220 Triathlon Magazine - - Contents -

With the Iron­man World

Cham­pi­onships in Kona, Hawaii, just a mat­ter of weeks away, we thought it was prime time to re­dis­cover this 220 gem from Novem­ber 1990 fea­tur­ing Erin Baker and Paula Newby-Fraser in the two-piece.

Un­like to­day’s care­fully-man­aged pro press con­fer­ences, the ath­letes – two of the great­est to have ever graced pro triathlon – re­ally were bit­ter ri­vals and, Baker any­way, didn’t even at­tempt to hide it.

Much of the bad blood seemed to stem from Baker’s well-doc­u­mented ha­tred of the apartheid regime in Newby-Fraser’s home coun­try of South Africa. The ri­valry, how­ever, pro­duced some of the great­est bat­tles on the roads of Kona, with Baker tak­ing the 1990 ti­tle fea­tured in is­sue 19, but Newby-Fraser com­ing out 3-2 up in their Hawaii head-to­heads on her way to pro­duc­ing a record eight Kona wins.

Else­where in the is­sue, Mark Allen is seen tak­ing the Hawaii men’s ti­tle af­ter be­ing given an almighty fright by Pauli Ki­uru; the 220 Win­ter Biathlon Series kicked-off at the Thame Sport and Arts Cen­tre in Oxon; while res­i­dent columnist Ken Ma­claren re­ports on the first pos­i­tive drug test in Bri­tish tri his­tory (by a man tak­ing Sudafed). There’s also the most re­veal­ing tri-suit in his­tory on page 17… look out for it on our Twit­ter page.

“The ath­lete­sath­lete re­ally were bit­ter ri­valsl and didn’t even at­tempt to hide it”

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