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AG Sprint and Relay World Championships gather nearly 2,000 athletes from 22 nations in Montreal

Čt, 30/06/2022 - 14:23

Age-Group racing for the world’s triathletes returned to the blue carpet in grand style and scale for the 2022 Sprint and – for the first time in history – Mixed Relay World Championships Montreal on 25-26 June.

Hot on the heels of the Multisport World Championships Targu Mures, Montreal had the first sprint-distance triathlon world titles on the line since all the way back at Lausanne 2019, and the anticipation was ramping up in the week up to the event.

The biggest delegations of athletes came from Mexico, USA, Great Britain, Australia and, of course, the hosts Canada, with over 22 countries in total represented across the two days.

Bad weather may have taken the opening ceremony indoors, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of athletes carrying their flags for the Parade of Nations through the waterside park. Then, early on Saturday morning, it was the 45+ men who got proceedings underway in the individual races, Mexico’s former elite star Arturo Garza Heiras destroying the field to finish a full three minutes ahead of second place and score the fastest time of the day from any of the age categories.

But there were plenty of memorable performances from athletes whether they crossed first or last. “I’ve been doing triathlon 15 years but this is my first at the World Championships, and it was a wonderful race,” said Linda Fequiere (CAN) after her 50-54 age category race. “It’s such an energetic atmosphere here. We are welcoming ten native Canadian youths here this week so I hope they can be inspired by the racing and take part in a training camp and then their first ever triathlons.”

USA’s Michelle Stratton was the fastest woman of the day, scoring gold and a first world championship title in the 30-34 category thanks in part to a rapid 18m38s time for the final 5km run on her blue carpet debut. 

Michelle went on to win Mixed Relay gold in the 30-39 category with teammates Jason McCormack, Todd Buckingham and Petra Baksova, after another US quartet had become the first ever AG Mixed Relay Triathlon World Champions in the 50-59 category.

At just 15 years-old, Shantelle Tupaz was the youngest athlete to bring home the relay gold as the USA dominated the podiums, Mexico winning the 40-49 and 20-29 age-group relay world titles, Great Britain with the 60-69 group gold.

“We’ve absolutely loved it,” said Isabella Luckie Piccolo (MEX), part of the winning Mexico team. “We knew it was going to be good after we all podium’d yesterday. It was very nervous and tense on the start line, but it’s been an amazing week, from start to finish the atmosphere has had everyone cheering the whole time. Finishing with gold was the cherry on top.”

The full results from the weekend can be found here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

France deliver another sizzling Mixed Relay World Championship title in Montreal

Po, 27/06/2022 - 00:32

Team France once again lived up to their billing as triathlon’s Mixed Relay masters with another sizzling world title win, this time landing the prize on the streets of Montreal.

The races came at the end of an intense few days of action for many of the athletes off the back of the individual WTCS Montreal elimination, but the French team brought in fresh legs in the form of Emma Lombardi and the U23 world champion played a big role in the win, along with Pierre Le Corre and Vincent Luis setting up Cassandre Beaugrand to finally bring home the gold.

Two men and two women’s places on the Paris 2024 start were on the line as well as the world championship titles, and with France already qualified as hosts, those slots went to Great Britain after Georgia Taylor-Brown’s remarkable finish secured the silver, USA finishing with the bronze. 

“I was pretty confident I would start in a good position, after the swim I had a gap and tried to keep it, and Cassandre finished the job. It proves France has a lot of resources and a new generation coming and I’m looking forward to the relay in Paris,” said Luis. “They did all the work, I just had to finish it,” added an understated Beaugrand, “But it has been a very long weekend.”

It was the blue hair of Takumi Hojo first out of the water in the opening leg for Japan, Italy’s Nicolo Strada, Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk and Netherlands’ youngster Mitch Kolkman right with him, Alex Yee 7 and Hayden Wilde already 10 seconds back with Manoel Messias.

But Wilde was lightening up and into transition, and Messias was able to bridge up on the bike, the whole field coming together right the way to T2, Kolkman and Nicolo Strada exchanging pulls taking pulls out front. Wilde put the hammer straight down and stretched out the field, Messias moving up into second until Yee found his stride and he and Wilde again were clear of the pack just like the previous day’s individual final.

The pair tagged Ainsley Thorpe and Sophie Coldwell respectively, Mislawchuk tagged Emy Legault for Canada 20 seconds back, while upfront it was Vittoria Lopes able to put Brazil into first with her trademark swim skills, Coldwell and Thorpe tucked in behind, followed closely by Lombardi and Natalie Van Coevorden for France and Australia, Taylor Spivey and the USA 25 seconds back.

Lopes led the four athletes into T1 as Van Coevorden slipped back, but a slow transition saw the Brazilian needing to work extra hard not to also lose touch.

Lotte Miller for Norway and Alberte Kjaer Pedersen for Denmark led the charge, while Coldwell drove things on up front, at the bell the gap was down to 13 seconds, and on the final lap the packs had merged.

Pedersen was quickest away on the run, opening a lead over Lombardi as those 12 quickly spread out, but the French U23 World Champion responded with a brilliant burst of her own as the two locked into battle to tag first.

It was Pedersen handing to the newcomer Oscar Gladney Rundqvist for Denmark first, but there was little doubt that Luis was going to be able to pull clear in the water and he put an incredible 20 seconds over nearest contenders New Zealand and USA. Samuel Dickinson for Great Britain missed his box with his helmet and suddenly the GB team also had a 10 second penalty to contend with.

The question was whether Luis would want to ride on his own for the duration of the bike, and he set about his task with trademark determination, 19 seconds that gap to Kevin McDowell and Tayler Reid in second and third and really pushing to keep the gap behind them. That had dropped to 8 seconds to GB, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark who had to work together if they were to make a podium possible.

McDowell had the fresh legs having not raced on Saturday and was sharing pulls with Reid, Dickinson driving the chasers but never really ate into the 30 second gap.

Heading out of transition for the two-lap run, Luis and France still had 19 seconds over Reid and McDowell despite riding solo, the chasing four of Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and Great Britain also still 35 seconds off the leader, and that was exactly how it stayed right to the final handover.

Cassandre Beaugrand took up the task of bringing it home for France, and another assured swim helped her put 26 seconds into Summer Rappaport, Nicole Van Der Kaay now 8 seconds off the American, Georgia Taylor-Brown a massive 52 seconds off the front.

Up through transition that gap had already started to shrink, and over the first bike lap, Taylor-Brown suddenly had Rappaport in her sights. Soon she had caught on to the pair in front, collectively now 26 seconds off Beaugrand, but could the previous day’s gold medallist find 10 seconds from somewhere on the run to make a podium?

Van Der Kaay wouldn’t let her go for lap one, but suddenly Taylor-Brown found another gear and at the bell had 5 seconds from the New Zealander, 11 on Rappaport. Then the New Zealander blew up and fell back, so that as Beaugrand took the tape and the embrace of her fellow Mixed Relay World Champion teammates, Taylor Brown had 11 seconds of lead but 10 seconds of penalty to serve.

As Rappaport drew closer, the Brit was finally released by the officials and flew clear, all the way to the line, to the silver medal, and to a guaranteed team for Great Britain at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Rappaport brought home the bronze ahead of New Zealand, Canada finishing with a strong fifth place.

“Thanks to my teammates, I really can’t believe I’m a world champion,” said Pierre Le Corre afterwards. “Pierre did a good job, of course Vincent and Cassandre too, I’m just really happy,” added Lombardi.

“It’s amazing, I am absolutely over the moon to share with these guys,” said Alex Yee. “To have such a good result, it’s been a long weekend honestly but what a dream way to finish it.”

“I think when it’s for your team you always find that little bit extra,” added Coldwell. “Like Alex said, it’s been a tough couple of days of racing and just really proud of everyone for rallying and getting another great performance out.”

“Obviously being on a team with these superstars it’s always hard to sly in,” said Dickinson. “I didn’t make it easy for G (Georgia Taylor-Brown), I might need to buy her a pair of sunglasses or something but I am so thankful, she’s such a superstar and managed to bring it home.”

“I really wasn’t sure, I was kind of settling for fourth place as Van Der Kaay and Summer would outrun me because I worked really hard on the swim and the bike,” said Georgia Taylor-Brown. “I was using some very strong curse words for little Samuel on that race there but I am glad we got there in the end!”

Full results can be found here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Team France produce golden display in Junior & U23 Mixed Relay World Championships

Ne, 26/06/2022 - 21:23

The penultimate race of Sunday’s Sprint and Mixed Relay World Championships produced the familiar sight of a strong French team performance to deliver the Jr-U23 Mixed Relay gold in Montreal. It had been a two-team duel for much of the race as Great Britain shared the lead until Paul Georgenthum’s decisive break, Germany winning bronze.

Valentin Morlec took the opening leg for France and his battle with Great Britain’s Hamish Reilly set the tone for the race to come, the two pulling clear of Switzerland’s Ben Fah, Filip Mainville for Canada, Belgium’s Raf De Dobbelaere and Spain’s Miguel Guzman Tafalla in pursuit.

A five-strong group formed at the front, Netherlands’ Gjalt Panjaer driving things forward with New Zealand, Canada and Spain on the chase and ultimately bridging up, Canada’s Mainville, Australia’s Bradley Course, Hungary’s Gyula Kovacs and New Zealand’s Ivan Abele now with the leaders, Germany 35 seconds behind.

A brilliant run from Reilly saw him pass Morlec and tag Daisy Davies first, getting underway six seconds ahead of Ilona Hadhoum. Kira Gupta-Baltazar was away next for Canada, one of the strongest swimmers in the field, bringing her team into third but just unable to draw close enough to Britain and France to make a pack.

Marta Kropko (HUN) followed her out and the two rode together in pursuit of the leaders but the gap ahead was growing, while Germany’s Julia Brocker and Netherlands’ Luna De Bruin were gaining ground.

By the end of the second leg it was Germany and Netherlands in third and fourth, while a strong finish from Hadhoum saw her first to tag teammate Paul Georgenthum and with a 38 second gap to Fabian Schonke (GER) and Niels Van Lanen (NED).

James Chantler-Mayne was able to stay right on the Frenchman’s feet through the swim, the pair arriving into T1 together now with 51 seconds to Van Lanen for the Netherlands and Schonke.

By now, New Zealand were looking out of contention 2 minutes back, Australia 2m30s and the USA 2m45, all quickly running out of race, and once the bike section was over and the penultimate run underway, it was Georgenthum who found the extra gear and began to pull clear out front.

He opened up nine seconds at the tag, and that was a gap that would prove vital, Candice Denizot picking up the responsibility of trying to bring home the gold and able to stretch to a 20 second lead through the water.

Friday’s Junior World silver medallist Jule Behrens was now out for Germany and taking up the chase along with Netherlands’ Sonja De Koning, Colette Reimer giving the Canadians plenty to cheer as less than 10 seconds separated those in the hunt for bronze.

Denizot had the better of the transitions out onto the bike, and though Britain’s Bethany Cook was able to reduce the deficit from 18 to 13 seconds over the first bike lap, Denizot had the legs to hold on and take the tape and gold for France by 20 seconds. Cooke crossed for the silver, Behrens and Germany with bronze, Lili Dobi ensuring fourth place for Hungary and Reimer running Canada into fifth.

Full results available here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

First ever Age-Group Mixed Relay Championships off to flying start in Montreal

Ne, 26/06/2022 - 15:38

The Age Group racing at the 2022 World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships Montreal concluded on Sunday with the first ever Mixed Team Relay across all age categories, and the sense of nervous excitement and enjoyment of a brand new format was palpable.

Four age categories for the over 50s got things underway with the teams starting with men out first, tagging their female teammate, then male, and the final woman taking the squad home. The course consisted of a one-lap, 300m swim, followed by a one-lap, 5km bike and wrapping up with a one-lap, 1.6km run, and the athletes loved their first taste of world championship relay.

The first ever champions across the line were the USA 50-59 year-old team of Peter Valentyik, Juliet Hochman, David Wilson and Katherine Meltzer bringing home the gold, and it is safe to say that for a group of people who hadn’t even met each other 48 hours previously, the moment was incredibly special.

“For those of us who have been doing this a long time, it breathes new life into the sport, which is something I think we are all appreciating,” said Meltzer after the race. “Watching it at the Olympic Games I knew the relay was great for the sport and it just looked so much fun, so as soon as I knew it was a possibility I put my name forward. Honestly, I was just holding on for dear life, I had a fantastic team that put me in a great spot and was thrilled to come across the line first.”

“A couple of days ago we hadn’t even met and now we are World Champions,” said Hochman. “This is one of those experiences i’ll never forget.”

“My first World Championships was 1993 in Manchester, England, so for me this is like a reset for the sport and i’m really excited about it,” added Valentyik. “My first relay was 2 months ago, and it changed the whole sport for me, but today, this took it to a whole new level. I’ll only do the mixed relay and sprint distance now, just because of longevity and how it keeps you fresh and young – it’s more of a lifestyle.”

We were randomly put together as a team, we didn’t know each other, but now we have great relationships for life and hopefully we’ll race together again,” said Wilson. “It’s one of the best experiences of my life. Taking this race to Spain next year will be really fun.”

All the day’s results can be found here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

First direct spots for Paris 2024 up for grabs at Mixed Relay World Championships Montreal

Ne, 26/06/2022 - 00:51

The third and final day of a huge weekend of racing at the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal sees the Mixed Team Relays take to the course, with World titles for Elite, Jr-U23 and Age-Group on the line, as well as Olympic qualification slots for two men and two women for the elite world champions.

With so much on the line and so much racing already put in for many, several teams have brought in fresh legs, while many of the young stars who made names for themselves in Friday’s Junior World Championships will be getting their first taste of top-level Mixed Relay action.

One of the countries that has decided to try a new and fresh combination of athletes will be France. Even though the hosts of the Paris 2024 Olympics have already guaranteed two men and two women in the next Olympics, the current Olympic bronze medallists on the Relay don’t want to give away the opportunity of another title. Pierre Le Corre was this Saturday one of the more consistent swimmers, and this would be indeed a great factor to consider for the line ups. Next will be Emma Lombardi, current U23 world champion and 4th place on her debut at the WTCS circuit in Yokohama, fresh as she didn’t compete in the eliminator event.

Team GB will be trying to get a hat-trick of gold medals this weekend in Montreal, with both champions of the WTCS Montreal, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee, lining up tomorrow for the relay, this time along teammates Sophie Coldwell and Samuel Dickinson, who decided to skip the repechage on the hunt for a spot in the final to try to save some energy for the mixed relay.

USA is also bringing fresh legs for the Mixed Relay World Championships, with Kevin Mcdowell as a new addition to a team that will see Seth Rider, Taylor Spivey and Summer Rappaport fighting for the direct qualification spots. The Americans already know what it is to win here in Montreal, as they did last year. The long run from the swim exit to transition will surely play on their advantage, with excellent runners and swimmers in the team.

Team Australia and Team New Zealand know that not only Olympic qualification spots are up for grabs but also a good test of what they can expect in a few weeks at the Commonwealth Games, and both countries will be experimenting with some of the already qualified athletes for the Games, Hayden Wilde, Ainsley Thorpe, Tayler Reid and Nicole Van Der Kaay for the Kiwis, and Jacob Birtwhistle and Natalie Van Coevorden and Brandon Copeland lining up for the gold and green team along with non-qualified Jaz Hedgeland.

Husband and wife duo Richard Murray and Rachel Klamer will likely be tagging each other once again in Montreal for the Dutch team, that will also include Mitch Kolkman and Barbara De Koning, while for the Belgian Hammers, both Jelle Geens and Marten Van Riel planned in the initial line up, along with Valerie Barthelemy and Anne de Vet.

Considering the performance of all the Brazilian athletes in the last 48 hours, Brazil is putting all their cards on the table for a strong performance on the Mixed Relay. Miguel Hidalgo, an excellent swimmer and fast runner, will be doing the first leg, followed by Djenyfer Arnold, Manoel Messias and Vittoria Lopes in charge of the anchor leg.

The Canadians will enjoy the extra push of racing at home and it will be local hero Tyler Mislawchuk the one walking on the pontoon for the first leg, while Emy Legault and Charles Paquet will try to repeat their excellent performances of the weekend, to leave the anchor leg for Dominika Jamnicky.

Another country that will take advantage of the fresh legs of most of their athletes will be Spain, that will have Antonio Serrat Seoane in charge of diving in the water for the first leg, while Sara Perez Sala and Roberto Sanchez Mantecon will be in charge of staying in touch with the lead group, to give the last relay to another excellent swimmer and fast runner, Anna Godoy Contreras.

The Junior and U23 Mixed Relay World Championship sees some of the athletes who made a name for themselves at Friday’s Junior World Championships back on the start line, including Australia’s men’s silver medallist Toby Powers and USA’s Reese Vannerson who finished in third, and Germany’s Jule Behrens, runner-up here after winning the women’s title in Quarteira in 2021.

Matilda Offord joins powers as part of a new generation of Australian talent, and the women’s junior bronze medallist Livia Gross will be looking to put in a big finish for the Swiss team.

Team Italy field a strong team of youngsters including Fiorenzo Angelini and Myral Greco, French rising stars Paul Georgenthum and Valentin Morlec are joined by Ilona Hadhoum and Candice Denizot.

The exciting junior prospects Chisato Nakajima and Kotomi Anzai start for Japan, and Marcela Alvarez Solis is part of a strong Mexican team. Niels Van Lanen put in an eye-catching display in the men’s race and has the bike power to make an impact.

Full start lists can be found here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Yee summons almighty drive to the line to earn a gutsy gold at WTCS Montreal

Ne, 26/06/2022 - 00:10

The qualifiers had been switched to duathlon because of heavy rain, the heat had been ramping up for two days, and the action never stopped for a rollercoaster of a men’s WTCS Montreal elimination event on Saturday afternoon as the crowds lined the Grand Quai for the final action of the day.

After two races had whittled the field down to a final 10 starters, it was to be Alex Yee who managed to peak at just the right time, pulling clear from Hayden Wilde as the blue carpet came into view to punch the tape, the New Zealander recovering from a chain mishap on the bike to take silver, Leo Bergere with another strong podium display in third.

“That one meant a lot,” admitted a fired up Yee. “After a crash you can lose a bit of belief and the last two weeks have been hard but I came in here more fired up than ever. That may have played against me the first few races but after the last race I only just made it through and I just wanted to strip it back and enjoy it. Another great race with some great guys, it means a lot. I found my flow at the end. I’d been struggling through the rounds and my run has almost been a weakness but that last 100m I felt amazing and the crowd roaring me on was amazing.”

The Japanese duo of Takumi Hojo and Kenji Nener were fastest through the water in the opening swim of race one, the now-familiar sights of Miguel Hidalgo (BRA) and Diego Moya (CHI) right there too and the crowd roaring on Tyler Mislawchuk as they came up the hill to transition.

Sadly for the Canadian, the exertions of Huatulco the previous weekend and an accident in the run-up to the race had taken a toll, and it was to be Charles Paquet who was able to hang tough and make the cut for race two in the 20th position, Jacob Birtwhistle just missing out in the race to the line along with the Huatulco World Cup winner Genis Grau.

Twenty men took the line for a tense race two, Hidalgo, Nener and Luis again leading the way out of the water, Wilde and Yee with some work to do 15 and 20 seconds back. The pace proved just too hot on the run for the likes of Richard Murray (NED) and Tayler Reid (NZL) as they missed out, Jawad Abdelmoula (MAR) looking in good rhythm on his first WTCS outing.

Having looked fresh on the bike along with teammate Manoel Messias, Miguel Hidalgo was also dropped from the ten over the final lap of the run and as the top nine reached the final comfortably, a huge sprint between Marten Van Riel and Brandon Copeland (AUS) saw the Belgian just edge tenth place and the route through to the final

The ultimate race saw Vincent Luis lining up with the air of a man who was ready to deliver something he had been holding in reserve and spearheading a trio of Frenchmen out of the water alongside Le Corre and Bergere.

Van Riel, Abdelmoula and Yee were together just behind, Geens and Messias giving chase on the long run to the bikes. Wilde and Geens used that to run right back into contention, Yee and Luis both with good transitions, Geens and Messias the two off the back trying to bridge up, Silva out of touch of them.

Bergere looked to put on the pace along with Van Riel but Geens and Messias had managed to bridge, the question remaining just how much it had taken out of their legs.

Then the unthinkable happened, Wilde’s chain coming loose and he dropped off, but didn’t dismount, almost catching his finger reattaching it but finally it clicked and he was suddenly at full tilt again in a bid to reach back to the group.

Fortunately for him the pace wasn’t too hard up front and after a lap he was back in, nine athletes together into T2, Joao Silva off the back.

Le Corre was off first but stumbled with the bike and six athletes pulled clear, Messias hanging tough with the trio of French men, Wilde and Yee. Then Wilde rolled the dice and pulled away until it was only Yee hanging on.

The duo were shoulder to shoulder until they re-entered the grandstands, the crowd roaring them on as they battled towards the blue carpet, only for Yee to find the kick he had been searching for all weekend, and at just the right time, roaring at the tape. Wilde crossed for what looked an unlikely second, Bergere with bronze ahead of Geens, a career-best fifth for Messias followed by Luis and Le Corre, Abdelmoula a brilliant 8th place on WTCS debut and Van Riel and Silva rounding out the ten.

“I was so gutted (about the chain),” said Wilde. “Coming into the third round I felt really good but I had to bridge the gap again. I thought should I get off or keep going. I almost got my finger caught but that. I know I don’t have the kick against those boys, so I just tried to hook it from the outset.”

“I must say I like the atmosphere here in Montreal and I also like that type of format, there is no room for mistakes,” said Bergere. “I burnt myself too early in the race to hope for a better spot, but still I am happy for it. My goal this year is to win the Series but I know it will be really tough with the two guys sitting next to me, I think for now they are stronger, so I need to be smarter and work on my weakness.”

Kategorie: Triatlon

Taylor-Brown triumphant in the ultimate elimination showdown at WTCS Montreal

So, 25/06/2022 - 22:00

Heading in to the WTCS Montreal weekend, Georgia Taylor-Brown admitted she didn’t think she would be top of the rankings at this stage of the season. She completed her first experience of the blue carpet elimination format with a dazzling gold, coming through the intense heat and racing triumphant.

It had been a huge effort in rising temperatures, but it was Taylor-Brown who broke away on the final bike leg with Beth Potter (GBR) and Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) for company, and it became a chase for the podium positions, WTCS Leeds champion Beaugrand able to pass Potter late on to take silver.

“It’s not easy when you’re at the front and it’s not fun if you’re silent so just talking to each other and trying to motivate Cass (Beaugrand) and Beth (Potter) today and it paid off. It was about staying safe for the first two and emptying the tank on the final leg.”

Thirty women lined up for the first elimination race, Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Alissa Konig (SUI) late withdrawals, replaced by Maria Tomé (POR) and Eva Goodison (NZL).

It was Sophie Coldwell (GBR) who was fastest off the line at the horn, but unable to carve out any significant daylight through the water as the field emerged with only 20 seconds from first to last. Coldwell led from Beaugrand, Summer Rappaport, Djenyfer Arnold (BRA) and Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS), the unlucky Claire Michel injured on the run uphill and her challenge was over.

The pack stayed as one for the duration of the 3-lap bike, Beaugrand content to wait patiently at the back confident of calling on her pace on the run when needed. Taylor Spivey and Lotte Miller pressed towards transition and strung things out a little, Cathia Schar with a late burst to hit the run shoes first.

Rappaport had some ground to make up and Beaugrand had a poor T2, but they were soon moving their way into the safety of the top 20, Jeanne Lehair and Alberte Pedersen going well so that at the bell, 21 athletes were together.

The one who couldn’t make it through was Rachel Klamer, devastated at the line as Lotte Miller (NOR) became the final name on the sheet for the finals. 

Race two saw Beaugrand and Rappaport first out of the water, Van Coevorden having to work hard to chase down the leaders and try to get onto the ten athletes ahead of her into transition.

After the first lap, it was eleven riding together and they had a 15-second advantage over the chasers at the bell, but by the time transition came back into view the pace had dropped at the front and the athletes came together.

Lehair was now able to deploy her run and there were ten athletes out front with the final in their sights, Arnold trying to close the gap on Van Coevorden.

It was a successful chase for the Brazilian, too, passing her rival on the final lap to take the tenth and final spot on the ultimate start line, along with Verena Steinhauser, Lehair, Coldwell, Spivey, Rappaport, Pedersen, Potter, Beaugrand and Taylor-Brown.

It was again Beaugrand and Rappaport spearheading the swim in the final race, Taylor Brown right with them, Coldwell this time somewhat off the pace.

Taylor-Brown, Potter and Beaugrand immediately pulled away on the opening kilometre of bike, while Pedersen had a brilliant transition to make the second pack and catch Spivey and Rappaport.

Spivey and Coldwell were riding well but there was no catching the front three, who extended their lead from 7 to 15 seconds by the time they hit the final transition.

Taylor-Brown hit the pace with Potter, Beaugrand again with a slow transition, but she was able to close in on Potter and pass the Brit at the end of lap one. There was no gaining on the leader, though, and Georgia Taylor-Brown was able to maintain her advantage right to the line, Beaugrand holding on for silver from Potter, Pedersen with a brilliant run to fourth ahead of Rappaport.

It was another imperious, controlled display from Georgia Taylor-Brown as she extended her lead at the top of the Maurice Lacroix Series Rankings to over 1,000 points and again became the woman everyone wants to catch in 2022.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Luis, Wilde and Yee among the top-ranked through to men’s Montreal finals

Pá, 24/06/2022 - 20:26

It was a duathlon format for the men’s qualification races following heavy rains in the lead up to the event affecting the water course, but that didn’t dampen the excitement as the battles to progress without the need for a repechage began.

Morocco’s Jawad Abdelmoula looked in complete control as the opening single-lap run section got the first of the two men’s qualification races underway, but there was little splintering of the field.

Sylvain Fridelance (SUI) was looking to make sure he didn’t have to chase on the final run, straight onto the gas out of transition and quickly opening up a healthy advantage.

Sam Dickinson (GBR) was the only one in the chase pack who wanted to try and close that gap and there was 7 seconds to the Swiss at the bell and then another 6 to the chasers including Marten Van Riel (BEL), Jelle Geens (BEL) Alex Yee (GBR) and last year’s champion here Dorian Coninx (FRA).

Fridelance had 7 seconds at the dismount line, but only 12 seconds separated 26 athletes all hunting the ten automatic spots in the final.

Bergere and Geens were first to give chase and had quickly caught Fridelance, Copeland and Abdelmoula tucked in and going well further back, Yee just about safe with Jacob Birtwhistle at the bell and Matthew McElroy on their shoulders.

Abdelmoula would stride to the line in first from Geens and Yee, McElroy also safe, and it was Charles Paquet for Canada with the precious final spot to avoid the repechage.

“A race at home and being able to make it directly to the final is very special,” said Charles Paquet. “In the second lap of the run I didn’t know if I was ninth, tenth or eleventh, until I heard a coach shouting at me that i was 10th but a guy was right on my back so I knew the last kilometre would be a hard one, and indeed it was. But I am so glad I made it.”

The second race saw Wilde and Luis line up side-by-side, Richard Murray continuing his road back to the blue carpet after an impressive return at WTCS Leeds and working his way into the safety of the main group.

Manoel Messias (BRA) and Callum McClusky (AUS) were in front out of transition, Genis Grau (ESP) also keeping his nose ahead, but there was drama ahead as Gabor Faldum (HUN) was upended and Roberto Sanchez Mantecon (ESP).

On the run, Alessio Crociani and McClusky lead down final straight, after turn and mount it was Messias, Wilde and Grau, Luis just off the pace but quickly bridging up.

At the end of the first lap, McClusky almost stumbled to the floor at the turn, then there was further incident as Luis foot appeared to get caught on a couple of occasions, the Frenchman remonstrating with those behind, all too aware of Jelle Geens’ injury sustained here last year when he was tripped on the tight course.

It was Messias home first, teammate Miguel Hidalgo safe in sixth, along with Diego Moya, Tyler Mislawchuk and Denmark’s Emil Holme taking the final two spots to force Roberto Sanchez Mantecon into 11th and the repechage with the likes of Genis Grau (ESP) and Seth Rider (USA).

“There are a lot of young guys coming up now, Im probably the oldest one in the field,” said Vincent Luis. “My friend Jelle Geens had a broken scafoid last year because of an incident like this. These people have to calm down a bit, and sometimes we have to report these incidents cause we don’t want this things happening in our sport.”

Belgium’s Marten Van Riel was one of the surprise names on the start list of the first of two men’s repechages, Tayler Reid (NZL) missing his strong swim and, knowing only five would go through from the race, there was no room for patience.

Kenji Nener (JPN) got straight on the front for the bike segment with Reid, Takumi Hojo and Van Riel, but all 18 athletes were in one pack for the first of the three laps.

Varga dropped off first due to a mechanical issue, Itamar Eshed (ISR) pulling up front at the bell but the whole field mentally preparing for an intense 2km run.

Hojo had a brilliant transition but Van Riel missed the box with his kit and fell back with work suddenly to do, teammate Noah Servais in fourth. New Zealand pair Reid and Trent Thorpe were men on a mission, Sylvain Fridelance (SUI) and Gianluca Pozzatti (ITA) trying to hold on.

But work Van Riel did, and while Fridelance was flying upfront and only four spots were now available, six athletes in contention. It was to be Hojo, Van Riel, Reid and Nener who scraped through, hoping not too great a toll was taken in the rising temperatures.

The second Repechage also had some unusual names on the start list, like Seth Rider (USA) or the Spanish pair Roberto Sanchez Mantecon and Genis Grau. Knowing that only the first five men will make it through to the final on Saturday, the first run segment was again a fast and furious one, with all athletes making it to the first transition as a big pack.

It was Norway’s Vettle Thorn who decided to push hard once they were on the bike, trying to open up some meters with the chasers behind, but he was not able to make an impact on the train of athletes, and they managed to get through the three laps controlling the speed on the 180 degree turns, avoiding any problems, with Mantecon, Gabor Faldum (HUN) and Seth Rider taking turns up front.

They all hit transition still as a compact group, to have Mantecon, Grau and Joao Silva (POR) to show their speed in the first little downhill out of transition. They never looked back, and only Ricardo Batista (POR) and Erwin Vanderplancke (BEL) were able to follow them, opening very soon a significant pack. Knowing that five was the safe number, and five men they were, they just worked together efficiently to make it safely to the finish line, only speeding up the group a little bit when thew saw Brent Demarest (USA), in 6th place, trying to catch up.

Batista, Grau, Vanderplancke, Silva and Mantecon got the precious final five spots for the finals on Saturday.


Kategorie: Triatlon

Friday qualifiers see Taylor-Brown and Beaugrand through to Montreal finals

Pá, 24/06/2022 - 18:18

The good news that Saturday’s finals would be held over the planned swim-bike-run greeted the start of the WTCS Montreal action on Friday afternoon after the qualifiers had to be switched to duathlons and two qualifier super-sprint races, followed by a repechage for those outside the top tens, all in offering 30 spots on the next day’s start line.

It was the race number one Georgia Taylor Brown (GBR) and Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) who were setting the early pace in the first qualifier of the day, neither wanting to take any chances by getting snarled up in a big pack.

Cathia Schar (SUI) was also keeping the pace well in her first WTCS start and that trio was joined by Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Sophie Coldwell (GBR), the five athletes soon extending their lead over the Lotte Miller-led group further back.

They managed to maintain a lead of just over ten seconds for the duration of the three-lap bike, and out onto the run for the last time, Taylor-Brown was relentless as she coasted to the line by five seconds. Audrey Merle (FRA) and Sophie Linn (AUS) looked in control as they ensured progression to Saturday’s finals, followed by Summer Rappaport (USA).

Djenyfer Arnold (BRA) taking the precious last qualification spot finishing in tenth, the likes of Natalie Van Coevorden and Lotte Miller having to go to the repechage if the were to reach the finals on Saturday.

“This was really hard, the first run was incredibly fast, and in the second one I kept looking back because I was not so confident that I could make the cut”, said Arnold, who was extremely happy when she found out, during the interview, that the finals will be a triathlon. “This is fantastic news, this is what we train for so great to compete tomorrow over triathlon.”

Cassandre Beaugrand flew out at the start of the second qualifier, immediately putting the pressure on the rest of the field that included Beth Potter, who led the followers along with Alberte Kjaer Pedersen.

It was the Dane leading the charge behind Beaugrand along with local favourite Emy Legault (CAN), while Taylor Spivey (USA) found herself 15 seconds back and feeling the heat.

Up ahead there were 12 athletes now riding together, and as the first lap came to an end, Spivey was able to get onto the group and the pack became 19-deep.
Still recovering from injury, the American went on the attack to try and make the second run a little easier on her legs, Verena Steinhauser and Matilda Offord also at the front onto the blue carpet.

Four seconds separated the top 18 out of T2, and then it was time for Beaugrand to again move to the front, Jeanne Lehair and Potter in good rhythm, Spivey dropping back and into the repechage as Claire Michel worked her way into the top 10.

Luxembourg’s Eva Daniels was perhaps the surprise package in the top 10, followed over the line by Slovakia’s Ivana Kuriackova and Offord.

“I have not been able to do much run training lately, due to an injury, so I am surprised that I was able to make the cut,” said Claire Michel. “It was a very fast run and we had some really fast runners in our group, so I just kept pushing. I also broke my finger a few weeks ago in Arzachena so I was worried about the swim, but it will be great that tomorrow we go back to what we train for: swim, bike and run”

In the repechage, the pace was on right from the start for the final ten places, Nora Gmur (SUI), Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) and Maria Tomé (POR) out quickest. Luisa Baptista worked her way to the front, fellow Brazilian Vittoria Lopes pushing hard but clearly missing her strong swim segment.

Anahi Alvarez Corral (MEX) led onto the blue carpet and had a slick transition only to be immediately caught and 10 seconds separated the top 25 athletes on the first lap of three.

Lotte Miller started to drive things out front with Lopes, then Spivey took charge, four seconds between the top 18 and everything to be decided by the 2-lap run. Lizeth Rueda Santos took over at the front, but it wasn’t long before Jaz Hedgeland made her move and held on right to the line, safely joined in the final by the likes of Klamer, Spivey, Miller and Natalie Van Coevorden.

For the full results, click here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Thomas Hansmaennel crowned Junior World Champion after stunning run to gold in Montreal

Pá, 24/06/2022 - 16:40

After a format change to duathlon due to bad weather affecting the water quality, the intensity was cranked up on Friday morning for the start of the men’s Junior World Championship race in Montreal.

The leaders chopped and changed in what looked like being an unpredictable chase for the title, until Thomas Hansmaennel put the hammer down after just a few hundred metres of the final 5km to pull clear. With nobody able to respond, Hansmaennel carved out a huge gap behind him, and was able to soak up the moment down the final stretch of blue carpet, finishing 18 seconds ahead of Toby Powers (AUS) in second, Reese Vannerson (USA) with the bronze.

“I wasn’t able to race the European Championships so this feels like the perfect result,” said Hansmaennel. “I wasn’t disappointed at the switch to duathlon, and was just looking to save some legs at the end of the bike so I could go all out on that final run, and it worked.”

Canada’s Mathis Beaulieu was putting the early pressure on race number one and the 2021 silver medallist Joao Nuno Batista (POR), who was right there with him and another Australian talent Peyton Craig.

Five seconds separated the top 20 heading into T1 and out onto the 4-lap, 20km bike, through which Niels Van Lanen (NED) was up front asking the questions of those behind coming through transition at the halfway point, just as he had in Quarteira last year.

Hansmaennel was pushing the pace along with compatriots Leo Fernandez and Pablo Isotton, but it was a big pack of 35 athletes, those at the back having to work hard at each 90-degree turn to close the gaps that kept forming to those driving things out front.

There was one more small break over the final lap from Fabian Schonke (GER) and Van Lanen but it came to no more than useful clear road heading in to transition.

Luke Anthony (USA) was into the lead over the opening 300m but Hansmaennel clearly had a plan, immediately going on the attack and extending a commanding lead over the chasers.

Vannerson and Powers were eventually able to drop Isotton, David Lang (LUX) and Peyton Craig not letting the elastic go but unable to reel in those ahead, before Powers found an extra gear to assure him the silver ahead of the American, Isotton and Lang in 4th and 5th respectively, but there was no doubt that the race belonged to the French World Champion Thomas Hansmaennel.

For the full results, click here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Tilda Mansson delivers Junior World title with outstanding final effort in Montreal

Pá, 24/06/2022 - 14:51

Following up on her world championship silver in Quarteira last year, Sweden’s Tilda Mansson powered to the gold in Montreal on Friday morning, pulling away from Jule Behrens over the last run lap to take the tape and the 2022 world title.

The format had been changed to duathlon after heavy rains in the preceding days affected the water course, and the previous year’s top two were soon locked in battle across the run-bike-run, eventually leaving the rest of the field trailing, Livia Gross of Switzerland was able to win the challenge for bronze.

“I would have liked to have the triathlon, that’s what I came here for, but it’s the same for everyone,” said a delighted Mansson. “I was very nervous today, I don’t know why, but I think I handled it well. On the second lap I just wanted to go, I heard the gap was getting longer and just thought, don’t stop! My mother’s here and she supports me, and my brother who is my coach, so I’m very grateful to him too.”

The start line changed to the edge of transition, the women lined up four-deep and it was Mansson, Bherens and Myral Greco (ITA) who were straight to the front. It wasn’t long before the field had started to string out, Brazil’s Julia Munhoz sadly ending her race early with an injury in the very first lap.

Clara Normand (CAN) and Faith Dasso (USA) were among the names in the middle of the pack, Marcela Alvarez Solis (MEX) spearheading the athletes back to the blue carpet before looping round the hairpin to transition for the first time.

It was Solis out first with Greco and Ilona Hadoum (FRA), Mansson and Noemie Beaulieu (CAN) just five seconds behind. Elena Viejo Campos (ESP) was also well set as a pack of nine cyclists formed out front on the first of four laps.

Manon Laporte (FRA) was among those driving the train forward as 16 athletes came together, Bethany Cook (GBR) and Felipa Hermann (GER) also going well at the halfway point, 

Behrens from Laporte and Greco after lap one on the bike but 19 in the group now slicing through the tight and technical bike course.

Through transition for the final time, Beaulieu gave the crowds plenty to cheer as she was out first onto the run, Julia Brocker on her shoulder. But just a few metres back it was Mansson and Behrens already planning their move, and it wasn’t long before the duo had hit the front, the German sat right on the Swede’s shoulder for the first 2.5km.

The lead to Beaulieu, Brocker and Gross was 25 seconds at the bell, and as that gap grew, so Gross was able to pull clear in third. Meanwhile out front, it was Mansson who was able to afford herself a big grin as she looked over her shoulder one final time to see the gap now hitting 10 seconds to her nearest rival, and the world title was all hers. Beaulieu finished with fourth for Canada, Luna De Bruin (NED) running her way into fifth.

Full results click here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

French return to scene of 2021 podium sweep as countdown begins to WTCS Montreal

St, 22/06/2022 - 23:26

Last year, the first-ever World Triathlon elimination format event saw three Frenchmen power to the WTCS Montreal podium. Dorian Coninx spearheaded the tricolor 1-2-3 along with Vincent Luis and Leo Bergere in a sprint showdown that really put their mettle to the test, their Grand Prix training ground clearly paying dividends to the short-sharp style of racing. But a lot has happened since then, and it is exactly in the unpredictability of this kind of racing that the magic lies.

This year the super-sprint action - 300m swim, 3-lap/7.2km bike and 2-lap/2km run - again crosses two days, Friday’s two qualifier and repechage races ultimately seeing thirty athletes confirmed for Saturday’s final. That final will be split into three super-sprints, the last 10 across the line being cut at each finish until just 10 athletes remain for one last swim-bike-run for the medals.

Tactics will be key, conserving energy without risking elimination. Recovery time between those final races is short, approximately 7 minutes from the first across the line to the next start horn. It’s going to be fast and furious and all on TriathlonLive.tv

Race one
The opening qualifier sees 30 men hit the start line, two of the top three last year included – Bergere and Coninx joined by Pierre Le Corre in the chase to avoid the extra effort of the repechage.

Bergere still seeks his first WTCS gold but has been knocking at the door time and again, with bronze in Yokohama and silver in Leeds so far this year. He leads the Maurice Lacroix rankings, his form is undeniable, is Montreal going to be his race?

Along with those three, Alex Yee (GBR) and Jelle Geens will be hoping that qualification is a formality but taking nothing for granted. Yee was involved in a nasty collision that ended his Leeds race two weeks ago and keeps Jonathan Brownlee from this weekend’s start, and the Olympic double medallist will want to put that behind him with his first taste of the Montreal format.

Marten Van Riel finished in fourth last year and has proven his versatility across most distances in the past 12 months. That ability to adapt and push the limits could be key to his success here, despite being just outside the top ten in both Yokohama and Leeds so far in 2022.

Takumi Hojo and Kenji Nener lead the line for Japan in a qualifier that is thick with talent and could throw up some headaches for the higher-ranked athletes. Tayler Reid (NZL) and Richard Varga (SVK) will be sure to press hard in the swim, Shachar Sagiv (ISR) and Samuel Dickinson (GBR) on the bike and Jawad Abdelmoula (MAR) and Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) on the run. It’s going to get heated.

Race two
The three men involved in the sprint for the World Cup medals in Huatulco just the weekend before line up in the second qualifier – Genis Grau (ESP), Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Miguel Hidalgo (BRA). That effort and subsequent travel will be tested here, Mislawchuk still testing the achilles he injured at Tokyo 2020, Hidalgo in the painful position of finishing 11th in the penultimate race of last year’s finals to just miss out on the chance to go for the medals.

New Zealand’s in-form Hayden Wilde picked up his first WTCS gold in Leeds and, like Vincent Luis (FRA), is sure to enjoy the intensity of super-sprint racing that could bring out the very best in them both.

The Spanish pair of Antonio Serrat Seoane and Roberto Sanchez Mantecon both have the explosive race power necessary over the short distances, as Seoane proved in last year’s edition with his fifth-placed finish overall.

Like Mislawchuk, Richard Murray – now racing for Netherlands after his nationality switch – will need to be realistic with his chances following recovery from surgery for the heart condition that hit his Tokyo 2020 campaign. An impressive 7th place finish at WTCS Leeds underlining the determination and grit that means you can never discount the South African.

USA’s Seth Rider was the only man involved in EVERY race possible here last year – qualifier, repechage, all three finals AND the mixed relay – securing top 10 in the individual race and relay gold in the toughest way, but showing what is possible.

WTCS Montreal
Men’s Qualification rounds
Friday 24 June, 2PM (local)

Kategorie: Triatlon

Top-ranked Georgia Taylor-Brown ready for major WTCS Montreal challenge

St, 22/06/2022 - 22:33

The fast and frantic, two-day elimination super-sprint format that made its debut on the Series calendar in 2021 returns this Friday and Saturday, as the women line up for another ultimate challenge in Montreal.

The super-sprint action - all over a course consisting of 300m swim, 3-lap/7.2km bike and 2-lap/2km run - will be held across two days, Friday’s two qualifier races and one repechage seeing thirty athletes ultimately confirmed for Saturday’s final. That final is then split into three more super-sprints, the last 10 across the line being cut from the next start until just 10 athletes remain for the final swim-bike-run for the medals.

No doubt there is a balance that will need to be found between conserving energy without risking elimination. With just 7 minutes from the first across the line to the next start horn in the finals, it’s going to be intense and entertaining and all will be live and direct over on TriathlonLive.tv

Qualifying race one
As the Maurice Lacroix ranking leader heading into the race, Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown wears the number one. Direct from a huge, silver medal-winning WTCS Leeds weekend, the 2020 World Champion will be hungry to prove her title-winning credentials once more in her first taste of the format in Montreal.

Sophie Coldwell has been in flying form since the start of 2021. Showing no apparent weakness across the three disciplines, she has been among the first out of the water and comfortable driving on the bike packs with the best in the world, establishing herself at the top of the British women’s triathlon tree.

Fresh from her confirmation on Team Australia for the Commonwealth Games and an 11th-placed finish at WTCS Leeds, Natalie Van Coevorden leads the line for Australia, sisters Kira Hedgeland and Jaz Hedgeland also looking to progress without the need to go again in a potentially draining repechage.

Fourth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Rachel Klamer (NED) returns for her first elimination battle, while Norway’s Lotte Miller will be looking to put down a marker and inject some momentum into her season.

Among the other big names eager to progress to the finals from race one without expending too much energy are the USA duo Summer Rappaport and Kirsten Kasper, Belgian Valerie Barthelemy and France’s Audrey Merle also looking like favourites on paper to make Saturday’s start line. 

Qualifying race two
Cassandre Beaugrand’s gold at WTCS Leeds once again showed exactly what the French star is capable of, her lightning fast 5km run blitzing the competition and ensuring a first WTCS gold since Hamburg back in 2018. It will be interesting to see how the three-race turnaround suits her if she progresses safely to Saturday’s races.

Taylor Spivey was just one race short of teammate Seth Rider’s full house last year, smashing five super-sprints over the weekend to finish third in the individual and with enough left in the tank to help Team USA to gold in the mixed relay on the Sunday. The format clearly suits the American powerhouse, and this year’s edition could be her time to shine.

Canada’s Emy Legault arrives fresh from her first World Cup podium after taking the silver last weekend in Huatulco, and time will tell if the huge effort to hold off Bianca Seregni over the final kilometre, plus the journey back home, has taken a toll. Denmark’s Alberte Kjaer Pedersen won in Huatulco last year and she will want to test herself against the best in the world over the shortest of distances.

Beth Potter (GBR) scored fifth place at WTCS Leeds to go with her brilliant Arena Games displays that together suggest she is ready to mount a push for a first WTCS podium over the multiple-race format.

Vittoria Lopes continues to gauge her return to full fitness after 23rd in Leeds and will represent Brazil alongside Luisa Baptista, Verena Steinhauser leading the line for the Italians.

The full start lists can be found here.

WTCS Montreal
Women’s Qualification rounds
Friday 24 June, Midday (local)

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathletes head to Canada for AG Sprint & Relay Championships Montreal

St, 22/06/2022 - 16:18

A stunning line-up of the world’s best triathletes is getting ready to take the stage in just two weeks for the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships Montreal, an event that will crown the Junior and Mixed Relay World Champions, and that will play host to the third stop of the World Triathlon Championship Series in 2022. But is not only the time for the elite athletes to get their World titles. After a two-year hiatus due to the impact of the Covid pandemic worldwide, this Saturday over 1,500 athletes from more than 20 countries will compete at the AG World Triathlon Sprint Championships, while on Sunday teams from all over the world will have the chance to perform at the first-ever edition of the World Triathlon AG Mixed Relay Championships.

The Groupe Copley World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships will begin with the Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony on Thursday, June 23. Open to all athletes, friends, family and spectators, these festivities will place all of our competitors in the spotlight. The Parade of Nations is the perfect opportunity for the different delegations to show their colors, energy and enthusiasm, and for the spectators to cheer for them all.

The parade will start at 17:00 in the heart of Old Montreal on Mills Bridge near Bota Bota Spa and will be lead by a bird from Les Chasseurs de Rêves and by Mamselle Ruiz who have collaborated with Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney World theme parks and many others. The parade leaders will offer rythm and song to represent all countries through the beautiful streets of Old Montreal to the Place des Commencements, on the Grand Quai, where the opening ceremony will take place.

The Age Group World Triathlon Sprint Championships will take place on Saturday, starting at 7.15 hours, over a traditional sprint distance: 750m swim, followed by a 20km bike and a final 5km run.

The swim will be one lap, anti-clockwise, and a very long run to transition will lead athletes to their bikes for a a 9.6 km loop route that runs east-west along Rue de la Commune and Rue Notre Dame from Mill Street to the Jacques Cartier Bridge. It is ridden twice in a counterclockwise direction for a total of 19.2 km. The course is mostly flat, with a 56 m elevation gain and has eight technical turns. The final run course is a one lap 5 km loop that is run in an anti-clockwise direction. The course layout is an out-and-back format and follows the Lachine Canal.

And Sunday will be the day for the much-awaited debut of the Age Group Mixed Relay World Championships. Teams made up with four triathletes from the same country (two male, two female), will compete on a 300m swim, 5km bike and 1.6k run before tagging to their team mate.

Both the Sprint and Mixed Relay AG World Championships will be streamed live on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Medal ceremonies will take place on Saturday from 19.30pm for the Age Group Sprint World Championship and on Sunday, same time, for the Age Group Mixed Team Relay World Championship. Right after, all spectators will be able to enjoy the Closing ceremonies, that will take place in the Grand Quai on Sunday, June 26, at 19.45.

At this year’s Montreal Sprint & Relay Championships, the Triathlon Mondial Groupe Copley wants to lead by example with our multiple sustainability initiatives. Some of the efforts planned by the organisers will be visible to all participants and spectators, some will happen behind the scenes, and we are inviting all participants to show how you can do your part to protect our planet. We are inviting all participants to reduce their carbon emissions, reduce the plastic consumption, recycle and compost. To massively reduce the number of printed resources for spectators and participants, all participants and spectators are encouraged to visit our website regularly; it will be the primary source of information throughout the event.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Juniors to line up in Montreal for a shot at the 2022 world title

Út, 21/06/2022 - 18:30

Montreal is getting ready for three massive days of World Triathlon action this weekend, all of which kicks off on Friday with the 2022 Junior World Championships. Qualifying athletes aged 16-19 hit the start lines, including the defending champion Jule Behrens (GER) and the silver medallists in Quarteira Tilda Mansson (SWE) and João Batista (POR).

The sprint-distance course starts in the waters of the Bassin Alexandra for a 750m swim, transitioning uphill to the 19.3km bike through four laps of the city streets before a two-lap, 5km run to the titles. You can watch all the action unfold on TriathlonLive.tv.

Women’s preview

Last year’s race belonged to Germany’s Jule Behrens, who was able to pick her way to the front of the field after going out hard over the first kilometres and never looked back. With plenty of fine-tuning racing in Europe last month, Behrens has a great chance of leaving Canada with another World Championship medal.

Like last year, Chisato Nakajima wears the number one, however, thanks in part to her Africa Triathlon Cup win in Accra two weeks ago. She is joined on the start line by Japan teammate Kotomi Anzai, who made her World Cup debut in Huatulco and put in a great swim before falling off the pace with transition troubles.

Current Junior European Champion Tilda Mansson will also be among the favourites after a string of strong results since her world championship silver in November. The lightning-fast Swede put together the fastest run split in Quarteira, just as she did at the start of June on route to winning the Europe Triathlon Nordic Championships by an impressive 90-second margin.

Clara Normand and Noemie Beaulieu lead the line for Canada, both finishing inside the top 30 last year and Beaulieu topping the podium in St George, Utah, pipping USA’s talented Faith Dasso to the Americas Junior gold.

Making her first World Triathlon start, Emma Olson-Keating is the top-ranked Australian, Ilona Hadoum of France ready to make an impact after finishing just behind Mansson in the European Junior Championships Olsztyn at the end of May. Third in that race, Julia Brocker also showed her podium potential in Poland, Marta Kropko coming into the race after her Mixed Relay debut for Hungary at WTCS Leeds.

South America is well represented with Chile’s Alina Codjambassis, Julia Munhoz of Brazil, Peru’s Gianella Debra Coaguila Pita and the Puerto Rican talent Zoe Adam among the names starting with medal dreams.

Men’s preview

Portugal’s Joao Nuno Batista edged a big sprint finish with Britain’s Dominic Coy to earn silver in Quarteira last year and will want to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and top the podium just as Ricardo did in Lausanne back in 2019.

Miguel Espuna Larramona was a top-10 finisher in Portugal, one of only a handful of men from the previous edition age-eligible to race again in the category here as the new wave of breakthrough athletes comes through.

Andree Buc (CHI) was the silver medallist in the St George Americas Junior Championships late last year, Latvia’s Arturs Liepa arrives in fine form after Junior Cup wins in Yenisehir and Panevezys with a podium in his sights.

New Zealand’s Ivan Abele arrives off the back of a Europe Triathlon Cup bronze in Wels two weeks ago, Leo Fernandez the highest-ranked Frenchman on the start list and another showing excellent form coming in after gold in Olsztyn.

Home hopes of a medal rest with Mathis Beaulieu (no relation to Noemie), who just missed out on a top 10 finish against a strong Americas Cup line up in Salinas in April won by Brazil’s rising star Miguel Hidalgo. Louis Marchand, Sage Sulentic and Nathan Grondin complete the Canadian squad.

Gaspard Tharreau (FRA) and Ben Cumberland (GBR) were third and fourth respectively in Olsztyn, Cumberland also having finished last year in grand style with a Junior Duathlon world title in Aviles and ready to do battle for the podium places once more.

For the full start lists, click here.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon renews Development contracts with all five Continental Confederations for 2022

Út, 21/06/2022 - 09:14

World Triathlon is pleased to announce the signature of the Development Grant contracts with the five Continental Confederations for 2022. A comprehensive and extensive plan that will be implemented throughout the world to support the athletes, coaches, technical officials, events and event organisers development, as well as to increase the participation of women in the sport on all levels, from grassroots to elite participation.

“Investing in Development is investing in the growth of our sport, and is also investing in the future. For World Triathlon to have a fruitful and productive relationship with all the Continental Confederations is paramount, and I think these five contracts signed with the Continental Presidents show once again the commitment we all have with the development projects, and helping our national federations, athletes, coaches, organisers and technical officials to continue learning, improve the level of our events and get more athletes, coaches and officials involved in the sport at the top level”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.

Asia Triathlon
The goal of the contract signed with the Asia Triathlon for 2022 is not only to support athletes, coaches and events in the region, but also to increase the female participation at all levels of the sport. Another goal to achieve in the following months is to launch the recently approved World Triathlon Development Regional Cup concept in Asia.

Asia Triathlon will use the funds for a few Technical Officials courses in Lebanon, Jordan, Uzbekistan and Iran, as well as a couple of seminars for event organisers, to try to improve the level of the triathlon hosted in the continent.

Oceania Triathlon

Oceania Triathlon will use the Development funds in 2022 to increase the participation of the Pacific lslands in the sport on all levels, as well as to provide the personnel, resources, and budget allocations to support Oceania Triathlon in achieving their strategic development goals and provide a sustainable structure for accessing resources and programmes and for reporting on a quarterly basis for the development projects.

With these funds, Oceania Triathlon will organise two Junior Development Continental Camps, one of them in the Solomon Islands, meant to support the Pacific Games 2023 preparations. The Continental Confederation will also host a Coaches Level 1 course, Technical Officials courses and an Activator seminar.

Funds will also be allocated to support the Test Event 2022 Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Mariana lslands and the Pacific lslands Championships, that potentially will be hosted in Tonga in early December 2022, depending on their recovery post-earthquake.

Americas Triathlon

America s Triathlon’s development budget for 2022 was drawn up considering the current economic situation that the vast majority of American countries are going through, the low or non-existent score of athletes in the World Triathlon Ranking and the aim of optimizing the resources allocated by World Triathlon.

The Development goals in the Continent are to host ten World Triathlon Development Regional Cup events in ten different nations with the participation of neighbouring NFs and link up with athletes, coaches, Technical Officials and events educational initiatives; to provide continuous coach education and certification opportunities; to provide continuous Technical Officials education and certification opportunities; to identify talents from all over America and with the constitution of the Americas Team and allow them to access Continental Cups without financial restrictions.

The funds allocated on the 2022 Contract will be dedicated to support the organization of these ten World Triathlon Development Regional Cup.

Americas Triathlon will also organize Technical Official courses, both in Spanish and English, and will provide funding for the athletes in the Team America.

Europe Triathlon

The goals of the contract signed with the Europe Triathlon for 2022 are to establish a baseline of provision for developing triathlon and resources available to NFs across Europe and to establish communications and media links at a level commensurate with the optimum promulgation of positive images and descriptions of triathlon and related multisports across the region. Europe Triathlon is looking forward to increase World Triathlon and Europe Triathlon membership for the sport of triathlon all over Europe, as well as to assist European NFs to create and develop their own skills to attain competitive excellence at all technical levels.

Europe Triathlon will organise two Coaching Courses in Europe, as well as a few Technical Officials courses. The contract will provide funds for the European Youth Festival, two development camps to identify new talents across Europe and will support the European Triathlon Development Team (linked to Triathlon European Cups: Yenisehir (TUR), Rzeszow (POL) and Alanya (TUR).

Some National federations will receive funds for development projects, including Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North macedonia and Slovenia.


Africa’s Triathlon’s development budget for 2022 is meant to activate the new NFs and to provide new and emerging federations with resources for development, as well as athletes and coaches support towards 2023 African Games in Ghana and the 2026 Dakar Youth Olympic Games. the goal is also to provide technical support to events in the Continent, focusing on national championships and regional events.

The funds allocated in 2022 will contribute to organise an Activators Seminar in Portuguese, as well as a few seminars for Technical Officials from Africa. Africa Triathlon will also allocate funds to athletes travel subsidies for triathlon and duathlon regional events in Ghana, Niger and Cameroon, and will organise a Junior Development camps in Morocco, Zimbabwe and Senegal, among other courses.


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Genis Grau brings it home in Huatulco with explosive first World Cup gold

Ne, 19/06/2022 - 16:30

After the women’s race on Saturday night, Sunday morning was the men’s turn to tackle the grind of Huatulco’s hard and hot course, and they collectively produced plenty of sprint-distance fireworks over the course of the hour until a final kick from Spain’s Genis Grau ultimately proved decisive.

A huge pack had formed on the 20km bike and there were a dozen athletes still well in contention as the run slowly boiled the field down until eventually just Grau, Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Miguel Hidalgo (BRA) remained. It was cat-and-mouse for the final 500m, but ultimately Grau found the best line and some precious daylight at the final turn, pressing on to take the tape by just a second from Canada’s two-time winner, Hidalgo repeating last year’s result with bronze.

‘I was not expecting this, it’s a really big surprise,” admitted a thrilled Grau. “I came from WTCS Leeds and didn’t know what was going to happen or how I would adapt to the heat. I swam well and managed to stay with the leaders on the bike, then found myself with the leading athletes on the run. I was dropped a couple of times but knew I had a powerful sprint and just went for it right before the finish line.”

It felt considerably cooler than it had for the women’s race as the men lined the beach, race number one Hidalgo taking to the right of the start position and followed by all the top ranked athletes, Mislawchuk and Diego Moya (CHI) included.

Swim specialist Richard Varga (SVK) found himself in the middle, and it was he and Mislawchuk fastest out of the traps at the horn. It wasn’t long before Hidalgo had manoeuvred to the front, New Zealand’s Trent Thorpe trying to stick to keep up with the leaders.

Only 15 seconds separated the top 20 out of transition and onto the bike, and despite an early burst that saw 14 athletes clear together over the first half of lap one – Sergio Baxter Cabrera (ESP) and Brock Hoel (CAN) included - that soon became 25 as the likes of Grau, Justus Nieschlag (GER) and Shachar Sagiv (ISR) bridged up.

At the halfway point it was still Hidalgo driving from the front along with Baxter and Ren Sato (JPN), the group now 38, before the bell signalled the last lap and nearly the entire field had merged, home favourite Crisanto Grajales (MEX) left to ride solo off the back but cheered on by the crowd at every turn.

Out of T2 it was Sato and Hidalgo shoulder-to-shoulder, Mislawchuk tucked in there too along with teammate Hoel, Moya and Baxter but only ten seconds separated the top 40 as they hit the 5km run and a fascinating race to the finish began.

Baxter was going well with Portugal’s Joao Pereira and another pair of crowd favourites Aram Michell Penaflor Moysen and David Nunez full of running, so that at the bell it looked like any one of 11 athletes could take the win.

The final climb out of transition shuffled the pack once more, Mislawchuk asking the questions but failing to make any significant impact on the group, then Hidalgo burst on the downhill as the final kilometre really heated up.

Nunez, Baxter and Sagiv’s medal challenges faded but their own battle for positions still raged, while ahead there was nothing to call between Grau, Mislawchuk and Hidalgo. The Brazilian pressed before the final turn but it was Grau who had the line and the sprint, searing to the tape, Mislawchuk with silver, Hidalgo the bronze.

Nunez was a popular fourth ahead of Baxter, Sagiv, Pereira, Penaflor, Moya and Alois Knabl (AUT) rounding out the ten.

“It was a bit of a strange race,” said Mislawchuk. “On the run it was kind of like a championship style track event where I pushed the first bit but realised there was fifteen or twenty guys with us, tactical until the end and I got caught off guard going into the last corner. I mean after I tore my achilles last year I didn’t know if I was ever going to be on one of these podiums again, you never know when your last podium is… I’ll enjoy this one.”

“I thought I was going to win on the last corner but Genis (Grau) and Tyler (Mislawchuk) were fastest on the day,” said Hidalgo. “I am happy with my performance but I wanted the win so much but repeated last year’s result. I am proud of my performance, I gave it everything, no hiding from the start. This course is so hard to breakaway on the bike and always comes into a running race.”

For the full results, click here.

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Annika Koch on a high in Huatulco with debut World Cup win

Ne, 19/06/2022 - 03:03

The temperatures may have been tipping past 30C on Saturday evening as the women took to the start of the 2022 World Triathlon Cup Huatulco, but it was Annika Koch who kept her cool to land a magnificent debut World Cup gold in Mexico.

Even after after a tough 20km in the saddle had seen a huge pack form and head into T2, it was the 23-year-old German who was out first and never looked back, finding her rhythm and extending her lead right to the line while Canada’s Emy Legault dug deep to hold off Bianca Seregni (ITA) for the silver.

“It’s amazing, I hoped for a podium and I felt good the whole race. I gave it my all and I am really happy that it went so well,” said a thrilled Annika Koch. “I mean, you always race to win but it doesn’t happen that often - it’s just the best feeling. I started running and felt quite good but said to myself not to keep the pace too high because from one second to the next, in the heat, it can get really bad, so just tried to hydrate the whole time and cool down at every aid station.”

The waters were calm for the cove beach start, the threat of a storm subsiding leaving 56 women to line up for the start of a 750m swim in the warm 30C Pacific Ocean. Race number one Erika Ackerlund (USA) took to the right side of the sand for what looked the shortest line to the buoy, Seregni the only one of the highest-ranked women to opt for the far left, choosing to follow the line of the pier.

That tactic worked well as she was soon in clear water and spearheading the field towards the first buoy and a long turn back to shore, Kira Gupta-Baltazar (CAN) giving chase.

As the athletes made their way back in, Lizeth Rueda Santos was met by a roar as the leading Mexican in third, Japan’s Kotomi Anzai and Yuka Sato also delivering great swims, but Seregni already had 20 seconds of daylight.

The long run to transition spread the field further, Koch, Ackerlund and Luisa Baptista (BRA) well placed but Anzai was struggling to mount and lost ground as she hit the tarmac, while Austria’s Lisa Perterer was a minute off the Italian leader after a difficult time in the swim.

Seregni’s time alone out front was to be short-lived, passing up the prospect of pushing hard for a solo breakaway in the heat and allowing herself to be caught by the likes of Legault, Cecilia Perez (MEX) and Ivana Kuriackova (SVK).

By the halfway point of the bike the third pack had caught on too, 32 athletes now together snaking through transition at the bell after the unfortunate Ackerlund tried to ride through a puncture only to veer into the curb and come off, her hopes of a first podium dashed.

The athletes poured into transition led by Koch, Legault, Seregni and Baptista, Huatulco-specialist Perterer now in striking position too, Ecuador’s Elizabeth Bravo 12 seconds back.

Mexico’s Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal and Cecilia Sayuri Ramirez Alavez were met with huge cheers as they tried to hang tough with the leaders, but as Koch went through the gears and looked increasingly comfortable up front, it soon became clear that only Legault and Seregni were going to be able to stay in touch.

Perterer was also going well, but with the battle for silver heating up ahead, Legault and Seregni would not be caught, the Canadian giving everything she had to hold onto second, only for Seregni to pass with 1km to go.

As Koch took the final left turn to the blue carpet, she knew she had time to soak up the moment, a mixture of delight and relief on her face as she lifted the tape, while Legault had rallied to pass the Italian one last time and drive to the line and ensure her first World Cup podium would be silver. Lisa Perterer crossed in fourth, Rosa Tapia was Mexico’s top finisher in fifth and Brazil’s Baptista came home in sixth.

“I don’t think I quite realise it yet, I was trying so hard at the end I thought I was going to get passed because I had nothing left,” said a delighted Legault. “She (Bianca Seregni) caught me on the last hill and I had one of the Canadian coaches there just cheering and telling me to stay with her so I tried as hard as I could but then I heard people cheering for the athletes behind us so I thought they were coming so I just went as hard as I could, I didn’t want to miss that podium.”

“I suffered a lot in this race but I am happy, said Seregni. “I swam very good but it happens a lot of the time that a big group reaches me so I had to slow down and then we were a very big group… then it was a running race finally. I know her (Emy Legault) and she’s a very good girl but we suffered a lot together for the second and third place and it was a little bit me then her but finally she took the second… but I am so happy.”

For the full results, click here.

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Mislawchuk pins hopes on a Huatulco hat-trick as World Cup racing heads to Mexico

St, 15/06/2022 - 20:37

Twelve months ago, the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco was the last opportunity for athletes to score precious Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification points and sharpen their skills on Oaxaca state’s steamy Pacific coast. Fast forward a year, and Paris 2024 points are already on the line, the start lists have some new faces ready to prove themselves, and another gripping Olympic build up begins.

A longstanding event on the World Triathlon circuit since 2008, Huatulco’s sprint distance course consists of a one-lap, 750m swim in the bay of Santa Cruz beach, before the four-lap, 20km bike course crosses the town with two long, straight middle sections bookended with tight turns, finishing with a two-lap run into Santa Cruz Plaza. A gentle incline and descent aside, it’s flat, it’s fast, and the forecast for the region looks stormy as the athletes go through final preparations.

You can watch all the men’s action from Mexico unfold live and direct on TriathlonLive.tv from 8am local time/3pm CEST.

It was here that Tyler Mislawchuk reignited his Olympic hopes with a second successive win on the course last June, only to again be haunted by injury in Tokyo. The course clearly suits the Canadian, who brushed off the humidity to outrun even the flying Brazilian Manoel Messias, and a third straight win would be just the foundation the 27-year-old needs to build into his next campaign.

Third last year and proving himself to be in red hot form again so far in 2022 is another Brazilian, Miguel Hidalgo. An exceptional swimmer to whom the sprint distance and flat bike look perfectly suited, coming through the stern test of a tough WTCS Leeds course to score a career-best 6th place finish showed again what the 21-year-old is capable of, and that is precisely why he has the honour of wearing the #1 this time around.

Another powerful South American swimmer is Diego Moya. Still only now emerging out of the U23 bracket, the Chilean produced an excellent Tokyo 2020 campaign to land a top 30 finish, and has been dominating the Americas Triathlon podiums since late 2021.

The home nation will again be well represented by the mighty and experienced trio of Crisanto Grajales, Irving Perez and Rodrigo Gonzalez, though it was David Nunez who pulled out the best performance for the home crowds to cheer in 2021, finishing just off the podium in fourth.

Sergio Baxter will want to pick up where he left off at the end of 2021, as he returns to the blue carpet for the first time since his bronze in Tongyeong. Having first moved to England to train alongside the Brownlee brothers in Leeds, his return to Spain as part of Roberto Cejuela Anta’s group with Fernando Alarza and Roberto Sanchez Mantecon underlined his huge ambition to join the top table of triathlon, meaning he will be one to watch again here.

Japan’s Jumpei Furuya and Ren Sato spearhead Japan’s medal hopes, teammate Genta Uchida also putting together some strong performances in recent months including the Asia sprint title at the start of June.

Justus Nieschlag is back on the start list of a World Triathlon event for the first time since his brilliant Arena Games series in April and May. Always powerful and explosive over short distances, it will be fascinating to see how this first taste of racing in Mexico suits the 30-year-old.

A strong Austrian quartet of Alois Knabl, Leon Pauger, Martin Demuth and Philip Pertl could have a big impact on proceedings here, while Slovakian super swimmer Richard Varga is sure to be pushing the early pace in the water.

Former national Junior Triathlon Champion and track star Brent Demarest makes his first World Cup start for the USA, now under the auspices of coach Ian O’Brien and looking for some experience at the top level after Americas Cup success in Punta Cana last month.

World Triathlon Cup Huatulco
Elite Men: 19 June
8am Local/3pm CEST
Full start list HERE.
Watch on TriathlonLive HERE.

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Perterer eyes gold as Huatulco turns up the heat for second World Cup of 2022

St, 15/06/2022 - 20:03

Since making its debut on the World Triathlon stage back in 2008, Huatulco has become a staple in the race calendar, with a sprint distance course in dependably high humidity that always produces packed start lists and fireworks from the athletes. On Saturday, the elite women return to do battle at 6pm local time, with a start list full of rising talent from around the globe ready to put their marker down at the start of the Paris 2024 Qualification Period.

As ever, it will be a beach start for the one-lap, 750m Pacific Ocean swim, then a long transition to the largely flat, four-lap, 20km bike course before finishing with a two-lap run to the tape in Santa Cruz Plaza and, as ever, you can watch all the weekend’s action from Mexico unfold live and direct on TriathlonLive.tv.

Wearing the number one will be USA’s Erika Ackerlund, back to form with a top 10 in Karlovy Vary in September last year and someone who knows how to race in the heat after a fifth place here in 2018. Having bagged plenty of podium success in the Americas over the years, the 26-year-old will know that this could be the perfect opportunity to land that as-yet elusive first World Cup podium.

Brazil’s national champion Luisa Baptista will be full of confidence after running her way to third in Arzachena three weeks ago on a hot day in Sardinia. Germany’s Annika Koch finished 7th on that demanding course and has also been knocking at the door of a first podium for some time, her potential underlined in fine style with bronze at the U23 World Championships last year. A good bike and she will be a major podium threat this weekend.

Back on the start line will be a few familiar names notable by their absences recently, including Elizabeth Bravo (ECU), Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Sara Perez Sala (ESP). It will be interesting to see where Perez Sala’s short-race form is after she bounced back from crashing in Miami to win the Challenge 70.3 in Samorin last month.

Bravo was 4th here last year and 5th in 2019. The Ecuadorian loves to race in the heat, as does Lisa Perterer, coming down from the Austrian hills to scoop the bronze here two years in a row. Is a first World Cup gold since 2018 on the cards for the 30-year-old?

Bianca Seregni leads the line for Italy, an excellent swimmer and former Aquathlon World Champion who put together a stunning race in Karlovy Vary to land a first World Cup podium last year and undoubtedly has what it takes to be up there again on her debut in Mexico.

Another strong Japanese delegation includes Sarika Nakayama, fresh from a top 40 finish at WTCS Leeds and recently crowned Asia Triathlon Sprint Champion Yuka Sato, 18th here last year.

Expect to see Canada’s Kira Gupta-Baltazar setting the early pace in the water, and Mexico’s young Mercedes Romero Orozco could also be one to watch as she continues her journey up through the ranks.

World Triathlon Cup Huatulco
Elite women: 18 June
6PM Local / 1AM CEST
Full start list HERE.
Watch on TriathlonLive HERE .

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