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17th Aug 2009Issue 125

Welcome to the newsletter

The sun was shining on Hyde Park over the weekend, and the World Championship Series came to town. Plenty of excitement came with it, plus crashes, injuries, confusion, live TV, sprint finishes - and a couple of podium places for the Brits too. More on Hyde Park in our weekend report below.

Coming up next weekend is one of my personal highlights of the triathlon summer: The National Club Relays in Nottingham. Triathlon's version of Glastonbury (minus the mud, we hope), sees athletes experienced and novice, fast and slow representing their clubs in this classic event. It's always fast, furious and organised chaos - but it all seems to work perfectly somehow! Let's hope it's the same again this Saturday. If you want an idea of what it takes to put on an event like this, check out Mark Shaw's report from 2008. Based on that, we suspect work has probably started already...

And while Alistair picked up his fourth WCS win, Bella Bayliss picked up her fourth iron-distance win of the year at Embrunman. Perhaps some of the injured UK athletics team should be seeking her advice on durability. She really is an iron woman!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

International Racing

Ok, so it was on 'home soil', but the biggest international event this weekend was certainly the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series in Hyde Park, London.

From an on-site spectator perspective, I'd have to say it was excellent day. The weather was good, which helps, and the grandstand/transition area was certainly pretty full. The racing wasn't bad either - the flat course wasn't the best in terms of generating exciting breakaway action, but that didn't stop the Brownlee brothers, Javier Gomez and co. having a real good go at making that happen. With the absent Beijing three, Javier Gomez crashing out early on in the bike leg, and Brad Kahlefeldt suffering what looked like a potentially serious foot injury entering T2, perhaps it's not surprising that it was Alistair Brownlee dominating again. Still, we've no right to take a win at this level for granted - but how can you doubt the guy - he looked simply amazing, and continued his astonishing 2009 and delighted the home fans.

Before we mention Helen Jenkins' bronze, a few words of recognition for Jodie Stimpson. Jodie has performed fantastically on the domestic scene this season, and clearly taken her performances to a new level. And here she was, leading the run in a style which can probably best be described in complimentary terms as Brownlee-esque. While I never thought she could maintain it for the full 10k (or was it 9.5k...?!), it was no fly-or-die suicide effort, as she maintained that position through the first half of the run. While she did fade to 11th by the finish, that was a truly gutsy effort. As indeed was that of Helen Jenkins. In the days, weeks and months leading up to the event, as current ITU World Champion, Helen had been the primary promotional figurehead of the race, with huge demands from the media. That she coped with all of that pressure - and we know that was feeling it - to produce her best performance of the season and make the podium, is a credit to her. She was certainly very happy when I spoke to her!

There are of course a couple of items to note. Quite how it happened we're not sure, but both Bruno Pais (POR) and Rudi Wild (SUI) were leading into T2... but promptly rode straight through, and continued for another lap! We suspect that could end up as another "what happened next?" on A Question of Sport, but we imagine there will have been more than a few questions asked about quite how that happened behind the scenes...

The run course must also be questioned - Alistair Brownlee ran 28:43, and Nicola Spirig 32:29. As fast as they are ... that makes the course something in the ballpark of 500m short which, in elite measurement terms, isn't really that close, is it?

The full press release/reports are available HERE, and we have full results on site HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:41:50 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 1:54:24
2nd Steffen Justus (GER) 1:41:58 Lisa Norden (SWE) 1:54:26
3rd Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:42:01 Helen Jenkins (GBR) 1:54:29

Other Brits:
Men: Tim Don 9th, Will Clarke 15th, Jonny Brownlee 27th, Aaron Harris 42nd, Stuart Hayes 43rd, David MacNamee DNF.
Ladies: Jodie Stimpson 11th, Hollie Avil 16th, Liz Blatchford 22nd, Jodie Swallow 23rd, Kerry Lang 25th

Iron distance racing is pretty tough at all times, but Embrunman takes that on to a new level. Certainly no need to update the Sub-9 list for this one! And in iron terms, athletes don't get much tougher or resilient than Bella Bayliss. She raced (and won) here again, for the third time. That's her 14th iron-distance race in two seasons (with, we suspect, at least two more to follow this year), and of those she has won nine - with 15 career wins... Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Marcel Zamora 9.39.46 Bella Bayliss 11.02.49
2 Herve Faure 9.49.08 Erika Csomor 11.20.14
3 James Cumama 9.50.04 Alexandra Louison 11.36.15

Ironman Germany 70.3 in Wiesbaden saw a home win for Sebastian Kienle, who is clearly another German 'machine' on two wheels, as he recorded the fastest split of the day, after a rather modest swim. As we predicted, Yvonne van Vlerken took the ladies race, with the fastest bike and run of the race.

Pos Men Women
1 Sebastian Kienle (GER) 4:04:34 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 4:42:42
2 Michael Raelert (GER) 4:05:25 Tiina Bomen (FIN) 4:44:47
3 Mathias Hecht (SUI) 4:05:52 Eva Janssen (NED) 4:47:40

Here are the top three at Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens, where Joe Gambles followed up his win at Vineman 70.3 with another victory.

Pos Men Women
1 Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:56:36 Becky Lavelle (USA) 4:28:16
2 Jeffrey Symonds (CAN) 4:03:46 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:29:24
3 Justin Park (USA) 4:07:26 Michellie Jones (AUS) 4:31:07

Domestic Action

A entry of well over 600 took place in the events on offer at the South Coast Triathlon. We have the results online for the Classic, Sprint, Fun and Relay. Here are the podium finishers in the individual events:

Classic
Pos Men Women
1st Tristan Shipsides 1:53:41 Freddie Sumption 2:12:04
2nd Ed Hole 1:59:14 Lara Hawkings 2:16:41
3rd Jerome Dunner 2:01:31 Emma Richards 2:20:32
Sprint
Pos Men Women
1st Yonaton Malka 58:14 Sophie Whitworth 1:03:47
2nd Keith Brown 1:02:50 Lucy Naylor 1:10:20
3rd Nathan Dunkley 1:05:45 Lorna White 1:10:48
Fun
Pos Men Women
1st Gary Lee 35:48 Zoe Chandler 39:41
2nd Jason Mcdonald 36:05 Julie Cowan 42:08
3rd Shane O'Cuinn 38:20 Amy Claricoates 45:04

Also on Saturday was the Clash of the Tritons Aquathlon, which formed part of the Triathlon London League. Full results HERE, plus the junior event HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Lock (Thames Turbo / Sigma Sport) 22:06 Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo / Sigma Sport) 24:54
2nd Jon Worcester (Met Police Tri) 22:24 Edwina Sutton (Optima Racing) 26:12
3rd Dion Harrison (Thames Turbo / Sigma Sport) 22:36 Victoria Gill (Thames Turbo) 26:38

On Sunday, before the age group events in Hyde Park, the National Youth and Junior Triathlon Champs were held, and there was some very impressive racing. We have reports on site for the Youth and Juniors, plus full results for both (Youth and Junior).

Junior
Pos Boys Girls
1st Alex Young 58:09 Sophie Coleman 1:03:13
2nd Josh Cardwell 58:35 Vicky Graves 1:03:42
3rd Rob Bowles 58:49 Lois Rosindale 1:04:26
Youth
Pos Boys Girls
1st Cameron Milne 38:26 Maddy Winzer 42:18
2nd Duncan McArthur 38:38 Katarina Ogrin 42:43
3rd Simon Cooper 38:39 Sky Draper 42:59

There were a couple of popular age group event in Hyde Park too, over Sprint and Olympic distances, the full results of which we have here: Sprint and Olympic. Lucy Bowen had a busy and successful weekend, winning the Sprint, after also winning the Clash of the Tritons aquathlon on Saturday.

Olympic
Pos Men Women
1st Oliver Ziff 2:01:48 Tamsin Lewis 2:11:38
2nd Dale Grassby 2:04:55 Leigh Harvey 2:20:27
3rd Andrew Mercer 2:06:08 Manuela Capazorio 2:20:58
Sprint
Pos Men Women
1st Billy Parker-Brown 1:01:29 Lucy Bowen 1:06:18
2nd Rob Creasy 1:01:59 Jenny Gowans 1:07:34
3rd Aaron Scheidies 1:03:38 Lisa Greenfield 1:09:35

At Castle Combe racing circuit, the cars made room for runners and cyclists for The Big Adventure Store Duathlon. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st David Roper (TBAS) 59:54 Anja Heijnan (VOTWO) 1:07:48
2nd Phil Holland (Olney Multisport) 1:00:39 Nicky Russell 1:12:07
3rd Ian Cardy 1:00:56 Rachael Elliott (Team Kennett) 1:12:20

The latest round of the National Triathlon Ranking Series took place at the BLOC Worthing Triathlon, and was won for the third time by Colin Dixon. Sarah Wigmore took the ladies honours in some close racing. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Colin Dixon 1:59:53 Sarah Wigmore (Amphibians 2) 2:16:24
2nd Mark Matthews (Cambridge Tri) 2:03:32 Yvette Grice (Bodyworks XTC) 2:16:38
3rd Jon Worcester (Met Police Tri) 2:03:54 Niki Treacy (Team REP) 2:18:50

There was more Olympic distance action at the Cambridge Triathlon, where Mark Yeoman and Ruth Burnett took the honours. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Yeoman (Sigma Sport) 2:05:29 Ruth Burnett 2:20:35
2nd Jack Peasgood (Walden Tri) 2:07:57 Tamsyn Clark 2:21:08
3rd Johnny Stephens (Worcester Tri Club) 2:09:20 Christine Lutch (Serpentine) 2:24:57

The Hardwicke Sprint Triathlon was a another popular race, and the results are available on the StuWeb site HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Junior Heffernan 59:02 Victoria Wilkinson 1:07:27
2nd Gary Hughes 1:00:23 Katie Silke 1:11:20
3rd Mark Sims 1:03:00 Nicola Goodwin 1:14:37

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  3. Hyde Park results roundup
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  5. Beijing trio to miss Hyde Park
  6. Weekend roundup
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