Beijing Pre-race Press Conference Highlights

By Nicola Hargreaves | 08 Sep, 2011

Returning to the 2008 Beijing Olympic course brings back memories at the official pre-race press conference for the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing.  
Defending world champions Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Javier Gomez (ESP) along with current series leaders Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Alistair Brownlee (GBR) as well as China’s top triathlete, Beijing Olympian Zhang Yi were all on hand to answer questions from the media. 

The president of the International Triathlon Union and member of the IOC, Marisol Casado and Deputy Director of Beijing Sports Competitive Centre Hai Zhenwen also presented at the press conference.

Emma Moffatt
On returning to Beijing:
“I have great memories of Beijing and the Olympics, so I’d love to leave this weekend with more great memories. I haven’t had the best season, but I’ve been feeling pretty good the last few weeks in training, so I would be really happy to leave Beijing with a good result.” 

Javier Gomez
On returning to Beijing:
“I feel good to come back to Beijing, this is my fourth time. I have really good memories from 2006 and 2007 and also good ones from 2008 at the Games. It’s a course that I like it’s a good place to do triathlon and I’m looking forward to the race and giving my best.”  

On regaining his position as number one in the world:
“Yes I have a lot of confidence to try, I know that is not easy but I will go out there and give my best. I was world champion last year and even though the time following the Olympic Games wasn’t great for me I think I overcame that. I’ve been training and doing my best in races so let’s see how Saturday goes  

On whether Alistair Brownlee is his strongest competitor:
“If you see the results over the last couple of years I would say so, I think Alistair and his brother Jonathon are showing a really good level so right now they are the ones to beat for all the other athletes. But you never know in a one day race anything can happen and there are many talented athletes so you cannot just worry about one or two and just try to be better than all the others and that’s not easy.”

Helen Jenkins
On differences between the 2012 London Olympic course and the 2008 Beijing Olympic course:
“The two courses are very different. This course in Beijing is good for all round strong athletes, you need to be good at all three disciplines. Whereas the course in London this year for the women was a lot about the run, but then in the men Alistair made a breakaway on the bike, so you do have to be strong for both events. I’m not sure which one I prefer, I like both.”  

On leading the series by 200 points:
“I’m not sure if I can win my second world championship title, there are a lot of good girls here, but I’m going to try my best. This is a really good course with a good hill on the bike. I didn’t race so well at Beijing in the Olympics, so I’d like to have a good race to put that to rest.”

Alistair Brownlee
On whether Beijing’s course suits him:
“I think it’s a great course here in Beijing. I raced here three years ago when I felt a lot younger, so the course looks a lot smaller now, but it’s good to be back. I think the conditions may be a little different this time round and it is a hard course that I think suits you if you’re fit and having a good day.”

Zhang Yi
On competing on home soil:
“It is a great honour to take part in this event and I am also feeling confident racing in my home country. I feel a little disappointed that I did not do my best in the Beijing Olympics, so I hope that I can perform to the best of my ability here.”

Marisol Casado, ITU President
“We are delighted to come back to the Olympic site and we are all very emotional because it is a fantastic venue and it is still as good three years later. I think this legacy is very, very important. I would like to thank the local organising committee and CTSA (China Triathlon Sports Association) for not only preparing a wonderful event, but also our annual general assembly.”    

The 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing elite men’s race starts at 12:35 on Saturday September 10 and the women’s begins at 13:35 on Sunday September 11.

Related Event: 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing
09 - Sep, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:48:07
2. Sven Riederer SUI 01:48:14
3. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:48:17
4. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:48:20
5. Laurent Vidal FRA 01:48:24
6. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:48:27
7. David Hauss FRA 01:48:35
8. Vincent Luis FRA 01:48:44
9. Maik Petzold GER 01:48:46
10. Ivan Raña Fuentes ESP 01:48:50
Results: Elite Women
1. Andrea Hewitt NZL 01:58:26
2. Helen Jenkins GBR 01:58:40
3. Melanie Hauss SUI 01:58:58
4. Lisa Norden SWE 01:59:00
5. Laura Bennett USA 01:59:02
6. Kate Mcilroy NZL 01:59:04
7. Jessica Harrison FRA 01:59:09
8. Liz Blatchford GBR 02:00:11
9. Flora Duffy BER 02:00:24
10. Sarah True USA 02:00:37
Results: U23 Men
1. Matthew Sharp GBR 01:52:12
2. David Mcnamee GBR 01:52:17
3. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:52:19
4. Gregory Billington USA 01:52:38
5. Franz Loeschke GER 01:53:01
6. Igor Polyanskiy RUS 01:53:05
7. Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:53:17
8. Ivan Ivanov UKR 01:53:26
9. Rodrigo Gonzalez MEX 01:53:28
10. Davide Uccellari ITA 01:53:53
Results: U23 Women
1. Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 02:07:07
2. Zsófia Kovács HUN 02:07:08
3. Rebecca Robisch GER 02:07:14
4. Kaitlin Donner USA 02:07:18
5. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 02:07:30
6. Non Stanford GBR 02:07:44
7. Anja Knapp GER 02:07:48
8. Charlotte Morel FRA 02:07:51
9. Lauren Goldstein- Kral USA 02:07:54
10. Alexandra Coates CAN 02:08:08
Results: Junior Men
1. Lukas Verzbicas USA 00:56:21
2. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:56:54
3. Tony Smoragiewicz USA 00:56:59
4. Ron Darmon ISR 00:57:06
5. Matt Brown AUS 00:57:11
6. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:57:19
7. Alois Knabl AUT 00:57:28
8. Dávid Pap HUN 00:57:30
9. Raphael Montoya FRA 00:57:35
10. Gordon Benson GBR 00:57:37
Results: Junior Women
1. Mikayla Nielsen NZL 01:03:40
2. Ashlee Bailie AUS 01:03:42
3. Hanna Philippin GER 01:03:47
4. Eszter Pap HUN 01:04:02
5. Kelly Whitley USA 01:04:12
6. Joanna Brown CAN 01:04:16
7. Adriana Barraza MEX 01:04:22
8. Allison Hooper CAN 01:04:27
9. Christine Ridenour CAN 01:04:38
10. Annika Vössing GER 01:04:49
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