By ITU Admin on 07/06/08 at 12:00 am
The Under23 level of competition was first included at the 2002 world championships as an additional platform for developing athletes moving from the junior to senior ranks. It has been an early indicator of success, with past winners including Spain’s Javier Gomez, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, Australian Brad Kahlefeldt and Sweden’s Lisa Norden. After winning the under23 world title last year, Norden has broken through in the elite ranks in 2008 with a pair of world cup medals and a bronze at the highly competitive European championships.
Jasmine Oeinck from the USA will look to go one better than 2007 when she finished runner-up to Norden. However, she will face stiff competition from reigning African champion Mari Rabie of South Africa and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf, who collected a bronze medal at the Madrid BG Triathlon World Cup two weeks ago.
Renata Koch from Hungary, last year’s bronze medallist, will look to put her running prowess to the forefront in Vancouver but unfortunately suffered a bike crash at the Hungarian National Championships last weekend. Others to watch include the Beijing bound Flora Duffy of Bermuda and Yuliya Sapunova of the Ukraine.
Gregor Buchholz from Germany will defend his under23 men’s title in Vancouver, although will come under pressure from Alistair Brownlee from Great Britain, the 2006 junior world champion and Madrid BG Triathlon World Cup bronze medallist.
France’s Raphael Aurélien steps up to the under23 stage following victory at the junior level at last year’s world championships while Russia’s Alexander Brukhankov will hope to emulate his impressive world cup form at a major championship.
The under23 women open Sunday’s racing at 7am and the under23 men will follow at 10am. Click here for live coverage and times in your area
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