2 October 2007
RHODES, Greece - With a brief rest under their belts, many of the world’s top triathletes will again don their race kits for the biggest triathlon to hit Greece since the Olympic Games.
The unstoppable Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal will be trying to equal triathlon history this weekend. A win will tie Fernandes with Australian Emma Carney’s record for the most world cup wins of any ITU athlete at 19. Earlier this year Fernandes just missed beating Carney’s standing record for most world cup wins in a row and now has the chance to again put her in triathlon’s history books.
She will have challengers however, including world ranked number two Emma Moffatt of Australia, Under23 world champion, Lisa Norden of Sweden, Pan-American champion Julie Ertel of the U.S. and top Swiss athlete Nicola Spirig.
The course is a showcase of the Mediterranean islands beautiful mountainous landscape. Athletes will swim in the warm sea before heading onto a hilly and technical 7-lap bike course. The final 10-kilometre run will be through the main streets of Rhodes on a flat and twisting run course. Soaring temperatures and high humidity will undoubtedly test the athletes out on the exposed course.
photos Janos Schmidt