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13th Aug 2012Issue 235

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Last week's newsletter ended with the words "Can the Brownlee's break our metaphorical duck? Yes, I believe they can. And will."

And of course, they did! It was a fantastic Olympic Games Triathlon race to watch too with the 'cream rising to the top' and the best three athletes dominating their opposition to win the medals. Check out our extensive coverage of this historic day for British triathlon with our race report (HERE), race galleries featuring Alistair and Jonathan and even a post-race interview with the proud parents!

Your Editor has also put together this tribute to Javier Gomez, the brilliant Spanish athlete who pushed Alistair so hard and prevented it from being a family one-two on the podium. "I think he had his best race ever, certainly his best run ever, and he made it extremely hard for me. I've got a huge amount of respect for him" were the words of Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee about Javier. And he should know. A well earned Silver medal for Spain.

Combined with the photo-finish in the ladies race, a great Olympic advert for our sport - in what was an amazing Olympic advertisement for all sports.

Get ready for the flow of new members arriving at your triathlon club shortly...

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Results

Weekend action

You can tell the Summer is slipping away - it was still pretty much dark at 5am on Sunday morning down by the sea in Worthing where just a few short weeks ago it would have been full daylight. Perhaps the 'last hurrah' of the Olympics final weekend has been draining all the sun's energies to keep that stadium stoked up...

The weekend headlines really come from the Olympics: who could fail to be on their feet shouting at the TV as Mo Farrar did his thing in the 5000 metres or Bolt ran the anchor leg in the 4*100m relays? Alongside that even the Ironman US Championships in New York (which fortunately escaped the sewage onslaught that threatened the Hudson River) struggled to grab too much attention - you can read our report on that one HERE. Slightly more GB attention on the European Ironman 70.3 Championships in Germany where a Swallow and a Bunny made to top five - read about that one HERE.

XTERRA Germany has a top three that are all shown as French: Asa Shaw, Nicolas Lebrun and Karl Shaw but we'll probably lay claim to two out of the three! Peter Hawkins was 17th and Graham Wadsworth 23rd while Jacqui Slack seems to have been disqualified. The full results are HERE. The other major international event was the KMD Challenge Copenhagen and you can read the report on that one HERE: headline results were that Aaron Farlow and Camilla Pedersen took the win although Pedersen's race involved a fall on the run just to make it a bit tougher.

While the bulk of the field at the Worthing Triathlon were there for the ETU Championship sprint distance qualifier (and that's for 2013...) there was still the traditional standard distance race with its little twist. Every year Raw Energy take the differential between the men and women in the previous year and set the girls off that much before the men with a cash prize for the first across the line. Yvette Grice may have been concentrating on the long distance stuff but that didn't stop her carving massive chunks out of the time gap and becoming the first woman to win the handicap. Even last year's winner, Liz Pinches, got caught up in the process and finished ahead of Trace Harris (his taste in flourescent Lycra seems to have taken a sabbatical...). Results for the sprint are HERE - please don't use these to work out if you've qualified, those results will come from the BTF - and the standard distance results are HERE.

Nice Tri in association with Anglian Water's Grafham Water hosted a standard and a middle distance event. The standard was won by Iain Robertson and Samantha Anderson (results HERE) while the middle distance went to Philip Westoby and Melissa Dowell (results HERE).

The Southern counties were putting in a concerted effort this weekend, the Swanage Triathlon with its legendary run up the cliffs went to Michael Milstead (Cycology Bikes) and Leanne Tiley (DB Max Tri Club) - results are HERE - while the sprint distance title was claimed by Niall Laming (Bustinskin) and Charlotte Page - results are HERE.

The Macclesfield Triathlon definitely isn't held on the South Coast! Not unless the North West has experienced some sort of major seismic event... Winners here were Roger Witz Barnes (Manchester Tri Club) and Dominique Searle (City of Chester). Full results are HERE.

Dengie Events hosted a trio of races at Bradwell Marina and either we are reading things wrong or the ladies seem to have been on top form. The full-distance race saw a repeat win for last year's victor, Colin Lewin with Michelle Blackmore (West Country Triathletes) the fastest lady (no finalised results yet). In the Challenge race the overall win went to Anne Hegvold ahead of Martin Jessup (results HERE) and in the Middle Distance race Chris Leeman took the win while Zoe Ferguson placed second overall to win the women's race (results HERE). As soon as we've got these confirmed we'll load a copy to the archives for you to share the action in TriViewer.

Cambridge Triathlon Club held its annual event at Mepal and the wins went to Jack Peasgood (Walden Tri) and Maxine Burgess (Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon). Full results are HERE.

Kelso was the venue for this weekend's round of the BSLT Triathlon Series, a long-running mix of triathlon and duathlon events for the Borders area. The Sprint was won by Niall Mcalinden and Jane Holmes, full results are HERE. Also north of the border, Glasgow's Bellahouston Leisure Centre was the host to the MegaMini (results HERE) and the Scottish Youth Championships (results HERE).

Arriving too late for the Monday morning roundup were results from the Wensleydale Triathlon (aka the Cheeseman) with the middle distance results HERE and the half-distance results HERE.There are LOTS (!) of other results in the UK's number one triathlon results database - click below to find yours. Remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can replay your race in graphic simulation form.

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Touch a bit of the Olympics

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Vachery Triathlon Festival organisers have a last few Lezyne Caddy bags to give away to entrants so get your entry in quick if you want one of those free bags as well as the chance to touch a bit of Olympic history.

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