Women set to battle it out on proposed 2012 Olympic course
Created On: 05 August 2011
The world's top women triathletes will battle it out over the
proposed London 2012 Olympic course tomorrow (Saturday) morning as
the action gets underway at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World
Championship London, presented by Tata Steel.
The elite women's race, starting at 08.36 tomorrow at London's
iconic Hyde Park, is the first race of an exciting weekend of
There is additional spice for the athletes as many nations are
using the competition as an Olympic qualifying opportunity.
Canada's Paula Findlay, who was a surprise winner of last year's
London race, is among the 67 athletes competing in tomorrow's elite
Findlay is now second in the World Championship rankings but has
been struggling with a hip injury that made her withdraw from the
World Cup in Edmonton last month.
"I had to pull out of the race in Edmonton with the intention of
being healthy this weekend, but unfortunately it's been a bit
slower than I expected," she said.
"I'm not 100 per cent, I've just been cycling and swimming in
training," she said. "I still intend to race and I'm excited to be
Chile's Barbara Riveros Diaz leads the current World Championship
Series rankings and will hope for a belated celebration of her 24th
birthday - she passed the landmark on Thursday (4 August).
The Aussie trio of Emmas - Moffatt, Jackson and Snowsill - return
to action in London after taking gold, silver and bronze
respectively at the last World Championship race in Hamburg three
Shaun Stephens, Australian National Head Coach, said reigning
Olympic champion Snowsill received a major boost from that win in
"All indications from Snowsill suggest she has developed confidence
from Hamburg and has completed another good training block," he
"Emma Jackson has continued to train very well and has not allowed
her outstanding result in Hamburg to distract her from continuing a
Britain's Helen Jenkins goes into the race sixth in the current
rankings. She said she's looking forward to competing on home soil.
She said: ""It's nice to have home support. You wouldn't think it
would make that much difference, but it does. I've had two third
places here and if I get a podium this year I will meet the Olympic
selection and that will be brilliant."
The action continues after the elite race with more than 1300
people taking part in the Age Group Olympic Distance Triathlons
around Hyde Park, while around 800 people will take part in Age
Group Sprint Distance Triathlons.
Saturday also sees the GE Tri Team Relay and both the Youth and
Junior Aquathlon Championships.
The action continues on Sunday with the men's elite race getting
underway at 13.06.