Stanford’s Final Non-Pro Race, World Triathlon Confirms Paris Test Event, and More

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Competitors seriously injured on St. George course

On Saturday, two competitors were involved in a bicycle collision with a vehicle on the course of the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. According to local reports, the vehicle involved in the collision was a gray Jeep Renegade with extensive damage to the rear of the vehicle, including a broken rear window. Mark Evans, one of those injured in the crash, said he was ‘driving about 30 miles an hour when a car came onto the course’ and a ‘apparently drunk’ woman ran into stopped in front of him and he left through the rear windshield. Evans underwent two blood transfusions, surgery for arm lacerations and a fractured neck, thoracic and elbow, broken ribs, broken nose.

Following the accident, the Ironman Group issued a statement saying “The well-being of our competitors is paramount, and we are grateful for the work of medical personnel and local law enforcement. We wish both athletes a full and speedy recovery and will continue to support them and their families.”

A triathlon pioneer killed in a bicycle accident

Dante Dettamanti, triathlon pioneer and famous water polo coach, died last week in a bicycle accident. Dettamanti crashed into a County Public Works Department street sweeper about a mile south of Highway 92 on Tuesday around 4:07 p.m. Dettamanti, 80, died at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol. . Dettamanti, who placed sixth at Ironman Hawaii in 1981 – the year the race moved to Kona – was one of the most successful water polo coaches in history. He coached at Stanford from 1977 to 2001, leading the Cardinal to eight NCAA championships, and is the only coach to win NCAA championships in four different decades.

Non-Stanford races last pro race

The decorated British Olympian Non Stanford has put her feet up for good after competing in her last competition as a professional triathlon yesterday. The 33-year-old, who was both European and Commonwealth Games champion this year, was greeted with emotional hugs from her competitors after crossing the finish line of the Super League Grand Final in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, in 12th place. “I didn’t win but I had fun, doing something I love, surrounded by some of my favorite people. And at the end of the day, that’s not why we all start the sport in first place,” she posted. Stanford, who is set to marry Australian professional triathlete Aaron Royle this year, has announced she will join British Triathlon as an assistant coach.

Pro Max Neumann Shares Kona’s Scary Consequences

Australian pro Max Neumann, 27, finished fourth at the Ironman World Championships earlier this month. But he doesn’t remember having finished. “I practically passed out and went straight to the hospital, then I woke up, I couldn’t feel my legs and arms…I don’t know what happened,” he said. he told the Australian Associated Press. He came around two hours later, then said his ankles “swelled up to look like balloons” and that he had been sick for a week. “I was worried. It’s because I went over the limit…I’m not sure I want to do it again,” he said of the race in Kona, where he set the third fastest time. fastest in 2:40:13. “It’s literally dangerous, it’s like the body is telling you that you’re like dying.” Neumann, a three-time Ironman Cairns champion who won the Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast in September, recovered and raced in the Noosa Triathlon, crossing the line second, but was disqualified.

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World Triathlon confirms Paris test event

The Olympics may be two years away, but Paris is already preparing. World Triathlon has confirmed that a test event for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place from August 17-20, 2023 with athletes swimming in the Seine, cycling along some of Paris’ most iconic streets: from the Champs-Elysées at the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, and end with the Pont Alexandre III. Besides the elite and paratriathlon races, the event will also include a mixed relay race.

USAT launches Kids Tri initiative, aimed at developing sport among young people

This week, USA Triathlon announced its USA Kids Tri initiative, aimed at developing youth triathlon and multisport by introducing the sport and its lifelong health benefits to a wide range of children in schools. and communities. Backed by the USA Triathlon Foundation, USA Kids Tri will provide financial support to local events, race directors, coaches and clubs across the country that increase triathlon and multisport opportunities and access for current young athletes. and potentials. Those interested in starting, supporting, or sponsoring youth programs and initiatives in their respective communities are encouraged to contact the USA Triathlon Foundation at [email protected] or usakidstri.org to learn more.

Registrations open for Endurance Exchange

Mark your calendars: USA Triathlon’s fourth annual Endurance Exchange returns in January 2023, with a return to an in-person format. The three-day convention runs Jan. 23-26 in Austin, Texas. Endurance Exchange gives coaches, race directors, club officers, athletes, officials and other multisport stakeholders the opportunity to network and learn from industry experts and participants on a variety of topics. Endurance Exchange registration is in progress. Learn more about Endurance Exchange and register now.

Briton sets world record for most Olympic triathlons in one week

Guinness World Records officially hailed Mark Jones for completing the most Olympic distance triathlons in one week; at 22 years. The 44-year-old from Windsor, UK, completed back-to-back triathlons in July, all done alone in an indoor swimming pool and in a nearby park with his wife, Jane, as his teammate. Jones, who broke the previous record of 20 triathlons, used his efforts to raise money for Steel Warriors, a charity that reuses knives seized and turned over from the streets of London into free outdoor gymnastic gymnasiums, by honor of his late brother, who died of an unprovoked stabbing.

Notes on podcasts

  • Greg Bennett brings in professional triathlete and 2002 Ironman World runner-up Sam Laidlow, who looks back on his run in Kona and discusses more about how he became one of the best in the world.

  • For a dose of inspiration, listen to This Hits Different, which tells the story of Brock Kitterman, a triathlete and hockey player who beat cancer and blindness to join the USA Blind Hockey Team.

  • tripoint shares the stories of three of his coaches who competed in Kona: Kurt Madden, Joanna Nami and Kyle Stone. They share their individual experiences of training and racing on the world stage.

  • A few weeks ago, How they train posted an episode with Taylor Knibb – well worth listening for some insight into her preparation for her winning performance at Friday’s 70.3 World Championships.

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