Hewitt claims third in Austrian ITU event
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 4:03a.m.
New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt has won bronze in the ITU world triathlon series event in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
The third-placed finish means Hewitt took over the lead in the overall ITU World Triathlon Series rankings, ahead of gold medallist Nicola Spirig and Helen Jenkins who did not race in Kitzbühel or Madrid.
Warm water greeted the women for the two-lap, non-wetsuit swim in the Schwarzsee lake. France's Jessica Harrison and Sarah Groff of the U.S. led the women out of the water and into Transition 1.
Not far behind them were a host of top names such as Britain's Vicky Holland, Spirig, Norden, Melanie Annaheim of Switzerland and four competitors from New Zealand including Hewitt, Debbie Tanner, Nicky Samuels and Kate McIlroy
A lead group of 15 women settled in up front, which included Spirig, Norden, Harrison, Samuels and Groff.
The lead pack built a significant lead which at one point swelled to over two minutes. But the leaders let up slightly on the final lap and the chase pack managed to slice 40 seconds off the lead in the last lap.
Spirig and Hewitt were the first to hit the 10-kilometre run course as the leaders came into transition two and saw their lead dwindle to 90 seconds.
Early in the run, six women emerged at the front made up of Spirig, Hewitt, Norden, Riveros, Groff and Harrison.
For much of the run they ran together but just before they came into transition to hear the bell signifying the start of the final lap, Groff was dropped.
As they neared the final straight, Spirig and Norden surged to the front. But Spirig reached the blue carpet first and dashed away to the finish, leaving Norden to take the silver. Hewitt outpaced Riveros for the bronze.
Spirig secured her win in two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds and recorded her second victory in Kitzbühel and fourth career WTS title.
1 Nicola Spirig SWITZERLAND 02:05:37
2 Lisa Norden SWEDEN 02:05:40
3 Andrea Hewitt NEW ZEALAND 02:05:43
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