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Luis crowned ITU World Champion, Blummenfelt discovers WTS gold in Lausanne

For a season that has had it all, the men’s WTS Grand Final delivered the ultimate final chapter on Saturday, with heroics from Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt and defending champion Mario Mola but, ultimately, France’s Vincent Luis grabbing the glory, digging as deep as he could to be crowned the 2019 ITU World Champion.

“That was a really tough race, I can’t believe it. The final 3km seemed like 10km for me, but the crowd was amazing, my parents were here and I just dug in really deep for them,” said an emotional Luis. “I just knew I needed to follow Mario as close as I could but I got dropped so just did my best to stay in touch and do what I needed to. You can’t buy a world title… beating guys like Mario and Javii… it is great to have my name with theirs.”

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Katie Zaferes imperious in Lausanne, closing incredible season as World Champion

Katie Zaferes became ITU World Champion on Saturday evening in the Olympic Capital Lausanne, sealing the greatest season of her career with a fifth WTS gold of the year. It all boiled down to another incredible battle with British duo Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor Brown, but it was Zaferes delivering yet another big finish, pulling away from Learmonth down the final 200 metres to drink in the magic of the moment that a hard season had built up to.

“I don’t even know if it has hit me yet, I had a lot of emotions and doubts coming in to this race but I’m just really happy right now,” said a thrilled Zaferes.“I worked really hard to get in the mental frame, I knew physically I was in the right frame, so I didn’t let it get to me too much. I’m just out there enjoying it and enjoying the process, and to do it on this course is amazing.”

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ITU announces 2019 Hall of Fame inductees

ITU today announced the six inductees for the fifth edition of the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at a gala dinner in Lausanne, the Olympic capital, the city that is hosting this week the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome these inductees into the ITU Hall of Fame,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “We are a very young International Federation, but we have been privileged enough to have witness some incredible athletes compete and accomplish amazing feats, so it is a great pleasure to have those great names included on our historical gallery”.

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India thrash Pakistan 36-20 in opening match of Kabaddi Masters

India started their Kabaddi Masters campaign in style as they crushed arch-rivals Pakistan 36-20 in the inaugural match of the six-nation international tournament. Captain Ajay Thakur led from the front and scored 10 points to help India register a convincing victory. India’s defenders put in a commanding performance as they restricted Pakistan’s raiders throughout the match. Pakistan could score just 9 raid and 8 tackle points in the match.  Mudassar Ali scored six raid points for Pakistan. For India, Rohit Kumar put in a solid raiding performance and scored seven points.

Ajay Thakur got India up and running with a raid point in the first minute. Pakistan opened their account with a bonus point as both teams were level at 1-1. India’s star raider Pardeep Narwal was sent to the bench by Pakistan defence in the fourth minute. Thakur was looking in fine form as he scored with two successive raids to give India 4-3 lead after seven minutes. Pakistan's defence looked sharp in the first 10 minutes of the match as they trailed 4-5 after the ninth minute. Mudassar Ali scored with a raid for Pakistan as they trailed 5-6 after 10 minutes.

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Flora Duffy becomes hometown hero and Norway sweeps the men's podium in Bermuda

The second round and first Olympic-distance race of the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series was an eventful one as Norway swept the men's podium with Casper Stornes collecting his first WTS win of his career at the 2018 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda debut event. Flora Duffy then became a hometown hero in front of thousands of cheering fans as she dominated a historical victory in her own nation.

Women's Recap

Flora Duffy (BER) could not have asked for a better race scenario as a sheer dominating performance captured her the 2018 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda crown in front of thousands of cheering fans. The gold earned on home soil was her first WTS win of the season and first for the inaugural event as she won with a marginal victory of 96 seconds in the first Olympic-distance race of the season.

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