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1st Jul 2008Issue 67

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June, what a month that was! The UK 70.3 race at Wimbleball, the Nokia Windsor Triathlon (great TV coverage on Sunday morning), The ITU World Triathlon Championships, the Mazda Blenheim Triathlon, Weymouth, Bala and a veritable host of supporting races. On one weekend alone we added up over 5,000 athletes on startlists across the country - and that was actually the weekend with the fewest events... Triathlon is indeed a healthy sport in this country and the potential for the next four years looks pretty good.

Of course, this summer's main prize is the golden one in Beijing but only a fool or a clairvoyant would take bets on the outcome for the British team that was formally unveiled last Friday. Second-guessing a bunch of elite athletes is a sport that has made fools of many of us over the years and even our ace pundit, Steve Trew, is being pretty cautious in his recent column. What has been fascinating, however, is to watch the way that the new stars have been brought into the game. There was considered debate that athletes like Hollie Avil and Al Brownlee were destined for glory in 2012 while Helen Tucker had all but been written off due to her extended injury problems. Within the last six months all that commentary has been scrapped, words have been eaten and the new generation are seen to be racing with a different philosophy. The Maw legacy has definitely been transcended and there's a vibrancy in the elite field that has been lacking for a while.

Last year one of the regular features of the ITU's Triathlon World Championships was shuffled to the sidelines when Hamburg realised that, with the sprint distance races now occupying a full day of the programme, they would simply not have enough time to fit everything in. The orphaned Aquathlon Championships went to Mexico and were spectacularly under-attended. A year later and Vancouver also failed to find room in the programme for them - something of a blessing really, given the weather - and last weekend they re-surfaced in Mexico (again spectacularly under-attended). However, the news from Australia (at least this is what they said in Vancouver...) is that they will be back on the programme for the 2009 World Championships and, once again, will be an integral part of the events. As to the fall-out from the Vancouver Championships, well that's still not over yet and among the features next week will be a report from Stuart Lumb on the 'triathlon that never was...'. Also on the schedule is the next of our Epic Events series, the diary of a La Santa virgin and lots more besides.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

You had forgotten about it, we had forgotten about it... It was the ITU's World Aquathlon Championships on Saturday! New Zealand's Brent Foster and Mexico's Claudia Rivas took gold in Monterrey, Mexico. Rivas delighted the home crowds easily winning the women's title over compatriot Melody Ramirez. Rivas began the race with the fastest opening run split and managed to hold onto that lead through the 1-kilometre swim and the final run leg. Dunia Gomez made it a Mexican sweep of the women's podium with the bronze. In the elite men's field, the Kiwi Foster used the fastest swim time of the men's field to propel him to victory. Down the final stretch he out-sprinted Brazilian Antonio Mansur to become the aquathlon World Champion by a three second margin of victory. Mansur took silver for the second straight year while Mexican Crisanto Grajales came across the line for bronze, a further 11 seconds behind Mansur. Last year's champion Sergio Sarmiento finished just off the podium in fourth place. No British athletes took part in any of the races, you can see the results on the ITU's website: www.triathlon.org

Pos Men Women
1 Foster, Brent (NZL) 00:30:25 Rivas, Claudia (MEX) 00:34:30
2 Mansur, Antonio (BRA) 00:30:28 Ramirez, Melody (MEX) 00:34:55
3 Grajales, Crisanto (MEX) 00:30:39 Gomez, Dunia (MEX) 00:35:12

At the Holten International and among a spattering of familiar names we picked out Karl Shaw in 10th and two U23 athletes, Oliver Ziff and Alexaander Lewis. Jonathan Pryke and Dom Brook also raced but both are listed as DNFs. There may be more, check out the results here. In the junior race we think that the winner, Thomas Bishop, is British as well.

Andrew Johns made an appearance at a local event in Switzerland, the Sempachersee-Triathlon, and picked up second place behind Reto Hug. Full results are here.

At the World University Triathlon Championships in Turkey the British women's team placed second overall, this site has more details.

First in with a set of results on Sunday were Race New Forest with their Beaulieu Triathlon. James Gilfillan (Primera Sport) took the honours in 1:13:59 along with Niki Treacy (Team REP) in 1:25:45. A full set of results are here.

Out in Essex at the Wilkins Kennedy Grays Triathlon the finishing order was reversed from last year with junior Joe Giggins (East Essex Tri/Heron CSA) getting the win in 0:54:55. The fastest woman was Venita Dabhi (Tri Sport Epping) in 1:05:21. A full set of results is here.

The second of the Hillingdon Triathlon Series races was won by Matt Molloy (Team Herbalife) in 1:11:12 with Jenny Shorrocks (Hillingdon Triathletes) the fastest woman in 1:22:42. Full results are here. The duathlon event was won by Jason Maddocks and Samantha Bell, results for that race are here. John Levison has also put a race report up on the site.

Early news in from the Buffalo Springs 70.3 in Lubbock, Texas indicate that Paul Amey was a DNF after the bike. The wins went to Leon Griffin and Mirinda Carfrae.

Pos Men Women
1 Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:58:35 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:23:28
2 Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 4:00:09 Joanna Zeiger (USA) 4:27:29
3 Paul Matthews (AUS) 4:02:08 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:28:23

Alan Copland (One Life Racing) set a new course record at the Newton-le-Willows Triathlon of 1:06:57 at the event despite torrential downpours making the course very wet in places. The first female was local Kate Dwyer in 1:28:26. A full set of results are here.

It looks as though Scott Neyedli (Dresdener Kleinwort/Fleet Feet) is making his way back to full fitness, he had a convincing win at the Knockburn Standard in 2:08:56 with Eleanor Haresign (Glasgow Tri Club) winning the ladies division in 2:33:30. A full set of results are here.

St Mary's Loch near Selkirk saw a new event, the Nineteen Durty Off-Road Triathlon. Overall winner of the 'Long Hard' race was the Late Starters team in 2:20:16 with individual wins going to Craig Mattocks in 2:38:57 and Rhoda McPherson the fastest woman in 3:14:06. In the 'Quick Fast' event the honours went to Martin Gore who finished in 1:22:42 and Fiona Lothian in 1:35:30. Results for the Long race are here and results for the Quick race are here.

A new race which crept under the radar was the Newbiggin by the Sea Aquathlon with competitors enduring a 500m North Sea swim and a 5km run along the promenade. Phil Coulson was the fastest man in 0:26:40, Georgie Rutherford the fastest woman in 0:28.36. A full set of results is here.

That stalwart of the East Midlands triathlon scene, Biddie Foord, staged another of her Terrapin Sprint and Novice events at Bosworth Water. Winner of the sprint distance race were Billy Parker Brown (Tri and Run) in 1:02:17 and Lucy Hall in 1:12:36; full results are here. In the novice race the winners were Steve Rollason (Crawley Tri) in 1:107:08 and Emily Dove (Leeds Metro University) in 1:12:52; results for that race are here.

We are still waiting for results from the Sefton Triathlons and the Shoreline. As soon as we have them we'll add them to the archives.

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