Australian Dan Wilson claims first ever ITU Triathlon World Cup title in South Korea

Photo Credit: Jero Honda / triathlon.org 

Dan Wilson TriathleteAustralian Dan Wilson came from behind to claim his first career World Cup victory. A pair of former Junior World Champions from France won silver and bronze. Aurelien Raphael was second and Vincent Luis won a 4-way sprint to take the bronze.

“It feels really good. I’m happy with the race,” said Wilson at the finish area. “It was a tough race out there and didn’t go smoothly from the start.”

Other Australian results – Samuel Betten 10th, James Seear 20th,  Drew Box 23rd,  David Matthews 24th and  Anthony McSweeney 54th. Samuel, James, Drew and Dave were all in the hunt on the swim and bike with the run proving to be the difference. On the day Dan Wilson was a minute and a half to three minutes faster over the 10kms than the other Aussies (Full results below…)

A large group of men exited the water from the 1.5-kilometre swim and headed onto to the moderately hilly 40-kilometre bike course within 30 seconds of each other. A group of about 18 men, which included a few Russians and the Frenchmen Luis and Raphael, broke away and built a lead of 40 seconds. They continued to put time on the rest of the field as the lead swelled. Wilson rode in the main chase pack and would have his work out for him on the run.

Early on the flat 10-kilometre run course, the leaders were Luis, Raphael, Korean Min Ho Heo, Premsyl Svarc and Jan Celustka. Wilson trailed by about 40 seconds as he hit the run course but with a torrid pace, he bridged up to the leaders midway through the run. It wasn’t long until Wilson accelerated past to become the new leader. He broke the tape at 1:49:36 to secure take the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup title.

Aurelien Raphael was 16 seconds behind second while the battle was on for bronze behind him. Luis out-sprinted a pair of Czechs and local favourite Min Ho Heo of South Korea to take the final podium position.

Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup

Final Results – Elite Men
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run

1. Dan Wilson (AUS) Click here for audio interview
2. Aurelien Raphael (FRA) Click here for audio interview (English & French)
3. Vincent Luis (FRA) Click here for audio interview (English & French)

Full field results available here on Triathlon.org

Pos Name Time Swim  Bike  Run 
1 Dan Wilson AUS 1:49:36 0:17:31 1:00:14 0:31:26
2 Aurélien Raphael FRA 1:49:52 0:17:07 0:59:58 0:32:21
3 Vincent Luis FRA 1:49:57 0:17:05 1:00:01 0:32:25
4 Jan Celustka CZE 1:49:59 0:17:08 0:59:51 0:32:24
5 Premysl Svarc CZE 1:49:59 0:17:08 0:59:54 0:32:27
6 Min Ho Heo KOR 1:49:59 0:17:11 0:59:55 0:32:25
7 Ivan Tutukin RUS 1:50:11 0:17:45 0:59:57 0:32:01
8 Yulian Malyshev RUS 1:50:17 0:17:11 0:59:58 0:32:42
9 Gavin Noble IRL 1:50:26 0:17:34 1:00:12 0:32:11
10 Samuel Betten AUS 1:50:27 0:17:11 0:59:53 0:32:54
11 Ryan Sissons NZL 1:50:39 0:17:41 0:59:59 0:32:27
12 Ivan Vasiliev RUS 1:50:42 0:17:03 1:00:00 0:33:09
13 Ramon Ejeda Medina ESP 1:50:58 0:17:40 1:00:00 0:32:47
14 Harry Wiltshire GBR 1:51:09 0:17:08 0:59:56 0:33:35
15 Dan Alterman ISR 1:51:18 0:17:39 1:00:07 0:33:05
16 Mark Fretta USA 1:51:21 0:17:32 1:00:06 0:33:07
17 Timothy O’Donnell USA 1:51:27 0:17:30 1:00:15 0:33:12
18 Pierre Le Corre FRA 1:51:37 0:17:06 1:00:00 0:34:04
19 Yiming Zhang CHN 1:51:50 0:17:48 0:59:54 0:33:37
20 James Seear AUS 1:51:52 0:17:10 0:59:50 0:34:18
21 Jens Toft DEN 1:51:54 0:17:29 1:00:19 0:33:37
22 Peter Bajai HUN 1:51:57 0:17:17 1:00:26 0:33:45
23 Drew Box AUS 1:52:00 0:17:04 0:59:58 0:34:29
24 David Matthews AUS 1:52:09 0:17:24 1:00:22 0:33:58
25 Akos Vanek HUN 1:52:11 0:17:12 0:59:49 0:34:38
26 Danylo Sapunov UKR 1:52:11 0:17:16 0:59:49 0:34:37
27 Ju Seok Kim KOR 1:52:14 0:17:12 0:59:33 0:34:57
28 Luc Van Es NED 1:52:22 0:18:01 1:01:26 0:32:26
29 Ran Alterman ISR 1:52:28 0:17:46 0:59:57 0:34:13
30 Marc Jenkins GBR 1:52:33 0:17:42 1:00:05 0:34:18
31 Sylwester Kuster POL 1:52:37 0:17:44 1:01:39 0:32:37
32 Vladimir Turbaevskiy RUS 1:52:41 0:17:26 1:00:14 0:34:30
33 Artem Parienko RUS 1:52:42 0:17:45 0:59:53 0:34:31
34 James Elvery NZL 1:52:58 0:17:37 1:00:02 0:34:45
35 Jan Van Berkel NED 1:53:08 0:18:02 1:01:28 0:33:10
36 Csaba Rendes HUN 1:53:13 0:17:40 1:00:06 0:34:59
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Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.