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Posted: June 19, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Can Alistair do the Double?

Washington DC hosts the third round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series this weekend (21st June) with Madrid winner Alistair Brownlee on top form in the run up to the race.

The 21 year old from Leeds, put in a blistering performance in Madrid, storming to victory in a time of 1:51.27, running away from 2008 World Champion Javier Gomez. The former under 23 and junior world champion from Great Britain, put together a flawless race in the Spanish capital sending tremors through the triathlon world.

It won't be easy for Brownlee to repeat his success as the field will be full of top class athletes including the first four from the Beijing Olympics.

Olympic champion Jan Frodeno from Germany ran well in the series' second leg to finish tenth and Canada's Simon Whitfield, started his season with a disappointing 14th and will want to make amends in the US Capital. Bevan Docherty from New Zealand, who took bronze in Beijing and won the opening leg in Tongyeong, will be looking for his second victory, a man you wouldn't want to be in a sprint finish with.

Brownlee will be full of confidence though, having won last weekend's French Grand Prix in Beauvais once again beating Gomez to the line. Compatriot Will Clarke will also be looking forward to the race having taken third place on the podium in the same Grand Prix and with a good win at the British Triathlon Super Series event in Strathclyde. Fellow British Triathlon Super Series winner Stuart Hayes who has won back to back races will be looking to put in a strong performance as will 2006 World Champion Tim Don.

In the women's race, the favourite will be Emma Snowshill of Australia who won the opening leg in Tongyeong and has been in impressive form at the start of the season. The2008 Olympic champion will face likely competition from fellow Australian Emma Moffatt, who will be eager to go one better than Tongyeong, stepping to the top of the podium.

British hopes will rest with current World Champion Helen Jenkins, who will be looking to build on past performances and establish a good foundation for the final on the Gold Coast in Australia. Kerry Lang will also be competing and looking to improve on her 33rd position from Tongyeong, maintaining her domestic form from the British Triathlon Super Series.

The ITU will be broadcasting the event live from Washington DC, so you can watch events unfold from the comfort of your own home by visiting www.triathlon.org.

The Dextro Triathlon ITU World Championship Series comes to London on the 15th August where the competition will be intense as athletes strive to grab vital points before the Grand Final in Australia. For more information about the event or to register to take part in the age group event which will take place on the 16th August please visit www.triathlon-wcs-london.org.

About British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. Since becoming an Olympic sport in 2000, British Triathlon has seen annual increases in membership numbers of 10%. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Super Series which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. (www.britishtriathlon.org)


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