quinta-feira, 30 de outubro de 2008
Triathlete Chrissie Wellington says she is now targeting the London 2012 Olympics after retaining her world Ironman title in Hawaii last month.
But the 31-year-old from Norfolk admits she will have to change things round to get an Olympic gold medal.
"Olympic distance triathlon requires a completely different skill set," Wellington told BBC Radio Norfolk.
"That's not to say I won't give 2012 a shot, either in triathlon or another sport, maybe bike racing."
Wellington added: "I've got four years, at the moment I want to concentrate on Ironman, but if we think that there's a chance I could make it on to a British team of course that's something I'd go for.
"The Olympics is the highlight of any professional athlete's career but my Hawaii victory means so much to me.
"Hawaii is the Olympics for endurance athletes and I feel so proud of my victory there."
The Ironman event comprises a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon.
Wellington has chosen to have four weeks off after a gruelling year in which she has won every full-distance event she has entered.
But speaking from her parents' home in Feltwell, Norfolk, she admitted she was finding it hard to switch off.
"I haven't had too many breaks this year, I've been training solidly since the middle of November last year.
"It's nice to have a bit of downtime, see friends and family and do some of the things I enjoyed doing before I took up this crazy sport.
"I must admit though I feel like a drug addict, I need my adrenalin fix at the moment!"
Wellington became only the fourth woman to win back-to-back world titles with her win on the 30th anniversary of the event.
She recorded a time just 11 minutes off the event record, despite suffering at least a 10-minute delay with a puncture during the bike race.
Tivemos este fim de semana em Maui o campeonato do Mundo XTERRA onde Julie Dibbens da Grã-Bretanha ganhou pelo segundo ano consecutivo e o Bttista espanhol Ruben Ruzafa que conseguio ganhar apesar do deficite de 2 minutos na natação.
Oct. 26, 2008 -- There was no surprise in the women’s race at the XTERRA World Championship, held in Maui, Hawaii this morning, as defending champion Julie Dibens of Great Britain picked up her second Maui win. The big surprises came in the men’s race, as ex-mountain bike phenoms Ruben Ruzafa of Spain and Michael Weiss of Austria finished first and second, respectively.
In the men’s race, Ruzafa, who qualified for the Spanish Olympic team in mountain biking this year (but did not compete), had a lot of ground to make up after the swim. The leaders exited the 1.5-km swim in just over 18 minutes, with Canadian Brent McMahon heading up the charge to T1. Just behind McMahon were France’s Olivier Marceau, Kona runner-up Eneko Llanos of Spain and Americans Seth Wealing, Craig Evans and Branden Rakita. Ruzafa exited the water two minutes behind the leaders, with Weiss another 40 seconds back.
Once the contenders made their way onto the brutal bike course, it was clear that Ruzafa and Weiss’ mountain bike skills were on a different level than the rest of the competitors. Ruzafa easily assumed the lead and stormed through the bike-leg in 1:31:35 to enter T2 first. Ruzafa was only bested by Weiss on the bike, who rode four seconds faster, but was still half-a-minute behind after his swim deficit. Americans Josiah Middaugh and Canadian Mike Vine were the only two remotely close to the pair of leaders on the bike, both riding about three minutes slower. Defending men’s champ Conrad Stoltz of South Africa flatted on the bike and came into T2 five minutes behind Ruzafa and Weiss.
Ruzafa and Weiss both finished the 10-km run in a tick under 45:30, which was more than enough to secure the one-two punch. Ruzafa crossed first, in 2:37:36, with Weiss 34 seconds behind. McMahon posted the fastest run-split of the day (43:18), but he couldn’t make up enough ground and settled for third, 2:46 behind Weiss.
In the women’s race, super swimmers Linda Gallo (USA) and Christine Jeffrey (CAN) were the first out of the water (finishing alongside the lead men), with Dibens exiting in third.
Just like last year, Dibens was flawless on the bike-leg, tearing through the grueling course in 1:49:34. Only American Shonny Vanlandingham was able to ride faster (1:49:25), but Vanlandingham was over six minutes back after the swim and was forced to settle for second at transition. Kabush also had a strong ride, posting a 1:52:20 split and entering T2 just behind Vanlandingham.
Kabush was by far the strongest runner of the day, posting a 49:55 split, but the gap to Dibens was too much to make up. Dibens ran 55:30 – 5:35 slower than Kabush – but finished 59 seconds ahead to secure the win. Kabush’s stellar run put her at the finish second, well ahead of third-place Vanlandingham, who finished in 3:10:49. Three-time World Champ Melanie McQuaid dropped out after the bike due to stomach issues.
E para os mais curiosos aqui vai um link interessante...http://www.xterra.tv/
terça-feira, 7 de outubro de 2008
sexta-feira, 3 de outubro de 2008
...que tenhas força para nos dar mais alegrias por muitos e bons anos...
... Obrigado Nessa...
|Vanessa Fernandes Unplugged (September 26, 2008 )|
|This past weekend Portugal’s triathlon star Vanessa Fernandes |
defended her ITU Duathlon World Championship in Rimini, Italy.
The day before the race she spoke with ITU and opened up about
how her life has changed since the Beijing Olympics and her rise
to super stardom in Portugal. She also gives her thoughts on the men’s Olympic race,
why she chose to race Duathlon world championships instead
of the Lorient world cup and what she’ll do in the off-season.
Last month Fernandes won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games,
extending her already long list of career achievements. Is she the most
accomplished ITU athlete ever? Well, numbers don’t lie. Consider the facts:
- 20 world cup titles (all-time ITU record)
- world cup winning percentage of 62.5%
- 24 world cup medals
- world cup podium percentage of 75%
- only one world cup DNF (Hamburg 2008)
- 9 European triathlon championships (5 elite, 3 under23, 1 junior)
- 2007 triathlon world champion
- 2007 duathlon world champion
- 2006 & 2007 world cup series champion
- 2004 Olympian at 18 years old (8th place)
- 2008 Olympic silver medallist
...mais um ano e mais uma Feira Anual e de Artesanato em Vila Franca de Xira.
Convido-vos todos a virem a Vila Franca entre o dia 4 e o dia 12 para se divertirem na feira e nos carrocéis e beber uns copos e comer umas farturas quer seja para virem assistir às tradicionais esperas de toiros aqui na minha terra...
Espero que o tempo ajude.