Race Roundup – 16th September 2013
Your weekly review in what’s happening in the world of tri
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
Reigning Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs showed his form going into Kona, taking the win at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast. Following a number of mediocre results this year, many questioned Jacobs’s ability to defend his World Championship title in four weeks’ time.
“I was burning to get a win here. I’m getting in good shape to defend my title at Hawaii, and I felt awesome on the bike and built into the run,” says Jacobs.
Today with a time of 3 hours 39 minuets and 58 seconds he silenced his critics. Jacobs cemented his win when he dropped Clayton Fettell on the run, going on to best him by seven minuets.
“That really, really hurt. Hats of to Pete today, I just hurt the entire ride staying with him. All credit to him,” Fettell said.
The women’s race was a battle to the finish with New Zealands Gina Crawford besting Japan’s Kiyomi Niwata and 220 favorite Lisa Magangon rounding out the top three.
Coming from three minuets behind Crawford caught Marangon early on the run. However the hunter had now become the hunted as Niwata was closing the gap fast. Crawford and Niwata spent the majority of the second lap of the run course side-by-side until Crawford surged building a 37 second gap. Niwata was unable to match the acceleration, leaving Crawford to run solo over the line with a time of 4 hours 23 minuets and 17 seconds
ITU Elite Men’s World Championship
For the second year running the World Triathlon Series Grand Final came down to a finishing chute battle between Javier Gomez (ESP) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR). And for the second year running Gomez crossed the line first to claim his third Elite Men’s ITU World Championship.
“It feels amazing to be world champion, I can’t really believe it,” said Gomez after his victory. “It probably wasn’t my day for running, I felt quite tired, so I was just working hard on the sprint, on the last kick. It’s amazing to be champion, I’m so happy.”
The final sprint was neck and neck with Brownlee breaking away first, looking as though he would take the world championship on home soil. However Gomez clawed back to out run Brownlee by just one second, finishing with a time of 1 hour 48 minuets and 16 seconds. Brownlee took second place on the day securing the silver medal in the overall standings, while Mario Mola (ESP) finished with a time of 1 hour 49 minuets and 10 seconds taking third and the bronze medal in the overall rankings.
Absent from the podium was Alistair Brownlee, whose on going Achilles injury proved to be to much for him on the day. The Olympic champion was in his usual position in the lead group for the swim and the bike, but at the beginning of the 10 k run was visibly wincing. Dropped by the lead group Brownlee fought eventually finished in 52 place and saw him slip to fourth in the overall rankings, just missing out on a world championship medal.
ITU Elite Women’s World Championship
After a dramatic Grand Final in London, Great Britain’s Non Stanford claimed with 2013 Elite Women’s ITU World Championship. In spite of a 15-second penalty for not placing her wetsuit in its box after the, Stanford still managed to claim the victory. Finishing with a time of 2 hours 1 minuet and 32 seconds, besting Irelands Aileen Reid and Australia’s Emma Moffatt by 23 seconds and 27 seconds respectively.
“Being the World Champion, It’s crazy, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Stanford said. “I’m just trying to take it my stride, but when I get 5 minutes to reflect on it I will probably get quite emotional. I just can’t believe it to be honest, I can’t quite put it into words. All the hard work over the last year, I’ve just managed to hold it together and it’s paid off.”
With her win at the Grand final Stanford has not only secured the overall ITU World Championship, but also makes her the first woman to win an Elite ITU Championship the year after winning the U23 World championship. The only other athlete to achieve this is Alistair Brownlee, his consecutive wins coming in 2008 and 2009. Stanford is also only the eighth athlete in ITU history to win a world title on home soil.
Overall rankings leader Gwen Jorgensen (USA) was forced to leave the race after a nasty crash on the bike and Germany’s Anne Haug had a less than stellar day finishing in 34th place, but still clinched second in the overall standings. With Jorgensen forced to retire from the race a fourth place Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson slotted herself into second place in the overall standings.
Aussie Charlotte McShane Claims the U23 Womens World Championships
Outsprinting Canada’s Ellen Pennock and Amelie Kertz, Australia’s Charlotte McShane put in a furious effort through the finishing chute to claim the U23 Women’s world title.
“I’ve been training really well for the last few years but haven’t quite put it into performance, so I just cannot believe I managed to do it today,” McShane said. “I guess that’s the most special thing to me, is some of the names that have won this before and that’s when it really sinks in.”
Early in the day Lucy Hall (GRB) looked like she was going to run away with the race finishing the swim more then 30 seconds ahead of her closest competitors. While Hall powered on through the bike course, a 17-person chase group formed, when Pennock crashed. The group included several pre-race favorites including McShane, Kretz, 2012 bronze medalist Joanna Brown (CAN), Hanna Philippin (GER), Emmie Charayron (FRA) and Alexandra Razarenova (RUS). The sizable group slowly chipped away at Hall’s lead, pulling slightly closer midway through the race.
The second half of the bike course was pivotal, as the chase group chopped 20 seconds off their gap to the Brit on the fifth lap. They worked together over the next three laps to successfully bridge up just in time for the three-lap run.
Through transition the large group set the pace fast, causing some of the weaker competitors to loose contact. Eventually it was just Mcshane and Pennock who charged ahead into an all out sprint finish. Mcshane crossed the line one second a head of Pennock who finished with a time of 1 hour 55 minuets and 39 seconds.