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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Pilgrim Finishes 10th in Americas CAC Championships

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Junior Triathlete, Nick Pilgrim put in a strong performance to finish 10th in the 2022 Americas Triathlon Junior Central American and Caribbean Championships, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Pilgrim was clocked across the line in a time of 1:01:12.

The race took place in hot, humid and windy conditions with the ocean swim taking place in the waters of the Playa Blanca resort in Punta Cana and the bike and run sections taking place on the roads and paths of the Punta Cana resort.

Pilgrim established an immediate lead which saw him exit the 750m Swim in 9:55, with only one other athlete within 40 seconds of him. A fast transition saw him out onto the Bike alone where he quickly established a lead of over a minute on the chasing pack. Poor communication amongst the organizers and course officials lead to confusion with Pilgrim being directed off course which meant a loss of approximately 20 seconds for Pilgrim who, despite the challenges, lead the race into T2 and saw him post the fastest bike split of the day clocking 27:26.

The run was a flat but hot and humid 5k with a number of the faster runners passing Pilgrim. Maintaining his composure, Pilgrim dug deep, and finished an impressive 10th place in a field of 23 athletes from 9 different countries in the region.

Coach Neil de ste Croix said, “I was impressed with Pilgrim’s performance as his off session had “not been ideal thus, seeing him lead the first two legs was a testament to his resolve and, more importantly, his improved swim and bike. The run was particularly hard for all the competitors as they had to run in the midday sun.” It was noted that a number of the day’s competitors were treated for heat exhaustion.”
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Smith Competes in French Championships

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The Grand Prix de Triathlon, French Championship of 1st Division clubs, brings together the best French women's and men's clubs over 5 stages.

Tyler Smith competed with his Valence Triathlon teammates finished 8th as a team.

Smith was the second team member to cross the line finishing 19th overall with a time of 54:50, his teammate Jack Willis was 8th overall with a time of 54:18.

Smith clocked a time of 8:53 on the Swim, he then covered the Bike course in 27:47, before completing the Run course in a time of 16:08.
Friday, May 13, 2022
Duffy Finishes Third in Yokohama

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British Olympic medalist Georgia Taylor-Brown showed magnificent form to claim the first victory of the year at the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama, a win that puts her for now on top of the Maurice Lacroix World Triathlon Rankings.

Her powerful run was only contested by France’s Leonie Periault, who claimed the second place, while Olympic Champion Dame Flora Duffy had to battle hard to finish in third place.

Taylor-Brown clocked a time of 1:51:44, with Periault crossing the line clocking 1:51:50, and Duffy was clocked at 1:51:55.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Duffy to Restart Pursuit of Historic 4th World Title

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If 2021 contained everything that Bermuda’s Flora Duffy dreamed of achieving last year, it also left her tantalizing close to another huge milestone in women’s triathlon: an unprecedented fourth World Triathlon title.

Only Australia’s Emma Snowsill has been crowned World Champion as many times and, after Duffy’s victory in Abu Dhabi last November, a win in this year’s curtain-raising WTCS Yokohama would set her right back on top of the Maurice Lacroix Rankings after three races of the season.

Plain sailing for the Olympic champion it certainly won’t be of course. The weather looks set to be almost as challenging as the typhoon-hit Tokyo 2020 race that took every ounce of concentration from the athletes just to stay upright and in the hunt, and heavy rain is again forecast across the weekend that could also have last-minute implications for the course route.

Duffy was far from alone in her prowess on that Tokyo course however, and the likes of Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), Laura Lindemann (GER) and Valerie Barthelemy (BEL) will hit the Yokohama start equally flush with confidence after their excellent Olympic campaigns, the German following hers up with a first WTCS gold in Hamburg last September.

Taylor Knibb scored her first WTCS gold here last year with the kind of domination of the bike segment that we have come to know and expect from her. Another battle on the bikes with Duffy and a breakaway on this course could set the podium agenda once again.

There are some notable absences from the start, with USA’s Summer Rappaport and Katie Zaferes missing, both regulars on the podium here. That could certainly open the door to the likes of Cassandre Beaugrand and Beth Potter, both coming off the back of superb, form-sharpening Arena Games Triathlon displays, to make medal plays of their own.

Taylor Spivey may not have had the 2021 she had hoped for, but overall third in the standings was her best-ever Series finish and it would be no surprise to see the American – so consistent over all three disciplines – there once again at the pointy end of Saturday’s race.

Of the young guns toeing the line, U23 World Champion Emma Lombardi is undoubtedly one to watch as she continues her step up into the WTCS level off the back of that brilliant win in Edmonton. Youngest in the field Barbara De Koning (NED) continues her remarkable 12 months that has included both Junior and U23 World Championship appearances, a WTCS debut, full Arena Games Series and still not 20 years of age.

After their strong showings in 2021, Maya Kingma (NED) and Leonie Periault (FRA) will both be eyeing the medals in Yokohama and highlighting the quality throughout the women’s field in a race that could certainly throw up some surprises. Kingma dazzled in WTCS Leeds last year after an impressive bronze here, while Periault scored her first WTCS podium with silver at the Championship Finals Edmonton.
Monday, May 09, 2022
World Triathlon Championship Series Confirm Bermuda is Back

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The 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series action is already two events into a season that picked right up from the pandemic-punctured 2021, after WTCS Hamburg and WTCS Abu Dhabi kicked things off in style in September and November last year.

The World Triathlon Champions hits seven stunning stops confirming Bermuda in November.

WTCS Bermuda is set for November 5th & 6th.

After two years out of the reckoning, the island returns to the calendar ready to deliver another blockbuster. The tropical paradise went triathlon crazy when hometown hero Dame Flora Duffy won the first Series event here in 2018, and collectively lost it when she won the country’s first-ever Olympic gold in Tokyo.

The party is sure to continue either side of the triathlon action, where the standard distance course includes nine testing climbs of Flora Duffy Hill. Norway swept the men’s podium here in 2018, Katie Zaferes and Dorian Coninx won a year later. After two years out of the spotlight, Bermuda will be buzzing for its third outing.
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