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7th Feb 2013Issue 253

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Are we really six months on from the Olympic Games?!

For the sport of triathlon, London 2012 was a huge British success thanks to the Gold and Bronze medal winning Brownlee brothers.

As great as those performances were, it is easy to forget that we all had - quite realistic - hopes of a medal in the ladies race too. Helen Jenkins was in the form of her life in the 12 months leading up to London 2012, winning the 2011 test event in what we described at the time as a masterclass, and then showing in San Diego last year that she had progressed further still. What we didn't know until that Saturday in August last year was that Helen went into the biggest race of her life carrying a severe knee injury. In retrospect, to still finish fifth was an incredible effort.

Six months on, that injury is on the way to being fixed and a positive Helen Jenkins is looking forward to being back racing later this year. We had a great chat with Helen this week about her progress since London 2012, plans for the next few years, thoughts on the changes to the ITU schedule and much more - check it out here.

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Results

Weekend action

The ITU's Oceania Cup series of sprint distance races visited Kinloch in New Zealand and although there was no direct GB interest, Bryan Keane (IRL) was fifth. Ireland could have taken a podium place but Benjamin Shaw, who previously raced in the green jersey, is in the process of switching countries and took third place wearing the ITU colours of an athlete in limbo.

The WTC's 70.3 machine rolled into Panama for the Latin American Championships and Oscar Galindez (ARG) and Heather Wurtele (CAN) picked up the trophies. Jodie Swallow added a few points to the tally from South Africa with fifth place and Fraser Cartmell was 10th while Paul Ambrose seems to have packed it in after the bike. Full results are on the usual Ironman site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Oscar Galindez (ARG) 3:58:31 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:21:22
2 Bevan Docherty (NZL) 4:00:05 Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 4:25:11
3 Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:03:09 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:29:08

The first of the Gatorade Eton Dorney Duathlon series saw wins for Hugh Mackenzie and Natalie Seymour (Thames Turbo) in the sprint distance while Jeremy Meredith and Sarah Caffrey triumphed in the shorter supersprint event. Full results are HERE and HERE.

The second race in the Tewkesbury Aquathlon series saw a repeat win for Eli Gibney with Maia Hawkins putting in one of the fastest swims of the day to take the women's trophy. Full results HERE.

Her 2013 triathlon debut may be a few month off yet, but Lucy Gossage - one of only six British ladies to have ever broken the nine-hour mark for the ironman-distance - has still been managing to find the top of the winners lists early into the season.

As she did in 2011, Lucy won the Wellingborough Multi Terrain Series 15km run on Sunday (organised by multisport organisers Just Racing UK), and in doing so finished third overall in the race.

Pos Men Women
1st Mike Chapman (NVH) 54:14 Lucy Gossage (Cambridge Tri Club) 56:24
2nd Maz Firouzi (St Radegund RDC) 55:52 Melanie Staley 1:01:12
3rd Ross Porter 56:54 Amy Sarkies 1:03:34

One of Lucy's primary goals for 2013 is to secure Kona qualification for 2014 (which will likely mean at least one, and possibly two, late season Ironman events), which should leave the early part of the season relatively free - and perhaps a defence of the ETU European Long Distance Championship at Powerman Holland.

Click below for links to all the results from this weekend, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

Time is running out

Time is running out to enter the Virgin Active London Triathlon

As a member of the Tri247 community, we thought you would like to know that you have a days left to enter the 2013 Virgin Active London Triathlon. The ballot closes at midnight on the 7th of February, so enter before this date by visiting thelondontriathlon.com to be in with a chance of taking part in the world's biggest and most iconic triathlon.

Taking place on the 27th and 28th of July, the 2013 Virgin Active London Triathlon is returning to its rightful slot at the peak of British summertime. With demand increasing every year, we are once again anticipating record entry figures. As such, we highly advise you to sign up as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Triathlon Show 2013: Tickets on sale and Friday is FREE

This year's Triathlon Show will take place at Sandown Park on the 1st-3rd March, and will again be packed with the greatest triathlon products and services available along with a top programme of seminars, workshops and features.

Whether you are a seasoned competitor, or new to the world of multi-sport, the Triathlon Show is designed for you. Featuring two seminar theatres with presentations from top coaches and athletes, the Zoggs SwimZone to help your swim technique, a 10K Run, Powerbar indoor cycle competition, and over 150 top brands and retailers.

Friday is FREE for visitors who book in advance and full weekend tickets cost just £9 saving 25% off the on-the-door price of £12 - click here to book online. Under 16s go free and there's free car and secure cycle parking.

For more details and venue information visit the website at www.triathlonshow.co.uk or, for the latest news visit the show Facebook Page

Tri Training Harder Camp Competition

Post your stories and/or pictures of how you started 2013 onto Tri Training Harder's Facebook page and they will pick the best story to win a free all inclusive long weekend training camp in the Algarve and give three of the winner's friends the opportunity to join them with a 5% discount (terms and conditions apply). Find out more here

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You can now get all of the latest news, events, results, training, products and more, straight to your i-phone. And best of all...it's FREE! Check it out, and download it now. Full details on the app can be found HERE, or go straight to iTunes HERE

The New Avenger

This new addition to the triathlon calendar is set in the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall, right in the heart of England, and takes place on quiet roads and paths. Whether you're a first time middle distance eventer or a seasoned triathlete wanting to race in a stunning setting, the Avenger will have something for you. Find out more HERE

Great Escape Challenge

Has your team got what it takes? Hike up rugged trails, bike across mudded terrain and canoe through racing rivers as you take on ten physical and mental team challenges with your workmates. Join us next May in North Yorkshire for in the ultimate out of office adventure. Find out more HERE

Win a wetsuit and training

Courtesy of Tri 'N' Swim W.E.L.L., Tri247 readers can win an amazing prize of a wetsuit and a training package worth more than£500. Click here for details

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