Viborg, Denmark, Frieden the bronze. Maurer has recovered from a long-term foot injury and wants to make up for what she missed in 2021, climbing to the top of the podium.
 
The endurance sport of duathlon is extremely challenging. The athletes competing in Zofingen will have ahead a 10km run, 150km bike and final 30km run before claiming the world title. Race starts this Sunday at 8am CEST, and you can watch the races LIVE on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Kategorie: Triatlon