New Zealander Nicky Samuels achieved her first triathlon World Cup victory by overcoming the waves, the cold and the rain at the Mooloolaba circuit (Australia) and leading the two-time world champion, the Australian Emma Moffatt and Chilean Bárbara Riveros Díaz who was third.
The prevailing bad weather conditions were key in the development of the test. The waves of almost a meter punished all the participants and hampered their performance for the rest of the segments. These weather conditions were too harsh for many triathletes who dropped out in the cycling sector.
Samuels, who took a risk on the bike, gained a lead of more than a minute that he was then able to maintain in the test on foot.
Bárbara Riveros gave a whole lesson in strength and took third place on the podium despite being penalized for an irregularity in the transition from bicycle to race.
As for the Spanish, Maria Pujol was disqualified and Ana Burgos retired in the cycling sector.