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Review – ITU World Triathlon London in Hyde Park – 31st May 2015

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After the sunshine of yesterday, it was rain and grey skies that welcomed the world’s best triathletes  in a  ITU World Triathlon Series race on the  London 2012 Olympic course in the heart of Hyde Park.

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Starting with a swim in a rather chilling Serpentine, the elite men made short work of the sprint distance. However there was drama on the transition with one of the favourites, Johnny Brownlee who had a puncture which led him to be over a minute behind the leaders.

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However the other local favourite Alistair Brownlee began to dominate and won the race easily, Fernando Alarza of Spain was second with Vincent Luis of France third.

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The elite women’s race was likely to be dominated by the Americans especially the Series overall women’s leader USA’s Gwen Jorgensen, with a lot of interest in  British  former World Champion Non Stanford.

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The race saw the American’s dominating with Gwen Jorgensen always in the leading group, a surprise was the good form of the youngest British competitor Sophie Caldwell.

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The run saw Jorgensen and fellow Americans Sarah True and Katie Zaferes race into a clear lead.

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Jorgensen won easily with Zaferes in second and True in third  to complete an American clean sweep.

With Rio 2016 qualification points at stake and a large enthusiastic crowd, the ITU World Triathlon Series London  presented a wonderful showcase of elite level triathlon racing.

If you would like further information , visit the London Triathlon website here

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Review – ITU World Triathlon London in Hyde Park – 30th May 2015

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ITU World Triathlon London, Hyde Park

The Vitality World Triathlon London is one of the world’s leading triathlon events and one of only two legacy events from the 2012 Olympic games still open to public participation.

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On the first day of the  event, it was the turn of the non elite athletes from all around the world to swim, bike and run on the iconic Hyde Park course in pursuit of their own personal glory.

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Distances start from Tri It (400m swim, 15km bike, 2.5km run) and go all the way up to Olympic (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run), meaning that individuals of all fitness levels can take part and challenge themselves on the course before crossing the finish line in front of a packed grandstand.

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The swim is in the Serpentine in the middle of  Hyde Park before the bike ride and the run, with so many athletes taking part it is a bit of a logistics nightmare but to the credit of the organisers and volunteers all seem to go smoothly.

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With the up to 5000 participants being supported by family and friends adding to the large crowd , the first day of the event was well supported all over the park .

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There are many vantage spots for spectators to watch the action around the course which are free to use but if  if  you would like seats in the grandstand , tickets can be bought  to secure the best seats.

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Tomorrow afternoon is when the world’s best triathletes go head to head in a  ITU World Triathlon Series race on the  London 2012 Olympic course in the heart of Hyde Park. With Rio 2016 qualification points at stake and plenty of British interest with the Brownlee brothers, it’s represents a wonderful showcase of elite level triathlon racing.

MAIN EVENT DATE – SUNDAY 31st MAY:

Mens race – 15:05

Women’s race – 16:45

OTHER  EVENTS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 30TH MAY

British Youth Aquathlon Championships Male 08:00
British Youth Aquathlon Championships Female 08:05
British Junior Aquathlon Championships Male 08:15
British Junior Aquathlon Championships Female 08:20
Aquathlon Medal Ceremonies 09:00 – 09:20
Paratriathlon Athlete Presentation 09:20
Paratriathlon Event 09:30
Paratriathlon Medal Ceremonies 12:00 – 12.15
AG Transition Check-in For Open Race 12:00 – 19:00
Open Age Group Sprint Distance 14:30 – 16:50
Open Age Group Tri It Distance 17:10 – 17:40
AG Transition Closes 19:30

SUNDAY 31ST MAY

Open Age Group Olympic Distance 07:00
Open Age Group Olympic Relay 11:10
Open Age Group Sprint Relay 11:30
Open Age Group Sprint Distance 11:35
Open Age Group Tri It Distance 12:50
Elite Male 15:05
Medal Ceremony – Elite Male 16:05
Elite Female 16:45
Medal Ceremony – Elite Female 17:55

If you would like further information or book tickets for the Grandstand, visit the London Triathlon website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
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