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18th Aug 2008Issue 74

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So, are things going to run to form this time? After the relative triathlon shocks of Sydney and Athens, gold and silver medals going to Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes early this morning at Shinsanling reservoir, was very much to script. Given their dominance of the sport over the past four years, well deserved and appropriate too. The men's form guide would suggest that anything other than a win for the sensational Javier Gomez early on Tuesday would be a shock, and there aren't too many people backing any other result. Still, perhaps the pressure could be just too much...? Possibly, but I doubt it.

If the result wasn't a shock, the way the ladies race unfolded did surprise me a little. A non-wetsuit swim usually leads to more gaps within the field, but with the leaders swimming three/four abreast at times, and the expected dominance of the US team not materialising in the water, there was a sense that nobody was truly prepared to make the swim as tough and decisive as perhaps it could have been, evidenced by 30+ athletes in the front pack at T1.

I also found the bike a little disappointing...with Snowsill and Fernandes looking comfortable, kudos to Spirig, Ryf and Tucker for trying to work, but it never appeared that anyone was prepared to commit fully. Granted, taking on the two most dominant athletes in the sport was always going to be a long-shot, but with several strong bikers in the front pack who were realistically never going to be able to run for even the bronze medal, there must be a few athletes wondering 'what if'. Easy to say sitting here I guess... It will be interesting to see if anyone is prepared to attack among the men.

While Tucker and Avil were not able to deliver as hoped for various reasons, one Brit who can't seem to do anything wrong currently is Chrissie Wellington, who is perhaps in the process of taking the long-distance aspect of the sport to new levels. Her closest competition currently seems to be the male pro's...

Plenty coming up this week. Having profiled Dave Scott's bike at the London triathlon, this week we'll be bringing you a video interview with the great man, including his expectations, injury permitting, on another race at Hawaii - now aged 54, and still racing 'pro'!

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Results

Weekend action

Well, the vast majority of our predictions from athletes and coaches went against the bookies odds, and made Emma Snowsill the favourite for Olympic gold ahead of Vanessa Fernandes. Those predictions proved correct, as Emma improved on the Aussie silver medals won in Sydney and Athens, by storming away on the run for a convincing victory. Fernandes did take silver, with another Aussie, Emma Moffatt taking bronze. It wasn't a great day for Team GB. Teenage sensation Hollie Avil didn't make the first swim group, and then things got worse as sickness meant that she had to pull out of the race during the cycle section, unable to keep in any fluids. World Champion Helen Tucker couldn't live up to her great form of May and June, finishing 21st, almost four and a half minutes in arrears, saying "I had a really good preparation, but it just wasn't my day". Still, given that earlier on this year she was travelling around South America to earn enough points just to gain a World Cup start, and then went on to win the World Champs and make the Olympic team, she can still be pretty pleased with her progress this year, and is young enough to come back strongly. Check out our full report here.

Chrissie Wellington has once again been showing awesome form, winning the Timberman Ironman 70.3 in New Hampshire. As she has done of late in Frankfurt and Alpe d'Huez, simply winning wasn't enough, as she took sixth place overall in a time of 4:11:46, over eighteen minutes ahead of the next female pro, and less than nine minutes behind Simon Lessing!

Brits did well in the men's race too, with Fraser Cartmell continuing his fine form by taking second place behind a stunning Andy Potts performance, and Simon Lessing less than a minute back in third. Jonathan Hotchkiss took ninth overall in 4:14:59. Full results here.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:52:32 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 4:11:46
2nd Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 4:02:24 Amanda Stevens (USA) 4:30:03
3rd Simon Lessing (GBR) 4:03:10 Cynthia Wilson (CAN) 4:31:26

The Aberfeldy Middle Distance triathlon hosted the Scottish Championships on Saturday. The first three across the line were relay teams, with the first individual being Ben Mitchell (Edinburgh RC) in 4:44:27. There was some close racing however, as positions two to five were covered by less than a minute. In fifth overall and first lady was Catriona Morrison, finishing in 4:46:09 just a week after retaining her ITU Long Distance Duathlon Championship, seemingly now recovered from her knee surgery earlier this year.

Another half-iron event on Saturday was The Little Woody. Headline names were Spencer Smith and Scott Neyedli, though provisional results suggest that our June athlete of the month Craig Twigg managed to live up to that honour by taking the win in 4:30:59, from Scott (4:33:19) and Spencer (4:33:20). The first three ladies are shown as Victoria Wilkinson (5:03:22), Yvette Grice (5:12:52) and Lindsay Smith (5:16:20). Full results are here, though first glance would suggest some very odd-looking run times, so do treat the above as very provisional for now...

Alongside Little Woody was...Big Woody, the iron-distance event. Provisional results indicate winners were James Parker in 10:36:33, and Sue Turner (Oxford Tri) in 14:13:01. Full results are here, though again, assume provisional until confirmed by the organiser.

The latest event in the Triathlon London League was held within the Clash of the Tritons aquathlon in South London on Saturday. James Lock (Thames Turbo / Sigma Sport) was a convincing winner, from Euan Lees (Ful-On Tri) and Toby Matthewson (Optima RT). Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo / Sigma Sport) was the ladies winner ahead of two youth athletes in Lara Nyman (Team Viper) and Zoey Littlechild (Team Economic Energy). Full results are available on the StuWeb site here. They also hosted a junior event.

The Wolverhampton Classic triathlon had "a number of puddles and a fairly slippery course", courtesy of some awful weather on Saturday. The event was won convincingly by organising club athlete James Ratcliffe (Black Country Tri), while the first lady was Hannah Mulcaster (Mansfield Tri Club). Here are the results.

The long-running Concorde Triathlon, now in it's 23rd year, attracted close to 300 athletes. Tom Langley took the win, just edging out Tom Hinchliffe. For the ladies, Libby Cameron was two and a half minutes clear of Vicki Wade. Full results here.

In Scotland the latest round of the BSLT series took place at the Kelso Sprint triathlon. John Fletcher (1:09:31) and Eleanore Haresign (1:22:05) took the spoils, while accompanying novice event was won by Andrew Christy and Kimberly Preston. We have results for the sprint and the novice race.

DB Max (www.dbmax.co.uk) had a busy day at Palmer Park, Reading, hosting three separate events. The Prostate UK Rowing Triathlon was won by Lee Rankin and Susan Regan-Watts, the duathlon was also won by Lee Rankin, while the x-train duathlon was won by James Hart and Kelly Sapsford. We have all the results - rowathlon, duathlon and x-train duathlon.

Mazda Stockholm Triathlon travel packages

Sports Tours Triathlon, as official Sports Travel Partner to IMG events, is pleased to announce the sale of travel packages including race entry to this year's Stockholm Triathlon at the end of August. Staying at the Mornington Hotel, Sports Tours has organized this great package to take the hassle out of arranging your own travel. For more details call 0161 703 8161, email triathlon@sportstoursinternational.co.uk or visit the website at www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/triathlon

F3 Events approaching capacity

The final F3 Events Midweek triathlon of the season takes place on Wednesday 27th August at Dorney Lake, Eton. Over 300 athletes raced last month, and with numbers strictly limited, online entry in advance is strongly recommended. There is also sports massage available from Evolution Personal Training. Cost is £15 for 20mins before, during or after the event, depending on whether you are taking part.

The Orca Triathlon on September 14th at the same venue, is also getting close to full capacity, with both the standard and sprint distance triathlons on the same day. There are some great prizes, including spot prizes that are going to be given away after the race, courtesy of Enzo-direct.com, with two pairs of carbon wheels worth over £1600. More details at www.f3events.co.uk

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