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19th Mar 2012Issue 217

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There are some very interesting races coming up this weekend, and Australia is where many of the eyes of the triathlon world will be turning too.

With the Olympic Games less than five months away, the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup race will have even more significance this year as athletes seek to gain points and/or attract the eye of their National Federation selection panel. With one male and two female slots currently available for the British team you can be sure that Clarke, Hayes, Stimpson, Blatchford and co. will be going all out to get onto Team GB, as well as setting themselves up for the crucial Sydney World Triathlon Series event three weeks later. Who's your money on to make it?

Ironman Melbourne, the new Asia Pacific Championships looks set to make a big impact in its debut this weekend too. Featuring Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander and host of top male professionals, all of the top ladies from Kona - Chrissie aside of course due to her break - big Kona points and a bumper prize purse, it should produce great racing. With the news this week too of the Frankfurt showdown between Raelert and Vanhoenacker this summer, is this evidence that the Kona Pro Ranking is achieving one of its goals of "creating additional media interest in pro races through points standings and more frequent head-to-head racing"? Let's hope so.

While watching the best of the best race each other is great, on Tri247 we also like following the progress of athletes who are on the development curve and hoping to make it to those lofty heights. This week we had a great chat with Mark Threlfall, who after some encouraging early season races is hoping to make an impact on the non-drafting scene in 2012. Check it our HERE for an insight into what it takes.

Remember too, there is still time to win a Garmin 910 XT - we have two to give away - find out more HERE.

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Results

Weekend action

The hardy Scots went full-on triathlon up at Fort William's Lochaber Leisure Centre for the Wee Triathlon and got their results in well ahead of the pack too. Winners here were Ewan Thorburn and Mairie Meldrum, full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Ewan Thorburn 1:04:31 Mairie Meldrum 1:17:14
2 John Woodrow 1:08:26 Fiona Beattie 1:19:34
3 Graham Whyte 1:11:52 Nix Forster 1:20:37

Not to be out-done the Edinburgh University Tri Club's season opener, the Tranent Sprint Triathlon, also took place on Saturday with wins going to Mark Taylor (Wick Triathlon Club) in 0:59:57 and Eleanor Haresign (Glasgow Triathlon Club) in 1:03:53. Full results are HERE.

The two 70.3 events, the Jeep Ironman 70.3 San Juan and the Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore have both been covered in their own stories here and here respectively.

Australia's Leon Griffin, a former World Duathlon Champion, took second place with a very strong race across the three disciplines and will be pleased with that form having recently returned to full-time training.

The run was the key for Williamson, her 1:20:13 allowing her to pass Linsey Corbin for the win and a four and a half minute victory margin. That Williamson run is now quite a weapon, something noticed I'm sure by the pro ladies Ironman 70.3 racers.

Second last year, Paul Amey could only manage seventh place this time around (4:03:42), while Jonathan Hotchkiss appears to have DNF'd after the cycle so maybe that knee didn't hold up after his tumble at the Triathlon Show's Saucony 10k. More news when we have it.

Pos Men Women
1 Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:51:32 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:14:06
2 Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:53:08 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:18:38
3 Axel Zeebroek (BEL) 3:54:56 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:23:23

Australian Josh Amberger was first across the line today at the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore, heading a top five represented by five different nationalities. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) lived up to her pre-race favourite tag to add another win to the TeamTBB roster.

Amberger was at the front end of the race all day, finishing the swim in close order with Denis Vasiliev (RUS), Dylan Mcniece (NZL) and Christian Kemp (AUS). That foursome held together throughout the bike leg, leaving a a rather busy T2 and all to play for on the run where the 1:22 half marathon of Amberger brought him home with a comfortable margin over ITU regular, Denis Vasiliev (RUS).

Mary Beth Ellis (USA) was one of the long distance stars of 2011, with Ironman wins in Austria, Regensburg and Canada marking her out as one to watch at the very highest levels over the next few years. Her win today in Singapore was a gun-to-tape effort, exiting the water with a two minute lead on Kate Bevilaqua (AUS). That lead was extended by a further five minutes on the bike to Bevilaqua and Michelle Wu (AUS), leaving the final half marathon as a relative formality, finishing with a six minute margin over Wu.

Pos Men Women
1 Josh Amberger (AUS) 3:54:49 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:19:35
2 Denis Vasiliev (RUS) 3:59:25 Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:25:31
3 Dylan Mcniece (NZL) 4:00:51 Kate BeVilaqua (AUS) 4:32:19

Sunday's XTERRA Philippines saw another podium place for Cedric Lassonde, in fact the complete top three in the men's race was a repeat of last week's result in Saipan. Renata Bucher showed her class with a dominant win, again a repeat of last week, with Jacqui Slack taking second place in what's proving to be a successful trip for her and Darelle Parker opened her XTERRA account with a third place. Graham Wadsworth was fourth making it another great off-road weekend.

As is often the case with a bald set of results there's detail that isn't clear: Cedric's bike split was the fastest of the day, as it was at Saipan, and he also turned in the fastest run split as well. Jacqui Slack's swim was two minutes clear of the women's field and she held the lead for the first 17k lap of the bike as well before posting the fastest run split. The pro results are HERE.

Graham Wadsworth has been in touch with an update from the race:

"XTERRA Philippines this weekend had everything you would ever expect from an XTERRA great organisation, beautiful location, very demanding course both physically and technically but the things that made this race stand out from any other was the crowds - the likes of which none of the pro field had ever experienced. The 32km mountain bike and 10km run were lined with thousands of spectators, screaming words of encouragement especially on the just rideable technical climbs where a clean pedal to the top was cheered as if you had just taken the KOM jersey over the top of an Alpine summit!

"There was a great showing for the Brits with Jacqui Slack taking her highest XTERRA placing with second, followed by Daz Parker in third. In the men's Cedric Lassonde took third, just missing out on catching Olivier Marceau by a few seconds with myself in fourth."

Pos Male Female
1 Ben Allen (AUS) 2:30:05 Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:53:33
2 Olivier Marceau (SUI) 2:32:22 Jacqui Slack (GBR) 2:56:39
3 Cedric Lassonde (FRA) 2:33:38 Darrelle Parker (GBR) 3:29:44

Go Beyond Ultra extended the Mud &amd; Mayhem off-road duathlon course at Thetford to include some new features according to a quick report we had from men's winner, Jez Cox. Lead woman was Fay Cripps who, in a reprise of her performance at TrailMan, 'chicked' all but six of the men. Full results HERE - we'll upload a local copy when we can get the splits.

Pos Male Female
1 Jez Cox 1:21:41 Fay Cripps 1:29:53
2 Iain Robertson 1:21:52 Kate Sealy 1:45:06
3 Graham Rush 1:26:08 Melanie Paddington 1:56:11

At the Carlisle Aquathlon the winners of the adult race were Jon Fletcher (Arragons Tri CLub) in 23:16 and Ruth Hetherington (Eden Runners) in 29:11. Full results are HERE and there's the results from the TriStars event HERE as well.

With so many runs on the calendar we've added in links to the BCT/Apley Estates 10M run HERE (courtesy of Stuart Steele) and to NiceTri's Hurden 10 and NiceTri 18 HERE. The Spirthill Trail Run results are HERE and the Mighty Deerstalker results are HERE.

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