RICHARDS BAY, South Africa
In the women’s field, Andrea Whitcombe picks up important Olympic qualifying points with a 16th place finish in Richards Bay. After a disappointing swim, she spent most of the bike in the chase pack unable to bridge the gap to the leaders. Whitcombe moves up one spot to number 24 in the world rankings.
After spending the entire race in a large lead pack, Canadian phenom Kirsten Sweetland broke away in second lap of the run to win her first career World Cup. The current Junior World Champion became the youngest Canadian to stand atop the World Cup podium. With the win, Sweetland jumps to number three in the world rankings. Olympic bronze medalist Magali Di marco Messmer of Switzerland finished second, her first World Cup podium in seven years. German Christiane Pilz crossed the line third after finishing third last week in Lisbon.
2007 Richards Bay BG Triathlon World Cup – Final Women’s Results:
1st – Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 2:03:32
2nd – Magali Di Marco Messmer (SUI) 2:03:47
3rd – Christiane Pilz (GER) 2:03:49
16th – Andrea Whitcombe (GBR) 2:07:49
DNS – Liz Blatchford (GBR)
DNS – Helen Tucker (GBR)
The Richards Bay BG Triathlon World Cup is part of the ITU’s series of Olympic qualifying events. The Olympic fields are extremely competitive and are capped at 55 for men and women with a maximum of three per National Federation. Athletes accumulate points based on their best finishes in the BG World Cup series, World Championships and Continental Championships. Olympic qualifying continues through the 2007 season including the World Cup in Salford, England on July 29.
For full results, schedule, race reports, athlete quotes and high-resolution images, visit the ITU’s Online Media Centre:
On June 3, Spain welcomes the world’s best triathletes as Madrid hosts the fifth stop of the 2007 BG Triathlon World Cup series. Brits expected in the field include Liz Blatchford, and Andrea Whitcombe. Vanessa Fernandes will be seeking her fifth consecutive Madrid victory.
For more information:
Paula Kim, ITU Communications Manager
Tel: +1.604.904.9248 Cell: +1.604.780.3546
Stephen Bourdeau, ITU Media Manager
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