2012 ITU World Triathlon Series starts in Sydney this weekend

Sydney, Australia (10 April 2012) – It’s the third year in a row that Sydney opens the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS), and the first year it’s kicked off an Olympic year. In the two years since Sydney has been part of the WTS, it has hosted some incredible finishes including Javier Gomez’s comeback from a bike crash last year to claim what he described as his toughest ever win.

This year, with no Brownlee brothers or Gomez, the men’s podium is wide open, with contenders like Alexander Bruykhankov, David Hauss, Laurent Vidal, Brad Kahlefeldt, Brendan Sexton, William Clarke and Steffen Justus lining up to add their name to the winners list. In the women’s race, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt is still the one to beat and will wear No.1, but she will face a challenge from a host of Australian women aiming to finally win their home race and stake their claim for an Olympics spot. While Emma Moffatt has been pre-selected, there is Emma Jackson, Emma Snowsill and Erin Densham to keep an eye on. Reigning ITU World Champion Helen Jenkins will make her season debut, while also watch series winners Lisa Norden, Barbara Riveros Diaz and Nicola Spirig. Read the full preview here

About the race:

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney has a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.34 million and an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometres. Sydney has played host to some important triathlon moments, but the biggest was the 2000 Olympic Games when triathlon made its debut. Canadian Simon Whitfield and Switzerland’s Brigitte McMahon won the Gold medals.  This year the course has changed slightly, the bike leg takes a turn past Sydney beautiful botanic gardens, and down to the picturesque Mrs Macquaries Chair look out.

SCHEDULE:

Elite Women – Saturday 14 April – 7:35am (UTC/GMT +10)

Elite Men – Saturday 14 April – 10:25am (UTC/GMT +10)
WEBSITE:

sydney.triathlon.org

LIVE COVERAGE:

Live video coverage be available on race day at triathlonlive.tv or at @triathlonlive on Twitter.

STORIES TO WATCH FOR:

Olympic qualifying – As one of only three WTS events before the Olympic qualifying period closes, it’s a crucial race in terms of just which National Olympic Committees will secure places, and how many, in London. In the women’s field, the battle for eighth place in the women’s is between Switzerland and Germany, given where each NOC is placed on the list is down to where their third athlete is – it sets up a direct battle between Daniela Ryf and Kathrin Muller. Ryf jumped ahead of Muller in Mooloolaba, but only by 37 points. In the men’s race, it’s currently a three-way battle between Canada, Russia and Portugal for places seven and eight. All the Canadians need to do well, as they are grouped closely together on the rankings points, while it’s Joao Pereira for Portugal and Ivan Vasiliev from Russia who are the third men from their respective countries, and therefore hold the key to claiming three spots. It’s also the final chance New Zealand athletes to earn direct nomination to their Olympic team. The criteria is the first Kiwi to cross the line, but they must finish in the top-8. There is one women’s and one men’s spot on the line, the rest will be determined by selector’s discretion.

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