Aaron Royle best placed Australian male at the World Triathlon Series in Hamburg

Newcastle’s Wollongong-based triathlete Aaron Royle has continued his remarkable comeback from pneumonia to finish the best of six Australians in today’s World Triathlon Series Championship in Hamburg.

Royle was in touch after the 20km bike leg - Photo Credit: Janos M. Schmidt / Triathlon.org
Royle was in touch after the 20km bike leg – Photo Credit: Janos M. Schmidt / Triathlon.org

The 23-year-old, who has only been back in training for three weeks after being hospitalised in Vitoria, Spain a week after his ITU Madrid race and is still far from 100 percent, finished 19th in the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run sprint course.

He is now sitting in 13th place, one place behind training partner Ryan Bailie, going into the second last round of the WTS in Stockholm (August 24 and 25) on the overall ITU World Rankings.

Royle gave himself every chance, exiting the swim inside the top ten and working hard to stay with world’s best, eventual winner, Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, his Olympic champion brother Alistair Brownlee and former two-time World Champion Javier Gomez (Spain).

The reigning under 23 ITU World Champion knew he would struggle to stay in touch on the run as arguably the three best triathletes in the history of sport put on one of the most exciting finishes ever seen.

With the trio running stride for stride it was the Brownlee brothers who took control, first Jonathan, then Alistair and finally Jonathan finding that extra dash in a frantic sprint finish to upset his Olympic champion brother.

Brendan is still coming back from his plantar issues - {\Photo Credit: Janos M. Schmidt / Triathlon.org
Brendan is still coming back from his plantar issues – {\Photo Credit: Janos M. Schmidt / Triathlon.org

Royle had nothing in the tank over the second half of the run, managing to hang on to a top 20 finish with Dan Wilson the next bet placed Aussie in 23rd place after leading the chase pack on the bike.

Then followed Cameron Good (32nd), Ryan Bailie (35th), London Olympian Brendan Sexton (37th) and Peter Kerr (52nd).

Good is sitting in 22nd on the overall rankings; Wilson 42nd and Wilson 42nd.

Meanwhile Alistair Brownlee took a broadside some of his fellow riders, saying: “I wanted to get away on the bike and push on and we managed to do that but the other guys in the group didn’t work with us…..If any of them want to learn how to ride a bike, ring me up and I’ll give them some tips because they didn’t know what they were doing out there today.”

Should make for some interesting racing in Stockholm and London.

The Australian Team will now line up in tonight’s ITU World Championship Mixed Teams Relay with the red-hot British team; hosts Germany, Spain, South Africa, the USA and New Zealand all expected to vie for the podium.

Hamburg – World Triathlon Hamburg – 20 July 2013

Final Results – Elite Men – 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

Pos Athlete Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Jonathan Brownlee GBR 0:51:05 0:08:47 0:27:18 0:14:14
2 Alistair Brownlee GBR 0:51:05 0:08:45 0:27:15 0:14:15
3 Javier Gomez ESP 0:51:14 0:08:52 0:27:14 0:14:23
4 Richard Murray RSA 0:51:42 0:09:01 0:27:37 0:14:19
5 Mario Mola ESP 0:51:46 0:08:57 0:27:40 0:14:22
6 Sven Riederer SUI 0:51:50 0:08:55 0:27:39 0:14:29
7 Aurelien Raphael FRA 0:51:53 0:08:50 0:27:12 0:15:00
8 Alessandro Fabian ITA 0:51:55 0:08:51 0:27:11 0:15:05
9 Ryan Sissons NZL 0:52:00 0:08:53 0:27:10 0:15:07
10 Jan Frodeno GER 0:52:02 0:08:55 0:27:38 0:14:43
11 Henri Schoeman RSA 0:52:08 0:08:43 0:27:20 0:15:18
12 Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 0:52:12 0:08:50 0:27:43 0:14:43
13 Vincent Luis FRA 0:52:17 0:08:50 0:27:11 0:15:25
14 Joao Pereira POR 0:52:20 0:09:01 0:27:38 0:14:56
15 Tony Moulai FRA 0:52:32 0:09:02 0:27:34 0:15:08
16 Pierre Le Corre FRA 0:52:32 0:09:08 0:27:24 0:15:09
17 Florin Salvisberg SUI 0:52:34 0:09:11 0:27:27 0:15:13
18 Aaron Royle AUS 0:52:39 0:08:52 0:27:13 0:15:46
19 Richard Varga SVK 0:52:39 0:08:42 0:27:53 0:15:14
20 Andrew Yorke CAN 0:52:43 0:09:07 0:27:30 0:15:20
21 Joe Maloy USA 0:52:47 0:08:58 0:27:39 0:15:23
22 Igor Polyanskiy RUS 0:52:51 0:08:49 0:27:51 0:15:23
23 Dan Wilson AUS 0:52:56 0:09:03 0:27:29 0:15:36
24 Grégory Rouault FRA 0:53:02 0:09:26 0:28:09 0:14:39
25 Kyle Jones CAN 0:53:03 0:09:13 0:28:22 0:14:40
26 Gonzalo Raul Tellechea ARG 0:53:05 0:09:26 0:28:11 0:14:41
27 Maximilian Schwetz GER 0:53:10 0:08:49 0:27:45 0:15:45
28 Marco Van Der Stel NED 0:53:11 0:09:04 0:27:29 0:15:47
29 Matt Chrabot USA 0:53:11 0:09:09 0:27:23 0:15:45
30 Franz Loeschke GER 0:53:12 0:09:22 0:28:12 0:14:51
31 Davide Uccellari ITA 0:53:19 0:09:26 0:28:13 0:14:54
32 Cameron Good AUS 0:53:22 0:09:23 0:28:11 0:14:59
33 Adam Bowden GBR 0:53:23 0:09:28 0:28:09 0:14:55
34 Ryan Bailie AUS 0:53:24 0:09:23 0:28:08 0:15:01
35 Crisanto Grajales MEX 0:53:24 0:09:25 0:28:07 0:15:03
36 Christian Prochnow GER 0:53:26 0:09:21 0:28:12 0:15:02
37 Brendan Sexton AUS 0:53:32 0:09:31 0:28:06 0:15:07
38 David Mcnamee GBR 0:53:34 0:09:20 0:28:12 0:15:09
39 Diogo Sclebin BRA 0:53:34 0:09:20 0:28:16 0:15:06
40 Yuichi Hosoda JPN 0:53:35 0:08:59 0:27:36 0:16:09
41 Oleksiy Syutkin UKR 0:53:36 0:09:18 0:28:20 0:15:12
42 Andrew Mccartney CAN 0:53:38 0:08:53 0:27:46 0:16:10
43 Irving Perez MEX 0:53:39 0:08:55 0:27:48 0:16:07
44 Aaron Harris GBR 0:53:42 0:09:19 0:28:14 0:15:21
45 Tony Dodds NZL 0:53:47 0:09:08 0:28:28 0:15:20
46 Gregory Billington USA 0:53:48 0:09:14 0:28:20 0:15:26
47 Premysl Svarc CZE 0:53:49 0:09:27 0:28:10 0:15:20
48 Hirokatsu Tayama JPN 0:53:50 0:09:01 0:27:37 0:16:21
49 Reinaldo Colucci BRA 0:53:53 0:09:25 0:28:11 0:15:26
50 Simon De Cuyper BEL 0:53:55 0:09:31 0:28:02 0:15:34
51 Bryce Mcmaster NZL 0:53:57 0:08:53 0:27:42 0:16:27
52 Peter Kerr AUS 0:54:00 0:09:06 0:28:28 0:15:34
53 Andrey Bryukhankov RUS 0:54:03 0:09:10 0:28:27 0:15:32
54 Jesus Gomar ESP 0:54:13 0:09:22 0:28:09 0:15:50
55 Matthew Sharp GBR 0:54:15 0:09:25 0:28:12 0:15:48
56 Bruno Matheus BRA 0:54:33 0:09:23 0:28:11 0:16:10
57 Akos Vanek HUN 0:54:36 0:09:13 0:28:20 0:16:15
58 Ryosuke Yamamoto JPN 0:54:48 0:09:15 0:28:22 0:16:22
DNF Laurent Vidal FRA 0:00:00 0:09:29 0:28:01 0:00:00
DSQ Gregor Buchholz GER 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00
DSQ Sergio Sarmiento MEX 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00
DSQ Luciano Taccone ARG 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00
DSQ Ivan Ivanov UKR 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00
DSQ Rostyslav Pevtsov UKR 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00
DNS Jonathan Zipf GER 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:00

 

 

Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

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.