Atkinson Makes it Two in a Row

Atkinson Makes it Two in a Row

By ITU Admin on 26/04/09 at 12:01 am

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2009 Ishigaki Tricast - Elite Men

Courtney Atkinson of Australia stormed home for his second world cup victory of the year at the 2009 Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup this Sunday.  This is Atkinsons fourth win at the Ishigaki race since 2005, which he deems lucky after losing his wedding ring during the swim that same year.  Atkinsons winning time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 24 seconds was 37 seconds quicker than Russias Ivan Vasiliev.  The Russians scored a second medal in Ivans younger brother Denis, who was third another 22 seconds back.

Having exited the swim with the front pack Atkinson was dropped early on as he struggled to find his cycling legs in the uncharacteristically cold conditions. Having spent the first 5km bike lap trailing the leaders, which included the Vasiliev brothers from Russia, he made contact on one of the climbs over the now infamous Ishigaki bridge.

Working well together the lead pack of six managed to establish a four minute lead over the chasers coming into second transition as talented runners such as Jarrod Shoemaker from the USA and Germanys Sebastian Rank were left with too much to do to make it up to the podium positions.

Atkinson battled with Denis Vasiliev for one 3km lap before pulling away to an unassailable advantage. Following his early exertions Denis dropped back into the clutches of older brother Ivan who ran through for second. Vladamir Turbaevskiy added to the Russian success with fourth place ahead of Australias James Seear who played a key part in driving forward the breakaway.

“I was probably more nervous today than usual, but I’ve won a fair few times here and to win my fifth race on the island is great, commented the 30-year old Atkinson. I’m not the best in the cold, and it was a bit chilly here today. It was a bit difficult on the run as I don’t often race the European guys so I didn’t know how strong they were. But once I settled into my pace I was able to conserve a little bit of energy for next week whilst managing to pull away.”

Im so happy, today was great, we raced really well and this is an excellent start to the year, said Ivan Vasiliev. Im really pleased for my brother, Denis, I havent seen such a strong performance for someone in their first world cup; he was brilliant.

It was a fantastic time for me this weekend, Im so surprised by my result, it has been an amazing day, said Denis Vasiliev. I never expected to take a medal in my first world cup; its a bit of a dream.

Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Elite Men - Unofficial Results
Gold Courtney Atkinson (AUS)1:48:24
Silver Ivan Vasiliev (RUS)1:49:01+:37
Bronze Denis Vasiliev (RUS)1:49:23+:59
4th Vladamir Turbaevskiy (RUS)1:49:41+1:17
5th James Seear (AUS)1:49:46+1:22
6th Hirokatsu Tayama (JPN)1:50:13+1:49
7th Sebastian Rank (GER)1:51:34+3:10
8th Jarrod Shoemaker (USA)1:51:50+3:26
9th Kyle Jones (CAN)1:51:59+3:35
10th Yohann Vincent (FRA)1:52:03+3:39
Official full field results are available here

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El australiano Courtney Atkinson se hizo con su segunda victoria del ao en la copa del mundo en la Copa del Mundo de Triatln ITU 2009 este domingo. Esta es la cuarta victoria de Atkinson en la carrera de Ishigaki desde el 2005, la cual la considera la de la suerte tras haber perdido ese mismo ao su anillo de boda durante la natacin. Atkinson ha ganado con un tiempo de 1 hora, 48 minutos y 24 segundos, 37 segundos ms rpido que el ruso Ivan Vasiliev. Los rusos lograron una segunda medalla gracias al hermano pequeo de Ivan, Denis que termin tercero a otros 22 segundos. 

Tras salir de la natacin con el grupo de cabeza, Atkinson se qued pronto descolgado ya que le cost aclimatar sus piernas al atpico fro. Tras pasar la primera vuelta de cinco kilmetros detrs de los lderes, entre los que estaban los hermanos Vasiliev de Rusia, contact con ellos en una de las subidas al ahora clebre puente de Ishigaki .

El buen trabajo del grupo de cabeza hizo que consiguiesen una ventaja de cuatro minutos sobre los perseguidores a la llegada a la segunda transicin y grandes corredores como el estadounidense Jarrod Shoemaker y el alemn Sebastian Rank perdieron muchas opciones de lograr las plazas del podium. 

Atkinson luch con Denis Vasiliev durante los tres primeros kilmetros antes de distanciarse y lograr una ventaja inalcanzable. Denis pag su esfuerzo del principio y fue alcanzado por su hermano mayor Ivan quien consigui el segundo puesto. Vladamir Turbaevskiy se sum al xito ruso al conseguir la cuarta plaza, por delante del australiano James Seear, pieza clave en lanzar la escapada. 

Hoy estaba ms nervioso de lo normal, aqu he ganado varias veces y ganar mi quinta carrera en la isla es genial, coment Atkinson de 30 aos de edad. No soy el mejor con el fro y hoy haca un poco de fro. Fue un poco difcil en la carrera a pie, ya que no compito a menudo con los chicos europeos y no saba cmo iban a estar ellos. Pero una vez que me ajust a mi ritmo, fui capaz de guardar algo de energa para la prxima semana, al mismo tiempo que lograba distanciarme.

Estoy tan feliz, hoy todo fue genial, corrimos verdaderamente bien y es un excelente comienzo del ao, dijo Ivan Vasiliev. Estoy realmente contento por mi hermano, Denis, no he visto a nadie hacer una carrera tan buena en su primera copa del mundo; ha sido brillante.

Este fin de semana ha sido una gran experiencia para m, estoy muy sorprendido de mi resultado, ha sido un da increble, dijo Denis Vasiliev. Nunca esperaba lograr una medalla en mi primera copa del mundo, es parte de un sueo.

Copa del Mundo de Triatln ITU de Ishigaki
1.5km natacin, 40km bicicleta, 10km carrera a pie
Elite Masculina Resultados no oficiales
Oro Courtney Atkinson (AUS)1:48:24
Plata Ivan Vasiliev (RUS)1:49:01+:37
Bronce Denis Vasiliev (RUS)1:49:23+:59
4th Vladamir Turbaevskiy (RUS)1:49:41+1:17
5th James Seear (AUS)1:49:46+1:22
6th Hirokatsu Tayama (JPN)1:50:13+1:49
7th Sebastian Rank (GER)1:51:34+3:10
8th Jarrod Shoemaker (USA)1:51:50+3:26
9th Kyle Jones (CAN)1:51:59+3:35
10th Yohann Vincent (FRA)1:52:03+3:39
Todos los resultados oficiales estn disponibles aqu

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