Canada’s Paula Findlay wins opening round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship in Sydney
Paula Findlay won the opening round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship in Sydney after a tight battle on the run the saw a group of 6 women leading for most of the run. Last years race winner, Chile's Barbara Riveros Diaz was second after Findlay broke away with about 500m to go in the race. New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt was third.
The squeeze for Olympic berths in Australia's star-studded triathlon team ensures a number of sub-plots during the opening race of the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in Sydney. And it seems Brendan Sexton and Emma Jackson are best placed to push the established stars in the April 10 event, which marks the start of a long campaign that will determine Olympic selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Reigning world champion Emma Moffatt will be joined by Olympic champion Emma Snowsill and last year's rapidly emerging Under 23 world champion Emma Jackson in what will be an absorbing home soil battle. Rounding out a full strength Australian women's team is the well-credentialed Annabel Luxford, Felicity Abram and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan. The Australian men's team will again be headed by the ever-consistent Olympic duo of Brad Kahlefeldt and Courtney Atkinson. James Seear and Brendan Sexton.
New Zealand's Nicky Samuels used a daring breakaway on the bike to snap up her first career ITU Triathlon World Cup title today in Mooloolaba. Reigning World Champion Emma Moffatt of Australia came from behind and ran into second place. Barbara Riveros Diaz of Chile came across for third, despite having to serve two time penalties. Full results.
Beijing Olympians, reigning World Champion Emma Moffatt and 2010 bronze medallist Brad Kahlefeldt will headline this weekend's Australian National Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships in Geelong. It will be the first race in the Triathlon Australia 2011 National Triathlon Championship Series, the start for some that will take them to this year's World Championships and for a select few, all the way to next year's London Olympic Games.
Training partners Emma Jackson and Sam Betten made it a clean sweep for their Brisbane based training squad with solid wins at round four of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series at Robina this morning over the sprint distance format 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. It was the pair's first appearance for this series and first race since Noosa Triathlon last October.
U23 World Champion Emma Jackson will kick start her 2011 campaign this weekend at round 4 of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series at Robina as she prepares her for the domestic season and the first elite race of 2011 at the Seven Caloundra Enduro Tri in the next round of this series at Caloundra on February 6. The world champion finally took a well earned break after the Noosa Triathlon in November after the longest season of her young career but now back into training in preparation for the 2011 season is keen to get some racing back under her belt.
Emma Jackson wins U23 World Title at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Budapest Grand Final
Emma Jackson has won the ITU U23 grand final in Budapest. Jackson charged to the front at the start of the swim, exiting the water in just under 19 minutes. Charlotte McShane was 25th in the women's race. In the men's U23 final Jamie Huggett was 4th, Drew Box 10th and Anthony McSweeney 31st.
The cream of Australia's rising triathlon stars has been named to embark on a challenging overseas assignment when the annual Young Guns tour gets underway in Europe in July. Ten athletes have been selected for the tour, which is part of the Australian Sports Commission's National Talent ID and Development initiative.