Pre Race Press Release -  2004 ITU Gamagori World Cup

Pre Race Press Release -  2004 ITU Gamagori World Cup

By ITU Admin on 26/09/04 at 12:00 am

ITU GAMAGORI WORLD CUP TESTS 2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COURSE

Gamagori, Japan, For immediate release: Gamagori, which is an annual favourite   stop on the World Cup circuit, has moved from the motor boat stadium to Laguna   Gamagori to test the new venue selected for the 2005 World Championships   when Japan will host the event for the first time. The new course features a   2 laps, 1500m swim in the Laguna Yacht Harbour, following by a 6 lap, 40km bike   course which includes a steep 92 metre climb up to the gigantic Buddha statue.   The bike course also includes some challenging, technical corners. The final   3 lap, 10km run is around the Laguna. The new course is very spectator-friendly   for the thousands of spectators expected to watch the event.

ITU President Les McDonald, who selected the new venue and designed the bike   course said, The bike course was intentionally designed to go around   the prominent Buddha statue on the top of the hill. The Buddha statue is a symbol   of peace for the people of Gamagori and is consistent with our belief that world   peace is possible through all sport and particularly triathlon.

Teams from around the world have arrived in Gamagori to contest the World Cup   and to test the venue for the 2005 World Championships. Germany has sent their   #1 World Ranked Anja Dittmer who will be trying to solidify her position at   the top. Dittmer has already won 2 World Cup titles this year (Tiszaujvaros   and Hamburg) and will be looking for her triple crown. In the mens event   Germany has entered Sebastien Dehmer and Steffen Justus who took the gold and   silver at the 2004 Under 23 World Championships. Justus made the podium at the   Salford World Cup earlier this year, while Dehmer just missed the podium at   the Mazatlan World Cup. Andreas Raelert who had strong performances in both   the Athens Olympic Games and the Hamburg World Cup is also someone to watch.

The Aussies are also in Gamagori in full force including Anabel Luxford, Pip   Taylor and Maxine Seear  world ranked 2, 3, and 4 respectively. All will   be in the hunt to take over the top spot from Dittmer. Nicole Hackett, the 2000   World Champion is also returning to World Cup racing following her time off   to have a family. Greg Bennett who won this event in 2002 and narrowly missed   the podium at the Olympic Games is always a threat in the mens event.   Bryce Quirk missed the World Cup swing through Europe after placing 2nd in Tongyeong,   and is an odds on favourite to move up the World Rankings with points he earns   here.

Stuart Hayes leads a strong British team into Gamagori. Hayes who is currently   ranked 5th in the World has 2 podiums to his credits this year (Salford and   Madrid.) Perennial favourite Andrew Johns is returning to World Cup racing following   his 16th place finish at the Athens Olympic Games. Michelle Dillon and Liz Blatchford   are the top British women, currently ranked 5th and 6th. Blatchford is coming   off a podium finish last weekend in Madrid and is always a threat.

Laura Reback leads the American team with podium finishes in the past 2 World   Championships. Seth Wealing and Joe Umphenour are the top Americans in the mens   event.

Japanese fans will have lots to cheer about as Akiko Sekine, who placed 12th   at the Olympic Games, will be looking to repeat her podium finish at this event   in 2003. Maki Shimomura, the Olympic reserve is also in good shape for the weekend   race. In the mens event the young Japanese team is led by Tsukasa Hirano,   the best swimmer in the circuit, who is expected to impress the crowd when he   exits the water in first position. Hirokatsu Tayama who stunned the triathlon   world with his thrilling swim-bike performance at the Olympic Games is also   expected to perform well in front of his home-country crowd. Other Japanese   athletes to watch are Machiko Nakanishi and Ai Ueda in the womens event.   Among the men, keep your eye on Hiroyuki Nishiuchi, one of the best runners   in the field, Junichi Yamamoto, who won last weekends ITU Makuhari Asian   Cup Triathlon, and Ryosuke Yamamoto, who was Olympic substitute and will also   be out to please his home-country fans and impress Japanese TV viewers.

In the coming years the World Cup events in Asia will be an important stepping   stone to the Beijing Olympics Games in 2008. Kyung-Sun Yu, President of the   Asian Triathlon Confederation, Chiharu Igaya (IOC), ITU Vice President and JTU   President will be meeting with ITU President, Les McDonald in Gamagagori to   discuss plans for future growth of the Olympic sport of Triathlon.

ITU Media will cover the Gamagori World Cup live on http://www.triathlon.org/   with audio by former World Champion Jackie Fairweather (nee Gallagher), live   text updates, full live timing and pictures from Gamagori. Coverage begins at   11 a.m., local time which is 4:00 a.m., in Madrid, 10:00 p.m. in New York, 7:00   p.m. in Vancouver and 12:00 a.m. in Sydney.

For more information on the ITU Gamagori Triathlon World Cup, or for further   information on triathlon, visit http://www.triathlon.org/

For 2005 Gamagori Elite Triathlon World Championships, visit http://www.gamagori.world-triathlon2005.com/6pm   and for the race venue “Laguna Gamagori”, visit http://www.laguna-gamagori.co.jp/

 

 

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