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Triathlon Daily: A Service for the Sport
News, results and comments for Wednesday, 4 February, 2004: Vol. 8,
No. 2
Published by Katherine Cassidy ), from
Machias, Maine, USA

What the triathlon world is talking about today:

1. Peter Robertson, Maxine Seear are Triathlon Australia's 3rd Olympic
choices
2. Steve Locke already back at work in Colorado Springs (from
Associated Press)
3. Armando Barcellos to lead Brazil's Olympic triathlon delegation
(from website)
4. Also in Australia - Stuart Bardsley, Lisa Norden win 25 January
Accenture Age-Group Tri in Canberra (from David Baldwin, Triathlon
ACT)
5. Men's pro field for 20th Ironman New Zealand on 6 March (from Ian
Hepenstall, New Zealand)

NOTE FROM KATHERINE: Again, thanks for the warm welcomes back to the
sport from many I have known in the past. I'm glad to be back. Tri
Daily is still developing, so stay tuned.

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1. IT'S ROBERTSON, SEEAR FOR GREECE: Australia's Olympic triathlon
team is complete. Rather, this is the "Olympic Nomination Triathlon
Team," as the six selections must be formally accepted by the
Australian Olympic Committee before advancing to Athens. Triathlon
Australia posted this announcement on its website
(http://www.triathlon.org.au) Wednesday:

Maxine Seear has been the find of the 2003-2004 Accenture Series -
finishing second to Loretta Harrop in the first selection race in
Coffs Harbour before blitzing the field in the second selection race
in Perth on Sunday.

The 2003 World Junior silver medallist joins fellow Queenslanders
34-year-old mum Rina Hill and Sydney Olympian Harrop in a very
exciting women's team.

As a member of the Olympic Shadow team, Hill's second placing was good
enough for her to win an automatic place on the team.

Robertson, 27, although disappointing in the selection races, has a
proven record when it comes to major international races. He added his
second world title in Queenstown last November and he joins Simon
Thompson (ACT) and Greg Bennett (NSW) in a very strong men's trio.

Thompson, the 24-year-old who took out a loan to race in Europe last
year, has won both selection races, while the 31-year-old Bennett
realized a lifelong Olympic dream when he finished second in Perth to
claim his berth from the Olympic Shadow Team.

The Triathlon Australian Elite Selection Committee spent most of
Tuesday behind closed doors in Sydney before submitting the team to
the Triathlon Australia Board of Directors for ratification.

They had to decide on the third discretionary positions to add to the
automatic selections and the Nomination Team, with reserves to be
submitted to the Australian Olympic Committee before July 7th is:

WOMEN - Loretta Harrop (QLD), Rina Hill (QLD), Maxine Seear (QLD).
1st reserve: Michellie Jones (NSW); 2nd Reserve: Emma Snowsill (QLD).

MEN - Simon Thompson (ACT), Greg Bennett (NSW), Peter Robertson (WA).
1st reserve: Brad Kahlefeldt (NSW); 2nd reserve: Courtney Atkinson
(QLD).

Triathlon Australia chief executive David Burt said today, 'The
selection of this team was without doubt the toughest the Elite
Selection Panel has ever had but in the end probably the most exciting
team. They have chosen the six athletes they believe can give
Australia its best chance at winning gold in Athens.

"'In Maxine they believe they have witnessed the arrival of a young
talent which doesn't come around very often and her performance on
Sunday was absolutely outstanding.

'While the women's discretionary selection was tough, so was the men's
but they believe Peter Robertson's track record was enough to earn him
the third discretionary position."

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2. WHERE'S STEVE LOCKE? News of Steve Locke's resignation as executive
director of USA Triathlon came suddenly last month, largely over
differences with USAT's newly elected board of directors -- and how
election guidelines were stretched. Not surprisingly, he has not gone
far from Colorado Springs, home of the US Olympic Committee
headquarters and so many Olympic sports (including triathlon).

He has found some work as the head of a five-person panel designated
by the USOC to oversee the reorganization of the U.S. Taekwondo Union.
According to the Associated Press: "USTU came under scrutiny last year
when a USOC investigation found managerial and financial
irregularities. The organization faced losing its status as the
sport's governing body in the United States, but the USOC backed off
last week after president Sang Lee and treasurer Ki Hong Kim
resigned."

Locke "will head the governance and management committee, which
include taekwondo athlete Juan Miguel Moreno, two USOC board members
and a USOC staff member. ... The USOC has already taken over USTU's
offices and started looking at its finances."

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3. BARCELLOS TO LEAD BRAZIL: According to (http://www.webrun.com.br),
the Brazilian endurance-news website, Armando Barcellos will be the
chief of Brazil's Olympic triathlon delegation in Athens.

A 2000 Olympian for Brazil and Pan American Games veteran, Barcellos
was also the national champion in both 1998 and 1999. His selection
was announced Tuesday by the Confederação Brasileira de Triathlon
(CBTri).

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4. ALSO IN AUSTRALIA: Most of Australia was pointing to Perth the
following week, where Olympic spots would be decided last Sunday. But
on 25 January at Canberra, the fourth race in the national Acenture
Triathlon Series, this one for age-groupers, took place. Winners were
Stuart Bardsley and

2004 Accenture Triathlon Series - Canberra
Age Group and Junior Sprint Races
Age Group - 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Junior Sprint - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
25 January 2004 - Commonwealth Park - presented by Triathlon ACT

Accenture Triathlon Series-Canberra
1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sunday, 25 January, Canberra, ACT
Source: (http://www.triathlonact.com.au)

AGE-GROUP MEN:
1. Stuart Bardsley (NSW, 30-34), 1:57:16
2. Dane Robinson (NSW, 16-19), 1:57:46
3. Richard Munro (NSW, 20-24), 1:58:35
4. Matthew Glen (NSW , 16-19), 1:59:43
5. Stuart Shaw (ACT, 25-29), 1:59:53
6. Jean-Sebastien Rioux (20-24), 1:59:57
7. Troy Drinan (VIC, 25-29), 2:00:33

AGE-GROUP WOMEN:
1. Lisa Norden (NSW, 16-19), 2:04:15
2. Merja Kiviranta (Finland, 25-29), 2:08:16
3. Melissa Vandewater (QLD, 25-29), 2:11:15

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5. IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND'S MEN'S FIELD: From race promotions man Ian
Hepenstall ( ) comes the list of elite men racing the 20th Ironman New
Zealand on 6 March. These include, in order initially of seeding
strength:

Cameron Brown (NZL), Normann Stadler (GER), Clas Bjorling (SWE), Gordo
Byrn (CAN), Courtney Ogden (AUS), Alexandre Ribeiro (BRA), Bjorn
Andersson (SWE), Peter Jacobs (AUS), Garrett MacFadyen (CAN), Paul
Patrick (AUS), Russell Smith (NZL), Kieran Doe (NZL),Francois Modave
(AUS), Clas Myrestam (SWE), Mark Watson (NZL), Brent Sheldrake (NZL),
Brendon Downey (NZL), Makato Imaeda (JPN), Andrew Young (NZL), Mark
Fulford (NZL), Wayne Shackleton (NZL), William Contreras (USA), Oliver
Piggin (NZL), Joseph Ryan (AUS), Peter Van Mol (BEL), Clive Asplen
(GBR), Ben Travis (USA), Jan Vodehnal (CZE), Ken Glah (USA).

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