2013 ITU Grand Final London… TT2A Results

The ITU Grand Final is a festival of triathlon at the end of the triathlon season which commenced in April, the Grand Final was a festival of triathlon slap bang in the centre of London utilising the 2012 Olympic course, it began on Thursday by the Junior U23 events, Friday saw the AG Sprint and Para-triathletes Worlds Champs, the Elite Women raced on Saturday with British Non Stanford taking first place and the World Title. Finally the AG Standard distance and Elite Men raced on Sunday with that fantastic sprint finish between British Jonny Brownlee and Spaniard Javier Gomez, with that fine specimen of a man Gomez taking the World Title – for more information on the 2013 ITU World Triathlon go to www.triathlon.org BEL flagIRE FlagUSA-flagswiss_flagFlag_of_SwedenAUZ Flag It was a mild bright and rainy day in London on Friday 13th September 2013, unlucky for some, but not for our AG athletes taking part in the Sprint race starting with a 750m swim in the cold murky water of the Serpentine which is, essentially a large duck, or rather swan pond in the centre of leafy Hyde Park, a 20km bike comprised of 3 laps of closed roads around Hyde Park, the bike course was technical made more difficult by the wet conditions with a large number of crashes on what was endearingly labeled ‘carnage chicane’ by the spectators. The 5km run was an undulating 2 laps on foot and bridle path through Hyde Park finishing down that infamous blue

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carpeted finishers chute with a show of medals and a debrief in the Lido Cafe 🙂

Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Finish
Frederic Jacobs 20-24 BEL 63 (73) 11:10 03:02 00:36:51 04:27 00:21:07 01:16:35
Colleen Byrne 30-34 IRE 58 (72) 12:41 03:29 0:40:59 03:36 00:23:00 01:23:42
Glen Osmond 40-44 USA 50 (70) 11:19 02:55 00:35:50 02:56 00:20:11 01:13:08
Gary Rynhoud 40-44 SWI 62 (70) 11:12 03:22 00:36:35 03:27 00:20:35 01:15:09
Anders Strandburg 45-49 SWE 58 (107) 14:05 02:52 00:37:47 03:02 00:19:19 01:17:02
Capt Carl Luitingh 60-64 AUS 4 (74) 12:05 03:42 0:37:12 03:52 00:19:46 01:16:35

For a full list of all the results from all categories go to the 2013 ITU Grand Final Results page The level of competitors in this Grand Final was extraordinary with in the region of 5,000 athletes participating from around 33 countries, with the host country contributing to around 1,000 of the total field. It was a spectacle of an event, with a constant stream of ‘very fit’ athletes on the course from 8am into the afternoon. For those who know those from the team who took part, the training they have invested in the last 12-months will appreciate the depth of field in each age group. The team did a remarkable job and has provided inspiration for others to qualify and represent their countries in Edmonton 2013 and Chicago 2015… With the level of competition as it stands anyone who wants to be a contender must be dedicated and be prepared for the long haul 🙂 Kudos to Freddie, Colleen, Chicago, Gazza, Anders and Captain for your dedication and fantastic results – see you next year in Canada 🙂