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Weekend Roundup - International News
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 7th September 2008


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With such a full weekend of race action, we've decided to bring you the roundup in two parts this week. If you want to catch up on international news from the likes of Gerardmer, Monaco, Singapore, Wisconsin and more - you are in the right place!

If you are looking for your fix of domestic action, including Ironman UK and Vitruvian, then head over to part one of the roundup.


Despite one of the longest weekend preview pieces we've written for some considerable time, it would appear that somewhere in the mix we forgot that this weekend was also the European Long Distance Triathlon Championships, hosted in Gerardmer, France.

Despite our oversight, Team GB clearly didn't forget how to race, as we now have a new European Champion, in the form of Australia-based Brit, Joseph Gambles. Not only that, our only other male elite, Paul Amey, took silver.

Pos Men Women
1st Joseph Gambles (GBR) 6:18:05 Natalia Barkun (BLS) 7:04:36
2nd Paul Amey (GBR) 6:22:33 Delphine Pelletier (FRA) 7:07:44
3rd Xavier Le Floch (FRA) 6:23:33 Nicole Klingler (LIE) 7:23:30

Though reported as GB's sole female elite competitor, Michelle Lee was indeed racing at Monaco 70.3 as we had initially suggested on Friday. Provisional results from Gerardmer are available here.

Were not clear yet on the age-group medal situation, though initially it looks as though more than one of our athletes is recorded in the results as Belgian! We'll bring you more news once we've confirmed the details.

Another European Championship this weekend was the ETU Under-23 and Youth Triathlon Championship in Pulpi, Spain. Vanessa Fernandes winning easily is hardly news, though it perhaps puts into perspective how good she has been at such a young age, that she's still eligible for this championship. Portugal completed the double in the mens race through Joao Silva.

Abby Thorington, having been with the leaders on the swim appears to have withdrawn during the bike leg. Jonathan Brownlee took tenth, while Ritchie Nicholls, who won this title last year, was a long way back in 49th. Full results available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Joao Silva (POR) 1:57:37 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 2:09:35
2nd Miguel Arraiolos (POR) 1:57:44 Yuliya Sapunova (UKR) 2:11:49
3rd Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:58:21 Jeanne Collonge (FRA) 2:12:55

While most Ironman eyes were focussed on Sherborne Castle for Ironman UK, there was another Ironman taking place this weekend: Ford Ironman Wisconsin. Australian Chris McDonald took three minutes from the course record of Chris Lieto to take the win, over 12 minutes clear of Serge Meyer (SUI). Amazingly, Chris raced and finished second in Louisville last weekend...

Story of the day though was the woman's race. Like McDonald, Biscay raced last weekend in Louisville (fourth), and had at least six top-five Ironman finishes already this year. She looked set to finally win one, only to be overtaken in the last five miles. But, she is one seriously tough cookie, and fought back to take that elusive Ironman victory! In the process, that's another two wins for Team TBB, as McDonald is also part of the squad.

It was also another solid day for Tri247 columnist Joanna Carritt. 11th overall, and first age-grouper overall again (10:33:37), just as she was in July at Ironman Germany. But, can she match the brilliance of her Frankfurt race report?! We expect to be hearing from Jo soon.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McDonald (AUS) 8:43:29 Hillary Biscay (USA) 9:47:25
2nd Serge Meyer (SUI) 8:55:50 Karin Gerber (SUI) 9:49:46
3rd Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:59:14 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 9:50:45

One of the most popular European event with the Brits is Monaco 70.3. Julie Dibens appears to have been a DNS, but her Planet X team-mate Catriona Morrison showed (again) that's she's more than a duathlete, by finishing just four minutes back from Swiss Olympian Nicola Spirig, with the fastest run of the day. Michelle Lee was ninth in 5:01:20, while Felicity Hart appears to have DNF'd on the bike, though no news yet as to cause. The men's event was won by German Andreas Raelert. Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack finished sixth, ten minutes back.

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Raelert (GER) 4:10:10 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 4:37:12
2nd Michael Weiss (AUT) 4:14:12 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:41:12
3rd Sebastian Kienle (GER) 4:14:48 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 4:44:45

The first of the four WTC franchise races to complete this weekend was Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore. There was some pretty swift and competitive racing going on judging by the results too, with the wins going to Australians Simon Thompson and Rebekah Keat.

Pos Men Women
1st Simon Thompson (AUS) 3:55:40 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:25:43
2nd Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:55:55 Gina Ferguson (NZL) 4:29:46
3rd Pete Jacobs (AUS) 3:57:47 Alison Fitch (AUS) 4:31:45

We reported that Natascha Badmann would be racing at Powerman Zofingen, which she did - though it was the short race she won! Hopefully that's a good sign of recovery after her terrible crash in Kona last year.

In the main event, the women's race was an exact podium replica of 2007, with Erika Csomor a hugely dominant winner, 22 minutes clear of Eva Nyström (SWE). The men's event was much closer, and home athlete Andy Sutz, in his first attempt at Zofingen secured the title. Full results can be found here.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Sutz (SUI) 6:29:44 Erika Csomor (HUN) 7:14:43
2nd Pacal Schuler (FRA) 6:35:34 Eva Nyström (SWE) 7:36:42
3rd Dominique Duchene (FRA) 6:36:04 Maja Jacober (SUI) 7:43:30

It was also the penultimate round of the competitive French Grand Prix Series in Bordeaux, where we understand the ladies race was run as a duathlon. Will Clarke was 14th (which didn't stop him winning at Strathclyde the following day), Tim Don 15th, Alistair Brownlee 24th, Dann Brook 28th, Nathan Shaw 36th, Karl Shaw 39th, James Elvery 53rd, David MacNamee 63rd and Robert Bowles 68th. For the ladies, Sophie Coleman was 9th, Jodie Swallow 10th, Kerry Lang 11th, Vicky Holland 16th, Jess Towl 23rd and Jennifer Cooper 36th. Full results are available on the TriathlonBordeaux website for both men and women.

Pos Men Women
1st Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS - Lagardere) 0:54:08 Erin Densham (AUS - Poissy) 0:48:01
2nd Steffen Jusrus (GER - Metz) 0:54:09 Rebecca Robish (GER - Brive) 0:48:17
3rd Grego Buchholz (GER - Autun) 0:54:10 Magali di Marco Messmer (SUI - Chateauroux) 0:48:28

In the US, there were a few Brits fighting it out for cash and points in the Lifetime Fitness Series race at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon. Stuart Hayes took fourth, Oliver Freeman seventh, Todd Leckie ninth:

Pos Men Women
1st Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:46:04 Becky Lavelle (USA) 1:59:46
2nd Andy Potts (USA) 1:46:47 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2:01:12
3rd Paul Matthews (AUS) 1:48:09 Julie Swail Ertel (USA) 2:03:10