Jorgensen makes it three for three in Tongyeong, Hellwig continues to impress
In a year full of impressive comebacks and breakout campaigns, Gwen Jorgensen’s blue-carpet return has been among the most eye-catching. In Korea last weekend the USA’s 2016 Olympic champion delivered a 16m30s run to earn a third straight World Cup gold. Shout out to Tereza Zimovjanova (CZE) for a brave solo run that ensured a first podium and Yuko Takahashi with silver. The men’s race saw Tim Hellwig back on top of the podium to wrap up a superb year for the German that has seen two World Cup wins, a Mixed Relay world title and Championship Finals silver, Ricardo Batista (POR) and Sam Dickinson (GBR) with silver and bronze.
Malaga Para Cup gives glimpse of next year’s Championship Finals
The Spanish city of Malaga will be the home for the 2024 Championship Finals, with world titles on the line across all the Para classes. So last weekend’s Para Cup in the city was a prime opportunity to put the course to the test and earn precious Paris 2024 qualification points in the process. More about that soon, but for now, let’s just say it was a very good weekend for Spanish athletes as they scooped five gold and four bronze medals.
Leo Bergere and Kate Waugh take the 2023 SLT titles in Neom
The Super League season came to an end in Neom and the Saudi desert course witnessed our 2022 World Champion Leo Bergere take full advantage of the short chute and win the men’s race as well as the overall series, with Hayden Wilde in second place and Alex Yee in third, both at the race and the overall series. Another French star Cassandre Beaugrand took the women’s race gold but it was Britain’s Kate Waugh with the overall title after tying on points with Jeanne Lehair but finishing 10 seconds ahead of her title rival in Neom.
Coninx takes a shot at Challenge Vieux Bocaux
Another French World Champion was in action at the weekend as Dorian Coninx tested himself over the middle distance for the first time at Challenge Vieux Bocaux. Dorian may have led from the swim but that was as good as it got for our world number one, meanwhile Mathis Margirier won a remarkable sprint finish against Mika Noodt as the German’s legs gave way right at the line. Aaron Royle finished with bronze and Alistair Brownlee was 5th, Caroline Pohle brushing off the horrendous weather conditions to take the women’s win.
This week some of the best American triathletes will be traveling to Chile for the Pan American Games, vying not only for Mayor Games medals and experience but also for points for the Olympic Qualification rankings. Check out the start lists, plenty of talent lining up! Individual men and women races are on Thursday, November 2, at 14h the women, followed by the men at 17h local time.