Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sydney sets off a great start to ITU world champs series

We've been hanging out for the start of the ITU world champs series and race one in Sydney set the scene for a season of great racing.

Double Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty had a very intelligent race, swimming and riding comfortably before some clever tactical running put him into the lead late in the run, and he powered home to comfortably take the win by 6 seconds.

Despite US athletes Laura Bennett and Sarah Haskins leading out of the water (closely followed by young kiwi Teresa Adams in an impressive debut) the womens race came down to the run to sort out who would take the title. The group of four featured 2010 winner Emma Moffatt, bronze medalist Andrea Hewitt, and Mariko Adachi (JPN), and Barbara Riveros (Chile). The increadible mental strength of these four showed through as surge after surge failed to split the group. In the end it was Adachi who succumbed to the pace first, leaving a sprint for the line to give Riveros her first win, just pipping Hewitt (2nd) and Moffatt (3rd).

If this is sample of the racing we are in for this year, it's going to be an exciting season!

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