sexta-feira, 30 de julho de 2010

Challenge Roth Triathlon 2010

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2010 Immenstadt ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships

Elite Men

01 Aug 2010 1 laps - 2 laps - 3 laps

Elite Women

01 Aug 2010

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quinta-feira, 29 de julho de 2010

Mottram runs 3000 meters in Watford....

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Breakup leaves Snowsill off course

EMMA Snowsill's recent form slump has been traced to the upheaval following a split with her fiance and coach Craig Walton last month. 

Olympic champion Snowsill and Walton had been together for seven years, becoming the most successful athlete-coach combination in the sport, as she won three world titles and Australia's first Olympic gold medal.
However, they separated just before Snowsill rejoined the international tour last month. She has since been linked with fellow Olympic champion Jan Frodeno, of Germany, who also won in Beijing.
National head coach Shaun Stephens said the sport's high performance unit was providing Snowsill with support in the wake of the break-up.

"There's only one race that's important for her to do and it's in two years' time (the London Olympics), so we think getting her life sorted should be her No 1 priority now," Stephens said. "We gave her the option of taking the rest of the year off, but she wouldn't have a bar of it. She's very motivated to compete."

She also had to deal with the death of her close friend, sports doctor June Canavan, in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea.
She made a triumphant return to win the world's richest race, the ITU Elite Cup, at Des Moines on June 12, but has struggled uncharacteristically in her last two outings at the world series in Hamburg and London.
Stephens said Snowsill's personal circumstances were affecting her race form. "I think it's the stress she's going through," he said.

quarta-feira, 28 de julho de 2010

International Triathlon Union institutes Athlete Biological Passport program

Doping Wednesday, 28 July 2010--The International Triathlon Union today announced that it will institute its own Athlete Biological Passport programme to ensure the most solid testing programme possible, promoting the right of all ITU athletes to fair and clean competitions. ITU is proud of being an international sport federation which implements one of the most-advanced anti-doping programme in the Olympic Movement, joining only a handful of federations maintaining such a programme.
Developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Athlete Biological Passport reveals doping indirectly by monitoring selected biological variables, in contrast with the traditional direct detection of doping. “Biological monitoring throughout an athlete’s sporting career should make any prohibited preparation far harder to implement,” according to WADA. The operating guidelines were approved in December of 2009.
With the firm commitment to the fight against doping, ITU has been investing substantial resources to its anti-doping mission. The ITU Anti-Doping Regulations and the ITU Anti-Doping Program, which have all been confirmed by WADA, are fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. As shown by annual statistics, ITU athletes have for the most part respected their engagements as athletes to a fair and clean sport. Establishing its own Athlete Biological Passport programme will further reinforce ITU’s anti-doping initiatives and reaffirm ITU’s commitment to clean and safe sport.
“We are delighted to mark this important step in the ITU’s fight against doping initiatives,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Since its inception, ITU is increasingly committed to ensure that athletes and everyone involved in triathlon play a part in eradicating the use of drugs in sport. I believe this new programme will further reinforce our commitment, letting the sport and its athletes stay clean and healthy.”
“WADA commends the ITU for its decision to implement a longitudinal follow-up program,” said WADA’s Director General David Howman. “The Athlete Biological Passport adds a powerful tool to support the fight against doping in sport. Coupled with other strategies, it makes prohibited preparations harder to implement by those athletes who may take the risk to cheat. We know that the effects of some substances remain detectable in the body longer than the substances themselves. The Athlete Biological Passport Model allows the anti-doping community to exploit this reality through a similar approach to that used in forensic science.”

segunda-feira, 26 de julho de 2010

ITU World Championship Series London 2010

Gomez on top again in ITU World Championship Series in London

It was a day of high octane racing and high drama at the 4th round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship in London's Hyde park today.
Javier Gomez won a thrilling race in 1:42:08 from Jonathan Brownlee and Jan Frodeno, as race favorite and brother of Jonathan. The year's most dominant ITU triathlete, Alistair Brownlee, ran out of gas in the final 500 meters.
Things started well enough for the 22-year-old world champion. Despite losing his goggles half way through the second lap of the swim, he led out in 17:57, closely followed by Maik Petzold of Germany and Frederic Belaubre of France.
With the rest of the field not far behind, Alistair Brownlee was anxious to push the pace on the bike.  He seemed increasingly frustrated as the leading group failed to take advantage on the bike...which soon became a procession. Only on the last lap was there a significant break as eight men (led by Stuart Hayes and including Brazillian Reinaldo Colucci) took flight and gained a 30 second lead going into T2.
With so many fast runners in the chasing group, the slim advantage was never going to be enough and by the end of the first lap the early leaders from the bike  had been caught.
To do this the the leading quartet of Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Javier Gomez and Germanys Jan Frodeno had to ran 3.3k in 19:29.
With less than a mile to go Gomez pushed the pace to try to break the lead runners
Frodeno who had been looking comfortable up until to now was dropped, but the Brownlee brothers stuck like glue and it looked liked a three way sprint finish was in the cards. But with just 500 meters to go, Alistair Brownlee started to fade and Gomez took his second ITU win in as many weeks and consigned Alistair Brownlee to his first defeat in ITU racing.
An ecstatic Gomez said after the race, “I’m really happy. Two wins in two weekends is fantastic."
He added, "We were running pretty fast the whole time and I had reached my limit at the end. On the final lap I decided to go as hard as I could. I looked back with 300m to go and realized I was running by myself.”
A spokesman for Alistair Brownlee said “ Alistair is fine but exhausted. There is no cause for concern”.
To sum up...A great win for Javier Gomez ,disappointment for Alistair Brownlee, and a breakthrough for his brother Jonathan.

Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London
London, United Kingdom
25 July 2010

Elite Men Results

1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:42:08
2. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:42:14 +6
3. Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:42:30 +22
4. Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:42:44 +36
5. Mario Mola (ESP) 1:42:54 +46
6. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:42:57 +49
7. Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 1:42:59 +51
8. Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:43:04 +56
9. Steffen Justus (GER) 1:43:05 +57
10. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:43:08 +60

Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Rankings (after race 5 of 7)

1. Jan Frodeno (GER) 2766
2. Javier Gomez (ESP) 2573
3. Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 2388
4. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 2135
5. Steffen Justus (GER) 2111

sábado, 17 de julho de 2010

Hamburg WCS 2010 men's race

Gomez Runs to Hamburg Win 

Spain's Javier Gomez takes his first win of the season

After a slow start to the 2010 season due to a hip injury, Spain’s Javier Gomez is back in world-class form, as the Spaniard proved today with a win at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Hamburg. Gomez, the 2008 ITU World Champion, took the win with a last-lap surge to edge out heavy crowd favourite Jan Frodeno of Germany. Gomez finished the race with an amazing 29:17 10K run split.
“Javier was too strong today, when he kicked on that final lap I had nothing left. I couldn’t go with him.”
Jan Frodeno
“I knew Jan would be the one to beat going into this race,” Gomez said afterward. “He’s shown amazing form all year long and I knew he’d have a little extra motivation from racing in front of a German crowd. Jan was very tough today, but it feels so good to be back in first place again.”
A field of 67 men dove into the River Alster to kick off the race. Warm temperatures throughout the past two weeks warmed the Alster up to almost 26 degrees Celsius on race morning, meaning no wetsuits were allowed. To no one’s surprise, Russia’s star swimmers moved to the front right from the start, with Denis Vasiliev leading the way. Right behind Vasiliev after the first of two swim laps were Germany’s Maik Petzold and fellow Russian Dmitry Polyansky. Vasiliev held the lead throughout the second lap, exiting the swim first, but the Russian had a group of 32 men only a few seconds behind heading into the first transition. Noticeably absent from the lead group were Simon Whitfield (CAN) and defending race winner Jarrod Shoemaker (USA).
The lead bunch of 33 tried to hold off the chasers on the eight-lap bike, but Whitfield and Shoemaker rode well to pull the chase group up to the leaders at the end of lap seven. Vasiliev forced a small break with 8 kilometres left to ride, building a gap of 30 seconds heading into the second transition. American Mark Fretta pulled up to within a few seconds of Vasiliev and the pair set off on the four-lap run with a small gap on a very fast chase pack.

Vasiliev and Fretta’s lead would be short-lived, as Frodeno and Aussie Courtney Atkinson moved to the front and cranked the pace up to another level. After the first lap, Frodeno and Atkinson were at the front, joined by Gomez, Brad Kahelefeldt (AUS), Sven Riederer (SUI), and Tim Don (GBR). That group was too big for Frodeno and Gomez, who forced a break on lap 2 and built a lead of 20 seconds by the 5-kilometre mark. The pair continued to battle side by side until Gomez put on a huge surge with 2 kilometres left to run.
“Javier was too strong today,” said Frodeno. “When he kicked on that final lap I had nothing left. I couldn’t go with him.”
“I knew Jan would be the one to beat going into this race, he’s shown amazing form all year long and I knew he’d have a little extra motivation from racing in front of a German crowd.”
Javier Gomez
Even the boisterous home crowd couldn’t pull Frodeno back up to Gomez, as the Spaniard grew his lead throughout the final lap. Gomez broke the finishing tape in 1:43:07, with Frodeno securing second 16 seconds later.
“I knew Jan would be faster than me if I let it come down to a sprint,” Gomez said. “So I gave everything I had at the beginning of that last lap. I believed that I could do it if I put everything I had in the final lap and I was able to pull away.”
With his second-place finish, Frodeno now takes over the lead in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Rankings, with an advantage of only one point over Brukhankov, who had lead the Series since round two in Seoul.
Don had a strong final lap to finish third, crossing the line 34 seconds after Frodeno. It’s Don’s second solid performance in a row, after winning the world’s richest triathlon at the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup five weeks ago.
“This was an absolutely amazing event,” Don said. “The atmosphere here is incredible and the support from the crowd is unlike any event I’ve ever done. I definitely plan on racing in Hamburg again.”

Rounding out the top five were Switzerland’s Sven Riederer (4th), who finished third at round three of the Series in Madrid, and Russia Vladimir Turbayevskiy (5th).
The next event for the men will be next weekend in London for round 5 of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series. The Elite women will race tomorrow (Sunday, 18 July) in Hamburg, starting at 3:15 local time. Live coverage from tomorrow’s race and next weekend’s races in London will be available at

Elite Men Results

1. Javier Gomez ESP ES 01:43:07
2. Jan Frodeno GER DE 01:43:23
3. Tim Don GBR GB 01:43:57
4. Sven Riederer SUI CH 01:44:00
5. Vladimir Turbaevskiy RUS RU 01:44:03
6. Brad Kahlefeldt AUS AU 01:44:07
7. Jarrod Shoemaker USA US 01:44:10
8. Steffen Justus GER DE 01:44:11
9. Alexander Brukhankov RUS RU 01:44:13
10. Joao Silva POR PT 01:44:14
Bruno Pais foi 17º e Duarte Marques terminaram na 25ª posição

Hamburg WCS 2010

Snowy happy just to race...

Emma Snowsill considers herself lucky just to be back racing in the ITU triathlon world series

OLYMPIC champion Emma Snowsill has no expectations of being a world champion in 2010 and just wants to get to the start line of the Hamburg leg of ITU Triathlon Elite Cup tomorrow night.
Hip surgery and a virus sidelined her for a year and despite a win in the non-championship race in Des Moines last month, she says her goal is nothing more than consistency.
Snowsill is ranked 18th on the world championship table but has competed in just two events on the circuit this year.
"It has been fortunate to be out racing considering how sick I was earlier this year," said Snowsill from Germany yesterday.
"My goal this season has been basically to remain healthy and to be consistent throughout the remainder of the season and not necessarily to come away and look at winning the series as such.
"I'm approaching this race with the same aspect ... I'm on the start line and ready and able to go and that's all I can ask for."
Snowsill has spent the last five weeks training in Spain after travelling from the US and basing herself in Europe.
Former training partner and fellow Gold Coast-based ITU competitor Emma Moffatt, who is ranked seventh, has been training in France.
While she admitted returning to training had been a grind, Snowsill said her time on the sidelines may prove beneficial in the long term.
"It has given me time to rejuvenate and really let my body recover and recuperate," she said.

"It may turn out to be kind of a blessing in disguise, the way things have happened.
"Once I got over that, I got back into my training and have just been taking it a one step at a time.
"I'm hoping that basically the next two years I can continue to improve and I think it (the injury) has rewound the clock a bit back for me, hopefully it is keeping me younger."
Snowsill said the conditions in Germany had been unusually hot  conditions she thrives in.
She will race in London next weekend before returning  to Spain where she will continue training as the series builds towards grand final in Budapest on September 12.

quarta-feira, 14 de julho de 2010

Tour de France 2010 etapa 10

Sérgio Paulinho vence décima etapa da Volta a França

O português Sérgio Paulinho (RadioShack) ganhou hoje a décima etapa da Volta a França, batendo, por menos de meia roda, o bielorrusso Vasili Kiriyenka (Caisse D’Epargne). Os dois corredores foram os mais fortes de uma fuga de seis unidades, iniciada ao quilómetro 30 de uma ligação de 179, entre Chambéry e Gap. O grupo de escapados apenas se desfez nos últimos 15 quilómetros, quando uma sucessão de ataques levou a que apenas Paulinho e Kiriyenka ficassem em cabeça de corrida. Experiente, o português entregou a condução da corrida ao adversário no quilómetro final, atacando nos derradeiros 250 metros para um triunfo muito apertado. A vitória de Sérgio Paulinho é a primeira de um português no Tour após o sucesso de Acácio da Silva na edição de 1989, que lhe valeu a camisola amarela.
Depois da montanha, o pelotão resolveu respeitar o feriado do Dia Nacional de França e não trabalhou. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) manteve a camisola amarela sem precisar de a defender, já que não foi atacado. Seis homens aproveitaram a oportunidade dada por um pelotão em folga e saltaram para a fama. Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) , Dries Devenyns (QuickStep), Sérgio Paulinho e Vasili Kiriyenka foram os primeiros a destacar-se, ao quilómetro 30, tendo cerca de 20 quilómetros adiante a companhia de Maxime Bouet (Ag2r La Mondiale) e de Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom).
Os seis fugitivos entenderam-se e passaram juntos nas três contagens de montanha da viagem. Com a aproximação à meta, era necessário fazer alguma selecção. Os ataques surgiram dentro dos últimos 15 quilómetros. O primeiro a tentar foi Aerts, seguindo-se Devenyns. Aos dois respondeu Kiriyenka, sempre com Paulinho na roda. Tentando explorar o esforço do bielorrusso, o português atacou a 13,9 quilómetros. O homem da Caisse D’Epargne voltou a conseguir responder, formando-se de imediato o duo que discutiria a tirada.
Sérgio Paulinho conseguiu ser o mais forte sobre a meta, embora uma desaceleração e uma olhadela para o lado para medir a distância para o rival quase tenham posto em causa a vitória. O corredor português, um dos mais respeitados homens de trabalho do pelotão internacional, tem abdicado de sucessos individuais em prol do labor para os chefes-de-fila. Ainda assim é um ciclista talhado para os grandes momentos, tendo um currículo invejável, no qual a vitória de hoje vem juntar-se ao primeiro lugar na décima etapa da Volta a Espanha de 2006 e à medalha de prata na prova de fundo dos Jogos Olímpicos de 2004.
A odisseia de Sérgio Paulinho e dos cinco aventureiros que o acompanharam na fuga foi a única nota de interesse na etapa de hoje do Tour. O pelotão decidiu poupar energia e chegou a Gap 14m19s depois do português, mesmo que a média do vencedor não tenha passado dos 34,5 km/h. Rui Costa (Caisse D’Epargne) chegou num segundo pelotão, onde também estava integrado Lance Armstrong (RadioShack), a 15m47s do compatriota. Na geral, Paulinho subiu para a 54.ª posição, a 41m51s de Andy Schleck. Costa é o 83.º, a 1h02m11s.
Amanhã é dia de os sprinters voltarem a evidenciar-se, desde que as respectivas equipas, que hoje relaxaram, assumam as rédeas da corrida. Os 184,5 quilómetros, entre Sisteron e Bourg-les-Valence são essencialmente planos, pelo que os velocistas apenas dependem do labor dos colegas de equipa, anulando as fugas que venham a surgir, para poderem colocar a luta pela camisola verde na ordem do dia.

1      Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack      5:10:56
2     Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d’Epargne
3     Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step     0:01:29

terça-feira, 13 de julho de 2010

Challenge Roth Ironman 2010

Feel the fascination of triathlon at the 9th Challenge Roth

With around 2,500 individual starters and 500 relay teams from over 50 nations, a top field of starters and far more than 120,000 spectators along the course, the 9th edition of the Challenge Roth, the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, will take place in Roth on July 18. The competition will start with a 3.8 kilometres swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometres bike race and a final marathon of 42 kilometres. The race winner is expected to cross the finish-line in less than eight hours. The current world record – which was actually established in Roth in 1997 – is 7:50:27.

On July 18, the city and county of Roth will experience this top-class sports event with well-known international triathletes under the Challenge label for the ninth time. But the Challenge Roth is also a great family festival with a huge surrounding programme, such as the Triathlon Expo at the Roth Triathlon Park or the Finish-Line Party at night. The Challenge Roth begins at 6.20 in the early morning with the swim start at the Hilpoltstein landing stage and will have its grand finale at about 10:30 p.m. at the Roth Triathlon Stadium with a big fireworks display.