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27th May 2008Issue 62

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The 2008 GB Olympic triathlon team - that's all settled then? Let's hope so! After the Sunday's performances in Madrid, it was very pleasing for us to see five athletes all finish within the top eight qualifying criteria at the Madrid BG World Cup. This should hopefully simplify selection matters after the 'issues' of 2004, and of course provides proof that we have strength in depth in both the mens and ladies team in standard distance racing heading into Beijing. Of course, these things never run quite as smoothly as expected, but we would still expect to see the official announcement on 26th June list Helen Tucker, Hollie Avil, Alistair Brownlee, Tim Don and Will Clarke as our 2008 Olympic team. Congratulations to them.

It will be interesting to see the selection announcement for the Vancouver World Championships in two weeks time however. As well as reserves to select (which history shows have more often than not been needed...), we suspect that there were plenty of BTF officials playing around with calculators and prediction scenarios over the weekend to assess whether there was any chance of the ladies team securing enough points in Vancouver to push themselves into a position to be able to select three athletes for Beijing. In normal course of events, we would expect a relatively small and/or development team to be heading out to Canada as those Beijing bound avoid yet another set of trans-atlantic flights and focus on their Olympic preparations. While we imagine that will still be the case for the men, perhaps we may see a change of plan on the ladies side?

Elsewhere, we're beginning to think that our Editor is something of a lucky charm for Bella Comerford! We sent him off to Port Elizabeth for Ironman South Africa, and she won. This weekend he was in Lanzarote ... and she won Ironman Lanzarote! Quite whether she has him signed up for Hawaii yet we're not sure, but he'll certainly be at Ironman UK, so don't bet against another Bella win there...

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Weekend action

No question what the big race was this weekend: the Madrid BG World Cup with it all on the line for Olympic spots for the GB squad. And, we think (!) the results leave the squad selection pretty clear cut. For the men, Brownlee (third), Don (fourth) and Clarke (sixth) all appear to have met the selection criteria after battling some extreme (wet) conditions in Madrid. With such a strong team finish too, there should be little risk of Britain not receiving three spots for the men, and so all should now have Beijing in their sights. It probably goes without saying that Javier Gomez took the victory on home soil, no surprise there, to secure his 10th World Cup victory with Ivan Vasiliev taking silver.

For the ladies, storming performances from Helen Tucker (second) and Hollie Avil (fourth) behind the 20th World Cup victory for Vanessa Fernandes should have booked their tickets too. Again, such a strong showing should be enough to ensure two Beijing starts for ladies, and as we believe securing three spots is unlikely, that should all be cut and dried. However, we'll wait for the computer to confirm all of that, and whether or not the selectors will have a discretionary third place! Of course, those with memories of 2004 will know that Olympic selection is never straightforward, so expect a few twists and turns before the team is due to be officially announced on 26th June.

More coverage from Madrid can be found here (Mens) and here (Ladies), while full results for both races are also available online. If you missed the live coverage, check out the excellent ITU highlights package on the site

It's turning into a stellar year for the soon-to-be-married Bella Comerford. Putting aside the disappointment of fiance Stephen Bayliss' withdrawal from the race through injury, Bella chalked up her second Ironman win of the year, and we believe seventh overall (Florida x4, UK and South Africa), to win the infamous Ironman Lanzarote, taking place for the 17th time on Saturday. Full details and an in-depth report are available from our on-site team here.

The men's race was won by Belgian Bert Jammaer, who also won the Volcano Triathlon at Club La Santa earlier this month.

Pos Men Women
1st Bert Jammaer (BEL) 8:59:37 Bella Comerford (GBR) 10:02:27
2nd Teemu Toivanen (FIN) 9:08:15 Heleen bij de Vaate (NED) 10:12:07
3rd Ain-Alar Juhanson (EST) 9:08:36 Tara Norton (CAN) 10:13:16

Further details and race coverage can be found on Ironman Live

In Serres, Greece, Great Britain won two elite medals at the ETU European Duathlon Championships, courtesy of a bronze medal from Vicky Graves in the junior event and a second medal secured in the elite Under-23 race by Matthew Gunby who took silver. Thomas Bishop finished seventh in the junior boys race. Full results of the junior event can be found here. Full results for the U-23 races can be found here.

In the senior elite races, ladies gold was won by Radka Vodickova (CZE), with Michelle Lee seventh and Esther Evans 13th. Felicity Hart was a non-starter due to food poisoning. The mens race was won by Belgian Jurgen Dereere with Phil Wylie finishing 17th and Phil Anthony 26th. Full results for the elite races can be found here.

Sunday saw the age-groupers race in Serres. Full results are already online in our database here. Britain would appear to have secured another truckload of medals, though in making up almost 60% of a field of well under 100 athletes, that's not unexpected...

In addition to the GB medals below, David Vaughan who was our Gatorade athlete of the month for March, won gold for Ireland in AG30-34.

Gold F20-24 Carla Molinaro
F30-34 Rachel Hobbs
F35-39 Caroline Toshack
F50-54 Maggie Bromley
F55-59 Catriona McRobbie
M20-24 James Bellward
M25-29 Nathan Gosling
M45-49 Dan White
M50-54 Peter Wheddon
M60-64 Mick Anglim
M75-79 David Peck
Silver F25-29 Louise Kelly
F30-34 Debbie Coney
F35-39 Rosalind Viner
F50-54 Theresa Brewer
M20-24 Alexander Bamford
M25-29 Lee Calderon
M45-49 Jon Cowell
M50-54 Peter Orme
Bronze F40-44 Jill McGee
M25-29 James Buchanan
M30-34 Andrew McFarlane
M40-45 Paul Rogers
M45-49 Robert Brewer
M50-54 Geoff Brewster
M60-64 Brian Williams

The first of the major international events to complete this weekend was the Ironman Austria 70.3 event in St Polten, the latest round of the increasingly popular 'half-iron' distance series. Looks like Ironman Live had us (and a lot of others...) fooled! After initially reporting that Bjorn Andersson had stormed to the win, he was actually caught in the closing stages by Italy's Massimo Cigana, with Michael Gohner (GER) in 3rd. There was British interest at the top of the leaderboard too, with Alun Woodward a fine fifth, Joel Jameson 14th, Jonathon Hotchkiss 27th and Darren Treadaway 52nd.

In the ladies event, Yvonne Van-Vlerken (NED) took victory on the run, ahead of Erica Csomor (HUN) and Sandra Wallenhorst (GER). We have a full set of results from Austria available on site

Pos Men Women
1st Massimo Cigana (ITA) 3:56:12 Yvonne Van-Vlerken (NED) 4:22:43
2nd Bjorn Andersson (SWE) 3:56:52 Erica Csomor (HUN) 4:25:52
3rd Michael Gohner (GER) 3:57:11 Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 4:26:25

Spotted elsewhere overseas in the exotic location of Indonesia, Daniel Plews finished third overall in the Bintan Triathlon. Full results here

After the excitement of saturday's Lanzarote win by Bella Comerford, and the 70.3 event in Austria, Sunday saw the WTC bandwagon pull in to South America for Brasil Telecom Ironman Florianopolis. The home town crowd were ecstatic too, as local favourite Fernanda Keller secured her 3rd Ironman win in Brazil by running down Hilary Biscay during the marathon. She in turn slipped to third as age-grouper Kelly Lear-Kaul took second overall. French swim demon Benjamin Sanson hammered in the water and on two wheels, but it wasn't quite enough. He faded on the run to finish third behind Eduardo Sturla and German, Olaf Sabatschus, who continues to show fine form and strength returning from cancer, after recently winning Ironman China.

Pos Men Women
1st Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 8:28:24 Fernanda Keller (BRA) 9:42:50
2nd Olaf Sabatschus (GER) 8:38:56 Kelly Lear-Kaul (USA) 9:52:40
3rd Benjamin Sanson (FRA) 8:41:32 Hilary Biscay (USA) 9:56:08

Turning to the domestic calendar, it wasn't only the elite in Madrid that got wet. Race three in the Thames Turbo Sprint Series in Hampton today (Monday) was rather damp, following snow for race one and perfect conditions for race two. Winners were Timothy Male (Thames Turbo / Sigma Sport) and Edwina Carter (Optima Racing Team), who also won both previous events this year. Full results here

The weather was no better on Sunday in West London at the Hillingdon Sprint Triathlon. The road surface, and a surprise appearance of traffic lights mid-race made for an interesting event. Winners were Jon Horseman and Rachel Rowen. Home club athlete Clark Schofield punctured while leading, but still managed to finish in second overall. Jez Cox and Samantha Bell won the Duathlon which was held in conjunction with the Tri. Results are online for the triathlon and duathlon. Also taking place just west of London at Dorney Lake was the For Goodness Shakes 'Muscles of Steel' Triathlons over sprint and standard distance. The standard was won Julian Hatcher and Sophie Whitworth, while the sprint winners were Charles Pennington and Tamsin Lewis. Results are online for the standard and sprint

The latest in the Fast Twitch Triathlon series visited Salisbury, where the winners were Julian Fairley (Eton Tri) and Karen Axelsdottir. Full results here. The Pembrokeshire guys were very swift with the results from the Pembrokeshire Duathlon, where the winners were Oliver Simon and Rhiannon Ace. There was a Bad Tri double at the Gloucester Triathlon, where the wins were taken by Paul Horsfall and Rachael Leathwood. Full results here. Dover on Sunday saw the 13th running of the Quick Change Triathlon, a swim/bike/run/swim/bike/run event, but it didn't prove unlucky for the winners Bradley Hayles (SBR) and Jill Cliff (Deal Tri). Check out the results

The Wetherby Triathlon saw some high quality racing, with winners in the form of Dale Grassby (RAF Tri) and Rhian Roxborough (Carneddau). Full results here. The latest of the small, but perfectly formed Aldershot Duathlons was won by Gary Biddell and Mary Raleigh, results here, while possibly the most northerly triathlon in the UK took place at the Kirkwall Standard Triathlon, with the winners being David Moffat and Jennifer Eilertsen. Full results here. Salt Ayre Leisure Centre hosted the Lancaster Triathlon, in both sprint and tristar varieties. The sprint was narrowly won by Kieron Rowlands for the men, and Vicky Begg for the ladies. Results are online for the sprint and tristars

Saturday saw the return of the Grendon Triathlon, and wins for Mike Bridge (FVS Tri) and Verity Butler (TFN). Full results here. Elsewhere, it was the 15th Fun Kids Triathlon in Dover, and if you look closely, you'll see some very familiar (and fast...) surnames in there. The future looks bright! Here are the results. The kids were also racing on Sunday at the Yate Tristars Junior Aquathlon, and we have the results online.

The winners from Friday's Canford Evening Aquathlon were Stephen Barrett and Corinne Clarke. Results available online

We don't as yet have the results from the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon, the Tri2xL Run-Swim-Run, or Monday's events at St Marys (Calne) or the Waterland Aquathlon Series. We'll publish these as soon as available.

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Run, Shop, Drop

What better way to kick-start training for your next big triathlon! Bluewater Shopping Centre, Europe's largest retail and leisure destination, will once again be hosting the SheRunsHeRuns Bluewater 10k organised by Sweatshop on Sunday 15th June. All entrants will receive a free adidas technical t-shirt (worth £8), £20 adidas running shoe voucher, a quality medal and goody bag including discounts with particpating Bluewater stores. Places are filling fast for this event. For more details and to enter go to:

Race for the Red Cross

Whether you're looking for a new challenge or just want to take part for fun -- why not join up with the British Red Cross! They have participated in the London Triathlon for the past three years, and they're hoping this year will be an even bigger success than 2007 - where over £25,000 was raised for the charity.

Joining the British Red Cross 2008 triathlon team means that you will get top support for your training and fundraising from the moment you get a place in the triathlon. They will provide you with training plans and advice, nutritional tips, a comprehensive fundraising pack and a British Red Cross running vest. For more information or to sign up go:

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