The Week In Tri: Another New Chinese IM70.3 with KONA SLOTS – Episode #017

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Highlights of THIS episode of THE WEEK IN TRI include:

Australia’s challenging Olympic selection process…

Yet another Chinese Ironman 70.3 is awarding Kona slots. A trend seems to be developing here.

All this and more in this week’s episode as we take in the latest triathlon news from around the globe and preview the international races this coming weekend…

TRANSCRIPTION:
Australian women’s triathlon is facing an interesting challenge ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio this year. Six of their athletes are in the top 32 in the world ranking list – meaning that they all qualify on merit. However, as a country they may only submit a team of three. National selectors will no doubt take a close look at the World Series events over the coming months before making their final cut.

IRONMAN
Yet another week and yet another new 70.3 scheduled for China. This time the race will be in Hefei on 16 October. And just like the 70.3 race in Xiamen that I talked about last week. This one will also carry 15 Kona Slots… Seems like only Chinese 70.3’s will award Kona slots… I wonder why?

Last weekend in IRONMAN
No IM events last weekend.

This weekend in IRONMAN
24 January (Sunday)
IM70.3 Buffalo City, South Africa:

CHALLENGE FAMILY NEWS
A top field of international professional athletes will line up for the 10th edition of Challenge Wanaka, competing for the $80.000 prize fund. Besides the defending champions, the women’s winner of Challenge Roth (and former world record holder over the 226km distance), Yvonne Van Vlerken will be there too.

Last Weekend in Challenge:
There were no Challenge events last weekend.

This Weekend in Challenge:
No Challenge events this weekend. The Challenge Family season for 2016 starts on 31 January.

XTERRA

The world of XTERRA is in “sleep mode” till February 2016.

ITU
The ETU had a lavish awards gala in Paris attended by presidents and representatives from 33 European triathlon federations. During the dinner defending Olympic Champions Nicola Spirig and Javier Gomez Noya were named best European Athletes of the Year.

The other piece of news from the ITU is that they have started a fund raising campaign to rebuild a school in Nepal. The amount they raised was a little over $10.000. I am sure that this is way less than what the ITU regularly spends on various Gala Dinners around the world.

Last weekend in ITU:
17 January (Sunday)
American Continental Cup, La Paz, Argentina: Romina Palacio Balena and Luciano Taccone both ARG

This weekend in ITU
23 January (Saturday)
ETU Winter European Triathlon Championship: