photos Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org
Eidsvoll, Norway After the excitement of the previous day's individual races, it was time for the Winter Triathlon Team Championships. Overall 15 teams, representing five nations took to the start line in Norway, to stake their claim on the World Championship title. In the team relay there are three people on each team and each team member completes a two kilometre run, three kilometre mountain bike and three kilometre cross-country ski before handing off to their teammate. The first team across the line wins.
USA, Norway, Russia and Austria all lined out for the women's race. The s race was dominated from start to finish by the US team who were simply too strong for all the other nations in today's race. USA lead off with Emma Garrand, looking to make up after her disappointing flat tire in the individual race. Garrand took the lead early on and maintained her lead from the chasing Myhre from Norway, Wasle from Austria and the Russian pair.
Garrand handed off to Heather Best, who further extended the American's lead with a solid run, bike and ski combination. Norway's Hanne Tronnes maintained second place for Norway followed by Russia and Austria. By the time best entered the final changeover it was clear that gold was assured for the US. World Champion Rebecca Dussault looked fresh after her win yesterday and increased the gap over Norway's Tuva Toftdahl. By the time she crossed the finish line to claim the gold medal for the US, Dussault had a 4 minute 26 second gap on second place Norway. Russian finished a further three minutes back to claim the bronze medal.
1. USA (Emma Garrand, Heather Best, Rebecca Dussault) 1:23:58
2. Norway (Marthe K. Myhre, Hanne Tronnes, Tuva Toftdahl) 1:28:24 +4:26
3. Russia 1 (Anna Euseeva, Tatiana Charockina, Yulia Surikova) 1: 31:23 +7:25
4. Austria ( Carina Wasle, Klaudia Mesterhofer, Romana Slavinec) 1:31:55 +7:57
5. Russia 2 (Anna Euseeva, Tatiana Charockina, Yulia Surikova) 1:34:43 +10:45