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Team Europe 1 are the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Relay Champions

Just ahead of the Mixed Relay event at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday, Team Europe 1 of Germany’s Kristin Ranwig, Denmark’s Emil Deleuran Hansen, France’s Emilie Morier and Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra had chalked each others arms with the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees.

Just over an hour later, that team spirit had helped catapult them to the top of the Youth Olympic Games podium in one of the most unique triathlon events.

With just one athlete per NOC competing in Nanjing, continental teams were formed based on the rankings from the individual race. On Thursday they raced as a team in the dynamic mixed relay format. Each athlete completed a 250m swim, a 6.6km one-lap bike and a 1.8km one-lap run before tagging the next member of their team.

And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into second on the third leg,  individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra pulled in Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the bike, and then ran away to claim gold.

“It was a great race. The teamwork was great, with Emil, Kristin and Emilie, and even though we are from different countries we have each others flags on, it was a great race,” Dijkstra said.

“Emilie had a great leg, but I think the whole team as a whole had a great performance. Kristin had a great start and then Emil delivered and got us back up the group and then Emilie closed the gap over the Oceania team, I think it was 20 seconds on the bike and but they bridged across and then outran them, everyone did a fantastic performance today and we should be really happy about it.”

Earlier in the race it was Team Oceania that had set the pace. Lead out by Australia’s individual gold medallist Brittany Dutton, she did exactly as she did in the women’s race and broke away on the bike. While she was initially around 10 seconds back from Team Europe 3’s Sian Rainsley (Great Britain) after the swim, Dutton finished the bike leg 30 seconds ahead of everyone else, although she did collect a penalty for a mount line infraction.

Dutton kept that lead for Team Oceania on the run and handed over to Australia’s Jack van Stekelenburg. He swam, ran and rode solo, but a team of chasers led by Team Europe 1’s Hansen, Team Europe 2’s Alberto Gonzalez Garcia, Team Europe 3’s Giulio Soldati and Team Europe 4’s Miguel Cassiano cut the gap down to 25 seconds at the handover.

But the third leg ended up being the defining one of the race. Team Oceania’s Elizabeth Stannard started the bike solo…

Team Europe 1 are the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Relay Champions

Just ahead of the Mixed Relay event at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday, Team Europe 1 of Germany’s Kristin Ranwig, Denmark’s Emil Deleuran Hansen, France’s Emilie Morier and Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra had chalked each others arms with the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees.

Just over an hour later, that team spirit had helped catapult them to the top of the Youth Olympic Games podium in one of the most unique triathlon events.

With just one athlete per NOC competing in Nanjing, continental teams were formed based on the rankings from the individual race. On Thursday they raced as a team in the dynamic mixed relay format. Each athlete completed a 250m swim, a 6.6km one-lap bike and a 1.8km one-lap run before tagging the next member of their team.

And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into second on the third leg,  individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra pulled in Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the bike, and then ran away to claim gold.

“It was a great race. The teamwork was great, with Emil, Kristin and Emilie, and even though we are from different countries we have each others flags on, it was a great race,” Dijkstra said.

“Emilie had a great leg, but I think the whole team as a whole had a great performance. Kristin had a great start and then Emil delivered and got us back up the group and then Emilie closed the gap over the Oceania team, I think it was 20 seconds on the bike and but they bridged across and then outran them, everyone did a fantastic performance today and we should be really happy about it.”

Earlier in the race it was Team Oceania that had set the pace. Lead out by Australia’s individual gold medallist Brittany Dutton, she did exactly as she did in the women’s race and broke away on the bike. While she was initially around 10 seconds back from Team Europe 3’s Sian Rainsley (Great Britain) after the swim, Dutton finished the bike leg 30 seconds ahead of everyone else, although she did collect a penalty for a mount line infraction.

Dutton kept that lead for Team Oceania on the run and handed over to Australia’s Jack van Stekelenburg. He swam, ran and rode solo, but a team of chasers led by Team Europe 1’s Hansen, Team Europe 2’s Alberto Gonzalez Garcia, Team Europe 3’s Giulio Soldati and Team Europe 4’s Miguel Cassiano cut the gap down to 25 seconds at the handover.

But the third leg ended up being the defining one of the race. Team Oceania’s Elizabeth Stannard started the bike…

Team Europe 1 are the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Relay Champions

Just ahead of the Mixed Relay event at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday, Team Europe 1 of Germany’s Kristin Ranwig, Denmark’s Emil Deleuran Hansen, France’s Emilie Morier and Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra had chalked each others arms with the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees.

Just over an hour later, that team spirit had helped catapult them to the top of the Youth Olympic Games podium in one of the most unique triathlon events.

With just one athlete per NOC competing in Nanjing, continental teams were formed based on the rankings from the individual race. On Thursday they raced as a team in the dynamic mixed relay format. Each athlete completed a 250m swim, a 6.6km one-lap bike and a 1.8km one-lap run before tagging the next member of their team.

And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into second on the third leg,  individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra pulled in Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the bike, and then ran away to claim gold.

And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into the lead on the third leg, putting individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra into the lead. Racing behind Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the swim, Dijskstra caught him on the bike and ran away from him on the run to claim gold.

“It was a great race. The teamwork was great, with Emil, Kristin and Emilie, and even though we are from different countries we have each others flags on, it was a great race,” Dijkstra said.

“Emilie had a great leg, but I think the whole team as a whole had a great performance. Kristin had a great start and then Emil delivered and got us back up the group and then Emilie closed the gap over the Oceania team, I think it was 20 seconds on the bike and but they bridged across and then outran them, everyone did a fantastic performance today and we should be really happy about it.”

Earlier in the race it was Team Oceania that had set the pace. Lead out by Australia’s individual gold medallist Brittany Dutton, she did exactly as she did in the women’s race and broke away on the bike. While she was initially around 10 seconds back from Team Europe 3’s Sian Rainsley (Great Britain) after the swim, Dutton finished the bike leg 30 seconds ahead of everyone else, although she did collect a penalty for a mount line infraction.

Dutton kept that lead for Team Oceania on the run and handed over to Australia’s Jack van Stekelenburg. He swam, ran and rode solo, but a team of chasers led by…

Mixed Relay with a twist at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

It’s Mixed Relay with a different twist at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics on Thursday August 21.

With just one competitor for each NOC, the Mixed Relay teams are instead based on continents. Teams from the Americas, Oceania, Europe, Asia and Africa have been formed based on the rankings after the individual races earlier this week.

The first team selected for Europe includes three individual triathlon medallists, led by gold medallist Ben Dijkstra (Great Britain), bronze medallist Emile Dereluan Hansen (Denmark), bronze medallist Emilie Morier (France) and fourth-placed finisher Kristin Ranwig (Germany). On Thursday Ranwig will take the first leg, followed by Hansen, and then Morier will hand the hammer to Dijkstra.

The first Oceania team also has multiple individual medallists, with gold medallist Brittany Dutton (Australia) and silver medallist Daniel Hoy (New Zealand) alongside teammates Jack van Stekelenburg (Australia) and Elizabeth Stannard (New Zealand). On Thursday Dutton will start, followed by van Stekelenburg, then Stannard and Hoy. It means that the two men who battled out for the individual men’s gold in a photo finish will be going head to head again at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday.

Europe 2 will also be one of the main contenders with Elizaveta Zhizhina (Russia), Alberto Gonzalez Garcia (Spain), Kirsten Nuyes (Netherlands) and Peer Sönksen (Germany). Sönksen finished just out of the medals, fourth in the individual men’s race.

Team America 1 are also in form going off the individual races, Venzeuela’s Katherine Vanesa Clemant Materano, Chile’s Javier Martin, the USA’s Stephanie Jenks and Canada’s Charles Paquet.

Europe 3 has Sian Rainsley (Great Britain), Guilio Soldati (Italy), Carmen Gomez Cortes (Spain) and Lehmann Bence (Hungary). Europe 4 includes Amber Robmbuat (Belgium), Miguel Cassiano (Portugal),  Alberte Kjær Pedersen (Denmark) and Omri Bahat (Israel).

Asia 1 will be lead out by Japan’s Minami Kubono, who will hand over to Hong Kong China’s Michael Lam, before finishing with Korean teammates Gyuri Kim and Gyuhyung Lee.

Canada’s Emily Wagner will be first in the water for America 2, and will be followed by Colombia’s Eduardo Londoño Naranjo, Chile’s Catalina Salazar and the USA’s Seth Rider.

Europe 5 is Sara Skardelly (Austria), Romain Loop (Belgium), Flóra Bicsák (Hungary) and will be brought home by Dmitry Efimov (Russia).

America 3 will be lead by Brazil’s Barbara Juliana Dos Santos,…

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Team Europe 1 are the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Relay Champions

Just ahead of the Mixed Relay event at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday, Team Europe 1 of Germany’s Kristin Ranwig, Denmark’s Emil Deleuran Hansen, France’s Emilie Morier and Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra had chalked each others arms with the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees. Just over an hour later, that team spirit had helped catapult them to the top of the Youth Olympic Games podium in one of the most unique triathlon events. With just one athlete per NOC competing in Nanjing, continental teams were formed based on the rankings from the individual race. On Thursday they raced as a team in the dynamic mixed relay format. Each athlete completed a 250m swim, a 6.6km one-lap bike and a 1.8km one-lap run before tagging the next member of their team. And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into second on the third leg,  individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra pulled in Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the bike, and then ran away to claim gold. “It was a great race. The teamwork was great, with Emil, Kristin and Emilie, and even though we are from different countries we have each others flags on, it was a great race,” Dijkstra said. “Emilie had a great leg, but I think the whole team as a whole had a great performance. Kristin had a great start and then Emil delivered and got us back up the group and then Emilie closed the gap over the Oceania team, I think it was 20 seconds on the bike and but they bridged across and then outran them, everyone did a fantastic performance today and we should be really happy about it.” Earlier in the race it was Team Oceania that had set the pace. Lead out by Australia’s individual gold medallist Brittany Dutton, she did exactly as she did in the women’s race and broke away on the bike. While she was initially around 10 seconds back from Team Europe 3’s Sian Rainsley (Great Britain) after the swim, Dutton finished the bike leg 30 seconds ahead of everyone else, although she did collect a penalty for a mount line infraction. Dutton kept that lead for Team Oceania on the run and handed over to Australia’s Jack van Stekelenburg. He swam, ran and rode solo, but a team of chasers led by Team Europe 1’s Hansen, Team Europe 2’s Alberto Gonzalez Garcia, Team Europe 3’s Giulio Soldati and Team Europe 4’s Miguel Cassiano cut the gap down to 25 seconds at the handover. But the third leg ended up being the defining one of the race. Team Oceania’s Elizabeth Stannard started the bike solo...

Team Europe 1 are the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Relay Champions

Just ahead of the Mixed Relay event at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday, Team Europe 1 of Germany’s Kristin Ranwig, Denmark’s Emil Deleuran Hansen, France’s Emilie Morier and Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra had chalked each others arms with the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees. Just over an hour later, that team spirit had helped catapult them to the top of the Youth Olympic Games podium in one of the most unique triathlon events. With just one athlete per NOC competing in Nanjing, continental teams were formed based on the rankings from the individual race. On Thursday they raced as a team in the dynamic mixed relay format. Each athlete completed a 250m swim, a 6.6km one-lap bike and a 1.8km one-lap run before tagging the next member of their team. And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into second on the third leg,  individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra pulled in Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the bike, and then ran away to claim gold. “It was a great race. The teamwork was great, with Emil, Kristin and Emilie, and even though we are from different countries we have each others flags on, it was a great race,” Dijkstra said. “Emilie had a great leg, but I think the whole team as a whole had a great performance. Kristin had a great start and then Emil delivered and got us back up the group and then Emilie closed the gap over the Oceania team, I think it was 20 seconds on the bike and but they bridged across and then outran them, everyone did a fantastic performance today and we should be really happy about it.” Earlier in the race it was Team Oceania that had set the pace. Lead out by Australia’s individual gold medallist Brittany Dutton, she did exactly as she did in the women’s race and broke away on the bike. While she was initially around 10 seconds back from Team Europe 3’s Sian Rainsley (Great Britain) after the swim, Dutton finished the bike leg 30 seconds ahead of everyone else, although she did collect a penalty for a mount line infraction. Dutton kept that lead for Team Oceania on the run and handed over to Australia’s Jack van Stekelenburg. He swam, ran and rode solo, but a team of chasers led by Team Europe 1’s Hansen, Team Europe 2’s Alberto Gonzalez Garcia, Team Europe 3’s Giulio Soldati and Team Europe 4’s Miguel Cassiano cut the gap down to 25 seconds at the handover. But the third leg ended up being the defining one of the race. Team Oceania’s Elizabeth Stannard started the bike...

Team Europe 1 are the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Relay Champions

Just ahead of the Mixed Relay event at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday, Team Europe 1 of Germany’s Kristin Ranwig, Denmark’s Emil Deleuran Hansen, France’s Emilie Morier and Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra had chalked each others arms with the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees. Just over an hour later, that team spirit had helped catapult them to the top of the Youth Olympic Games podium in one of the most unique triathlon events. With just one athlete per NOC competing in Nanjing, continental teams were formed based on the rankings from the individual race. On Thursday they raced as a team in the dynamic mixed relay format. Each athlete completed a 250m swim, a 6.6km one-lap bike and a 1.8km one-lap run before tagging the next member of their team. And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into second on the third leg,  individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra pulled in Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the bike, and then ran away to claim gold. And after a bike leg by France’s Emilie Morier pulled Europe 1 back into the lead on the third leg, putting individual gold medallist Ben Dijkstra into the lead. Racing behind Team Europe 3’s Lehmann Bence on the swim, Dijskstra caught him on the bike and ran away from him on the run to claim gold. “It was a great race. The teamwork was great, with Emil, Kristin and Emilie, and even though we are from different countries we have each others flags on, it was a great race,” Dijkstra said. “Emilie had a great leg, but I think the whole team as a whole had a great performance. Kristin had a great start and then Emil delivered and got us back up the group and then Emilie closed the gap over the Oceania team, I think it was 20 seconds on the bike and but they bridged across and then outran them, everyone did a fantastic performance today and we should be really happy about it.” Earlier in the race it was Team Oceania that had set the pace. Lead out by Australia’s individual gold medallist Brittany Dutton, she did exactly as she did in the women’s race and broke away on the bike. While she was initially around 10 seconds back from Team Europe 3’s Sian Rainsley (Great Britain) after the swim, Dutton finished the bike leg 30 seconds ahead of everyone else, although she did collect a penalty for a mount line infraction. Dutton kept that lead for Team Oceania on the run and handed over to Australia’s Jack van Stekelenburg. He swam, ran and rode solo, but a team of chasers led by...

Mixed Relay with a twist at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

It’s Mixed Relay with a different twist at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics on Thursday August 21. With just one competitor for each NOC, the Mixed Relay teams are instead based on continents. Teams from the Americas, Oceania, Europe, Asia and Africa have been formed based on the rankings after the individual races earlier this week. The first team selected for Europe includes three individual triathlon medallists, led by gold medallist Ben Dijkstra (Great Britain), bronze medallist Emile Dereluan Hansen (Denmark), bronze medallist Emilie Morier (France) and fourth-placed finisher Kristin Ranwig (Germany). On Thursday Ranwig will take the first leg, followed by Hansen, and then Morier will hand the hammer to Dijkstra. The first Oceania team also has multiple individual medallists, with gold medallist Brittany Dutton (Australia) and silver medallist Daniel Hoy (New Zealand) alongside teammates Jack van Stekelenburg (Australia) and Elizabeth Stannard (New Zealand). On Thursday Dutton will start, followed by van Stekelenburg, then Stannard and Hoy. It means that the two men who battled out for the individual men’s gold in a photo finish will be going head to head again at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday. Europe 2 will also be one of the main contenders with Elizaveta Zhizhina (Russia), Alberto Gonzalez Garcia (Spain), Kirsten Nuyes (Netherlands) and Peer Sönksen (Germany). Sönksen finished just out of the medals, fourth in the individual men’s race. Team America 1 are also in form going off the individual races, Venzeuela’s Katherine Vanesa Clemant Materano, Chile’s Javier Martin, the USA’s Stephanie Jenks and Canada’s Charles Paquet. Europe 3 has Sian Rainsley (Great Britain), Guilio Soldati (Italy), Carmen Gomez Cortes (Spain) and Lehmann Bence (Hungary). Europe 4 includes Amber Robmbuat (Belgium), Miguel Cassiano (Portugal),  Alberte Kjær Pedersen (Denmark) and Omri Bahat (Israel). Asia 1 will be lead out by Japan’s Minami Kubono, who will hand over to Hong Kong China’s Michael Lam, before finishing with Korean teammates Gyuri Kim and Gyuhyung Lee. Canada’s Emily Wagner will be first in the water for America 2, and will be followed by Colombia’s Eduardo Londoño Naranjo, Chile’s Catalina Salazar and the USA’s Seth Rider. Europe 5 is Sara Skardelly (Austria), Romain Loop (Belgium), Flóra Bicsák (Hungary) and will be brought home by Dmitry Efimov (Russia). America 3 will be lead by Brazil’s Barbara Juliana Dos Santos,...

Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra claims Youth Olympic gold in Nanjing 2014 photo finish

Triathlon at the Olympic Games has delivered another nailbiting finish, as Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra was crowned Youth Olympic Champion in a photo finish from New Zealand’s Daniel Hoy in Nanjing on Monday August 18. After a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in wet conditions at Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake on Monday, Dijkstra and Hoy battled it out down the blue carpet of the finishing chute right until the finishing tape. But it was Dijkstra who just reached there first, claiming gold for Great Britain. “I gave it it everything and I’m so glad this is the result, it’s amazing,” he said. “I just had to keep on going, none of us were going to give up when there is an Olympic gold medal at stake. So I just had to keep on going and going, and know that the hard work I put in would just pay off. It’s absolutely brilliant. Thanks to my family, my friends who have got me here. The result is just amazing.” Dijkstra was initially 25 seconds down after the swim, but bridged up to the lead group along with 16 others on the first lap of the bike, but then had to fight back to the leaders in the run after a slow transition. “The swim was so aggressive and my swim isn’t the strongest, but I just had to bridge across on the bike. So I think the gap was 25 seconds so it wasn’t massive, so bridged across on the first lap and then made it stick. The run was really tough because I had bad transition… (after the race) I was just on the floor I was just exhausted, and now I’m just over the moon.” With no rain but high humidity, the men’s race started in slightly cooler temperatures than the girls. With a non-wetsuit swim it was Israel’s Omri Bahat, Hungary’s Bence Lehmann and Italy’s Giulio Soldati who exited the water first. But on the first lap a lead group of 17 formed, including Dijkstra, Hoy, eventual bronze medallist Emil Deleuran Hansen, the USA’s Seth Rider, Canada’s Charles Paquet, Germany’s Peer Sonksen and more. As the started the four-lap 20km bike course rain started to fall and the slick conditions were the only thing to disrupt that lead group throughout, with first Mexico’s Diego Alejandro Lopez Acosta and Austria’s Philip Horwarth going down and then Hong Kong’s Michael’s Lam. While they all continued on, they lost time that put them out of touch with the leaders. Behind the leaders, a chase group led by Australia’s Jake van Stekelenburg, and included Cuba’s Victor Manuel Herrera de la Hoz and and Singapore’s Bryce Sheng Cher Chong tried to make up ground...

Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra claims Youth Olympic gold in Nanjing 2014 photo finish

Triathlon at the Olympic Games has delivered another nailbiting finish, as Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra was crowned Youth Olympic Champion in a photo finish from New Zealand’s Daniel Hoy in Nanjing on Monday August 18. After a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in wet conditions at Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake on Monday, Dijkstra and Hoy battled it out down the blue carpet of the finishing chute right until the finishing tape. But it was Dijkstra who just reached there first, claiming gold for Great Britain. “I gave it it everything and I’m so glad this is the result, it’s amazing,” he said. “I just had to keep on going, none of us were going to give up when there is an Olympic gold medal at stake. So I just had to keep on going and going, and know that the hard work I put in would just pay off. It’s absolutely brilliant. Thanks to my family, my friends who have got me here. The result is just amazing.” Dijkstra was initially 25 seconds down after the swim, but bridged up to the lead group along with 16 others on the first lap of the bike, but then had to fight back to the leaders in the run after a slow transition. “The swim was so aggressive and my swim isn’t the strongest, but I just had to bridge across on the bike. So I think the gap was 25 seconds so it wasn’t massive, so bridged across on the first lap and then made it stick. The run was really tough because I had bad transition… (after the race) I was just on the floor I was just exhausted, and now I’m just over the moon.” With no rain but high humidity, the men’s race started in slightly cooler temperatures than the girls. With a non-wetsuit swim it was Israel’s Omri Bahat, Hungary’s Lehmann Bence and Italy’s Giulio Soldati who exited the water first. But on the first lap a lead group of 17 formed, including Dijkstra, Hoy, eventual bronze medallist Emil Deleuran Hansen, the USA’s Seth Rider, Canada’s Charles Paquet, Germany’s Peer Sonksen and more. As the started the four-lap 20km bike course rain started to fall and the slick conditions were the only thing to disrupt that lead group throughout, with first Mexico’s Diego Alejandro Lopez Acosta and Austria’s Philip Horwarth going down and then Hong Kong’s Michael’s Lam. While they all continued on, they lost time that put them out of touch with the leaders. Behind the leaders, a chase group led by Australia’s Jake van Stekelenburg, and included Cuba’s Victor Manuel Herrera de la Hoz and and Singapore’s Bryce Sheng Cher Chong tried to make up ground...

Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra claims Youth Olympic gold in Nanjing 2014 photo finish

Triathlon at the Olympic Games has delivered another nailbiting finish, as Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra was crowned Youth Olympic Champion in a photo finish from New Zealand’s Daniel Hoy in Nanjing on Monday August 18. After a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in wet conditions at Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake on Monday, Dijkstra and Hoy battled it out down the blue carpet of the finishing chute right until the finishing tape. But it was Dijkstra who just reached there first, claiming gold for Great Britain. “I gave it it everything and I’m so glad this is the result, it’s amazing,” he said. “I just had to keep on going, none of us were going to give up when there is an Olympic gold medal at stake. So I just had to keep on going and going, and know that the hard work I put in would just pay off. It’s absolutely brilliant. Thanks to my family, my friends who have got me here. The result is just amazing.” Dijkstra was initially 25 seconds down after the swim, but bridged up to the lead group along with 16 others on the first lap of the bike, but then had to fight back to the leaders in the run after a slow transition. “The swim was so aggressive and my swim isn’t the strongest, but I just had to bridge across on the bike. So I think the gap was 25 seconds so it wasn’t massive, so bridged across on the first lap and then made it stick. The run was really tough because I had bad transition… (after the race) I was just on the floor I was just exhausted, and now I’m just over the moon.” With no rain but high humidity, the men’s race started in slightly cooler temperatures than the girls. With a non-wetsuit swim it was Israel’s Omri Bahat, Hungary’s Lehmann Bence and Italy’s Giulio Soldati who exited the water first. But on the first lap a lead group of 17 formed, including Dijkstra, Hoy, eventual bronze medallist Emil Deleuran Hansen, the USA’s Seth Rider, Canada’s Charles Paquet, Germany’s Peer Sonksen and more. As the started the four-lap 20km bike course rain started to fall and the slick conditions were the only thing to disrupt that lead group throughout, with first Mexico’s Diego Alejandro Lopez Acosta and Austria’s Philip Horwarth going down and then Hong Kong’s Michael’s Lam. While they all continued on, they lost time that put them out of touch with the leaders. Behind the leaders, a chase group led by Australia’s Jake van Stekelenburg, and included Cuba’s Victor Manuel Herrera de la Hoz and and Singapore’s Bryce Sheng Cher Chong tried to make up ground...

Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra claims Youth Olympic gold in Nanjing 2014 photo finish

Triathlon at the Olympic Games has delivered another nailbiting finish, as Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra was crowned Youth Olympic Champion in a photo finish from New Zealand’s Daniel Hoy in Nanjing on Monday August 18. After a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in wet conditions at Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake on Monday, Dijkstra and Hoy battled it out down the blue carpet of the finishing chute right until the finishing tape. But it was Dijkstra who just reached there first, claiming gold for Great Britain. “I gave it it everything and I’m so glad this is the result, it’s amazing,” he said. “I just had to keep on going, none of us were going to give up when there is an Olympic gold medal at stake. So I just had to keep on going and going, and know that the hard work I put in would just pay off. It’s absolutely brilliant. Thanks to my family, my friends who have got me here. The result is just amazing.” Dijkstra was initially 25 seconds down after the swim, but bridged up to the lead group along with 16 others on the first lap of the bike, but then had to fight back to the leaders in the run after a slow transition. “The swim was so aggressive and my swim isn’t the strongest, but I just had to bridge across on the bike. So I think the gap was 25 seconds so it wasn’t massive, so bridged across on the first lap and then made it stick. The run was really tough because I had bad transition… (after the race) I was just on the floor I was just exhausted, and now I’m just over the moon.” With no rain but high humidity, the men’s race started in slightly cooler temperatures than the girls. With a non-wetsuit swim it was Israel’s Omri Bahat, Hungary’s Lehmann Bence and Italy’s Giulio Soldati who exited the water first. But on the first lap a lead group of 17 formed, including Dijkstra, Hoy, eventual bronze medallist Emil Deleuran Hansen, the USA’s Seth Rider, Canada’s Charles Paquet, Germany’s Peer Sonksen and more. As the started the four-lap 20km bike course rain started to fall and the slick conditions were the only thing to disrupt that lead group throughout, with first Mexico’s Diego Alejandro Lopez Acosta and Austria’s Philip Horwarth going down and then Hong Kong’s Michael’s Lam. While they all continued on, they lost time that put them out of touch with the leaders. Behind the leaders, a chase group led by Australia’s Jake van Stekelenburg, and included Cuba’s Victor Manuel Herrera de la Hoz and and Singapore’s Bryce Sheng Cher Chong tried to make up ground...

Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra claims Youth Olympic gold in Nanjing 2014 photo finish

Triathlon at the Olympic Games has delivered another nailbiting finish, as Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra was crowned Youth Olympic Champion in a photo finish from New Zealand’s Daniel Hoy in Nanjing on Monday August 18. After a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in wet conditions at Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake on Monday, Dijkstra and Hoy battled it out down the blue carpet of the finishing chute right until the finishing tape. But it was Dijkstra who just reached there first, claiming gold for Great Britain. “I gave it it everything and I’m so glad this is the result, it’s amazing,” he said. “I just had to keep on going, none of us were going to give up when there is an Olympic gold medal at stake. So I just had to keep on going and going, and know that the hard work I put in would just pay off. It’s absolutely brilliant. Thanks to my family, my friends who have got me here. The result is just amazing.” Dijkstra was initially 25 seconds down after the swim, but bridged up to the lead group along with 16 others on the first lap of the bike, but then had to fight back to the leaders in the run after a slow transition. “The swim was so aggressive and my swim isn’t the strongest, but I just had to bridge across on the bike. So I think the gap was 25 seconds so it wasn’t massive, so bridged across on the first lap and then made it stick. The run was really tough because I had bad transition… (after the race) I was just on the floor I was just exhausted, and now I’m just over the moon.” With no rain but high humidity, the men’s race started in slightly cooler temperatures than the girls. With a non-wetsuit swim it was Israel’s Omri Bahat, Hungary’s Lehmann Bence and Italy’s Giulio Soldati who exited the water first. But on the first lap a lead group of 17 formed, including Dijkstra, Hoy, eventual bronze medallist Emil Deleuran Hansen, the USA’s Seth Rider, Canada’s Charles Paquet, Germany’s Peer Sonksen and more. As the started the four-lap 20km bike course rain started to fall and the slick conditions were the only thing to disrupt that lead group throughout, with first Mexico’s Diego Alejandro Lopez Acosta and Austria’s Philip Horwarth going down and then Hong Kong’s Michael’s Lam. While they all continued on, they lost time that put them out of touch with the leaders. Behind the leaders, a chase group led by Australia’s Jake van Stekelenburg, and included Cuba’s Victor Manuel Herrera de la Hoz and and Singapore’s Bryce Sheng Cher Chong tried to make up ground...