2019 ITU World Triathlon Series

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2019 ITU World Triathlon Series
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The 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series is the 11th season of the World triathlon series, the top level international series for triathlon, since its establishment in 2009. The season will consist of eight pairs of triathlon races for both a men's and woman's competition, beginning on 8 March in Abu Dhabi, and concluding on 1 September with the grand final at Lausanne, Switzerland.[1][2] The season will also contain four mixed relays as part of the Mixed Relay Series which offers national teams qualifying points for the mixed team relay event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mario Mola and Vicky Holland began the season as defending champions from the 2018 season. Mario Mola will hope to defend his title and become the first triathlete to hold the title for four years in a row.

Overview[edit]

Calendar[edit]

The 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series will visit ten cities, including a test run of the 2020 Olympic relay course as part of the Mixed Relay Series.[1][2][3]

Point System[edit]

For every race a triathlete finishes they are awarded points based on there position across the line. For a normal world series event first place is awarded 1000 points and every subsequent place is awarded 7.5% less, for the first forty triathletes, for the grand final 1250 points are awarded once again decreasing by 7.5% for each place but this time awarded down to 50th. However any triathlete outside of the time cut will not be awarded points even if they finish in a scoring position, the time cut is determined by adding 5% to the winner’s time in the men’s event and 8% in the women’s event. An triathletes final score is the sum of their points from the grand final and their best five races of that year.[4][5]

Series[edit]

Abu Dhabi[edit]

Yas Marina harbour held the swim before cycling on the F1 track

The 2019 series began with a sprint distance race in Abu Dhabi in and around the marina on Yas Island.It was the 10th time the race had been held there and the 5th time a sprint distance race was held. The swim course was held in the harbour one 750-metre laps, before heading to transition outside of the Yas Marina Circuit. Athletes then biked five laps of a 4 km course that ran along the Formula 1 circuit. After the bike section, the competitors proceeded to complete two laps of a 2.5 km run circuit over part of the F1 track and part of the marina before finishing the triathlon at the Marina.[6]

The competition field for the race included both defending champions Mario Mola and Vicky Holland, as well as most of the top ten athletes from last year's the overall rankings.[7] Also competing was debutante Alex Yee who had won the most recent World cup race in Cape town.[8]

In the woman race a small split appeared in the swim which was pushed on the bike such that by the halfway point of bike course, a breakaway of seven was fully established. The group included including Americans Zaferes, Spivey and Knibb, along with Learmonth of the UK. The breakaway pushed their advantage such that they had a lead a minute on the chasers by the time they hit the second transition. Zaferes was first out onto the run and lead for the rest of the race pulling away from everyone else to win alone. Spivey floated in between first and the battle for third. Meanwhile, Knibb and Learmonth were ran neck-in-neck fin third and finished sprint finish which Learmonth won. [9][10][11]

On the men's side, whilst split appeared in the swim and at the start of the bike leg over the full course of the bike leg the entire field slowly regrouped such that the entire field entered transition at the same time. New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde initially tried to create a gap on the run, but was soon chased won by the leading pair of Yee and Mola the pair stayed together and in the lead until with 500m to go Mola upped the pace to claim first with Yee following up in second. Third across the line was Spaniard Fernando Alarza.[10][12][13]

Results[edit]

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Abu Dhabi [14]  Mario Mola (ESP)  Alex Yee (GBR)  Fernando Alarza (ESP)
Bermuda [15]  Dorian Coninx (FRA)  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Gustav Iden (NOR)
Yokohama [16]  Vincent Luis (FRA)  Henri Schoeman (RSA)  Bence Bicsák (HUN)
Leeds
Montreal
Hamburg
Edmonton
Lausanne

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Abu Dhabi [17]  Katie Zaferes (USA)  Taylor Spivey (USA)  Jessica Learmonth (GBR)
Bermuda [18]  Katie Zaferes (USA)  Jessica Learmonth (GBR)  Joanna Brown (CAN)
Yokohama [19]  Katie Zaferes (USA)  Summer Rappaport (USA)  Taylor Spivey (USA)
Leeds
Montreal
Hamburg
Edmonton
Lausanne

Mixed relay[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Abu Dhabi [20]  Australia
Ashleigh Gentle
Luke Willian
Emma Jeffcoat
Jacob Birtwhistle
 United States
Taylor Spivey
Ben Kanute
Katie Zaferes
Eli Hemming
 New Zealand
Ainsley Thorpe
Sam Ward
Sophie Corbidge
Hayden Wilde
Nottingham
Hamburg
Edmonton
Tokyo

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Union, International Triathlon (6 July 2018). "ITU announces the 2019 World Triathlon Series Calendar | Triathlon.org". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Union, International Triathlon (12 September 2018). "ITU announces World Cup, Mixed Relay Series and Paratriathlon calendars for 2019 | Triathlon.org". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  3. ^ Union, International Triathlon (25 October 2018). "Edmonton joins the ITU Mixed Relay Series in 2019". ITU (triathlon.org). Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ ITU. "2019 WTS Media Guide" (PDF). ITU (triathlon.org). Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  5. ^ ITU. "ITU World Triathlon Series Ranking Criteria" (PDF). ITU (triathlon.org). Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  6. ^ ITU. "2019 WTS Media Guide" (PDF). ITU (triathlon.org). Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ Union, International Triathlon (5 March 2019). "Holland begins title defence at WTS Abu Dhabi as Zaferes eyes strong start to 2019". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  8. ^ Union, International Triathlon (5 March 2019). "World's best line up for men's WTS season-opener in Abu Dhabi". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Zaferes Golden, Spivey Takes Silver at ITU World Triathlon Series Opener in Abu Dhabi". Team USA. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Silver and bronze for Britain as curtain rises on 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series". www.britishtriathlon.org. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  11. ^ Union, International Triathlon (8 March 2019). "Katie Zaferes powers to WTS Abu Dhabi gold as world title hunt begins in UAE". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Mario Mola edges out Alex Yee in World Triathlon Abu Dhabi thriller | Elite News". Tri247.com. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  13. ^ Union, International Triathlon (8 March 2019). "Mario Mola begins title defence in style with assured win at WTS Abu Dhabi". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  14. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Men | 2019 Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  15. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Men | 2019 Daman World Triathlon Bermuda". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  16. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Men | 2019 Daman World Triathlon Yokohama". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  17. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Women | 2019 Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  18. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Women | 2019 Daman World Triathlon Bermuda". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  19. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Elite Women | 2019 Daman World Triathlon Yokohama". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  20. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Results: Mixed Relay | 2019 Daman World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Abu Dhabi". Triathlon.org. Retrieved 10 March 2019.

External links[edit]

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