Tri247 Newsletter


5th Nov 2012Issue 245

Welcome to the newsletter

In last weeks newsletter I highlighted the 2012 role of honour for British Elite tri/du/aquathletes across the World and European Championship calendar during 2012, which was both extensive and diverse. Following events this past weekend, we can add 'Biathle' to that too with a fourth World Championship in that discipline to Richard Stannard!

One of the great highlights of the Summer was the overwhelming success of the Paralympic Games in crowd support and public awareness of Para sport, and four years from now triathlon will also play its part in the Paralympics as it makes is debut in Rio. Paratriathlon is a discipline which British triathletes also excel in, and so in part two of the 'look back' it was the turn of the Paratriathlon team to have their achievements recognised, which included five triathlon and six aquathlon World Championship Gold medals at the recent ITU World's in Auckland. Paralympic recognition looks set to increase the quality and competition of Paratriathlon competition over the next four years - and this team looks ready to be part of that challenge.

One British Paratriathlete who has had additional recognition this week in Claire Cunningham, who has been elected to the ITU Athlete Committee, the first time that there has been paratriathlete representation at this level. An excellent appointment at just the right time. Good luck in that role Claire.

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Weekend action

Another week, another British World Champion - that's five over the past four weekends now! This time it was Richard Stannard winning his fourth Biathle World Championships, the run-swim-run discipline event organised by the Modern Pentathlon association (UIPM). A full report - along with the full event videos, male and female - are available HERE. Ireland's 2008 Olympic triathlete Emma Davis took the Bronze medal in the ladies event, while the Silver of Rachel Jones was her 11th Biathle World Champs medal in the last 14 years.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Stannard (GBR) 11:48 Petra Kurikova (CZE) 13:26
2nd Juan Dominguez (ARG) 12:01 Rachel Jones (GBR) 13:32
3rd Tomas Svoboda (CZE) 12:02 Emma Davis (IRL) 13:43

Ironman Florida got off to a slightly foggy start but from the swim on the men's race was sewn up by Andrew Starykowicz who had a huge lead in off the bike and then kept up the momentum through the run to record his first Ironman win. Yvonne van Vlerken took a bit longer to hit her stride but once on the run she was on her way to setting a new course record and was barely troubled by Mirinda Carfrae (racing to get her 'validating' Ironman out of the way for early for Kona 2013), while early leader Meredith Kessler faded to fourth. Yvette Grice finished in ninth place. Full results are on the Ironman site HERE.

While the finish times in the men's podium are close, the real story from the race is the bike split of Andrew Starykowicz - 4:04:39 is, by a long margin, the fastest time ever recorded in an Ironman triathlon (excluding Relay teams). When setting the iron-distance world record, Andreas Raelert at Challenge Roth 2011, Raelert was timed at 4:11:43 on the way to a 7:41:33 finish. Of course, courses, conditions and (sadly) distances vary from race-to-race, but if you consider that Switzerland's Ronnie Schildknecht recorded the first sub-8 hour time in North America last year, at Ironman Florida, and did so with a 4:19:55 bike split, however you analyse it that looks to be an amazing ride from Starykowicz. It's a shame for all of us - athletes included - that courses don't come with the running event equivalent of race measurement certificates.

Pos Male Female
1 Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 8:06:17 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 8:51:35
2 Jan Raphael (GER) 8:08:49 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 9:05:03
3 Scott Defillipis (USA) 8:09:33 Ashley Clifford (USA) 9:07:34

Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) is having a belter of a late season - back to back wins at Miami last weekend and at the BMW Ironman 70.3 Taiwan this weekend with a travelling day lost in the middle. In the women's race the words of Belinda Granger (AUS) at the pre-race conference may have returned to haunt her as despite her massive experience she was soundly beaten by Keiko Tanaka (JPN) - one of the new young generation of Asian athletes that she had highlighted as being young enough to be her children! Jonathan Hotchkiss didn't race, despite our (incorrect!) preview that he was returing to an event he has previously won, but GB age groupers Iain Vietch (30-34) in 4:24:30 and Kate Rutherford (35-39) in 4:49:51 were the overall winners. Full results should appear on the Ironman website HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:54:18 Keiko Tanaka (JPN) 4:29:10
2 Daniil Sapunov (UKR) 4:02:15 Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:39:06
3 Michael Goehner (GER) 4:09:56 Li (Jenny) Shiao Yu (TWN) 4:44:30

The Noosa Triathlon celebrated its 30th birthday with wins by Peter Kerr and Ashleigh Gentle from a stacked field including current and former Ironman champions and multiple former winners. Great Britain's Liz Blatchford was third. Full results are on the Noosa website HERE.

It was hot and steamy in Putrajaya, Malaysia for Powerman Asia, where Belgium's Rob Woostenborghs continued his fine late season form and Radka Vodickova took the ladies win. We've got a full report from that one HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 2:52:29 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 3:19:23
2nd Andy Sutz (SUI) 2:53:29 Mirasol Cabelenio Abad (PHI) 3:23:37
3rd Maxim Kuzmin (RUS) 2:57:06 Jacqueline Uebelhart (SUI) 3:30:36
4th Anthony Le Duey (FRA) 3:00:12 Kristina Lapinova (SLV) 3:31:35
5th Esben Kaczmarek (DEN) 3:04:00 Jessica Jerz (AUT) 3:36:42

Looks like well over 2,100 souls enjoyed a devilishly good time (sorry, can't resist it...) at the Hell up North. As always with these mass participation cross country epics the results take a little bit of time to solidify so check out the official HellRunner website for the current version. If you fancy doing it all over again next weekend there are two whole days of muddy redemption down at Longmoor Camp - Saturday's souled out (groan...) but there are apparently still spaces for the Sunday version.


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