Ashleigh Gentle continues the Aussie dominance in Hungary
Photo credit: Delly Carr/ITU
It's been an incredible weekend for the Australian women's triathlon team, winning ITU World Championships in the Elite, Under 23 and Junior (16-19) categories. Only one hour after Emma Moffatt earned her second consecutive Elite world title, 19-year-old Ashleigh Gentle took top honors in the Junior World Championship race, sprinting away from the rest of the field on the 5K run.
"I didn't know that Emma won the world championship," Gentle said at the finish. "I was in the water swimming when her race was finishing so this is great to hear that we swept all three categories!"
The win didn't come easy for Gentle, who started the race in 33rd place after the 750-meter swim in Lágymányosi Bay along the banks of the River Danube. The Aussie found herself with a solid pack of cyclists, however, and was able to ride up to the front group on the 20K bike leg.
Just as teammate Emma Jackson had done in the U23 race a day before, Gentle flew out of the second transition to take the early lead on the run. She never looked back, clocking an amazing 16:42 run split to win in 57:48. Next to cross the line was Germany's Charlotte Bauer, who finished just over one minute back of Gentle. Bauer held off a hard-charging Joanna Brown of Canada, who came from 41st place at T2 to finish third overall.
Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Budapest Grand Final
Budapest, Hungary - 12 Sept 2010
750-metre swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Junior Women Results
1. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 57:48
2. Charlotte Bauer (GER) 58:52
3. Joanna Brown (CAN) 59:07
4. Kelly Whitley (USA) 59:21
5. Yuka Sato (JPN) 59:29
6. Neiske Becks (NED) 59:34
7. Tanelle Berard (USA) 59:46
8. Theresa Baumgartel (GER) 59:50
9. Amy Roberts (AUS) 59:51
10. Annika Vossing (GER) 59:55