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Triathlon - 11. June 2007.

Dibens Blitzes field in Tredegar.

Report /photo John Coxon

Julie Dibens has won the Corus Elite Series Women’s Triathlon at the picturesque Bryn Bach Country Park, Tredegar, South Wales. Julie blitzed the rest of the 18 strong field, maintaining the considerable lead she built up in the bike section, leaving behind the rest of the field, and racing from the front all the way home to record an impressive 1.59.12 . From a deep water start and two laps in the 1500 metre swim, Julie exited the lake at glorious Bryn Bach Country Park in the lead group but by the end of what was a hilly and technically challenging bike, Julie had established an astonishing lead over nearest rival Andrea Whitcombe of nearly three and a half minutes. In what were very warm and sunny conditions with no breeze there was speculation that Julie had overcooked the first two disciplines but despite a gritty effort from Whitcombe to get back in touch, Dibens kept her steely focus in the flat run around the lake and stormed home still holding some one and half minute advantage over Whitcombe.

French star Jeanne Cologne took the third place on the podium. Vanessa Raw, in only her second season in triathlon, was visibly disappointed with her fifth place showing. The Corus Elite Race also acted as the British Triathlon Championship with Seniors Dibens and Whitcombe joined on the podium this time by Rosie Clarke (Under 23 Corus Elite Team.) Julie netted a cheque for a cool 3,750 euros, 25% of the total 15,000 euros prize fund courtesy of sponsors Corus Steel. Julie dismissed suggestions that she had gone out too fast in the early stages and said she never felt as though she would be caught. She said she simply kept her concentration and did what she had to do

GB and Corus Senior Elite Team members Michelle Dillon, Liz Blatchford, Leanda Cave and Henrietta Freeman did not compete. Also in the Corus Under 23 Elite squad, unlucky Welsh local hero, Helen Tucker, was present at the event but once more frustrated by being unable to compete because of a nagging Achilles heel injury that continues to plague her season. Dr Sarah Springman, President of the British Triathlon Federation was in attendance and out on the course supporting and encouraging the athletes in both female and male races and presenting medals for the British championship. Channel 4 TV covered the event which will be broadcast Sunday 10thJune. This is the first time the park has hosted a triathlon event but the venue was very popular with the athletes, Julie declaring the venue “awesome.” The Corus Elite Series moves to London’s Hyde Park 22nd July.

Full Results:

1st Julie Dibens (England)

2nd Andrea Whitcombe (England)

3rd Jeanne Collonge (France)

4th Rosie Clark (England)

5th Vanessa Raw (England)

6th Kerry Lang (Scotland)

7th Carol Bridge (Wales)

8th Heather Jackson (England)

9th Samantha Herridge (Guernsey)

10th Jodie Stimpson ( England )

11th Maria Barrett (England)

12th Emily Bright (England)

13th Carol Thain ( England)

14th Danica Spireti (Malta)

DNF Maria Pujol (Spain) Abbie Thorington, (England) Eloise Crowley( Wales ) Rebecca Robisch (Germany)

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