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Matt Sharp and Yuka Sato win Tongyeong ITU World Cup

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Press Release • October 24, 2015

Tongyeong, South Korea – Tongyeong ITU World Cup brings a close to the season and first time World Cup titles for Yuka Sato (JAP) and Matt Sharp (GBR).

The final stop of the 2015 ITU World Cup circuit came to a close on Saturday with 126 athletes lining up for one last chance of a podium finish and final opportunity to add Olympic qualification points to their 2015 tally.

It was a fitting end to a stunning season of ITU World Cup racing in Tongyeong, a beautiful port city located on the southern edge of the Korean Peninsula.

The event celebrated its tenth anniversary of racing, the first hosted in 2003 and the racing made sure it was one to remember.

Women’s Wrap
Yuka Sato (JAP) turned recent good form into gold winning the 2015 Tongyeong Triathlon World Cup on Saturday.

Tongyeong has been a great race for the young Japanese claiming bronze in 2012 and now delivering the first World Cup victory of her career.

Sato was in the hunt during the swim and bike but made her move on the third lap of the run to secure victory.

“I’m very happy for this win. I got a lot of confidence from this victory and did my best today.

“I knew Takahashi is a good runner but I just felt good today and felt confident on the last two laps.

“It’s a very special feeling, my first World Cup win,” said Sato

The podium places came down to a race of two between Jolanda Annen (SUI) and Yuko Takahashi (JAP), the pair running shoulder to shoulder on the last lap before Annen found another gear to claim an emotional silver from Takahasi.

“This morning I had a really bad feeling so I hope that the race come good and I get top ten but so happy I got second, I can’t believe it,” said Annen.

A total of 50 women hit the calm waters for the two lap swim in 21.1°C Tongyeong Harbour. Brazil’s Pamella Oliveira was the first out but had good company with Lisa Norden (SUI), Yuko Takahashi (JAP), Gaia Peron (ITU), Mari Rabie (RSA) and crowd favourite Yun-Jung Jan (KOR) out in quick succession.

A speedy transition from Norden saw her head out onto the bike first, the lead pack of 12 quickly forming.
The next group out of the water and 34sec down included Sara Vilic (AUT), Tamara Gomez Garrido (ESP), Lisa Perterer (AUT), and Ai Ueda (JAP).

But just one lap into the bike the chilly water combined with air temperature claimed a few casualties including pre race favourite Juri Ide (JAP).

With five laps of the bike and two very step inclines to negotiate the front group that also included Jolanda Annen (SUI), Carolina Routier (ESP) and Valentina Zapatrina (RUS) were working like a well drilled cycling team and the gaps to the chase group extended at every time gap.

“In the first loop we work really hard and I thought I would have a good position – really thanks to all the girls in the first group,” said Annen.

Despite the efforts of the girls in the second group like Perterer, Under 23 World Champion Audrey Merle (FRA), Ueda, Chelsea Burns (USA), Claire Michel (BEL) they could not get organized and paid the price coming into T2 with a 2min 21sec deficit. It proved too much for even the best runners in the group to recover from and the podiums would come from the front group in the end.

The Japanese pair Sato and Takahashi had positioned themselves well among the riders but it was Takahashi and Norden who showed a clean pair of heels to lead out of T2.

Sato was quick to follow, Zapatrina and Annen all in close proximity for the 4 lap run.

Norden was the first to falter and was struggling by lap two as the Japanese pair took control at the front of the race. Annen was looking strong as she moved into medal contention overtaking Zapatrina.

Annen and Takahashi ran shoulder to shoulder for the final lap the young Swiss girl found an extra gear to claim an emotional silver from Takahashi. Zapatrina held on for fourth and Ueda recording the fastest run split of the day to claim fifth.

“She is a good runner and I tried to push but she would come back and I just want this second position.
“It’s really good for me because I need these points and I hope it’s enough for Rio,” said Annen.

2015 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup – Elite Women
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run – Results

Men’s Wrap

Great Britain’s Matt Sharp secures his first ITU title after a calculated race at the 2015 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Spain’s David Castro Fajardo and Australian veteran Courtney Atkinson made him earn it taking silver and bronze
respectively.

Sharp was in the race all day with almost the entire field exiting the swim as one long train and forming a lead group on the bike of 60 men. It all came down to the run and called for patience, which all three medallists called on.

“It’s my first World Cup win so I’m pretty happy about that.”

“The bike was pretty easy but the hill on the run, I just gauged my effort and finished the last lap real strong.
“I think on the first lap, not through choice I just couldn’t go with pace up and down the hill. On the flat I was feeling good so I just worked the cadence and slowly caught up,” said Sharp.

Atkinson bustled his way to the front of the run and looked strong but didn’t count on the flying Spaniard Castro Fajardo in the final stages. A motivated Sharp was not going to let this one get away after a disrupted past few seasons.
“It’s been a long time since I had an ITU race, I’ve been struggling for a few years so this means a real lot to me,” said Sharp.

I’m very happy with my position.”

“I am a sprinter and on the last lap in the last 100m I sprint and Sharp attacked and I had no sprint left,” said Fajardo.
A capacity men’s field of 76 broke the glassy conditions of the Tongyeong Harbour in a two-lap non-wetsuit swim. After a frenetic start to the 1.5 kilometre swim the first to emerge was Ben Kanute (USA) then the looming figures of the Polyanskiy brothers Igor and Dimity (RUS) and Australia’s Courtney Atkinson. The swim did little to break up the field and subsequently a long line of athletes emerged in quick succession.

Kanute was the first to lead out onto the bike but there would be no quick breaks as the front group formed with 60 men.
The first lap saw everyone jockeying for position in such a large group but on the second it was Atkinson who put them to the test.
“I’ve been training for the Xterra World Championships in Maui next weekend, it’s a very hilly bike course over there and I’ve been training a lot on hills, so I was really confident on the bike and thought there would be a breakaway.

“I went a few times and maybe taxed my legs a little more on the bike than I should in and ITU race,” said Atkinson.

By lap three the group had been reduced to 55 with multiple lead changes but no opportunity presented for a break away and the group remained intact and prepared for a flat out 10km run.

As the lead group headed into transition it was frenetic but Portugal’s Miguel Arraiolos took advantage of the situation to scoot out first from Basson Engelbrecht (RSA) and Gabor Faldum (HUN) who has been in good form recently with podiums at the last two World Cup races. Sharp was the next out onto the run but knew he had to run his own race and pace.

Fajardo was 7th out of T2 and knew he had to work his way into this race and not go out too hard.

The wily Atkinson didn’t take long to move to the front with Dmitry Polyanskiy and Sergio Sarmiento (MEX) on lap two. But the charges were coming from behind and on lap three Joe Maloy (USA) and Sharp had joined Atkinson and Polyanskiy.

As the pace heated up there remained just three in contention in the closing stages and Sharp’s earlier patience paid dividends in the end with the fresher legs delivering him his first World Cup win.

“The gap was about 5-6 seconds and I thought if I keep surging I should be able to get the gap,” said Sharp.

Atkinson’s earlier efforts on the bike may have been a factor in the end as the young Spaniard got him in the final stages but still pleased to be back on the podium and philosophical about Rio.

Atkinson is vying for his third Olympic team and will be the first Australian to do so if he succeeds.
“It’s always nice to be up the pointy end.

It’s good because I hadn’t raced since London before the beginning of this year. It had been a long time and I had set myself a goal. Ideally I would have liked to have won a race, you always want to be at the top but realistically if I can get a podium, I’m back in the ballpark and can work on it again going to Rio next year.

“I stay at home all year in Australia and it’s a long long way to travel races, so when I race I’m up against guys that race week in and week out and at this and I’m not getting any younger but turning up and still racing still in the race.

“Maybe ask me after London if I’d be back doing this again and at this level, never say never,” said Atkinson

2015 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup – Elite Men
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run – Results

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About the International Triathlon Union (ITU):

The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain. It now has 169 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit: www.triathlon.o

 

 

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2017 ITU World Cup season kicks off with Murray and Hall victories

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The first ITU event in Cape Town was a thrilling start to the year. Trizone looks back at this exciting race, the all-South African men’s podium and incredibly battle between English friends Learmonth and Lucy Hall.

ITU South Africa Men’s Race Review

Local South African Richard Murray had told everyone how desperately he wanted to win the ITU race on home soil since his last win four years ago, but he wasn’t the only one with his eyes on the top spot. Local South African athletes Henri Schoeman and Wian Sullwald were other key power players, and the start line was tense.

This tension built and maintained intensity throughout the swim, with a strong lead pack forming and storming through the water. The bike leg was no different, and the furious lead pack powered on with a thick group vying for the win. Schoeman was riding his new Hypervox Swift Bike, a huge talking point on social media before the event thanks to its slick styling.

Penalty threatens Murray’s dream

As the pack stormed into T2, Murray dropped his helmet outside the box, earning himself a time penalty. Scrambling, he narrowly took the lead with Schoeman racing hard just behind him. With his wish to win on home soil, Murray worked hard throughout the run, and maintained his lead until the finish. Murray was followed by an all-South African podium of Henri Schoeman in second and Wian Sullwald in third.

  1. Richard Murray (RSA) – 51:33
  2. Henri Schoeman (RSA) – 51:41
  3. Wian Sullwald (RSA) – 51:56

“Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15 second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray.

“I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman.

Wian was thrilled with his result, posting on Facebook: “Great to finally get the season started here in Cape Town with the Discovery Triathlon ITU world Cup and a clean sweep in the mens field with me finishing 3rd. Happy to see that my come back trail in well on path. Very big thank you to all the wonderful people that came out to support us and make the pain a bit easier. Congrats to champs Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman who made history with the first ever clean sweep at a World Cup!

All three athletes mentioned the impact of an all South African podium. “It is a fantastic day for us. I am happy we could have done it for our country and sport,” said Schoeman.

Murray added: “It could not have been a better day out in Cape Town. I very happy for Wian seeing that he is coming back after being injured. I hope this will help grow the sport even more.”

 

ITU South Africa Women’s Race Review

Rivals and friends, Great Britain’s Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth battled throughout the entire race last weekend in Cape Town.

Starting the swim stroke for stroke, the pair continued their battle into the bike leg. Rachel Klamer of Holland dug her heels in and worked hard on the bike to gain on the leaders, and at T2 she was moving up. As the run commenced though, Klamer lost some steam, and Ai Ueda of Japan soared past her.

Exciting sprint finish at the blue carpet

The leaders were neck and neck though, and the two friends had discussed a sprint finish as they ran step for step during the run. “We decided during the run that we would start sprinting once we reach the blue carpet and just to go for it and what happens, happen,” said Learmonth.

“The plan was to use Cape Town as part of our training and have a bit of fun! We wanted to test some training tactics as well and it did work, but triathlon is very unpredictable and there are so many variables…so when it all works out it is just wonderful!” said Hall.

On her first World Cup win she added: “It is amazing. I’m turning 25 next week and I always said that if I can get a World Cup podium before I am 25 then I will be happy.”

Ueda could not hide her satisfaction with her podium place. “My favorite discipline is running and the weather was perfect today. I’m just so happy that I got on the podium again.”

  1. Lucy Hall (GBR) – 59:34
  2. Jessica Learmonth (GBR) – 59:35
  3. Ai Ueda (JPN) – 1:00:04

 

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Flora Duffy and Kristian Blummenfelt earn debut titles at World Cup

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In the final World Cup race ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, the men’s and women’s elite races produced thrilling races that set the scene for unpredictable and phenomenal race in Brazil. Hosting the event for the very first time, Flora Duffy (BER) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) earned the debut titles of the 2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Women’s Review

Becoming the first elite to ever win the event title, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy scored gold at the 2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup.

In the last major ITU competition before the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games begin for triathlon, Duffy secured the first-place medal right before having to head south to race on August 20. By executing her famous cycle and then continuing the power onto the run, Duffy grabbed her first World Cup win of the season and first since 2012.

Duffy said of her win, It kind of came as a bit of a surprise, I came in here pretty tired just came from a big block of training for Rio, but just new I wanted to get one last hit out, so I knew it could go either way. It definitely hurt out there, but I am glad with how it went. But yeah it just did not feel too pretty.

Taking the silver medal was Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle, who also snagged a piece of hardware just in time before she sets to compete on the world’s stage in the Olympics. While the bronze was awarded to Taylor Knibb (USA), who stepped onto her first World Cup podium.

I didn’t know how it was going to go. I have not raced since Yokohama, but I knew that coming here was good timing for Rio. So I am pretty relieved that I put up a good result, said Gentle of her podium performance.

 

2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup 
750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1. Flora Duffy BER BM 01:03:00
2. Ashleigh Gentle AUS AU 01:03:24
3. Taylor Knibb USA US 01:03:44
4. Emma Jackson AUS AU 01:04:16
5. Lindsey Jerdonek USA US 01:04:24
6. Jolanda Annen SUI CH 01:04:33
7. Kirsten Kasper USA US 01:04:43
8. Yuka Sato JPN JP 01:05:04
9. Taylor Spivey USA US 01:05:27
10. Paula Findlay CAN CA 01:05:39

 

Men’s Review

Cruising through the course and never losing his leader position in the last two disciplines, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt secured the first-ever men’s elite title at the 2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup.

While the event was the last major ITU competition before a majority of the elites head to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, the opportune win came right before Blummenfelt competes on August 18.

After exiting the waters slightly behind and then quickly recovering and transitioning into the front pack, Blummenfelt held onto the advantage until he blasted away on the run to grab his second World Cup title of the season.

It is definitely nice. We have been doing a bit of training in the last couple of weeks and my body is responding well. One day after altitude it can be good and the next it can be crappy, especially after so close to coming down, the condition could be good or bad, so I am pleased to see that it was a good one today.

The remaining two spots were earned by two World Cup podium first-timers. Canada’s own Matt Sharpe claimed the silver medal, while the bronze went to USA’s Eric Lagerstrom.

I am pretty shattered right now, in all aspects, physically, emotionally, spiritually. But it was beautiful out there, amazing crowds, I am just stunned right now,” Sharpe said of getting onto his first World Cup podium. I haven’t raced much in Canada in the last few years, I have had a bit of a struggle over the last couple of years, so for me it is just nice to have a good performance for all of my supporters. All of my family and my friends, they sacrifice a lot for me, so to do this, it is all for them.

 

2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup
750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR NO 00:57:29
2. Matthew Sharpe CAN CA 00:58:43
3. Eric Lagerstrom USA US 00:58:47
4. Maximilian Schwetz GER DE 00:58:54
5. Jumpei Furuya JPN JP 00:58:57
6. Franz Loeschke GER DE 00:59:09
7. William Huffman USA US 00:59:12
8. Kevin Mcdowell USA US 00:59:16
9. Diogo Sclebin BRA BR 00:59:20
10. Simon De Cuyper BEL BE 00:59:24

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Cool and calm Ryan Bailie takes Aussies to stunning ITU relay silver

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A never-say-die finish by Bunbury’s Rio-bound Ryan Bailie has secured a stirring silver medal for Australia with one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the ITU World Mixed Teams Relay Championship behind the US in Hamburg.

While the Americans led by Gwen Jorgensen were deserved gold medallists, the Australians never gave up and were the the talk of the town as 100,000 people lined the streets to cheer them home.

Bailie – widely regarded as the best anchorman in the game – produced the race of his life to keep Germany’s local hero Gregor Buchholz at bay in a neck-and-neck sprint to the finish for the minor medals.

The Australians were almost certainly out of contention over the (4x 300m swim; 6.6km bike; 1.6km run) course, after former Under 23 world champion Charlotte McShane led off and struggled to get herself out of the swim-bike transition.

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‘I thought I had really let the team down today; I struggled in that first transition and lost the group.’

“You know it is different in a team event; you’ve got your team mates and they are going after you and you don’t want to let others get a head start,” said McShane. “But I’m glad we have such a really strong team and they were able to pull back.”

The Aussies languished in 13th place at one stage before McShane, fighting hard on the bike and run handed over to yesterday’s in-form individual silver medallist Jake Birtwhistle.

The long-striding Tasmanian produced easily the fastest 1.6km run leg of the day to put Australia into seventh position, and in with a shot with London Olympian Emma Jackson maintaining the rage to give Bailie a medal chance in the top six.

“Over the short distances it’s red hot the whole way; there’s not much you can do, you’ve just got to try and hold on,” said Birtwhistle.

Meanwhile, Bailie kept his cool on the bike and produced an amazing final run leg to nail the finish and give the Australians their second silver medal in two years behind the US in the event which saw them take bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The event is on the cards to make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.

‘It’s not over ’til it’s over.’

“We’re just so proud to wear the green and gold,” said Jackson, adding: “Australians love the relay, we love the opportunity to compete as a team and to come away with the silver two years in a row is amazing.”

Triathlon Australia’s Performance Director Bernard Savage admitted he believed Australia had the team to win. “I have to say I am disappointed we didn’t win because I knew we had the team that could win, but in saying that I am so proud of the way each and every one of them fought and their never, ever give in attitude,” he said, while also praising Bailie and Birtwhistle’s coach Jamie Turner.

“He has been working with NSWIS sprint coach Paul Hallam on the Blue Carpet Project to get his athletes ready to fight and sprint when the going gets tough over that final 100 metres on the blue carpet,” said Savage.

“And that’s what it came down to today with Ryan and the way he timed his finish to perfection. He is as cool and calm as they come and today was a steely performance from Bailie if ever there was one.”

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2016 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup features semi-finals in 20th edition

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The ITU World Cup season continues this weekend, with the sixth stop of the ten-part World Cup calendar rocking up in the iconic Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros. The northern Hungarian city is one of the longest running World Cup locations in ITU history. Part of a week-long party, the race is a favourite for many top athletes.

For this year’s 20th anniversary of the Tiszaujvaros World Cup, the event will maintain its semi-finals and finals format, with three semi-finals for the men and two for the female triathletes taking place on Saturday. The finals, meanwhile, will be held on Sunday.

Women’s Elite Preview
For the first semi-final, 22 athletes will make up the pontoon for the three-lap 750m swim course, before taking their bikes for a two-lap 20km flat bike run. The 5km run is also going to be fast and flat, with a course designed for the whole town to get behind the athletes.

Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova will be one of the ones to beat in this semi-final, having recently won second place at the European Championships in Lisbon and a podium position in Huatulco. She will definitely have a very strong opponent in local athlete Margit Vanek, third on the European Champs ranking and winner of the ETU European Cup in Melilla.

USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek or Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat will be among the other ones to watch.

In the second semifinal, Renee Tomlin (US) already knows what it’s like to race in Tiszaujvaros and will be a great competitor, having finished fifth at WTS Abu Dhabi and in the Mooloolaba World Cup.

Other athletes to keep an eye out for will be Japan’s Yuko Takahashi, Russia’s Elena Danilova, France’s Michelle Flipo and Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras, all of whom have shown some strong performances this season.

The top 14 athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final – to be held on Sunday – with another two places awarded to the next two best times.

Men’s Elite Preview
Silver medalist in the European Championship in Lisbon a month ago, Russian Dmitry Polyanskiy is one of the favourites in heat one, along with Australian Luke Willian and Hungarian athletes Istvan Kiraly and Akos Vanek, who will certainly be able to count on the crowd’s support.

The Russian team deployed in Tiszy is quite strong, with Igor Polyanski and Vladimir Turbayevskiy among the ones to follow in the second semi-final. But they will face some strong competitors as well, with Spain’s Francesc Godoy, Australia’s Drew Box or France’s Raphael Montoya fighting for a spot in the finals.

In the third semi-final, the local athletes will be very strong competitors, with Gabor FaldumTamas Toth and Laszlo Tarnai trying to secure their spot in the final, in addition to strong opponents such as Ukraine’s Ivan Ivanov and Italy’s Delian Stateff.

The top nine athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final, which is slated for Sunday, with another three places awarded to the next three best times.

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ABOUT THE RACE:
Now in its 20th year, Tiszaujvaros is just two hours from Budapest, and due to its status as the second longest running ITU event is known as the triathlon capital of Hungary. The World Cup has one of the best atmospheres of any on the ITU calendar and is a summer tradition in Tiszaujvaros, as the event has a festival like vibe. ITU legends like Emma Carney, Hamish Carter, Loretta Harrop and Javier Gomez have all topped the podium at this event.

SCHEDULE:
Elite Women
Semi-finals – Saturday 9 July – from 15:32 (UTC/GMT +2) Click here for time in your area
Final – Sunday 10 July – 15:45 Click here for time in your area

Elite Men 
Semi-finals – Saturday 9 July from 16:21 (UTC/GMT +2) Click here for time in your area
Final – Sunday 10 July – 17:10 Click here for time in your area

WEBSITES:
http://www.tvkmalitriatlon.hu/en/

START LISTS:
Click here for the women’s start list
Click here for the men’s start list

PRIZE MONEY:
$60,000 USD (equal for men & women)

LIVE COVERAGE:
Live timing and text coverage from Tiszaujvaros will be available on race day at triathlon.org/live or at @triathlonlive on Twitter.

COURSE PROFILE:
SEMI-FINALS
Swim – 750m – Three laps of a 250m swim circuit with a pontoon start, wetsuits are not expected
Bike – 20km – Two laps of a mostly flat circuit
Run – 5km – Three laps of a most flat and fast run
Click here for a course map

FINALS
Swim – 750m – Three laps of a 250m swim circuit with a pontoon start, wetsuits are not expected
Bike – 20km – Eight laps of a mostly flat course
Run – 5km – Four laps of a mostly flat and fast run course
Click here for a course map 

FORMAT:
This ITU World Cup marks the debut of the new multi-round, multi-day sprint format. The event will be decided over two days, with sprint distance semi-finals held on Saturday and then a sprint distance final on the Sunday. The total number of entries will decide the number of semi-finals – three for the men and three for the women on Saturday, with a maximum of 30 athletes in each semi-final, which will start in waves. Every semi-final will qualify a fixed number of athletes for the final and additionally a number of athletes will qualify based on the best times. For example, if the total field is between 31 and 60, there will be two semifinals; the top 14 in each will go through to the final and a further two will go through on time, creating a final field of 30. A full breakdown of the numbers and rules can be found on page 55, section 20 of the ITU Competition Rules, here.

Past Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup winners   

WOMEN   MEN 

2015  Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS)  Igor Polyanskiy (RUS)
2014  Rachel Klamer (NED) Akos Vanek (HUN)
2013  Katie Hursey (USA)  Florin Salvisberg (SUI)
2012  Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) Pierre LeCorre (FRA)
2011 Gwen Jorgensen (USA)  Brent McMahon (CAN)
2010 Yuliya Yelistratova(UKR)  Reinaldo Colucci (BRA)
2009 Kate McIlroy (NZL) Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS)
2008 Andrea Whitcombe (GBR)  Javier Gomez (ESP)
2007 Samantha Warriner (NZL)  Javier Gomez (ESP)
2006 Joelle Franzmann (GER)  Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2005 Annabel Luxford (AUS) Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)
2004 Anja Dittmer (GER) Shane Reed (NZL)
2003 Anja Dittmer (GER) Volodymyr Polikarpenko (UKR)
2002 Siri Lindley (USA) Craig Walton (AUS)
2001 Siri Lindley (USA)  Martin Krnavek (CZE)
2000 Loretta Harrop (AUS) Martin Krnavek (CZE)
1999 Loretta Harrop (AUS) Hamish Carter (NZL)
1998 Loretta Harrop (AUS) Hamish Carter (NZL)
1997 Emma Carney (AUS) Craig Walton (AUS)

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Want to get dirty in Jindabyne? ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships are coming

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Snowies Prepare to Shine on the World Stage

As the very best of the world’s off-road athletes prepare to #GetDirtyDownUnder at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, the Snowy Mountains are putting final preparations in place to shine on the world stage, with locals preparing to be part of the international explosion of culture, colour and world class sporting action that will engulf the region from 18th to 20th November 2016.

SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NSW

Yes, the World Champs are coming to the Snowies and there’s an opportunity for everyone in the region to be a part of it. It’s a chance to be inspired while watching the world’s best race on home soil. On Friday afternoon, it’s the amateur women’s world champs race, then on Saturday morning the amateur men will take to the field. Saturday afternoon is when the big guns will be out, with the Elite Men and Elite Women tackling the Snowies course – all hoping to bring home the coveted title of champion of the world! Our very own Australian National Champion Ben Allen and Olympians Erin Densham and Courtney Atkinson will be leading the Aussie charge for gold, alongside reigning world champion Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa.

Get wild with Ben - Photo Credit: In2Adventure

Get wild with Ben – Photo Credit: In2Adventure

On Sunday – a world first for the Snowy Mountains – the event will host for the first time ever, a World Champs Mixed Team Relay. This is a fast, furious and exciting event for spectators where national 4-person teams including two men and two women complete a mini triathlon relay. The atmosphere will be electric with a huge helping of national pride on the line as our Aussie champions take on the world. The Junior (under 19s) and Para-triathletes world champs will also be an amazing spectacle on Sunday morning after the Team Relay.

For spectators, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take in the vibrant atmosphere of an international event with world class athletes racing at their very best. Master of Ceremonies Adam Thomson, lead singer of Aussie 90s band Chocolate Starfish will have the crowd pumping, along with Triple M Melbourne’s sports reporter Lachie Wills. Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will also be turning on the fun with entertainment and kids’ activities, as well as a sports expo and regional stalls showcasing the very best of the Snowy Mountains. And, there will also be a chance to soak up some good old Aussie tucker in the Eat Street precinct.

In Jindabyne, the spectacle of the Parade of Nations and the Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening 17th November in Claypits Park will be another great opportunity to be a part of this international cultural festival. It will include all the colour and pageantry of the athletes’ parade, featuring entertainment from the likes of our very own Snowy Horsemen and the launch of the Event Anthem Everybody’s Human Race written and performed by Adam Thomson. Local schools Jindabyne Central and Snowy Mountains Grammar will also be joining the party and play a big role in the Opening Ceremony and the week-long festival.

It’s going to be a true community event with an army of local volunteers. Our ‘TRUE BLUE CREW’ will be lining up to be a part of the action on the course, at the finish line, at the aid stations and throughout the event.

Plus, the best news of all, even amateur athletes, families and the kids can be a part of the world champs’ festival, with a series of short course events hosted on Sunday afternoon. These include a Sprint, Teaser, Junior and Dirt Kids triathlon which is open to all comers to have the chance to race on a world champs course! You don’t have to be fast, overly fit or experienced to come and have a go at these fun and friendly events.

So, whether it’s as a spectator, cheer squad, volunteer or competitor, everyone can be a part of this world class event as we showcase this spectacular region to the world.

To find out more about how you can be involved visit the event website at www.trextriathlon.com.au

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS (2016):

  • ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships: Snowy Mountains, NSW: 18-20 November, 2016
  • Snowies MTB Festival: Snowy Mountains, NSW: 25-27 November, 2016

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Thriathlon AUS picks Challenge Shepparton to be ITU’s Victoria World Long Course Champs Selection Race

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Triathlon Australia has announced its National Calendar of events for the 2016-2017 season, unveiling that CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON will be the feature long course race for the state of Victoria.

The National Calendar covers both the Australian National Championship events and the Australian Age Group World Qualifying events.  The calendar is designed to span all states with the aim of promoting and creating fair and equal opportunities for Triathlon Australia members to participate.

The National Calendar sets out to showpiece some of the best Triathlon and multisport events Australia has to offer. “Not only are the events a unique experience, but our Race Directors delivering them are world-class,” said  Triathlon Australia CEO Miles Stewart.

On Friday 1 July, CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON received the exciting news that its long course event – scheduled for 13 November 2016 – was to be the only World Championship Qualification Event taking place in Victoria.

“After three years establishing CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON, this now places our much loved race on the National and International triathlon stage,” aded CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON Event Manager Kelvin Maude.

This means that CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON will provide the opportunity for Elite, Under 23 and Age Group triathletes to earn points towards the 2017 ITU (International Triathlon Union) Age Group World Championships to be held in Penticton, Canada. “A chance to win points to secure a place on the Australian Green and Gold Team is a dream of many athletes,” noted Mr Maude.

 

 

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