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Subject: Should drafting be banned in ITU triathlon races?
The following are Australian triathlete Felicity Sheedy Ryan's comments with regards drafting:
"Haha, as a non-swimmer I might give a biased response here. Look, I find it really disappointing to see some athletes work so hard all race, who swim, bike and run so well together, that do not get the results worthy of their ability due to drafting. Or have athletes like Loretta Harrop miss out on a Gold medal at the Olympics, after clearly being the strongest ďtriathleteĒ out there. I think the best triathlete should always win the race, not the best OK swimmer/ good runner. Saying that, a lot of the top Triathletes would still be the best with or without drafting, they are that good. However, to be a spectator friendly sport, drafting is where itís at. Smaller circuits arenít possible without it, and when you sign into racing in this sport under the ITU format you know the rules and what you are up for. Very frustrating at times, but thatís the way it is, and Iím all for making the sport grow. If drafting helps with this growth, then until there is a better solution, thatís the way it is."
So what are your thoughts on drafting. Should it be banned? Is it ridiculous that gains in the swim are erdoed so easily because of it, or that gains on the bike are near impossible to make? Or is it the only realistic way of making it a TV sport?
The rest of the interview with Felicity Sheedy-Ryan can be found here:
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