Josh Amberger returned to the top spot on the podium at Ironman 70.3 Calgary and wrote himself into the record books with a new course record. with a dominating performance. After 20 months without a win, Amberger led from the front, put down the fastest bike split (1:58:57), giving him huge margin going into the run.
“Really happy to take the win. It was a fast day and I managed to set a new course record in 3:40:52. I’ve been 2nd three times already this year and while it wasn’t the deepest field, I’m thrilled to finally win one.”
There were some solid results from or paratriathletes at the 2016 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. Sally Pilbeam was again on the podium for the third year running, claiming silver in the PT3 sport class and Kerry Harvey the bronze.
In the Open Paratriathlon category Debbie Wendt (PT3) and Beth White (PT5) scored double gold for Australia.
Rotterdam also hosted the ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup and more success for National Talent Academy (NTA) and Australian Junior Worlds team Sophie Malowiecki (QAS) taking bronze in the ETU Rotterdam Triathlon European Cup. Tamsyn Moana-Veale Triathlete (NSW) was 6th.
“Third for me today at Rotterdam conti cup. This was one tough and honest course, looking forward to its showcase next year for the World Champs,” Malowiecki said.
In the Elite Men’s race Kenji Nener (QAS) was fifth in a big sprint finish while fellow NTA athletes Matt Roberts (QAS) and Christian Wilson (QAS) were both involved in bike crashes with Roberts fighting on for 39th and Christian a DNF.
Selected AUS results include:
3rd Sophie Malowiecki QLD
6th Tamsyn Moana-Veale NSW
13th Laura Dennis QLD
18th Joanne Miller QLD
27th Grace Hoitink ACT
5th Kenji Nener QLD
16th Adam Rudgley ACT
29th Jack Van Stekelenburg VIC
30th Sam Lade WA
39th Matt Roberts QLD*
dnf Christian Wilson*
At the inaugural and stunning course of Challenge Iceland, Brad Kahlefeldt was a DNF but Radka Vodickova took second behind Heather Wurtele.
“Rainy day at @Challenge_Ice_ today. Suffered in the cold wasn't moving forward at all after an hour on the bike. Otherwise an amazing venue,” Kahlefeldt said.
Charlotte McShane finished third behind Jodie Stimpson (GBR) and Lisa Norden (SWE) at the final round of the German Bundesligh Triathlon Series. This was good enough to hand the overall series win to McShane. Still recovering from a bug Emma Jeffcoat DNF'd but was placed high on the rankings to secure third overall.