Monday Round Up
2018 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup
The weekend saw an exciting two-day super sprint format race (400m swim/10km run/2.5km run) at the 2018 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup, which comprised of semi-finals on day one and finals on day two.
Only two minutes separated the top three in the men’s event, with Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevstov running away with the gold medal in 28:18. It was a head-to-head battle for second and third, with France’s Felix Duchampt taking silver (28:20) and Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez taking the bronze (28:20). Australia’s Brandon Copeland achieved a top 10 result, coming in in ninth place in 28:32.
The women’s race saw some exciting action with mere seconds separating the top three. Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat stole the show to claim gold in her second World Cup win of the season (31:20). Hot on her heels were USA’s Tamara Gorman, silver (31:27) and Japan’s Fuka Sega, bronze (31:34). Fellow Aussies to round out the top 10 were Tamsyn Moana-Veale, seventh (32:08) and Sophie Malowiecki, ninth (32:18).
Final Elite Men
Final Elite Women
IRONMAN Australia, Port Macquarie
Near perfect conditions in Port Macquarie saw a day of dominating racing, records broken and history made.
In the men’s race, all eyes were on Australia’s Luke McKenzie leading into the race – after victories at Ironman Cairns and Ironman Western Australia in previous years, could he become the first man to claim all three Australian titles? But it wasn’t to be. Having one of the strongest swims of the day (45:57), it was Belgian superstar Marino Vanhoenacker who claimed victory in a time of 8:14:38, setting a new course record. This was Vanhoenacker’s 17th IRONMAN win and made IRONMAN history – he is the first athlete to win an IRONMAN title on every continent. Despite his impressive run, it wasn’t enough for McKenzie to close the gap between him and Vanhoenacker, and he crossed the finish line just under four minutes behind Vanhoenacker, in 8:18:11. Rounding out the men’s podium was New Zealand’s Mark Bowstead who after coming out of the water in first place (45:48) wasn’t able to maintain the lead and came home in 8:26:26.
All eyes were on returning IRONMAN Australia champion, Laura Siddall (UK) leading into the race – could she defend her IRONMAN Australia crown? And indeed she did. After a slower start in the swim (55:48), Siddall controlled the bike (4:56:13) and the run (3:10:22) to claim victory in a dominating 9:05:59, well ahead of Melanie Burke (NZ) who crossed the line in second (9:29:51), almost 24-minutes behind Siddall. Siddall’s back-to-back victory see’s her join former multiple champions including, Chrissie Wellington, Paula Newby Fraser, Lori Bowden and Lisa Bentley. After leading the women in the swim, USA’s Kelsey Withrow wasn’t able to maintain the lead but managed to hold on to round out the women’s podium, crossing the line 9:45:00.
Unfortunately, after a strong start and leading the bike leg at IRONMAN Australia initially, Aussie Annabel Luxford was forced to pull out of the event during the bike leg with asthma issues.
IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton
The wild, wild west lived up to its name with severe weather conditions making less than ideal race conditions and forcing the cancellation of the swim. Due to extreme on-shore wind and rain the swim was cancelled at IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton with the event turned into a 3km run/90km bike/21.1km run.
In the men’s race, New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone topped the field, adding a fourth victory in Western Australia to his 2014 Ironman 70.3 Busselton win and back-to-back Ironman Western Australia titles. Bozzone finished more than 10 minutes ahead of Kiwi compatriot, Callum Millward, second (3:38:29). Australia’s Craig Alexander finished in third in 3:39:03.
The women’s event turned into a more controversial affair. An accidental course-cut by the top three women across the line saw them DQ’d, naming Liz Blatchford (4:10:54) as the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton women’s champion. Rounding out the women’s podium were Annelise Jefferies, second (4:17:39) and Lisa Tyack, third (4:22:02).
|Position||Name||Run 1||Bike||Run 2||Finish|
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IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St George
Impressive line-ups in both the men and women’s events at the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St George, Utah saw hot battles to the finish in both the male and female professional athlete fields.
Canada’s Lionel Sanders, who was the 2016 champion, took the title in the men’s race setting a new course record with a finish time of 3:41:11, breaking Alistair Brownlee’s 2017 time of 3:41:58. Germany’s Sebastian Kienle finished in second place in a time of 3:42:38, less than two minutes behind Sanders. Austria’s Michael Weiss rounded out the men’s podium in 3:43:14. Despite having the fastest swim of the day (23:09), Australia’s Sam Appleton wasn’t able to maintain the lead, coming home in fourth place in 3:46:51. Fellow Aussie’s, Tim Reed and Joe Gambles finished in fifth (3:50:25) and seventh (3:54:13) respectively.
In the women’s race, Canada’s Paula Findlay who is new to Ironman 70.3 racing fought an impressive line up to come away with the win in 4:15:52. South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour crossed the line in second (4:17:18), while USA’s Sarah True rounded out the podium in 4:17:45.
Wildflower Triathlon Experience Long Course
It was a hot, clear day in Lake San Antonio, Monterey, California at the Wildflower Triathlon Experience Long Course event.
In the men’s race Rudy von Berg commanded the race from the start, finishing in 4:00:41, less than three minutes ahead of six-time defending champion and race favourite, Jesse Thomas who claimed second place in 4:03:19. Rounding out the men’s podium was Nathan Killam (4:11:38).
Heather Jackson took the clear win in 4:34:46, almost five minutes ahead of Carrie Lester, second (4:39:07). Robin Pomeroy rounded out the women’s podium, crossing the line in 4:46:22.
|1||Rodolphe von Berg||4:00:41|
Across the globe, in Northern Italy, athletes lined up to take on the course at Challenge Riccione.
In the men’s event, Giulio Molinari claimed victory in 4:00:58. Hot on his heels was Thomas Stegger who finished second in 4:01:50. Rounding out the men’s podium was Frederic Funk who finished in 4:04:31.
Yvonne Van Vlerken was crowned winner in the women’s event, crossing the finish line in 4:37:18. Rounding out the women’s podium were, Margie Santimaria, second (4:41:30) and Bianca Steurer, third (4:42:44).
Full results here
|1||Yvonne Van Vlerken||4:37:18|
Full results here
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