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16th Jan 2012Issue 208

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A presence. An aura. Star quality. Say what you will about Chrissie Wellington, but in these days when 'celebrity' and status can is often achieved by those who, well... We're not really sure what some of them do... Miss Wellington has certainly brought her own X-Factor to ironman racing and in turn helped raise the profile of the sport. Four World Ironman Championship titles, 13 races undefeated and the fastest five female times ever recorded are just a few of the many Muppet statistics that provide the hard-earned evidence of the long-distance dominance of Chrissie Wellington since she entered Ironman racing in Korea in August 2007. But now, temporarily at least, there will be no additions to those iron-stats in 2012. That will be one less thing for the Editor to deal with this year then...!

With the memories (and cuts, bruises and pain...) of Kona 2011 still relatively fresh, Chrissie today announced that she would be "taking a break from competing in Ironman during 2012 to explore other opportunities." An interesting piece of news, sure to get the tri-world chatting and opinions flowing. Somehow though, I don't think we've heard the last of Chrissie Wellington in competitive action.

My take is that this actually makes a lot of sense. Having been able to follow Chrissie pretty much since the beginning of her career, her competitive instinct is fierce. Beyond that though, her desire to do things properly - to give 100% - is perhaps an even greater personality trait. And, if you've been able to follow any of Chrissie's schedule in recent months, you'll know that she has had a lot of non-training/racing commitments. It is those responsibilities, which I spoke to Chrissie about in November 2010, which have limited the number of races she has been able to include outside of her (typical) three iron-distance races annually. Last season, just Timberman and Kansas 70.3 featured alongside South Africa, Roth and Kona. With already publicly declared commitments to increased public speaking, charity and an autobiography launch this year - and with the same desire to do all of those to her best ability - maintaining that same intensity to ironman training, something had to give somewhere. A difficult decision perhaps to take a step back from a discipline that you have dominated for five seasons, but one entirely consistent the Chrissie Wellington I know. Good luck, and hope to see you back soon.

All that said, there are plenty of other sporting opportunities which don't require the same time commitments as ironman training to keep things interesting... Watch this space!

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Results

Weekend action

Not the busiest of weekends, to be sure, but we do have results in from several of the races that took place. One that we didn't mention in the preview because, to be honest, we didn't think anyone British would be doing it was the ITU Winter Triathlon Cup race in Lygna. If you weren't a Norwegian or a Russian you must have been Kerry McGawley who placed 11th in the women's field with a 2:37:21. Next time we'll remember to check all the races...

The weather may have been much better than last year but there was a large cloud over the Agrosuper Ironman 70.3 Pucon in Chile yesterday as an age group competitor died of a cardiac arrest on the bike stage. The race was won by Guilherme Manocchio (BRA) with Carla Stampfli (SUI) taking the women's title. Race favourite Daniel Fontana (ARG) was a DNF after puncturing on the bike.

"This is the first time I have won an Ironman 70.3. I was here in 2007 and I finished in the 5th position. I'm happy, because it was a hard race, especially in cycling. Besides, in this competition there are very good athletes, for that reason it was not an easy race", said Manocchio.

Pos Male Female
1 Guilherme Manocchio (BRA) 4:01:59 Carla Stampfli (SUI) 4:38:03
2 Santiago Ascencio (BRA) 4:06:32 Valentina Carvallo (CHI) 4:40:23
3 Michael Lovato (USA) 4:07:15 Heather Gollnick (USA) 4:46:46

The first major ITU race of the 2012 season, the PATCO Pan American Triathlon Championships in La Paz, Argentina threw a bit of a curved ball as Sarah-Anne Brault, the reigning Canadian National champion, blitzed the women's field for her first elite Pan American title (she won the junior crown in 2008). Seasoned ITU campaigner Tyler Butterfield (BER) claimed his first ITU victory with a surge on the final run to hold off Brent McMahon. Full results are online HERE.

Much-hyped World Junior Champion Lukas Verzbicas failed to finish his debut race as a senior elite despite being up with the leaders on the swim and then making it back up to the lead group on the run after a messy transition. His Twitter feed said that he had competed with an unspecified broken bone but the USA Triathlon site called it a "left shin injury."

Pos Male Female
1 Tyler Butterfield (BER) 1:53:36 Sarah-Anne Brault (CAN) 2:07:10
2 Brent McMahon (CAN) 1:54:07 Jillian Petersen (USA) 2:08:22
3 Kyle Jones (CAN) 1:54:30 Margaret Shapiro (USA) 2:08:26

Saturday's Winter Feast duathlon organised by No Fuss Events saw a clear win for Henry Blake while Julie Wilson had a closer race from Mairi Meldrum. Full results are online HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Henry Blake 0:53:47 Julie Wilson 1:07:08
2 Tim Brand 0:57:13 Mairi Meldrun 1:08:03
3 Barry Sturrock 0:59:37 Lyndsey Carson 1:10:03

At the second race in the MPH Winter Duathlon Series Ronald Gauld pulled back Charles Knoery's slender lead and converted it into a 20 second winning advantage during the second run. Jacoline Mcdairmid took the lead after a strong bike leg and held off the rest of the field to claim the women's race. Full results are online HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Ronald Gauld 0:57:16 Jacoline Mcdairmid 1:11:56
2 Charles Knoery 0:57:36 Imogen Will 1:13:24
3 Barry Ingram 1:00:05 Josephine Widdowson 1:18:09

Results from the Thanet Roadrunners John Flitch Memorial Duathlon came in a bit late for the web roundup but they are now online HERE. Carl Ferri (Blue Door Cycles) and Sally Smith took the titles.

Pos Male Female
1 Carl Ferri (Blue Door Cycles) 1:14:50 Sally Smith 1:42:58
2 Keith Brewster (CPT) 1:17:39 Claire Brooker (Team Geoff) 1:44:10
3 Keir Williams (Ashford Tri) 1:18:15 Liz King (Tri Spirit Team) 1:49:40

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