Sunday August 2 sees the final event of the British Triathlon Super Series taking place at the Mazda London Triathlon with the contest for British Triathlon Super Series Champions coming to a close.
In the women's Championship, British Triathlon Super Series leader Jodie Stimpson cannot be overtaken at the top of the leaderboard as she has secured maximum points from her three races entered; winning at the Mazda Blenheim Triathlon, the Nokia Windsor Triathlon and Parc Bryn Bach Elite Triathlon respectively. She will therefore be crowned British Triathlon Super Series Champion on Sunday afternoon. Commenting before this weekend's race Stimpson said: "It's a great feeling to be the British Triathlon Super Series Champion, I am really looking forward to competing this weekend as there is a strong field competing and I am keen to end the series with a strong performance."
In the men's race things are still tightly poised going into the final race. Aaron Harris' impressive win in Parc Bryn Bach two weeks ago has put him on top of the leaderboard. Harris commented: "I am really looking forward to the race as training has been going well. If I can have a strong swim it will give me the confidence when it comes to the bike and run stages to put in a good time and win the trophy."
Adam Bowden, Philip Wolfe and Stuart Hayes are his only realistic challengers. Wolfe will have to finish high up the leaderboard and improve on his 2008 position of 50th and hope that Harris fails to pick up points if he is to overtake the Basingstoke athlete.
World Champion Helen Jenkins will be competing as will her husband and coach Marc as the countdown to the Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series London event next month starts.
She is looking forward to the weekend: "I am excited about Sunday, I haven't raced on home soil for a while now and have been training hard with Marc so am in good shape. I am just keen to get out there and race as the World Championships are getting close so Sunday is the perfect warm up."
The event will also provide the last qualifying event for the Elite GB U23 World Triathlon Championship Team so look out for good performances form Aaron Harris and David McNamee who will both be looking to impress. Later year's Mazda London Triathlon winners Julie Dibens and Maik Petzold are not competing.
Men's British Triathlon Super Series leaderboard
|1|| Aaron Harris|| 275|
|2|| Philip Wolf|| 215|
|3|| Adam Bowden|| 215|
Women's British Triathlon Super Series leaderboard
|1|| Jodie Stimpson|| 300|
|2 || Non Stanford||250|
|3|| Jill Parker|| 240|
Triathletes are required to compete in three of the five races to be eligible to win the overall British Triathlon Super Series with points awarded based on their finishing position. The male and female Elite athletes with the most points from their selection of three races shall win the British Triathlon Super Series.
The Mazda London Triathlon is the final event in the British Triathlon Super Series.
The British Triathlon Super Series events took place this summer at:
The Strathclyde Country Park Elite Triathlon May 17
The Mazda Blenheim Triathlon June 6 -7
The Nokia Windsor Triathlon June 14
The Parc Bryn Bach Elite Triathlon July 18
The Mazda London Triathlon Aug 2
The British Triathlon Super Series creates a world class environment for domestic and international competitors, providing a high profile shop window for Triathlon in the UK. The Series aims to raise awareness and encourage participation in the country's fastest growing sport in the build up to London 2012.
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. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Elite 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. (BritishTriathlon.org)