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14th Jul 2008Issue 69

Welcome to the newsletter

I'd like to start this week's newsletter with almost the last thing that dropped into my mailbox before writing it. "What a weekend...one of the best (if not the best) days I've had in the sport...what a buzz !!! Wow!!!". But who was it? Bella Comeford or Stephen Bayliss on their British record settting performances at Ironman Austria? Andrea Whitcombe on overcoming injury and once again making the top step of a World Cup podium? Any one of the SEVEN female athletes who broke nine-hours for an iron-distance event this weekend? A double Olympic rowing gold medalist who this weekend went under two-hours for a standard distance event? No, none of these.

These were the words of Richard Iles, one of the organiser's of Forestman, the first running of a new iron-distance event in the New Forest. On a weekend of such massive significance in the calendar - lots of races, lots of entrants, international and professional competition - it's a brilliant reminder that for the vast majority of us, the enjoyment and emotion of this amazing sport can come in so may ways and doesn't have to involve thousands of people or real-time online coverage. And more, that feeling doesn't even have to come from competing. We are eagerly awaiting the race report.

Usually it's a particular race that takes the weekend spotlight, or an individual athlete or perhaps a single performance. This weekend, I think we can safely say that it was simply "ladies weekend". Starting on Saturday, the TIMEX WomenOnly day at Dorney Lake hosted over 1000 women, many of whom were novices to the sport, in the safe surrounds of Dorney Lake, which is fast becoming a natural home for triathlon in the South East. On Sunday morning, Andrea Whitcombe took over the mantle, proving her return from injury by winning her third World Cup event in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary. While she was racing, little did we know that several ladies were on their way to making history in Klagenfurt, Austria and Roth, Germany. Bella Comerford smashed her personal best, broke the British Ironman record set only one week previously by Chrissie Wellington and finished second! Sandra Wallenhorst from Germany ran to a new Ironman world best of 8:47:25 in Austria. In parallel however, the pace was no slower over in Germany, as Yvonne van Vlerken scorched to 8:45:48 in Roth, leading four ladies under nine hours in one race.

Coming up this week, we continue our Beijing Bound series, as we bring you video interviews from the Team GB launch earlier this month. We'll also (I know, a little late...) announce the June winner of the Gatorade Athlete of the Month. We also hope to bring you first-hand reports from Switzerland and Austria, plus of course all the latest news, views and product reviews, so check back to the main site regularly.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Here's the latest news on what was almost certainly the biggest race weekend of the year. With so much on and so many races to cover, we'll look back at Sunday's racing first, before covering a busy Saturday too.


Sunday

Sunday was a huge day for Iron-distance racing, in both quality and quantity. Austria, Switzerland and Germany (Roth) gave us some incredible results, and most eyes will be on the results of the women's races. No less than SEVEN women went under the 9-hour barrier, and the previous world best time was broken by three athletes in one day. One lady broke nine hours and didn't even make the podium! Not forgetting of course Forestman. Here's our summary of events.

IRONMAN AUSTRIA

Twin silver medals today for Stephen Bayliss and Bella Comerford, after both had won gold at Ironman South Africa earlier in the year. As expected, Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) took the victory, his third consecutive win in Klagenfurt, and Bella did indeed break nine-hours as I suggested may be possible. What I hadn't quite expected was that she would finish ahead of Chrissie's time for Frankfurt (8:51:24) last week...and that it still wouldn't be enough to win! German Sandra Wallenhorst ran an incredible 2:54 marathon to take the win in a new Ironman world record of 8:47:25, while third placed Edith Niederfriniger also dipped below nine hours. And, it wasn't even the fastest female iron-distance time today...read on.

Stephen and Bella also recorded the fastest British iron-distance times ever.

Pos Men Women
1st Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:06:07 Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 8:47:25
2nd Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:13:52 Bella Comerford (GBR) 8:51:15
3rd Hannes Hempel (AUT) 8:16:54 Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 8:59:43

There were other excellent GB performances. 11th Pro was Graeme Stewart (8:35:07), while in 18th place breaking nine hours as we predicted, was Hywel Davies (8:52:29).

IROMMAN SWITZERLAND

Pre-race favourite and defending champion Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) won his home country Ironman, a massive 16 minutes ahead of Stefan Riesen. Sibylle Matter made it a home double, taking the ladies title.

Pos Men Women
1st Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 8:16:05 Sibylle Matter (SUI) 9:30:12
2nd Stefan Riesen (SUI) 8:32:10 Kathrin Pätzold (GER) 9:35:05
3rd Frank Vytrisal (GER) 8:40:53 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:37:24

Regular Tri247 contributor Nick Saunders finished a fantastic fifth (8:47:23), James Gilfillan 11th (9:06:37) while James Parker appears to be a DNF.

QUELLE CHALLENGE ROTH

I've no idea what was in the water today, but after three women went sub-nine hours in Austria, they went one better in Roth with four!! Belinda Granger was the unlucky lady to go under nine hours and still not even make the podium. As I predicted (and probably sensibly, given his efforts last weekend), Chris McCormack pulled out of the race at around 75km into the bike leg. In his absence, the race was won by Patrick Vernay, ahead of Pete Jacobs and Torbjörn Sindballe. Leanda Cave finished seventh (9:28:03)

Pos Men Women
1st Patrick Vernay (FRA) 8:09:34 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 8:45:48
2nd Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:12:53 Erika Csomor (HUN) 8:47:05
3rd Torbjörn Sindballe (DEN) 8:15:59 Gina Ferguson (NZE) 8:57:18

FORESTMAN

As mentioned above, the UK had it's own, smaller scale iron-distance event yesterday, with the first running of Forestman in the beautiful New Forest region. Unlike our European neighbours, racing was certainly not flat and fast! Full results available here, and we hope to bring you an in-depth report during the week.

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Gowans (St Ives CC) 11:01:40 Christine Costiff (SLH Tri) 12:36:25
2nd Nathan Blake (Gnarly Nuts) 11:27:00 Ann Lonie (Wantage Tritons) 12:46:12
3rd Hanno Nickau (Oxford Tri) 11:35:33 Annabel Gates (unattached) 13:08:08

If Ironman is too much, how about a half? The latest in the Ironman 70.3 Series was Amica Ironman 70.3 Providence Rhode Island. Here are the headline results:

Pos Men Women
1st Oscar Galindez (ARG) 3:54:03 Lisa Bentley (CAN) 4:27:50
2nd Richie Cunningham (USA) 3:56:46 Annie Gervais (CAN) 4:33:46
3rd Paul Ambrose (AUS) 3:57:48 Andrea Fisher (USA) 4:37:59

The latest round of the ITU BG World Cup reached Tiszaujvaros, Hungary. It proved to be a successful day for Andrea Whitcombe, who would appear to be over the injury that possibly cost her an opportunity to race in Beijing. She was able to run away from a small group including Felicity Abram (AUS) to secure the win, her first World Cup victory since 2005, and perhaps now she can start to make up for her Olympic disappointment. We have a full report available, plus full results here. In the men's race, Javier Gomez (who else?!) again showed his dominance, to take an 11th World Cup victory. Olly Freeman continued his solid run of form by taking sixth. The men's race report can be found here.

Pos Men Women
1st Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:51:31 Andrea Whitcombe (GBR) 2:02:47
2nd Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:51:50 Felicity Abram (AUS) 2:03:33
3rd Dmitri Gaag (KAZ) 1:52:06 Mariana Ohata (BRA) 2:04:06

We had heard that Spencer Smith was due to be racing at the The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, a sprint event in Florida, but the event was cancelled due to frequent lightening and heavy rain...

Keeping with the iron-theme, the Box End Long Swim was held over the 3.8km distance at Kempston. Andrew Jakeman took the win in a swift 47:42, while the ladies title went to Kathryn Berry in 55:27. Full results available here.

The final round of the Hillingdon Triathlon Series took place in glorious conditions. Matt Malloy (Team Herbalife) won his second straight Hillingdon event in a close battle with Euan Lees (Ful-On Tri). The ladies race was close too, with Ruth Hutton (SLH Tri) defending her 2007 win, ahead of Edwina Carter (Optima RT). We have a race report on site, which also links through to an image gallery. Results are also available for the triathlon, and accompanying duathlon event.

The Gosfield Triathlon attracted 120 athletes to the Essex venue for the standard distance event. Winner was junior athlete Billy Parker Brown (Tri and Run) in 2:00:22, while the ladies event was won by Nicola Juniper in 2:19:15. Full results here.

In Cheshire, the Boundary Breeze attracted another large entry of well over 200. The race was won by Paul Skipper (www.tricentral.co.uk) in 1:03:09 and Nina Mcarthur (Manchester Tri) in 1:11:05. Full results here. We also have results of the youth race.

Saturday

Over in the US, it was round one of the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series in Minneapolis (www.ltftriathlonseries.com), which boasts a total series prize purse of over $1.4 million.

Not surprisingly, a quality field was on hand to contest race one, which in itself offered a $60,000 first prize for both men and women. Just five seconds separated the first three men, with 2000 Olympic Champion Simon Whitfield taking the honours, ahead of Andy Potts and Greg Bennett. Stuart Hayes took fourth ($7,000). For the ladies, as she does so often, Emma Snowsill ran away from the field at T2 for a clear win, ahead of World Championship silver medal winner Sarah Haskins, and Becky Lavelle. Julie Dibens took fifth, Liz Blatchford seventh and Jodie Swallow ninth.

Full results from Minneapolis here.

On a "wet, miserable, grey and cold" day in Zurich, the warm up for Ironman Switzerland took place in the form of the standard distance Züri Triathlon. There was plenty of British interest, with Jodie Stimpson taking fourth, Michelle Lee sixth, and Rebecca Milnes 10th. Full ladies results here. Winner was Radka Vodickova. The men's race was won by Mikaël Aigroz, ahead of Sven Riederer, the Athens 2004 bronze medallist. Full men's results here.

Lenka Zemanova from the Czech Republic was in fine form in Ireland, winning today's 2008 Athlone ITU Triathlon European Cup. French teenager Vincent Luis won the men's title, continuing his remarkable season in which he won the junior European and World championship titles.

In the women's race, Zemanova broke the tape with a total time of 2:01:20, followed by home favourite Emma Davis of Ireland with a total time of 2:01:50. Felicity Sheedy Ryan from Australia was third in 2:02:34.

The men's elite race was won by the junior world and European champion Luis from France, in a time of 1:48:49. Luis snatched victory in a thrilling sprint finish. The Frenchman was in the lead group from the start but the field opened out following the bike segment.

Luis broke clear with fellow countryman Aurelien Raphael and Australian Aaron Farlow. On the final lap Farlow and Luis broke clear but Raphael hit back on the final straight to finish second in a time of 1:48:52, while Farlow took third in 1:48:53. Richard Stannard finished fifth. Full results here.

The Scottish standard distance champs were held at the Gullane Beach Triathlon, and won by David MacNamee and Catriona Morrison. We don't have the full results yet, but we do have a race report on site.

The Upton Tri+ events were run in both standard distance and sprint distance format. We have a full report on the race published on the site, along with sprint and standard distance results. The standard distance was won by Andrew Shipton (1:59:53) and Parys Edwards, Ful-on Tri, (2:16:27), while the sprint was won by Rhys Davey, Tri-UK (1:02:10) and Rachel Hobbs, Worcester Tri Club (1:06:17).

It was another busy weekend at Dorney Lake for the crew from Human Race. After running the King Sturge Property Triathlon on Friday, on Saturday it was the ladies turn, courtesy of the Timex WomenOnly events. There were novice, sprint, relay and challenge distances. We'll load results locally later in the week - for now, you can access results here. The event saw Dame Tannie Grey-Thompson complete her first triathlon.

Based at Ripon racecourse, the Black Sheep NYP Tri Ripon triathlon was won by Douglas Roberts (hartlepooltriathletes.com) in 2:04:09, with the ladies event won by Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo-Sigma Sport) in 2:16:43. We have full results on site.

We've still got more results and events to catch up on, and will continue to back-fill the results database over the coming days.

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