Saturday, August 6, 2011

Triathlon Olympic Trials

London is hosting a World Championship triathlon this weekend in Hyde Park where athletes have the opportunity to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

From the London 2012 website, this is the description of the course:

At London 2012, the Triathlon will begin and end in Hyde Park. The events will begin with a 1,500m swim in the Serpentine; continue with a seven-lap, 40km bike ride around a course that takes in Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch; and end with a four-lap, 10km run around the Serpentine to the finish.

CBC Canada will be televising (same day tape delayed) the women's race today August 6th from 3-4:30pm and the men's race tomorrow August 7th from 2-4pm. The races can be seen live on the CBC website in the morning.

Paula Findlay is Canada's new triathlon phenom. Last month she withdrew from her home race in Edmonton at the last moment when she felt a twinge in her quad. She's still not 100% but hopefully she will be in the top 8 today which would qualify her for London 2012.

The men's race will feature Simon Whitfield who won gold at the 2000 Olympics and silver at the 2008 Olympics. London would be his fourth Olympics.

Upcoming events:

Canadian National Championships in Kelowna August 20-21
Grand Final in World Championships in Beijing September 10-11

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