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Weekend International roundup
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 24th May 2009

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A super busy and successful weekend all around for the Brits, the weather and indeed everyone, (well, everyone who doesn't support Newcastle...). Best get on with it then! With so much on, we'll focus here on the international racing.

You can find the separate domestic racing roundup HERE.

International News

The first big international race of the weekend was Ironman Lanzarote, and Tri247 was lucky to have the now Hawaii bound - courtesy of wife Jenny! - Henry Budgett on site, reporting for us. You can check out Henry's coverage on these links, which will tell you everything (an more...) you need to know about race week and the big day. We'll just repeat our earlier comments about a great day for the GB ladies, with a one-two from defending champion Bella Bayliss and a hard earned second place from Rachel Joyce, plus another overall age group win (seventh overall), from Tri247 columnist Jo Carritt.

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Pos Men Women
1st Bert Jammaer (BEL) 8:54:03 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 9:54:58
2nd Stephan Vuckovic (GER) 8:57:16 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 10:15:04
3rd Olaf Sabatschus (GER) 8:59:02 Michaela Giger (SUI) 10:15:40

We know that Rachel definitely took her Hawaii spot (Bella and Jo are already qualified), as did 40-44 Age Group winner Michelle Parsons. We'll have the full results loaded over the next couple of days, once they are finalised.

The GB ladies were certainly on form this weekend, as following the Bella / Rachel one-two at Ironman Lanzarote, Catriona Morrison added the ETU European Duathlon Championships to her already impressive race CV in Budapest. Debut elite racer Kat Grimmett finished an impressive eighth.

And there's more... as Vicky Graves won the European Junior Title too!

For the men, current Powerman World Champion Andy Sutz (SUI) earned a narrow victory over Laurent Galinier of France. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Andy Sutz (SUI) 1:50:48 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 2:04:44
2nd Laurent Galinier (FRA) 1:50:57 Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) 2:05:04
3rd Sergey. Yakovlev (RUS) 1:52:03 Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) 2:05:17

Junior Results. Full results HERE

Pos Men Ladies
1st Jorge Narancho Vichot (ESP) 56:33 Vicky Graves (GBR) 1:04:37
2nd Pedro Palma (POR) 56:35 Ezster Pap (HUN) 1:05:26
3rd Oscar Vicente (ESP) 56:36 Ezster Dudas (HUN) 1:05:34

Under-23 Results. Full results HERE

Pos Men Ladies
1st Alessandro Fabian (ITA) 1:52:34 Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova (RUS) 2:06:26
2nd Andrea Secchierio (ITA) 1:52:57 Alexandra Tondeur (BEL) 2:09:04
3rd Antoine Duvivier (BEL) 1:53:06 Anna Burova (RUS) 2:12:!4

Headline results from the GB Age Group team at the ETU European Duathlon Champs below. The live timing is available HERE, this is what we've been able to work out in terms of medals... provisionally, it's nine gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.

In addition to the results below, Lee Piercy and Ian Cardy were first and third overall across all age groups, while Emma Dews and Danielle Stewart repeated that for the ladies.

Medal Age Group Name
Gold Emma Dews F30-34
  Penny Edward F55-59
  Barbara Law F65-69
  Julien Lhomme M30-34
  Lee Piercy M35-39
  Simon Edney M50-54
  Barry Jameson M55-59
  Stuart McGowan M60-64
  Kidd Arnott M75-79
Silver Natasha Blunt F20-24
  Danielle Stewart F25-29
  Parys Edwards F30-34
  Alex Fisher M20-24
  Ian Cardy M35-39
  Chris Smith M50-54
  David Peck M75-79
Bronze Sarah Louise Bardsley F25-29
  Sue Walker F35-39
  Sian Buckingham F45-49
  Elspeth Knott F55-59
  Nathan Gosling M25-29

There was a quality field on show at Ironman 70.3 Austria St. Pölten. The cream appears to have risen to the top too, with 2007 Ironman World Champ Chris McCormack earning a very narrow victory over Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker, winner last month at Ironman South Africa. Ironman (not iron-distance!) world record holder Sandra Wallenhorst took the ladies honours. The full post-race press report is on-site HERE.

For the Brits we had Nick Saunders (10th), Alun Woodward (18th), Tom Room (35th) and Joel Jameson (36th) among the pro ranks.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Chris McCormack (AUS) 3:54:15 Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 4:28:46
2nd Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 3:54:18 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 4:30:03
3rd Massimo Cigana (ITA) 3:56:22 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:31:50

Over in France, it was the first French Grand Prix Series event of the year. Outside of ITU racing, these may well be the strongest races in terms of depth around, with many of the world top athletes racing for French teams in the sprint distance events. Another good day for the Brits. Provisionally, Will Clarke finished joint winner with team-mate Laurent Vidal, with Alistair Brownlee - who had to serve a penalty for a kit infringement in T2 - third. We believe Stuart Hayes was also top-10, Jonny Brownlee around 21st and Dann Brook 35 (ish...). For the ladies, another strong performance from new National Champion Jodie Swallow, fourth behind Anja Dittmer (GER), Erin Densham (AUS) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL).

In Spain it was the debut of the half-iron distance Challenge Barcelona-Maresme, which also attracted plenty of British athletes, some we suspect checking things out in advance of the iron-distance race at the same venue in October. Full results can be found HERE.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Clemente Alonso McKernan (ESP) 4:01:49 Katja Schumacher (GER)
2nd Timo Bracht (GER) 4:03:56 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 4:24:24
3rd Paul Ambrose (AUS) 4:04:55 Merva Kirivanta (FIN) 4:29:13

You can find the separate domestic racing roundup HERE.


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