Budapest Grand Final Preview

by Brad Culp on 09 Sep, 2010 11:31 • Español

The world’s top triathletes are in beautiful Budapest, Hungary, ready to take on the second annual Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Grand Final. After races in Sydney, Seoul, Madrid, Hamburg, London and Kitzbühel, the final event of the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series lands in the Hungarian capital, showcasing many of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks. On Saturday and Sunday, world champions will be crowned in the Age Group, Junior, U23, Paratriathlon and Elite categories. Over 3,000 athletes representing 67 nations are scheduled to compete in this weekend’s events. The Elite races will be shown live in 15 countries and at a later date in an additional 14 countries.

The Elite men will kick things off with a 1,500-meter swim in the Danube River at 1:00 pm local time on Saturday. Heading into the final race of the Series, Germany’s Jan Frodeno leads the ITU World Rankings. Frodeno has been red hot this season, finishing on the podium four times, including a win at round two of the Series in Seoul.

Currently second in the rankings is 2008 World Champion Javier Gomez of Spain. The Spaniard is the only man to win two Series events this year, taking back-to-back titles in Hamburg and London. Gomez sits 231 points back of Frodeno in the current standings, which means that if he wins and Frodeno finishes off the podium, Gomez will earn his second world title.

Live video coverage of the Elite races will be available at triathlon.org/tv

While Frodeno and Gomez are the favourites to take home the World Championship, they’re not the only ones in the hunt. World number three Alexander Brukhankov will be looking for another strong showing to put the icing on the best year of his career. If the Russian takes the title in Budapest and Frodeno and Gomez finish outside of the top ten, Brukhankov will be world champ.

Others will a shot at the world title include Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt (currently ranked 4th), Germany’s Steven Justus (5th), Aussie Courtney Atkinson (6th) and American Jarrod Shoemaker (7th). Each of these athletes will need the top three men to finish outside of the top ten in order to move up to the top spot in the rankings.

Because he missed the first two events of the Series, reigning world champ Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain will not have a shot at repeating as world champion, but the fleet-footed Brit is always a threat to take the win.

The race for the women’s world title is even tighter, with reigning world champion Emma Moffatt of Australia and Kiwi Andrea Hewitt separated by only 52 points. Neither Moffatt nor Hewitt have won a Series race this season, but both have been incredibly consistent, scoring six podium finishes between the two them. If Hewitt finishes one spot ahead of Moffatt in Budapest, she’ll have a great shot at taking the title.

Sweden’s Lisa Norden is currently third, 204 points back of Hewitt. She’s been on a roll as of late, winning in Hamburg and also taking top honours at the first-ever ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne three weeks ago. If the Swede takes the win and Moffatt and Hewitt finish off the podium, Norden will be world champion.

Other women with a good shot at taking the 2010 crown include Brit Helen Jenkins (currently 4th), Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig (5th) and Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz (6th).

Many of the women will have their eyes on 21-year-old Canadian Paula Findlay, who has won the last two Series races in London and Kitzbühel. Because she’s only competing in her third event of the Series, it’s highly unlikely that she’ll be able to move up to the top spot in the rankings, but she’ll no doubt be a threat to take her third consecutive win.

The Elite men will race at 1:00 pm local time on Saturday, with the Elite women to follow at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Live video coverage will be available at triathlon.org/tv


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Results: U23 Women
1. Emma Jackson AUS 01:58:07
2. Kirsten Sweetland CAN 01:58:59
3. Emmie Charayron FRA 01:59:19
4. Rachel Klamer NED 01:59:31
5. Alexandra Razarenova RUS 01:59:45
6. Teresa Adam NZL 02:00:07
7. Alice Betto ITA 02:00:11
8. Flora Duffy BER 02:00:14
9. Lauren Goldstein- Kral USA 02:00:18
10. Charlotte Bonin ITA 02:00:45
Results: U23 Men
1. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:44:24
2. Ryan Sissons NZL 01:44:52
3. Franz Loeschke GER 01:44:53
4. Jamie Huggett AUS 01:44:55
5. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:45:02
6. Crisanto Grajales MEX 01:45:22
7. Vincent Luis FRA 01:45:29
8. Richard Murray RSA 01:45:33
9. Aurelien Raphael FRA 01:45:46
10. Drew Box AUS 01:45:51
Results: Junior Women
1. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 00:57:47
2. Charlotte Bauer GER 00:58:52
3. Joanna Brown CAN 00:59:07
4. Kelly Whitley USA 00:59:20
5. Yuka Sato JPN 00:59:29
6. Neiske Becks NED 00:59:34
7. Tanelle Berard USA 00:59:46
8. Theresa Baumgartel GER 00:59:50
9. Amy Roberts AUS 00:59:51
10. Annika Vössing GER 00:59:55
Results: Junior Men
1. Fernando Alarza ESP 00:52:15
2. Thomas Bishop GBR 00:52:17
3. Kevin McDowell USA 00:52:22
4. Lukas Verzbicas USA 00:52:36
5. Ron Darmon ISR 00:52:43
6. Ryan Fisher AUS 00:52:47
7. Vicente Hernandez ESP 00:52:55
8. Anthony Pujades FRA 00:53:00
9. Matthew Sharpe CAN 00:53:02
10. Andreas Schilling DEN 00:53:06
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