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Triathlon - 10. December 2007.

Fernandes crowned World Cup champion


VANCOUVER, Canada – The International Triathlon Union officially announced today that Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal has been crowned the 2007 BG Triathlon World Cup Series Female champion by finishing the year ranked number one in the world.  It’s the second straight overall title for Vanessa.  Fernandes has  spent the majority of the 2007 season ranked number one in the world and enjoyed similar seasons.

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The Fernandes legend grew in 2007 as the 22-year old added another phenomenal season to an already stellar career.  After settling for bronze in the season-opener, Fernandes blazed to gold for the rest of the year in nine straight major events, including her first World Championship title.  She continues to etch her name in the ITU history books, now owning 19 World Cup titles, tying her with Aussie Emma Carney for most all-time.  Even more remarkable is that Fernandes has only competed in a total of 30 World Cups.  With three straight Beijing titles, Fernandes is arguably the overwhelming favorite heading into next summer’s Olympic Games.

 

 

Fast Facts:

 

VANESSA FERNANDES (POR)

Date of Birth: September 14, 1985

Place of Birth: Perosinho, Portugal

Residence: Perosinho, Portugal

Height: 5’6” (1.68m)

Weight: 126 lbs (57kg)  

 

2007 highlights

March 25: Mooloolaba BG Triathlon World Cup – bronze

April 15: Ishigaki BG Triathlon World Cup – gold

May 5: Lisbon BG Triathlon World Cup – gold

May 19: Gyor ITU Duathlon World Championships - gold

June 3: Madrid BG Triathlon World Cup – gold

June 29: Copenhagen ETU Triathlon European Championships - gold

July 29: Salford BG Triathlon World Cup – gold

September 1: Hamburg BG Triathlon World Championships – gold

September 15: Beijing BG Triathlon World Cup – gold

October 7: Rhodes BG Triathlon World Cup – gold

 

Career highlights

2007 World Champion

19 World Cup titles – tied for 1st all-time

2006 & 2007 World Cup series champion

2004 Olympian – 8th place

4-time European Champion (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

 

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