The battle to get enough points to make the professional male and female start line at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October is tough for many athletes. Take Ronny Schildknecht for example. He only found out this week, week of 25th August, that he had a spot for the 2014 Championships due to the withdrawal from the field of Dirk Bokel because of injury.
Tyler Butterfield did not have to worry about securing a spot as outstanding performances meant that he was confirmed this week on the start line as the fourth ranked male pro by points.
Here are the top 10 male and female professionals confirmed for these Championships :
Otis Ingham and Marie Taylor were the first male and female finishers on Thursday 28th August at the Argo Re Sprint Series event.
Otis was helped by veteran Derek Atkins taking a wrong turn on the run ( Derek eventually finished 2nd). Newcomer Marie made a big splash by finishing first.
As usual a very detailed report on the event with lots of fun comments and pictures and full results can be found by following the link on this blog (see LINKS) to the Bermuda Triathlon Association website.
Flora Duffy did Bermuda proud at the Standard ( Olympic distance) World Championships today,Saturday 30th August, in Edmonton, Canada as she finished 20th out of 60 competitors in 2 hrs 03 mins and 09 secs. Her splits were 19 mins 14 secs for the 1500 meter swim, 1hr 05 mins 50 secs for the 40km bike and 36 mins 26 secs for the 10km run. Duffy did not make the lead pack out of the swim which ultimately cost her a higher place finish.
American Gwen Jorgesen, one of the prerace favorites produced another come from behind performance to win as she was not in the lead pack of riders that went into the run over a minute ahead of the chasers but produced another storming run to take gold. Jorgensen ran 33.24 for the 10km to finish in 2hrs 05 secs. New Zealand took 2nd and 3rd with Andrea Hewitt and Nicky Samuels.
Meanwhile on Friday veteran Steve Petty finished a creditable 26th out of 42 finishers in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in 1hr 28 mins and 38 secs whilst Joel Matthews, in his first World Championships was 70th out of 75 in the very competitive mens 35-39 age group in 1 hr 20 mins and 30 secs.
On Monday 1st September Bermuda’s Standard Olympic Distance Age groupers will race. The professional men race tomorrow although Bermuda is not represented in that event.
For full results follow the link below and click on the ” chose a result list ” for Elite women ( Flora) Men 60-63 (Steve) and men 35-39 (Joel).
As already reported, Tim and Shona Palmer and Ian Pilgrim will be racing the Zell Am See 70.3 Ironman, ( which will be the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championships). I am told that Peter Mills will also be racing this weekend. The Tokio Re executive has considerable experience racing over longer distances.
Tyler and Nikki Butterfield will line up for Bermuda / New Zealand (although the website says they are from the USA !!) for the new star studded Bahrain Challenge Half Ironman in December. A prize purse of $500,000 has attracted the world elite long distance triathletes and other stars trying out the distance.
Here is the write up from the website :
Challenge Bahrain has announced its pro field to date and confirmed the start line on 6 December will be one of the most impressive ever seen over the half distance.
Hundreds of age group athletes will race along side the biggest names in triathlon on one of the fastest and most diverse course on the international circuit – high-tech architecture, 5,000 year-old culture, F1 racing and indigenous wildlife all make up the unique 113km course.
The battle for the world’s largest prize purse over the half distance of $500,000 has attracted the best of the best in long distance racing, as well as lured some well-known individuals over from short course racing, making their long distance debut.
No less than nine former and current world champions – Pete Jacobs (AUS), Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), Chris McCormack (AUS), Leanda Cave (GBR), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Eneko Llanos (ESP), Julie Dibens (GBR), Catriona Morrisson (GBR) – four Olympic medalists including Jan Frodeno (GER), Bevan Docherty (NZL), Lisa Norden (SWE) – and two Commonwealth Games gold medalists including Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) will line up on the shores of Bahrain Bay on 6 December.
World-class athletes making their long course debut include this year’s Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jodie Stimpson (GBR), current Xterra World Champion Nicky Samuels (NZL) and Olympic bronze medalist Erin Densham (AUS).
“We are honored to host each and every professional triathlete to the Kingdom of Bahrain to participate in Challenge Bahrain, an event we are holding very dear in our hearts,” said Dr Saqer Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Triathlon Association. “Having such a great lineup will most certainly bring us closer to our goals, to raise awareness of the importance and significance of having sports become an integral part of a person’s life in all global societies.”
“A field of this calibre is going to ensure Challenge Bahrain is one of the most memorable races of the year – and it’s open to everyone!” said Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO. “Age groupers will race along side the greatest and most inspirational athletes in our sport. Triathlon is the only sport on the planet where everyday people like you and me, regardless of ability, can share the course with the world’s best and Challenge Bahrain is the ultimate showcase of what makes this sport great along with its definition of quality leadership and warm welcome to all.”
The professional athletes confirmed to date for Challenge Bahrain are as follows:
Men – Pete Jacobs (AUS), Dirk Bockel (LUX), Sebastian Kienle (GER), Tim Berkel (AUS), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Timo Bracht (GER), Tyler Butterfield (USA), Frederik Croneborg (SWE), James Cunnama (RSA), Bevan Docherty (NZL), Tim Don (USA), Michael Dreitz (GER), Jan Frodeno (GER), Nils Frommhold (GER), Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), Eneko Llanos (ESP), Chris McCormack (AUS), Luke McKenzie (AUS), Dylan McNeice (NZL), Tim O’Donnell (USA), Rasmus Petreaus (DEN), Michael Raelert (GER).
Husband and wife Tim and Shona Palmer and Ian Pilgrim will race this Sunday 31st August 2014 in Austria in the Zell Am See 70.3 Ironman. Shona is a former Bermuda National Triathlon Champion whilst Tim was well known on the local running scene as one of Bermuda’s premier road runners. Ian Pilgrim has been improving rapidly but a foot injury will mean that he will only be attempting the swim and bike this weekend.
Zell Am See 70.3 has been selected as the 2015 World 70.3 Championships so a tough 900 meter climb over 12km has been added to the course as a “test run” for next year’s event.
To follow Tim, Shona and Ian whilst they race or to get their final results go to the website below and click on Results and then “athlete tracker” and put in their surname.
Sue Edney finished 3rd in the 50-59 age group today ( Sunday 24th August 2014) in her 2nd Half Ironman at the Penticton Challenge Half Ironman in British Columbia, Canada.
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Sue had the 7th fastest swim in her age group (37:23) for the 1.9 km fresh water lake wetsuit swim, 2nd fastest bike in 2hr 58 mins 36 secs for the 90km and the 3rd fastest run of 2 hrs : 10 mins :20 secs .
The run at midday was hot and Sue’s achilles, which had been bothering her for 2 weeks before the race, flared up with 5 km to go so she had to limp home.
Her age group was won by a very experienced leading Canadian age
grouper Diana Thaxter in 5 hrs : 38 mins 59 secs
Sue was 25th woman out of 191 women. She is coached by Jasper Blake of B78 Coaching.
Heather Cooper was unable to compete because of a shoulder injury but was on hand with her family to watch the race.
Christine Fletcher, of B78 coaching, was 4th in the women’s professional ranks over the Ironman distance. Christine, who coaches a number of Bermuda triathletes, will be in Bermuda to assist Jasper Blake and Mike Neill for the triathlon camps in February 2015.
This report from team manager Karen Smith at the Youth Olympic Games :
In the last of if the three triathlon events at the 2014 Youth Olympics, the 4 person mixed team relay took place at Xuanwu Lake, China today. Teams comprised of 2 men and 2 women each completing 250m swim. 6.6km bike and 1.8km run. The teams were comprised of mixed nations based on the ITU regions.
Erica Hawley competing on World Team 2, was the lead off woman. She had a strong swim and came out with the chase pack. Her bike pack of 5 women worked well together to try to minimize the lead of the faster riders.
After a quick bike to run transition Erica blitzed the 1.8km and left her team standing in 12th. Her teammates from Solomon Islands and Zimbabwe were unable to maintain this position however and eventually her team fell back to 16th.
Tyler’s team. Americas 3, had a strong start with the Brazilian girl leading off and tagging Tyler in 10th. Tyler was on his own in the swim but then linked up with the Chilean male and they worked together on the bike. Tyler’s solid run maintained the team’s position in 10th before he tagged his female team mate from El Salvador. The final team member from Venezuela did what he could but by then the team had slipped to 11th
This was the first time Tyler and Erica have competed in the relay format, Given the shorter nature of the race of about 20mins, it requires a red line effort and absolutely no room for error. They both executed their race to perfection. And in the true spirit of the Games, they were able come together with other nations and celebrate sport.
Tyler and Erica will stay in China until the conclusion of the games and will support team Bermuda
Julia Hawley and Kent Richardson will take on the Sleeping Giant XTerra Triathlon at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on 7th September 2014. The park is so named because the peninsula where it sits resembles a sleeping Giant.