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11th May 2011Issue 192

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Is the Olympic door closing on Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack before he has even had a chance to try and open it?

It was a shock to many - possibly all - earlier this year when Macca announced that he was not going to Kona in 2011 to defend his title, but was to return to short-course draft-legal racing and attempt to make the Australian Olympic team for London 2012. Australia's Brendon Sexton has been a man on a mission all year with a series of fine results, this past weekend winning the Monterrey ITU Triathlon World Cup in Mexico. Alongside Brad Kahlefeldt and Courtney Atkinson, Australia's established and most consistent ITU racers, that threesome currently appear to be a long way ahead of any challengers, including McCormack, in the Australian selection stakes. With Chris racing Ironman 70.3 China and the iron distance Challenge Cairns in the next month, and having indicated he'll be going for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas on 11th September - which is the same weekend at the ITU Beijing Grand Final - will we see Macca racing in ITU format this year at all?

One thing we do know - and that is we'd like to wish Chris and wife Emma huge congratulations for the arrival of their new edition, Flynn McCormack this past week!

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Weekend action

International Action

The Ironman debut of Britain's Jodie Swallow didn't turn out quite as she had hoped at Ironman St. George when she withdraw from the race 10-miles into the run due to the pain of an old foot injury. Canada's Heather Wurtele has a fine race though, and would have proven a tough challenge as she ran to a 35+ minute victory, repeating her win of 2010. It was a Team Commerzbank one-two for the men, as Matthias Hecht (SUI) took his first Ironman win after many years of trying, with team-mate Maik Twelsiek in second.

Pos Men Women
1st Matthias Hecht (SUI) 8:32:03 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:30:33
2nd Maik Twelsiek (GER) 8:33:46 Jackie Arendt (USA) 10:06:36
3rd TJ Tollakson (USA) 8:40:20 Uli Bromme (USA) 10:10:48
4th Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:41:39 Jessica Smith (USA) 10:20:45
5th Mike Aigroz (SUI) 8:42:06 Liis Toomingas (EST) 10:36:36

The 27th Volcano Triathlon took place on Sunday at Club La Santa, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and was a successful one for the British ladies in particular, securing three of the top four positions. Lots of British entrants all through the field, the entry boosted by all of the triathletes on camps at the popular training venue.

2010 runner-up Rasmus Petraeus (DEN) went one better this year while Rachel Joyce was back into racing action after her second place at Ironman South Africa last month to take the win over Challenge Fuerteventura winner Eva Ledesma (ESP), with Tamsin Lewis third and Emma-Ruth Smith fourth.

Ironman Nick Saunders secured some nice scalps while finishing third among the men. FULL RESULTS

Pos Men Women
1st Rasmus Petraeus (DEN) 1:57:08 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 2:11:15
2nd Jariel Vichot (ESP) 1:57:37 Eva Ledesma (ESP) 2:12:31
3rd Nick Saunders (GBR) 2:00:40 Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 2:14:05
4th Gregorio Caceras Morales (ESP) 2:01:49 Emma-Ruth Smith (GBR) 2:16:23
5th Bert Jammaer (BEL) 2:02:40 A Diaz Perera (ESP) 2:18:06

Bravery worked in fine style for the USA's Sarah Haskins as she took the win at the Monterrey ITU Triathlon World Cup event in Mexico.

The American athlete, who took second place to Britain's Helen Jenkins at the 2008 ITU World Championships in Vancouver and has been in great form this year including a win last week at St. Anthony's 5150, attacked early on the bike along with Bermuda's Flora Duffy and built a minute's margin over the large chasing group. Duffy fell off of the pace of Haskins in the second half of the bike, leaving her alone and clear with the 10km run ahead of her. Would that minute be enough?

"Once I got on the bike, I noticed that Flora and I had a gap right away," said Haskins. "About with three laps, two and a half laps to go, I just looked behind me I didn't see Flora, so I just kind of made the decision, I only had two and a half laps to go, I just went."

The chase group, not surprisingly were able to close the gap on Haskins over the four lap run course and while Ai Ueda of Japan was able to get as close as six seconds at the line, this was Haskins' day and secure a well deserved win.

The British athletes didn't make the top ten, with Liz Blatchford 13th (1:58:27) and Non Stanford 20th (1:59:35)

Pos Women
1st Sarah Haskins (USA) 1:57:15
2nd Ai Ueda (JPN) 1:57:21
3rd Anne Haug (GER) 1:57:27
4th Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 1:57:29
5th Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 1:57:33
6th Rachel Klamer (NED) 1:57:46
7th Kathy Tremblay (CAN) 1:57:51
8th Katrien Verstuyft (BEL) 1:57:56
9th Rebecca Robisch (GER) 1:57:58
10th Emmie Charayron (FRA) 1:58:00

Unlike the ladies race where off-the-front bravery was the story of the day for Sarah Haskins, the men's race at the Monterrey ITU Triathlon World Cup followed the more stereotypical 'huge pack reaches T2 together' in advance of the four lap 10km run.

The mercury was rising in Mexico, and with it so was Australian Brendon Sexton - arguably the rising star of ITU racing over recent months. After second place in Mooloolaba and fourth in the Sydney WCS race, 'kung fu' Sexton ran away over the final 3km to take his first major ITU victory.

The progress and form of Sexton could have big implications for Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack (congratulations to him on his new baby boy this week by the way!). After McCormack announced his intentions to bid for a place on the Australian 2012 Olympic team, common consensus was that two places were all but taken by established stars Brad Kahlefeldt and Courtney Atkinson, with the final place wide open. Sexton is quickly making a big statement that such thinking may well need to be revised. With Macca as yet to race an ITU format race this season, it will be an uphill task for the Ironman World Champion to force his way into the Australian team.

"The selectors know that I've got talent and that I've got the ambition to do well but they want to see athletes that could win races rather than do well so hopefully I've proved a point that when it comes to the crunch that I can actually cross the line first."

For the Brits David McNamee was 19th (1:48:40), Marc Jenkins 35th (1:49:44), Matthew Sharp 56th (1:52:48) and Harry Wiltshire 60th (1:53:38).

Pos Women
1st Brendon Sexton (AUS) 1:46:57
2nd Frederic Belaubre (FRA) 1:47:06
3rd Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:47:11
4th Ruedi Wild (SUI) 1:47:20
5th Vincent Luis (FRA) 1:47:27
6th Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 1:47:37
7th Danylo Sapunov (UKR) 1:47:40
8th Matt Chrabot (USA) 1:47:50
9th Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero (COL) 1:47:51
10th Tony Dodds 1:47:52 (NZL)

It's been an excellent week for New Zealand's Jo Lawn. After winning Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie last weekend, she added a second title to her CV on Saturday by taking top honours at Ironman 70.3 Busselton, making it an Aussie double for the Kiwi. Belinda Granger and Ellie Franks set the pace on the bike, gaining three minutes on Lawn and Rebekah Keat (AUS), but couldn't hold that margin on the run. While Franks faded to a 1:37:04 half marathon, Lawn and Keat passed Granger and the Kiwi took the win with a 1:22:57 run split for a two and half minute victory margin. ITU regular Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) put down the fastest run (and swim) of the day to take second, while Keat should be pleased with third after suffering a pretty major bike smash recently in training when she was fortunate not to suffer more severe injuries.

Second last week in Port Macquarie, Australian Tim Berkel went one better this week securing the win on the run after early pace-setter Guy Crawford (NZL) fell back to sixth after setting the fastest swim and bike splits. Jamie Whyte, fifth, prevented it from being a complete Aussie sweep of the top five positions.

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Berkel (AUS) 3:51:27 Jo Lawn (NZL) 4:13:23
2nd Matty White (AUS) 3:52:50 Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 4:15:21
3rd Tim Reed (AUS) 3:53:59 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:15:55
4th Josh Rix (AUS) 3:56:05 Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:16:36
5th Jamie Whyte (NZL) 3:57:10 Elly Franks (AUS) 4:24:33

Michelle Parsons has added another Powerman podium finish to her collection at Powerman Italy on Sunday, while Joerie Vansteelant did his usual thing in winning the men's race. FULL RESULTS

Pos Men Women
1st Joeri Vansteelant (BEL) 3:20:10 Nicole Klingler (LIE) 3:59:17
2nd Alessio Picco (ITA) 3:22:37 Jessica Jarz (AUT) 4:04:23
3rd Sebastian Retzlaff (GER) 3:29:28 Michelle Parsons (GBR) 4:06:48
4th Christian Puricelli (ITA) 3:30:42 Christine Rausch (GER) 4:12:17
5th David Vaughan (IRL) 3:31:02 Maja Jacober (SUI) 4:15:22

Domestic Racing

There was a huge weekend of racing in the UK, and we have all the results for you on the link below and at the bottom of this newsletter. A few highlights:

Lucy Gossage proved she is more than a one-trick pony by winning the super competitive ladies event at the Grendon Triathlon on Sunday courtesy of some fleet-footed running. We have a full report on that one HERE which shows how the Ironman beat the Olympian...

The 2011 Marshman Middle Distance Triathlon was won by regular Tri247 contributor John Franklin and Kerri Renshaw - full report on that HERE.

We also have reports from the OWS Aquathlon Race #1 HERE and the Kingfisher Aquathlon HERE, which was part of the Zone3 Triathon London League - plus of course the best results service in the sport.


Tri for Life with Whizz-Kidz

Take part in a triathlon and transform a child's life! - Sunday 10th July at Dorney Lake, Eton

Set in the picturesque 2012 Olympic venue of Dorney Lake, Eton, this is a flat off-road course perfect for beginners and pros alike. Take part as an individual, or as a team. With Super-Sprint to Olympic distances there is something for everyone, from complete novice to pro, adult and child.

For more info about taking part in this event for disabled children's charity Whizz-Kidz email - CLICK HERE for full details.

WCS London: Buckingham Palace Age Group Bike Course Preview

7th August 2011 will see thousands of Age Group triathletes race through the closed roads of central London during the ITU World Championship Series event, through Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill, Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch.

If you are one of the lucky athletes to have secured your spot for this highlight of the UK triathlon season, then make sure you don't miss our in-depth bike course preview!

Liverpool Triathlon entries now open

The Liverpool Triathlon ( takes place on Sunday 26th June 2011, and is now open for entries. The Liverpool Triathlon is now part of the the prestigious worldwide 5i50 triathlon series, and will act as a qualifier for the world’s richest triathlon - the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa - which will be the 5i50 Series Championship event and will be held in September.

To join the thousands of triathletes of all abilities over the Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance events, go to now to secure your place

Race for Marie Curie Cancer Care this Summer

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing, totally free, to give people with terminal cancer and other illnesses the choice of dying at home, supported by their families. Contact the Triathlon Daffodil Team on 08700 340 040 or email

Find out more about Marie Curie and Triathlon events HERE.

ICAN Mallorca Triathlon - Saturday 17th September 2011

The ICAN Mallorca Triathlon 2011 offers both a full and half-ironman distance triathlon in the beautiful venue of Palma, Mallorca. The debut half distance event this year was a great success, won by Spain's top long distance athlete Eneko Llanos, and 2011 promises to be even bigger and better with the addition of the FULL ICAN iron-distance race.

To find out more about the exciting addition to the European event calendar check out the website at, or also see our dedicated event section on the main site.

The International Airport of Son Sant Joan in Palma is situated only 8km from the city and is the entrance to the island of Mallorca. As such, travel by air to the event should be straight forward, for a great end-of-season long distance event and the organisers are keen to attract athletes from the UK to take part.

Leonard Cheshire Disability launch Tri Together Triathlon

The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has launched Tri Together, a triathlon uniquely designed so that disabled and non-disabled people can take part side by side.

Tri Together is a sprint distance event which allows people to participate as individuals or as a team of two or three people. It has one of the lowest entry fees on the market - just £30 per person. Sign up today and you could take part in this swimming, cycling, and running challenge with your friends and family, while raising funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability.


CLICK HERE for more information on this exciting new event.







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