Beijing ITU Grand Final Results 2011

Beijing ITU Grand Final Results 2011

The big question and perhaps the most intriguing story-line of Beijing ITU Grand Final Results 2011 is most likely “is Paula Findlay healthy and completely recovered from her injury?”

Most likely Paula is recovered as far as her injury so the second question becomes “has Paula had enough time to regain her pre-injury form?

The same form that had her on top of the points ranking and on her way to the London Olympics in 2012.

Paula raced well in Kelowna but came up short, but she will most likely be more than ready for her best effort in Beijing and could well win the race.

I saw her race in Kelowna when she came in second to Sarah-Anne and you just know that this is one athlete that does not like to lose.

It is that killer instinct that is so essential when one is competing on the world stage, no matter what the sport.

Paula needs a top-eight finish in order to win a spot on the Canadian Olympic team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

She will do that and more because she has the ability and desire to take her to the top of the world.

Regardless of the outcome of the race, you just know that Paula will leave all she has to give out on the course and what more can any fan of Paula Findlay ask?

How about the mens race?

It seems that everywhere I read it appears that Alistair Brownlee, Jonathon Brownlee, or Javier Gomez are the only three men who have any hope of winning the race.

Usually that means that means that none of them will and someone comes from out in left field and surprises everyone.

I would never be too quick to discount Simon Whitfield. I watched him win handily in the Kelowna Apple triathlon in August.

However he is up against the best in the world in Beijing and he may not be able to sustain what is sure to be a very fast run pace that the Brownlee’s are sure capable of.

Look for Simon to be with the lead group of cyclist.

Also very little mention of Alexander Bryukhankov of Russia who could come up big in this race and upset the Great Britain apple-cart.

CURRENT TRIATHLON SERIES POINTS RANKINGS

TOP TWENTY MEN

Alistair Brownlee..........3085
Jonathan Brownlee..........2965
Javier Gomez...............2858
Alexander Brukhankov.......2699
David Hauss................2405
Brad Kahlefeldt............2217
Sven Riederer..............2196
William Clarke.............2092
Laurent Vidal..............1965
Dmitry Polyansky...........1814
Joao Silva.................1696
Brendan Sexton.............1459
Jonathan Zipf..............1431
Tim Don....................1382
Steffen Justus.............1366
Vincent Luis...............1303
Maik Petzold...............1195
Bevan Docherty.............1179
Ruedi Wild.................1053
Sebastian Rank.............1039

TOP TWENTY WOMEN

Helen Jenkins.............2913
Barbara Riveros Diaz......2712
Paula Findlay.............2637
Andrea Hewitt.............2636
Emma Jackson..............2251
Sarah Groff...............2188
Emma Moffatt..............2061
Gwen Jorgensen............1802
Laura Bennett.............1681
Ai Ueda...................1669
Emmie Charayron...........1660
Svenja Bazlen.............1569
Anja Dittmer..............1550
Emma Snowsill.............1439
Ashleigh Gentle...........1361
Nicola Spirig.............1329
Ainhoa Murua..............1319
Lisa Norden...............1315
Jodie Stimpson............1201
Erin Densham..............1185

Looks like another race(like London)where rain and the wet, slippery conditions it brings on the bike course will be a factor.

THE RACE

As expected the first three out of the water are Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, and Alexander Brukhankov.

The swim split might have been pretty fast, but caution is probably going to be the key word on the bike course. One bad fall could spell the end of the race for any of these athletes.

Early on in the race there is a lead pack of around 40 riders, and it’s going to be pretty hard for anyone to make a clean break with the roads as slick as they are.

This race will come down to who can maintain the pace on the run and it will be a torrid one.

Simon Whitfield is in the main pack as they reach the second transition as expected, but will he be able to keep up in the run?

Alexander Bryukhankov of Russia has a good shot at the podium as the run begins and is right there with the Brownlee’s from GBR.

Going into the final lap of the bike the Brownlees looked strong and were right at the front all the way to the final transition.

Russia had five in the lead group and it appeared that Kyle Jones from Canada was no longer in contention. For Canada that left Brent McMahon and Simon Whitfield as the run leg began.

Alistair was the strongest of the Brownlee’s and he takes top spot on the podium in the Beijing ITU Grand Final Results 2011. Jonathon Brownlee was in a tight race for second with Sven Riederer.

Rieder takes second with Jonathan coming in third.

THE TOP 12 FINISHERS IN THE MEN’S RACE

1. ALISTAIR BROWNLEE
2. SVEN RIEDERER
3. JONATHAN BROWNLEE
4. DMITRY POLYANSKY
5. LAURENT VIDAL
6. JAVIER GOMEZ
7. DAVID HAUSS
8. VINCENT LUIS
9. MAIK PETZOLD
10. IVAN RANA
11. JONATHAN ZIPF
12. ALEXANDER BRYUKHANKOV

THE ELITE WOMEN RACE

The race is starting out on a great note as it’s a bright, sunny day and far different from the wet, slippery conditions the men had to deal with.

With the women’s race just about set to go there are some interesting story-lines to follow.

Helen Jenkins has mentioned several times that she did not go into the year she didn’t spend a

Yet here she is with another chance there for the taking. She doesn’t even have to win the race.

With the lead she has, it appears that all she needs is a third place finish to take the title over Barbara Riveros Diaz and Paul Findlay.

We probably won’t know if Paula Findlay is back into form until they hit the run course.

Most likely Paula will be able to stay close to the lead in the swim and bike, but it is the run that has been causing her problems.

Even if Paula wins she is not guaranteed the World Title unless Helen Jenkins has a really bad day.

However Paula most likely will need at least a top 7 or 8 finish to guarantee a place on the Canadian Triathlon team at the London Olympics.

Whatever happens in the Grand Final there is no doubt that Paula will give her best possible effort as she is a true competitor who simply does not like losing.

THE RACE

It was a no-wetsuit swim with the water temperature at 25C.

Pretty much as expected Helen Jenkins is out in front in the swim but chances are the pack will be pretty close coming out of the water.

Apparently Paula Findlay has a big bruise on her leg from a bike crash a few days ago. Sure not having much fun the past few months.

The lead group leaving transition includes Jenkins, Lang, Blatchford, Groff, Bennett, Tanner, Holland, and Norden.

Paula Findlay is already in trouble and is 55 seconds off the pace. It’s going to be pretty hard to catch up that much time on the bike.

Riveros Diaz is also back of the leaders by 45 seconds.

Paula most likely dropped out of the race as she is not listed in the first 60 out on the bike course. Not quite sure that that will mean for her Olympic Games chances. Most likely she will go anyway on the strength of her three victories.

When the lead bike group hit the bike/run transition it included Helen Jenkins who was looking good for once again winning the World Championship points series.

Others in the lead group included Bennett, Hewitt, Blatchford, Norden, Duffy, Tanner, and Sakimoto from Japan who is having a great race.

The main chase pack has been left over 2 minutes behind so will be out of the medal positions. At this level that lead is pretty much insurmountable.

Jenkins, Bennett, and Andrea Hewitt are the first three to make a break on the run, but several strong runners were just 10 seconds behind.

Barbara Riveros Diaz has fallen far back and with Paul Findlay out the World Championship podium is open for others including Sarah Groff or perhaps Emma Jackson if the have strong runs.

It is Andrea Hewitt who holds on for the win and takes top spot in the Beijing ITU Grand Final Results 2011. Jenkins is second and is the series champion.

THE TOP TWELVE WOMEN IN THE GRAND FINAL

1.ANDREA HEWITT NZL 1:58:27
2.HELEN JENKINS GBR +0:13
3.MELANIE ANNAHEIM SUI +0:31
4.LISA NORDEN SWE +0:33
5.LAURA BENNETT USA +0:35
6.KATE MCILROY NZL +0:37
7.JESSICA HARRISON FRA +0:42
8.LIZ BLATCHFORD GBR +1:44
9.FLORA DUFFY BER +1:58
10.SARAH GROFF USA +2:10
11.EMMA MOFFATT AUS +2:15
12.EMMA JACKSON AUS +2:17

I hope you enjoyed reading these Beijing ITU Grand Final Results 2011.

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