Tri247 Newsletter


27th Oct 2008Issue 84

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There's no doubt that despite optimism going into The Games, the Olympics was something of a disappointment for the British triathlon team this summer. Still, that was one event on one day, and once again British athletes this weekend proved they can compete at the highest levels of world multi-sport competition.

Julie Dibens retained her XTERRA World Championship title in Maui, building a sufficient lead going into the run that even cramps could not stop her defending her championship. We have of course already had Chrissie Wellington win both the ITU World Long Distance Championship and the Ford Ironman World Championship. Back in a wet and dreary Vancouver, Helen Tucker surprised everyone, even herself, by winning the ITU World Championship, while Kirsty McWilliam won the junior girls and Alistair Brownlee cruised to the Under-23 title. Just last month there was more success with Paul Amey winning his third ITU World Duathlon Championship, Sophie Coleman destroying the opposition to win the junior Championship, and Cat Morrison adding standard distance silver to her Long Distance gold in Geel.

There is of course one more opportunity left, with the final major championship race of the season, the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Clearwater, Florida coming up in less than a fortnight. Last season, Leanda Cave, Julie Dibens, Catriona Morrison, Michelle Lee, Andrew Johns and Fraser Cartmell all made the top-10, and most of those athletes, plus a few more potential medallists will be back again this year, hoping to round off a very successful season.

One athlete who will be in Florida this weekend coming is Bella Comerford. After winning in Lanzarote, South Africa, Embrun and the UK, plus a British record in Austria - all this season - Bella will be back on her favourite course for Ironman Florida, a race she has won four times before.

All of those athletes however will have some way to go though to rack up a career CV that can match that of Simon Lessing. Simon retired from triathlon recently after almost two decades at the top of the sport. We spoke at length to Simon about his career, his rivalries, the Olympics and his switch to long distance racing. It's a great read, and if you haven't already, I recommend you take a look. Part one of the interview is available HERE.

Our interview this week will be with Sophie Coleman, winner of the World Junior Duathlon championship in Rimini. As one legend retires from the sport, could she be the next big thing to emerge from the junior ranks? We talk about her progress to date, and future plans.

As always, we'll be bringing you all the latest news, features, events and results through the week.

In this issue:


Weekend action

International Action

Julie Dibens retained her XTERRA World Triathlon Championship in Maui on Sunday. Putting to good use her new rocket bike, she exited the swim as second lady behind Linda Gallo, before quickly hitting the front on the tough off-road bike section to forge a big lead on the tough, lava-rock course. The 10km is no easy run, with part beach, part rocks, off-road, hills... but none of that was enough to stop a dominant Dibens retain her title, despite second placed athlete Danelle Kabush closing several minutes on the run section to finish less than a minute back. Despite that, julie said post race "I was in a whole world of pain this year." She was then off to the post-race party, dressed as Marge Simpson - work hard, play hard!

The men's race was won by Spanish athlete Ruben Ruzafa, a surprise to many, as he certainly wasn't highlighted as a pre-race favourite and this was actually his first ever XTERRA event. A quick bit of research on our part indicates that both Ruzafa and Weiss are pro mountain bikers, and they clearly put that to good use, both riding over three minutes faster than the third best rider (Josiah Middaugh). Weiss certainly does have an XTERRA pedigree, having won in Austria this year.

Second place finisher from the Ford Ironman World Champs, Eneko Llanos took the "The Double" for the best combined Ironman and XTERRA finish times, as he finished in sixth place overall in Maui.

Pos Men Women
1st Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) 2:37:36 Julie Dibens (GBR) 3:03:57
2nd Michael Weiss (AUT) 2:38:10 Danelle Kabush (CAN) 3:04:56
3rd Brent McMahon (CAN) 2:40:56 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 3:10:46

Jim McConnell finished 23rd, Lesley Patterson 10th, while Sam Gardner appears to have been a DNF during the bike leg. Looking through the age groups we believe that there were a few GB medallists. If we've missed anyone, do let us know.

GOLD: Peter Hawkins (M25-29), Emma Smith (F25-29)
SILVER:Llewellyn Holmes (M25-29)

Full results can be found HERE.

The final round of the 2008 ITU World Cup Series took place on Sunday in Huatulco, Mexico. An odd mix really - for some, not surprisingly, it's clearly one race too far after a long season including the Olympics, and plenty of athletes haven't even made the start line. The ladies race appears to have had just 17 starters, with even that number seemingly bolstered by seven Mexican athletes, and only eight making it to the finish line. For others, Sam Warriner in particular, the race had great importance as it offered the chance to move into pole position in the season ending World Cup standings, and of course, the rewards ($$$'s!) that go with that.

Americans Sarah Groff and Sarah Haskins, along with Jodie Swallow, Pilar Hidalgo (ESP) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) exited the water together, with Sam Warriner (NZL), Andrea Whitcombe and Lisa Norden (SWE) - all World Cup winners this season - around 30 seconds back at T1.

Hidalgo and Haskins retired during the eight-lap bike leg with dehydration and a mechanical respectively, while Warriner was able to bridge up to the lead group to make it four, while Norden and Whitcombe didn't, and worked together as the chasers. As expected, several of the Mexican athletes were lapped on the bike and were withdrawn. At T2, Whitcombe and Norden were 1:10 down on the leading four.

With her motivation high, Warriner quickly established a lead on lap-one of the run. Fellow Kiwi Andrea Hewitt was suffering in the heat, while Groff and Swallow held second and third midway through the run, with Whitcombe - despite limited run training all year due to injury - closing fast.

No one was going to stop Sam Warriner though (who we interviewed last month), and it was fitting that she takes the 2008 ITU World Cup Series title by winning the final race, adding to her victory earlier this year in Korea. Starting the final lap of the run, Whitcombe was rapidly closing the gap of Groff and Swallow, and started the final 2.5km less than 20 seconds back. If this is to be Andrea's final World Cup race, she was looking to finish on a high and make the podium again, having already secured a win this season in Hungary. Sarah Groff was able to hold on for second, but Whitcombe passed Swallow to take the final podium position, with Jodie finishing fourth.

No British men made the trip to Mexico. As is usual in ITU racing, the swim made little impact on the race. American Brian Fleischmann did lead out of the water by 10 seconds, but then almost the entire field followed behind within 20 seconds. Fleischmann did try to make a break from the start with Alterman (ISR), but this never achieved much more than a 30 second advantage over the field. Despite a few further attempts from the likes of Kris Gemmell (NZL), again, almost all of the field hit T2 together leaving it to a 10km run for the podium.

From the off, a group of four ran away - Gemmell, Laurent Vidal (FRA), Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) and Serrano (MEX). Despite home advantage, the Mexican would fade, leaving Gemmell and Shoemaker to fight for the win. Gemmell won that battle, Shoemaker made his first World Cup podium and Vidal was third.

Pos Men Women
1st Kris Gemmell (NZL) 2:03:23 Sam Warriner (NZL) 2:14:02
2nd Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 2:03:32 Sarah Groff (USA) 2:14:45
3rd Laurent Vidal (FRA) 2:04:22 Andrea Whitcombe (GBR) 2:15:02

Full results are available HERE.

There were a few Brits in action at the Alanya ITU Premium European Cup event in Turkey on Sunday. Richie Nicholls, recent bronze medal winner in the Under-23 ITU World Duathlon Champs finished 12th, while Sam Herridge was ninth and Rhian Roxburgh 11th. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:50:36 Emmie Charayon (FRA) 2:04:51
2nd Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 1:51:03 Yuliya Sapunova (UKR) 2:05:19
3rd Daniil Sapunov (KAZ) 1:51:13 Maria Czesnik (POL) 2:05:34

Domestic News

It was mostly a duathlon based schedule this weekend, and first in with results were the team at racenewforest with the New Forest Sandy Balls Duathlon. The winners on a very soggy day were Marius Kwint, and Kat Grimmett. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Marius Kwint (Southampton Tri Club) 1:21:53 Kat Grimmett (Hants Police) 1:27:11
2nd Paul Ashley (DH Cyclesport) 1:22:36 Fran Bungay 1:32:32
3rd Mike Bisson (DH Cyclesport) 1:22:37 Louise Dobby 1:36:32

The final round of the Triathlon London League was held in conjunction with the Serpentine Jekyll & Hyde Duathlon in Hyde Park. There was some close racing at the front of both races judging by the results, with London based clubs taking the honours. Home athlete Andrew Mercer edged out Tristan Shipsides, while Parys Edwards just got the better of Ellen Pooley, with Tri247 columnist Joanna Carritt in third. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Mercer (Serpentine) 1:11:44 Parys Edwards (Ful-On Tri) 1:24:09
2nd Tristan Shipsides (Ful-On Tri) 1:12:34 Ellen Pooley (Ful-On Tri) 1:24:25
3rd Eoin O'Connell (Serpentine) 1:14:07 Joanna Carritt (Tri London) 1:25:02

The Chelmsford Duathlon was of the off-road variety, held at Hylands Park. Full results can be found HERE, and the podium positions were as follows:

Pos Men Women
1st Glyn Williams (Born2Tri) 1:01:54 Charlie Whinney 1:09:57
2nd Tom Underhill 1:02:14 Christine Mowle (East Essex Tri Club) 1:10:53
3rd Michael Rolfe (Team Economic Energy) 1:02:24 Sarah Oliver 1:13:12

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