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World Triathlon announces dates for Valencia WC and 100,000 USD bonus pool

Po, 21/09/2020 - 11:17

The Executive Board of World Triathlon has approved the new dates for the 2020 Valencia World Cup, that will take place in the iconic Spanish coastal city on November 7-8. The race, that will put an end to the 2020 World Cup season, was due to take place originally in May but was postponed when the COVID 19 pandemic started to hit the world. 

World Triathlon’s Executive Board also approved to allocate 100,000 USD for the Bonus Pool Prize Money for the 2020 World Triathlon Ranking, which will be distribute after the last scoring event in 2020. 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.

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, with Continental Cups taking place in this period will give 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.

World Triathlon, as many other international sport organization, was forced to hit the pause button to all International competitions in March, when the effect of the pandemic worldwide, as well as the imposture of travel restrictions in many territories, forced the season to be put on hold.

But with the world’s top elite athletes already having returned to competition in Hamburg WTS and Karlovy Vary World Cup in the previous weeks, it is now time for the greatest athletes from all over the world to head to Arzachena and Valencia to put a bright end to this unusual season. Unfortunately, the World Cups of Miyazaki (Japan) and Huatulco (Mexico) have been officially cancelled for the 2020 season, due to the impact of the pandemic on their respective territories.

The 2020 World Triathlon Valencia World Cup will welcome 65 male and 65 female elite athletes from all over the world on a sprint distance circuit that has already hosted in 2019 the Paratriathlon and U23 European Championships.

The event will take place following all the rules and regulations of the local government regarding COVID-19, and implementing all the health and safety measures that World Triathlon has already put in place in all the events organized in the last weeks, including temperature screenings, contact tracing and social distance measures. The health and safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and spectators are of paramount importance for everyone in World Triathlon.

World Triathlon wants to extend their gratitude to the Spanish Triathlon Federation, the local organisers and the city of Valencia, that have been working tirelessly in the last months to adapt to the situation and to be able to provide athletes from all over the world with a world-class event.

After reviewing and analysing different bids, the Executive Board also approved to award the 2021 Paratriathlon World Championships to Milan, which was planned to host the same event in 2020 but had to cancel the plans due to the effects of the COVID pandemic.

The Executive Board of World Triathlon also approved that the 2020 Congress, planned to be staged in Paris in late November, will be hold virtually, due to the increasing travel restrictions for many countries. All attendants able to vote in the elections for President, Vice-Presidents, Executive Board and Committee members electronically.

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Duffy back to her very best to land Karlovy Vary gold

Ne, 13/09/2020 - 16:56

Sunday afternoon in Karlovy Vary saw Bermuda’s Flora Duffy back on an Olympic-distance course for the first time since the Lausanne Grand Final, and putting in a performance to prove beyond any doubt that her injury troubles were finally behind her.

Duffy took the tape for the first time in a World Triathlon race in two-and-a-half years, the 90-second margin of victory over newly crowned World Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown highlighting the dominance of her display on a demanding course. The Netherlands’ Maya Kingma‘s joy was evident for all to see as she rounded off a storming run to score her first ever World Cup podium with bronze.

“Wow! It was so hard, man that was a shock to the system,” admitted a thrilled Duffy. “A first Olympic distance of the year and on such a challenging course and with such a stacked field. Jess is unbelievable in the swim and I was just trying to recover from that for most of the bike to be honest, which isn’t easy on this type of course. I wanted to ride strong but not over-extend myself and the run just felt like survival. I’m just so thrilled to win, it has been a while since I’ve done it at this level and it’s a huge confidence boost and something I feel personally i’ve really needed.”


One of the strongest World Cup fields in recent memory saw 54 athletes line up for the 1.5km lake swim, and predictably it was Jessica Learmonth who wasted no time getting out ahead.

The Brit still led the field as she raced along the pontoon and dived back in for the second lap of Rolava Lake, Katie Zaferes in check with Vittoria Lopes and Natalie van Coevorden.

By the end of the second lap, Learmonth’s lead was an incredible 25 seconds, but wetsuit issues in transition cost precious time and it was Zaferes narrowly out first onto the bike. The pair wasted no time worrying about how the pack behind them might be looking, riding aggressively on the point-to-point section and attacking the early stages of the 7 technical city laps.

Behind them, Laura Lindemann and Duffy were also riding together as a pair and trying to close the gap, but they were joined by World Champion Taylor-Brown who was looking to make up the 60-second deficit on the front out of the swim.

The chasers worked well together, including the Brazilian duo Luisa Baptista and Djenyfer Arnold, a small error from Duffy seeing her swerve erratically for a moment off the back of Taylor-Brown’s bike and there was still 30 seconds to the front two with three laps to go.

The second chase pack, including Valerie Barthelemy, Erika Ackerlund, Rachel Klamer and Lotte Miller were well over two minutes adrift and losing time at the turn of each lap.

It was on the the fifth lap that Zaferes chose to give her legs a break and drop back to join the chasers, Learmonth left to press on solo and try and keep the pressure on the field, but with the American working with Taylor-Brown and Duffy, it was a formidable bunch in pursuit.

The Brit was showing no signs of tiring out front though, 30 seconds still the difference at the bell but reduced to 17 seconds by the time she had negotiated T2.

Somewhat inevitably, by the end of the first of the four run laps, Duffy had already picked her way impressively to the front, Taylor-Brown also easing past Learmonth over lap two. Kingma then moved into third at the bell, increasing the pace up the final long climb to ensure the third podium spot was hers.

Meanwhile ahead, Duffy was really eating up the final few hundred metres, eventually taking the tape more than 90 seconds ahead of Taylor-Brown. Kingma was just 13 seconds behind the World Champion, and it was another 40 seconds to Learmonth in fourth.

It was a career- best fifth place for a delighted Djenyfer Arnold, followed by Lindemann, Miriam Casillas-Garcia, Verena Steinhauser, Luisa Baptista and Lisa Tertsch completing the top 10.

“I didn’t have much energy, the run killed me,” admitted Taylor-Brown. “The first lap of the swim I wasn’t feeling good but I came back to life a bit on the bike. Jess was an animal on the bike pulling out more time, but on the run I knew it wasn’t going to be my day but I stuck it out to the end.

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I cant believe it. Im incredibly happy”, said Kingma. “I just had to keep fighting in the swim, then pushing on the bike and in the city worked with Flora to attack. I felt pretty strong, and knew it was tough for everyone. I saw top six then five, then four, and then it was the podium.”

For the full results, click here

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Outstanding Luis powers to Karlovy Vary World Cup gold

Ne, 13/09/2020 - 11:04

If his first performance back on the blue carpet in Hamburg last weekend was an impressively assured display, the manner of 2020 World Champion Vincent Luis’ win in Karlovy Vary on Sunday morning was an even stronger statement of intent for his Tokyo Olympic credentials.

This time over the standard distance and on a hugely demanding course, Luis’ gold really never looked in doubt from the moment he powered out of the first transition in front. Behind him at the line, Portugal’s exciting 20-year-old talent Vasco Vilaça again impressed to take silver in only his third outing on this distance, Belgium’s Jelle Geens motoring to bronze with a stunning run.

“It’s really nice to race as the World Champ. Karlovy Vary is a great race and a tough one that really rewards the best swim-bike-runner. I was really happy with the group on the bike and it was a shame they (Kenji Nener and Mark Devay) crashed there with 1km to go, but it’s the kind of race I like; a quick breakaway on the bike and then a fight against the top runners.


The men lined up under optimal dry, sunny conditions on the edge of Rolava Lake, the huge field including the newly crowned World Champion Luis and a wealth of big names, many fresh from the exertions of individual and relay championships just eight days before. It was at the end of the first lap of the testing swim that Richard Varga came out ahead of the pack, running down the pontoon and launching himself back in for the second pass closely pursued by Luis.

Jonas Schomburg was right there too, Casper Stornes and Jelle Geens also well placed after one lap, but the field then strung well out on lap two.

Luis took to the front over the final few hundred metres, rounding off what was a devastating swim for his main rivals and their chances of staying in touch on the bike. He followed it with a typically liquid transition to roll out to the point-to-point bike section in a familiar pole position with 

Schomburg, Devay and Nener for company, Vilaca and Germany’s Jonas Breinlinger quickly bridging up.

A strong six behind were doing their best to close in, Csongor Lehmann (HUN), Alessandro Fabian (ITA), Diego Moya (CHI) and Bence Bicsak (HUN) among the names trying to catch on as they hit the town section, but there was soon 30 seconds of daylight between them and the leaders and they were swallowed up by a big train of riders.

Morgan Pearson and Eli Hemming were both out with bike issues, leaving Kevin McDowell, Seth Rider and Matthew McElroy flying the flag for the USA a minute off the leaders 15km into the bike.

The gap grew lap-by-lap as the leaders worked well and attacked together, from 60 seconds up to 80 on the final lap, a not-100% fit Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), Jelle Geens (BEL), Richard Murray (RSA) and Ben Dijkstra (GBR) among the names unable to get into striking position and having to save the legs for the tough run ahead.

A dramatic late twist saw Nener and Devay come together in the tunnel on the final lap to sadly end their challenges, Schomburg also tangled up but carrying on suddenly some 25 seconds back, and it was Breinlinger, Vilaça and Luis 1-2-3 out of T2.

Murray and Geens set about their task 65 seconds back, Bicsak and Dijkstra in pursuit of them, but out front for the second week in succession it was Luis and Vilaça shoulder to shoulder as Breinlinger dropped back on the first climb.

After passing Schomburg, Geens closed in on Breinlinger, and had cut into Luis’ lead at the halfway point of the 10km but was running out of course. 

The Frenchman was losing Vilaça by this point too, and the final 5km became yet another showcase of Luis’ impeccable technique and relentless power.

There was simply to be no catching the World Champion, who delivered another big statement of intent for the Olympic year ahead, crushing the demanding course to grab World Cup gold in fine style.

Geens was easing through the gears too, moving into a podium spot after dropping Murray who finished in fourth, Breinlinger eventually finishing in eighth. Bence Bicsak was in good shape for fifth, the Spanish duo of Genis Grau and Antonio Serrat claiming sixth and seventh, Lehmann and Dijkstra rounding out the top 10.

“It’s two hours of extreme pain, I don’t know how I did it, I just thought keep digging – one more stroke on the swim, one more lap on the bike, one more km on the run,” said a happy, exhausted Vilaça. “Ive never been in a group that worked so well together, but then putting the shoes on I cramped up and didn’t know what I could do, so I waited to see if my legs would recover and then after two laps I started to get back into it. I’m so happy to be racing with these guys.”

“The swim was very rough,” said Geens. “I had to really cross from left to right to that first buoy and then we started out quite strong on the bike but then I was getting annoyed with some of the people in the group. On the run I was still frustrated and said to myself no one is going to outrun me, but I couldn’t quite get the second I wanted.”

For the full results, click here

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World Champions to tackle iconic Karlovy Vary World Cup

Čt, 10/09/2020 - 09:28

The pause button may have been hit on the 2020 season back in March but this Sunday, with new health and safety protocols in place before, during and after the event, World Cup racing returns, and it is on one of the great courses of the regular calendar that the biggest names in the sport will compete.

The spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Bohemia region of Czech Republic represents a tough standard-distance challenge. A technical 1.5km swim in Rolava Lake then a two-part bike, from there into the town centre and 7 x 6.5km testing laps over cobbles, tarmac, hills and fast turns, before culminating in a 4-lap run to round off the action.

Last year it was Vendula Frintova (CZE) and Samuel Dickinson (GBR) who reigned supreme. This year, the Czech number one returns to defend her title, but with the World Triathlon blue carpet only rolled out a week ago for the first time in 6 months, competition for the starting spots has rarely been fiercer. Brand new and past World Champions, multiple WTS and World Cup winners and some of the brightest young talents will line up on Sunday, and you can watch all the action only on TriathlonLIVE.tv.

Men’s Race
10AM Local Time (CEST)

The Elite Men are first out onto the course on Sunday, and newly crowned World Champion Vincent Luis will again be sporting the number one cap after another imperious display in Hamburg saw the Frenchman defend his 2019 title in fine style.

Luis barely put a foot wrong, while the man he held off for the win, Portugal’s Vasco Vilaça, was also a revelation, producing a magnificent 5km run to secure silver that marked the 20-year-old’s card as a name to watch.

Richard Murray was never far from the mix a week ago either, and the South African might find themselves at home on the kind of course that will demand every ounce of trademark grit that he has to spare.


Equally, Kristian Blummenfelt’s trademark bike power was very much on display across the Hamburg weekend and he will relish the Karlovy Vary hills and descents. Norway teammate Gustav Iden looked in great form as he put together an excellent run, while Casper Stornes will want to bounce back from the disappointment of an early finish after wetsuit issues in T1.

Belgium’s Jelle Geens gave everything he had to try and haul in Luis over the 5km, delivering the third fastest run split of the day to underline his medal potential if he can exit T2 in touch with the leaders. Morgan Pearson (USA) was second fastest over 5km and, along with Matthew McElroy, could be among those in contention for the medals.

Jan Volar will be looking to finally put in a top 20 performance on home turf, while the bike skills of Israel’s Shachar Sagiv could make a big difference on the race outcome. Hungary’s Bence Bicsak and Csongor Lehmann are likely to feature after a string of good form and results, and Jorik van Egdom (NED) had a superb seventh place here last year that will see him going in full of confidence.

For the full men’s start list click here.


Women’s Race 

3PM Local Time (CEST)

Adding to the pre-race intrigue is the fact that, out of a glittering selection of top 10 women starters, only Frintova and Japan’s Ai Ueda have previous experience of this Karlovy course. 



Imperious over 5km a week ago in Hamburg, the new World Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown will be ready for the next chance to show she has what it takes to maintain her place on top of the world. Arriving by road with teammate Jessica Learmonth from Germany, the British duo will have had plenty of time to check out the terrain and prepare for their next assault on an international podium.

Second in Hamburg and ready to conquer the challenging bike segment, Flora Duffy (BER) has looked in excellent form since returning to racing from injury at last year’s Tokyo Test Event. She may have been unable to close the gap after Taylor-Brown pulled away on a flat 5km in Germany, but the Karlovy course is a very different proposition.

The demanding standard-distance set up could be just the sort of stage for Katie Zaferes to shine on after the 2019 World Champion missed out on a podium in Germany with transition troubles leaving her unable to catch the front-runners out of T2. A bronze medallist in Hamburg, Laura Lindemann (GER) may not have the experience of some of the names in the top 10, but certainly has the results to prove she can once again be among the challengers.

Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer and Brazil swim-specialist Vittoria Lopes complete a talent-filled top 10, while further down the start list there is no shortage of podium potential. Spain’s Miriam Casillas Garcia, Belgian Valerie Barthelemy and Lisa Tertsch of Germany all have recent World Cup medals to their name, Natalie van Coevorden (AUS), Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) and Lotte Miller (NOR) all make the journey from Germany to the Czech Republic.

Check the full women’s start list here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Vincent Luis heroic in Hamburg to become 2020 World Champion

Ne, 06/09/2020 - 16:02

The field was deep with talent and experience and the race always looked like being hugely unpredictable given the past 6 months, but it was to be France’s Vincent Luis who delivered a composed sprint-distance performance and a brilliant second consecutive world title at the 2020 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon. After an excellent swim had helped put him in a front bike pack that included Alistair Brownlee and another Frenchman Dorian Coninx, it was on the run that the 2019 champion was able to pull away with only teammate Leo Bergere and Portuguese Vasco Vilaça for company, the 20-year-old holding on for a brilliant silver in only his second WTS outing.

“I knew I was in good shape and i’ve spent the last six weeks doing a lot of sessions with some of the best guys in the world,” said a thrilled Vincent Luis afterwards. “I swam good and when you have the two Brownlee brothers with you you always have a good chance to get away. I had the two young guys with me on the run so I was a bit scared but pushed the pace with one lap to go. Im so happy for Leo that he took the third spot. That was a great race for France.” 





The weather had calmed considerably from the wet and windy conditions leading up to the start time, the lake waters flat for the 750m swim. 

As the athletes’ masks were discarded, the pre-race protocols were complete and number one Vincent Luis set himself on the edge of the pontoon for the fastest line to the first buoy. He was quickly out towards the front of the 66-strong field, Austria’s 
Alois Knabl also going well, while Britain’s Alistair Brownlee was showing his determination from his 66 start number to pull to the front.

Brownlee and Luis were shoulder to shoulder at the first turn and then the Frenchman pulled ahead of Knabl and started to stretch things out across the second half of the swim. Germany’s Jonas 

Schomburg was right on Jonathan Brownlee’s heels too, but for the final 250m straight it was Ali and the home favourite spearing the water and out first up the steps into transition.

Jelle Geens (BEL), Richard Murray (RSA) and Alex Yee (GBR) emerged 14 seconds back, Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) a further 7 seconds behind them, and it was a sad end for teammate Casper Stornes whose wetsuit issues took him out of the race.

In true style it was Ali Brownlee taking to the front over the first stages of the bike to drive the pace and he was soon caught by his brother and the French trio of Luis, Coninx and Bergere, Portugal’s Vilaca had delivered a brilliant swim and worked hard to join them alongside home favourite Justus Nieschlag and Hungary’s Mark Devay. Barclay Izzard (GBR) and Schomburg soon felt the pace and dropped back to join the growing group of chasers. 



That hungry pack was 18 seconds behind in the early stages and led by Murray, but the smaller lead group was well organised round the hairpins and managed to increase the lead to 21 seconds at the halfway point.

With Blummenfelt making his way to the front and soon driving the chase group of over thirty athletes including Murray, Geens, Yee, Shachar Sagiv (ISR) and Mario Mola (ESP), they were able to cut the gap to a more manageable 15 seconds with two laps to go, but that was as good as it would get.

Alistair Brownlee was into the shoes first right at the back of T2, but by the time he was out of transition, Vilaça and Bergere were already into their stride. Luis bridged up to them while the Brit fell back and then his brother was soon caught by Geens and Blummenfelt as they put the hammer down immediately to try and keep the leaders in reach.

For much of the run it looked a lost cause, Luis, Bergere and Vilaça comfortable and maintaining a 13-second lead with 1500m to go. Geens then made a bold move to try and pile on some pressure, Yee also motoring his way into position, bit nobody could do anything to impact on the podium places.

With 350m to go, the small gap Luis carved out grew bigger with every pace, while behind him it was Portugal’s Vilaça who had the final move in the battle for silver, edging out Leo Bergere to the bronze.

Sure enough, Geens had reduced the deficit to 9 seconds as he finished in fourth, Yee with fifth place. Dorian Coninx, Richard Murray, Morgan Pearson (USA), Alistair Brownlee, and Max Studer (SUI) closing out the top 10.




“I don’t know where that came from”, admitted a delighted Vaco Vilaça. “It’s my second WTS, i’m 20 years old, and it’s a dream to race here with these guys and to be at the front too… It’s taking a while to sink in. I was well prepared but didn’t really expect to be in the top three. Ive been working so hard on my swim and I worked hard to catch up with the first group on the bike and was able to keep up the pace on the run. Running like that with Vincent and Leo there was absolutely beautiful.”



A magnanimous Leo Bergere celebrated his first WTS podium but was quick to respect those athletes who had not been able to travel to Germany. “Even if it was a special day, we don’t forget our rivals in Australia and New Zealand and there’ll be work to do to beat them next year, but I’m so glad how it went. We worked well together on the bike, and it’s great to share the podium with my good friend Vince and a pure talent like Vasco. 


The full results can be found here

Kategorie: Triatlon

Flying French power to third straight Mixed Relay World Championship

Ne, 06/09/2020 - 13:57

Sunday afternoon in Hamburg saw 19 teams take to the start line for the 2020 Mixed Relay World Championships, and though they may not have had the previous day’s World Champion Vincent Luis in his customary anchor leg, Dorian Coninx clearly enjoyed stepping up to bring home the gold after Leonie Periault, Leo Bergere and Cassandre Beaugrand had played their parts in another famous French win.

“Last year I had a crazy sprint finish with Alex Yee and I wanted to avoid that as best I could. We always give it our all, four athletes racing together even though it’s not always the same ones. I think it’s important we can all go out in any place and just before we start can decide who races where.”

The strength in depth of the squad on the biggest stage once gain suggested they will be the ones to watch in Tokyo for the Mixed Team Relay’s Olympic debut in August. “To win, we accept to lose”, said French coach Benjamin Maze, as he tested out a new-look line up. The enviable position of such a selection headache shows no sign of diminishing any time soon.


LEG ONE
As had been the case in the women’s race less than 24 hours earlier, Austria’s Therese Feuersinger was pushing the pace right from the gun in the first swim leg. Belgium’s Valerie Barthelemy, USA’s Taylor Spivey and Periault were back alongside her for the final strokes of their 300m swim, the field already pretty well stretched.

The Austrian had seven seconds over Spivey and Periault as the bike got underway, but they soon chased her down and a large pack began picking its way around the course.

There were 13 teams all together at the bell of the bike with 15 seconds over the chasers Spain, Russia, Germany and Portugal. 

Lotte Miller took to the front for Norway’s big day and along with the newly crowned world champion Georgia Taylor-Brown was among the first out of T2 and hunting front-runner Barthelemy.

Spivey wasted no time before rolling the dice over the first few hundred metres and only Taylor-Brown was able to go with her in a small first breakaway. 

The Brit then made her own move 1000m out and again left the rest of the field in her wake, Germany and Spain now 45 seconds back.

LEG TWO


Barclay Izzard took a decent advantage for Team GB into the water but he was soon caught by Leo Bergere and it was to be the Frenchman out of T1 first and onto the bike course.

USA’s Kevin McDowell was alongside him out of transition, while further back Jonas Schomburg was making up ground for Germany, a brilliant swim cutting their deficit to 25 seconds.

Belgium’s Jelle Geens then pushed to the front early on the bike, only for Kristian Blummenfelt to take the race by the scruff of the neck and put in some of his trademark pedal power.

The rest of the field had no answer to the acceleration and his lead was already up to 7 seconds at the halfway point of the bike.

The Norwegian extended that gap to take a 15 second lead out onto the run, Belgium, USA, Great Britain and France still together behind but unable to reel him in.

LEG THREE
Stine Dale took a healthy lead into the third leg, but 

Beaugrand and Claire Michel were quickly onto her, Bergere and Geens having put France and Belgium right back in the hunt over the final few hundred metres.

Beaugrand was again swift through the water and had passed Dale with 150m to go, Jessica Learmonth and Katie Zaferes also going well as GB and USA came out second and third.

The trio then developed a slender gap over Michel that had soon stretched to 22 seconds at the halfway mark of the penultimate bike of the race.

Zaferes, Learmonth and Beaugrand arrived into T2 together, Dale, Sif Madsen and Michel still the chasers for Norway, Denmark and Belgium 40 seconds back. The leaders maintained their advantage over the run and after Beaugrand made a move with 250m to go, Zaferes responded to edge the leg.

LEG FOUR
It was USA, France and Great Britain in the hunt for the podium as Morgan Pearson, Coninx and Alex Yee took to the water, Belgium now 49 seconds back in fourth and Denmark a further six seconds back, Norway 70 seconds off the lead.

A determined swim saw Coninx out first for France, Pearson on his shoulder, a swift transition helping Yee stay in touch only for Coninx put the hammer down early on the bike as he looked to put enough gap into Yee to keep one of the fastest runners in the field at bay.

Coninx soon had 16 seconds on Pearson and 31 seconds on Yee, while Gustav Iden was looking to power Norway back into contention and pass the Belgians.

Over the 1.3km run, Pearson managed to halve the difference but couldn’t halt the French charge to a third straight world title as Dorian Coninx brought home the gold in the German home of triathlon.

“The Mixed Relay is such a team effort and we all want to work for each other. It’s awesome having so many strong athletes that we can mix it up. It’s short and it’s fast and doing it as a team just makes it even more special,” said Katie Zaferes for second-placed USA.

“It would have been too hard to break on the bike so I went for it on the run and just tried to keep that pace as long as I could. We redeemed ourselves after last year and it’s great to be back in the team environment and cheering each other on,” added Georgia Taylor-Brown, clearly happy with a good weekend’s work in Germany.

Iden crossed fourth for Norway followed by Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany, with Austria and Italy completing the top 10.

“I have plenty of things to work on, but we are so happy with our debut,” said Stine Dale after Norway’s sparkling relay debut - and an incredible Blummenfelt display - lit up the course.

The full results are available here

Kategorie: Triatlon

Untouchable Taylor-Brown holds on for first world title in Hamburg

So, 05/09/2020 - 17:55

There may not have been any spectators course-side, but there was no shortage of excitement in the women’s race of the 2020 Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon as Georgia Taylor-Brown powered to the line and a superb first world title. The Brit held off Bermuda’s Flora Duffy who took silver, Germany’s Laura Lindemann with bronze.

“I wasn’t confident at all”, said the new World Champion. “I did Super League Arena Games a couple of weeks ago and got some serious lung burn there. I was wondering how it was going to go, I didn’t really expect much from myself. I was grateful to be able to race again. I am quite shocked at that performance to be honest”, she explained.


Of the 65 women who took to the start line in Hamburg, it was swim experts Jessica Learmonth (GBR) and Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) who were quickly out front, powering their way to the first buoy and stretching the field as hard and fast as they could. 

USA’s Taylor Spivey and Summer Rappaport were predictably on their heels though, Therese Feuersinger (AUT) coming through to exit the water alongside Learmonth.

Reigning world champion Katie Zaferes, 2018 champion Vicky Holland and 2016 and 2017 champion Duffy emerged together only 8 seconds off the front along with Taylor Brown (GBR) and Lotte Miller (NOR).

With the surface slightly slicked with rain, Beaugrand lost early ground on Learmonth and Feuersinger with a small bike error on the first sharp corner but was quickly back up and riding

Duffy and Zaferes were heading the chase pack looking to catch Learmonth and Feuersinger just five seconds ahead, the likes of Rachel Klamer (NED), and Laura Lindemann behind them and down 13 seconds off the leaders.

By the halfway point the front duo were caught and Georgia Taylor Brown assumed the duties out front of a large leading group of 18 athletes.

A minute back, Vicky Holland was working hard with Anja Knapp, Edda Hannesdottir and Valerie Barthelemy (BEL).

Up front, almost all the big names were looking to set up a dramatic shootout over 5km.

Learmonth was straight out alongside Flora Duffy, Katie Zaferes struggled in T2 and found herself five seconds back, leaving Duffy and Learmonth opening up an important lead over the first 500m, quickly joined by Taylor-Brown after she kicked on to join them.

Spivey, Lindemann, Klamer and Maya Kingma were holding on but were soon 15 seconds back from the front after the first kilometre as Taylor-Brown made the first move and opened up daylight behind her.

By halfway of the 5km, Duffy had pulled away into second, Learmonth was caught by Lindemann and Spivey, reigning champion Zaferes now 22 seconds off the pole position.

It was Taylor Brown wanting to dictate the race though and she looked composed with a healthy 10-second advantage into the second of two laps. Duffy was never going to give up the chase though, but as Spivey and Lindemann faded, gold and silver were sealed.

It was an impeccable race from start to finish for Taylor Brown, and she could really soak in her first world title down the final few hundred metres. Silver for Duffy was another great effort for the Bermudian beset by injury in 2018 and 2019, and bronze went to home favourite Lindemann.

Spivey held on for fourth, last years champion Zaferes finished in fifth 34 seconds back, Maya Kingma (NED) sixth. Learmonth, Klamer, Miller and Feuersinger completed the top 10.

““It just sort of happened”, said the new Worl Champion. “I felt really comfortable setting off on the run, I really enjoyed the gravel running, that’s like my kind of running. I felt really comfortable on the gravel and thought let’s just go for it”, said Taylor-Brown.  “It feels weird saying that I am the Wrld Champion because it’s been an unusual year. We’re missing a few people as well. I am the world champion but in my eyes, Katie (Zaferes) is still the World Champion next year.”

Two-times world champion and now silver medallist Flora Duffy explained: “This was a huge race for me, the back half of 2018 and the first part of 2019 were really difficult. To miss most of this year because of COVID-19, it has a long time since I feel like I am in my stride and hit a podium. I am happy for personal reasons to finish second today, it was a really big step for me,” she said. “I’ve had a good progression on my run. The last few months I have been able to be consistent again for the first time in a really long time. I knew I was coming in with pretty good run form. But you know, I am a competitor and every time I line up at a World Championships I want to win so maybe there is a little sting of being that close but it is great progression and I am just so thankful we got to race safely. Georgia was phenomenal today and it’s fantastic to be back on the blue carpet.”

Racing on home soil, a delighted Laura Lindemann said: “It’s a home race and home races are always something special to me. There is always extra pressure because I perform better with more pressure, it suits me. I had really bad transitions, after each transition I had to improve my position. It was a hard race from start to finish.”

 

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Racing returns as WTS Hamburg readies for new World Champions on Saturday 


Út, 01/09/2020 - 22:39

It has been a long time coming but the stage is now set, and this year’s postponed Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon will take place on Saturday 5 September with two major changes. As the sole survivor of the year’s pandemic-hit World Triathlon Series calendar, the race becomes a standalone World Championships. The titles are also to be decided on a brand-new, sprint-distance course set up outside of downtown Hamburg and under new measures and protocols to ensure safe distancing and testing of all involved.

Some 10km north of the traditional WTS Hamburg venue, the 750m swim in Lake Stadtpark transitions to a flat 20km bike with six fast laps ready to shuffle the pack and determine which athletes head out of T2 and onto what could be a lightning-fast 5km run with the best chances of becoming World Champion.

Six months have passed since WTS Abu Dhabi became the first race of 2020 forced to be cancelled. In the months that followed, swimming pool access has been all but impossible, training options limited and race starts non-existent the world over. If returning to the start lines wasn’t exciting enough, the prospect of defending champions Vincent Luis and Katie Zaferes taking on the likes of Alistair Brownlee and Mario Mola, Flora Duffy and Jessica Learmonth, makes for an unmissable event, and you can watch it all unfold, as always, on TriathlonLIVE.tv.


Elite Men
4pm CEST

Last year’s Men’s Series was a wide-open and unpredictable rollercoaster, and that is set to be the case once again here thanks to a Hamburg start list thick with talent.

Wearing the number one will of course be last year’s champion Vincent Luis. The Frenchman was second in the city in 2019 but without a World Triathlon start for almost exactly a year when he rounded off that brilliant season with victory in the Banyoles World Cup, it may not be until he gets out of T1 that we will know if he can make it back-to-back wins. Teammate Leo Bergere will also look to produce a big challenge in the city that he and Luis won Mixed Relay gold for France last year.

There may be no Javier Gomez this weekend, but another multiple World Champion, Mario Mola, and Fernando Alarza are among the names ready to fly the Spanish flag high. A mixed year from Mola in 2019 ended with a flourish of podiums, Alarza also brilliantly consistent across all World Series races except Hamburg, where bike issues hampered his challenge.

Richard Murray has been setting some blistering times over 5km in lockdown and the South African will be well-prepared to bid for his first world title now back to full fitness, while host nation Germany will be looking to Jonas Schomburg and Justus Nieschlag to try and become the country’s first World Champion since Daniel Unger in 2007. Tokyo 2020 qualifier Schomburg will be looking to deliver some trademark power on the bike to leave himself well placed for a 5km showdown.

Among those likely to be fastest over that final segment could be Jelle Geens, for whom a superb run in Montreal 12 months ago was enough to hold off Mola to secure the Belgian’s first WTS gold. Norway’s all-star trio of Kristian Blummenfelt, Gustav Iden and Casper Stornes collectively enjoyed great success in 2019 and will be heading to Hamburg full of confidence in bringing a world title back to Scandinavia this year.

Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee and Alex Yee will be the names to watch from Great Britain, with few on the list faster than Yee over 5km. A debutant at the top level last year, Yee managed to bag a brilliant bronze in Abu Dhabi to prove he has what it takes, and will no doubt be looking to get in and around his teammates on the bike to keep himself in contention for that final effort.

Elsewhere, there is no doubt that the likes of Brazil’s Manoel Messias, Hungarian Bence Bicsak, Portugal’s Joao Silva and USA’s Matt McElroy are all capable of medal-winning performances and, in a one-off race and in an already upside down year like this has been, it would be a brave man to ignore anyones chances of leaving Germany as World Champion.

Full start list here


Elite Women
6pm CEST

Katie Zaferes spent most of 2019 as the woman to catch, the American sealing her first world title in Lausanne thanks to a typically determined display and despite a bad bike accident in Tokyo just weeks before hampering her preparations for that Grand Final. Wearing the number one this weekend, she will be fully dialled in to the task in hand of defending that crown in Hamburg and something of a certainty to be challenging over the final stages as we have come to expect.

Likewise Flora Duffy, the Bermudian who won the title in style in 2016 and 2017 before succumbing to an injury midway the following year that took her out of racing for a year after the 2018 WTS Hamburg. Back on a start list for the first time at that Tokyo Test Event, a shortened 5km run due to heat stress indicators wasn’t the only unexpected part of the race to help her to a comeback win, and another great bike in Lausanne showed she is back to her best and ready to make it three titles.

Great Britain duo Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown were never far from the podium in 2019 and have hit the rivers around Leeds to make up for time away from the pool during lockdown. Georgia scooped gold in the north-England city for a popular first WTS win last year, while Jess finished on the podium no fewer than five times to take overall Series silver behind Zaferes, and her swim-bike power could be a huge advantage this weekend if she can get away from the field.

The USA’s Taylor Spivey and Summer Rappaport have also been involved in some brilliant race finishes with that trio across the past few seasons. Rappaport became the first American to secure qualification for Tokyo with a superb race in August to go with her three World Series podiums in what was a consistently impressive 2019 season.

Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer, Britain’s 2018 World Champion Vicky Holland and Austria’s Olympic qualifier Lisa Perterer complete the powerful top 10 of a women’s start list packed with podium potential.  


The 2019 Under 23 World Champion in Lausanne, Emilie Morier, and teammate Cassandre Beaugrand have both tasted big-race victory and will know how to handle the pressure of this unique occasion, Leonie Periault the third French star lining up with sights firmly set on the podium.

Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes is another excellent swimmer for whom a clear first turn in the lake could make a big difference overall, Germany’s Laura Lindemann and Lisa Tertsch providing the big home hopes for medals.

Full start list here

Kategorie: Triatlon

2020 Mixed Relay World Championships hit Hamburg on Sunday

Út, 01/09/2020 - 03:47

There may only be one World Triathlon Mixed Team Relay race that has been able to stay on the 2020 calendar, but at least it is The Big One: The Hamburg World Championships. In a year of uncertainty, a race that has been a highlight of the season since 2013 has survived the storm and on Sunday, 20 teams will line up under new World Triathlon safety procedures to once again battle for that unique team triathlon gold.

As ever, team composition and order can be changed up to two hours before the race start of 1.30pm local time (CEST). Watch all the action as it happens on the home of multisports, TriathlonLIVE.tv.


With the Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand teams sadly unable to make it to Germany, last year’s champions France will be hunting a third straight title in the city that has brought them so much success. The French squad’s strength in depth has been impressive, and whether it is Vincent Luis or his teammates Leo Bergere, Pierre le Corre or Dorian Coninx who picks up the anchor leg, they will be the team to watch.

The Brits can also count on a strong blend of experience and youth, with Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Alex Yee, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Jessica Learmonth and Vicky Holland all primed and ready to be called upon. They had a tough time here a year ago, but the new course could suit the squad that will want to build on a run of second-placed Series finishes towards the end of last season.

The women of Team USA have been battling the Brits for much of the past two season in the individual races and with Katie Zaferes, Taylor Spivey and Summer Rappaport occupying three of the top 5 in Saturday’s event, the likes of Matthew Mcelroy, Morgan Pearson and Seth Rider will be eager to join them in the battle for medals.

With Laura Lindemann and Jonas Schomburg already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Team Germany will be completed by the top man and woman from the individual races. Less is known of Team Norway, the group looking to use Hamburg for the first step on the road to what could be a collective Olympic medal challenge at Paris 2024. Kristian Blummenfelt, Casper Stornes and Gustav Iden are three men that could make most squads and, along with Lotte Miller, 21-year-old Stine Dale could fill that crucial fourth berth. 

The ever-ready Belgian Hammers are likely to once again feature the combined talents of Claire Michel, Valerie Barthelemy, Jelle Geens and Erwin Vanderplancke, and while we can also expect strong showings from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Hungary and Portugal, over the super-sprint distances and on a brand new course after a year like this, we should probably also expect the unexpected on Sunday. 



The full line ups will be available here two hours before the race.

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Edmonton to host 2021 Grand Final and Bermuda to stage Sprint and Relay World Championships

St, 26/08/2020 - 10:22

After months of deliberations to ensure the best outcomes for all stakeholders, the Executive Board has decided to split the 2021 World Triathlon Grand Final; Edmonton (CAN) will host the Grand Final in August for Elite, U23 and Age-Group Olympic distance and Super-Sprint distance events whilst Bermuda will organise the Sprint and Mixed Relay World Championships in October, made up of 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 Paratriathlon World Championships will be hosted prior to the Paralympic Games, in a third location which will be determined in future Board meetings, after reviewing proposals from prospective organisers.

Please review the 2021 World Triathlon Age-Group World Championships Frequently Asked Questions.

Earlier this week the Executive Board approved the awarding of the 2020 World Championships titles in Hamburg, at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon event to be held on September 5.
“Athletes, coaches, National Federations and ourselves - we all know this has been and still is a very strange year with endless challenges, and that we need to make the best decisions humanly possible in the best interest of all concerned. We know that announcing that the World Championships title will now, following the cancellation of the two events, be contested at the only event left on the calendar and that there is little advanced notice of this announcement, is far from ideal. We want to assure you that it is not just the best option but the only option we have to give our athletes the chance to compete and showcase their best at this level. I really want to thank the organisers, the German Federation and the World Triathlon staff for their commitment and efforts to make this opportunity, under challenging circumstances, possible. We appreciate their helping all the athletes and coaches travel to Germany to compete despite some travel restrictions and their setting up of an event and a course that I am sure will be magnificent”, explained World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.

“Sport can be a great tool on the road to recovery, we are slowly going back to this new normality, and we are doing everything we can to support the athletes, organisers, national federations and all our partners on this journey. The health and safety of all the athletes is our first priority, and keeping that in mind, we will make every effort to deliver a great event and crown the World Champions”, she said.

The Executive Board also approved the call for Congress, to be held on 29 November, with nominations for President, Vice Presidents, Board members and Committees open until 15 October. The Congress will either take place in Paris with some members attending virtually, or fully virtual if the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak increase in the upcoming weeks.

Please review the World Triathlon COVID-19 prevention guidelines for Event Organisers.

 

Kategorie: Triatlon

2020 World Triathlon Champions to be crowned at WTS Hamburg

Út, 25/08/2020 - 16:39

In a teleconference meeting, the World Triathlon Executive Board approved the awarding of the 2020 World Championships titles in Hamburg, at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon event to be held on September 5. This decision follows the Board’s approval of the cancellation of the other two remaining events of the 2020 World Triathlon Series, the Groupe Copley World Triathlon Montreal and the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda.

After receiving a comprehensive update of the status of the events worldwide, and following numerous discussions with local organisers, National Federations and governments, the Board approved the request of Triathlon Canada to cancel the Groupe Copley World Triathlon Montreal event and the 2020 Montreal Paratriathlon World Championships, planned for October 3-4, as well as the request, due to the current COVID 19 outbreak impacting events worldwide, by the organisers of the 2020 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda and the Bermuda Paratriathlon World Cup to also cancel the events, planned for November 2020.

With Hamburg remaining as the only WTS event of the 2020 season, and following the World Triathlon Series current contractual obligations, the decision was made to award the World Championship Titles in this race, with the Mixed Relay World Championships also taking place in Hamburg on September 6. Elite start lists for the event are currently full for the male, female and Mixed Relay races, with current World Champions Katie Zaferes (USA) and Vincent Luis (FRA) ready to toe the start line along with double Olympic medallist Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) and multiple World Champions such as Mario Mola (ESP), Flora Duffy (BER) or Vicky Holland (GBR), among many others. Elite quotas will be increased in 10 athletes per gender.

Karlovy Vary (CZE) and Arzachena (ITA) will host the next World Cup races on 13 September and 10 October respectively, while Alhandra (POR) will play host to the only Paratriathlon World Cup of this season also on the weekend of 10 October, a year that has been heavily impacted by the pandemic worldwide. Unfortunately, the Paratriathlon World Championships won’t take place in 2020.

After many months of deliberations to ensure the best outcomes for all stakeholders, the Executive Board decided to split the Grand Final already for 2021. Edmonton (CAN) will host the Grand Final in August -Elite and U23 Olympic distance, Age-Group Olympic and Super-Sprint distance events- whilst Bermuda will organise the Sprint and Mixed Relay World Championships in October, i.e. the Super-Sprint for the Elites, Elite World Championships, Junior World Championships, Age-Group Sprint World Championships and the Mixed Relay World Champs for all categories-. The 2021 Paratriathlon World Championships will be hosted prior to the Paralympic Games, in a third location to be determined in future Board meetings after opening the bidding process, then receiving and reviewing proposals from organisers.

“Athletes, coaches, National Federations and ourselves… we all know this has been and still is a very strange year with endless challenges, and that we need to make the best decisions humanly possible in the best interest of all concerned. We know that announcing that the World Championships title will now, following the cancellation of the two events, be contested at the only event left on the calendar and that there is little advanced notice of this announcement, is far from ideal. We want to assure you that it is not just the best option but the only option we have to give our athletes the chance to compete and showcase their best at this level. I really want to thank the organisers, the German Federation and the World Triathlon staff for their commitment and efforts to make this opportunity, under challenging circumstances, possible. We appreciate their helping all the athletes and coaches travel to Germany to compete despite some travel restrictions and their setting up of an event and a course that I am sure will be magnificent”, explained World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.

“Sport can be a great tool on the road to recovery, we are slowly going back to this new normality, and we are doing everything we can to support the athletes, organisers, national federations and all our partners on this journey. The health and safety of all the athletes is our first priority, and keeping that in mind, we will make every effort to deliver a great event and crown the World Champions”, she said.

The Executive Board also approved the call for Congress, to be held on 29 November, with nominations for President, Vice Presidents, Board members and Committees open until 15 October. The Congress will either take place in Paris with some members attending virtually, or fully virtual if the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak increase in the upcoming weeks.

Kategorie: Triatlon

2020 Women’s Committee Award of Excellence Nominations

Po, 24/08/2020 - 14:54

A message from Tomoko Wada, Chair, World Triathlon Women’s Committee: 2020 World Triathlon Women’s Committee Award of Excellence Nominations

We face unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic throughout the world. However, I believe we are united and stronger together and positively strive for a new normal, anticipating our activities getting back to a full extent.
In saying this, continuing its tradition of honouring women in the sport of triathlon, the World Triathlon Women’s Committee is pleased to announce the application process for the 2020 Award of Excellence. This year’s Award of Excellence (AOE) presentation will take place at the World Triathlon Congress in Paris, France, complete details are still to be confirmed.

National Federations are encouraged to nominate an individual or an organisation that has made a significant and meaningful contribution to women’s involvement at all levels of the sport of triathlon and paratriathlon. Nominations will be evaluated by the AOE selection committee including an external peer review panel that will carefully weigh each nominees’ relevant awards and honors, accomplishments in advancing women in triathlon, and the nominator’s endorsement of the individual or organisation.

Please refer to both the nomination form and the award criteria which will help ensure your nominee’s achievements and contributions are presented effectively. 
Completed nomination forms should be submitted by Monday 31 August, 2020, to womensaward@triathlon.org

The World Triathlon Women’s Committee has bestowed its Award of Excellence annually since 2012. During that time, the award recipients have each displayed great inspiration and served as role models to women and youth engaged in triathlon. The award recipients each also epitomise the importance of how one individual or an organisation can have a positive influence on the triathlon community.

Thank you for your commitment to nominating a deserving individual or organisation, from your Federation, that has had a tremendous influence on promoting women in our sport. We eagerly look forward to your nomination. 

Tomoko Wada
Chair, World Triathlon Women’s Committee

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon Series racing to resume in Hamburg under controlled conditions

Čt, 20/08/2020 - 02:19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the elite races of the HAMBURG WASSER World Triathlon will take place under controlled conditions in the Stadtpark in the Hamburg district of Winterhude, instead of Hamburg’s city centre as in previous years. Stacked Elite athlete fields will take the stage in the heart of Hamburg-North on Saturday, 5 September, over a sprint distance. The Mixed Relay World Championships will start Sunday, 6 September.

“Words cannot easily describe how happy we are to be resuming the World Triathlon calendar in Hamburg”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “The triathlon family, as the whole world, has suffered a lot during this pandemic, and it is so important and meaningful for us to be back on the blue carpet for the HAMBURG WASSER World Triathlon. I really want to thank the LOC, the Hamburg authorities, the German Triathlon Federation and all the staff for their hard work to make sure that we can organize this event safely for all the athletes - and a big thank you to all the athletes competing, for keeping training and positive during the pandemic and lockdown and for coming to Hamburg to resume the competition”.

The event will be the first to resume on the World Triathlon calendar since the pandemic and will see the world’s best triathletes line up in Hamburg, including reigning World Champions, Katie Zaferes (USA) and Vincent Luis (FRA), as well as double-Olympic medallist, Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) and World Champions Mario Mola (ESP), Flora Duffy (BER) and Vicky Holland (GBR). Laura Lindemann and Jonas Schomburg will be leading a strong German team on their return to competition.

Aiming for the 2020 Mixed Relay World Championships crown, teams will toe the start line in Stadtpark on Sunday. Current title holder, Team France will be looking towards a third consecutive victory, but the field will feature strong mixed relay teams such as Team USA, Team GB and Team GER among the ones to battle for podium positions.

Elite racing will be streamed in full on TriathlonLIVE.tv - the event schedule can be found via the website.

While the Age-Group races of the HAMBURG WASSER World Triathlon had to be cancelled this year as it was not feasible to apply the nationwide hygiene regulations and the necessary contact tracking due to the thousands of spectators in the Hamburg ity centre, the Elite races will be carried out under exclusion of spectators and in compliance with a hygiene concept developed especially for this event, to guarantee the safety of all competing athletes and their teams.

The hygiene concept consists in principle of the following five categories of measures and are intended to ensure that the event can be carried out safely:
- Further education - training measures for participants, volunteers and event personnel
- Distance and hygiene rules - measures for participants as well as event personnel and volunteers to ensure the best possible compliance with the distance rules and the wearing of mouth and nose protection in all event areas
- Contact reduction - reducing the number of contact points between all parties involved in the event without jeopardizing security-related aspects of the event
- Self-sufficiency of the athletes - minimizing the support of the athletes, as well as promoting the code of conduct of the individual athletes
- Control - improved and extended control facilities at sensitive points to ensure that hygiene measures are in place, that distance rules are observed and that the obligation to wear a mouth and nose protector is respected

Review the World Triathlon COVID-19 prevention guidelines for Event Organisers.

Event director Oliver Schiek explains: “Together with the World Triathlon Team, the German Triathlon Union and the local authorities, we have been working hard over the past weeks and months to develop a concept that will allow a safe and responsible organization of the professional races of the HAMBURG WASSER World Triathlon. We want to send a clear signal of positivity to the world of triathlon and we are very happy that there will be a showdown of the triathlon world elite in Hamburg this year again – especially in challenging times like these. Because after all, what makes endurance athletes, if not perseverance and discipline?”

“I am delighted that the world’s triathlon elite will be able to compete in Hamburg in 2020,” says Hamburg’s Sports Senator Andy Grote. “After beach volleyball at the Olympic base and the upcoming tennis ATP tournament at Rothenbaum, the next top tournament in the Active City is already on the agenda. Especially in view of the painful decision to postpone the major street sports events until next year, the event is a small consolation for all sports fans who will be able to follow the competition live from the city park on their screens. Hopefully next year all of Hamburg will be at the start again!”

“Through our joint efforts we have succeeded in ensuring that national and international elite triathletes will be able to compete in Hamburg-North in September. The majority of high-class sport competitions had to be cancelled this year; all the more I am glad that we at least found a solution for the HAMBURG WASSER World Triathlon. With the city park we have an area where we can host all triathlon disciplines under the current guidelines of the COVID-19 regulations. Our main focus during the preparation was to reduce the restrictions for the visitors inside the city park as well as for the park itself to a minimum. We are looking forward to an exciting and safe competition in the heart of Hamburg-North,” says district manager Michael Werner-Boelz.

DTU president Martin Engelhardt: “This is an important sign for triathlon Germany and the Olympic triathlon worldwide with the message: The fascination of triathlon is coming back to life at the highest level, albeit under special conditions. I am particularly pleased for the athletes who work hard every day as professional athletes to maintain their athletic level that they finally have the opportunity to compete against each other at the highest international level. Our thanks go to the organizers who set up the race under these extraordinary circumstances, the city of Hamburg, which proves how deeply sport and especially the triathlon is anchored in ActiveCity Hamburg and the public broadcasters that will report live from the races in the usual way. The event in Hamburg with the Mixed-Team World Championship is the most important race in 2020 for the World Triathlon Federation. Hamburg and Germany are proving their reliability by staging them under difficult conditions.”

Kategorie: Triatlon

Training, teammates and Tokyo tactics - Katie Zaferes on the World Triathlon podcast

St, 19/08/2020 - 14:56

For the thirteenth episode of the World Triathlon podcast, USA’s 2019 World Champion Katie Zaferes dialled in from her family home in Maryland as she begins the road back to being race ready, albeit with great uncertainty remaining about the chances of travel from the US to Europe for the postponed WTS Hamburg on 5-6 September.

“We’ve had a good five weeks of solid training, and we’re not usually base training for, like, 6 months, so we had a down week to make sure that whatever the remaining time is to possible racing I had a break mentally and physically,” she said.

“Right now, as Americans we aren’t allowed to travel to many places, including Europe… it’s very strange being less than a month away from a race and having no idea if we would be able to travel or if there could be quarantine for two weeks. Im excited to see the changes to the course but as (coach) Joel Filiol has been saying, any racing is good racing.”

During the downtime at home, with so much going on in the world and an unusually high level of exposure to news in the US and beyond, Katie has been reading up on history and, in particular, the wider conversations around the Black Lives Matter protests across the United States.

“Ive been doing a lot more reading of history and taking note of the racial issues happening in the world… part of being home makes it unavoidable, as it should it be. I think that, before, i’d get overwhelmed by it all whereas now i realise you don’t have to fix everything but you do have to play the part that you can. As triathletes we train and race to get uncomfortable, but you also train to understand you can only control the controllables and I think that comes into my personal life with everything going on in the world too.”

The extra time to think has clearly had positive as well as occasionally negative impacts for Katie over the past few months, but there is no doubt that the burning optimism to get back out to doing what she does best is as bright as ever.

“Ive had moments of feeling lost and questioning what i’m doing… but I think my overall feeling is still more positive. Im glad the Olympics were postponed not cancelled, i’m just glad there’s still that shot and that clear direction still to aim for. I love reflecting on races and what went well and what didn’t, then working on the mental side of it and trying to figure things out in training. I enjoy writing out my goals and when I haven’t been, Joel will even ask me to show him I’ve been doing that because he knows it is so important to me.”

You can hear the full interview with Katie Zaferes discussing joining Joel Filiol’s training group, Olympic qualification and Tokyo tactics on Spotify, Apple and Google.

 

Kategorie: Triatlon

Tiszaujvaros and Tongyeong 2020 World Cups, and Alanya Paratriathlon World Cup, cancelled

St, 05/08/2020 - 14:04

The World Triathlon Executive Board has approved the cancellation of the 2020 Tiszaujvaros and Tongyeong World Cups and the Alanya Paratriathlon World Cup, due to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic in these countries. The Tiszaujvaros ETU European Cup and the Alanya ETU Youth European Championships Festival are also suspended.

One of the most welcomed races in the World Cup calendar for years, the traditional Tiszaujvaros Triathlon Grand Week, including the World Cup and the ETU Junior Cup, will not take place this year. The race was initially planned for July and then moved to the Autumn due to the COVID 19 outbreak. Despite the numerous efforts of the local organizing committee and the Hungarian Triathlon Association with the local authorities, the final decision was to cancel the event for 2020, hoping to be back in the calendar in 2021.

“An event with such a meaning for us and for the triathlon community as Tiszy is can only be held in stable and safe conditions, this is in the common interest of all of us. For us, the priority is to protect the health of the athletes and the local population, the sports-loving audience, and sadly in the current situation we cannot bear responsibility to hold the event in any form”, said Tibor Lehmann, event director.

The situation with the pandemic and current travel restrictions to and from Turkey has also forced the organisers of the 2020 Alanya Paratriathlon World Cup and ETU Youth European Championships Festival to cancel the event for 2020, scheduled originally for October 1-4.

A similar situation has also forced the Korean Triathlon Federation to cancel the 2020 Tongyeong World Cup, planned for October 17-18, with the aim of the event to be back in the circuit in 2021.

World Triathlon wants to express their immense gratitude to the local organisers of the three events, as well as the Hungarian Triathlon Association, the Turkish Triathlon Federation and the Korean Triathlon Federation, as well as all the local governments, for their continuous efforts on trying to put the events in place.

After the unfortunate announcement of the cancellation of the Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships, it is also confirmed that the ETU events in Targu Mures and Constanta will not go ahead either.

With the world being impacted by the pandemic, World Triathlon staff is working with organisers and national federations on the remaining events in the calendar. For the moment, World Triathlon Hamburg, Montreal and Bermuda are still scheduled to take place in September and October, while the Karlovy Vary, Arzachena and Miyazaki World Cups are planned for the same period. More announcements and information regarding other events in the calendar will come in the next weeks.

As announced previously, the World Triathlon Executive Board voted in favour of holding the 2020 World Championships. The U23 and Junior events is planned to be held on the first weekend of November in Europe, an event that will also give the opportunity of racing to the younger athletes from Europe who couldn’t compete at the European Junior Championships in Tartu. The exact location and the detailed information are expected to be announced at the end of August.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Tokyo 2020 announces the Paralympic competition schedule

Út, 04/08/2020 - 11:11

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the Paralympic competition schedule, following the Games’ postponement to 2021. Featuring 539 events across 22 sports contested at 21 venues, the Paralympic Games will take place in the Japanese capital city from 24 August – 5 September, with Paratriathletes taking the stage on August 28 and 29.

The Paratriathlon competition will start on Saturday, August 28, with the Men’s PTS4 class being the first one to start, followed by the Women’s PTS2 and then both Male and Female PTVI classes. The following day, on Sunday August 29th, it will be the turn for the Men and Women PTWC classes, followed by the Men’s PTS5 and Women’s PTS5. As it was planned, the start time for the races will be 6.30am, and the first races will involve the classes of athletes who, due to their impairment, are most impacted by heat.

The first medals of the Paralympic Games will be awarded on August 25 in the women’s track cycling 3,000m pursuit time trial C1-3, which will take place at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka prefecture.  On the same day, medallists will be decided in a total of 24 events, including 16 swimming, four wheelchair fencing and four track cycling events.

Paralympic fans will be able to enjoy watching traditional favourites like athletics and swimming events throughout; these are scheduled for all but two of the 12 days of the Games. Athletics will feature the largest number of individual events at the Games, and all athletics sessions will include finals, resulting in 167 medal events.

Of the total 300 sessions, 109 will include medal events. Overall, events have been scheduled at family-friendly times that will allow as many people as possible to experience them. The latest sessions in 18 out of the 22 sports are scheduled to finish before or at 10 p.m. local time.

Super Sunday

Falling mid-way through the Games on 29 August, an exciting 63 medal events will be held, the most of any day during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. This will include 20 final events in athletics, four in triathlon, four in rowing, 13 in swimming, and five in judo. The wheelchair rugby final will also take place, with hopes running high in reigning world champions Japan.

Badminton and taekwondo, newly introduced to the Paralympic Games, will be two of the highlights of the latter half of the Games. The first ever Paralympic taekwondo medallists will be determined on 2 September and medal events for badminton will be held on 4 September, the penultimate day of the Games.

On 5 September, the closing day of the Paralympic Games, a total of 15 final events will be held in men’s and women’s marathon, badminton, men’s wheelchair basketball, women’s sitting volleyball and shooting. The last medal session of the Games will be the men’s wheelchair basketball.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon is welcoming bids for the 2021 Winter Triathlon World Championships and World Cups

Pá, 31/07/2020 - 11:21

World Triathlon is pleased to announce that it has opened bidding for the Winter Triathlon World Cups and World Championships in 2021. With the World title awarded in Asiago (Italy) the last two years, and the first-ever World Cup of Winter Triathlon making its debut in China, host cities and winter resorts across the world are now welcomed to send their proposals for the 2021 season.


“Winter Triathlon is not only ideal for all triathletes looking to keep up their training in the winter, but also provides a great opportunity for winter sport fans to cross over into triathlon. It is indeed one of the triathlon disciplines that World Triathlon is looking forward to have more presence in the next few years, with a growing number of athletes, coaches and National Federations involved in the sport in the last few years”, said World Triathlon President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Triathlon is a sport that be contested by all ages, genders, nationalities and in every season, and Winter Triathlon is a great prove of that,” she agreed.

The bidding is open for all National Federations and cities interested in hosting the premier races of a sport that welcomes the idea that the colder the better.

Triathletes from all over the world will contest the winter sport over a 6km run, 12km mountain bike and 9.6km ski course.

The first Winter Triathlon World Championships were first held in Mals, Italy, in 1997, and has since gained attraction every, with thousands of athletes participating in the sport.

Cities interested in hosting the 2021 World Championships, or the World Cup races, must submit their bid documents before August 31st. World Triathlon will review all candidatures and will announce the winning cities on September 15th, 2020, after the approval of the Executive Board.

Read the Bidding Document here

Kategorie: Triatlon

Nicola Spirig on the magic of the Olympics and one of the all-time finishes at London 2012

Čt, 30/07/2020 - 15:19

In the week that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was due to crown not just the next Men’s and Women’s Olympic Champions but also award the first ever Mixed Team Relay medals, the World Triathlon podcast welcomed London 2012 champion Nicola Spirig to discuss her own experiences of the world’s biggest sports event and the impact of the postponement on her preparations.

Gunning for an unprecedented fifth Olympic appearance in Tokyo, Spirig’s breathtaking sprint finish against Lisa Norden in 2012 is still one of the most exciting moments in the history of the sport. The photo-finish showed victory by the finest of margins, making her only the fourth Swiss woman ever to win an Olympic gold. As she reveals in the interview, whatever her mum may think, it was certainly not down to luck.

“You always need some luck in a race, but I do think I was so aware of the situation. There was a screen at the finish line for the guests and I was watching Lisa coming closer behind me and I knew that these were the seconds after four years of preparation that could be the difference between first and second. I just knew I had to get to the finish line somehow first.”

That she did, fulfilling a burning ambition of an Olympic medal at the third attempt. Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 had left a huge impression on Spirig, but the way that people reacted to her win served to emphasise just what a unifying sporting moment it was.

“People were coming up to me afterwards not asking how I felt but telling how they were feeling and how they lived it and saw the sprint. There was so much emotion from their side as well, and that made me realise how much it does inspire people too and part of why I initiated the kids races and the foundation.”

You can listen to the full interview on Apple, Spotify and Google, and hear Nicola talk more about that race, how much she savoured her battle with Gwen Jorgensen in Rio four years later and the joy of having her family there to see her win silver, as well as looking ahead to the prospect of that fifth Olympic appearance ahead in Tokyo.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Tokyo 2020 confirms the competition schedule for the Games

Pá, 17/07/2020 - 16:45

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has confirmed the event line-up for each competition session of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, following their postponement to 2021. Get ready for a summer full of triathlon at its best, with the Elite Men vying for Olympic glory on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 6.30 am, and the Women following up on Tuesday, July 27 also at 6.30am. The debut of the Mixed Relay at the Olympics will take place on “Super Saturday”, July 31, at 7.30 am.

Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee agreed in April that given the critical impact of the competition schedule on every aspect of preparation, each session of the 2021 competition would in principle be scheduled as originally planned for 2020. This has been reflected in the confirmed competition schedule, noting that for operational reasons the start and end times of certain events have been adjusted although that is not the case of Triathlon in all its three medal events.

Events in 2021 will take place at the same competition venues that were planned to be used in 2020: the impressive Odaiba Marine Park, also the impressive set up of the Test Event held last summer. Preparations for the Games continue as Tokyo 2020 works to resolve any remaining issues including the periods of venue usage.

Opening of the Games
The competitions will kick off with softball at 9:00 a.m. on 21 July 2021, two days before the Opening Ceremony, at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium. Preliminary football matches will start on the same day, with rowing preliminary events and archery ranking rounds to be held on 23 July, the day of the Opening Ceremony. The first medal event—the women’s shooting 10m air rifle—will start at 8:30 a.m. on 24 July. Medal events in six more sports—archery, cycling (road race), fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting—will also be held, with medals being awarded in a total of 11 events that day.

Urban sports, an exciting new highlight of the Tokyo 2020 Games, will commence with men’s and women’s 3x3 basketball on 24 July, the day after the Opening Ceremony, both men’s and women’s 3x3 basketball matches can be seen in every session. Urban sports will be held in the Aomi and Ariake areas throughout almost the entire period of the Games. Skateboarding street events will be held on 25 and 26 July. BMX freestyle park events will follow on 31 July and 1 August with skateboarding (park) featuring on 4 and 5 August and sport climbing from 3 to 6 August.

Action-packed weekend highlights the most gender-balanced Games in history
Fans around the world are expected to tune in on “Super Saturday” and “Golden Sunday”, 31 July and 1 August, as an exciting array of medal events take place. A total of 21 medal events will be held on “Super Saturday”, including first-time Olympic Games events such as the judo mixed team event, the triathlon mixed relay and the shooting trap mixed team event, all of which will help make Tokyo 2020 the most gender-balanced Olympic Games in history.

This day will also see the men’s football quarter-finals, which will be staged at four different venues throughout Japan. This sporting extravaganza will be followed by 25 medal events on “Golden Sunday”, including the men’s athletics 100m final, men’s and women’s gymnastics finals, and the men’s tennis singles final. “Golden Sunday” will also feature the final day of fencing events including the men’s team foil final, and the closing day of swimming events, with five finals scheduled. This action-packed weekend is sure to be a memorable highlight of the Games.

Climactic lead-up to the finale
The second half of the Games, from 30 July onward, will feature semi-finals and finals in wrestling, karate and other team events, as well as athletics events at the new Olympic Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Athletics finals will feature in almost all sessions, except the 30 and 31 July morning sessions. The 4 x 100m relay for men and women will take place on the evening of 6 August.

Saturday, 7 August, the day before the Closing Ceremony, will constitute another “Super Saturday”, featuring no fewer than 34 event finals, the highest single day number during the Games. The key attractions on this climactic day will include the men’s basketball final, the men’s football final, the women’s marathon final, the baseball final, the men’s volleyball final, the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final and the artistic swimming team free routine. The final day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Sunday 8 August, will commence with the men’s marathon in Sapporo. The last medal event will be the men’s water polo final, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The victory ceremony for the women’s marathon will be held during the Closing Ceremony for the first time in Olympic history. Together with the victory ceremony for the men’s marathon, this makes the ceremony even more memorable for everyone including the athletes and spectators.

Tokyo 2020 took a holistic approach when compiling the schedule, taking into account athletes’ experience & well-being, the technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, global TV audiences, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, gender balance and operational considerations. The competition schedule may be subject to change.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Championships in 2020 approved; Zofingen, Brasilia and Chinese WC canceled

Pá, 17/07/2020 - 16:29

World Triathlon Executive Board, on a meeting held via teleconference, has approved some changes on the 2020 calendar, giving the green light to the Elite, U23, Junior and Paratriathlon World Championships to go ahead in 2020, at the end of the year, with venues and dates to be announced shortly. The Board also decided the cancellation of the Zofingen Long Distance Duathlon World Championships, the Brasilia, Chengdu, Weihai and Wenzhou Multisport World Cups, as well as the Lianyungang, Dexing and Shantou Asian Cups.

After reviewing the recommendations from the Athletes, Technical and Coaches Committees, and also after consultations with all National Federations regarding the convenience of organizing this year World Championships for all Elite categories, the Executive Board gave the green light for all of them.

The Elite, U23 and Junior 2020 World Championships were planned initially to take place in the Edmonton Grand Final in August, while the Paratriathlon World Championships was first set to take place in Milan in May and then moved to Montreal in June. The World Triathlon staff, along with organisers and national federations, is now looking at the best available locations and dates for these races to happen. The Mixed Relay World Championships is planned to take place in Hamburg, on September 4-5.

The Executive Board analysed the different circumstances and reports from National Federations and organizing committees regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, and decided to support the request from the Zofingen (SUI) organisers to cancel the event, due to take place on September 20. The event, one of the classics in the calendar, will return next year to the Swiss alpine landscape, with the 2021 Powerman Zofingen Duathlon Long Distance World Championships taking place on May 30. 

The COVID-19 outbreak in Brazil has also forced the organisers of the 2020 Brasilia World Cup to cancel the event, initially planned for April but postponed in the early stages of the pandemic. Both the organisers and the National Federation have come to the conclusion that it will not be feasible to organize the race in Brazil this year, but will try to work on an alternative for 2021.

After the announcement of the Chinese government that all the international sport events in the country in 2020 will be cancelled, the Chinese Triathlon Federation has been forced to announce also the cancellation of all the international races in the next few months. That decision includes the Weihai Triathlon World Cup (12-13 September); Chengdu Triathlon World Cup (September 19-20); Wenzhou Multisport World Cup (October 17-18); Lianyungang Asian Cup (September 26); Dexing Asian Cup (October 10) and Shantou Asian Cup (October 31).

Kategorie: Triatlon