Photographs and report from John Coxon
GB's Julie Dibens retains her impressive second place in the lucrative Lifetime Fitness series by coming third in the Accenture Chicago Triathlon, the third race in the series of five. She came home strongly behind USA 's Becky Lavelle .Australia's Emma Snowsill beat Lavelle home by a clear minute and a half. Fellow Aussie , Pip Taylor , suffered an agonising DNF despite fighting it out in the first three from the swim when she punctured having hit a pothole at the 10k mark during the bike. Back in form Pip remains in third place in the series despite not finishing
Even though Julie was happy to be on the podium again, according to husband Mike , she was "disappointed with her performance and felt like she struggled to get into the groove the whole way round the course." She did exit the swim just behind Lavelle and was 40 seconds up on her going into T2 and 2 minutes up on Snowsill after her customary powerful bike leg . Mike added "Once out on to the run she felt good for the first 2 miles and then started to fade and suffered a little in the midday heat. With the UK 's non-existent summer this year, this was always going to be a bit of a test with the race starting just after 11am. She just managed to hold off a fast finishing Sam Mcglone (2006 Chicago winner) for 3rd place." Having been denied a wildcard in view of her currently poor World Ranking Julie will not now take part in the World Championships in Hamburg and will be concentrating on training up for the next in the LTF series in Los Angeles in two weeks time.
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