ITU has recently confirmed several dates on the 2014 Paratriathlon calendar. In the coming season, the calendar will feature a record number of International Paratriathlon Events in the preparation for Paratriathlon’s debut in the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Confirmed International Paratriathlon Events: 2014 Elwood ITU Paratriathlon International event, (AUS): 16 February 2014 Yokohama ITU Paratriathlon International event, (JPN): 17 May 2014 Besançon ITU Paratriathlon International event, (FRA): 25 May 2014 London ITU Paratriathlon International event, (GBR): 30 May -1 June 2014 Chicago ITU Paratriathlon International event, (USA): 28-29 June 2014 Lago d’Iseo ITU Paratriathlon International event (ITA): 4-5 July
ITU expects to add four races to the calendar in the coming months with interest from one more city in Europe, as well as two in the Americas and one in Oceania.
In addition to the International Paratriathlon Events, four Continental Championships have been confirmed, but are expected on all five continents, pending final confirmation from Asia. Continental Championships to date: 2014 Penrith OTU Paratriathlon Oceania Championship, (AUS): 12th January 2014 Troutbeck ATU Paratriathlon African Championship, (ZIM): 12-13 March 2014 Dallas PATCO Paratriathlon American Championship, (USA): 31 May-1 June 2014 Kitzbuehel ETU Paratriathlon European Championship, (AUT) : 21-22 June The Paratriathlon season will culminate with the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada on 30 August, 2014.
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The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the dates for the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, South Australia. The Championships are set to take place from October 14-18, 2015.
Though the race will be a first for the beachside city known for its sports culture and festivals, Australia previously hosted the 2005 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Newcastle.
“Multisports are an important part of the ITU culture, especially duathlon, as it involves two disciplines that are integral to the sport of triathlon itself,” said ITU President and International Olympic Committee Member, Marisol Casado. “ITU’s history is closely intertwined with that of Australia’s, with Sydney having seen the debut of triathlon in the Olympic Games. We are looking forward to continuing that history in 2015 when the Duathlon World Championships will be staged in gorgeous Adelaide.”
With its Mediterranean climate, participants and spectators can expect to be treated to ideal spring race conditions for the elite, under 23, junior elite, age group standard and age group sprint duathlons, paraduathlon, novice and kids duathlons, and community participation events.
Anne Gripper, CEO of Triathlon Australia said “Triathlon Australia is proud to host such a high profile event in South Australia. We are excited about showcasing the sport of duathlon and welcoming competitors from all over the world to the City of Adelaide.”
Event organizers have proposed a four-lap 10km run, followed by an eight-lap 40km bike, and ending with a two-lap 5km run course for the elite and under 23 races that will take place in the heart of Adelaide around the River Torrens.
An opportunity exists to race over the first-class course prior to the 2015 Duathlon World Championships at the Australian Duathlon Championships on Sunday the 19th of October 2014.
South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the state was proud to host a range of world-class events and festivals.
“South Australia has great weather, friendly people and excellent sporting facilities which make it a great place to host the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships,” Mr Bignell said.
“Lonely Planet has also just named Adelaide top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2014.
“We look forward to welcoming top athletes from around the globe and encourage them to explore our renowned wine regions and pristine coastlines which are easily reached from the city.”
These events are proudly supported by Events South Australia, Triathlon Australia, the Adelaide City Council, and SCODY. Full race information including special accommodation rates at the InterContinental Adelaide and travel packages through Showsport, will be available in the coming months through triathlon.org
Brisbane’s Josh Amberger held off a strong field to claim victory in the IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie last weekend.
Sydney’s Lisa Marangon put together a strong bike leg to set herself up for a convincing win in the women’s race.
For Amberger it was a reassuring win, recently returning home after a five month stint in the US from Sam Appleton who ran through the field to snare second and Joseph Lampe rounding out the podium.
Marangon dominated the bike and run to claim one her best wins over the distance, further inspired with 13-year-old son Josh watching on. Andrea Forrest delivered an outstanding performance to finish second ahead of Holly Ranson.
“It’s been a hard year for me I’ve just come back from five months in the USA and I’m just really happy to be racing back here in Australia,” Amberger said.
“I think we do things a lot better down here and I couldn’t be happier with my performance today, the body felt fantastic.
Amberger has done his apprenticeship and learnt from mistakes to emerge as a real contender after last weekend’s performance.
“I think if you’ve been following my racing, you’ve probably seen hints of my performance like today in my races this year and this is probably the first time it’s actually come together this season. Just stoked.”
An emotional Marangon revealed a rough lead up to the race.
“I’m so happy, I was unable to run because I had a calf strain so didn’t know if I’d be able to run,” Marangon said.
The 24-year-old Amberger lead out of the swim from Joseph Lampe, Tom Davison and Casey Munro but by the half way mark on the 90km bike had pulled away from the field to lead by two minutes. At the changeover he had amassed a 4min 20sec lead to New Zealand’s Davison.
Davison managed to break away from the chase group to head out onto the run in chase of Amberger but faded on the back end of the run to finish sixth. Appleton put in a blistering run leg (1:15:02) to run through for second from Lampe.
It was all about the bike for Amberger on this challenging course which suited him
“I have to thank my sponsor Felt Bicycles, I’ve got the new Felt IA , Rinnie (Mirinda Carfrae) won Kona on it last week. It’s just amazing, an amazing machine, I’ve really found my legs on it and just happy to give it a thrashing and I’m really happy with my bike today,” Amberger said.
“I love it – I’ll be back for sure.”
Pip Taylor lead out of the swim from Marangon who then made short work of reeling her in. She then cranked out the 13th fastest bike split of the day (2:59:37) to set up a 9min 20sec lead heading out onto the 21.1km run.
It was then a race for the minor placing’s for the chasers and to see if they could claw back any time on Marangon. Forrest was the quickest on the run to secure a podium place with Ranson doing enough to hold on for third.
Marangon was full of praise for her team that helped her recover from the injury and the fantastic crowd.
“Being patient and not running, it all paid off and I’m really, really happy.”
“It’s a really good feeling to win this title, I’ve had a pretty rough year not racing to my full potential but maybe that injury that happened ten days ago was a blessing in disguise and I could perform at my best today so I was really, really happy.
It sets the 33 year-old up for a great performance at IRONMAN Western Australian in December.
“It was all about getting my nutrition right which that where I really fault in my Ironman racing so I think I really nailed it today.”
1 Josh AMBERGER (Aust) 3:56:47 2 Sam APPLETON (Aust) 4:00:10 3 Joseph LAMPE (Aust) 4:01:34 4 Tim BERKEL (Aust) 4:01:44 5 Casey MUNRO (Aust) 4:02:49
1 Lisa MARANGON (Aust) 4:30:48 2 Andrea FORREST (Aust) 4:40:53 3 Holly RANSON (Aust) 4:52:51
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Noosa, Queensland (October 13, 2013) – Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae stormed home on the run to claim victory in the world’s toughest one day race at the GoPro IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii in race record time (8h52m14s).
Fellow Australian Luke McKenzie had the race of his life to secure second in the men’s race in 8h15m19s, with his previous best performance a ninth placing.
Carfrae’s win is the seventh consecutive year that an Australian has claimed the title and her second after previously winning in 2010 when she shared the title with fellow Australian Craig Alexander.
Carfrae came off the bike with an eight minute deficit to American Meredith Kessler but unleashed her weapon on the run to record the third fastest run split overall today of 2:50:39 which broke her own run record. Her overall time was also two minutes inside the women’s race record set by Chrissie Wellington in 2009.
An emotional Carfrae said she felt unbelievable today
“The weather was beautiful, we felt like we had a tail wind all the way out to Hawi, little head wind on the way home,” said Carfrae.
“I have to credit this victory to my long-time coach Siri Lindley, it feels so great to be back home. Also to my fiancé Tim O’Donnell. We’re getting married in two months, so I think I’ll be able to cover the wedding bill. And my ‘mummy’, she comes to this race every year and she’s obviously my biggest supporter – mum I love you.”
Kessler maintained good form in the early stages but was never going to hold off the flying Carfrae caught her and leader Rachel Joyce (GBR) to win by five minutes with Australian-based Liz Blatchford, running under GBR colours, finishing an outstanding third in her Hawaii debut in 9:03:35.
Both Carfrae and Joyce got under the magical nine hour mark, a feat only achieved by four women.
“Unbelievable amazing day. Madam Pele was good to us today and I just had one of those days where you just don’t hurt,” said Carfrae.
“I felt amazing all day today I can’t believe it, I didn’t know I had a performance like that in me. I thought I would run around 2.50 if conditions were good.”
After overcoming a four minute penalty Kona debutant Blatchford ran her way onto the podium to complete an outstanding first full season in the endurance ranks.
Belgium strong man Luke Van Lierde claimed the men’s title in 8:12:29 after consistent performances across all three disciplines, crediting the win to his patience.
“I tried to be smart and it worked out,” said van Lierde.
“To be honest after last year I believed I could do it, the belief was there, I worked hard this year - I’ve never worked so hard and 17 years I’ve been doing triathlon this is amazing, the best I could ever hope.”
Thirty-two year old McKenzie put down a solid swim and massive bike to follow race leader Sebastian Kienle into transition after 180km. McKenzie led the race for a long time before being overtaken by Van Lierde at the back end of the run.
“That was a dream come true. ‘Freddy’ (Frederick Van Lierde) was just too strong but that was a dream for me to lead the Hawaiian Ironman like that,” said McKenzie.
“I’m a little bit disappointed not to hang on for the win but second place I’ll take that. That was the best day of my life.”
A six time Ironman winner, McKenzie said he just backed himself today.
“I knew I had second and I just had to back myself and I was getting time splits and I was putting time on Sebastian. You gotta want to hurt yourself, I just kept saying it to myself.”
Kienle capped off a great few months after defending his IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships title last month and improved his place from last year in Kona to claim third today.
Defending champion Pete Jacobs had a tough day to eventually finish 77th (9:06:39), Craig Alexander finished 23rd (8:43:59).
Defending champions, Australia’s Pete Jacobs and Great Britain’s Leanda Cave are among the 2000 elite competitors who will line up for triathlon’s annual IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 12, 2013 - the most iconic endurance event in the world.
The 2013 field of athletes will tackle a 2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run within 17 hours.
While athletes of all ages have qualified to compete in the World Championship, the average age of 2013 male registrants is 42 and the average age of female registrants is 40, defying commonly held notions about peak physical performance.
The ages of IRONMAN World Championship athletes are almost as varied as their countries of origin. The United States is the most represented with 756 competitors, accounting for nearly 35 percent of entrants this year.
Australia tops the international countries list with 260 entries who have earned slots at IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 events held worldwide.
The green and gold contingent is followed by Germany (204), Canada (141), Great Britain (88) and Switzerland (73).
Jacobs and Cave will be joined by several first-time competitors including Australia’s own Paratriathlon king Bill Chaffey, fresh from his amazing “never-say-die” victory to win his fourth ITU World Championship in London recently; celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, legendary Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward and Sugarland guitarist Thad Beatty.
The 2013 field will also include Hiromu Inada, an 80-year-old man from Yachiyo, Japan, and Harriet Anderson, 79, of San Carlos, California — along with triathletes as young as 18 and hailing from 52 countries around the globe — a far cry from the 12 finishers in the inaugural event, staged in 1978.
The last six years have been dominated by Australians with an Australian male on top of the podium every year with Chris McCormack starting the streak in 2007 followed by Craig Alexander in 2008 and 2009, McCormack again in 2010, Alexander his third in 2011 before Jacobs turned his silver that year into Kona gold in 2012.
The Sydney –born, Noosa-based Jacobs said after his win in the inaugural Sunshine Coast 70.3 event in Mooloolaba last week that he was “in better shape” than he was last year.
"I feel I'm in better shape," he told reporters. "I feel like I'm not on the borderline of getting an injury and my legs aren't tight anywhere.
"I've been working on strength on the bike and a bit in the gym so at the end of the bike leg I still felt like my legs could have kept going.
"I wanted to feel like I could go around again because (come Kona) I have to go around again (twice the distance) so to have that strength and to not fatigue was what I wanted."
"It was good to find out that the training was going to plan.”
Forty-year-old McCormack has been forced out of the race with mononucleosis (glandular fever), questioning whether the two-time winner will ever return to Kona in an elite capacity.
The women’s field will be spearheaded by Australia’s 2010 winner Mirinda Carfrae who again put the finishing touches to her preparations with a win in the Muskoka 70.3 in Huntsville Ontario, Canada.
Carfrae has been on the podium for the past four years, having finished second in 2009, winning in 2010, second in 2011 and third to Cave and Caroline Steffen (Switzerland) last year.
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