Archive for December, 2010
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Chrissie Wellington: Moving Ironman Triathlon forward and some Interesting Male-Female Comparisons of where She Lies in History
The guys at Science of Sport have put together a list of their top sports people in 2010. This covers amongst many people Chrissie Wellington’s dominance in the events she raced in. They loook at female v male performances in long distance triathlon. There are some great additional comments from readers that have enhanced the post.
This past November, Blinq Photography worked with Zoggs to come up with a few shots that really show off what these goggles can do for professional triathletes. While the shoot, featuring Mitch Robins and Craig Withers, was on they took a behind the scenes video showing what is involved in a photo session like this and showcasing the gear used.
Paul Ambrose and Chris Stanton organised the inaurgal Budgie Smugglers Triathlon at Cronulla Beach on Christmas Eve. Taking part were Ambrose and Stanton, Chris McCormack, Craig Alexander, Chris Allum, Mick Maroney and a few other top athletes.
Shawn Smith and the crew at Blinq Photography have put together a ‘Best of 2010′ triathlon photogaphy package that highlights many of our great triathletes at triathlon events throughout the year
Organisers have confirmed that in line with recent trends for iron distance races in this part of the world, fifty percent of available places for the 2011 Sunsmart Ironman WA taking place on Sunday, December 4, were snapped up within 30 minutes of entries opening.
Matilda Raynolds is in her first year as a pro and whilst she has had a few podiums at Olympic and sprint distance this is her first podium at a major long distance race. I asked her today about whether it had sunk in. The race for Matilda came off well and she was happy to be able to back herself and negative split most of her times.
In an unprecedented step Triathlon New Zealand has removed all barriers to becoming a member of the countries triathlon association. 2010/2011 membership is now free to all New Zealand triathletes. Tri NZ is an innovative sports body. They have a regular weekly TV show, a radio show, a number of large corporate sponsors and a very strong community of athletes. In 2009 they had a participant database of 80,000 people.
Ollie Whistler won the Crowne Plaza Canberra City Half Ironman with a dominating bike leg and maintained his momentum throughout the half marathon. Michelle Wu went head to head with Lisa Marangon, a swim specialist, on the first 4km run and the bike and then put the accelerator down as she exited T2 and that was where she won the race. Luke Whitmore was second almost 6 minutes behind Ollie with Richard Munroe a further 12 seconds back. New to pro racing, Matilda Raynolds placed 3rd with the bike being the difference between her and Marangon.
The Sunshine Coast’s Tim George and Brisbane’s Melissa Rollison took out convincing wins at Race 3 of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series this morning. Bryce Mcmaster got caught up trying to avoid an age group athlete which put an end to his chances of claiming a third successive win but had a strong run to finish fifth. Melissa Rollison’s swim is improving with each event and with such a bike/run combination she is proving more and more difficult to beat.