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Posted on: Monday 21st July 2008


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The last round of the ITU BG World Cup prior to Beijing was held in Kitzbühel, Austria on Sunday. For the ladies, former ITU World Junior champ Nicola Spirig (SUI) took her second World Cup win, with Carole Peon (FRA) second, and the ever consistent Sam Warriner securing another podium finish in third. We have a full report on the race here.

In the men's event, Ivan Rana (himself an ITU World Champion in Cancun, 2002), stepped out of the towering shaddow of fellow Spaniard Javier Gomez to win his first World Cup since 2003. We have a full race report here.

Pos Men Women
1st Ivan Rana (ESP) 1:45:23 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 1:57:28
2nd Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:45:27 Carole Peon (FRA) 1:57:35
3rd Sven Riederer (SUI) 1:45:30 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 1:58:04

Full results from Kitzbühel are already in our database.

Elite athlete Michelle Dillon sent us her report from the New York City Triathlon: "In Extreme humidity and what turned out to be a day of mixed emotions and drama, Greg Bennett successfully won his 4th New York City triathlon, Stuart Hayes was 2nd and Andy Potts was 3rd.

It started in the Hudson River with a fast flowing current with the swim being a lot shorter than expected. Then everyone had to run on concrete for about 600m to the bike transition! Paul Tichleaar led the swim out but right on his shoulder was Stu Hayes, Greg Bennett , Simon Whitfield & Brent McMahon. Andy Potts came out about 10 seconds behind due to swimming the wrong line.

Onto the bike leg and immediately Bennett threw down his authority and was riding hard, Stu Hayes went with Bennett for 20km and they had broken away from the rest of the field. Bennett continued to extend his lead and came into transition 25 secs ahead of Stu Hayes and Brent McMahon who had caught Hayes by the transition.

Onto the run and Bennett Looked strong and he ran away with the race, Hayes and McMahon ran head to head until the last mile when Mcmahon surged away. Coming into the finish straight McMahon looked to be in trouble he was severely dehydrated and collapsed 15m short of the line. Hayes ran past into 2nd place and still McMahon tried to crawl to the line. Then Potts came across in 3rd and Tichelaar 4th and finally with every ounce of energy Mcmahon crawled across in 5th place then was rushed to hospital. We understand he is ok, and wish him the best recovery.

In the womens race Liz Blatchford won with a strong performance from Becky Lavelle and Jodie Swallow in 3rd."

Pos Men Women
1st Greg Bennett 1:46:30 Liz Blatchford 1:58:34
2nd Stuart Hayes 1:47:33 Becky Lavelle 2:00:27
3rd Andy Potts 1:49:24 Jodie Swallow 2:00:51

Matt Reed, the defending Boulder Peak Triathlon champion, captured his second consecutive title this weekend at the event, which takes place in Boulder, Colorado (USA). Despite apparently suffering from fatigue and struggling in the water, Reed finished the race in 1:51:52, beating his previous time by more than four minutes. His time is even more impressive when you consider the tough, hilly terrain and the fact that Boulder is at an altitude of 1600m. The surprise second place finisher was Great Britain's Simon Lessing, who has been very quiet of late. His time of 1:52:29 was just over 30seconds behind Reed, who will compete at the Beijing Olympics along with his brother Shane, who finished in 17th place. Simon's result put him ahead of several other top class athletes including former World Champion, Pete Robertson (AUS).

Lessing was happy with his result having not been overly confident going into the race because of the large number of elite athletes taking part, "I think this was the best group we have ever had at the Boulder Peak," Lessing said. "There are past Olympians and current Olympians. It was extremely competitive, and that's why I was a little bit hesitant coming into the race."

Sadly, but not surprisingly, after an outstanding 23-year racing career, the five-time World Champion, says he plans to retire at the end of the season. "I feel like I've accomplished what I wanted to do in this sport, and it's time to set new goals and new objectives," he said.

Making her first appearance in the race, Angela Naeth placed first in the women's division with a time of 2:10:07, Jasmine Oeinck finished second.

As yet there's no race report or results, but they should be published here shortly.

This weeks Ironman action was courtesy of the Ford Ironman USA, Lake Placid. Spaniard Francisco Pontano finished the cycle in close contact with the flying Swede Björn Andersson, a long way clear of the field. While Andersson faded badly, Pontano ran a solid marathon to take a clear 12-minute win. American Caitlin Shea-Kenney got married on Friday, and celebrated by taking her first Ironman victory, courtesy of a stunning sub three-hour marathon. The honeymoon is now Kona! Britain's Rob Johnson finished as 13th pro in 9:29:06.

Pos Men Women
1st Francisco Pontano (ESP) 8:43:32 Caitln Shea-Kenney (USA) 9:51:00
2nd Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 8:55:20 Kim Loeffler (USA) 9:54:55
3rd Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:56:33 Hillary Biscay (USA) 9:58:45

Arguably the most competitive event of the weekend domestically was the MK Triathlon, based at Emberton Park. Clear winner was Ironman 70.3 specialist Jonathon Hotchkiss (Sigma Sport/Orca) in 1:51:06, while Loretta Sollars (BRAT) again proved that class is permanent, showing the younger athletes a clean pair of heels in 2:07:02. Provisional results are available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Jonathon Hotchkiss (Sigma Sport/Orca) 1:51:06 Loretta Sollars (BRAT) 2:07:02
2nd Stephen Harrison (FVS Tri) 1:53:08 Yvette Grice (Bodyworks XTC) 2:08:41
3rd Mike Auger (2XU TFN RT) 1:53:46 Karen Axelsdottir (Optima RT) 2:10:05

Round four of the TIMEX Series was held at the David Lloyd Lincoln Sprint. Another race, another venue...but still dominated by Andy Tarry and Emilie Veroken. We have full results here.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Tarry (2XU TFN RT) 0:55:41 Emile Veroken (Team MI / EAS) 1:06:23
2nd Nick Dunn (2XU TFN RT) 0:56:50 Claire Armstrong (Grantham Tri) 1:10:47
3rd Richard Teare (Equus) 0:58:08 Liz Burrows (Wakefield Tri) 1:11:36

Race Director Fiona Jackson kindly sent us the top-3 finishers from an excellent morning of racing at the Lochore Meadows Open Water Sprint Triathlon today, which suggests Catriona Morrison is well on her way to recovery from recent injury.

Pos Men Women
1st Graham Scobie, (Pedalpower.org.uk/Endura RT) 1:04:35 Catriona Morrison 1:06:51
2nd Adam Chmielowski (TheBicycleWorks.com) 1:07:06 Alison Rowett (Edinburgh Triathletes) 1:13:09
3rd James Harrison (Newhaven Harbour Triathlon Club) 1:07:08 Natalie Milne (East Fife Tri) 1:14:18

We also have the top-three, but no full results (yet!) from the Barton Marina Open Water Standard triathlon:

Pos Men Women
1st Jim Cresswell (2XU TFN RT) Michelle Askey (Burntwood Tri)
2nd Alastair Johnson (Team Chaserace) Zoe Sewter (Derby Tri)
3rd Ashley Hurdman (MVH) Stacey Eccles (MVH)

The Hathersage Hilly Triathlon saw wins for Daniel McParland (TriCentral.co.uk) in 1:09:36 and Janet McIver (Dark Peak Fell Runners) in 1:20:18. We have results here, and also results for the relay event.

It was another busy weekend at Dorney Lake under the Human Race banner. On Saturday the Eton Standard Triathlon, the Police Championships and the BTF Qualification races. Results for all of these are provisional, and can be found on the Human Race website.

Eton Standard Triathlon

Pos Men

Women

1st Sharkie Jaggard (TVT) 2:09:56 Louise Bardsley (TVT) 2:29:11
2nd Euan Lees (Ful-on Tri) 2:11:18

Cathy Clifford 2:31:42

3rd Nick Buis (Southampton Tri) 2:11:30 Debbie Shaw (Farnham Tri) 2:32:17

Police Championships

Pos Men

Women

1st Martyn Hynes 0:58:07 Libby Cameron 1:04:37
2nd Karl Free 0:58:18

Sara Johnson 1:05:47

3rd Andrew Jopson 0:59:06 Suzanne Hopper 1:08:03

On Sunday it was Bananaman day, with Relay, Team Time Trial and Individual events over the 'Challenge' course of 800m, 30.6km, 7.5km. Several members of the Tri247 team were on hand either racing or organising...and picked up a few prizes too! Again, provisional results are available via the Human Race website, and we expect a few changes over the next day or two.

At the Sun City Triathlon conditions were pretty hairy for the competitors who faced a very choppy North Sea swim and the waves sadly put some competitors off from taking part, but the organisers and race referees did a brilliant job of managing the situation to ensure competitors were safe out in the water. Once back on dry land the race could really get underway and first place went to Alan Copland of One Life Racing and Georgie Rutherford. We have full results here.

We'll bring you more race results and updates throughout Monday and in the newsletter.