TISZAÚJVÁROS, Hungary – Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) defended her 2016 title at ITU Triathlon World Cup Tiszaújváros in Hungary on Sunday, the seventh stop of 15 on this season’s ITU World Cup circuit.
The race in Tiszaújváros—nicknamed ‘Tiszy’—featured a semifinal format, with qualifying heats on Saturday and finals on Sunday. Both the semifinal and final courses consisted of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course. The top 30 men and top 30 women after the semifinal heats advanced to the Sunday final.
Tomlin, Erin Dolan (Bentonville, Ark.) and Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) easily secured spots in the women’s final after strong races on Saturday. Gorman won the first semifinal heat with Tomlin close behind in third, and Dolan took the win in the second heat.
In the final, all three of the U.S. women narrowly missed the front pack on the swim, forcing them to put in work early on the bike to catch the leaders. The women found themselves in a large group of about 18 halfway through the bike, leaving the race to be decided on the run.
Tomlin broke away with seven other athletes early in the 5k run, holding strong in second place for the majority of the course. She was trailing only Leonie Periault of France in the final lap, and with 200m to go, outsprinted the French athlete to break the tape in 1 hour, 45 seconds. Periault crossed just one second later in 1:00:46, and Maaike Caelers of the Netherlands rounded out the podium with a time of 1:00:51.
“This race means a lot to me. It’s where it all started some years ago, and I always love to come back,” Tomlin said. “This year I felt a little bit more pressure on me, but I still executed the race the way I wanted, so I’m very glad. I was feeling a bit tired during the swim, coming straight from [ITU World Triathlon] Hamburg and having also raced yesterday. But I managed to keep my mind clear and tell myself that I know how to race this, and I executed.”
Dolan and Gorman also had strong races, finishing the swim together in 9:59 and 10:01, respectively. They recorded identical split times on the bike (32:00) and run (18:09), with Dolan ultimately placing 11th and Gorman 12th. Dolan was fourth here in Tiszy last year, while this weekend marked Gorman’s World Cup debut.
There were no U.S. men in Sunday’s final, but William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), Walter Schafer (Centennial, Colo.), Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) and Alec Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif.) raced in semifinal heats on Saturday. Colo.), Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) and Alec Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif.) also raced in semifinal heats on Saturday.
Hungary’s Bence Bicsák won the men’s race on home soil in 54:58, earning his first World Cup podium. Russians Dmitry Polyanskiy (55:13) and Ilya Prasolov (55:18) crossed second and third, respectively.
The iconic race in Tiszy is one of the longest-running stops on the ITU World Cup circuit, having been held annually for the past 21 years.
The ITU season continues next weekend with a World Triathlon Series stop in Edmonton, Canada, featuring elite paratriathlon races on Friday and the elite men’s and women’s races on Saturday.
2017 Tiszaújváros ITU Triathlon World Cup
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Elite Women – Complete Results
1. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), 1:00:45
2. Leonie Periault (FRA), 1:00:46
3. Maaike Caelers (NED), 1:00:51
1. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), 1:00:45
11. Erin Dolan (Bentonville, Ark.) 1:01:36
12. Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), 1:01:41
Elite Men – Complete Results
1. Bence Bicsák (HUN), 54:58
2. Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS), 55:13
3. Ilya Prasolov (RUS), 55:18
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