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Merle Brunnée and Seppe Odeyn claim the Zofingen LD Duathlon Worlds

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Germany’s Merle Brunnée and Belgium’s Seppe Odeyn claimed victories at the 2021 World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships Zofingen, showing strong performances under extremely challenging conditions, rain and low temperatures.  Jens-Michael Gossauerwon (SUI) & Matthieu Bourgeois completed the Men’s podium, while on the women’s side, it was Nikola Corbova (SVK) crossing the finish line in second place, while Sarah Noemi Frieden (SUI) took the bronze.

Men’s race
18 men lined up in the iconic town of the Swiss Alps to cover the 10km run, 150km bike and final 30km run, back on the calendar after the event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The race went underway with the current title holder from Belgium, Diego van Looy, not able to start after he had a serious accident during training a few weeks ago. Due to illness, Frenchman Gaël Le Bellec, who had triumphed in 2014, 2015 and 2018, also had to withdraw at short notice. Thus, it was Seppe Odeyn, winner in 2016, and Russia’s Maxim Kuzmin, winner in 2017, who had all the eyes set on them.

Switzerland’s Jens-Michael Gossauer led the men’s race for the first segment of the run and most of the long bike course, ahead of Angelo Vandecasteele (BEL), Simon Jorn Hansen (DEN), Daan De Groot (NED), Seppe Odeyn (BEL), Matthieu Bourgeois (FRA), Michael Pfanner (SUI) and Yannick Cadalen (SUI).

With only the last run to go, it was Odeyn who took the lead to never leave that position, crossing the finish line in first place and claiming his second ever Zofingen victory, along with two silver medals in 2015 & 2017.
Odeyn tcrossed the finish line after 6 hours and 6 minutes and 41 seconds with a lead of over twelve minutes over Gossauer and Bourgeois. “I had not paid much attention to the weather forecasts. It was Belgian weather. Maybe that was an advantage for me,” said Odeyn. Jens-Michail Gossauer (SUI), claimed the bronze medal, while Daan De Groot (NED), Simon Jorn Hansen (DEN), Marco Corti (ITA) and Angelo Vandecasteele (BEL) followed on the line.

Women’s race

In the women’s event, reigning title holder Nina Zoller had to withdrawn halfway through the bike course, unable to continue due to hypothermia. Another local star, Daniela Schwarz (SUI) also gave up in the first half of the race. With only a few kilometers to go on the bike, Melanie Maurer (SUI) also ran out of energy and hat to abandon when she was leading the race, with over 12 minutes of difference with the chasers.

It was then when Merle Brunnée (GER) took the lead, followed by Sarah Noemi Frieden (SUI), Nikola Corbova (SVK) and Ann Schoot Uiterkamp (NED). When it all came to the final run, Merle Brunnée managed to extend her lead to finish the race to claim the World title, in her first duathlon ever. Corbova crossed the finish line 14 minutes later to claim silver, while Swiss Frieden finished in the third place. 

Triple victories at short distances

The competitions over the short distance (10 - 50 - 5 km) were completely in Swiss hands. The men’s short distance was won by Valentin Gutknecht (SUI, Riehen). Second place was for Thomas Lecomte (SUI) and Jost Joller (SUI) was third. Anna Zehnder (SUI) won the women’s race. Silver went to Selina Ummel (SUI) and bronze for Irina Raschle (SUI).

700 participants

About 700 sports enthusiasts took part in various competitions on the occasion of the World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships 18-19 Sep 2021. Saturday was entirely dedicated to popular sports with PowerKids (about 150 children) and CharityRun (100 participants), with athletes coming from 25 different nations.

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Tim Hellwig brings gold home for Team Germany at the Hamburg Mixed Relay

Ne, 19/09/2021 - 15:57

As if Mixed Relay races were not exciting enough, add to the mix a penalty to be served just a few meters before crossing the finish line by the leading athlete and you have what happened this Sunday at the 2021 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Mixed Relay Hamburg, where the German team put the perfect ending to the weekend by crossing the finish line in first place in a dramatic way. Italy ran away with the silver medal, while the young team from Denmark earned the first-ever relay medal finishing in third place.

15 women were in charge of starting the race in the iconic pontoon on the Hamburg city center, with Erika Ackerlund (USA) wearing the number 1 that gave her the chance of choosing her spot on the start first. And while she choose the far right corner, great swimmers like Olivia Mathias (GBR), Laura Lindemann (GER), Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS), Alberte Kjaer Pedersen (DEN) and Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL) all went to the opposite side, with Mathias leading the small group of six that opened a small gap in the first leg of the 300m swim.

Even though they managed to get out of the water with a small gap, it was not enough to prevent most of the chasers to catch them as soon as they were on their bikes, and soon a group of 12 athletes was riding together until they all entered transition for the fast run. It was then the moment for Kjaer Pedersen, current U23 silver medallist at the World Championships, to prove that she is one of the fastest athletes of the moment, with only Lindemann able to follow her. They both tagged their teammates on the lead, with Team Italy right on their feet.

And it was Team Italy, with Alessio Crociani, who decided to go up front on the bike followed by Emil Holm (DEN), Lasse Nygard-Priester (GER), Saxon Morgan (NZL), Daniel Dixon (GBR) and Chase Mcqueen (USA). They managed to leave behind them Team Australia, Team Netherlands and Team Canada, while Team Spain was almost one minute back, but when it came to the second run segment of the day, it would be Spaniard Antonio Serrat Seoane the one storming the field to breach the gap and almost make contact with the leading group. Meanwhile, Emil Holm pushed hard enough to tag his teammate in the lead with almost 10 seconds of a difference.

With Holm handing over to Six Bendix Madsen for Team Denmark, it was clear that it won’t be easy to leave the young Danish team behind, and the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Games silver medallist was able to stay up front, followed by Ainsley Thorpe, Marlene Gomez-Islinger and Carlotta Missaglia (ITA) throughout the whole leg, leaving even further behind two of their main rivals for the day: Summer Rappaport from Team USA and Sian Rainsley for Great Britain.

By the time of the anchor leg, the leading group was only of four teams: Italy, Germany, New Zealand and Denmark, and Tim Hellwig and Gianluca Pozzatti decided to go full gas from the beginning of the last leg. By the time they mounted their bikes it was just the two of them, but the drama will begin just at that moment. Hellwig took the bike before fastening the helmet, which means a 10 seconds penalty to be served right before crossing the finish line. He knew it, and he decided to try to save some legs on the bike to give it all on the run, knowing that a sprint finish like the one that gave him gold the day before wouldn’t work this time.

The young German went full gas from the moment he left the second transition, and managed to open a gap of 10 seconds in the first lap of the two needed. Would that be enough? Hellwig stopped at the penalty box holding his breath, desperately looking back, hoping to not see Pozzatti turning around the last corner for the likely ten longest seconds of his life. It ended up being enough. And Hellwig grabbed the famous Hamburg tape to be hugged by his teammates, with a delighted Team Italy finishing in second. Oscar Gladney Rundqvist had the run of his life to earn Denmark their first-ever medal in Hamburg on the Mixed Relay, with the Kiwi team finishing in fourth place, and Team USA in the fifth place.

“It was just a perfect race from the whole team, everyone did a great job and it was a perfect weekend,” said Laura Lindemann. It was indeed a glorious weekend for Germany, claiming the three gold medals of the 2021 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg. “The team spirit was very good and that was key,” explained Lasse Nygaard-Priester. The hero of the day Hellwig, couldn’t be happier: “I knew straight away that this will be a penalty, so I tried to be a bit conservative on the bike and had to go out in from the beginning of the run and I am just happy it worked out.”

Also happy and proud was Team Italy, especially the anchor man, Pozzatti. “I heard they (Germany) got a penalty so he was really strong on the run, I tried my best to hold on, I knew 10-seconds can be a long time and tried to stay as close as I could but just went too hard in the end. I am super proud of this young team and super happy to share the podium with them”, he said. “It’s a very good race from everyone. We are younger but we have a whole day of power and we did our best,” said Beatrice Mallozzi. It was indeed a great debut for most of the team members. “I am very happy about this. It’s my debut in the major league of triathlon, WTCS Mixed Relay, so I am very happy about this.  I know I am strong in the swim and the bike so I pushed hard in the first swim, so I am very happy about this. On the run I tried to stay with the German team so I could do changing of the position for my teammate Carlotta”, explained Crociani.

Alberte Kjaer Pedersen said: “It was so exciting and it was really crazy and I loved every second of it. Everyone did their best and then it just happened, we became third in Hamburg. It’s just crazy.” Her teammate Oscar Gladney Rundqvist explained: “It was absolutely crazy, I really didn’t expect for this to come. It was such a hard day yesterday for me and just to see the team performance they did, it gave me so much adrenaline. This is awesome and one of the best performances by this team and so much motivation for the future”.

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The World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships Bermuda will not take place in 2021

Ne, 19/09/2021 - 08:30

After extensive discussions with Bermuda’s health and government authorities, the Bermuda Local Organising Committee and World Triathlon have made the difficult decision that the 2021 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championship will not take place this year.

Bermuda was ready to welcome hundreds of participants from all over the world from October 15 to 17. However, changing conditions on the ground demanded that the programme’s safety plan be reviewed. The Organising Committee and the World Triathlon conducted a risk assessment on the event, and the analysis considered the island’s recent spike in Covid-19 infections in addition to the Bermuda Hospital’s elevated Covid-19 patient intake, so the Organising Committee in consultation with World Triathlon made the decision not to proceed with the October event. The health and safety of all athletes, coaches, staff, contractors, volunteers, and the people of the island was the primary consideration. 

The whole World Triathlon family is disheartened that the global pandemic continues to impact our events, but we are committed to returning to Bermuda. We are confident in the island’s rigorous pandemic management and reputation of delivering safe, outstanding sporting events. Conversations are taking place presently to identify other exciting future opportunities, including a triathlon on the island of Bermuda.

Kategorie: Triatlon

The photo finish gives Tim Hellwig his first-ever Series win in Hamburg

So, 18/09/2021 - 20:33

In an astonishing finish and down to the line, it was Tim Hellwig who was crowned champion in the 2021 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series on a photo finish battle with Frenchman Paul Georgenthum, who claimed silver on his debut at the Series, while his teammate Leo Bergere crossed the finish line in third.

It what ended being a magnificent race day for Germany, it was a local athlete, Jonas Schomburg, who led the field of 51 athletes out of the water after the 750m swim, leading an small group of six that managed to get away with 50 meters to go. Along with Jonas were Takumi Hojo (JPN), Mark Devay (HUN), Tim Hellwig (GER), Chase Mcqueen (USA) and Dylan McCullough (NZL), who headed the stairs out the water with ten seconds over the rest of the field.

Leo Bergere was by then 15 seconds behind, while two of the other favourites, next to him was Antonio Serrat Seoane (ESP) but Casper Stornes (NOR) lost over 30 seconds, which proved to be too much for the Norwegian to catch up.

On their bikes, it was just a matter of two laps for Bergere to catch the leaders and put himself in front of the group, while Serrat charged hard to make up the difference and also joined the large train of athletes, which by the time they all hit the second transition was formed by over 25 athletes.

And with such a large group hitting transition together, it was not easy for some of them to get on their shoes. Leo Bergere managed to leave in the first place, followed closely by Emil Holm (DEN), and immediately two other Frenchmen were on Bergere’s shoes: Paul Georgenthum and Tom Richard.

They push the pace and only Lasse Nygaard-Priester (GER), Charles Pacquet (CAN) and Antonio Serrat were able to follow. And together they run until for 5km, looking to each other, no one wanting to start too early.

By the time they hit the blue carpet, the six of them were sprinting in pure Hy-Vee style to the point that a photo finish was needed to declare the winner of the 2021 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series. And it was Hellwig the one who crossed the line first, on a career-best for the young German, putting the perfect ending to a wonderful day for the host country. “There’s no better place in the world to win your first WTCS race than here at home, it’s a special feeling. I raced here last year on a difference course. This one here is very special, when you have so much spectator support, cheering you on, they are just flying over the course, it feels so great.I watched the replay from 2019 and I saw the sprint finish between Jake Birtwhistle and Vincent Luis and I thought, don’t go too early. I think I timed it perfect. It was so very close in the end but I am super happy that I won,” he said.

Georgenthum was happy enough to claim the silver medal on his debut on the Series. “I am really happy. It was my first WTCS race and before the race, I couldn’t imagine this result. I am very happy”, he explained.

A bit more disappointed was Bergere, that got in Hamburg his third consecutive bronze medal on the World Triathlon Championship Series after finishing third in Montreal and Edmonton. “I will take that but to be completely honest, I am quite disappointed. Three bronze medals in a row is quite good but in the same time, I really want more. I am disappointed that the breakaway didn’t pay off today so next time I will have the same motivation to attack.The younger guys had something more in the tank, for the sprint finish and I can say that I am so happy for my teammate and training mate Paul (Georgenthum), for his first-ever WTCS race and second today, I am just delighted for him”, he said.

It was another German, Nygaard-Priester, who rounded his victory last week at the Karlovy Vary World Cup with the fastest running split in Hamburg, which took him to the fourth place, while Antonio Serrat closed the top 5.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Laura Lindemann claims in hometown Hamburg her first ever Series victory

So, 18/09/2021 - 16:33

Junior and U23 World Champion, Hamburg bronze and silver medallist. There isn’t much that 25 year old German triathlete Laura Lindemann hasn’t already achieve on her career but a World Triathlon Series win was one of them. Mission accomplished now. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in her local hometown of Hamburg, Lindemann shined from the beginning to the end to claim her first ever Series victory at the 2021 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series. Series podium debut for young Kiwi Nicole Van Der Kaay, while US’s Summer Rappaport claimed the bronze medal. 

In the short 750m swim on the cold waters of the Alter reservoir -17 degrees-, it was Summer Rappaport who led the field out of the water, only another magnificent swimmer, Olivia Mathias (GBR) able to follow her feet, and with Lindemann closely behind. Behind them, a large group including great swimmers like Zsanett Brtagmayer (HUN) and Kirsten Kasper (USA) managed to catch the three leaders when they were about to leave the first transition.

When the athletes mounted their bikes, the German team quickly took the lead, and managed to put four or their athletes (Lindemann, Marlene Gomez-Islinger, Anabel Knoll and Lisa Tersch) up front, to try to stretch the group and breakaway.  But with Kasper, Rappaport, Erika Ackerlund (USA), Sian Rainsley (GBR), Mathias and Kate Waugh (GBR) in there, it was clear that a breakaway was not going to be an easy task.

The lead group managed to open a significant gap with the chasers, though, and by the time the race was half way through they had over 30 seconds of a gap, with Alberta Kjaer Pedersen (DEN) and Quinty Schoen (NED) leading the chase.  The leaders powered on in the last three laps of the 20 km bike to enter transition with almost 40 seconds of a lead, and from the moment the athletes had their shoes on,

For much delight of the hundreds of spectators gathered in the city center of Hamburg, it was local star Laura Lindemann who left transition on the lead, followed close by Bragmayer, Rappaport and Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL), who had a supper efficient second transition, enough to put her in the leading pack. Behind them, the chase was on.

Knowing they had some really fast runners behind, it was just a matter of seconds for the four of them to increase the pace and start losing chasers, and by the time the athletes passed through transition for the last time before crossing the finish line, it was just three of them -Lindemann, Rappaport and Van Der Kaay- running shoulder to shoulder.

Cheered by the local crowds, it was with only 300 meters to go, and the blue carpet already on sight, when Laura decided to add an extra gear and went for the final push, to cross the finish line in first place, her first ever victory at the Series, with the fastest running split of the day. “I am so happy, I just can’t believe it. This was the perfect race for me”, said the German, who had won previously silver and bronze medals in Hamburg, bet had never been on tp of the podium. “My swim was good, the bike was good and during the run I just felt really good. On the second lap of the run I just felt that I had the legs and just went for the best, and I made it”, said Lindemann.

With her victory in Hamburg, Lindemann is also the new 2022 Maurice Lacroix World Triathlon Series Ranking Leader.

Just three seconds behind her, a delighted Van Der Kaay claimed silver, the best ever result of her career. “I don’t really have any words for it. I didn’t know what to expect from this race. I have never been on a podium for this so I am over the moon really,” said Van der Kaay.

“It was a surprise for me to be up front, but I knew my running was in good form. I knew I was feeling good coming into this in peak form. Coming into the end I knew it would be tough, I’ve never been going for the podium let alone the gold, so I gave it my all and came away with second, so I am very happy”.

Bronze was for Rappaport, who claimed the 6th Series podium of her career in Hamburg. “It’s definitely a little bittersweet to get taken in the last few hundred metres of the race but I can’t complain about a podium. My season has been a bit up and down. This might be my last race (of the season) so it feels good to be closing out on a high note. I really wanted to race offensively and be as aggressive as possible, I definitely had some promising moments and then other moments when I needed to be on the gas a little bit more but overall, I am really proud of my execution,” she explained.

The afternoon saw plenty of athletes doing the race of their lives, with Bragmayer finishing in 4th place -also her best ever results on the Series- and young British Sian Rainsley in 5th, also a career best.

Great day for the German team, with Marlene Gomez-Islinger finishing in the 6th place, Knoll in 11th and Nina Eim in 16th.


Kategorie: Triatlon

Hamburg city center ready to welcome once again the Triathlon Mixed Relay

So, 18/09/2021 - 08:46

The mix of power and speed of the Triathlon Mixed Relay will take once again the stage, with 15 teams lining up this Sunday afternoon in the Hamburg city center for the 2021 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series Mixed Relay. A combination of new faces and well-known names will perform on the usual Hamburg 300m swim, 7km bike and 1.7km run course of pure drama all the way to the tape.

With final line-ups not confirmed until Sunday morning, two hours before the start of the race, expect a lot of new faces lining up and teams making their debut in the format that thrilled fans and athletes on its Olympic debut in Tokyo only weeks ago. And with current World Champion France and current Olympic Champion Great Britain lining up a completely different team on this occasion, the race is more open than ever.

It is likely that all eyes will be set this Sunday on Team Germany. The local heroes have a large pool of athletes to select their Relay members, with Laura Lindeman likely leading the females and Jonas Schomburg the male. But there is a total of 15 Germans competing this weekend in Hamburg, and some of them have proven experience in the short and explosive format, like Anabel Knoll, Nina Eim or Lasse Nygaard-Priester. The Germans have been on the Mixed Relay podium in Hamburg already four times, and won’t be easy to beat this Sunday.

Wearing number one will be Team USA, current Olympic silver medallists and World Champions, and that will have as well multiple options to choose their final team composition, including a mix of experienced and young upcoming athletes. Summer Rappaport, Kirsten Kasper, Erika Ackerlund, Kyleigh Spearing, Chase Mcqueen, Seth Rider, Darr Smith and Austin Hintman will try to repeat the success they had a month ago in Montreal, where a magnificent last leg by Mcqueen was worth the Mixed Relay gold medal.

Knowing that explosive power is the key to success in this format, the Kiwis are once again displaying a young team full of talent, including 2018 Buenos Aires Youth games champion Dylan McCullough, along with Trent Thorpe, Saxon Morgan, Nicole Van Der Kaay and Ainsley Thorpe that will be among the ones to keep an eye on. Also a young and talented squad will be lining up for team GB, with Olivia Mathias, Kate Waugh, Sian Rainsley or Gordon Benson among the ones eligible to race this Sunday.

The Italians have Alice Betto and Verena Steinhauser from their Olympic team competing in Hamburg, but that will bring an extra gear for the young team. Australia, with Natalie Van Coevorden, Emma Jackson, Brandon Copeland and Marcel Walkinson can also never be discharged.

Teams from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and Denmark will all be eager to make an impact across the powerful format, all of them including some rising stars of the sport on their line ups.

The Mixed Relay will get underway on Sunday at 14.30pm CEST, and you can follow all the action on triathlonLIVE.tv

Kategorie: Triatlon

First ranking points for 2022’s breakthrough season up for grabs in Hamburg

Út, 14/09/2021 - 19:37

After a hiatus from its famous downtown home in 2020, the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series returns to the city centre this weekend and on the 20th edition of the race one element is even more notable: the first Maurice Lacroix Ranking points of the 2022 season will be awarded.

The Season Like No Other crowned two outstanding World Champions in Edmonton, each seeing through meticulous plans decades in the making. Now, the 2022 Breakthrough Season will get underway with an exciting blend of hungry young talent and experienced campaigners on Saturday. From German Olympic star Laura Lindemann to those still taking early steps in the Series like Denmark’s Alberte Kjaer Pedersen, the race is set to be as unpredictable as it is revealing of the emerging names ready to forge fresh reputations at the highest level of the sport.

The sprint-distance course will be familiar to many. A 750m swim in the Binnenalster lake finishes with a 6m wide, 40m long stretch in the dark bridge tunnel, followed by 6 laps of a tight bike with two 180-degree turns and all wrapped up in a 5km run that finishes in front of the iconic Rathaus town hall. It’s challenges like this that the Series is all about, and you can watch it all from 3.30pm CEST on TriathlonLive.tv

It is Lindemann – a two-time bronze medallist and winner of the silver in 2018 - who will wear the number one on a course she knows and loves. A former Junior and U23 World Champion, there isn’t much that the 25-year-old hasn’t already achieved in her young career. A Series gold is one of them, however, and to earn it from the front on home turf would be extra special.

Among those hoping to delay that triumph are the Italian duo of Alice Betto and Verena Steinhauser, two hugely consistent athletes with the grit and controlled aggression to be able to produce something special here.

If it is experience that could win the day, you need look no further than Japan’s Ai Ueda. After missing out on a chance to compete at her home Olympic Games, the 37 year old once again showed just what she is capable of with an outstanding silver in Karlovy Vary, and there is no doubt that behind the smile will be a steely determination to show the young guns exactly what she can do in what is remarkably her 12th top-tier Hamburg appearance.

The USA’s Summer Rappaport returns to action after what was, by her high standards, a disappointing 16th in Edmonton. A bronze medallist here in 2019, a first sprint distance race since April could be just the time to bring out one of her trademark runs to the podium.

It was in the humidity of Huatulco that Kjaer Pedersen made a name for herself back in June before scoring U23 World Championship silver last month, and Denmark’s bright young hope will be eager to get the Paris 2024 ambitions on track with something special in her second Hamburg outing.

Australia’s Emma Jackson and Natalie van Coevorden will want to rekindle their past top 10 successes here, Jackson having twice left with the silver and comes back with targets set on chasing the form that has made her such a force over the years.

Key figures in the New Zealand Mixed Relay team and firmly establishing themselves on the elite circuit are Nicole Van Der Kaay and Ainsley Thorpe, both enjoying their recent outings at the Olympic Games and then in Canada’s back-to-back weekends and looking ready to push on over the coming season.

Sian Rainsely leads the line for the new generation of Brits looking to seize their opportunities along with Olivia Mathias and Series debutant Kate Waugh. Rainsley made her first WTCS start in Leeds back in June, finishing ahead of the likes of Katie Zaferes and Non Stanford with a very creditable 13th on debut.

Full line ups can be found here.

Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg
Saturday 18 September

Kategorie: Triatlon

Local favourites and breakout talents ready to earn Series stripes at WTCS Hamburg

Út, 14/09/2021 - 19:04

The champions of the Season Like No Other may have only just been crowned in Edmonton last month, but the first Maurice Lacroix Ranking points of 2022 will be available on Saturday, as the magic of the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg returns to its famous city centre setting this weekend. It is the 20th consecutive year of top-tier racing in a city that has become synonymous with the sport, and the men’s field is stacked with Tokyo 2020 talent and a host of names ready to mark their breakthrough at the highest level and podium at this legendary venue.

The sprint-distance course sees the athletes take to the familiar start line by the Binnenalster lake, the 750m swim including the dark 40m tunnel section under the bridge on the way back towards transition in front of the iconic Rathaus building.

From there, it’s a flat and technical 6-lap bike of 21km in total before the 2-lap run will once again provide 5km of pure drama all the way to the tape. Watch the action unfold on TriathlonLive.tv from 6pm CEST this Saturday.

The coveted number one will be worn by Frenchman Leo Bergere in his fifth outing in Hamburg. Having never finished outside the top 10 and scooping the bronze last year, Bergere will be a man on a mission for a first Series gold this time around and flush with confidence after back-to-back podiums in Montreal and Edmonton.

The only man on the start line to have tasted victory at the top level is Casper Stornes, who spearheaded that remarkable Norwegian podium sweep at the inaugural WTCS Bermuda in 2018. After disappointment in Tokyo, Stornes arrives fresh from winning the 70.3 world title in Nice and would love to register a second Series gold here.

Looking to get the fans behind him will be Germany’s Jonas Schomburg, making his 7th appearance in Hamburg. The 27-year-old from Hanover isn’t afraid to roll the dice on the bike and would love to score a first podium in front of the crowds. Compatriot Lasse Nygaard-Priester won his first World Triathlon Cup in Karlovy Vary at the weekend with an outstanding run and may be one to watch again on Saturday over the shorter distance.

Mark Devay led for much of the race in the Czech Republic only to fade during the run, and his swim could again be decisive if he can form a small group out front on the bike as the Hungarian will look to create as much daylight as possible between himself and the fastest runners as they head out of T2.

In the realm of the rising stars, Spain’s Antonio Serrat Seoane may have been operating in the shadows of the mighty Mola, Gomez and Alarza in recent years, but will surely believe the time is now for him to convert a host of strong results into a Series podium and charge towards Paris 2024.

Likewise the young Swede Gabriel Sandor narrowly missed out on a Tokyo 2020 berth, but is one of the most consistent performers of those to have broken through from the U23s in the past couple of seasons and will relish a rare shot at the Series medals.

Among the other athletes who will rate their chances of a first Series podium will be Brazil’s 21-year-old Miguel Hidalgo. Bronze in the heat of Huatulco showed what he is capable of over the sprint distance and it is a format that may also suit Japan’s Takumi Hojo, who ran out of steam in Karlovy Vary but is invariably well set out of the water.

USA’s Chase McQueen, Australian Brandon Copeland and Portugal’s 2019 Junior World Champion Ricardo Batista are all part of the next generation who will be using this opportunity to earn vital experience at this early stage of their careers and shake up the pre-race favourites. The full start lists can be found here.

Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg
Saturday 18 September

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon Para Championships 2021 to take place in Abu Dhabi in November

Út, 14/09/2021 - 08:51

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) has announced that the World Triathlon Para Championships will be added to the event schedule at the upcoming World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi presented by Daman taking place on Yas Island on 5-6 November. After sadly missing out on the 2020 World Championships due to the pandemic, the world’s best para triathletes will now gather on Yas Island on the first weekend of November, just two months after their incredible performances at the Paralympic races in Tokyo.

The race format will include nine sport classes of para triathlon competing in six medal events per gender, with 12 World Champions to be crowned in Abu Dhabi. The Para Championships had previously been scheduled to take place in Milan, Italy.

Abu Dhabi will now host two consecutive World Triathlon Para Championships, with the race in 2021 serving also as a test for the 2022 World Championships that will be part of next year’s World Triathlon Championship Finals.

Alongside the Para Championships, 110 elite athletes will compete in the World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi. The 2-day triathlon event will also host a variety of races for amateur triathletes, including waves dedicated to athletes of determination. Participants can choose from the Super Sprint, Sprint, and Olympic race distances – either as an individual or as part of a relay team. The selection of race categories means that the event is welcoming to athletes of all abilities – from first-timers looking for a new challenge, up to seasoned pros looking for a new personal best. In line with government guidelines and to ensure the safety of all participants, the field will be limited and the event will host races for athletes aged 18 years and over only. The junior races are expected to return in 2022.

World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi presented by Daman will mark the second stop of the World Triathlon Championship Series in 2022, a season that will finish in style with Abu Dhabi hosting again the best triathletes of the world in November 2022 for the World Triathlon Championship Finals. From 2015 – 2019, Abu Dhabi hosted the season-opening event of the World Triathlon Series annually in March. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the global triathlon calendar has been re-shaped and divided into events counting for the 2022 Final happening at the end of the 2021 year, and other events taking place during spring and summer of 2022, to then finish at the Championships Final in Abu Dhabi in November.

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome the World Triathlon Championship Series back to Abu Dhabi in 2021. The addition of the World Triathlon Para Championship adds to that excitement – as a country dedicated to inclusion, we simply could not pass on the opportunity to host some of the most inspirational elite para triathletes from around the world here in the Capital, just weeks after they competed at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

“The World Triathlon Abu Dhabi presented by Daman encompasses everything that Abu Dhabi Sports Council strives to achieve – an internationally acclaimed sporting spectacle for all to enjoy, from those just starting out in triathlon up to newly-crowned Olympic and Paralympic champions fresh from Tokyo.

“This event also highlights Abu Dhabi’s unique ability to host major events and Championships with the highest possible standards of safety and security, in line with our role as a leading global destination for sports events.”

World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado added “We are absolutely delighted and grateful to our friends in Abu Dhabi who have stepped up to organize the Para Triathlon World Championships after Italy were unable to host.

“I know that the last year and a half has been a difficult time for all para triathletes, so bringing them the opportunity of competing at the highest level and for the world titles is great news. To be able to have them taking the stage once more just a few months after the Paralympics will give them extra exposure and engagement that will be valuable for them and our sport”.

The World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi presented by Daman will run from 5 – 6 November 2021 on Yas Island. Entries for the age group race will open at 12pm, Tuesday 21st September 2021.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Nominations for Athletes Committee open until October 7

Út, 14/09/2021 - 07:50

World Triathlon is pleased to announce that the process to nominate new Athletes Committee representatives is now open, and nominations can be sent until October 7, 2021. Candidates may be any athlete over 18 years of age who has had points on the World Triathlon Rankings or World Triathlon Para Rankings during the past four years.

The role of athletes in the decision-making process of World Triathlon has been a fundamental principle of our organisation since its creation in Avignon, France, 1989.  The inclusion of two members of the Athletes’ Committee on the World Triathlon Executive Board has strengthened the role of the athletes and is an integral part of our continued success as an International Federation striving to be ‘athlete centered’.

In 2012, the constitution of World Triathlon was amended.  This included a modification to the make-up of the Athletes’ Committee to include Paratriathletes.

According to the current constitution, the Athletes Committee is composed of five athletes of each gender, at least one member shall come from each of the five continents, two members shall be Paratriathletes with one from each gender and eight shall be elite athletes with four from each gender. Candidates must be appointed by their own National Federation.

National Federations have until October 7, 2021 at midnight to nominate candidates for the positions. On October 8, nominations will be published on the World Triathlon website.

The online voting will take place from October 11 to November 2, 2021 and the voting will be anonymous and secure to ensure only to vote one by every eligible elite and para athletes. Candidates with the most votes will be elected until all positions are covered, with an exception when the quota for Para triathletes and the regional and gender requirements are not covered. In these cases, the elected candidate will be the one with the most votes, who fulfil the requirements.

In case of a tie with the candidates with the least number of votes in a round where the number of candidates is in excess of the number of available positions, a second round of voting shall take place only between those tied.

The results of the elections for the Athletes’ Committee will be announced via a news release on triathlon.org on November 4, 2021. The chair and the vice-chair will be elected by the newly elected Athletes’ Committee.

The roles and responsibilities of the Athlete’s Committee include:
- Elect the chair and vice-chair who are the representatives of the World Triathlon Athletes’ Committee on the World Triathlon Executive Board with voting right.
- Empower Athlete Representation in World Triathlon decision-making processes.
- Support Athlete Development in their sporting and non-sporting careers.
- Promote Athlete Involvement in decision-making across World Triathlon.
- Ensure Athlete Representation in World Triathlon decision-making

NOTE: The online voting system on www.triathlon.org will require all athletes to use their www.triathlon.org log-in for the voting.  If anyone requires log-in details, please contact support@triathlon.org.

The Credentials Committee is to ensure well-run nomination process and elections in accordance with the World Triathlon Constitution.

For more information and nomination forms, click here.
The list of eligible candidates can be found here.

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Julie Derron rises to Czech challenge to win gold in Karlovy Vary

Po, 13/09/2021 - 17:15

Switzerland’s Julie Derron made light work of a mighty challenge in Karlovy Vary on Sunday afternoon, making up lost ground in the swim with a powerful 40km ride to help bridge the chasers to the front before a relentless 10km run to the line.

It was another four-deep break from the swim, just as it had in the morning’s men’s race, Sophie Alden (GBR) with a trio of Italians including newcomer Bianca Seregni who made light work of her big debut and only relinquished her grip on the second spot to the experience of a resurgent Ai Ueda (JPN), the Japanese star beaming down the blue carpet once again after what has been a difficult year missing out on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“I was running scared so I just had to go for it until the finish line,” said a delighted Derron. “I was glad there were a lot of u-turns so I could keep an eye on where Ai Ueda was, so I just kept the pace on and pushed until the finish line and give it all I had.”

The early mist had cleared and the sun was drying the course as the women took to the start line at the edge of Rolava Lake. Two-time champion and national favourite Vendula Frintova was a late withdrawal with illness, and it was Britain’s Sophie Alden leading through the early stages of the two-lap swim.

Carlotta Missaglia and Luisa Iogna-Prat were the two Italians slicing through the water out front with teammate Seregni, USA’s Kyleigh Spearing also right in touch as the five athletes exited the water and headed to transition with a decent gap to Jolanda Annen (SUI) and Erika Ackerlund (USA).

Derron was 70 seconds back at this stage, Ueda over 90 seconds, and the two began their mission to reel in those ahead.

Meanwhile Spearing was dropped leaving the Brit and three Italians out front, but already the Derron train was rolling, helped by some useful legs in the form of Marlene Gomez-Islinger (GER) and Michelle Flipo (MEX).

Those 12 were being hotly pursued by a determined duo of Ueda and Netherlands’ Quinty Schoens, the pair working well and making up significant ground on laps four and five to get in touch and the gap closed up further over the final lap.

Ahead, it was a slow transition from Derron but a smoother switch from compatriot Alissa Konig who used it to pull clear out and onto the first of four 2.5km laps of a demanding 10km run ahead.

There was no let up from the Arzachena silver medalist, though, Derron quickly assuming the pole position she would never relinquish.

The striding Seregni held firm for as long as she could before slowly dropping off the Swiss’ relentless pace, a vital high tempo needed to keep the marauding Ueda at bay as she began picking her way towards the medal places.

At the bell, Ueda passed Konig, then gradually chased down Seregni over the final lap but Derron was to prove untouchable, beaming down the blue carpet to the roar of the crowds that erupted once again for the smiling Ueda and again in appreciation of Seregni’s incredible bronze on World Triathlon Cup debut.

Konig held on for fourth ahead of Gomez-Islinger, Annen the third Swiss in the top ten and followed by Flipo, Ackerlund, Selina Klamt and Luisa Iogna-Prat, Quinty Schoens’ huge pull on the bike seeing her home in 11th.

“It was tough,” admitted Derron. “I didn’t have the best first transition, so I had to make up a lot of time. We caught the first group by the end of the first lap of the city and then we had to push for another few laps to catch the first four and then I just tried to keep the pace high. I have been doing some longer distance racing so I just had to keep pushing and keep the pace high. It was a great crowd to race in front of.”

“I am so happy,” said Ai Ueda. “Today was a very hard day. My favourite part is running so I focused on that. This season, I don’t have a good results but this race and this comeback and to get the podium make me very happy. Next race Hamburg and I hope to step up again.”

“I am so happy with this race, it’s my first World Triathlon Cup! The swim was good, I exited first, stayed in the first group in the bike and on the run I gave it my all. I don’t know how I did it, but I did my best and I am so happy about it.”

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ASICS World Triathlon Team members look back to Tokyo 2020

Po, 13/09/2021 - 16:13

For every athlete who made it to Tokyo 2020, the journey in reaching the biggest start line in the sport was filled with challenges as well as thrills. For those who hail from some of triathlon’s smallest nations, everything is heightened. Just getting to the races, finding the sponsors and seeking out training opportunities is never straightforward.

At Tokyo 2020, three men and three women from the ASICS World Triathlon Team made it to the Olympic start lines: Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Mehdi Essadiq (MAR), Romina Biagioli (ARG), Diego Moya (CHI), Basmla Elsalamoney (EGY) and Mohamad Maso (SYR). Each had their own experience on the day, but all of them used the opportunities presented by being part of triathlon’s global development programme as stepping stones to getting there.

For Egypt’s first ever Olympic triathlete Basmla Elsalamoney, the race may not have gone to plan and the learning curve was steep, but it has only left her more determined than ever.

“To be honest, it was very scary for me, I have never witnessed a typhoon before or even been prepared for rainy weather since it rarely rains here in Egypt,” she said. “I set my alarm for 2:30 in the morning, quite early, but I was prepared for that.”

“For the swim I felt great and super comfortable in the warm up, so I had been expecting a better swim. Heading to the first buoy was extremely hard but I managed to keep a good position in a pack, then before the end of the first lap, gradually I started to lose contact with the feet of the swimmers in front of me, so ended up swimming almost solo.”

“Although the result is not what I was looking for, I have got a lot of positive things to keep in mind and a lot of lessons learned to work on later. It was a privilege representing my country at the highest level in the Olympics for the first time in history of Egyptian Triathlon.”

“Actually it is my first ever Olympic Games, and I think it wouldn’t have happened without the team. I am truly blessed to be a part of the World Triathlon Development Team, and I would like to express my gratitude for all of their efforts and support.”

Chile’s Diego Moya used the confidence in his swimming to set an important goal in the water and had the mindset tuned firmly to enjoying the experience of racing on such a stage without too much pressure on his shoulders.

“I am really grateful for all the experience of the Olympics,” he said. “I didn’t go with many expectations, I just wanted to learn and have fun. It was amazing to see the other athletes, not just the triathlon but also all the other sports. Everyone happy and enjoying the Games like me.”

“I didn’t have any pressure before the race… my feelings were just happiness and being grateful to be there in my first Olympic Games. Before the race I talked to my coach and said to her that I will be the first one on the first buoy! And I did it!! I knew that I couldn’t fight in the run yet so in my preparation I focused on the swim and bike and I am really happy for my swim.”

For Estonian Kaidi Kivioja, a second Olympic experience didn’t play out as she dreamed it might, but her honest reflection is part of what drives her to setting new targets across the next three years towards Paris 2024.

“On the race morning when we saw the conditions, there was really not much to think about,” she admits. “You just had to deal with it and adapt. I went out for my morning shakeout run at 3am and it was pouring so I just ran in the basement of the Olympic Village building. You could actually do a decent loop there because it connected two buildings. At that point I decided I wasn’t even going to take my ice vest with me to the venue… waiting in the line up when we all saw each other freezing I think we were all thinking ‘‘Who could have imagined these conditions?!’’

“The gun went off. I had a decent start and I was in the group surrounded by many. In the far end and coming back I actually remember thinking ‘‘Ok, Kaidi, you’ve got this, you are in a group, you’re swimming in feet’‘. Once we got to the 2 last buoys of the first lap the pace went up and I just couldn’t go with that acceleration. Once that gap forms it grows very fast.”

“As I started riding I felt very weak and I didn’t have my normal strength on the bike either… Honestly there’s not much positive to take from the race itself since nothing went to plan, only that I can be proud of my journey there, for showing up every day and giving my best. It’s obvious that if I want to qualify for Paris I need to work on my swim but I still need more time to figure out what’s the best way to approach this. I’m very grateful for the Asics world triathlon team for their support, help and belief in me over all these years. All the athletes in the team have different struggles they’ve had to overcome to make it that far and that’s so inspiring. It’s a big honour to belong to that team!”

Mohamad Maso received the IOC Tripartite invitation to reach his first Olympic Games and used the experience to its fullest, including the huge media attention surrounding he and his brother’s appearance as two of only six Syrians at Tokyo 2020 and having left the country with little more than his tri suit and trainers in 2015.

“It was an amazing experience to be part of the history - I still cannot believe it sometimes because I just started to train as a professional athlete three years ago,” says the 28-year-old. “I always struggled with getting visas for each International race and sometimes I’d get refused, so it’s been a bumpy ride with a lot of stress! But happy I have made it.

“I appreciate a lot what the Olympic community and the country of Japan did in their effort to make this happen and making us enjoying the moment.”

“Lining up with the best athletes in the world was of course an honour and a dream, because looking back 10 years to when I started doing triathlon in Aleppo, I was watching most of those athletes only on the TV and suddenly I was racing with them!”

Mehdi Essadiq became Morocco’s first Olympic triathlete and the third and final attempt and was a flag bearer representing Africa at the Opening Ceremony. Knowing it was his last shot at the Games heightened the tension before, but also the experience throughout his Tokyo 2020 adventure.

“It was an incredible experience full of emotions from day one in Tokyo,” he recalls. “I had the most beautiful surprise when my NOC announced that I had been chosen to hold the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony. I was so humbled and honoured after all these years struggling between my medical career and triathlon, especially this last year during the pandemic. I felt blessed and grateful.”

“I started with World Triathlon in 2008, and at this time there was no proper federation in my country and I was racing under the ITU flag. More than a sports adventure that helped me to perform as an athlete at the high level, it was a very beautiful human experience that allowed to meet incredible athletes and travel all around the world. I will be forever thankful and I hope that this participation will help triathlon to grow in my country.”

“I knew my family and friends were watching even if they weren’t there. I had a thought for my wife who has made a lot of sacrifices to see me become an Olympian. She deserved as much as me that beautiful end with the Olympic Games. I was thinking of my parents and hoping they enjoyed the race and the journey as much as me. I knew that the more important for them was to see me cross this finish line and return home safe. I was thinking also to all those people who helped me during the process…I felt blessed to achieve this dream.”

If reaching the Games felt like a huge achievement, the complications brought by both the pandemic and injury to the lead-in for Argentina’s sole Tokyo 2020 triathlete Romina Biagioli made the process even more of an uphill battle.

“I can say my dream came true as I always wanted to be in Olympic Games,” she says, but adds; “I didn’t enjoy it as I had dreamed because I feel it was a strange situation not only in the event but all the qualification process. I had the accident breaking my ribs in one of the races when I was looking for points so it was really hard for me knowing that even if I qualified, the preparation for Tokyo would be not as I wanted. I just had to do what the injury let me do day by day.”

The Village was amazing, I had the opportunity of visiting the one at London 2012 when I went to see my sister but now I was one of the athletes competing and that felt different and I’m so proud of that - we have had just one female athlete in the history of Olympic triathlon representing Argentina, in 2004. That’s why I’ll do my best to motivate more girls in my country and in South America.”

“I’m very thankful for the ASICS team and I think many races during the first period would have been impossible without this support. I made my first Top 10 in a World Cup being part of this team and that will always be something I’ll be thankful for.”

Kategorie: Triatlon

Emotional victory for De Vries at Long Distance World Championships

Ne, 12/09/2021 - 17:16

Leading the race from beginning to end, local triathlon star Sarissa De Vries (NED) became the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Champion in Almere, with the fastest race of her career. French Manon Genet claimed second place while the bronze medal was for Denmark’s Michelle Vesterby, the three of them stopping the clock well under nine hours of racing.

It was one of the race favourites, Camilla Pedersen (DEN), long distance world champion in 2014, who dictated the race at the very beginning, but always with one athlete right at her feet from the first meters of the swim: Dutch local, Sarissa de Vries. Both of them swam together leading comfortably for the 3.8km of the swim, cruising the lake and catching some of the elite men who had started their race five minutes earlier.

The two athletes kept increasing their lead so that when they exited the water, the next athlete was almost three minutes behind. Elisabetta Curridori (ITA), Michelle Vesterby, Ilona Eversdijk (NED), Manon Genet (FRA), and Sarah Crowley (AUS), in that order, knew that they will have a hard bike ahead if they wanted to keep their chances alive.

And so they did. While De Vries and Pedersen stayed together for a while, with the chasers taking advantage of the headwind in the first few kilometers. Meanwhile, the Dutchwoman managed to ride away from the Pedersen, struggling with medical issues that eventually forced her to abandon the race after stopping a few times to get checked by the medical staff on course.

Halfway through the 180km bike, De Vries had over a minute gap with Vesterby and Genet, who were riding together, followed by Crowley, who was racing again only a week after competing at the European Long Distance Championships at DATEV Challenge Roth. Two hard races back to pack eventually hit the Aussie, who started losing time while De Vries flew through the course to enter the second transition with a bit over a minute with Genet.

When they both started to run, it was clear that it was going to be a two-persons battle for the title. De Vries decided to go all in for the first three laps of the ran, opening a significant bridge with Manon and Verterby, but after 28km, the Dutch woman starting struggling, suffering some stomach issues that forced her to stop at some points.

With Genet closing the gap, it was an epic battle for De Vries to pick herself up and continue, but it was a matter of passing for the last time through transition, and feel the cheers of the spectators, which put her back on track again and run for the victory, stopping the clock in a time of 8:32:05, and claim her first ever Long Distance World title. “I just don’t have words for this and I don’t realize it yet. I’m world champion in such a time. It’s really unbelievable”, she said. It was an emotional win for De Vries, who lost her grandmother only a few days ago and burst into tears after finishing. “It’s very very special. I watched this race when I was 10-years old when my dad competed in it. I always said that I wanted to race it when I grew up and now I have raced it three times and today a World Championship. My grandma passed away last Wednesday so it’s really nice that I could do it for her. I am really happy. The last 10km were so hard, nothing was in my body anymore, but I managed to finish”, she explained.

Behind her, second on the finish line was Manon Genet. “I really gave it all. I wanted to do my best today and I think I did. I hoped for the win, I was told that Sarissa wasn’t doing so well and I tried to push her but she is strong and I tried to be my strongest. It’s second place and it means the world for me”, she said.

The bronze medal was for Vesterby, best ever place for her in the World Championships and also holder of the national long distance record from today. “It’s been an awesome race. I am not disappointed, I always race to win and I pushed the bike really hard but I have so much respect for the two girls who finished ahead of me today. I didn’t think they would push this pace. I did a good race for me and they were just stronger today. I just heard that I broke the bike record here so that’s pretty awesome,” she said.

Fourth place was for Italian Elisabetta Curridori, also breaking the national record today, while in fifth place it was Leanne Fanoy (UAE) crossing the finish line.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Denmark’s Kristian Hogenhaug claims the Long Distance world title in Almere

Ne, 12/09/2021 - 16:01

With an impressive run and a course record, Danish professional triathlete Kristian Hogenhaug took advantage of the perfect racing conditions this Sunday in Almere to claim the World Triathlon Long Distance Championship, stopping the clock on 7 hours 37 minutes and 46 seconds. Just over a minute of another Scandinavian, Swedish Jesper Svensson, who claimed the silver medal after an intense duel that had them running shoulder to shoulder for over 35km. Brazilian Reinaldo Colucci finished in the third place.

The race started on a clear and calm morning in the Dutch city of Almere, home of one of the oldest triathlon long-distance races of the world, with over 30 elite male athletes lining up to become the next World Champion. And with the water slightly over 20 degrees, it was Svensson who quickly took the lead of the 3.8km swim, with only Antony Costes (FRA), Long Distance silver medalist in 2019 Pablo Dapena Goonzalez (ESP)  and Alexander Berggren (SWE) able to follow him.

Behind the three leaders, a small group of chasers managed to stay around three minutes behind, while some of the race favourites like Andrew Starykowicz (USA) struggled in the water, to leave transition with over 5 minutes of a difference.

As soon as the athletes were out on their bikes, it became a fast a furious chase for Hogenhaug, who started chasing Svensson immediately. The strong tail winds helped, and before the end of the first 90km lap he was already hanging behind the leader, driving through the dikes and mills well over 55km/h.

Behind them, Costes, Milan Brons (NED) , Colucci and Evert Scheltinga (NED) managed to made it through the first lap losing less than five minutes, while Starykowicz had to pull out, with a minor concussion after being hit during the swim and crashing a couple of times in the first kilometers of the flat and fast bike course.

By the end of the 180 km bike, the two Scandinavians had made a bridge over seven minutes, to enter the second transition together. And together they left, to then run comfortably shoulder to shoulder for most of the 42 km run course. Chatting between them, smiling, taking fluids and food almost at the same time.

After 35 km running together, it was Hogenhaug making the decisive move just at the end of the fifth lap to open a gap that was roughly a minute in just 3 kilometers. Running solo, the Danish run the last kilometers just enjoying the course, cheered by the spectators.

Hogengaug, 30 years of age, had the run of his life, clicking 2h41m38s for his marathon run to stop the clock on a total time of 7h37m46s, Danish record over the long distance, course record and the second fastest time ever on a Challenge event, all to claim the most important title of the day: World Triathlon Long Distance Champion. “This one was my 4th long distance race in four months. I didn’t feel good but I think I had a decent swim. I like to go to the front of the race to take control, so as son as I could I did it, but I think I hammered, maybe a bit too much, so then I slowed down a bit. I did a lot of work on the bike and then the battle on the run, was something I will never forget. I never had pushed it that far”, he said after the race.

Only one minute later, Svensson crossed the finish line in second place, to claim not only the World Championships silver medal but also his national long distance record. “I am really happy. It was such a great race today. I lost against an incredible man, congratulations. A marathon is always a marathon. I went out too fast the previous time I did one so today I wanted to take it easy. We had a nice chat while running together (with Hogenhaug), it was fun. I could have never imagined that we would go so fast”, he explained on the finish line.

And to round up a day of records, the third one on the finish, Colucci, also was the fastest Brazilian ever over the 4km swim, 180km bike and 42km run. “I am extremely happy with my day”, he said. ” It was a really fast course. I tried to qualify to Tokyo in the last races but unfortunately couldn’t make it so I decided to focus on long distance races, and it paid off. And I am really happy with my performance today”.

Fourth place was for the local hero, Evert Scheltinga, who at 34 years of age got his best ever results over the long distance, and also smashed the national record. Austrian Thomas Steger finished in 5th place, and Dapena in 6th, both of them with fantastic run splits. But the fastest run split of the day was for another Spaniard, Victor Arroyo Bugallo, who climbed from 18th to 8th overall. The first eight men on the finish line stopped the clock in less than 8 hours, making the 2021 World triathlon Long Distance Championships in Almere one of the fastest races in history.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Lasse Nygaard-Priester conquers Karlovy Vary to win first Cup gold

Ne, 12/09/2021 - 11:23

Germany’s Lasse Nygaard-Priester was able to lift the mists that had hung over Karlovy Vary on Sunday morning, lighting up the Czech town with an incredible first run lap that gave him the window needed to ensure his first World Triathlon Cup medal was golden. It followed a typically demanding and hilly bike segment, each of the seven long climbs slicing away challengers, but the German found the legs to produce a famous win in difficult conditions.

Mark Devay, Takumi Hojo, Alessio Crociani and Miguel Tiago Silva had led out front for the entire bike but those exertions soon took their toll, and a 30 second lead proved insufficient as first Nygaard-Priester and Grant Sheldon (GBR) then, eventually, Csongor Lehmann (HUN), were able to manoeuvre into the medal places over the closing stages.

“I didn’t expect the win,” admitted Nygaard-Priester. “To be honest, in the swim I thought I missed the big first group but managed to catch up and just tried to eat and drink and somehow stay concentrated and save energy for the run. Of course some big names are missing today but it’s my second World Cup and I really wanted a medal and it’s now the golden one, so I am really over the moon. I tried to stay on the same pace the whole race, trying not to go too fast in the beginning. I didn’t have to slow down on the hill and I felt really good knowing there was a 10-second gap and just enjoyed the run.”

There was thick cloud overhead as the men lined up on Rolava Lake on Sunday morning, where Mark Devay (HUN) and Alessio Crociani (ITA) led lap one of the swim from the opening strokes, Japan’s Takumi Hojo and Portugal’s Miguel Tiago Silva in close pursuit.

The pace out front was impressive, even strong swimmers like Diego Moya (CHI) and Chase McQueen (USA) 20 and 30 seconds off Devay respectively, while Nygaard-Priester and Sheldon were left around a minute further back and with plenty to do on the bike to mount a challenge.

Devay continued to press and, after a lightening 16:30 1.5km swim, exited transition with Hojo, Crociani and Silva for company as the four men began the 40km bike course with a 6km leg into the town centre looking to maintain or extend their advantage.

The chase was on immediately, but the 28 bunched cyclists already found themselves more than 45 seconds back and struggling to get organised, the four ahead easing their way up the torturous first few climbs of the seven lap course as Gabriel Sandor (SWE) and Sergio Baxter Cabrera (ESP) led the effort to close in.

Race number one Adrien Briffod (SUI) had already come off once in the slippery conditions before a second fall saw his race ended early on, mechanical issues on the climb and the greasy cobbles responsible for several DNFs across the tough 40km ride.

Home favourite Jan Volar and Gregor Payet (LUX) were really motoring but even as the passing laps saw them edge closer, the leaders maintained a healthy 30-second gap over the pack - Lehmann and Sheldon included - into the second transition.

The lead was rapidly eroded away. Sheldon and Nygaard-Priester taking nearly 20 seconds out of it on lap one of four, and on each of the long, laborious climbs up to the dead turn Devay and Silva could see them closing in. Meanwhile Csongor Lehmann and Baxter-Cabrera were moving into striking position themselves as the hunt for the bronze heated up.

The kicks from the German leader just got stronger and stronger however, even Sheldon failing to make headway on him despite pulling further away from Silva along with the likes of the flowing Sandor and Erwin Vanderplanke.

Nygaard-Priester took the tape by 17 seconds from a delighted Sheldon who won silver as Lehmann drew closer in third, Baxter-Cabrera in fourth followed by Vanderplanke, Paquet, Sandor, Devay, Barclay Izzard and Miguel Tiago-Silva rounding out the top 10.

“You know it’s a hard, honest proper triathlon course,” said Grant Sheldon. “This kind of the course was the reason when I started triathlon, looked at the Brownlees, looked at Gomez, they worked hard, and I think this event epitomises that style of triathlon and it’s what I train for and work for. This year for me has been very difficult so to come to a race where I’ve got good memories, to be able to pull out of the bag, after a long season, happy days.”

“I found my legs at the half of the run and I knew that I had to do this on the last lap to try and drop the guys and luckily it worked out,” said Csongor Lehmann. “The last 500m was brutal, this course is a killer but it’s also a really enjoyable race and I am a really happy about these three weeks behind me. The plan was to start with the main climb in the front, sadly it didn’t always happen, I was in the middle and it’s really tough from there to go the front for the climb and to be in the main corners but I managed to take off the bike in the front so that was a key moment. I think I was really in control in the second part of the race.”

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Event COVID-19 screening process for Age-Group athletes at Continental/World Championships

Pá, 10/09/2021 - 14:47

As per the World Triathlon COVID-19 Guidelines, we remind the Age-Group athletes that it is mandatory to complete the World Triathlon COVID-19 online screening process. This process involves:

- Fill in the online pre-event questionnaire.
- Perform an Antigenic or PCR swap pre- travel test within 72 hours before the athletes’ travel to the event or no later than 6 days before the event for local athletes. Tests that must currently be taken to gain entry to a country are valid as pre-travel tests.
- Medical Certificate is not needed for Age-Group athletes, except if requested by local authorities of the event (please check Athlete`s Guide).

The race package will only be distributed to athletes who have filled the screening process (fill pre-event questionnaire and upload test result).

The process and link to the tool will be shared in the Athlete Guide of each event. Athlete’s Guide are to be released at least 1 week prior to the event, and the link is the same for all events: https://survey.alchemer-ca.com/s3/50098105/Covid-Pre-Screener

Athletes should only access the above tool once they have their COVID-19 test result (i.e. the week of the event, before traveling). Athletes will only connect once to the tool, to fill the questionnaire and to upload their test result.

Please make sure to fill in the questionnaire and upload your Covid-19 test result before coming to registration/race kit distribution. No race kit/accreditation/wristband will be distributed if the above is not duly completed

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Almere to crown the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Champions

Pá, 10/09/2021 - 11:17

It is considered the “second oldest race in the world”, and this weekend Almere-Amsterdam, in the Netherlands will get ready to once again host the world’s best long distance athletes, this time vying for the World Triathlon Long Distance crowns. Strong fields of elite athletes will take the start this Sunday for the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships for a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run on a course that is below sea level, flat and where the wind can strike mercilessly. Whatever it takes to crown the next World Champion, now that the previous titleholder, Spanish legend Javier Gomez Noya, is not competing.

The elite men will take the stage at 7am on Sunday, with the Elite women following up 5 minutes later and then leaving the floor for the Age Group World Championships. All of them will have to cover two laps on the Weerwater Lake to then cycle 180 kilometres along the former seabed between dykes and windmills, before six laps of seven kilometres each through the city of Almere on their way to the finish.

Men’s race
After a two-year hiatus forced by the pandemic, taking the start will be a mix of athletes with previous successful records in Challenge - Almere, and with a great knowledge of the course and some of the World Triathlon Long Distance experts, willing to take a shot at this year’s event, slightly longer format than the last time that the event was held, in Pontevedra 2019.

And it is in fact the silver medallist in Pontevedra Long Distance World Championships, Pablo Dapena, who will be one to watch this Sunday. The Spaniard, who won the World title at Fyn 2018, knows that this flat course is not the best for his skills, but is hoping that an excellent run will get him again on the podium.

The task won’t be an easy one. Also lining up in Almere-Amsterdam will be USA’s Andrew Starykowicz, who represented Team USA at the Collins Cup only two weeks ago, and is looking to prove that the course fits him perfectly. Starykowicz, one of the strongest cyclists of the professional field, has already announced multiple times that he wants to break the record over the 180km distance, and this might just be his chance. Another strong cyclist, Kristian Hogenhaug, was a runner-up in Almere 2019, and is quite experienced in coping with the more than likely strong winds that will surely make a difference in the bike segment.

Dirk Wijnalda and Eric-Simon Strijk will be proudly representing the Dutch team, and along with the likes of Thomas Steger (AUT) or Tomas Renc (CZE) will be trying their best to make it to the top positions.

Women’s race

With none of the top five finishers from the 2019 World Championships taking the start in Almere, it will be one of the most open races ever coming up on Sunday. A world title is up for grabs, and there are quite a few women ready to take it home!

Long Distance World Champion in 2014 and silver medallist in 2012, 2013 & 2015, Camila Pedersen (DEN) will be the one to beat when the race kicks off this Sunday. The Dane, who was the first ever female to go under nine hours on the Ironman distance, will line up in Almere this Sunday ready to grab her 5th medal in the World Triathlon Long Distance Championships, knowing that the flat and technical bike course fits her extremely well.

On a mission this Sunday will be a handful of Dutch triathletes: Sarissa De Vries, Ilona Everdisjk and Janien Lubben, who will have the extra support of racing at home when vying for a world title.

Marta Bernardi (ITA) already knows what it is to stand on the podium this season, after grabbing the bronze medal at the Middle Distance European Championships in Walchsee last June, and with many other middle and long-distance races under her belt.

Probably one of the more experienced athletes in the start list will be Simona Krivankova (CZE), who has raced in Almere in 2019 and 2017, always finishing in the top 6 places and used to deal with the windy bike circuit, which can be hard to manage for some athletes more used to hilly courses. Spaniard Saleta Castro will be one of the ones who will miss some hard hills to push on the bike, but she has proven to be one always to consider when it comes to long-distance races.

The Men’s race will get underway at 7am, with the elite women taking the start five minutes after. Both races will be available live on triathlonlive.tv

Age-Group Long Distance World Championships

Over 345 triathletes from 27 different countries will line up for the 2021 Almere-Amsterdam Age-Group World Triathlon Long Distance Championships, with each wave taking the start every ten minutes, starting at 7.35am.

The Long Distance race will start with two swim laps of 1.9 kilometres each in the Weerwater, counterclockwise, to then head to the first transition on the Esplanade. The bike course has two laps, each of 90km, on a flat course (the same as the Elites) that will take athletes through dikes, polders, windmills, and a lot of green areas. The long, windy dikes and the open polders will be challenging and tough, both mentally and physically. After the demanding bike course, a full marathon (42.2km) run course through the modern architecture of the city centre to cross the finish line on the Esplanade of Almere.

Long Distance Aquabike

Almere will play host as well this year to the World Triathlon Long Distance Aquabike Age-Group Championships, with 160 athletes from 15 countries competing over a 3.8km swim to then do 180km on their bikes. The men will take the start at 8.32 am, with the women toeing the start line ten minutes later, at 8.42am.


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Podcast #48 - Paralympic Champion Susana Rodriguez

Čt, 09/09/2021 - 14:03

A doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, a World Champion and now a Paralympic Champion, Spain’s Susana Rodriguez was born with albinism that caused bad eyesight which deteriorated rapidly, but the condition has only turbo charged a determination to challenge herself as much as possible in life.

Her preparations for Tokyo 2020 took a big diversion last year as she took to the front line in the fight against COVID-19 in her home town. The situation also brought with it another massive consequence: self-doubt as to whether she should continue to pursue her lifelong dream of Paralympic gold.

It was in late 2020 that a sports psychologist gave her the fresh perspective she needed and helped her kick on towards realising that goal. Training was the toughest and most intense of her life, but exactly what was needed to prepare for the ‘emotional and physical bomb’ of the Paralympic Games.

“I always set difficult goals and I don’t mind how hard I have to work to achieve them,” she explains on the latest edition of the World Triathlon Podcast. “Getting the gold in Tokyo has shown me one more time that when you work hard towards something you can get there.”

You can listen to the full episode on the usual platforms including Apple, Google and Spotify.

The cover of the 19 July edition of TIME magazine was an homage to four athletes heading to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic and Olympic Games. As well as Naomi Osaka, Allyson Felix and Sue Bird was para triathlete Susana Rodriguez, arms folded, Spanish tri-suit on, doctor’s stethoscope around her neck.

It is an image every bit as striking as the stories the 33-year-old tells of her journey from Rio 2016 disappointment through to the dual mental and physical demands of studying to become a doctor and the training required to become a World Champion.

“I had some challenging years between Rio and Tokyo doing my medicine speciality and trying to train as a full time athlete. When someone decided that it was worth putting that on the cover of Time magazine it was surprising, because for me it was just my normal.”

“Now, when I look back on it I realise what I did was quite challenging. It is also nice to have a Spanish doctor on the cover of this magazine as recognition of the healthcare professionals that are still battling the pandemic.”

Navigating her course towards qualifying as a doctor, finding the doors that would open and those that remained firmly shut, was never going to be straightforward. Susana’s condition meant that she had faced obstacles from childhood, and the subsequent desire to prove herself as well as others what she was capable of ensured there was never any thought of turning round.

“Of course there were difficult times, and when you are younger or do new things you face barriers. You have to always do a bit more than others just to show you can do the same as them. There were difficult times, especially as a teenager. The most challenging thing about albinism isn’t always the visual impairment but the physical appearance… but I had a very supportive family and some very supportive friends and that gave me confidence and helped me to believe in myself.”

From the punishing preparation schedule pre-Tokyo to the unique preparation for racing that comes with being a blind athlete, an hour in the company of Susana Rodrigues is time well spent, and you can listen to the full episode below.

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Racing returns to Czech hills with Sunday’s World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary

Út, 07/09/2021 - 14:08

For the fifth consecutive year, the World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary will bring its challenging Olympic-distance course to bear this weekend, as racing returns to the circuit on Sunday for the first time since Huatulco in June.

Two almighty performances 12 months ago may have seen Vincent Luis and Flora Duffy leave with the gold medals but, in the wake of Tokyo 2020 and the Edmonton Championship Finals, this year the fields will look rather different. The focus for this edition shifts to the rising stars eyeing up Paris 2024 rather than the biggest names hunting pre-Olympic preparations, and it is in races just like this that reputations can be forged.

What remains the same is the stunning course, with its two lap 1.5km swim in Rolava Lake, two part bike segment that snakes for 6.5km from there into the town before taking the athletes on 7 laps of the cobbled, hilly centre with its steep climbs and fast descents. finally closing out with an equally demanding 4-lap run. Watch all the action unfold on Sunday 12 September with the men underway at 10am local time and the women at 3pm, on TriathlonLive.tv.

Men’s race
10am CEST
Sunday 12 September
The top ten in the men’s race is a who’s who of talent making its mark on the World Triathlon breakthrough top billing. Wearing the number one will be Switzerland’s Adrien Briffod, arriving with credentials galore and a list of strong results since scoring sixth here in 2019. Silver in Arzachena followed 12th in Yokohama and it was another fine, fifth-placed finish in Edmonton that sees him the top-ranked name on the start list.

The unmistakable figure of cobalt-haired Takumi Hojo has been quietly racking up some consistent performances of late, including a top ten in the Championship Finals and silver at the Asia Triathlon Championships in April. A talented swimmer, he will want to get onto the front pack and set up for a medal charge from there on Sunday.

Two in-form Hungarians start, Mark Devay having looked Series-sharp in Edmonton just as he did in Leeds back in June, Csongor Lehmann the new U23 World Champion after a scintillating display that underlined that this undeniable young talent is back at its best and ready to score a Cup gold.

Chile’s Diego Moya delivered a top 30 finish on Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 and clearly enjoyed his time at the front of the race after a typically strong swim, and was fourth behind Lehmann in Edmonton. Gabriel Sandor will also feel his time is now. The Swede has regularly trained with the headline-grabbing Norwegian team and only narrowly missed out on a Tokyo start, but stood on the World Triathlon Cup podium alongside Moya in Antwerp two years ago.

Elsewhere, Chase McQueen was in sparkling form in the USA’s mixed relay triumph in Montreal and hits only his third Cup start line full of confidence. The New Zealand duo of 2018 Youth Olympic Games Champion Dylan McCullough and Saxon Morgan also starred in that race, helping the young kiwis to a brilliant silver and both make their World Triathlon Cup debuts this weekend.

Home favourite Jan Celustka and Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov are the two most experienced men in the field at 39 and 34-years-old respectively and will want to show the young field what they are capable of on this demanding course. Find the full start list here.

Women’s race
3pm CEST
Sunday 12 September
Ai Ueda wears the women’s number one on Sunday, the Japanese legend who helped rising star Niina Kishimoto’s preparations for the Tokyo Games and will be eager to return to the blue carpet herself once more. After finishing 18th here last year with the third-fastest run split, the 37-year-old will want to improve on her swim to leave less of a mountain to climb for the podium, while Kishimoto makes her debut in the Czech Republic.

The hugely popular champion here in both 2018 and 2019 was Vendula Frintova. The Czech favourite has saved some of her gutsiest performances over recent years for the home crowd and will relish the chance to score a hat-trick of wins on a course she knows very well.

The fastest run 12 months ago – a minute quicker than Flora Duffy and Ueda - was by Germany’s Lisa Tertsch, and she will be eager to bounce back from disappointment at the U23 World Championships with the kind of display that saw her win gold in Antwerp and bronze in Valencia in recent years.

Compatriot Marlene Gomez-Islinger scooped a brilliant gold in Arzachena last year and will be looking forward to another test over the Olympic distance after a career-best 17th place at the Championship Finals Edmonton last month.

Erika Ackerlund is the top-ranked American on the start line and after 13th here last year and 6th place in Huatulco, will be lazer-focused on delivering what will be needed to scoop a career-first Cup podium this weekend.

Julie Derron (SUI) will be among the favourites for a medal after a top five finish here three years ago and more recent silver behind Gomez-Islinger in Arzachena, the hills and cobbles familiar territory for the Swiss star making her fourth appearance here.

After her 7th place at the U23 World Championships, Sophie Alden makes only her second start at the Cup level, representing the new generation of British women just as Solveig Lovseth and Stine Dale are doing likewise for Norway.

Dominika Jamnicky and Emy Legault continue to provide Canada’s medal hopes with injuries to Joanna Brown and Amelie Kretz keeping them off the start lines, while Mexico’s Michelle Flipo is one of the most experienced in the field making her sixth appearance here at all levels. The full start list can be found here.

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Aquathlon added to the programme of the Extremadura Cross Triathlon World Championships

Út, 07/09/2021 - 10:11

The Spanish complex of El Anillo, in Extremadura (Spain) will host the 2021 World Triathlon Aquathlon World Championships in October, along with the World Triathlon Cross Triathlon World Championships that will take place the same weekend in the same location. World Champions in all categories, including age-group events, will be crowned on 30-31 October.

The World Triathlon Aquathlon Championships and the World Triathlon Cross Championship have been part of the World Triathlon Multisport Festival for the past five years and were planned to take place in Almere this year but, due to the current travel restrictions in the Netherlands, the organisers were only able to go ahead with the Long Distance and Aquabike events.

With the 2021 World Triathlon Duathlon World Championships taking place also in Spain, in Aviles, the following week (6-7 November), it offers a great opportunity for elite and age-group athletes to compete at three world championship events fewer than 10 days apart all within the same country. 

“It is fantastic news that the Aquathlon World Championships will also be held in Extremadura as it adds to the true spirit of these competitions: the concept of the Multisport Championship Festival. Having three World Championships in Spain in two weeks brings a great opportunity to athletes from all around the world to discover these two regions of Spain, Extremadura and Aviles, with multiple options for easily connecting both cities”, explained World Triathlon President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.

The events in El Anillo of Extremadura, which will also host the Spanish Multisport Championships that same weekend, will bring together more than 1500 participants, with Elite, Junior and Age-Group competitions taking place in both Cross Triathlon and Aquathlon.

The waters of Gabriel y Galán reservoir will be the perfect scenario for the swimming sections of both events, with the running and cycling paths of El Anillo and its surroundings providing a great course for the running and cycling segments.

World Triathlon wants to thank the organisers and the Spanish Triathlon Federation for being able to step up once again and put in place another world-class event in such a short period of time after Almere announced that they could not host the Aquathlon, Duathlon and Cross Triathlon World Championships this year.

All of the events will be run under strict COVD guidelines approved by the Spanish Federation and World Triathlon, and more details of the calendar, distances and registration process will be announced in the next weeks.

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