Getting ready for Gold Coast

The second stop on the ITU WTS series features a sprint event and a stacked field.

| April 7, 2017 | NEWS

Will we see another sprint finish in the Gold Coast this weekend?

Will we see another sprint finish in the Gold Coast this weekend?

Photo >Janos Schmidt / International Triathlon Union

We're looking forward to a big day of racing in the Gold Coast this weekend as the second stop on the World Triathlon Series lands in Australia. The course will serve as a preview for the Commonwealth Games course - defending Commonwealth Games champion Jodie Stimpson will be one of the favorites in the women's race.

Another sprint finish?

In the first stop on the WTS series in Abu Dhabi, triathlon fans were treated to a thrilling women's race that saw Andrea Hewitt (NZL) take the win over Stimpson (GBR). Both are back this weekend, but, as always at WTS events, will face some stiff competition. The Aussie contingent will enjoy the support of the home-country crowd - up and coming Australian women to watch include Gillian Backhouse, Charlotte McShane and Ashleigh Gentle.

Fresh off a win last weekend in New Zealand, American Katie Zaferes is one of the world's best sprint racers, and leads a strong American contingent Summer Cook, Kirsten Kasper and Sarah True.

Others likely to be in the mix include Ai Ueda (JAP) and Rachel Klamer (NED).

Will Murry keep winning?

Javier Gomez (ESP) might have taken the first WTS event in Abu Dhabi, but the hottest short-course athlete on the planet right now is South Africa's Richard Murray. He seems to thrive on sprint racing - he's taken two world cup events over that distance already this year and also beat the stacked field assembled in Australia last month for the inaugural Super League Triathlon. Murray's countryman Henri Schoeman took Olympic bronze last year and the Grand Final in Cozumel, making him one to watch, too.

Two other Spaniards to keep an eye on are defending WTS champion Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza.

Enjoying the home field advantage will be a strong contingent of Australian men. Jacob Birwhistle turned a lot of heads at the Super League Triathlon. Ryan Bailie represented his country in Rio last year. They're joined by the up and coming Drew Box. 

Others to keep an eye on this weekend are Andrea Salvisberg (SUI), Ben Kanute (USA) and Ryan Sissons (NZL).

Paratriathlon Series starts up

The Gold Coast will also feature the first race of the 2017 World Paratriathlon Series and includes a strong field, too. Highlighting the action will be the race between Australian's Sally Pilbeam and Kerryn Harvey in the PTS4 category.