TRI247 Newsletter No. 415. Wednesday 8th November 2017
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Athletes coming into triathlon from other disciplines is nothing new, and provides a regular source of talent into our sport. A Pro cyclist, Cameron Wurf, has recently broken the bike course record in Kona, and next year looks set to be joined Andrew Talansky, who finished fifth in 2016 at the Vuelta a Espana. Swimming is a great source of triathlon talent (just look at how quickly Lucy Charles has progressed), while plenty of runners (Melissa Hauschildt, Emma Pallant to name just two), have won World Championship titles in the multisport world.

What is not normal however is an athlete, at the very top of the sport – the reigning Olympic Champion – departing triathlon to become a marathon runner. That’s what Gwen Jorgensen has confirmed this week , and with some VERY lofty goals too… aiming for another Olympic Gold medal in her ‘new’ sport. Twice a World Champion and with 17 ITU World Triathlon Series wins to her name, you could argue that perhaps she has nothing left to prove. At 31, she certainly had plenty more years of success available to her.

It’s an interesting move which we look forward to following. While clearly one of the best runners in the history of triathlon, there is a HUGE step up from that to Olympic Marathon champion. Logic would suggest that her chances of achieving that feat are exceptionally small… but then, Leicester City winning the Premier League was all but impossible too.

More on Gwen’s decision HERE.

Weekend Round-Up

The weekend started early in Spain for the Long Course Weekend Mallorca. A debut event, taking the proven concept from Tenby overseas proved a big hit in Alcudia too – with British winners, courtesy of Lucy Gossage and Tom Vickery. Check out Lucy’s own report (HERE) on a format she describes as, “triathlon at its best”. We’ve also got video highlights HERE, a roundup on the results HERE and come and visit the main website to read Tom’s race-wining report too!

While LCW Mallorca was a debut event, it was the 28th year of the BallBuster Duathlon at Box Hill on Saturday.  These days, five circuits of the hill seems to attract rather than put off athletes – and the 2017 racing saw Nicolas Besson and Tara Grosvenor take the winning honours. Check out the full report online HERE.

The ITU World Cup circuit finally ended in Miyazaki, Japan on Saturday (does the season REALLY need to be this long?). Summer Cook (USA)  made it a win-double, having also topped the podium in Tongyeong a week earlier, with U.S. Team-mate Taylor Spivey in second. The men’s race was won by Marten Van Riel (BEL), who has finished 2nd / 3rd / 1st in his final three World Cup races of 2017. Sixth in the Rio Olympic Games, he’s a class act – and just got the better of Vicente Hernandez (ESP), the same Hernandez who just a week earlier won at Challenge Forte Village Sardinia. Full results HERE.

Back to the U.K. and OSB Events hosted their off-road Robin Hood Adventure Duathlon at Sherwood Pines. Harry Leleu was the men’s champion, while Victoria Sewell was the “blast from the past” women’s winner. Don’t recognise the name? Check THIS OUT!

One other event - ok, it didn’t involve racing (!) - this past weekend was the Golden Thread Ball. British Paralympic Silver medallist, Lauren Steadman, was one of the key organisers of this great event in central London. The black ties were out and plenty of familiar triathlon faces were seen without a hint of lycra. All in a great cause, raising funds for the Triathlon Trust and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Check out our gallery HERE.

Congratulations to Sara Dossena (ITA) on her sixth place (2:29:39) at the New York City Marathon on Sunday. With a Silver medal at the ETU European Long Distance Triathlon Championships in 2015 and an ITU World Cup podium on her C.V., that’s of added interest given the news on Gwen Jorgensen’s career path…!
Lucy Gossage talks Long Course Weekend: “It really is triathlon at its best”  read more >
Gwen Jorgensen quits triathlon to target Olympic Marathon Gold read more >
Total Fitness Nottingham ceases trading  read more >
Kimberley Morrison to join Team Drag2Zero for 2018 season  read more >
A blast from the past… read more >

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