Michelle Smashes Course Record.
Michelle Dillon smashed the course record at the recent St Anthony's, Florida (Non Drafting Olympic Distance) Triathlon - April 29th 2007. Michelle had missed last years race due to a severe back problem, but she was determined to give this race everything she's got. "I really wanted to prove to myself, I am ready to win again," she said after what has been a rollercoaster couple of years with injuries & loss of focus.
Michelle's training had been going extremely well leading into the race and she has become more focused and determined than ever. She exited the swim in 20.13 trailing by two minutes but then rode through the field coming off the bike in 3rd place riding 1.00.18sec for the 40km, with only Julie Dibens & Sarah Haskins ahead of her. Dibens and Haskins were more than 1 minute up the road, however this didn't deter her. Michelle put her head down and caught Dibens by the halfway mark, but Haskins was still pushing the pace in front. With 1 mile to go Michelle caught Haskins and decided to rest on her shoulder before the two started to test each other with surges. It was Michelle who put the last sprint in with 100m to go to win 4 seconds ahead of Haskins recording the fastest run split with a 35min25sec run and Smashing the course record in the process. Her overall time was 1hour 57mins.45sec ( The course record, set in 1993 of 1hr 59mins has been unbreakable since 1993.)
Michelle is delighted with her result and is looking forward to her next race; the ITU World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday 6th May.
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By Alex Sharp
By Alex Sharp