Just two more races to go – the World Triathlon Series arrives in Edmonton this weekend, and there’s a very strong chance we could see more than one Brit up on the podium.
Flora Duffy (BER) carried on a breakthrough consistent season in Stockholm when she scored her third top 5 WTS finish of the year. Duffy’s tenacity on the bike is unmatched and will be the key for the Berumuda athlete to score a second podium this weekend.
The Aussies will also have a strong showing in Canada. Emma Moffatt and Ashleigh Gentle are tough competitors and are ones to look out for. Both women made podium in Yokohama with Gentle earning the silver, while Moffatt took the bronze. Emma Jackson is another Aussie to watch, as is Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham. Plagued with injury and illness since 2012, Densham showed signs of a return to form with her finishes in London and Stockholm. Full start list.
The women’s race will be held on Sunday, September 6 at 1:30pm local time (8.30pm UK time). UK viewers can watch the race live on the BBC Red Button service (free), or online at triathlonlive.tv (£).
In his drive for five World Championship titles, Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) is in Edmonton to top off the men’s roster, and sports the golden number one. After dominating the competition in Stockholm, the Spaniard remains in strong contention to become the first athlete ever to win five ITU World Championships.
Rode 70.3 Worlds course today. Felt quite weak but hey, 2 days ago couldn’t get up from bed. That’s an improvement! pic.twitter.com/hm2KqjcLVQ
— Javi Gomez Noya (@Jgomeznoya) August 27, 2015
However, he’s been suffering from illness after WTS Stockholm and couldn’t manage better than bronze at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships a few days ago.
With Britain’s Brownlee brothers sitting this out yet another WTS race due to injury, it’s fellow Spaniard Mario Mola who looks most likely to challenge Gomez. Sitting in second in the Columbia Threadneedle rankings, Mola is right on the coattails, trailing by just 447 points. His incredible running strength means if Mola makes it in the lead group in the swim and bike, there should be nothing stopping him from making podium.
Another talented runner is South Africa’s Richard Murray. He wowed the spectators at the Rio Test Event when he made up a minute after the bike leg and blew past over twenty men to ultimately earn the bronze medal. Murray has not seen the likes of a WTS podium since Abu Dhabi and is overdue for a medal this weekend.
To do so, however, he will have to go head-to-head with Vincent Luis (FRA) in addition to the Spaniards. The young French triathlete has been the name to watch this season in sprint races after countless strong performances throughout the whole season. He has made the podium in every single race that he has contested and was finally able to secure his first gold medal in Hamburg. A tactical racer whose swim, bike and run are all on par with the best, look for Luis to be a leader this weekend.
Sole elite male Brits racing in Edmonton are Adam Bowden and Tom Bishop. Check out the men’s start list.
The men’s race will be held on Sunday, September 6 at 3:30pm local time (10.30pm UK time). UK viewers can watch the race live on the BBC Red Button service (free), or online at triathlonlive.tv (£).
(Images: Delly Carr / ITU)
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