All the World Championship chatter ahead of #RotterdamGF

by Olalla Cernuda on 14 Sep, 2017 10:11 • Español
All the World Championship chatter ahead of #RotterdamGF

Starting on Friday, September 15 the top athletes in triathlon reaching from every corner of the globe will begin lining up to stake claims on ITU World Championship Crowns. Paratriathlon, Junior women and U23 men will kick off the grand final racing on Friday, while Saturday will see Junior men, u23 and both sets of Elite toeing the line in the quest of world honours. Sunday will then be left to the timeless age group athletes, who marvel from 78 nations to compete in the standard and sprint distance courses.

But before the first wave of athletes hit the water, a select few triathletes took the time to meet with the Rotterdam media to share their thoughts on the upcoming battle for world championship gold. Flora Duffy (BER), the 2016 World Title holder, represented for the international elites, while on the national Dutch side, Rachel Klamer, U23 reigning World Champion Jorik Van Egdom, and paratriathletes Geert Schipper and Jetze Plat were in attendance. Here is what they all had to say:

On how do you see yourself before the race?
“I hope my form is still there. I feel really good. I raced two weeks ago in South Africa in the Para Cycling World Championships, so I’m confident”.

On how excited he is on racing on home soil:
“I feel great. Hopefully the weather is gonna be a bit better so we will have plenty of people on the course. It’s gonna be very special?

On who will be the one to beat in the race:
“I will focuss on my own race, but at the end this guy (pointing to Geert Schiper) is also very strong. I hope that we can get the first two spots on the podium”.

On the secret of success of the Dutch para triathletes:
“We have a good program, and we are lucky that we compete for the same country”.

On his expectations for the race:
“I really hope I win the race. That’s my first goal, but I’m realistic and I know that Jetze can swim really fast, can bike really well –he won a World Title in para cycling a few weeks ago- and is also very fast on the run. So I will go for the gold, but I can take silver”.

On the conditions of the course.
“I think those conditions suit Jetze a bit more. We both have very strong and light bikes but I think he is more a speed guy while I’m more consistent but not as fast”.

On the secret of success of the Dutch para triathletes:
“We have a good program, and we are lucky that we compete for the same country”.

Van Egdom
On how does he feel as defending U23 World Champion:
“Of course being the World Champions adds a bit of pressure, but I will try my best and see what I can do. I feel good, I trained well… we will see”.

On whether the pressure motivates him:
“Yes, definitely the pressure motivates me. I know that everybody is gonna be watching me, but I really like that ”.

On how does he see the race:
“There’s a lot of possibilities for the race. Some of those are good for me, some good for others. But I trained well, did everything I could and I feel pretty confident.

On your expectations for the race:
“It doesn’t really matter what the others will do, but my swim is important. If I swim well, I think it can be a good race, a good result for me”.

On how does it feel racing on home soil:
“I’ve never raced here, it’s going to be my first time. I’ve never raced so close to home, and there’s so many people telling me that they are going to come and watch the race… I like it. Racing home adds a bit of pressure, but it’s another race and I just want to do my best”.

On her expectations for the race:
“I hope to have one of my best results, I aim for a podium. Everyone is complaining about the weather, but to be honest, I really don’t care, I just don’t like the cold, even though I’m from the Netherlands”.

On her most consistent season so far:
“This year I just wanted to take things easily, I did cross triathlon, a half distance race, BundesLiga,… and I didn’t expected to be sixth on the season by now. I am really happy for that”.

On her preparations for the Grand Final:
“After Stockholm I went back where I train, in Boulder, Colorado. I am a kind a creature of habits, I like to go back to my training routines, see my physiotherapists, sit on my couch, sleep on my bed, see my friends… It gives me balance, and I don’t have very much balance in my life. Staying out of Europe is a bit of a escape for me”.

On her season, with five wins in the WTS races this year:
“This year is turned out really well, I never thought that I would come to the final on the lead and having won five races. It’s a great place to be. I’ll have a bit more of exposure, but I have to think that it is just another race. It will help that Nicola Spirig is back racing here, so some eyes will also be on her”.

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Related Event: 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam
14 - 17 Sep, 2017 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Vincent Luis FRA 01:51:26
2. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:51:28
3. Mario Mola ESP 01:51:36
4. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:51:41
5. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:51:52
Results: Elite Women
1. Flora Duffy BER 01:58:39
2. Katie Zaferes USA 01:59:34
3. Jessica Learmonth GBR 02:00:57
4. Kirsten Kasper USA 02:01:29
5. Joanna Brown CAN 02:01:47
Results: U23 Men
1. Raphael Montoya FRA 01:51:28
2. Dorian Coninx FRA 01:51:32
3. Luke Willian AUS 01:51:48
4. Shachar Sagiv ISR 01:51:59
5. Antonio Serrat Seoane ESP 01:52:22
Results: U23 Women
1. Tamara Gorman USA 02:05:21
2. Melanie Santos POR 02:05:37
3. Sophie Coldwell GBR 02:05:51
4. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 02:06:16
5. Julie Derron SUI 02:06:34
Results: Junior Men
1. Matthew Hauser AUS 00:55:54
2. Vasco Vilaca POR 00:56:22
3. Ben Dijkstra GBR 00:56:35
4. James Chantler-Mayne GBR 00:56:41
5. Vetle Bergsvik Thorn NOR 00:56:43
Results: Junior Women
1. Taylor Knibb USA 01:01:22
2. Kate Waugh GBR 01:01:38
3. Fuka Sega JPN 01:02:05
4. Therese Feuersinger AUT 01:02:24
5. Hannah Knighton NZL 01:02:24
Results: PTWC Men
1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 01:02:18
2. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:04:27
3. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:10:37
4. Nic Beveridge H1 AUS 01:10:44
5. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:11:36
Results: PTWC Women
1. Emily Tapp H1 AUS 01:20:28
2. Jade Hall H2 GBR 01:21:26
3. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:24:12
4. Ahalya Lettenberger H2 USA 01:26:57
5. Margret Ijdema H1 NED 01:29:59
Results: PTS2 Men
1. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:09:55
2. Mark Barr USA 01:11:09
3. Stephane Bahier FRA 01:11:18
4. Mohamed Lahna ITU 01:11:21
5. Stefan Loesler GER 01:13:12
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:23:30
2. Allysa Seely USA 01:24:50
3. Fran Brown GBR 01:25:09
4. Hailey Danz USA 01:25:57
5. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP 01:27:40
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