Summer Olympians Triumph in "Olympic Battle"
Vancouver's beautiful Spanish Banks were a flurry of endurance activity as over 600 triathletes, of all ages and abilities, hailing from 10 countries competed at the 3rd annual Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon today.
In the professional field Quebec's Magali Tisseyre, who currently holds the fastest womens half ironman time in the world this year, did not disappoint with a convincing victory and new course record time of 4:14:34. Bree Wee, of Kona Hawaii was a strong second in 4:23:12 as she prepares for the Hawaii Ironman this fall in her home town, and local athlete Christine Fletcher rounded out the podium in 4:30:32 in her first race coming back from a stress fracture injury.
In the men's race Jordan Rapp of the US took the lead early in the bike and never looked back claiming over a 7 minute lead off the bike eventually leading to his first place 3:53:17 final clocking - also a new course record. Stephen Kilshaw of Victoria, Canada claimed second place besting his mentor and Vancouver defending champion, Jasper Blake who took 3rd. Kilshaw keeps his Subaru West Coast Series podium streak alive after his victory early this year in the Subaru Shawnigan Lake Triathlon, and 2nd place finish at the New Balance Half.
In the shorter Sprint distance race, top North American professional woman's finisher at the 2008 Hawaii Ironman World Championship, Linsey Corbin took the title. In the fun "Olympic Battle" which drew 13 Olympic athletes from different sports, the Summer Olympians won the challenge over the potential 2010 Winter Olympians. The team of men's Olympic Gold medal rowers took the overall title.
Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon -- Half Ironman Distance Results, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 12, 2009
|1st - Jordan Rapp || New York, USA || 3:53:17|
|2nd - Stephen Kilshaw || Victoria, Canada || 3:59:48 |
|3rd - Jasper Blake || Victoria, Canada || 4:02:04|
|4th - Justin Park|| Chapel Hill, USA || 4:03:15|
|5th - Kelly Guest || Victoria, Canada|| 4:07:47 |
|1st - Magali Tisseyre|| St-Sauveur, Canada || 4:14:34|
|2nd - Bree Wee || Kailua-Kona, USA || 4:23:12 |
|3rd - Christine Fletcher || Vancouver, Canada|| 4:30:32 |
|4th - Haley Cooper || Spokane, USA || 4:33:02|
|5th - Cheryl Murphy|| Victoria, Canada || 4:38:58 |
Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon - Sprint Results
|1st - Facundo Chernikoff || Vancouver, Canada || 1:07:13|
|2nd - Marc-Jason Locquiao || Delta, Canada || 1:11:29 |
|3rd - Ryan Smiley || Vancouver, Canada || 1:12:03 |
|1st - Linsey Corbin || Missoula, USA || 1:11:55|
|2nd - Martina Wan || Vancouver, Canada || 1:12:29 |
|3rd - Rachel Ruus || Vancouver, Canada || 1:17:46 |
For full results please go to TriSeries,ca.
The Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon will be air in full HD on Rogers Sportsnet in August. The next stop on the Subaru West Coast Triathlon Series will be the Subaru Sooke International Triathlon on September 13th.