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Triathlon Asia is looking for a Development Coordinator

Pá, 20/11/2020 - 10:35

The Asia Triathlon is looking for a part-time or project based development coordinator with the ability to promote the sport development of the Triathlon and related multi-sports in the Asia region.

Position: Asia Triathlon Development Coordinator
Salary/contractor fee: TBD
Location: Asia
Reports to: Asia Triathlon Executive Board
Start Date: January 2021

About the Asia Triathlon Development Coordinator’s Roles
- The Asia Triathlon Development Coordinator works under the direction of the Executive Board of the Asia Triathlon and will closely cooperate with World Triathlon Development.
- He/she will administer and manage the development programs/projects defined within the Asia Triathlon’s Strategic Plans presented by their respective Executive Board.
- Help to keep existing NFs active and help them in the development of events in their territories.
- Implement the Asia Triathlon’s Strategic Plan and prepare an annual progress report for the EB meeting and Congress.
- Manage the Asia Triathlon-World Triathlon Development budget with assistance from the World Triathlon Development.
- Manage facilitator assignments for Asia Triathlon’s development projects.
- Assist to deliver Technical Officials, Coaches and Athletes development programs as identified and prioritized by the Asia Triathlon and World Triathlon Development.
- Manage the logistics of all courses, camps and educational opportunities for athletes, coaches, event organizers, technical officials and paratriathlon classifiers.
- Work with World Triathlon Development on the education programs for coaches and the development and advancement programs.
- Adhere to the formal reporting procedures outlined by World Triathlon Development to be submitted to the Asia Triathlon Executive Board and the World Triathlon Development that includes the following.
(Planning forms, expert reports, continental coordinator reports, budget and financial reports as well as regular written updates and Skype calls with World Triathlon Development)
- Manage the communication for all educational programs being delivered within the region including pre- and post-releases and photos in cooperation with Asia Triathlon and World Triathlon media database

- A degree or equivalent experience in sports administration
- Knowledge of sport and Project management ability
- Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail
- Able to work independently and as a team member
- Effective oral and written communication skills in English
- Computer (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Drive)

Individuals who are interested in applying for this position must submit applications to SJ Lim, General Manager of Asia Triathlon at seungjun.lim@doosan.com by Friday 4th December 2020.

Kategorie: Triatlon

IOC President Thomas Bach meets with Ai Ueda on visit to the Village in Tokyo

St, 18/11/2020 - 05:32

IOC President Thomas Bach met with Japanese Olympians including Ai Ueda, Athlete Representative on the World Triathlon Executive Board and Member of the Athletes’ Committee, during his first visit of the Stadium and Village in Tokyo.

After paying his first visit to the Olympic Stadium and the Athletes’ Village, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach had one simple message for the athletes: You will love Tokyo 2020.

Bach, on his third day in Japan, said he was pleased to see ample space provided at the village for social distancing, where he met and sought feedback from Japanese Olympians UEDA Ai (triathlon) and CHIDA Kenta (fencing) and Para-shuttler SATOMI Sarina.

Read the full article by IOC Media and Tokyo 2020.

Photos provided by Tokyo 2020.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Optimistic outlook for 2021 after success of post-pandemic events

Pá, 13/11/2020 - 10:04

With the fourth World Triathlon event to be held in the second half of 2020 having taken place last weekend in Valencia, Spain, under the World Triathlon COVID Event Guidelines, the racing landscape for 2021 is looking increasingly positive.

The WTS Hamburg World Championships, Karlovy Vary, Arzachena and Valencia World Cups and the Alhandra Para Triathlon World Cup were all successfully held as World Triathlon paved a way safely back to the blue carpet. Each event was staged in close cooperation with local authorities in order to implement the guidelines within the unique demands of each host city and country, with World Health Organisation risk assessments performed for all events and medical certificates awarded by the National Federation or LOC doctor.

“World Triathlon wants to thank all of its LOCs and partners for their professionalism and the spirit of close collaboration they have shown through a turbulent year for sport all around the world,” said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado. “From the first indications of the scale of this pandemic’s impact, our priority was to provide as much clarity and certainty as possible for all our athletes and our stakeholders. We have all endured a lot of frustration and disappointment, but those events that we have been able to hold since August are a huge source of pride for World Triathlon and highlight the hard work of our partners, leaving us able to look forward to a hugely exciting 2021.”

The Hamburg World Triathlon race was held on a brand new course outside of the city and sealed off entirely from spectators to comply with Hamburg city regulations. Entry to Germany was predicated on a clear PCR test for all athletes and delegations.

The rearranged Arzachena World Cup was able to take place thanks to individual letters of invitation for all competitors and visitors, while in Valencia on-site antibody testing was introduced, with rapid PCR tests carried out where then necessary.

“From each event to the next everybody brought something new to the table. The easy option would of course have been to pull the plug on the races, but the will was so strong from the governments, National Federations, Local Organising Committees, the athletes and, of course, World Triathlon. Each event had their hidden heroes too, managing either the administration task of allowing the athletes and their support teams to travel to and from the host country or making sure that the event’s COVID concept was approved by the local authorities and World Triathlon and fully implemented,” said World Triathlon Head of Operations Thanos Nikopoulos.

The World Triathlon Technical and Medical Committee will be reviewing the guidelines for the next season by incorporating the latest information and advice from WHO. You can find the World Triathlon COVID-19 Guidelines For Event Organisers here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Duffy and Taylor-Brown tie at top of World Rankings after curtailed 2020 season

Út, 10/11/2020 - 16:03

On Saturday afternoon, a truncated World Triathlon season came to a close in Valencia, Spain, where the fourth World Cup to survive the Covid-hit calendar was held and the final points awarded to the exceptional 2020 World Triathlon Ranking to distribute the year’s USD100,000 prize purse equally between the top 50 women and men.

Valencia followed on from World Cups already held in Arzachena (October), Karlovy Vary (September) and Mooloolaba (March), with the winners earning 500 points. The Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Series Finals saw the only WTS action of the year, awarding 1000 points to the winners, while the Olsztyn (August) and Barcelona (October) European Cups completed the ranking races, with 250 points to the winners.*

From these seven World Ranking events held in total through 2020, the athletes’ top three results counted towards their points totals.

Finishing joint top of the women’s rankings with 1925 points apiece were Bermuda’s Flora Duffy and Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown. Vincent Luis of France stands atop the men’s rankings with 2000 points after a flawless few months that have seen him win four out of four golds since Hamburg.

Taylor-Brown and Luis’ golds in Hamburg also saw them crowned the 2020 World Champions with the regular Series having to be cut back to the one standalone deciding race. The Brit also scored silver in both Mooloolaba and Karlovy Vary, while Duffy finished second in Hamburg before landing World Cup golds in Karlovy Vary and Arzachena. 

Behind Luis, Jelle Geens (BEL) and a resurgent Alistair Brownlee (GBR) complete the men’s top three, with 2019 World Champion Katie Zaferes (USA) taking third spot in the women’s rankings.

Two superb silvers for Portugal’s Vasco Vilaca in Germany and the Czech Republic saw him into fourth ahead of Leo Bergere (FRA). Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden, Richard Murray (RSA), Antonio Serrat Seoane (ESP) and Dorian Coninx (FRA) completing the men’s top 10.

Germany’s Laura Lindemann finished fourth in the women’s ranking despite only featuring in two races, Beth Potter‘s (GBR) fine win in Valencia and silver in Arzachena earning her fifth spot overall. Maya Kingma (NED), Verena Steinhauser (ITA), Rachel Klamer (NED), Lisa Tertsch (GER) and Jessica Learmonth (GBR) complete the top 10.

You can find the full rankings here.

*7.5% point decrease per position

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World Triathlon extends its partnership with Infront for another eight years

Út, 10/11/2020 - 09:22

World Triathlon has extended its exclusive partnership with Infront, a Wanda Sports Group company, for another eight years until the end of the 2028 season.

The long-term prolongation will see Infront and World Triathlon continue its close collaboration to develop the well-established TriathlonLIVE over-the-top (OTT) platform through dedicated content and marketing campaigns. Infront will also exclusively distribute the international media rights for World Triathlon’s top tier events including the World Triathlon Championship Series, World Triathlon Championship Finals and World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships.

World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado said: “After several seasons of partnership with Infront we are delighted with the continuous growth of TriathlonLIVE and the exposure of our sport through our global broadcast partners.  We look forward to continuing this balanced approach together with Infront to reach and engage our worldwide audience via all media channels.”

Julien Terniisien, Infront Senior Vice President Summer Sports said: “Our cooperation with World Triathlon over the last few years provides a strong foundation for this extended agreement despite the global disruptions to the season and we are excited to continue our collaboration. This long-term partnership allows us to build on a joint strategy to find the right balance between broadcast and the growing importance of the TriathlonLIVE to bring the sport to a wider and more engaged audience.”

Since it began its partnership in 2018, World Triathlon and Infront have worked together to further develop its offering to fans. This included launching a new look of TriathlonLIVE ahead of the 2019 season, which now provides subscribers with more complete and in-depth coverage from over 80 live events per season, as well as exclusive content, behind the scenes videos, extended interviews and live coverage of other events, including national end regional triathlon races. 

Kategorie: Triatlon

Luis closes the season in style with a fourth consecutive win in Valencia

So, 07/11/2020 - 19:43

Four out of four for Frenchman Vincent Luis, who sprinted out in the last meters double Olympic gold medallist Alistar Brownlee (GBR) to claim the last victory of the World Triathlon season, while Belgian Jelle Geens crossed the finish line in third place.

Luis has been able to hit the front from the first strokes of the swim since the return to racing, and 2020 Valencia ITU World Cup was not any different, this time with three other great swimmers right on his heels: Alistair Brownlee (GBR), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Pierre LeCorre (FRA). The three of them managed to get a bit of a break out of the water and into the long way to transition, and were on the bikes a few seconds before the rest of the athletes was trying to get out of their wetsuits.

Behind them, the Norwegian"army” -Kristian Blummenfelt, Gustav Iden and Endre Espedal- organised themselves quickly to get the peloton moving and led the large chasing group, with the likes of Geens, Roberto Sanchez Mantecon  (ESP) and Alessandro Fabian (ITA) working with the group to try to control the leading group. But the flat course in Valencia, along what was an urban Formula 1 circuit, worked in favor of the leaders, that left behind Schoeman with two laps to go and managed to stay in front despite the solid efforts of the chasers.

By the end of the 20km bike ride the three leaders had almost half a minute over the large pack, and when it looked like the medals were going to be decided among the three of them, Geens came out of T2 on a chasing mission. Meanwhile, the older Brownlee and Luis went shoulder to shoulder, with Luis constantly in front and Alistair keeping up with the pace, that no one else was able to follow. They both run together until the last meters, with Luis proving that he is unbeatable this season crossing the finish line in first place to grab the fourth consecutive win.

“Four races so far and four wins and this one was the hardest I have to say, Alistair was pretty strong. He was the strongest of us in the front of the bike. I just managed to tactically get him but he could have won this race I think. A few more races under his belt, he could have won for sure,” said the Frenchman. “It was a pretty hard ride and that is what Alistair wanted, to make it hard for us so we run a bit slower. On the run, I just took the lead and not really try to think. I knew Jelle was really close and I just ran all out for the run.”

The British was extremely happy with his second place. “I feel like I am in my second career at the moment and I am just doing it because I enjoy doing it. It’s been a long project, two years ago I was pretty close to retiring to be honest. Slowly but surely I have picked my races, got fitter and enjoyed it more. Today I was back racing with the best in the world again,” he said. “I think if I had another race in a few weeks’ time I would be really close. I’ve just got to keep the consistency through the next few months and hopefully I can come out next year and be even a little bit better.”

Behind them, the Belgian went full gas and managed to catch LeCorre halfway through the run segment, but the French never gave up and stayed with Geens on the chase of the leading group. With only a few eters to go, Geens sprinted to grab the second third place of the season, after his podium in Karlovy Vary. “Off the bike I saw it wasn’t a big gap, I just had to go full and go for the win. You know Vince always has a sprint and Alistair is, well just Alistair so I am happy with third place.It was quite a good season, didn’t get a win but we keep that for next year.”

Behind LeCorre, Antonio Serrat Seoane showed once again a magnificent run form to run from the back of the bike group to complete the top five of the day.


Kategorie: Triatlon

First World Cup win for Beth Potter in Valencia

So, 07/11/2020 - 19:08

Challenging weather for the 32 women competing in the 2020 ITU Valencia World Cup, with British running star Beth Potter claiming her first ever world cup victory, followed on the finish line by Swiss Nicola Spirig and German rising star Lisa Tersch.

Under heavy showers, 32 women lined up in the Valencia Port for the last event of the 2020 season, with Brazil’s Ddjenyfer Arnold taking the lead from the first strokes in the calm waters that saw the America’s Cup boats navigated a few years ago.

With only a 750m swim ahead, Arnold led the way the whole segment, with the strong Portuguese squad of Gabriela Ribeiro, Melanie Santos, Vera Vilaca and Helena Carvalho right on her feet. Sara Perez Sala (ESP), Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS) and Beth Potter (GBR) managed to enter transition only 8 seconds behind the leaders, turning their heads back while going up the ramp to quickly realize that one of the favourites, Nicola Spirig, didn’t had her best swim and was far behind.

The group tried, with the help of Verena Steinhauser (ITA) and Beatrize Mallozzi (TA) quickly organized itself into a leading pack on first meters, but with not much fortune. By the end of the first lap of 5km, Spirig had managed to catch up with the leading group and led a large train of over 20 athletes for most part of the 20km bike ride.

The Swiss, one of the strongest riders on the field, knew that when it comes to leg power, very few can challenge her, but all her efforts to try to break away were in vain, and the large group entered the second transition all together when the last drops of rain faded away.

And it was when it all came down to the run when Potter showed that she was the one to beat. Coming from the back of the bike pack, she was quickly leading the group of seven athletes marching in front, alongside with Spirig, Lisa Tersch, Luisa Baptista (BRA), Santos (POR) and Steinhauser and Mallozzi.

With only one lap to go and without time references when passing through transition, Potter kept pushing hard and dropping athletes from the leading group. First was Santos, then the two Italians followed and half way through the run, Potter added an extra gear and no one could follow.

The British, who finished second in Arzachena World Cup this year, proved that her 15.24 personal best over 5km run a couple of months ago was not a surprise result, and left behind Spirig to grab her first ever World Cup victory. “To end the season on two highs, I am really happy,” said after crossing the finish line. “I was quite nervous. I wanted to come off on a high, I am glad I could go one better than Arzachena. I came off towards the back of the pack and when I felt like I could make that move on the run, I just went for it,” she explained.

Only a few seconds behind her, the drama of a sprint finish for the battle for second and third ended up with the Swiss, double Olympic medallist, showing her class and proving that even on first international race after an injury, Spirig can never be counted off the favourites for a race.

“I am really happy. I always try to give it all. Today I think I gave a really good race. I wasn’t quite there in the swim, I tried to make the ride hard for the other girls and I had a really good run. I think the tactics went well on the bike, I just wanted to have a good hit out and I go home really happy”, said Spirig.

And extremely happy Lisa Tersch (GER) managed to grab the last podium spot after a magnificent run. “It was amazing. I have never sprinted that much in my life. I am very very happy,” she said. “I kept thinking that I didn’t want to finish in fourth place, and I delivered”, she said.

The bittersweet fourth place was for Baptista, with Mallozzi closing the top five with a tremendous display after her Junior World Championships title two years ago.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon receives IOC Sustainability Award

Pá, 06/11/2020 - 16:14

The International Olympic Committee has recognised World Triathlon’s comprehensive sustainability plans for a more environmentally friendly sport with a Carbon Action Award, part of a global initiative between the IOC and DOW aimed at recognising and accelerating effective climate action in sport.

Published earlier this year, the Sustainability Guidelines for Event Organisers are at the heart of World Triathlon’s efforts to proactively tackle the climate emergency and ensure its events are doing all they can to minimise their impact on the planet.

“Greater awareness of our environment and of our impact upon it is the responsibility of every individual, but for us as an international organisation and the governing body of triathlon, that duty is even greater. We have been working hard to ensure that our events and our partners are in the best possible position to ensure we are all putting the planet at the centre of decision-making, and it is gratifying to receive this award from the IOC in recognition of our efforts,” said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado.

The guidelines include a four-part plan aimed to help LOCs create their own sustainability plan, alongside more in-depth methods and concepts covering the staffing, site and infrastructure, accommodation, procurement, mobility, energy use and supply, catering and waste and water management of events. A rating system for all LOC’s sustainability credentials has also been adopted and will be a fundamental part of the bid process for hosting future events.

First launched in 2019, the award - created to inspire further climate action by recognising the sustainability efforts of key sports organisations within the Olympic Movement - was announced at the sixth IOC Sustainability Session.

The World Triathlon Sustainability Guidelines for Event Organisers can be found here.

All LOCs looking to join the programme can email sustainability@triathlon.org.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Valencia gears up for final World Cup of 2020

St, 04/11/2020 - 22:56

The unpredictable 2020 World Triathlon season comes to a close on Saturday in the city of Valencia when the final sprint-distance World Cup of the year takes to Spain’s east coast. This may only be the fourth World Cup able to be held in the past ten months, but the standard of racing has been incredible with world number ones, Olympic Champions and legends of the sport taking the precious opportunities to gather on the blue carpet.

This weekend promises to follow suit, with World Champion Vincent Luis wearing the number one in a men’s race that includes the likes of Alistair Brownlee, Henri Schoeman and Gustav Iden.

Switzerland’s double Olympic medallist Nicola Spirig will be one to watch in a wide-open women’s race and on a pan-flat course where Lisa Tertsch and Verena Steinhauser could challenge.

The race starts with a 750m, one lap swim of Valencia Marina, transitioning into a 4-lap, 20km bike around the edge of the harbour. The 5km run follows exactly the same route for just one circuit and you can watch all the action as it unfolds on TriathlonLIVE.tv.

Women’s Race
Saturday 7 November

2.15pm CET

First to line up will be the elite women, led by Verena Steinhauser. The Italian has been in sparkling form with a top 10 in Karlovy Vary followed by bronze in Arzachena thanks to a lightening bike segment. Despite several third places at this level the top two podium places have eluded Steinhauser to now. This could be the race to change that.

Germany’s Lisa Tertsch again proved she is one of the fastest out there over 5km, scoring comfortably the fastest splits in the last two races in Sardinia and Karlovy Vary. A good swim here could see a first return to the World Cup podium since her brilliant gold in Antwerp last year.

Olympic Champion in 2012, silver medallist in 2016, Nicola Spirig picks up the path towards a possible fifth Games in Tokyo with only a first World Cup appearance of the year to test where her race-readiness is before what should be a huge 2021 of racing for the Swiss star.

Two Brazilians with solid races in Karlovy Vary, Luisa Baptista and Djenyfer Arnold, will be looking to close out 2020 in positive fashion, while Britain’s Beth Potter was in sizzling form on both bike and run in Arzachena to seal a silver that will leave her full of confidence in Valencia.

A predictably strong Spanish contingent will be spearheaded by Anna Godoy Contreras, Xisca Tous and Sara Perez Sala, with a host of local talent taking the opportunity of some World Cup start experience on home turf.

Mexico’s Michelle Flipo scored European Cup bronze up the coast in Barcelona at the end of October and will be raring to go, Australia’s Natalie van Coevorden continues to fly the flag for Oceania and also just needs a good position off the bike to mount a serious challenge for the medals. 

Full women’s start list here.

Men’s Race
Saturday 7 November

4.45pm CET

It is hard to look beyond France’s Vincent Luis as the favourite to land a fourth successive 2020 gold in Valencia, but the men’s start list continues to pack in big names that will be ready to pounce if the Frenchman shows any - however unlikely - signs of end-of-year weariness. Luis has been able to hit the front from the first strokes of the swim since the return to racing and whether flat or hilly, sprint or standard distance, nothing has stood in his way.

It was Kristian Blummenfelt who pushed him closest in Italy a month ago, where a tough bike climb played to the Norwegians strengths. Teammate Gustav Iden would also be more at home in the hills but will be looking for an explosive showing on the flat roads of Valencia.

South Africa’s Henri Schoeman made his return to the blue carpet in Sardinia, and continues to gradually test his early Olympic preparations, while Jelle Geens will have his eye on another trademark rapid 5km finale to put himself into contention and could be one of the few who can stretch Luis over the closing stages of the run if still in touch.

Alistair Brownlee’s continues along the path to a second defence of his Olympic title and knows that more displays like October’s in Arzachena will put him in prime contention for a spot on the GB team alongside his brother.

Antonio Serrat Seoane and Genis Grau will be looking to put together big races in their native Spain, USA’s Tony Smoragiewicz and Brazilian Manoel Messias among the talents who could be pushing for a podium spot at the pointy end of the race.

Full men’s start list here.

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2021 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championship to be held in Bermuda

Út, 03/11/2020 - 14:41

The dates for the 2021 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships have been confirmed to be held in Bermuda next October 15–17. The announcement follows a decision by World Triathlon to split its traditional Grand Final programme for 2021, with Bermuda hosting the first ever edition of the Sprint & Relay World Championships. Edmonton, Canada will host the World Championship Finals in August 2021, while the 2021 Para triathlon World Championships will be hosted prior to the Paralympic Games, in Milan (Italy).

The Sprint & Relay Championships will be a three-day, multiple-event programme, to be staged in the City of Hamilton, and will include the Super-Sprint racing for the Elite World Championships, Junior World Championships, Age-Group Sprint World Championships and the Mixed Relay World Champs for all categories.

The 2021 Sprint & Relay Championships are expected to attract an estimated 4,000 competitors from all around the world, support teams, officials, family and friends from Bermuda and overseas.

Both the 2018 and 2019 MS Amlin World Triathlon Series (WTS) events generated overall economic impacts of $4.4 million and $4.7 million, respectively, for Bermuda’s economy, along with double those amounts in projected future tourism, according to PwC. Local participation in children’s and national triathlons also proved legacy benefits of the events.

More events in the 2021 calendar

The Executive Board of World Triathlon also approved the dates for the 2021 World Para Championships, that will take place in Milan (Italy) on May 8, with Para athletes competing there before the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next summer. Milan was the host city for the 2020 edition of the Para triathlon World Champs, but the pandemic forced to cancel the event, with the Executive Board awarding them the event for the 2021 season.

New additions to the 2021 season calendar will be the World Triathlon Para Cup Besancon, that will take place in the iconic French city on June 12-13, with Para triathletes from around the world heading the following week to the coastal city of A Coruna, Spain, for another World Triathlon Para Cup on June 20.

New dates have been added as well to the World Triathlon Cup calendar for 2021, with Haeundae (Korea) making its debut on the circuit with an event planned for the 2-4 July, and Miyazaki (Japan) and Tongyeong (Korea) returning to the circuit, on 23-24 and 30-31 October respectively.

More dates are expected to be added to the 2021 calendar in the coming weeks.

Kategorie: Triatlon

All candidacies submitted for World Triathlon election

Čt, 29/10/2020 - 19:37

One month out from the XXXIII World Triathlon Congress, scheduled to take place in Paris but now being held virtually, all candidacies have now been received for the 73 positions being contested including World Triathlon President, Vice-Presidents and Executive Board members, plus places on nine committees and the World Triathlon Tribunal.

World Triathlon elections take place every four years following the usual Olympic cycle, and applications from a total of 166 individuals have been received this year. Incumbent Marisol Casado and Denmark’s Mads Freund will be the only two names on the ballot for the position of World Triathlon President, with voting scheduled to take place at Congress on 29 November.

Europe has the higher number of candidates, with 51 persons running for a position, while another 49 persons will try to represent the American continent either at the Executive Board or on many Committees or Commissions. Asia will have 31 representatives, with Oceania and Africa both having 11 candidates.

You can find all information about Congress 2020 here, and the Congress will be streamed live on TriathlonLIVE.

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World Triathlon Mentoring Programme makes a big impact

Ne, 25/10/2020 - 13:56

The first six-week World Triathlon Mentoring Programme course has seen coaches and technical officials from all over the world connecting once again after all regular camps and courses had the pause button pressed on them in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On completing the course, which had key inclusivity targets to reach more women and those with disabilities or from developing federations, the new mentors will be assigned 2-3 mentees to help support the next generation of triathlon coaches, technical officials and administrators.

The programme operates across the 5 Continental Confederations, preparing a group of trained volunteer mentors to support individuals who have shown real potential to be the sport’s next generation of leaders. The two initial blocks of programmes run from mid-August to the end of November 2020 and from mid-January 2021 to the end of April. Each block consists of three courses, with approximately 20 mentor candidates going through the 6-week online courses.

“We were poised to launch for World Triathlon a series of six mentorship training events in 2020 and 2021 when suddenly the COVID 19 pandemic struck,” said Norman Brook, who developed the course. “There was soon after a realisation that we either adapted our plans or face the World Triathlon Mentorship Programme being delayed for 2 years.”

“We then started looking at delivering the mentorship training programme online using a blended learning approach. The result was seven e-modules which would be delivered using the World Triathlon Education Hub and ZOOM for webinars and one-to-one online meetings. The results have exceeded our expectations.”

American Bobbie Solomon was one of the first to complete the first course and share her experiences. “I can’t say enough positive things about this course,” she said. “It is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. It has completely changed how I think of mentoring and has given me tools to be able to mentor anyone, in any profession at any time.”

“We will be given our mentee’s name(s) shortly and I am SO excited to start on this journey. I have wanted to be a World Triathlon Facilitator for years. I still want that but now being a World Triathlon Mentor, I have added to my toolbox. I can’t wait to get started.”

Great Britain’s Maisie Bancewicz is looking forward to now working with mentees on their own journeys. “I’m delighted to be involved in the programme and have really enjoyed the training with other mentors and chance to explore different perspectives. I think it formalises and extends the development support that many offered to newer officials, coaches and administrators. The generosity of those who shared their time,  experience and acted as a sounding board to me, prompted me to want to help invest in others who will continue to move triathlon forwards.”

African Continental Mentor Lead Rick Fulton was in no doubt about the long-term benefits that the programme will bring to the sport at all levels, all around the world. “The World Triathlon Mentoring Programme will be a long-term asset to all involved in the development of the sport, be they top-ranked or developing National Federations.”

“This programme will greatly assist many people further develop their own personal sphere of interest and no doubt give them the confidence to then contribute positively to their own National Development programmes. The Community of Practice alone will also assist people on this programme, and future programmes, cut across boundaries to assist each other and share ideas, problems and like minded subjects relevant to mentoring others. This platform can only improve our Sport management going forward.”

Secretary General of the Belarusian Triathlon Federation Marуia Charkouskaya-Tarasevich sees this as another important step towards helping more female coaches, administrators and officials unlock their potential to become leaders in the sport.

“This is a powerful means of exchanging knowledge and practices among the triathlon community all over the world,” she said. “Especially it refers to women leadership positions and paratriathlon specialists in developing NFs of groups 2 and 3. The current international format of the programme provides a great chance for European mentors to guide and inspire non-European mentees on their pathway in triathlon.”

Oceania Mentor Lead Michelle Cooper was in no doubt about the help the system would bring to the unique challenges faced by administrators in her region. “The Oceania Continental Confederation is a smaller group of federations with extraordinarily large distances between each other geographically,” she said.

“This makes connecting and learning difficult at the best of times and during COVID this has been exacerbated. The World Triathlon Mentoring Program moving online has provided a better opportunity for involvement than the originally planned face to face events in light of this geographical challenge and we had an immediate increase in uptake for both mentors and mentees. With such small federations in our region, the opportunities to provide development is critical to attracting and nurturing people to keep these federations active.”

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More than 500 women from the Americas participate on the PATCO webinars: Empowering women in sport

Pá, 23/10/2020 - 11:19

More than 500 women from all over the American continent have participated in the three editions of the series of webinars, organised by Triathlon America, on empowering women in sport. The webinars, in Spanish but with live translation to English, were focused on athletes, officials, managers and coaches, giving them resources to expand their careers.

First webinar
Gabriela Jurado, president of Women and Sports for PATCO and organizer of these webinars, indicated that in PATCO gender equality was always present. In the board of directors, 45% of its members are women and the participation of female athletes, coaches and technical officials has been promoted heavily in the last years in an environment of equity.

Marco Arze said that, of 9 directors in the Bolivian Olympic Committee, there is only 1 woman and that much remains to be done. But they are advancing, since, of 37 regional Federations in their country, 7 have women in charge. It is necessary to modify the statutes to achieve greater equality.

Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President, said that she was delighted to participate in this series of webinars. “Women need to access top leadership, but it is difficult to reconcile volunteer work with free time”, she said. Likewise, she expressed that academic training is very important for women to feel safe in the workplace because they have to be prepared for the functions they are going to perform. She added that it takes passion at work to reach a privileged place.

On the other hand, Never ilic Álvarez stressed that women have to reach the top because they have the ability to do so. In addition, she said that it is necessary to supplement quotas for women within PANAM SPORTS organizations. Shee concluded by assuring that it would do the sport very good to have more women because in addition to their ability, “they are extraordinary”.

Nelly Becerra, secretary general of the Mexican Triathlon Federation and a member of the World Triathlon Women and Sport Committee, emphasized that “we live in a man’s world and if women do not have knowledge they are at a disadvantage”. In turn, she indicated that it is important to have a mentoring program like the one World Triathlon is putting in place, to give more women more opportunities to have a career in the sport.

Second webinar
Juan Antonio Belmar, host of the event, welcomed the new Conversation. President, Graciela Jurado, highlighted the great work carried out by all its members.

Líber García, President of Triathlon America, highlighted the excellent initiative, and welcomed World Triathlon President Marisol Casado, who was an active part of the series of webinars and mentorship initiatives. Garcia also thanked Nelly Becerra and Silvia González Pino, as well as all the authorities who made these webinars possible, including Marco Arze, president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee; Camilo Pérez López Moreira, president of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee and president of ODESUR; Never Ilic Álvarez, member of the Olympic Committee and president of PANAM SPORTS and to Graciela Jurado for promoting the mentorship initiatives of sport among women.

Regarding the speakers, he highlighted the contribution that Claudia Beristain, ITU facilitator, has made in her long career in triathlon. He also mentioned Nora Lucero, ITU level 1 coach, and her long road ahead to continue contributing to the sport. In turn, she said that it was a pleasure to have Yanci Ugalde Almengor, ITU level 2 coach, among the speakers. She is from Costa Rica, whose Federation is chaired by a beloved woman like María Cristina González, who in the last hours became a member of the National Olympic Committee Olympic in her country. Finally, Líber mentioned the contribution that Elinai dos Santos Freitas Schutz, member of the PATCO Women’s and Sports Commission, made to triathlon in recent times.

Third webinar: Technical Officials
The third session was focused on training for Technical Officials. Milagros Palacios, Level 2 Technical Officer from Peru, stressed that the necessary tools to have a career as a TO are attitude, aptitude and power.

The Level 2 Technical Officer recounted her work experience at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. She recalled that at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, she wanted to learn the most, despite the language barrier, so that her country would have information. She collected data, including photos and interviews with other technical officers, to find out what she had to do in Lima 4 years later. The result was a success: Peru provided a human warmth that made visitors feel at home. There was a sports party.

Then it was the turn of Bobbie Solomon from the United States. She is also an Official Level 2. She began by recounting her beginnings in triathlon and remarked that she felt part of the sports family from the first moment. “If you like triathlon and understand what it is about, you should work in races in different countries” she recommended.

The third participant of the night was Ivette Bourette from Panama. Like her predecessors, she is a Level 2 Technical Officer. She began by talking about the characteristics that technical officers should have. First of all, you have to be organized, have great communication, empathy, patience, passion and be multifaceted.

The last participant managed to move everyone present. It was the testimony of Naida Dos Santos Freitas, 70 years old. Originally from Brazil, she is a Level 2 Technical Officer and since 1988 has officiated in Triathlon events. She always stood out in all the sports she practised, but she defined herself as versatile “I was never the best athlete, but I always kept working hard,” she said in reference to the different activities she developed. She stressed that, at her age, she still competes and feels active. The passion for triathlon is what makes those who practice it different.

Fourth webinar: athletes
Graciela Jurado, President of Women and Sports at Triathlon America, conducted the fourth of the series of webinars, focused on female athletes and their careers. Jurado thanked the authorities that support these series of events, such as Marco Arze, president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee; Camilo Pérez López Moreira, president of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee and president of ODESUR; Never Ilic Álvarez, member of the Olympic Committee and president of PANAM SPORTS.

For the fourth edition of the webinars, athletes Camila Romero Taveras from the Dominican Republic; Abigail Garzo from Guatemala; Pamela Oliveira from Brazil and Lizeth Rueda from Mexico expressed their career paths in the sport, and shared with a great audience of more than 300 persons (200 of them from the Continent) the importance of the fight against harassment and abuse in sport.
Focus was also set on the fact that having girls and young women involved in sport from a young age will bring a better quality of life for their future and healthier habits. The athletes also explained how hard has it been to train for triathlon during the pandemic, how they had to change their mindsets to adapt to new goals and how they see the future of triathlon in the next years.

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World Triathlon Board confirms further dates for 2021 calendar

Po, 19/10/2020 - 12:06

At a virtual meeting of the World Triathlon Executive Board on 15 October, further dates were added to the schedule for the ever-growing calendar of the 2021 season, with the blue carpet returning to some familiar World Triathlon events and Andorra being confirmed as host for the Winter Triathlon World Championships.

Montreal will return as host for a fourth successive World Triathlon Series and a second World Para Triathlon Series. The 2021 Groupe Copley World Triathlon Montreal will be held from 24-27 June, three weeks after the already confirmed AJ Bell World Triathlon and World Para Triathlon Leeds.

Three World Cups were also confirmed, with Huatulco, Mexico on the weekend of 17-18 April, Arzachena on the Italian island of Sardinia on 29-30 May and the Czech town of Karlovy Vary will once again host the action on the weekend of 11-12 September. More dates are expected to be added in the coming weeks.

Andorra will host the 2021 Winter Triathlon World Championships, with Sant Julià de Lòria in the Pyrenees set to make a stunning stage for the three days of 19-21 March.

Other actions taken in the meeting included the decision to hold off the planned inclusion of the Continental Championships within the World Triathlon Series until 2022, due to the delay in Olympic qualification into next year.

The technical acronym TRI was approved for the new World Triathlon brand identity, that will be used as necessary where appropriate. The application of the new World Triathlon logo for athlete uniforms was also discussed and National Federations will be informed shortly about the applicable transition period for adopting them between the different categories and levels of events.

The inclusion of two new member federations was also provisionally approved, with the applications of Kosovo and Saudi Arabia now set for final approval at Congress. It was also confirmed that this year’s virtual Congress will be held in Spanish and French as well as English.

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World Triathlon launches new event guidelines for young triathletes

Út, 13/10/2020 - 13:42

As part of its ongoing commitment to bringing as many young people into the sport as possible, World Triathlon has launched new event guidelines dedicated to meeting the specific needs of youngsters up to the age of 19. With the direct input of 10 National Federations, they have been designed to create the support and guidance for organisers to enable young people to compete safely at all ages as well as prepare them for the possible step up to international competition in triathlon and related multisports.

Tackling key themes of event distances, safety and welfare and specific considerations relating to each of the swim-bike-run segments, the document embraces the flexibility required to meet the specific needs of different territories around the globe while keeping the central themes of safety, encouragement and nurturing young enthusiasm.

Created by members of the World Triathlon Coaches, Medical and Technical Committees, Development and Sports Department staff, the guidelines emphasise the encouragement of fair play in young people, the balance between participation and competition and considers the best ways to adapt the formats for children as young as 6 years-old to enjoy.

There will be a World Triathlon webinar on the guidelines on Thursday, 15 October at 5.30pm CEST, you can register here.

Read the full document: Triathlon and Related Multisport Event Guidance for Under 19s.

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Vincent Luis makes it three from three in Arzachena

So, 10/10/2020 - 16:52

It was another fantastic World Cup with a stellar line up and brand new course on the Italian island of Sardinia, but the result was to be a familiar one. Vincent Luis has been imperious since the return to racing in Hamburg in September and though Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt pushed him all the way on Saturday afternoon, it was a third gold for the Frenchman. Completing the podium, Britain’s Alistair Brownlee showed he will still mix it with the best after a strong finish earned him bronze.

“It’s a good feeling when you win every race you start,” said Luis. “It’s not a type of course i’m used to but my coach managed my training really well. I feel good, Valencia is coming up in a month and i’m glad this mini-series has been put together. I was praying a bit for a non-wetsuit swim and that boosted my confidence as i’ve been putting together some great sessions in the water. The bike was tough, Kristian made it tough, and I didn’t want to break away even though he tried a few times. Once again I had my strength with the sprint finish and with 1km to go I knew it was mine.”

The wind had picked up from the morning’s race but the bay waters were still calm as the 61 athletes lined up for the beach start. A returning Henri Schoeman was quick on the right side of the pontoon with Brownlee, but it was Luis on the opposite end who found clear water on the return from the buoy.

The field hadn’t stretched much though, Jonas Schomburg and Pierre le Corre right with Luis, Schoeman and Jonas Breinlinger well in touch with the leaders into transition. Brownlee was 20 seconds back, Blummenfelt 35 seconds with Antonio Serrat Seone and Jelle Geens for company.

What followed over the opening stages of the bike was astonishing, as first Brownlee used the climb then Blummenfelt the descent to bridge up to the leaders, an eight-strong group then forming including Germany’s Tim Hellwig and Leo Bergere of France.

Schoeman dropped off the pace on lap two and joined the likes of Gabriel Sandor and Seone who had now moved into striking position, Gustav Iden leading that group’s charge to get the chase pack right into contention as the second transition drew into sight.

Blummenfelt had his shoes on first and exited first along with Bergere and Seone, Luis right on their shoulders, Breinlinger and Sandor well-set but Brownlee losing precious seconds struggling with his shoes to just come through ahead of Schoeman, Le Corre and Schomburg.

It was to be Luis and Blummenfelt who asked the first question on the 5km run and it was only Seone able to go with them. Norway’s 2019 Grand Final winner and the World Champion then pressed on and it became clear this was a two-way shootout for the gold.

As Luis repeatedly surged, Blummenfelt responded in kind, before rolling the dice himself with 500m to go. There was no dropping his rival, however, and Luis then summoned his trademark final burst of speed to drive onto the blue carpet and guarantee his third straight win and underline his place at the top of the men’s triathlon tree.

Further back, Brownlee had passed Seone and was stretching into space to secure a podium of his own on the island where he took the gold in 2019. Seone eventually finished 17 seconds back in fourth just holding off Iden, while Bergere, Hellwig, Matthew McElroy, Le Corre and Sandor completed the top 10.

“For the week leading up to this I have been really enjoying feeling fresh and having this awesome course to take on,” said Blummenfelt. “It was a lot of fun. Ive done 15-20 laps of the bike in training already so i knew what I needed to do and knew you can really go fast if you have a clear road in front on the downhill. It’s very hard to beat Vincent over 5km and that finish line just came too quickly.”

“I was quite happy with that,” said Brownlee. “A beautiful course and a good race, i’m just really enjoying my racing at the moment. The first lap was a big effort and that used up a lot getting to the top of the hill first. Then it was annoying I couldn’t get my shoes on fast enough and that cost me a bit but a few more races and i’ll be even sharper and hopefully continue this upward trajectory.”

For the full results, click here

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Flora Duffy dazzles in Arzachena World Cup

So, 10/10/2020 - 11:38

It was one of those performances you just had to take a step back and admire as Flora Duffy took the tough Arzachena World Cup course by the neck and raced solo for an hour to win another brilliant gold. There was to be no catching the Bermudian from the moment she emerged from the water with 10 seconds of daylight behind her, Britain’s Beth Potter running her way into silver ahead of Italy’s Verena Steinhauser.

“I was super happy with the swim, as well as the overall race,” said Duffy. “Sorting out my swim was a main goal here and the bike course I knew I just had to attack. I wasn’t expecting to be riding solo but i’ve been there before so it didn’t freak me out. My coach and I had discussed what sort of power I’d need to use so I tried to ride hard but within myself and really maximise the descent, get aero and push.”

The conditions were near-perfect as the athletes took to the beach start line on Saturday morning, 2019 World Champion Katie Zaferes wearing the number one and leading a strong field into the water. By the first buoy, though, it was Duffy who had the clear water ahead of her and as she powered back towards the beach her advantage grew and grew.

The short run into transition confirmed a 10-second lead was already hers, Zaferes, Sara Perez Sala, Rachel Klamer and Anna Godoy Contreras looking to try and bridge the gap straight out of T1.

Duffy had other ideas. The first long climb saw her stretch away and her technical brilliance allowed her to attack the downhill too, carving out a 35-second lead by the end of lap one. Behind her, Angelica Olmo, Leonie Periault and Potter had battled hard to join Zaferes, Klamer and Steinhauser, the two Spaniards dropping off the pace.

The likes of Lisa Tertsch and Erika Ackerlund were struggling to keep in touch almost two minutes back, each climb stretching the field out further.

The lead was just north of 50 seconds as Duffy dismounted and headed into transition with no thought of looking back, then it was Klamer, Potter and Olmo out together and looking to chase the podium places.

It was Netherlands’ Klamer who faded first, while Periault went through the gears and pulled clear in third behind Potter. The Brit had a useful 6-second lead at the bell, Steinhauser, Zaferes and Olmo all hanging tough together and waiting for the right time to make a move.

As Duffy soaked up the final few hundred metres safe in the knowledge gold was hers for the second successive World Cup, Potter came around the final corner with just enough daylight behind her, Steinhauser edging Periault to the final podium spot down the blue carpet.

Olmo took fifth place ahead of Zaferes and Rachel Klamer, Lisa Tertsch running her way into eighth, Denmark’s Alberte Kjaer Pedersen and Mathilde Gautier rounding out the top 10.

“That was everything I wanted to get right after Hamburg,” said Beth Potter. “On the second half of each lap I just tried to keep the legs relaxed and then hit the flat and that paid off coming through transition I had the cadence up and was ready to go. Swimming has been a bit of a weakness so i’ve worked on that and just got my confidence up and i’m feeling good.”

“It was a good race for me with the hill on the bike, but I didn’t believe I could get on a podium in such a big field,” said Steinhauser. “It’s such a steep hill you just have to get on the top of it. I didn’t have a great race in Hamburg, was a bit better in Karlovy Vary, and this is an amazing way to finish the season.”

For the full results, click here

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Ribstein, Steadman, Molina and Rodriguez among winners in Alhandra

So, 10/10/2020 - 10:29

Para triathlon World Cup racing finally returned for the first time since Devonport back in February, with Alhandra in Portugal the venue for some of the best in the world to make their long-awaited return to the blue carpet.

The downtown Alhandra venue 25km north of Lisbon saw a 750m swim in the Tagus River, before the three-lap, 20km bike and a straight 5km run along the riverbank to the finish.

It was the men’s PTS5 athletes who got things started, Filipe Marques (POR) delivering the fastest swim only for Yannick Borseaux (FRA) to dominate the bike course, but it was the consistency of Spaniard Jairo Ruiz Lopez that brought home the gold by 30 seconds from Brazil’s Ronan Cordeiro.

The visually impaired races saw a Spanish double gold from the familiar faces of Susana Rodriguez B2 and Hector Catala Laparra B2. Rodriguez had Ukrainian Vita Oleksiuk B2 for close company out of the water but pulled away on the bike and run, Meriam Amara B1 of France with bronze. It was another imperious display from Catala, too, untouchable across all three segments to finish ahead of compatriot Jose Luis Garcia Serrano B1 and Antoine Perel B1.

Another Frenchman, Jules Ribstein, took control of the men’s PTS2 to finish more than three minutes clear of teammate Geoffrey Wersy and Spain’s Lionel Morales, Cecile Saboureau with gold in the women’s event. The experienced Spaniard Daniel Molina beat Joaquin Carrasco in the men’s PTS3, Elise Marc winning the women’s race ahead of fellow Frenchwoman Coline Grabinski.

Alexis Hanquinquant was in dominant form in the men’s PTS4 to beat Japan’s Hideki Uda by over four minutes, Jussi Lotvonen of Finland with the bronze. A Spanish one-two in the women’s race saw Marta Frances Gomezfinish ahead of Carmen Gonzalez Sanchez.

A lightening swim from Lauren Steadman then set the tone for the Brit to take the PTS5 gold by three minutes from Alisa Kolpachy (UKR) and Marta Dziecitkowska (POL).

For the full results, click here.

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Racing heads to Italy for Arzachena World Cup

St, 07/10/2020 - 14:21

The second rescheduled World Cup of the 2020 World Triathlon season gets underway in Italy on Saturday, and there is another hatful of big names heading to Sardinia to tackle a beautiful, brand-new Arzachena course.

Four World Champions past and present feature, Flora Duffy and Katie Zaferes among those ready to challenge in the morning’s women’s race before Vincent Luis and Alistair Brownlee join the men taking to the start line at the other end of the island where the Brit won in 2019. It’s another sprint-distance affair, and a beach-start gets the 750m swim underway ahead of a 20km bike with one major climb and descent on each of the three laps to really test the riders. The two-lap, 5km run also begins with a climb before gradually descending back to transition and finishing up in the Parco Riva Azzurra, with all the action broadcast live on TriathlonLIVE.tv.

Women’s race
SAT 10 October 

10.30AM CEST

First into the water will be the Elite women, with the 2019 World Champion Katie Zaferes wearing the number one and looking to land a first podium of the year. A 5th-place finish at WTS Hamburg was followed by 11th in Karlovy Vary a month ago, and the American will want to wrap up 2020 with the kind of crisp performance that was the hallmark of her title-winning season last year.

Like Zaferes, Flora Duffy will no doubt view the bike climb more as an opportunity than an obstacle after she tore up the testing Karlovy Vary ride on the way to gold. Now back to full fitness, the Bermudian has clearly been enjoying life back on triathlon’s biggest stages and has to be among the favourites again this weekend.

Rachel Klamer would love to mark her 30th birthday with a return to the podium. The last time the Netherlands’ number landed a World Cup medal was in Cozumel in 2015, and it was also over the sprint distance that she scooped WTS gold in Abu Dhabi in 2018, so a good swim here and exiting T1 in touch with the likes of Duffy will be a top priority.

A home World Cup for their first races of the year will suit Italy’s Alice Betto, Ilaria Zane and Angelica Olmo, while it was Verena Steinhauser who made a splash for the Azzurri in the Czech Republic last month with an excellent top-10 finish.

The Belgian duo of Claire Michel and Valerie Barthelemy look set to challenge once again, both equally at home over this distance as the Olympic and no strangers to the World Cup podium, along with Japan’s hugely experienced Ai Ueda.

Iceland’s Edda Hannesdottir and Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja will represent the ASICS World Triathlon Team in Italy, the development squad members both placed well in Cagliari two years ago and now seek the form that could book them a place at Tokyo 2020.

A strong Spanish contingent includes Miriam Casillas Garcia, Sara Perez Sala and Anna Godoy Contreras, with Garcia’s 7th place in Karlovy Vary a timely confidence boost and reminder of what she can do at this level.

Natalie van Coevorden continues to fly the flag for Australia with the majority of athletes unable to travel from the region, and Germany’s Lisa Tertsch will again be dangerous over the final 5km if she can find herself near the front out of T2.

For the full start list, click here.

Men’s race
SAT 10 October 


All eyes will be on race number one Vincent Luis as he looks to make it three wins from three after the return to racing and send out yet another massive statement to the rest of the men’s field ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Frenchman has been in incredible form to lead from the front in both WTS Hamburg and Karlovy Vary, but a quick scan of some of the names likely to be going just as hard in Sardinia suggests he may not have things all his own way on Saturday afternoon. 

That list once again includes Henri Schoeman, the South African making his long-awaited first start of the year. The Olympic bronze medallist will be eager to find out exactly where his race fitness is after a prolonged absence from the action, starting with a 750m swim that has been his hallmark over recent seasons and offers an immediate chance to test the likes of Luis in the water.

Alistair Brownlee was one of the few to keep up with Luis in Hamburg and will want a repeat of his gold in Sardinia last year, the new-look course arguably even more suited to his aggressive biking style. The same could be said of Kristian Blummenfelt, hungry for a strong showing after illness cut him short in Karlovy Vary and an unbelievable leg in the Hamburg Mixed Relay World Championships.

Blummenfelt’s teammate Gustav Iden was no slouch over that super sprint either and along with Jelle Geens will be a major threat if well-placed out of the final transition and out onto the 5km run. The Belgian was the only athlete to clock under 31 minutes in the Czech Republic as he powered his way to third place.

In fact, his nearest rival over that 10km was Richard Murray, the South African’s 31m06s both a clear indication of his potential again this weekend if he can deliver some magic on the other two segments, and of Geens’ incredible dominance of the run.

Leo Bergere returns after his first WTS podium in Hamburg, joining Luis, Pierre Le Corre, Dorian Coninx and Simon Viain in a formidable French line up.

Elsewhere on the start list, Sweden’s impressive talent Gabriel Sandor makes a first start of 2020, Matthew McElroy leads the US charge for medals and former Cagliari World Cup champ Delian Stateff and Alessandro Fabian will spearhead an Italian team looking for some home glory. 

For the full start list, click here.

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World Triathlon announces first dates of 2021 season schedule

Pá, 02/10/2020 - 11:58

With 2020 marked by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on world events, the first races confirmed on the calendar for 2021 should provide all athletes plenty of opportunities to shine after the World Triathlon Executive Board, in a meeting of 1 October, approved the first events of the 2021 season.

On 1-2 May, Chengdu (China) will join the select group of cities hosting a World Triathlon Series event, with the best triathletes in the world competing over the sprint format in the magnificent setting of the Jintang Triathlon venue.

Two weeks later, the Series will move to Japan for the tenth edition of WTS Yokohama held on 15 May 15, with the World Paratriathlon Series races the same day.

In order to secure a block of races in Asia and minimise travel as much as possible between races, the World Triathlon Executive Board also approved a World Cup in Osaka (Japan) on the weekend of 8-9 May.

After the postponement of the event in 2020, British Triathlon and the stakeholders of the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds have confirmed that the race will go ahead on 5-6 June 2021. For its fifth anniversary, the world’s top Elite athletes will enjoy a brand-new course that will see the event start and finish in Roundhay Park. For the first time, Elite para triathletes will also be taking to the start line for the World Paratriathlon Series.

The World Triathlon Executive Board also approved the confirmed dates for the Viborg Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon World Championships that, after the postponement in 2020, have now been rescheduled for 2 October, 2021.

World Triathlon wants to extend its gratitude to all organising LOCs and National Federations for their continued support with setting up the race calendar, and is working with a large number of applicant cities and organisers to finalise the full schedule for the 2021 season, that will be announced in the coming weeks. It is set to be a busy schedule, with the Olympic Games in Tokyo followed by the Edmonton Grand Final, Tokyo Paralympic Games, Almere Multisport World Championships and Bermuda Sprint & Relay World Championships.

2020 Bonus-Pool Prize Money
The Executive Board also approved the distribution of the 2020 bonus pool prize money, approved two weeks ago to try to minimise the financial impact that Covid-19 and the lack of events has had on all athletes this season. After consultations with the Athletes Committee, and a survey sent out to all Elite athletes, the Board has decided to support one of the recommendations of the athletes to allocate the 2020 bonus pool prize money, 100,000 USD, equally divided to the first 50 men and 50 women on the World Triathlon 2020 ranking.

The events that will count for this Ranking will be the Hamburg World Triathlon Series (1000 points) and the Mooloolaba, Karlovy Vary, Arzachena and Valencia World Cups, with 500 points each. The Continental Cups taking place in this period will award 250 points each. The athlete score will be the addition of the points earned in a maximum of four events if the total number of events is eight or more during this period, or only three events counting if less.

The Ranking is applicable for events didn’t score this year for the World Ranking after it has been frozen till the last event no later than December 15, 2020.

Please note that the recently announced Barcelona European Cup, taking place on 25 October and counting for the rankings, will have start lists created on Monday, 5 October.

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