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LONDON ITU CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 2011

The London ITU Championship results 2011 will be a stepping stone to the 2012 Olympics for many of the competitors.

The course for the ITU World Championships London will also be the course for the London Olympic Games a year from now.

This is the only chance that some of the best triathletes in the world will get to try out the course.

It is built for speed and without much to speak of in the way of hills it’s expected that it will be a blistering fast pace in the race for bragging rights in the London ITU Championship results 2011.

London ITU Championship results 2011

London-site of the 2011 ITU Championships


This is especially true in the run where the best runners will most likely find themselves on the podium if they can stay with the lead pack of bikers.

The bike course will take the athletes past Buckingham Palace.

The women will take center stage on Saturday and the men will race on Sunday. There will also be 4,500 other triathletes taking part in this race that sold out long ago. Every triathlete entered will have the opportunity to claim their spot in the London ITU Championship results 2011.

This is going to be a huge race for many of the top athletes as it is likely that many countries will be using this race in London to help decide who will represent them on the same course next year during the Olympics.

So who is going to be at the top of the London ITU 2011 results when the women’s race takes place in 6 or 7 hours from now?

I really liked Kiyomi Niwata of Japan to win the ITU World Cup in Edmonton in the last ITU race and she finished in fifth place.

She had been racing well earlier in the season in Asia. The Edmonton race was won by Ashleigh Gentle from Australia and Kiyomi and Ashleigh are the only two in this race who were in the top five in Edmonton.

Being Canadian I would love to see Paula Findlay win and she is scheduled to compete despite the fact she is not 100% healthy because of her nagging hip injury.

That being said, I truly hope she does not over-extend herself and try and win this race at all costs. All Paula really needs is to be in the top eight in order to officially make the Canadian Olympic team. She does not necessarily have to come out on top of the London ITU Championship results 2011.

She has another option as well. If she does not do it in this race she will have another opportunity in September in the Grand Final event that will take place in Beijing.

I am going to go with Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand to have another good showing here and perhaps make the podium. Ashleigh Gentle is obviously in fine form and could well steal another race. In order to do so she will have to beat out fellow Australians Emma Moffat and Emma Snowsill

Of course Barbara Riveros Diaz the leader of the world rankings for 2011 is sure to make herself known before the race is over.

London ITU Championship results 2011

London fountain

Helen Jenkins is not feeling great with a touch of the flu, but sometimes athletes perform at their best when under the weather. It happens all the time.

THE WOMEN ENTERED IN THE ITU WORLD CUP lONDON 2011

Barbara Riveros Diaz.........CHI
Paula Findlay................CAN
Andrea Hewitt................NZL
Emma Moffatt.................AUS
Laura Bennett................USA
Helen Jenkins................GBR
Sarah Groff..................USA
Svenja Bazlen................GER
Ainhoa Murua.................ESP
Jodie Stimpson...............GBR
Ai Ueda......................JPN
Erin Densham.................AUS
Jessica Harrison.............FRA
Kate McIlroy.................NZL
Emma Jackson.................AUS
Danne Boterenbrood...........NED
Emma Snowsill................AUS
Emmie Charayron..............FRA
Melanie Annaheim.............SUI
Lisa Norden..................SWE
Tomoko Sakimoto..............JPN
Carole Peon..................FRA
Lisa Mensink.................NED
Kathrin Muller...............GER
Anja Dittmer.................GER
Felicity Abram...............AUS
Mariko Adachi................JPN
Vicky Holland................GBR
Nicky Samuels................NZL
Kiyomi Niwata................JPN
Rachel Klamer................NED
Debbie Tanner................NZL
Elizabeth May................LUX
Daniela Ryf..................SUI
Zurine Rodriguez.............ESP
Nicola Spirig................SUI
Sarissa De Vries.............NED
Jillian Petersen.............USA
Sarah Haskins................USA
Marina Damlaimcourt..........ESP
Helle Frederiksen............DEN
Kate Roberts.................RSA
Maria Czesnik................POL
Irina Abysova................RUS
Akane Tsuchihashi............JPN
Yuka Sato....................JPN
Anne Haug....................GER
Annabel Luxford..............AUS
Line Jensen..................DEN
Yuliya Yelistratova..........UKR
Kirsten Sweetland............CAN
Kathy Tremblay...............CAN
Gwen Jorgensen...............USA
Katrien Verstuyft............BEL
Aileen Morrison..............IRL
Kerry Lang...................GBR
Ricarda Lisk.................GER
Vendula Frintova.............CZE
Ashleigh Gentle..............AUS
Annamaria Mazzetti...........ITA
Juri Ide.....................JPN
Rebecca Robisch..............GER
Gillian Sanders..............RSA
Non Stanford.................GBR
Alice Betto..................ITA

h3>TOP TEN WOMEN IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS RANKING

1.Barbara Riveros Diaz.......2498
2.Paula Findlay..............2400
3.Andrea Hewitt..............2318
4.Emma Moffatt...............2061
5.Laura Bennett..............1548
6.Helen Jenkins..............1546
7.Sarah Groff................1500
8.Svenja Bazlen..............1369
9.Ainhoa Murua...............1062
10.Jodie Stimpson............1039

THE RACE

It is amazingly warm in London for race morning at 21.8 degrees which means it will be a “no-wetsuit” swim.

The swim is one long loop so unlike some of the ITU races the athletes will not have to leave and re-enter the water for a second loop.

London ITU Championship results 2011

The swim start


In the final stages of the swim all the top women are very aware of getting out of transition quickly and being in the first group of bikers. That will no doubt be a key component in the final standings of the London ITU Championship results 2011 once the dust settles.

In many ways that can determine whether or not an athlete will even have a chance at the podium. There are so many great runners in the field that it is pretty difficult to make up 2 or 3 minutes if you are left out of the lead group and are in a chase group of bikers.

Among the first women out of the water in just over 19 minutes was Sarah Haskins and Emma Snowsill with Paula Findlay about 17 seconds off the pace.

London ITU Championship results 2011

Paula Findlay


Barbara Riveros Diaz is over a minute off the pace and will miss the main pack.

THE BIKE

Great Britain has three riders up in the front early on and Paula Findlay has caught up with the main pack of around 20 women.

As the bike progressed a pack of 34 riders eventually form the main pack with the chase group a minute behind.

Most of the big names are in the front group and it will come down to the run most likely. The biggest surprise is that the points leader Barbara Riveros Diaz is stuck over a minute behind with the second group.

She could very easily lose her hold on first place in the standings if they don’t manage to close the gap by the end of the bike.

It won’t be long before the mystery of how Paula Findlay is feeling will be revealed.

She has not had any run training for five weeks due to her hip injury. Whatever happens it will be very helpful for Paula to be on the course so she will know what to expect at the Olympics in 2012.

With three laps to go in the bike the chase group managed to close the gap to 45 seconds.

There are many athletes in the second pack who need a top ten finish in order to represent their country in the Olympics so they can’t afford to be very far when the run start.

Ashleigh Gentle from Australia who won in Edmonton is in the chase pack.

Moffatt, Snowsill, Hewitt, and Paula Findlay are staying away from the lead of the main bike pack to save their legs, but most likely will be among the lead runners early on in the run course.

At the bell lap the chase group is only 27 seconds behind.

THE RUN

Pretty unbelievable that the chase group was allowed to catch up over one minute on the lead group.

The run is going to be pretty interesting now that 54 women will be in the mix.

So many of the women have to be in the first nine in order to represent their country in the Olympics so there are going to be some very disappointed triathletes in less than an hour.

Both Helen Jenkins and Paula Findlay are not feeling that well today but will both be in transition with the rest.

It doesn’t take long for a lead pack to form on the run course. The group includes Emma Moffatt, Helen Jenkins, Barbara Riveros Diaz, Paula Findlay, and Emma Snowsill.

Ashleigh Gentle looks like she is still in great form as she catches the back of the lead pack.

THE STANDINGS AT THE START OF THE SECOND LAP

1.HELEN JENKINS GBR................ 01:35:08
2.JODIE STIMPSON GBR............... +00:01
3.NICOLA SPIRIG SUI................ +00:01
4.EMMA SNOWSILL AUS................ +00:01
5.PAULA FINDLAY CAN................ +00:01
6.EMMA MOFFATT AUS................. +00:01
7.AI UEDA JPN...................... +00:01
8.EMMA JACKSON AUS................. +00:01
9.SARAH GROFF USA.................. +00:02
10.BARBARA RIVEROS DIAZ CHI........ +00:02

Paula Findlay is sitting in behind Moffatt and Snowsill. Paula just needs a top 8 finish to qualify for 2012 and she may decide not to push the pace which would be a smart move if she is not feeling 100%.

However there is still half the run to go and lots can happen. Helen Jenkins looks strongest of all with a 15 meter lead and now it’s just a matter of holding on for one more lap. What a performance by Jenkins considering she went into the race under the weather.

Helen Jenkins finishes in top spot in the London ITU championship results 2011!

What a great race it was.

As might be expected, Paula Findlay was not in top form and finished well off the pace, but will no doubt be ready for the Grand Finale in Beijing where she will most likely officially qualify for the London Olympics in 2012.

Barbara Riveros Diaz also finished off the pace but still maintains her lead in the points standings.

TOP 30 WOMEN

1.HELEN JENKINS GBR............... 02:00:34
2.GWEN JORGENSEN USA.............. +00:07
3.ANJA DITTMER GER................ +00:15
4.EMMA JACKSON AUS................ +00:17
5.EMMA SNOWSILL AUS............... +00:18
6.ANDREA HEWITT NZL............... +00:20
7.SARAH GROFF USA................. +00:24
8.NICOLA SPIRIG SUI............... +00:30
9.ASHLEIGH GENTLE AUS............. +00:33
10.EMMIE CHARAYRON FRA............ +00:36
11.AI UEDA JPN.................... +00:39
12.BARBARA RIVEROS DIAZ CHI....... +00:55
13.SVENJA BAZLEN GER.............. +00:56
14.JODIE STIMPSON GBR............. +00:57
15.EMMA MOFFATT AUS............... +01:03
16.SARISSA DE VRIES NED........... +01:03
17.VICKY HOLLAND GBR.............. +01:10
18.AILEEN MORRISON IRL............ +01:18
19.RACHEL KLAMER NED.............. +01:23
20.AINHOA MURUA ESP............... +01:26
21.KATHRIN MULLER GER............. +01:31
22.FELICITY ABRAM AUS............. +01:32
23.GILLIAN SANDERS RSA............ +01:43
24.LAURA BENNETT USA.............. +01:45
25.IRINA ABYSOVA RUS...............+01:46
26.ELIZABETH MAY LUX.............. +01:49
27.KATRIEN VERSTUYFT BEL.......... +01:50
28.KIYOMI NIWATA JPN.............. +01:50
29.PAULA FINDLAY CAN.............. +02:00
30.LISA NORDEN SWE................ +02:00

As for the men’s race that takes place on Sunday August 7th, there are probably at least 8 or 10 athletes capable of winning this race.

Some will need to place as high up in the final standings as possible in order to earn the right to represent their country in the upcoming 2012 Olympics.

Javier Gomez from Spain who won last year’s World Championships and the London race 12 months ago is sure to be in the fight for top spot.

Alistair Brownlee has won World Championship races in Madrid and Kitzbuehel this year and would love to win another in front of the home crowd.

Jonathan Brownlee had second place finishes in Sydney and Madrid this and is also part of the strong Great Britain team in this race.

London ITU Championship results 2011

Men's swim start


Perhaps with the most on like for the Great Britain athletes is Tim Don who will be attempting to take part in four consecutive Olympic Games. No doubt Tim will have to have the race of his life.

Then of course there is William Clarke who is currently sitting in second place in the points standings. Is Great Britain getting ready for an all-out effort at home in the London Games in 2012? You bet they are.

I will never forget the thrill Simon Whitfield provided Canadians when he won the first ever Olympic triathlon in the Sydney Olympics. Does Simon have what it takes to make it to the big show one more time?

Simon might just surprise a lot of people who might just think he is past his prime, but I look for a huge race from Simon today.

Then of course their is Chris McCormack, Hunter Kemper and several Germans who will be fighting it out to make their respective Olympic teams.

Russia also has two strong entries in Alexander Brukhankov and Dmitry Polyansky who are currently in fifth and sixth place in the Championship points standings.

Any one of these athletes I named are quite capable of standing on the podium Sunday afternoon and it promises to be a sensational race.

MALE ENTRIES FOR LONDON ITU CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

Javier Gomez..................ESP
William Clarke................GBR
David Hauss...................FRA
Sven Riederer.................SUI
Alexander Brukhankov..........RUS
Dmitry Polyansky..............RUS
Alistair Brownlee.............GBR
Jonathan Brownlee.............GBR
Brad Kahlefeldt...............AUS
1Joao Silva...................POR
1Tim Don......................GBR
1Sebastian Rank...............GER
Jonathan Zipf.................GER
Maik Petzold..................GER
Brendan Sexton................AUS
Laurent Vidal.................FRA
Steffen Justus................GER
Alessandro Fabian.............ITA
Mario Mola....................ESP
Bevan Docherty................NZL
Christian Prochnow............GER
Reinaldo Colucci..............BRA
Ryan Sissons..................NZL
Aurélien Raphael..............FRA
Jan Frodeno...................GER
Tony Moulai...................FRA
Ruedi Wild....................SUI
Ivan Vasiliev.................RUS
Frederic Belaubre.............FRA
Vladimir Turbaevskiy..........RUS
Stuart Hayes..................GBR
Vincent Luis..................FRA
Andreas Giglmayr..............AUT
Clark Ellice..................NZL
Kyle Jones....................CAN
James Elvery..................NZL
Gregor Buchholz...............GER
Leonardo Chacon...............CRC
Artem Parienko................RUS
Bruno Pais....................POR
Kris Gemmell..................NZL
Yuichi Hosoda.................JPN
Marek Jaskolka................POL
Ivan Rana.....................ESP
Jarrod Shoemaker..............USA
Jan Celustka..................CZE
Manuel Huerta.................USA
Crisanto Grajales.............MEX
Ryosuke Yamamoto..............JPN
Chris McCormack...............AUS
Simon Whitfield...............CAN
Hirokatsu Tayama..............JPN
Hunter Kemper.................USA
igor Polyanskiy...............RUS
Tony Dodds....................NZL
Matt Chrabot..................USA
Hendrik De Villiers...........RSA
Danylo Sapunov................UKR
Joao Pereira..................POR
Yulian Malyshev...............RUS
Gavin Noble...................IRL
James Seear...................AUS
Aaron Royle...................AUS
Adam Bowden...................GBR
Martin Van Barneveld..........NZL

TOP TEN MEN IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS RANKING

1.Javier Gomez................2027
2.William Clarke..............1935
3.David Hauss.................1907
4.Sven Riederer...............1857
5.Alexander Brukhankov........1819
6.Dmitry Polyansky............1814
7.Alistair Brownlee...........1690
8.Jonathan Brownlee...........1480
9.Brad Kahlefeldt.............1386
10.Joao Silva.................1155

THE RACE

It was Frodeno and Gomez who came out of the water first but it wasn’t long before Brukhankov, Ali Brownlee, Elvery, and Brukhankov broke away on the bike to form a lead group.

At one point in the bike the lead group grew to about 15 riders that included,Jones, Petzold, Raphael, Brukhankov, Gomez, Frodeno, the Brownlee Brothers, Elvery, Gemmell, and Belaubre.

Ivan Rana, Alistair Brownlee, Elvery, and Brukhankov make a break and are in the front by themselves.

As they left the run transition the lead group still maintained a large lead and at this point it was obvious from the way Alistair Brownlee was running that he was going to win the race pretty handily and claim top spot in the London ITU Championship results 2011.

The men had the worst of the weather and it is Alistair Brownlee winning the London ITI Championship by a wide margin.

Brukhankov finishes in second place and Jonathan Brownlee completes the podium for the London ITU Championship results 2011.

Javier Gomez finishes in fourth place. Top 10 finishers were Brownlee, Brukhankov, J Brownlee, Gomez, Justus, Vidal, Hauss, Kahlefeldt, Riederer, Luis. Alistair had an amazing run time of 29:50!

This showing in the London ITU Championship results 2011 certainly bodes well for the British team as London prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

As far as Canada goes it seems that our best chance at a podium finish in triathlon will be with Paula Findlay.

Congratulations to the British team for a great performance in what can only be described as “horrendous” race conditions that say several athletes drop out of the race.

FINAL RESULTS FOR THE MEN

1.ALISTAIR BROWNLEE GBR............. 01:50:09
2.ALEXANDER BRYUKHANKOV RUS......... +00:25
3.JONATHAN BROWNLEE GBR............. +00:55
4.JAVIER GOMEZ ESP.................. +01:07
5.STEFFEN JUSTUS GER................ +01:16
6.LAURENT VIDAL FRA................. +01:18
7.DAVID HAUSS FRA................... +01:23
8.BRAD KAHLEFELDT AUS............... +01:31
9.SVEN RIEDERER SUI................. +01:32
10.VINCENT LUIS FRA................. +01:32
11.JAN FRODENO GER.................. +01:33
12.MAIK PETZOLD GER................. +01:37
13.DMITRY POLYANSKY RUS............. +01:52
14.WILLIAM CLARKE GBR............... +01:56
15.BEVAN DOCHERTY NZL............... +01:57
16.JOAO PEREIRA POR................. +01:57
17.ARTEM PARIENKO RUS............... +01:58
18.TONY MOULAI FRA.................. +01:59
19.KYLE JONES CAN................... +02:01
20.JOAO SILVA POR................... +02:11
21.IVAN RANA ESP.................... +02:11
22.RYAN SISSONS NZL................. +02:12
23.SIMON WHITFIELD CAN.............. +02:14
24.IGOR POLYANSKIY RUS.............. +02:17
25.MANUEL HUERTA USA................ +02:21
26.MAREK JASKOLKA POL............... +02:30
27.YUICHI HOSODA JPN................ +02:30
28.SEBASTIAN RANK GER............... +02:31
29.REINALDO COLUCCI BRA............. +02:37
30.BRUNO PAIS POR................... +02:37
31.BRENDAN SEXTON AUS............... +02:38
32.ADAM BOWDEN GBR.................. +02:39
33.RUEDI WILD SUI................... +02:41
34.GREGOR BUCHHOLZ GER.............. +02:44
35.HENDRIK DE VILLIERS RSA.......... +02:45
36.CLARK ELLICE NZL................. +02:49
37.CRISANTO GRAJALES MEX............ +02:51
38.ALESSANDRO FABIAN ITA............ +02:54
39.FREDERIC BELAUBRE FRA............ +03:01
40.KRIS GEMMELL NZL................. +03:01
41.JAMES ELVERY NZL................. +03:04
42.MATT CHRABOT USA................. +03:11
43.VLADIMIR TURBAYEVSKIYRUS......... +03:15
44.LEONARDO CHACON CRC.............. +03:17
45.AARON ROYLE AUS.................. +03:19
46.STUART HAYES GBR................. +03:23
47.JAN CELUSTKA CZE................. +03:26
48.MARTIN VAN BARNEVELD NZL......... +03:28
49.TONY DODDS NZL................... +03:46
50.AURéLIEN RAPHAEL FRA............. +03:48
51.TIM DON GBR...................... +04:06
52.DANYLO SAPUNOV UKR............... +04:14
53.JAMES SEEAR AUS.................. +04:26
54.YULIAN MALYSHEV RUS.............. +04:34
55.IVAN VASILIEV RUS................ +05:01
56.CHRISTIAN PROCHNOW GER........... +05:11
57.HIROKATSU TAYAMA JPN............. +05:44
58.RYOSUKE YAMAMOTO JPN............. +06:00
59.GAVIN NOBLE IRL.................. +07:10

The winners of the race were very deserving of their victories in the London ITU Championship results 2011 as it was such a strong field for both the men and women.

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