triman (triman) wrote,

If triathlon was football would we be talking about the manager ?

Well the weekends ITU World Triathlon Championships bought about some predictable results given it was more an Olympic qualifier than a World Championships.

Well done to Bevan Docherty in the mens race even though a lot of his southern hemisphere peers, Simon Whitfield and others either not racing or not racing hard, he did well to beat Rana(Spain). Andy Potts(USA) in his first World Champs came in a respectable 11th with an excellent run. In the Womens race the Americans turned in good performances, with Taormina winning, Reback 3rd, Linquist 7th and I suspect Julie Swail a disappointed 23rd.

So, what of the Brits ? Well after 4-years under coach Graeme Maw, no end of overseas, warm weather training(mostly down under), top placed man was Tim Don 4th, Marc Jenkins 14th, Stuart Hayes 16th, Stannard 20th, and AJ only just making the cut-off in 47th.

In the Womens race, Julie Dibens put in a good race and continues to return to her pre-Sydney Olympics best, but only Andrea Whitcombe who came off in the bike had an excuse, with Leanda Cave, Michelle Dillon significantly underperforming.

I can't help thinking, if this were Football wouldn't we be asking some serious questions about the manager ? This is especially true in the womens case. For some reason Dibens was only reserve and only got in because long time favorite Joidie Swallow pulled out injured.

The World Class Performance Programme has put a lot of money into GB triathlon and into what is fast becoming a squad of mercenaries under Maw. Some will remember that prior to taking his job at the BTA in 2000, Maw spent two years Queensland Academy of Sport in Australia. If he was manager at Chelsea he'd be gone at the end of the season without a doubt.
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