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Tokyo 2020 triathlon line-ups begin to take shape as Olympic Qualification Period closes

Út, 15/06/2021 - 11:23

With the closure of the 2021 Olympic Qualification period after the weekend’s World Triathlon Cup Huatulco, the start lists for Tokyo 2020 individual Men’s and Women’s Triathlon and the Mixed Team Relay are now starting to be defined. The 39 national federations have been informed and they now have until 5 July to confirm their entries. Let the countdown to the Olympic Games begin!

While the very first names confirmed were revealed after the results of the 2019 Tokyo Test Event, of the 39 countries that will be sending athletes to compete, it is now certain that 17 will also have a team in the inaugural Mixed Team Relay when the fast and furious format makes its Olympic debut on 31 July. The ASICS World Triathlon Team, the development programme that supports athletes from smaller nations in their bid to reach the Olympics, has six members heading to Tokyo.

“With the qualification period now over and many national federations having already selected their athletes, final preparations for this most eagerly awaited Olympic Games can begin. We are delighted to see 39 nations will be represented on the start line in Tokyo, the second-highest number in the proud Olympic history of our sport, and six athletes representing ASICS World Triathlon development squad. There is no doubt that the 17 teams taking part in the Games’ first Mixed Relay event will also provide the kind of entertainment and inspiration to viewers the world over that will be an enormous boost for triathlon,” said World Triathlon President and IOC member Marisol Casado.

Australia is the only country to have qualified its full quota of three men and three women, thereby also giving them the maximum options for their relay squad. France, Spain and Norway are the only other teams to have qualified three men, while Great Britain, Italy and USA are the only other nations to have filled all three of their available women’s spots.

Set your calendars for the Tokyo 2020 men’s race taking place on Monday 26 July at 06.30 and the women’s on Tuesday 27 July at the same time. The Mixed Team Relay gets underway on Saturday 31 July, with the start horn sounding at 07.30.

You can follow the announcements of the confirmed athletes, as well as all the build up to Tokyo 2020, on triathlon.org, via our social media channels and the exclusive previews and interviews coming up on TriathlonLive.tv.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Mislawchuk magnificent once more in Huatulco heat

Ne, 13/06/2021 - 15:53

Tyler Mislawchuk arrived in Mexico looking like a man on a mission and left with it fully accomplished, a second successive World Triathlon Cup Huatulco gold to his name and a perfect stepping stone towards Tokyo 2020. After a puncture had put the skids on his return to action in Lisbon last month, nothing other than a podium would have satisfied Canada’s number one, and it was a composed display that secured the win.

It was to be silver and bronze for Brazil, with Manoel Messias second over the line followed by training partner Miguel Hidalgo, the youngster thrilled to pick up a first podium on the circuit.

“I’m over the moon,” said Mislawchuk. “I worked my socks off, Matt Sharpe and I wanted to control the race and rip a quick run. I’ve trained so hard over the last 18 months, we emptied our souls training in Hawaii and I’ve not been home in 14 months, living out of a suitcase. I dedicate my life to this and everything goes into this.”


The mercury was again pushing 30C in the air and the water temperature was likewise, the athletes taking to the beach start at 8am for the sprint-distance race and the last action of the Olympic Qualification period.

Igor Polyanskiy was fastest through the 750m swim, emerging on to the sand first with David Castro Fajardo of Spain and Brazil’s Miguel Hidalgo for company. Right there too was Mislawchuk and home favourite Crisanto Grajales, but it was the Canadian who attacked on the long route into transition to take up a position at the head of a group that he never relinquished.

In fact only 10 seconds separated the top 20 out of the swim and in no time at all the athletes came together in one huge pack of over forty riders navigating the course. Positioning became key, and pace was sacrificed for security with nobody really looking to roll the dice and force a break.

Sweden’s Gabriel Sandor was one of those determined to keep driving things forward, but it was Hungary’s Gabor Faldum who worked his way to the front as transition came into view or the last time, and he was rapidly into his running shoes and out shoulder to shoulder with Mislawchuk.

Kevin McDowell was going well too over the opening stages of the run, moving to the front with Mislawchuk, Faldum, Castro and the Brazilians Messias and Hidalgo working well, setting up a grandstand 5km finale.

It was the Canadian who put the hammer down first though, easing into rare air out front and managing to open up breathing space to the chasers behind. It was the Brazilians right with McDowell, the American knowing that a strong finish would put him to the front of the USA selection committee ahead of Wednesday’s Tokyo team announcement, while Mexico’s David Nunez was also going through the gears and eyeing home-podium glory.

Mislawchuk pulled yet further away, however, and took the tape with an assured 14.50 run, while the battle raged behind.

First Castro dropped off then McDowell, Nunez threatening to strike only to run out of course as Messias and Hidalgo took silver and bronze. It was still a strong fourth for the highest place Mexican, Castro edging fifth from McDowell, Crisanto Grajales, Faldum, Canada’s Jeremy Briand and Ecuador’s Juan Jose Andrade Figueroa rounding out the top 10.

“Me and Manoel (Messias) have been training together for the past three months so I am very happy to share the podium with him and Tyler as well, very strong athletes going to Tokyo and the fact I could manage to be third leaves me very happy.”

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French Para triathletes continue shining in Besancon

Ne, 13/06/2021 - 03:31

Another glorious day for the French Para athletes that leave the World Triathlon Para Cup in Besancon with 11 medals in their tally. The French team is now heading the last event of the Paralympic qualification period with confidence, knowing that the delegation in Tokyo this summer will be one of the ones to beat in all categories.

PTWC
It was the Austrian Florian Brungraber who crossed the finish line in the first place, improving his third place in the World Triathlon para Series in Leeds last week. Second today was Italian veteran Giovanni Achenza, while the bronze medal was for a young French para triathlete, Louis Noel, that has had a great comeback o competition after almost a full year out.

On the women’s field, it was Rita Cuccuru (ITA) the one who claimed the gold medal, followed on the finish line by Mona Francis (FRA) and Brenda Osnaya Alvarez (MEX), all of them competing in Besancon just a week after a great performance in Leeds.

PTS2
French Jules Ribstain had another magnificent display of strength in Besancon to claim the victory in the men’s PTS2 class, with almost three minutes over the next men on the finish line, Maurits Morsink (ND). The bronze medal was for Russian Vasilii Egorov.
On the women’s field, by claiming the victory in Besancon Finland’s Liisa Lilja almost secured her presence in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, followed by Cecile Saboureau (FRA) and Veronica Yoko Plebani (ITA), another woman that is currently classified for the Paralympics in the PTS2 class.

PTS3
Nico Van Der Burgt (NED) claimed the win in the PTS3 men’s category,l stopping the clock on 1h15’07’‘, more than seven minutes ahead of the second man on the finish, French Michael Herter. The third place was for the Spaniard Joaquin Carrasco. Van der Burgt is currently the first PTS3 man ranked on the PTS4 class, and trying to class up and qualify for the Paralympics, in the same situation as Ribstain, PTS2 trying to qualify also in the PTS4 class.

Coline Grabinski, from France, was the only athlete competing in the women’s PTS3 field.

PTS4
One of the French Para triathlon super stars, Alexis Hanquinquant, was the one claiming the victory in the PTS4, crossing the finish line well ahead of Eric Mcelvenny (USA), who finished almost five minutes behind Alexis, for much delight of the local spectators in Besancon. The third place was for Joe Kurt (LUX), who seems to be in form and trying to climb some spots in the ranking to grant himself a ticket to Tokyo this summer.
On the women’s field, it was Marta Frances Gomez, from Spain, claiming the first place, only followed by Elke Van Elgelen (GER), even though both athletes have not many chances of qualifying for the Games as they both would need to class up and compete in the PTS5 category.

PTS5
Paralympic champion in Rio 2016, Martin Schulz (GER) was the one who stopped the clock on the men’s PTS5 category, and he will maintain the lead of the Paralympic qualification ranking at least for one more week, and with all eyes set on him this summer. An excellent run by Austrian Guentzen Matzinger ended up with him claiming the silver medal, while Yannick Bourseaux (FRA) ended up in the third place.

On the women’s field, British Claire Cashmore dominated the race from the begining, leaving Marta Dzieciątkowska and Monika Belczewska, both from Poland, to fight for the other spots on the podium.

PTVI
It was Hector Catala Laparra (ESP) claminig the first place in the visually impaired athletes category. The Spaniard finished in second place in the Leeds para Series event last week, and seems to be slowly building up towards the Games in Tokyo this summer. Behind him, Thibaut Rigaudeau and Antoine Perel, both from France, completed the podium.
Allison Peasgood (GBR) was the one crossing the finish line first in the women category, followed by Annouk Courzillat (FRA) and Ksenia Vibornykh (RUS).

 

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Denmark’s Pedersen earns first World Triathlon Cup gold in Huatulco

Ne, 13/06/2021 - 01:46

A debut World Triathlon Cup win for Alberte Kjær Pedersen lit up the Mexican coastline on Saturday evening as the Dane delivered a sizzling 5km run to take the tape in Huatulco. She managed to pull away from the main group out of transition and didn’t look back until the final straight, where a battle for second was raging between USA’s Kirsten Kasper and Austria’s Lisa Perterer, the American timing her final push to perfection to edge the silver.

“It was really nice racing here, it went really well,” said Pedersen. “My legs were feeling good and I was feeling comfortable and when I turned round I realised there was nobody close. I was injured for the start of the qualification period for Tokyo but who knows what might happen and I’ll keep my fingers crossed.”


The steam was rising off the streets of Huatulco as the women lined up on Saturday evening for the final World Triathlon action of the Olympic Qualification period, and while the rain was holding off, both humidity and temperatures were high.

Kasper led the athletes out for the beach start, looking for one final effort to impress the US Olympic selectors, followed by Perterer who was one of the first to qualify for Tokyo at the Test Event back in 2019.

The American had a great swim too, exiting through the waves out front alongside Anastasia Gorbunova (RUS), with Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Yuka Sato (JPN) close by, Pedersen some 20 seconds back with Niina Kishimoto (JPN) and Amelie Kretz (CAN). Kasper’s teammate Erika Ackerlund was also among the leaders as they headed into transition, and it was a large bike group that quickly merged over the first of the four 5km laps.

Pedersen was straight on the gas as she laid it all down in a bid to join with the leaders and a group of 20 snaked into transition at the end of the first lap, and by the halfway point there was 44 seconds between them and the chasers, including Romina Biagioli (ARG) and Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR).

By the end of the four laps, the gap was almost a minute, and while Perterer didn’t have the smoothest of transitions, she wasted no time getting back to the front, where Kasper, Kretz and Pedersen were already striding clear of the group.

Ecuador’s Elizabeth Bravo, Japan’s Niina Kishimoto and Ackerlund couldn’t quite match the pace of that lead quartet, and it wasn’t long before Pedersen started to ease through the gears once again. 

There was little doubt who looked the most comfortable, and the Dane was able to extend her advantage over each of the descents back into the town centre, Perterer and Kasper eventually dropping Kretz and locking into a brilliant game of cat and mouse over the final two kilometres as Pedersen vanished from sight, taking the tape with a huge smile.

After looking like she had blown up, Kasper reeled in Perterer one last time and passed her on the chute for the silver, Bravo taking fourth from Kretz, Ackerlund, Gorbunova, Kishimoto, Renee Tomlin (USA) and Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) rounding out the top ten.

“I came here to win and I didn’t get that today but I am happy with second and my result overall, it’s good practice to race in the heat and hopefully it shows the selectors that I can perform in the heat,” said Kasper. “We’ve trained together (with Lisa) before so it felt like practice and she’s a great competitor and so I had a lot of fun with that. I really wanted second so I went for it and had a little more left in the tank than I thought!”

“It was a good test for Tokyo,” said Perterer. “I think I did well and felt comfortable. I hope I can get some running in over the next five weeks. I am really excited already. I was super surprised with my run. It didn’t feel as smooth as I wanted to feel but I was so happy to finish third, the sprint finish with Kirsten was great.”

Kategorie: Triatlon

Jaz Hedgeland and Luke Willian earn top Olympic ranking points in Oceania Championships

So, 12/06/2021 - 12:12

Australia’s Jaz Hedgeland and Commonwealth Games representative Luke Willian have claimed race honours to win in today’s Oceania Triathlon Championships and Cup Port Douglas, in their respective fields, both earning their spot inside top 30 in the Olympic qualification rankings.

Australia is on the verge of earning six triathletes for this year’s Tokyo Olympic Team when the Games qualification period winds up this weekend , with crucial races in today’s Oceania Triathlon Championships and Cup Port Douglas and the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco, Mexico (June 12-13).

2016 Rio Olympian Aaron Royle, knowing that a third and final Australian men’s place in Japan is in the balance, will line up in Sunday’s World Triathlon Cup in Huatulco. Royle currently occupies 29th spot in the Olympic rankings. The selection countdown to Tokyo has been a very different qualification system than in previous Games because of the introduction of the Mixed Team Relay – an event that has seen Australia emerge as medal contenders.

Follow the athletes in the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco with the women starting on Saturday,12 June from 6pm (local time) followed by the men on Sunday, 13 June from 8am (local time) on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Kategorie: Triatlon

General Ahmed Nasser, re-elected President of Africa Triathlon

So, 12/06/2021 - 11:36

General Ahmed Nasser has been re-elected President of Africa Triathlon at the electoral Congress held on June 10 at Sharm El Sheik (Egypt). General Nasser, president of the Egyptian Federation and the Arab Confederation of Modern Pentathlon, as well as member of the World Triathlon Executive Board, was elected unanimously. General Nasser was also elected President of the Arab Triathlon Confederation.

Dr. Debra Alexander (RSA), member of the International Paralympic Committee Council and First Vice President of World Triathlon, was re-elected as Vice President of Africa Triathlon also unanimously.

The Congress also elected the members of the Africa triathlon board, which for the first time in African sports history will have an equal percentage of males and females. These are the elected Board members:

Africa Triathlon President Major General Ahmed Nasser Mustafa Kamal Mohamed (EGY)
Africa Triathlon First Vice President Dr. Debbie Alexander (RSA)
Second Vice President Election Mrs. Nezha Bidouane (MAR)
Secretary General Mr. Alain St. Louis (MRI)
Treasurer Mrs.  Edwige Olga Ngnameko Ngassam (CMR)
Executive Board Member and Zone President Mr. Abd El Latif Lotfi Labaied (TUN)
Executive Board Members:
Mr. Boubacar Gaye (SEN)
Dr. Gloria Obajimi (NGR)
Dr. Chouiter Feriel (ALG)
Mr. Bawah Fuseini (GHA)

“I want to express our congratulations, and wish the best of luck, to all elected Africa triathlon members and especially to President Nasser. I am sure that we will continue working together developing triathlon in Africa”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.

Congress approved a resolution and the creation of a Commission that will work together with the World Triathlon Legal & Constitution Committee to adapt the Africa Triathlon constitution to the World Triathlon one.

The electoral Congress took place in the Egyptian “city of triathlon”, Sharm el Sheik, with over 20 nations present, and a few more attending virtually due to the current travel restrictions still in place in some regions. The Congress also paid homage to African officials and to Henri Schoeman (RSA), the first African triathlete that has won an Olympic medal (bronze in Rio 2016).

Kategorie: Triatlon

Australians In crucial Tokyo points chase

Pá, 11/06/2021 - 07:29

Australia is on the verge of earning a maximum six triathletes for this year’s Tokyo Olympic Team when the Games qualification period winds up this weekend, with crucial races in Port Douglas (Queensland, Australia) and in Huatulco, Mexico. Only Australia and the USA are in a position to qualify three males and also three females for an Olympics that will see the Mixed Team Relay added to the two individual races for the first time – providing a vital strategic element to the competition structure.

Queensland based Jaz Hedgeland, 2016 Rio Olympian Aaron Royle and Queensland’s Commonwealth Games representative Luke Willian all find themselves in the quota points chase as they vie for valuable National Federation quota points.

Hedgeland, fresh from her thrilling win over fellow Olympic hopeful Charlotte McShane in Sunday’s Oceania Triathlon Cup “Super Sprint” at Runaway Bay will be on the hunt for all-important points in Saturday’s Oceania Championships in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Willian, who was forced out of the Runaway Bay men’s final race after a minor crash in T2 which took him out for the run in the 150m swim, 4km bike, 1km run course, will have his sights set on the top of the podium in the men’s race.

While Royle, who gave a good sight at the World Triathlon Championship Series Round in Leeds last weekend, before finishing 18th, will line up in the World Triathlon Cup in Huatulco, Mexico.

The selection countdown to Tokyo has been a very different qualification system than in previous Games because of the introduction of the Mixed Team Relay – an event that has seen Australia emerge as definite medal contenders.

Triathlon Australia’s National Performance Director Justin Drew is the first to admit that Australia has had some massive challenges because of the inability of athletes to travel. But results since racing moved back into full swing has now seen Australia claw its way back into a position with the US as the only two countries with the possibility of achieving a maximum quota of three males and three females.

“What has transpired is that we are now in a position that it is mathematically possible to qualify three quota per gender and from a situation that was looking highly unlikely.” said Drew.

“Jaz Hedgeland needs a strong finish in Port Douglas and that would be enough for us to wrap up the three women quota.

“Luke Willian would need to win Port Douglas while the other scenario where it is going to come down to the wire in a real USA v Australia battle at the World Triathlon Cup race in Huatulco, Mexico.

“We are still working through some machinations of what would be required (between) Aaron Royle and American Eli Hemming in the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco to put the males quota together.

“But it is mathematically possible – Royle may have to finish top five to put it beyond doubt.

“The third quota places are so important. We know that for the relay that having three athletes in the Village gives you options.

“Have two (in your team) once the late replacement policy finishes two days out (from the Games) and you become very vulnerable, outside providing options around team combinations up until race morning.”

Hedgeland will headline Australia’s Olympic hopefuls, in Port Douglas, in a field that includes McShane, Emma Jeffcoat and Kelly-Ann Perkins – who will line up for their last throw of the dice in the designated nomination period.

The men’s race will feature Willian alongside 2016 Olympian Ryan Fisher and the emerging Brandon Copeland and fellow Queenslander Matt Roberts who was second to Commonwealth Games and World Championship Mixed Relay gold medallist and Runaway Bay winner, Gold Coast’s Matthew Hauser.

In Mexico, Royle and Eli Hemming will join top ranked Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk, Mexican pair Crisanto Grajales and Irving Perez and Hemming’s US team mate Kevin McDowell in what could well develop into a real battle royal.

Commonwealth Games and World Championship Mixed Relay gold medallists Jake Birtwhistle and Ashleigh Gentle have previously being ratified for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee pending final confirmation of World Triathlon quota allocation.

Thus leaving a maximum confirmation of two males and two females, depending on the final quota points – with the Australian team to be announced towards the end of the month.

In the World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds, Birtwhistle continued his build up towards Tokyo as he strived to add further racing into his legs in what was a near full-strength Olympic field class field.

Key fields featuring Australia’s key Olympic hopefuls this weekend:

2021 World Triathlon Cup Huatulco, Mexico - Men

2021 Oceania Championships and Cup, Port Douglas - Men


2021 Oceania Championships and Cup, Port Douglas – Women

World Triathlon Cup Huatulco is on TriathlonLIVE.tv
Saturday 12 June, women from 6pm (local time)
Sunday 13 June, men from 8am (local time)

Kategorie: Triatlon

Mislawchuk returns to Huatulco for final World Triathlon action before Tokyo

St, 09/06/2021 - 14:39

Before all eyes turn their focus to Tokyo and one of the most eagerly anticipated Olympic triathlon programmes to date, the men’s World Triathlon Cup Huatulco looks set to provide one last dose of qualification-period drama.

The sprint distance course consists of a one-lap, 750m swim in the bay of Santa Cruz beach, leading into a four-lap, 20km bike course that traverses the town with two long, straight sections and a couple of tight, more technical turns, and a two-lap run finishing in Santa Cruz Plaza. You can watch all the weekend’s action from Mexico on TriathlonLive.tv.


Back to the start list and wearing the number one comes Tyler Mislawchuk, fresh from an extended training block in Hawaii and Arizona and now ready to rediscover his 2019 form that saw victory on this very course. Bad luck on the bike in Lisbon ended his challenge after a good swim three weeks ago, and the hot temperatures expected in Mexico are likely to suit the slight Canadian once more as he builds towards Tokyo.

Aaron Royle arrives after a good showing at WTCS Leeds and knowing that a third and final Australian men’s place in Japan is in the balance as he currently occupies 29th spot in the Olympic rankings.

Mexico’s Pan-American Games champion Crisanto Grajales will be hoping to fire up the crowd on a course that has historically not seen his best performances. Teammate Rodrigo Gonzalez delivered the goods back in 2018 to edge Manoel Messias into second, and in 2015 it was the Irving Perez show here, so Grajales will be motivated to join the list of Huatulco’s homegrown heroes.

Brazil’s Messias also starts, ready to put a disappointing weekend in Lisbon behind him and power up for the kind of finish that saw him fly to World Triathlon Cup gold in Lima two years ago.

With only five places between them on the Olympic ranking, US duo Eli Hemming and Kevin McDowell will both be hungry for the kind of performance that will convince the selectors of their value on the team for Tokyo, McDowell’s 11th place at WTCS Yokohama a firm reminder of his ability while Hemming has a handful of Cup podiums over the years and will be just as laser-focussed on the task ahead.

But Hemming will not only be thinking of the selection panel. In order for the USA team to secure a third man in Tokyo, Hemming (currently ranked 30) needs to stay within the top 30 of the Olympic rankings after the race, a position that McDowell cannot get even by winning the race. He must keep an eye on Aaron Royle (currently ranked 29th), Crisanto Grajales (currently 31st) and of course, on whatever happens in the Oceania Continental Championships in Port Douglas early Saturday morning, where Luke William (AUS) - currently ranked 33rd - will be fighting for valuable points that could potentially give the Aussie team their extra ticket to Tokyo 2020.

Talented young Israel star Ran Sagiv is due a good result after his superb form of 2019 was disrupted by the break in competition, and scored a fifth place here two years ago.

In the battle for the Europe New Flag spot, Russell White (IRL) is in pole position, but only a handful of places separate him from Ognjen Stojanovich (SRB), Richard Varga (SVK) and Stefan Zachaus (LUX).

The ASICS World Triathlon Team is represented by Diego Moya (CHI), Ognjen Stojanovich (SRB) and Mohamad Alsabbagh (SYR), with the Syrian still chasing his Olympic dreams.

World Triathlon Cup Huatulco
Sunday 13 June, 8am CDT
TriathlonLive.tv

Kategorie: Triatlon

Final Olympic ranking points to be earned at World Triathlon Cup Huatulco

St, 09/06/2021 - 12:39

With the Olympic Qualification period closing on 14 June, this weekend’s World Triathlon Cup Huatulco represents a massive final opportunity for the athletes to climb the rankings and put themselves in the picture for national selection and a seat on the plane to Tokyo.

The sprint distance course takes in a one-lap, 750m swim in the bay of Santa Cruz beach, leading into a four-lap, 20km bike course that traverses the town with two long, straight sections and a couple of tight, more technical turns, and a two-lap run finishing in Santa Cruz Plaza. You can watch all the weekend’s action from Mexico on TriathlonLive.tv.


With Flora Duffy withdrawing at the last minute after her outstanding performance in WTCS Leeds, all eyes will be set on the local athletes. Mexico is of course well represented in Huatulco, with Cecilia Perez, Jessica Romero Tinoco and Michelle Flipo part of an 11-strong delegation ready to toe the line. Perez finished 6th here in 2019 and 5th in the Lima World Cup, the Pan-American Games bronze medallist giving some of her best performances on her home continent.

A bronze medallist here in 2019, Austria’s Lisa Perterer was one of the first athletes confirmed for Tokyo 2020, and will be looking for a confidence-boosting race to kick-start her Olympic build-up.

No fewer than nine Japanese athletes will also start, Niina Kishimoto, Yuka Sato and Juri Ide with the most potential to work their way onto the podium ahead of the team selection for a massive home Olympic Games.

Elizabeth Bravo (ECU) is another experienced athlete who has registered some of her best results when racing closer to home and was third in Lima but also scored an excellent 5th place finish in Mooloolaba last year and can certainly be a significant podium threat.

The strong USA squad includes Kirsten Kasper, bronze medallist in the Lisbon World Triathlon Cup less than a month ago, alongside Renee Tomlin and Erika Ackerlund, all of whom have the ability to put together a medal-winning race.

The ASICS World Triathlon Team comes together once again in Mexico under coach Claudia Beristain. Argentina’s Romina Biagioli, Slovakian Romana Gajdosova, Cuba’s Leslie Amat and Romania’s Antoanela Manac are the female members, with Manac still hoping to achieve Europe’s ‘New Flag’ starting berth for Tokyo 2020.

Luisa Baptista makes her first start since being confirmed for the Brazil team for Tokyo and will use the race to gauge where she needs to focus her training in the lead up to the Games.

Yuliya Yelistratova arrives off the back of a Europe Triathlon Cup win in Dnipro last weekend and has history of good performances in Mexico in the past, including bronze in Huatulco back in both 2016 and 2013 as well as in Cozumel in 2014. Few on the start line know the course as well as the Ukrainian, who has six appearances here over the years reaching back to 2009.

World Triathlon Cup Huatulco
Saturday 12 June, 6pm CDT
TriathlonLive.tv

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Alex Yee shows Olympic credentials with golden WTCS Leeds display

Ne, 06/06/2021 - 19:01

Great Britain’s Alex Yee had Leeds’ Roundhay Park in the palm of his hand on Sunday afternoon, eventually coasting to a first WTCS gold after a magnificent 10km run. With the swim staying condensed and the bike pack large, the stage was set for Yee to strike out, running solo for the final three laps to the delight of the fans.

Behind him, Morgan Pearson (USA) had another brilliant race to finish second, bronze going to Belgium’s Marten van Riel.

“That was very special,” said a beaming Yee. “It is the first time that I’ve seen so many people on the street, and it was just amazing to be able to deliver in front of all of them. These results are a team effort. For me to finish fourth in Yokohama was a bit of a disappointment, but after the race I spoke with the team to see what we needed to work on and I think that this shows the progression I’ve made in the last weeks.”


It was warm and overcast as the men lined up on the Waterloo Lake pontoon, Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) wearing the number one and taking up position on the left of the start for what should have been the shortest route to the first buoy, but the group strayed off line and had to correct themselves and the first turn.

With the smooth stroke of Richard Varga (SVK) occupying a familiar place out front, behind him an incident between Alistair Brownlee and USA’s Chase McQueen meant that Britain’s two-time Olympic champion would eventually be disqualified, though he continued to race on. Brother Jonathan Brownlee was also going well in the water, likewise Aaron Royle (AUS) who was hoping to help Australia confirm a third Olympic men’s place on the Tokyo start list just as Tom Bishop was for GB.

A big group came into T1 together, Van Riel, Mark Devay (HUN), Pearson and Alistair Brownlee out first, Jonas Schomburg (GER) again looking dangerous in the early stages, while Kenji Nener (JPN) and Csongor Lehmann (HUN) were among those hoping to get onto the front pack too.

It was an eight-strong group that found some space out front on the first climb, Leo Bergere and Royle getting on the back and looking ready to push things forward, Salvisberg (SUI) and Varga trying to join them, Blummenfelt, Javier Gomez Noya, Bence Bicsak (HUN) and the returning Hayden Wilde (NZL) in the big group 10 seconds back spearheaded by Yee. One minute off the leaders was a third group led by Gabriel Sandor (SWE).

The front two packs merged into a 27-deep train on lap three, Jacob Birtwhistle and Sam Dickinson looking well-placed to mount a challenge and it was the latter rolling the dice on lap seven and pulling 20 seconds clear for two glorious laps for the crowds before being hauled back heading into T2.

Blummenfelt and Schomburg were right onto Dickinson out and into the opening strides of the run, Wilde and Seth Rider (USA) likewise, and it was the German who set the early pace with Antonio Serrat Seoane and Yee in hot pursuit.

It was Yee who caught him first with a real early statement of intent, Wilde moving into position alongside and the two looked to work together to pull clear from a group full of run talent.

Jonny Brownlee dropped to the back of the bunch pulled back in touch with the leaders by Pearson, van Riel and Blummenfelt on their shoulder, only for Yee to then drive onwards again, this time decisively with no collective response coming from behind him.

Still something of a newcomer to Championship Series racing, the 23-year-old looked totally at ease out front and only extended the gap with every lap, Van Riel hanging tough with Fernando Alarza moving into familiar territory.

Wilde was also clear in second for a time only to be reigned in at the 5km mark by the flying Pearson. Belgium’s Van Riel took up position in third looking in good rhythm and by now had the likes of Blummenfelt 45 seconds and Jonny Brownlee and Bergere a minute back.

The final kilometre then became the Alex Yee show, and the Brit lapped up the audience adulation, pumping his fists and eventually taking the tape with a roar and a 10km split of 29’46. Pearson ran his way into second with another brilliant WTCS podium, van Riel with the bronze.

Alarza was five seconds back in fourth, Hayden Wilde, Kristian Blummenfelt, Leo Bergere, Serrat Seoane, Jonny Brownlee and Jonas Schomburg rounding out the top ten.

“I am super happy,” said Morgan Pearson after his silver. “I came here and didn’t know what to expect. After Yokohama I took it pretty easy, I had a week just for recovery and the travel here was not easy, but to be able to finish like this here is nice. Since I started triathlon my goal was to go to the Olympics, so the fact that I already have qualified in Yokohama has put that weight off my shoulders. I felt relaxed all week, and I think this played out on my benefit.”

“This was a super tough race, I think everyone was suffering,” admitted Marten Van Riel. “It was just about keeping your own pace and keep going. I really loved this bike course, it is one of the hardest ones I’ve seen, but I loved it. With all the corners, it made the pack really string out, but in courses like this you can’t hide, and this is what I love.”

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Magnificent Maya Kingma wins first Series gold in Leeds

Ne, 06/06/2021 - 15:26

The Netherlands’ Maya Kingma became the queen of the north of England on Sunday afternoon, delivering a near-perfect race to take her first ever Series win at the World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds. Just as she had in the Yokohama season-opener, Kingma was able to break away on the bike, this time with Great Britain’s Jess Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell for company, and the three just grew and grew their lead. Coldwell hung on for a memorable first medal at the top level, but the day belonged to Kingma, who now finds herself top of the world rankings two races in.

“I can’t believe it! I had a very good swim, even though I was on the other side of the pontoon. I tried not to think about what could happen, but it was just all according to my plan, just like Yokohama,” said a thrilled Maya Kingma. “We just pushed and pushed. I was so happy to be with Jess and Sophie on the bike. I felt pretty strong and at some point I thought the group behind us could chase us but then we won back time. I am just so surprised. On the run I told myself that I had to try to leave Jess behind in the last kilometre on the downhill… I tried and it worked.”


The new-look WTCS Leeds course had a few surprises in store once the familiar 1.5km swim in Waterloo Lake had been negotiated, a long climb out of transition and 40km bike course entirely in Roundhay Park, before a 10km run that ended with a fierce incline and a tough finale.

With the swimming skills of British long-distance specialist Lucy-Charles Barclay - on the World Triathlon start list for the first time - and Jess Learmonth setting the pace, the swim strung out quickly, Kingma and Vittoria Lopes (BRA) both well in check with those out front.

Sophie Coldwell and Taylor Spivey (USA) completed a front six that managed to carve out a 30-second advantage by the closing stages, while Beth Potter (GBR) and Natalie van Coevorden (AUS) emerged from the second lap with Flora Duffy (BER) for company and ready to test herself on the return to racing.

While Learmonth, Coldwell and Kingma were on their bikes and up the first climb efficiently, Spivey, Charles-Barclay and Lopes dropped slightly back and could only form a trio just off the front three.

Potter was chasing to keep up with Duffy, while a third group further back included Katie Zaferes already over a minute back with Valerie Barthelemy (BEL), Amelie Kretz (CAN) and Carolyn Hayes (IRL).

Duffy road solo to bridge up to the three chasers and managed to get them organised by lap three, but by that point the damage was done and the gap to the second pack was already close to a minute, 90 seconds to to Potter and Britain’s Non Stanford’s group, two minutes to the likes of Laura Lindemann (GER) and Zaferes.

With two laps to go and the front three working so well, the gap grew to two minutes, and while the groups behind merged, there was now over three minutes to make up on the leaders.

Heading down into transition for the last time, Kingma was again into the run shoes fast and out looking fresh. Behind the leaders, Duffy again chose to go it alone and start to hunt down the podium solo after Spivey and Charles-Barclay struggled in T2. Hayes was also rolling the dice, Potter and Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) going through the gears and setting up a big finish.

As Coldwell dropped back it became a shootout for gold between Learmonth and Kingma, neither looking like slowing their pace. Duffy was flying but running out of course, her 10km split of 33’47 nearly 20 seconds faster than Potter who ran her way into the top 10 but couldn’t quite catch Spivey and Charles-Barclay.

It wasn’t until the final 500m that Kingma made her decisive move and by that point, Learmonth could not respond. Taking the final climb solo, the 26-year-old was able to soak up the moment, taking the tape with joy. Learmonth’s silver was a typically gutsy display, a delighted Coldwell finishing ten seconds behind her teammate to celebrate a first WTCS medal.

Duffy finished fourth, Charles-Barclay managed to out-pace Spivey to fifth, Potter, Beaugrand, Lindemann and Hayes rounding out the top ten.

“Leeds is always good,” said Jess Learmonth. “They have changed the course this year but it is still solid. I’m just happy to be back and enjoying the crowds. A podium here in my hometown… I absolutely loved it.”

“I’m speechless… Other years here I felt like I had missed an opportunity, so do it today with my friends and family here was fantastic,” said Sophie Coldwell. “I just took each leg as it came. I know I’ve been delivering components separately but I struggled to put them together in the past. I’m just over the moon right now, I can’t believe it.”

You can see the full results here

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WTPS Leeds crowns its first para triathlon champions

So, 05/06/2021 - 21:26

On a glorious Saturday in Roundhay Park, Leeds, the inaugural AJ Bell World Triathlon Para Championships Leeds delivered some superb performances as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Qualification period continued.

The men’s PTVI category got the day’s racing underway, the visually impaired men chasing precious qualification points for their category’s Paralympic debut this August. It was Great Britain’s Dave Ellis B3 who set the pace from the first strokes of the swim, Hector Catala Laparra B2 unable to reign him in but narrowly taking the silver ahead of Thibaut Rigaudeau B2.

“It’s just nice to be back and racing in front of people again. My last time was Funchal in 2019 so it’s been a while, now we just want to go out and do that again in Tokyo,” said Ellis.

There was a familiar face on top of the women’s PTVI podium after Spain’s Susana Rodriguez B1 once again put together a commanding performance to secure another Series gold, Anna Barbaro B1 (ITA) and Alison Peasgood B2 (GBR) completing the podium.

The men’s PTWC wheelchair race saw Netherlands’ Jetze Plat H2 extend his winning streak as he continues to look untouchable in his pursuit of the world title and Paralympic double, Geert Schipper H2 (NED) and Florian Brungraber H2 with silver and bronze.

Kendall Gretsch H2 clearly enjoyed herself in the women’s PTWC, Eva Maria Moral Pedrero H1 with silver and Mona Francis H2 the bronze.

“I really loved this course, it was a challenging bike and technical run and it’s been good to be able to race ahead of the Games,” said Gretsch. “I’m just happy to keep moving forward and have some more racing before Tokyo.”

Jules Ribstein (FRA) was in dominant mood on route to the men’s PTS2 title, 100 seconds ahead of Netherlands’ Maurits Morsink (NED),  Adam Popp (USA) finishing third. USA’s Hailey Danz managed to edge Veronica Yoko Plebani to the women’s gold, Melissa Stockwell putting in the fastest 5km time of 22.58 to earn bronze.

Nico Van Der Burgt won the men’s PTS3, while Alexis Hanquinquant’s 15.42 time over the 5km run saw him fly to the men’s PTS4 gold by more than five minutes from Britain’s Michael Taylor, Eric Mcelvenny of USA with the bronze. Kelly Elmlinger (USA) earned the women’s gold in 1:17.37.

Another American, Chris Hammer, had a vintage performance to win the PTS5, his first race since bronze in Lausanne in 2019. A 14.55 run was to be the difference after an epic battle with Yannick Bourseux (FRA) in Roundhay Park, Jairo Ruiz Lopez (ESP) winning the bronze.

Lauren Steadman made the most of a home race to banish any fears of being race rusty, stretching to gold away from teammate Claire Cashmore, who was locked in an incredible battle with USA’s Grace Norman, passing the American for a final and decisive time as they hit the blue carpet to take the silver.

For the full results, click here

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WTCS Leeds set to sizzle with men’s Olympic places in the balance

Pá, 04/06/2021 - 23:40

The men’s 2021 World Triathlon Championship Leeds will bring even more intrigue and races-within-the-race than usual as the Olympic Qualification period enters its final stages and the last points are earned before it closes on 14 June.

For many of those on the start line in Leeds’ new-look Roundhay Park venue, as important as the gold and taking strides towards the Series title, are the battles to finish ahead of those around them on the Olympic rankings.

Great Britain and USA have only one man named so far on their squads for Tokyo - Jonathan Brownlee and Morgan Pearson respectively - and Spain are due to name a third member after the race, while Russell White (IRL), Stefan Zachaus (LUX) and Richard Varga (SVK) will be hunting for the points that could get them to Tokyo.

Watch how the men’s WTCS Leeds story unfolds, Sunday from 3.45pm BST on TriathlonLive.tv

Wearing the number one is Kristian Blummenfelt, after the Norwegian powered to golds at WTCS Yokohama and the World Triathlon Cup Lisbon. Mixed fortunes in Leeds over the years may mean the new-look course will be a welcome change, and he will be looking to throw down the gauntlet on the bike and test the rest of the field.

It was an almighty battle with Jelle Geens during the season opener in Japan, and the Belgian will have taken a lot out of the final stages of the race to feed into his race tactics should he find himself among the front-runners again this time around.

The bronze in Yokohama went to Pearson, and with it the first men’s spot on the US team for Tokyo. With no Eli Hemming or Kevin McDowell in Leeds, American eyes will also be on Matthew McElroy and Seth Rider, the third men’s spot in the balance with Tom Bishop just 18 points behind McDowell and Great Britain’s last hope for a third man ranked in the top 30 and a place on next month’s Olympic start line.

Also representing the home nation will be local favourites the Brownlee brothers, with Jonny the sole British male confirmed for Tokyo, brother Alistair plotting a course towards a second defence of his Olympic title. Alex Yee would love a crack at his first Games, though, and a podium in Leeds would be a huge statement of intent to the selectors.

Reigning World Champion Vincent Luis, untouchable in the final four races of 2020, finished sixth in Yokohama and will want to get back to the podium to rebuild his confidence ahead of Tokyo. He is joined by fellow Team France members Dorian Coninx and Leo Bergere on the Leeds line up, a winner in WTCS Bermuda 2019 and World Championship bronze medallist in 2020 respectively.

Vasco Vilaça was Portugal’s rising star between the two French medalists in Hamburg last year and will be keen to prove his abilities once again at the top level. Hungarian interests will be focussed on Tamas Toth as he needs to at least maintain his ranking if they are to have a Mixed Relay team on the format’s Olympic debut on 31 July. 

The return of Spanish legend Javier Gomez to the blue carpet will delight triathlon fans the world over, while Antonio Serrat Seoane is finding some great form and could be due a breakthrough performance ahead of the team announcement of who will join Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza in Tokyo. 

New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde makes his first World Triathlon appearance since the pandemic cut short the 2020 season, looking to see how sharp he is after so long away from the front line. Jacob Birtwhistle has recovered from the illness that hampered his Yokohama ambitions and the Australian starts safe in the knowledge he will be in Tokyo, as do Bence Bicsak (HUN), Makoto Odakura (JPN), Shachar Sagiv (ISR) and Jonas Schomburg (GER), all of whom can focus fully on honing their race form.

For the full start list, click here.

WTCS Leeds
Sunday 6 June
TriathlonLive.tv

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Leeds to host Para Series races for first time as Paralympic Qualification period continues

Pá, 04/06/2021 - 20:07

The World Triathlon Para Series takes to the north-England city of Leeds for the first time on Saturday afternoon, the second racing of the year’s Paralympic Qualification period where the best in the world will continue to pursue the ranking points that could confirm their place on the Tokyo 2020 start line.

Starting with a 750m swim in Waterloo Lake, the bike then takes in three laps of the western portion of Roundhay Park, finishing with a two-lap run around Upper Lake. You can follow all the action from 2pm on Saturday on TriathlonLive.tv.


PTWC
After yet another first class display in Yokohama, Netherlands’ Jetze Plat looks like setting the pace once again in the men’s PTWC wheelchair category. With a margin of victory of three minutes over fellow Dutchman Geert Schipper, it will take something very special to reign in Plat and become the first man to beat him since September 2015. Italy’s Giovanni Achenza H1 came closest to the pair in Lausanne, while French duo Ahmed Andaloussi (FRA) and Alexandre Paviza H1 will also be pushing for a podium-worthy performance.

The women’s race will see triple World Champion Kendall Gretsch and Spain’s Eva Moral do battle once more, the American so impressive in the water in Yokohama to set up her gold. Margret Ijdma H1 (NED) and Mona Francis H2 (FRA) both start, as does Mexico’s Brenda Osnaya Alvarez H1

PTVI
In the women’s visually impaired race, Spain’s World Champion Susana Rodriguez B1 returns to the start list for the first time since Alhandra back in October. British duo Alison Peasgood B2 and Melissa Reid B3 will be gunning for strong results and a second Paralympic appearance, both having finished behind Australia’s Katie Kelly at Rio 2016, and Italian Anna Barbaro B1 would love to build on her gold at WPS Devonport in 2020.

Dave Ellis B3 is on course to make his Paralympic debut in Tokyo with the men’s PTVI class included in the programme for the first time, and the Brit is sure to relish a first home World Series race. Spaniards Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 and Jose Luis Garcia Serrano among the biggest threats to Ellis’ golden aspirations along with the 2017 World Champion Antoine Perel (FRA) and US legend Scheidies.

PTS2
The men’s PTS2 sees Dutch national champion Maurits Morsink, second on his Yokohama debut last month, and USA’s Adam Popp trying to keep the World Champion Jules Ribstein (FRA) in check. The women’s race will see Rio 2016 medallists Hailey Danz (USA) and Melissa Stockwell (USA) and Veronika Gabitova (RTF) vying for the gold with Finland’s Liisa Lilja in pursuit.

PTS3
With no women’s PTS3, the men’s race will be a straight shootout for the medals between Spain’s Daniel Molina, unbeaten since 2017, and the man hoping to eventually dethrone the World Champion, Netherlands’ newcomer Nico van der Burgt.

PTS4
Alexis Hanquinquant (FRA) was in flying form in Yokohama and the 2019 World Champion will be looking forward to attacking this new Leeds course on Saturday. Another strong Spanish athlete, Banyoles World Cup winner AlejandroSánchez Palomero, and Australia’s Clint Pickin will be among the eleven men trying to halt his traditional charge over the 5km run. The ever-impressive Kelly Elmlinger (USA), also a winner in Yokohama, is the sole woman on the PTS4 start list.

PTS5
The women’s PTS5 category is set to deliver another classic showdown between home favourites Claire Cashmore and Lauren Steadman and Rio 2016 champion Grace Norman of the USA. All three were absent fro Yokohama, where France’s Gwladys Lemoussu was the one to take advantage and will be hoping for further success this weekend. With George Peasgood and German Paralympic Champion Martin Schulz not starting, USA’s Chris Hammer will hope to capitalise along with Jairo Ruiz Lopez (ESP) and Guenther Matzingerinto (AUT).

You can find the full start lists here.

WTPS Leeds
Saturday 5 June, 3.30pm BST
TriathlonLive.tv

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Update On Events: WTCS Hamburg, Edmonton AG World Championships And Almere

Pá, 04/06/2021 - 16:09

The World Triathlon Executive Board, met on Thursday via teleconference, has approved some significant updates in the 2021 calendar, after receiving requests from local organisers and various National Federations. Due to the ongoing restrictions related with the pandemic, the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg can not take place as planned in July. Also, the World Triathlon Age-Group Championship races will not be held this August 17-22 as part of the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton. Regarding 2021 World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Almere, only the Long Distance and Aquabike World Championships will take place this September.

WTCS Hamburg

While the Organising Committee, the Deutschland Triathlon Federation and World Triathlon had continued its preparations for a safe and enjoyable 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg, after evaluating the continued status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany with local authorities and the resulting restrictions in place, we regret to announce that the event cannot take place on July 10/11, 2021.

The organisers and DTU are working with the City of Hamburg to secure a new race date in the year, working with World Triathlon on refining operational plans in a manner consistent with local community objectives and within the guidelines and recommendations set by public health entities as it relates to COVID-19. 

We want to express our gratitude to the athletes and the whole triathlon community, sponsors, broadcasters and fans for their continued understanding and look forward to returning with a great event later this year.

2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton

World Triathlon Series Edmonton, in partnership with World Triathlon and Triathlon Canada, regret to inform that the Age-Group Championship races will not be held this August 17-22 as part of the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton. The unfortunate decision has been taken due to COVID-19 and the related international travel restrictions, that will make it impossible for most of the Age-Group athletes to travel to Canada this summer.

With the health and safety of our athletes and community as top priority, government officials and public health authorities are unable to grant travel exemptions to international age-group athletes, including vaccinated travellers at this time. And while we hoped the COVID-19 situation regarding international travel would have improved over the past few months, unfortunately this has not been the case. 

We understand the hard-work and dedication it takes to qualify and prepare for the World Championships. The organising committee has been working tirelessly to make everything possible in order to welcome the 3,000+ international age-group athletes in Edmonton this summer in what was planned to a “Best Ever” Age-Group Championships.

While the World Triathlon Age-Group Championships will not take place in Edmonton, World Triathlon is working with different Organisers and National to try to find an alternate location for these races later in the year.

The Elite races and the U23 races of the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton will take place as planned.


2021 World Triathlon Multisport Championships Almere-Amsterdam

After extensive consultation with World Triathlon and all other involved parties, it was decided that the 2021 World Triathlon Multisport Championships Almere-Amsterdam will take place in an adjusted way. Importantly, the World Triathlon Long Distance Championship and the World Triathlon Aquabike Championship will continue to take place on Sunday, 12 September. No other World Triathlon Championships will be organized in Almere in 2021.

This means the World Triathlon Sprint Duathlon Championship, the World Triathlon Standard Duathlon Championship, the World Triathlon Cross Triathlon Championship and the World Triathlon Aquathlon Championship will not be held in Almere this year. This means that Almere will not have two weeks, but ‘only’ four days dedicated to the 2021 World Triathlon Multisport Championships Almere-Amsterdam. “Of course this is a very difficult decision, but at the same time the only right decision we can make,” explains Race Director Richard Belderok.

The World Triathlon Long-Distance Championship and the World Triathlon Aquabike Championship can go ahead as planned, both for Elite and age-group athletes. “In addition, our Challenge Almere-Amsterdam side events will remain on our program,” explains Belderok, referring to the Junior Challenge (September 9), Rabo Business & Family Relay (September 9), the Open Series Middle Distance (September 10) and the Senior & No-Limit Challenge (September 10).

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WTCS Leeds to reveal Olympic stories in crucial women’s race

Čt, 03/06/2021 - 21:26

If any race captured the essence of a Season Like No Other, it would surely have to be this weekend’s World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds.

The women will face a brand-new course, some crucial battles for Olympic places, a debut for one of the biggest names in Ironman racing and the eagerly awaited return of a former world champion. Sunday in and around Roundhay Park is set to be another classic WTCS Leeds race in the north of England.

Gone is the technical city centre element of the bike and the Millennium Square finale, in comes a tree-lined, nine-lap ride full of fast straights broken up by a handful of switchbacks and a four-lap run through Roundhay Park.

You can watch all of the action on Sunday from 12.45pm, on TriathlonLive.tv.


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Both women have incredible consistency at the highest level, Zaferes having succeeded in converting her regular strong positions into gold medals in that title-winning season. The final team place goes down to the selectors’ discretion, but the result in Leeds, where Zaferes has twice podium’d and Spivey once, is sure have a huge impact on that decision.

One person likely to be able to dictate the course of the race is Bermuda’s M120o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr. An injury niggle has kept her from the start lists since Arzachena last year, but that race once again underlined her prowess on the bike as she rode solo to gold. That kind of power will be needed here, too, if she is to give herself enough daylight behind to keep a field of strong running talent at bay.

That group includes the likes of former World Champion Non Stanford (GBR), who’s last individual medal was the gold at the 2019 WTCS race in Hamburg, and joining Stanford, Jessica Learmonth, Vicky Holland, Beth Potter and Sophie Coldwell among the home nation’s favourites will be a new face for the Series if not for the fans; Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Barclay was part of the SLT Arena Games line-up in March where she finished second, and it will be fascinating to see just how the Ironman and 70.3 specialist adapts to the unique demands of the World Triathlon Championship Series. It was Potter who beat her to the gold in Rotterdam with a red-hot run, and will be wanting to get back to her scintillating form at the end of 2020 after a tough time in last month’s WTCS Yokohama season-opener, Learmonth also looking to see where her race fitness is in a first outing of 2021.

Wearing the number one, however, will be Netherlands’ Maya Kingma, who followed up an outstanding bronze in Karlovy Vary last September with an even better one in Yokohama, where she and Knibb broke away on the bike decisively in a manner that suggests she would be comfortable trying to match Duffy if a similar scenario played out in the streets of Leeds.

There are no Olympic place concerns for the likes of Belgium’s Claire Michel, France’s Cassandre Beaugrand and Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, all three always strong medal contenders and looking to build some form, while Australia’s Natalie van Coevorden and Emma Jackson will want to state their cases for Tokyo selection alongside Ashleigh Gentle should only two qualify for the team.

Chile’s Barbara Riveros shrugged off an injury to register a strong 7th place in Arzachena, a race where Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes again impressed in the early stages before finishing 18th and Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova wasn’t able to finish.

Japan’s Yuko Takahashi and Ai Ueda will both want a positive performance to take away to the build up to a home Games, and Germany’s Laura Lindemann and Italy’s Alice Betto both know that a podium place could be well within their grasp if they can save some legs for that 10km closer.

The full start list is available here.

WTCS Leeds
Sunday 6 June

TriathlonLive.tv

Kategorie: Triatlon

Podcast #39: Richard Murray

Čt, 03/06/2021 - 14:24

At 32, Richard Murray was preparing for a third Olympic Games appearance when, at the start of the year, that was all turned upside down as a doctor told him he should consider hanging up his trainers. Atrial Fibrillation was the diagnosis, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and one that he first noticed coming on after a pool session back in January.

In the latest edition of the World Triathlon Podcast, hear how the South African has been forced to dial back his training, come to terms with the possibility that Tokyo may not be the best goal in terms of his health and maybe even start to think about a future off of the blue carpet.

You can listen to the interview in full on all the major platforms including Apple, Google and Spotify.


“In my swimming goggles I can actually see my heart rate and everything while I’m swimming and so I know what range I’m normally sitting in with my heart rate and all of a sudden it just spiked to 160, 180. And I was just warming up so I thought maybe something is incorrect in the technology or something but it stayed the same and I something in my chest didn’t feel right. It kind of felt almost like I had a bit of a muscle spasm in my chest.”

“I mean, as an athlete, you kind of, I wouldn’t say get used to dealing with the little small problems, but definitely you have to overcome things, especially if you’re tired and training and you’ve got to push through and mentally. Now it’s kind of the opposite, and I’ve got to be really careful with myself and not overdo things… but I’m still preparing my Olympic bike!”

Training has obviously had to be stripped back for the time being and, as he did for much of 2020, Richard has found himself having to prepare for ‘what might happen’.

“So the tricky thing is that I know to be on a hundred percent form has kind of gone out the window and I think as an athlete, you know where you are at any given moment and so realistically I know that I’m not going to be on top shape. We’re kind of waiting for the next couple of weeks or to find out when I’m going to get the procedure done but I think, as a professional athlete, the words ‘mild’ and ‘easy’ are very different from the average person.”

“The most difficult thing is the psychological part of it. You know, you kind of spend a few weeks kind of okay, and then you have an episode where you kind of don’t trust your body anymore. And I think when you don’t trust your body as an athlete, that’s a problem.”

As Richard’s wife Rachel Klamer prepares for WTCS Leeds, he will have to be watching from home on TriathlonLive. It is a race that saw one of his greatest performances back in 2018, leading out of T2 to outrun the likes of Mario Mola and Vincent Luis to take his first Olympic-distance Series gold.

“It was a pretty amazing day, and I felt probably the best that I’ve felt in a race. I was off at the front and I expected everyone to catch me and then they kind of just didn’t. And then I thought, well, this is 5km done, maybe I could take this. Mario ended up like almost coming back at me in the final kilometre or two and my coach was firing ‘Mario’s coming back, you really have to go all in now!’

“You know, both Brownlees were obviously racing there as well so it was like home turf, which is even bigger bragging rights. I remember when Alistair took me down in Cape Town. It’s something you never forget, when your triathlon nemesis takes you down in your hometown.”

You can listen to the full podcast with Richard Murray below and watch WTCS Leeds on Sunday 6 June on TriathlonLive.tv.

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World Triathlon provides $100,000USD in athlete funds to support the road to Tokyo 2020

St, 02/06/2021 - 21:06

The road to the Olympic Games is rarely straightforward, requiring great effort and great sacrifice. In order to support its athletes, World Triathlon has approved a support fund of $100,000USD to provide financial assistance to those athletes from National Federations with the greatest needs in order to help them compete at Continental and World level over the Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Period.

A total of 23 athletes and para athletes from 11 different countries (Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Morocco, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine) will receive $3,000USD each to help them cover the expenses of travel to the qualifying events. The remaining $31,000USD of the overall fund will be allocated at the end of June and distributed among the same 23 athletes, but considering the number and length of journeys that the athletes made over the period.
“As an organization, we are committed to supporting our athletes in every possible way. The pandemic has had a massive impact not only on their access to training and competitions, but also to travel and resources. Establishing these types of funds will be a big help to some of them on their road to Tokyo. It is our duty to provide opportunities to race and compete, but it is also our duty to work closely with National Federations and the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees to identify the specific needs of athletes and try to help and continue supporting them throughout their road to the Olympics or Paralympics”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Coaches Committee for the initiative and my fellow Executive Board members for their unanimous support of this program”, she added.
World Triathlon received 28 applications for the funds from 14 different nationalities, most of them from athletes currently competing at the maximum level to try to qualify for either the Olympic or the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer. In order to receive the funds, athletes needed to be registered and in good standing with their National Federations and have shown the ability to race at a high standard in Continental and World Triathlon level competitions.
A selection panel, drawn from the Executive Board, carefully reviewed all the applications. This is the list of successful candidates:
AZERBAIJAN Kseniia Levkovska
AZERBAIJAN Rostyslav Pevtsov
BRAZIL       Ronan Nunes Cordeiro
BRAZIL     Jessica Moreira Ferreira
BRAZIL     Jorge Camargo Fonseca
BRAZIL     Carlos Fonseca Viana
CHILE     Diego Moya
CHILE     Gaspar Riveros
CHILE     Bárbara Riveros
COLOMBIA   Naiver Ome
COLOMBIA   Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero
COLOMBIA   Lina Maria Raga Prieto
ECUADOR   Elizabeth Bravo
MOROCCO   Mehdi Essadiq
MOROCCO   Badr Siwane
PHILIPPINES Marion Kim Mangrobang
SOUTH AFRICA Simone Ackermann
SOUTH AFRICA David Kenneth Jones
SOUTH AFRICA Gillian Caroline Sanders
TUNISIA       Ons Lajili
TUNISIA       Fethi Zouinkhi
TURKEY       Uğurcan Özer
UKRAINE Yuliya Yelistratova

 

Kategorie: Triatlon

Leeds to host first Para Series races as Paralympic Qualification period continues

St, 02/06/2021 - 20:53

The World Triathlon Para Series takes to the north-England city of Leeds for the first time on Saturday, the second racing of the Paralympic Qualification period as the best in the world continue to pursue the ranking points that will confirm their place on the Tokyo 2020 start line.

Starting with a 750m swim in Waterloo Lake, the bike then takes in three laps of the western portion of Roundhay Park, finishing with a two-lap run around Upper Lake. You can follow all the action from 2pm on Saturday on TriathlonLive.tv.

PTWC
After yet another first class display in Yokohama, Netherlands’ Jetze Plat looks like setting the pace once again in the men’s PTWC wheelchair category. With a margin of victory of three minutes over fellow Dutchman Geert Schipper, it will take something very special to reign in Plat and become the first man to beat him since September 2015. Italy’s M230o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr came closest to the pair in Lausanne, while French duo Ahmed Andaloussi (FRA) and M240o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr will also be pushing for a podium-worthy performance.

The women’s race will see triple World Champion Kendall Gretsch and Spain’s Eva Moral do battle once more, the American so impressive in the water in Yokohama to set up her gold. M250o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr (NED) and M260o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr (FRA) both start, as does Mexico’s M270o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr

PTVI
In the women’s visually impaired race, Spain’s World Champion M280o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr returns to the start list for the first time since Alhandra back in October. British duo Alison Peasgood B2 and Melissa Reid B3 will be gunning for strong results and a second Paralympic appearance, both having finished behind Australia’s Katie Kelly at Rio 2016, and Italian Anna Barbaro B1 would love to build on her gold at WPS Devonport in 2020.

Dave Ellis B3 is on course to make his Paralympic debut in Tokyo with the men’s PTVI class included in the programme for the first time, the Brit set to relish a first home Series race. Spaniards M330o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr and Jose Luis Garcia Serrano among the biggest threats to Ellis’ golden aspirations along with the 2017 World Champion Antoine Perel (FRA) and US legend Scheidies.

PTS2
The men’s PTS2 sees Dutch national champion Maurits Morsink second on his Yokohama debut last month, and USA’s Adam Popp trying to keep the World Champion M340o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr (FRA) in check. The women’s race will see Rio 2016 medallists M350o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr (USA) and Melissa Stockwell (USA) and Veronika Gabitova (RTF) vying for the gold with Finland’s M360o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr in pursuit.

PTS3
With no women’s PTS3, the men’s race will be a straight shootout between he medals between Spain’s M370o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr, unbeten since 2017, and the man looking to dethrone the World Champion, Netherlands’ newcomer M380o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr.

PTS4
M390o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr (FRA) was in flying form in Yokohama and the 2019 World Champion will be looking forward to attacking this new Leeds course on Saturday. Another strong Spanish athlete, Banyoles World Cup winner M400o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr and Australia’s M410o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr will be among the eleven men trying to halt his charge over the 5km run. The ever-impressive M420o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr (USA), also a winner in Yokohama, is the sole woman on the PTS4 start list.

PTS5
The women’s PTS5 category is set to deliver another classic showdown between home favourites Claire Cashmore and Lauren Steadman and Rio 2016 champion Grace Norman of the USA. All three were absent fro Yokohama, where France’s Gwladys Lemoussu was the one to take advantage and will be hoping for further success this weekend. With George Peasgood and German Paralympic Champion Martin Schulz not starting, USA’s Chris Hammer will hope to capitalise along with Jairo Ruiz Lopez (ESP) and Guenther Matzingerinto (AUT).

You can find the full start lists here.

WTPS Yokohama
Saturday 5 June, 2pm BST
TriathlonLive.tv

Kategorie: Triatlon

Classification Opportunities 2021

Út, 01/06/2021 - 11:41

As announced at Congress in November 2020, for 2021, World Triathlon would prioritize classification opportunities for physical impairments (PI) at continental championships being this year the year of the Paralympic Games, providing opportunities for new athletes.

For Visual Impairment (VI), finding enough opportunities to ensure the athletes on the pathway to Tokyo 2020 was also the priority as the Covid-19 pandemic has systematically caused cancellation of VI classification at events and shared opportunities that were programmed to happen in different locations world-wide. This has forced International Federations to cooperate and share resources to offer para athletes joint opportunities as otherwise, participation at the Paralympic Games could be jeopardized. Classification is extremely important for athletes as it is part of the eligibility criteria to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

2021 Africa Triathlon Championships Sharm El Sheikh  (Physical Impairments)
World Triathlon is finalizing details to hopefully offer PI classification on Friday 11th June as long as logistics allow for it with current travelling/quarantine restrictions. More details will follow in the next few days

Madrid 17-18 June (VI Classification)
World Triathlon together with the Spanish Paralympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) have managed to put together a classification opportunity in Madrid on 17 and 18th of June, linking it to the 2021 World Triathlon Para Cup A Coruna. Madrid has been chosen since the Spanish Paralympic Committee has a cooperation agreement with the clinic that will be used and athletes competing in A Coruña will still be able to arrive in time for the event-related activities. Two classification panels will be available.

2021 World Triathlon Para Cup A Coruna (Physical Impairments)
World Triathlon will be conducting PI classification on Friday 18th June prior to the A Coruña Para Cup as there is a significant number of athletes to be classified on the start list.

2021 Americas Triathlon Para Championships Pleasant Prairie (Physical Impairments)
World Triathlon will be conducting PI classification on Friday 25th June prior to the PATCO Continental Championships as there is a significant number of athletes to be classified on the start list.

Opportunities in the fall:
World Triathlon is currently identifying the best choices to offer additional opportunities for classification after the Paralympic Games in Tokyo and these will be announced in the next weeks.

Kategorie: Triatlon