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  • Natalie TriFlorida/Sommer Sports Events What tips would you give a first timer for a Sprint Triathlon?
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  • Natalie Signed up for the Sprint Triathlon on May 11. First one ever.
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  • Slowesttwitch created the group Discount - Corerecoverysuit
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  • October 18

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Hi E-Dad and Taz!!! Hey Dad, how was the B2B?... I follow GFT on twitter, it's really looking like no wetsuits this year, water temp is over 80 degrees... I already have 2014 in the back of my mind. Missed the last three years due to a bad cold race week, plantar fasciitis, and just plain lack of motivation. I concentrated on smaller local races this year. I'm entered in the Florida Challenge next March, so I'll hold off on a GFT decision til after then. But I'm really hungry for one last shot at it... Good luck to all GFT participants tomorrow, make it memorable!!! Anyone know if St. Pete Mad Dogs are still there?
    a year ago
    • EnduradadRace was great. VERY cold though, I hate cold. race start was 38 and as soon as sun set went back down fast.
      trying to plan what to do next year?
      If up to me GFT, but family wants to go some where new.

      please someone give an update on race for this year.
      10:54 AM October 28
  • SVS OK, as a past/present "TRIBE" member, I wish everyone a very safe event!! I'll be sitting by the roadside, as you cycle by, applauding your efforts. If you think it's me, just yell out "TAZ"!! No prizes, but it will keep you on your toes. HINT... What color is a pumpkin? ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? MORE STONES!! The "TRIBE" battle cries! TAZ
    a year ago
  • October 17

  • Enduradad Slowesttwitch Sorry I didn't see your question earlier. Try compression sleeves. They are a little expensive, but work well. I thought they were a gimmick, but hospitals use them. I wear them at night when I suffer from leg cramps. Look silly, but work well. I have not noticed if they help while racing?
    a year ago
  • October 16

  • Enduradad Good luck to all doing GFT this year! I hope that some of you write a report. I'll be back again next year. Enduradad
    a year ago
    • EnduradadThe count down clock seems to be running out of numbers. Must be almost race day.
      8:42 AM October 17
  • October 02

  • Slowesttwitch Open Triathlon Discussion anybody heard any info on the new recovery suit that is been launched by corerecoverysuit.com hamstrings are still really sore and looking for a recovery
    a year ago
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How to Run Like an Olympian: Top 5 Tips for your Best Ironman Marathon
10/3/2014 7:12:41 PM Everyman Tri
What are the top 5 best tips to handle an Ironman Marathon? In this video we show you how to run like an Olympian by teaching the Top 5 Tips to running a fast Ironman Marathon. Joanna Zeiger is a...
Video: Watch the Final Magic Hour of the first Ironman Boulder in stunning 4K Video
8/5/2014 5:17:10 PM Everyman Tri
Ironman Boulder, kike all Ironman races is 17-hour ultimate test of endurance. But not all 17 hours of an Ironman race are created equal. Most of the magic happens in the final 60 minutes when you can see the pain...
Review: The Hatfield Strapworth is expensive but worth considering for PF relief
7/19/2014 9:18:44 AM Everyman Tri
Planters fasciitis is an ugly word in the world of triathlon. When you're out there pounding the pavement for hours on end during training and running anywhere from 3 miles to 26.2 miles on race day, you're bound to experience...
Video: How to Run Like an Olympian: Top 3 Tips to Handle the Uphills
5/10/2014 6:52:25 PM Everyman Tri
What's the best tips to handle the hills when racing? In this video we show you how to run like an Olympian by teaching the Top 3 Tips to Handle the Hills when racing. Joanna Zeiger is a former professional...
Kienle & Carfrae Capture Victory at 2014 Ironman World Championship
10/12/2014 7:42:38 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Sebastian KienleSebastian Kienle (DEU) dominated the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro with the third-fastest bike split in championship history to become the first IRONMAN World Championship victor from Germany since 2006. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) defended her title as she won in dramatic fashion by overcoming a nearly 15-minute deficit on the marathon course, one of the largest such achievements in the championship race's 36-year history.

Kienle, who began the bike portion of the race in 38th place, turned in an explosive performance on the road to Hawi by clocking the third-best bike time in IRONMAN World Championship history of 4:20:46. The 30-year-old German's 2:54:37 marathon sealed his first IRONMAN World Championship with a final time of 8:14:18. Ben Hoffman (USA) was the runner up with a time of 8:19:23, the best finish by an American since Chris Lieto's second place finish in 2006.

Jan Frodeno (DEU) took third in 8:20:32 followed by Andy Potts (USA) in 8:21:38 and Cyril Viennot (FRA) in 8:22:19 to round out the men's top five. Defending champion Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) placed eighth in 8:24:11.

Top 5 professional men's results are below:

  Name Swim Bike Run Finish
1. Sebastian Kienle (DEU) 54:38 4:20:46 2:54:36 8:14:18
2. Ben Hoffman (USA) 51:20 4:32:20 2:51:25 8:19:23
3. Jan Frodeno (DEU) 50:56 4:37:19 2:47:46 8:20:32
4. Andy Potts (USA) 50:56 4:36:56 2:48:18 8:21:38
5. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 54:32 4:31:18 2:51:55 8:22:19

Mirinda Carfrae

The veteran Carfrae won with a time of 9:00:55, marking Carfrae's second consecutive championship and third overall, to join Chrissie Wellington, Paula Newby-Fraser and Natascha Badmann as the only women to win three or more. Carfrae also improved her own marathon course record from 2013 (2:50:38) by finishing the 26.2-mile run in 2:50:26. Daniela Ryf (SUI), a first-time IRONMAN World Championship competitor and this year's IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, led the women's field throughout the day but was finally surpassed by the reigning champion at mile 22 of the marathon, finishing in second in 9:02:57.

Rachel Joyce (GBR) finished just over a minute after Ryf to take third place in 9:04:23. Jodie Swallow (GBR) and Caroline Steffen (SUI) rounded out the top five of the women's field with times of 9:10:19 and 9:12:43, respectively.

Top 5 professional women's results are below:

  Name Swim Bike Run Finish
1. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 01:00:14 5:05:48 2:50:26 9:00:55
2. Daniela Ryf (CHE) 00:56:55 4:54:33 3:07:00 9:02:57
3. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 00:56:47 4:56:49 3:06:27 9:04:23
4. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 00:54:28 5:02:46 3:08:45 9:10:19
5. Caroline Steffen (CHE) 00:56:53 5:02:03 3:08:43 9:12:43

More than 2,000 athletes representing more than 68 countries and 49 states started the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro, which consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run on the Island of Hawai`i. The diverse field of competitors included eight-time Olympic medalist in short track speed-skating and BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK athlete, Apolo Ohno who finished with a time of 9:52:27; Italian CART racing legend and Paralympic handcycle champion, Alex Zanardi who finished in 9:47:14; NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano who finished in 10:15:11 and 12:33:42, respectively; and former NFL defensive tackle Don Davey with a time of 13:54:57. Triathletes ranging in age from 18 to 84 took on the world's toughest endurance event which is the culmination of 35 global IRONMAN® events.

The swim started and finished at Kailua Pier, the bike took cyclists through the lava fields of the Kona and Kohala Coasts and the run course traveled through Kailua-Kona. Athletes finished the 140.6 miles to the cheers of thousands of spectators on Ali'i Drive. Each year, over 110,000 athletes vie for slots to the IRONMAN World Championship. The race offered a professional prize purse of $650,000. The Emmy Award-winning IRONMAN World Championship NBC broadcast will air in the United States on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. ET (other regions check local listings and www.ironman.com for details).

2014 IRONMAN World Championship will be a Diverse and Global Affair
10/3/2014 11:59:23 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

More Than 2,000 Athletes From Around the World, Including Two Astronauts, an Italian Racecar Legend, an Olympic Speed Skating Gold Medalist, a former NFL defensive tackle...and an 84-year-old nun Will Descend Upon Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i for 36th annual event on October 11, 2014


IRONMAN today released the official list of competitors for the 2014 IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 11, with this year's field comprising one of the most diverse and global group of competitors in the 36-year history of the most iconic endurance event in the world.

More than 2,000 athletes representing 68 countries and territories on six continents will compete in this year's IRONMAN World Championship, which comprises a 2.4-mile open-water swim, 112 miles of cycling and a 26.2-mile run, all of which must be completed within 17 hours in order for athletes to be recognized as official IRONMAN finishers.

In addition to returning world champions Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium and Mirinda Carfrae of Australia, the other competitors are as diverse a group as has ever competed in Kona. They include 84-year-old nun Sister Madonna Buder, the oldest woman ever to finish an IRONMAN triathlon; NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano; Italian CART racing legend and Paralympic handcycle champion Alex Zanardi; Don Davey, former NFL defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars; and Apolo Ohno, the eight-time Olympic medalist in short-track speed skating and BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK athlete.

"It is a testament to the growth of IRONMAN and the sport of triathlon to see such an impressive and varied international turnout at this year's IRONMAN World Championship." said Andrew Messick, CEO of IRONMAN. "No matter where they call home or who they are, one common mission unites all 2,000 athletes traveling to the hallowed grounds of Kona to compete in the IRONMAN World Championship -- crossing the finish line to hear 'You Are an IRONMAN.'"

While triathletes ranging in age from 18 to 84 have qualified to compete in the World Championship, the average age of 2014 age groupers is 43.5, well above the age average of professional triathletes at 33.7. The overall average age is 43.1

The United States is the most represented country with 777 competitors, accounting for nearly 35 percent of registrants this year. Athletes from 49 U.S. states are represented, with the greatest number coming from California (123), Hawaii (61), Colorado (58), Texas (48) and New York (43).

Internationally, Australia has the most athletes competing with 297, followed by Germany (150), Canada (134), Great Britain (113) and France (88).

Additional historical facts and stats on the field competing this year in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i:

  • • 72 percent of participants (1,570 athletes) are male
  • • 28 percent of participants (625 athletes) are female which marks the largest female field at the IRONMAN World Championship
  • • With 625 female participants there is a nine percent increase in female participants from last year.
  • • This will be the largest athlete field ever at the IRONMAN World Championship
  • • 92 race participants (54 males, 38 females), or 4 percent of the total field, are professional athletes
  • • Great Britain has produced the women's IRONMAN World Championship winner in five out of the past seven years, with Chrissy Wellington winning four of those seven and Leanda Cave winning in 2012
  • • Australia has been dominant in the men's field, claiming the men's IRONMAN World Championship six of the past seven years with Craig Alexander winning three of the seven events and Pete Jacobs winning in 2012
  • • More than 5,000 volunteers will help make Kona a success; IRONMAN globally relies on approximately 356,000 race volunteers per year
  • • More than 204,000 registered athletes representing over 200 countries and territories competed in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3® races this year.
  • • 24 new IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races were added in 2014
The 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro can be viewed live exclusively on www.ironman.com. The comprehensive coverage will capture every aspect of the race and features a hosted show, athlete tracker and live blog.

NBC will air the IRONMAN World Championship special on Saturday, November 15 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. ET (check local listings for details).

4x World Champion Leanda Cave Launches Triathlon Camp
10/2/2014 12:25:42 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site


One of the most decorated female triathletes in history, Leanda Cave, will share her knowledge of the sport she loves with the launch of her first triathlon camp and give athletes the chance to interact with her on a personal level.

The four-time world champion, who boasts 32 triathlon victories, will cover numerous topics including mental training, skills and drills for maximum performance, race day nutrition, and essential recovery.

"I'm very excited to be teaming up with the Club Med Academy, Club Med Sandpiper Bay and renowned USA triathlon coach Kris Swarthout for my inaugural training camp," expressed Miami based Cave.

"I've had a career that spans 14 years racing as a professional triathlete. My success has been in every distance of the sport with world championship wins in the ITU Olympic distance, ITU Long distance, Ironman 70.3 distance, and Ironman."

"I would like to pass on my experience and knowledge to those who are looking to improve their performance in triathlon. This camp will enable athletes of all abilities to have one-on-one time with me and to be part of training workouts that will help them learn my tricks of the trade." concluded Cave.

The training camp will take place at the all-inclusive Club Med Sandpiper Bay Resort. Amenities includes a premier fitness center, spa, six-lane outdoor lap pool, a secluded open water swim course, some great bike roads around Port St-Lucie and a turf soccer field for functional workouts.

"Club Med Academies is a rich international, multi-cultural experience in the world of sports. Athletes from some 50 nations train, study and compete around the globe. Club Med Sandpiper Bay's amazing venue, wonderful French living culture and world-level training create a contagious energy that has become a main attraction for the active enthusiast. We at Club Med are super excited to welcome Leanda Cave, a four-time world champion, to Club Med Sandpiper Bay. We are also honored to partner with her in the launch of her knew Tri-Camp Series," shared Greg Breunich, Managing Director Club Med Academies.

To reserve your place or for more information on Leanda's camp please visit www.leandacave.com or www.clubmedacademies.com/news/ or call: 772-323-0625
About Leanda Cave:
Driven to succeed, Leanda was the first female triathlete in the history of the sport to win both the Ironman Triathlon and Ironman 70.3 world championship in the same year. Leanda's list of accomplishments makes her one of the most decorated female triathletes in history. She has spent the last twenty years of her life as a triathlete, earning admiration and respect from her peers and supporters. Originally from the UK and now residing in the US, Leanda has created a broad international appeal with fans and media. For more on Leanda Cave, please visit:


About the Club Med Academy:
The Club Med Academy @ Sandpiper Bay in Port St Lucie, FL, has brought together pros & champions in Fitness Training & Triathlons. Their philosophy is if you're passionate about being an athlete, you're going to need to be fit. And developing athletes' body and mind is what they do, as they have a proven track record of using methods that cultivate highly promising young, college, professional, and super star athletes.

All-Inclusive Guest that will add a spark to your life, leaving you wanting more opportunities to learn and train in a world class, fiery - yet enjoyable - environment. More information on the Club Med Academies can be found at:


Challenge Family Announces New Race in the Philippines
9/24/2014 8:22:22 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

challenge camsurAfter a successful inaugural Challenge Philippines in February, held in Subic Bay and Bataan, Challenge Family have announced the expansion of their footprint in Asia with the launch of new half distance triathlon, Challenge CamSur, to be held on June 14, 2015.

Challenge Family events are known world wide for selecting iconic and beautiful destinations. This is exemplified with the announcement of the Challenge CamSur. "We are honoured to welcome Challenge CamSur as part of the Challenge Philippine's family of races. CamSur has a rich tradition and legacy in the sport of Philippine triathlons and having our new Challenge race in CamSur, with the passion and warmth always evident by the people of Camarines Sur supporting our athletes, is just amazing!" said David Voth, CEO, Leverage Sports Asia and Challenge Philippines chairman.

"The 2014 Challenge Philippines race course in Bataan was proclaimed by many around the world as being the "World's Toughest Course", our goal for Challenge CamSur is to design and deliver one of the fastest courses in Asia and the fastest course in the Philippines." Voth further commented.

"We in the province of CamSur are proud to be part of the Challenge Family global series of triathlons and look forward to hosting Challenge CamSur. Our contribution to the growth of triathlon in the Philippines is substantive, being the host of the first major international triathlon event in the country in 2009, and this was for three consecutive years until 2011. This has established for us a solid international reputation in terms of hosting world-class triathlon events," declared Camsur Governor, Migz Villafuerte.

Villafuerte pointed out that CamSur holds a unique draw when it comes to hosting such international sporting events. "There is strong government support and we are able to offer a complete and integrated package - full preparation and security at the race venue and routes, an Olympic village-type set-up at the CamSur Watersports Complex with accommodations as well as leisure, dining, entertainment and exhibition/exposition facilities, the sprawling complex also serving as a hub for the race proper and pre-race and post-race activities. To add to all these is the enthusiasm and involvement of the local residents who go out as early as 4am and line the race routes to cheer for the competitors."

The Challenge CamSur course is designed to be fast and takes full advantage of the region's breath taking landscapes. The swim is perfect for spectator support and features a two-lake swim at the CamSur Watersports Complex with a brief run between the two bodies of water.

After the swim, athletes will exit T2 towards the scenic vistas of Mount Iriga and Mount Isarog. Much of this super fast bike course is on new or very smooth roads and incorporates the vibrant city of Iriga as well as historic WW2 locations at Mt Isarog. The out and back run course is also flat and fast, passing through local villages and rice fields, lined with cheering locals before a memorable finish line in the heart of the Camsur Watersports Complex.

Anna Stroh, event director of Challenge Philippines and Challenge CamSur said, "Giving our athletes an opportunity to compete at highest levels, in well organized, beautiful destinations, in safe conditions, this is our primary goal. By delivering one of the world's toughest races courses in Bataan and one of the fastest race courses in CamSur, Challenge will truly give triathletes a great race day experience and a race of a life time." Challenge Philippines Triathlon in Subic Bay and Bataan and Challenge CamSur will take place on on 21 February 2015 and 14 June 2015 respectively.

Both Challenge Philippines races have a new title sponsor. Yellow Cab Pizza Co has been a long time supporter of the sport of triathlon from grass roots through its own triathlon team, Team Yellow Cab (est. 2008), and sport developmental programmes including their initial support of Challenge Philippines in 2014 as an Official Partner. "We could not ask for a better partner. Yellow Cab is symbolic of quality, passion, and a positive lifestyle, so it's a perfect fit for the Challenge brand. The fact that Yellow Cab Pizza Co, is a home grown Pinoy brand with an impeccable national, regional and international reputation and that they will be supporting our Challenge Philippines brand, this makes all of us very proud," said Voth.

Entries to Yellow Cab Challenge CamSur open at 8:00am (Manila time) on Monday 29 September at www.challengecamsur.com.

For a course preview - view here: http://youtu.be/l4hi6PAFJSA

For further information on Challenge Family visit www.challenge-family.com.
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Photo Competition: Week 2 results
12:00:00 AM ITU News
With so many beautiful photos to choose from, a number of pictures received high percentages of votes. But there was one clear winner, which went to a moment frozen in flight. Suspended parallel over the chilly water perpendicular to majestic Lion’s Head Mountain rolling and soaring in the background, it’s hard to argue that this photo was the best of the bunch. This week’s runner up was a tight battle between three photos, but in the end the mixture of mountains, ocean and elite competition was no match. 
Throwback Thursday: The smashing Karen Smyers
12:00:00 AM ITU News
By Grady Sports Media By competing in races across the world, earning a spot in both the ITU and USA Triathlon Hall of Fame, coaching a new generation of athletes, and being named by Sports Illustrated as “the triathlete most likely to be eaten by a shark at the Sydney Olympics,” Karen Smyers has experienced the ups and downs of being a professional triathlete. By battling cancer and other life-threatening injuries, becoming a mother of two children, and trying to stay competitive, Smyers has also experienced many of the ups and downs of life. The origin of Smyers’ career as a professional triathlete can be traced back to a void that needed to be filled after finishing college at Princeton University. “I decided to concentrate on swimming, my best sport, in college,” Smyers said. “I found that I really enjoyed running and had some untapped potential. My college roommate decided to try a triathlon and I soon joined her in a few local events in Boston. Right away, I loved the sport.” Triathlons were a hobby for Smyers in the early 1980s, while she had a full-time job as a computer consultant. When the company went bankrupt in 1989, she decided to take a gamble and race on the professional level full-time to earn prize money. Smyers did more than earn a few bucks during her career as a professional racer. In 1990, she won the first of two ITU Triathlon World Championships. She also won the first of her seven USA Triathlon National Pro Championships. In 1995 won her first Hawaiian Ironman world title before taking home her second ITU World Championship just five weeks later. She is the only woman to win the top two titles in the same year. However, Smyers’ career wasn’t solely highs. Injuries started to plague the later years of her career. In 1997, glass from a shattered window cut through her hamstring, sidelining her for the season. A year later, Smyers was hit by an 18-wheeler on her bike while training. She fought back, but on her second comeback raced crashed and broke her collarbone. A few days after the crash, Smyers faced her biggest challenge - thyroid cancer. After surgery to remove her thyroid gland in December 1999, she narrowly missed qualifying for the 2000 Olympic team. “All of the races prepared me for handling some setbacks I encountered along the way,” Smyers said. “The perseverance and positive outlook I learned to adopt, along with the passion for pursuing my sport were key to helping me bounce back from...
2015 ITU World Paratriathlon Events revealed
12:00:00 AM ITU News
ITU has recently confirmed several dates on the 2015 Paratriathlon calendar. In the coming season, the calendar will feature ITU World Paratriathlon Events on every continent in the preparation for Paratriathlon’s debut in the 2016 Paralympic Games. Confirmed ITU World Paratriathlon Events: 2015 East London ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (RSA): 1 March 2015 Sunshine Coast ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (AUS): 13 March 2015 Madrid ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (ESP): 10 May 2015 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (JPN): 16 May 2015 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (GBR): 30 May 2015 Besançon ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (FRA): 7 June 2015 Iseo – Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (ITA): 19 July 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (BRA): 1-2 August** 2015 Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (USA): 15-16 August 2015 Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Event, (CAN): 5-6 September 2015 Chicago ITU World Paratriathlon Championships (USA): 15-20 September ITU expects to add at least two races to the calendar in the coming weeks with interest from cities in Europe and Australia. In addition to the ITU World Paratriathlon Events, three Continental Championships have been confirmed, but are expected on all five continents. Continental Championships to date: 2015 Penrith OTU Paratriathlon Oceania Championship, (AUS): 11 January   2015 Sharm El Sheikh ATU Paratriathlon African Championship, (EGY): 10 May 2015 Geneva ETU Paratriathlon European Championship, (SUI):  10 July The Paratriathlon season will culminate with the World Championships in Chicago, USA over the week of 15-20 in September, 2015. ** Serves as 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics test event
Japan doubles up on gold at Asian Beach Games
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Japan capped off a successful International Games campaign this weekend with a win in the Mixed Relay at the 2014 Phuket Asian Beach Games and a 1-2 finish in the women’s triathlon headed by Ai Ueda. In the men’s race, Korea also competed to a gold-silver finish with 2012 London Olympian Min Ho Heo garnering the win. Women’s Race In a finish reminiscent of this year’s Incheon Asian Games, Ai Ueda (JPN) came out on top at the Asian Beach Games just months after winning in Korea. Also keeping with the pattern, Lianyuan Wang (CHN) crossed over in third just as she did in Incheon. While Asian Games silver medallist Juri Ide (JPN) sat out the Asian Beach Games, compatriot Yuka Sato took her place as the runner up in Phuket. It was Sato who led out of the water while Wang held back slightly to exit just seconds later with her teammate Yuting Huang (CHN). While Ueda was down 20 seconds at T1, she quickly powered to the front of the bike with the fastest split of the race. From there, the race was hers to lose as she also clocked the fastest 10km split to win the event in 1:00:30. Sato just held off Wang on the run to steal silver nearly half a minute later, leaving bronze to Wang in 1:01:06. Men’s Race In the men’s race, Korean Olympian Min Ho Heo scored gold, leading nearly line to line with a top swim and bike before finishing it off with the fastest run split of the day. Making it a Korean 1-2 finish, Ji Hwan Kim held off Faquan Bai (CHN) for second leaving bronze for the Chinese athlete. With just one lap in the sprint-distance event, 16 men emerged from the water within 19 seconds of one another creating a large bike pack that proved to be impossible to catch. While three men were dropped from the lead group, a baker’s dozen of men hit T2 together. But it was Heo who headed off with intent, spurring Kim and Bai to follow. While Hirokatsu Tayama (JPN) and Valentin Meshcheryakov (KAZ) tried to keep pace, the top three were too fast. Heo was crowned Asian Beach Games champion in 54:10 while his teammate Kim followed 10 seconds later with Bai taking bronze in 54:28. Mixed Relay Japan, which also won the race at the Asian Games this year, took the lead first and never gave it up to win the race by more than two minutes. Ai Ueda assisted her team on the winning, making her a double gold medallist in just one day of competition. Behind Japan, three teams finished within a minute of each other underscoring the event’s increasing...
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