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Weekend Roundup: 23rd-24th July 2011
Posted on: Monday 25th July 2011
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The Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship may have missed the presence and much anticipated iron-debut of Michael Raelert today, but that didn't stop a German domination of the men's podium. Faris Al-Sultan showed he's not finished yet as a major race winner, taking the European Ironman title leading a top five sweep for German athletes ahead of Luke McKenzie (AUS) in sixth in a race held in cold and tough conditions.
Ending the bike with a huge lead, it looked like a regulation day for Caroline Steffen... but turned into anything but a comfortable victory. Full story HERE.
It was 2010 revisited at today's Antwerp Ironman 70.3 where home athletes Bart Aernouts and Sofie Goos retained their titles. First year GB Pro Corinne Abraham ran through to take fifth place after having to make up a lot of time after the swim discipline. You can read her report HERE and our full report on the race HERE. Unfortunately racing was overshadowed by the news that an athlete had died during the race.
TJ Tollakson beat of the challenge of defending champion Ben Hoffman to take the title at the Ford Ironman Lake Placid, while Heather Wurtele (CAN) won from the front, her second Ironman win this season and now fourth in total.
The latest round of the TriGrandPrix Series visited Ireland for the Kilkenny Triathlon. Britain's Natalie Barnard, who raced so well in Lisbon earlier this year, took the ladies win with Owen Cummins (IRL) securing a home win in the men's race. Full results HERE.
What sort of race has (briefly!) Ironman World Record Holder Marino Vanhoenacker finishing 12th and Abu Dhabi International winner Frederik Van Lierde finishing 13th? That'll be the (Olympic Distance) Military World Games in Rio de Janiro, Brazil. Full results: MEN and LADIES.
22 year-old Matt Sharp won the Geneva ITU Triathlon European Cup on Sunday as British Triathlon reports:
Matt Sharp delivered a comprehensive victory at the 2011 Geneva ITU Triathlon European Cup on Sunday 24 July.
The 22-year-old from Enfield started his race strongly recording the third fastest swim of the day, although there was a 26-second deficit to swim leader Richard Varga from Slovakia.
On the bike, Matt was determined to bring the Slovakian back into the pack and worked hard in the chase group to reclaim much of the race leaders' advantage. As the athletes embarked on the final run, Varga was quickly caught and the race for the podium began.
Matt delivered a quick run-time that ensured he claimed top spot on the podium, finishing in a time of 01:58.24, with a comfortable 20-second lead ahead of second placed James Elvery from New Zealand.
This victory will give Matt a great boost, before this weekend's Virgin Active London Triathlon, the final race of the 2011 British Triathlon Super Series, where the young athlete is currently lying in second place overall.
Matt wasn't the only British athlete racing in Switzerland, with trigold athlete Mark Buckingham delivering an impressive top ten performance finishing eighth in 01:59.57. Ritchie Nicholls maintained his run of never finishing outside the top-15 in an international race the season, crossing the line in 12th with a time of 02:00.17. Aaron Harris finished in 27th place with a time of 02:03.54.
In the women's race, Lois Rosindale was the highest placed athlete delivering an impressive fifth place finish and time of 02:19.24. Jacqui Slack couldn't repeat her sixth placed finish in last year's event, finishing 11th in 02:20.51. Lucy Chittenden finished in 17th position in 02:27.07.
The Outlaw dominated the weekend's UK racing, with around 600 athletes signed up for the second year iron-distance event.
Close racing at the front of proceedings with a battle royal between the two race favourites Joel Jameson and Hywel Davies. They were in close order for much of the race, both performing exceptionally and smashing the nine hour mark, Joel finally prevailing in a time of 8:47:47, less than five minutes ahead of the multi-talented Davies who can win pretty much any race, over any distance - and can even bend metal bars!
Joel said: “I watched the Outlaw last year and seeing what a great course it was, I decided to take part this year.
The ladies race was won by an athlete, like Joanna Swallow last year, in her first ever attempt at the distance.
Catherine Faux, aged 23, who is originally from Stamford but currently studying medicine at Sheffield University was the first female to cross the finishing line today. She said: “I'm really happy to have won, I wasn't expecting it, but I've been trying to train as much as possible around university so all the effort has paid off. I've never done an ironman distance before and I was using a borrowed bike, so it feels amazing to finish in first place.
First athletes across the line, like 2010, was actually a relay team comprising Catherine Jameson, Tom Lowe and Toby Jameson - making it a full house for Team GI Tri Bridgtown and the Jameson family.
Toby Jameson who lives in Oxford, was part of the GI Tri Bridgetown team that won the relay today in 8 hours, 1 minute and 10 seconds. He took on the run, alongside team mates Catherine Jameson who completed the swim and Tom Lowe who did the bike section.
Toby, 30, said: “I'm really pleased to be a part of the winning team today. The course was predominantly flat which really helped to maintain a good pace on the run. Collectively, the team today were really strong and getting ahead on the bike and run sections really helped me to maintain the lead on the run around the course.
We have a report from the latest OWS Aquathlon HERE and all of the weekend results - just click the link below.