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Friday, April 02, 2021
Smith Shares His Thoughts on Triathlon Eliminator

Bermuda Triathlete Tyler Smith shared his thoughts on the recent announcement of the Triathlon Eliminator Format.

Recently the World Triathlon Championship Series announced the Eliminator, the intense new format takes place across two days and over a super-sprint course: 300m Swim, 6km Bike, 1.5km Run, it will also feature in Bermuda.

Smith said, “This new format isn’t really that innovative and won’t be that exciting to watch. To the average viewer, it makes an already complex sport to follow even more complex.

Logistically it requires greater resources and longer road closures for the LOC. In my view, the ITU, (for some reason terribly rebranded to world triathlon?) should invest more into race coverage (challenge Daytona, great example) building up stars of the sport (see world athletics I for example), and designing dynamic courses to captivate audiences and make the racing interesting.

Part of the lure of triathlon is the attritional part of it being an ENDURANCE sport. This is what attracts and inspires fans. I sat and watched the last 3 hours of the 5:45’ long Gent-Wevelgem. Would it be more enthralling if it were changed to a 45’ crit race? DEFINITELY NO! should the marathon become 3x3km elimination? Sunday’s F1 Bahrain Grand Prix was 1h 30m and millions including myself were glued to their television for the entire duration. My opinion is to stop copping out and leaning on shortening the duration of events as a catch-all way to develop the sport.

Read the latest comments on world triathlon IG… fans aren’t even that pleased. It does have a place, but leave the premier WTS circuit to showcasing premier racing over the Olympic distance.

Obviously bigger things happening in the world! But these are my thought as an aspiring athlete.”
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Bermuda to Feature Triathlon Eliminator Format

With the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series now set to begin in Yokohama on May 15th, it has been confirmed that August’s Groupe Copley WTCS Montreal will see another exciting first for the sport’s top tier of racing: the Eliminator.

The intense new format takes place across two days and over a super-sprint course: 300m Swim, 6km Bike, 1.5km Run.

The Montreal race will see up to 60 athletes drawn in two qualifiers on day one. The top ten from each race will progress through to the next day, along with ten more from the repechage races for those who did not make the cut (the top ten in the case of a single repechage, the top five of each in the case of two).

All 30 athletes classified for the final round will then line up on day two to battle it out for gold over three more super sprints.

At the end of the first race, the last ten across the line will be eliminated. At the end of the second, the final ten will also be eliminated. The last race of the weekend will see the remaining 10 athletes race for gold in a dramatic finale.

“As part of our mission to innovate and entertain, World Triathlon is constantly exploring different models for competition. The huge success of the Mixed Relay will see it make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, and now the Eliminator is set to bring another fresh and exciting new format to the sport’s most prestigious events: The World Triathlon Championship Series,” said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado.

After its debut in Canada, the Eliminator will also be the format for the Men’s and Women’s Elite races at October’s WTCS Bermuda.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
World Triathlon Announce Athlete Scholarship Programme

Erica Hawley & Tyler Smith did the Program
World Triathlon is proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2021 Athlete Scholarship Programme, meant to identify and provide support, resources and expertise to athletes from developing or emerging National Federations (NF Groups*: 2, 3B, 3A) with the greatest needs in order to help them compete at Continental and World level over the Olympic Qualification Period and help their preparation and qualification for the upcoming Olympic Games and beyond.

Athletes selected for the World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship Programme will be carefully ‘placed’ in a programme commensurate with their specific needs in the interest of their progressive development to an elite level. Placements will vary in duration and form depending on the specific outline of the programme developed by the NF in conjunction with the World Triathlon Development deemed to be conducive to the athlete’s development needs.

The target group will be athletes from developing National Federations who have already shown competence at a Continental and World level and are looking to make the step up to top-level training and racing but need support to do so. These athletes should be seen as Olympic prospects (Tokyo 2020 & Paris 2024) by their National Federations. The athletes will be drawn primarily from U23 and elite ranks, but junior athletes can also be considered as part of the next generation for the future.

In order to be eligible and apply for the Scholarship, Athletes must be registered and in good standing with their National Federations and have shown the ability to race at a high standard in Continental and World Cup level competition. The athletes nominated by their National Federations should be committed to competing in the long term and have the Olympic Games as an ultimate objective.

World Triathlon Development will consider the following criteria in the selection process:

• Top 5 placing at Continental Championship in Elite, U23 or Junior category in the past two years among the developing/emerging NFs (NF Groups: 2, 3B, 3A).

• Must be from an emerging/developing National Federation (NF Groups: 2, 3B, 3A).

All applications will be considered in conjunction with a strong endorsement from the athlete’s National Federation.

Successful applicants will receive the following:

• The amount of funding allocated to each athlete depending on the programme outline submitted by the NF for each candidate.
Use of the World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship
The World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship may be used for the following as defined in the athlete’s 2021 planning and approved by World Triathlon Development:
- Participation (travel, accommodation) at qualification races on the way to Tokyo 2020 and beyond
- Training camps
- Massage, Physiotherapy
- Equipment support

Evaluation and Requirements of Recipients

The athletes selected will be tracked for the duration of the placement, and regular reporting will be required from the candidates and their personal coaches.

Athletes who receive a World Triathlon Athlete Scholarship will be required to compete in the Continental Championships (Elite, U23, Junior) and/or the World Championships (U23, Junior) in the year of receiving the scholarship.

All recipients must make themselves available (within reason and without interfering with the athlete’s training, racing or school commitments) for interviews and photo sessions to promote the programme in their own country and internationally.

All recipients must either organize or be involved in a Community or Youth Triathlon Project within their home NF within their scholarship year and submit a detailed report to World Triathlon Development within 2 weeks of the project taking place.

Click Here to Download the Application Form

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Triathlon Olympic & Paralympic Rankings Start May 1st

The Executive Board of World Triathlon has approved the restart of the Olympic and Paralympic Qualification rankings from May, 1st 2021. The Asian Championships will also be counted as an exception as it takes place prior to the date of the restart. Concurrently, the IOC and IPC have been asked for the relevant qualification criteria to be updated. The Olympic Qualification Period will remain open until no later than June 21st5, while for the Paralympics the Qualification Period will be open until July 15th.

The restart of the Olympic qualification period will mean that athletes will have the opportunities to compete in a total of 6 events, including World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama and Leeds and World Triathlon Cups in Osaka, Lisbon, Arzachena, and Huatulco, with racing planned in three continents during the window. The remaining Continental Championships and the Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification events are also planned to be held during the qualification period. The world rankings will also reopen on May 1st.

The restart of the Paralympic qualification period will mean that athletes will have the opportunities to compete in at least 4 events, including World Triathlon Para Series and World Triathlon Para Cups, with racing planned on two continents during the window. The remaining Continental Championship events are also to be held during the qualification period. The para-triathlon world rankings will also be reopened on May 1st.

The standings were frozen last March due to the worldwide impact of the pandemic and the subsequent travel restrictions that forced athletes around the globe to limit their training and travel and led to many events being postponed and canceled. The World Triathlon events that took place at the end of the 2020 season, including the World Championships, did not count for the Olympic nor the Paralympic rankings.

More specific details regarding this process, and the updated qualification criteria, will be communicated to all National Federations in the coming days.

The World Triathlon Executive Board has also approved the rules for the Eliminator format, which will make its debut in the World Triathlon Championship Series this year, and the World Games qualification criteria.

In the Board meeting, held once more via videoconference, it was approved the appointment of the new members of the World Triathlon Tribunal: Ize Matebese (NIR), Judge Jones (USA), Judge Tom O’Donnell (IRL), and Stephen Sampson (UK). The Board also approved to appoint Bela Varga (HUN) as a member of the Competition Jury for the Tokyo Olympic Games, after the resignation of one of the previously selected members. Byambaa Tsagaanbaatar (MON) has been nominated as a Technical Official for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, also in replacement of a TO that resigned.

The Executive Board approved in the same meeting the Development contracts with Americas Triathlon, Africa Triathlon, and Asia Triathlon, which will grant these continents funds for development activities during the 2021 season.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Hawley Finishes 11th in Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon

Hawley in Action
Erica Hawley took part in the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon and for the second weekend in a row, she would finish11th, in the Women’s Elite Pro Race.

Hawley was clocked across the line in a time of 56:49.7.

Hawley covered the 0.75 km Swim Course in a time of 9:55.8 coming out of the water in the 22nd spot. Hawley would move up to 7th after covering the 18.3 km Bike Course in a time of 38:25.4. Hawley closed out with a 5 km Run Time of 18:45.0.

Hawley said, “It was a hard hot day out there, I was in the second pack out of the swim, and myself and a couple of other girls biked pretty hard and caught on within 5km so there was about 15 of us in the lead pack going into the run.”

Hawley concluded, “Another run race, in the end, It feels so good to race again and was happy with my execution in both races.”
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