Gold Coast to crown U23 World Champions

by Courtney Akrigg on 13 Sep, 2018 04:00 • Español
Gold Coast to crown U23 World Champions

Before the world turns the attentions to the elite men’s and women’s Grand Final races, Friday sees the Under 23 fields contest World Championship honours at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast.

Leo Bergere from France is positioned at the top of the men’s start list followed by Hungary’s Bence Bicsak and Spain’s Antonio Serrat Seonane, while on the women’s side it’s France again placed at the top of the start list, with Cassandre Beaugrand leading in as a firm pre-race favourite. The medals are up for the taking with USA’s Taylor Knibb and New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay on the quest for World title status.

The U23 fields will contest over a two lap 1500-metre swim, 8 lap 40-kilometre bike and four lap 10-kilometre run Olympic distance race course. The women will be first to line-up on Friday, 14 September at 10.00am local time start time, followed by the men at 12.45pm local time.  Race coverage will be streamed via and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with race updates on Twitter @triathlonlive.

Men’s Preview
The men’s field is stacked with a combination of experience and emerging talent.

At the top of the start list is Frenchman Leo Bergere. The 2018 European Champion placed seventh in the recent Lausanne ITU World Cup and tenth in the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg in a world-class field. In 2017, Bergere lined up to contest the World Triathlon Grand Final Under 23 race and crossed the line in sixth position, so the young Frenchman will have his focus to make it on the podium in 2018.

Hungary’s Bence Bicsak is another top contender for the U23 title and will prove hot competition for Bergere. Bicsak has had a strong season, finishing top 10 in both ITU World Triathlon Montreal and Lausanne ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Spain’s Antonio Serrat Seonane and Germany’s Lasse Luehrs will also be among the main contenders toeing the line for the U23 showdown on the Gold Coast.

Charles Paquet from Canada will line up for the honours and will no doubt be motivated to make a move and mix things up in the U23 men’s race. Paquet is a strong all-round triathlete.

Tayler Reid and Hayden Wilde, both representing New Zealand, have had solid seasons on the ITU World Cup circuit and will be looking to lay down strong race combinations.

Australia’s Brandon Copeland and Luke Burns will be looking to produce world class performances on home soil and will certainly be in the mix for podium contention. Copeland is emerging young talent and topped the podium at the 2018 Taizhou Triathlon Asian Cup earlier this year.

The field is stacked and the title could be any mans for the taking with the likes of emerging talent from France, Hungary, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Australia well placed in the battle line-up.

Review the full men’s start list

Women’s Preview
Cassandre Beaugrand from France leads the elite U23 women’s field in as the pre-race favourite. Beaugrand has had a stellar season, claiming gold at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg in a superb elite women’s field and triumph for Team France in the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg Mixed Relay World Championships.

USA’s Taylor Knibb and New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay will be on the charge for the World title.

Knibb recently placed top 10 in ITU World Triathlon Montreal while Van Der Kaay has displayed consistent form all season, including a top 10 finish in ITU World Triathlon Leeds.

Sandra Dodet from France and Japan’s Minami Kubono are also strong contenders for the U23 women’s podium.

Australia’s Kira Hedgeland will be relying on the home crowd support to keep her well positioned with the race leaders.

Review the full women’s start list

AG, Junior, U23, and Para races will be streamed for free to and to the World Triathlon Facebook page.

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12 - 16 Sep, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Vincent Luis FRA 01:44:34
2. Mario Mola ESP 01:44:48
3. Richard Murray RSA 01:44:56
4. Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:45:01
5. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:45:04
Results: Elite Women
1. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 01:52:00
2. Vicky Holland GBR 01:52:02
3. Katie Zaferes USA 01:52:33
4. Laura Lindemann GER 01:52:53
5. Kirsten Kasper USA 01:53:15
Results: U23 Men
1. Tayler Reid NZL 01:44:08
2. Samuel Dickinson GBR 01:44:20
3. Bence Bicsák HUN 01:44:31
4. Léo Bergere FRA 01:44:39
5. Jørgen Gundersen NOR 01:44:44
Results: U23 Women
1. Taylor Knibb USA 01:53:47
2. Cassandre Beaugrand FRA 01:55:22
3. Angelica Olmo ITA 01:56:39
4. Nicole Van Der Kaay NZL 01:57:02
5. Erika Ackerlund USA 01:57:18
Results: Junior Men
1. Csongor Lehmann HUN 00:52:49
2. Paul Georgenthum FRA 00:53:12
3. Philipp Wiewald GER 00:53:14
4. Boris Pierre FRA 00:53:20
5. Lorcan Redmond AUS 00:53:22
Results: Junior Women
1. Cecilia Sayuri Ramirez Alavez MEX 00:59:11
2. Erin Wallace GBR 00:59:23
3. Kate Waugh GBR 00:59:34
4. Pauline Landron FRA 00:59:46
5. Romy Wolstencroft AUS 00:59:51
Results: PTWC Men
1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 00:57:03
2. Geert Schipper H2 NED 00:59:02
3. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:00:27
4. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:01:04
5. Ahmed Andaloussi H1 FRA 01:01:31
Results: PTWC Women
1. Emily Tapp H1 AUS 01:08:58
2. Wakako Tsuchida H1 JPN 01:09:51
3. Lauren Parker H1 AUS 01:12:44
4. Mona Francis H2 FRA 01:14:55
5. Ahalya Lettenberger H2 USA 01:15:14
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2. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:07:17
3. Jules Ribstein FRA 01:08:23
4. Mohamed Lahna ITU 01:09:18
5. Maurits Morsink NED 01:09:57
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Allysa Seely USA 01:17:54
2. Fran Brown GBR 01:19:44
3. Hailey Danz USA 01:20:44
4. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:23:30
5. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP 01:25:23
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