Paula Findlay wins in Kitzbuehel, Zuriñe continues to add points for the Olympians
The Austrian city of Kitzbuehel has hosted the third round of the Dextro Energy World Series this weekend. At 12:36 noon on Sunday, the Elite Women's Test began, in which the Spanish Ainhoa Murua, Marina Damlaimcourt and Zuriñe Rodríguez took part, with the aim of maintaining their score in the ranking that gives them the place to participate in the London 2011 Olympic Games.
With a temperature of 13.5 degrees, the Elite Women's test started. Sarah Haskins (USA) was in the lead from the first meters of the swim, keeping a wide distance from her competitors. The favorite Paula Findlay (CAN), leader in the ranking of the World Triathlon Series, lost positions in this segment, reaching transition 38 seconds later than the American Sarah Haskins. In second and third position came Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Laura Bennett (USA). The Spanish Ainhoa Murua, Zuriñe Rodríguez and Marina Damlaimcourt in positions 10, 30 and 44, respectively.
As soon as the cycling segment began, Sarah Haskins and Helen Jenkins were at the head of the race. In the chasing group we could see the Spanish Ainhoa Murua and Zuriñe Rodríguez who little by little went up positions until they reached the first triathletes. Marina Damlaimcourt was just over a minute behind, a difference that she maintained throughout the entire cycling segment. There were no relevant incidents like the day before in Elite Men during this segment, despite the fact that the rain appeared in the last lap of the cycling segment, the triathletes managed to overcome the segment without losing control of the bicycle.
Once the cycling segment is over Erin Densham, Kathrin Muller, Barbara Riveros, Andrea Hewitt and Nicky Samuels are the first to reach the transition to start the run. In the position in the 14th position enters Ainhoa Murua, 17 Zurine Rodríguez and 1 minute 46 seconds from the head, in the 48th position Marina
The third segment of the test begins, forming a first group, which Paula Findlay and Helen Jenkins finally lead, taking down the chasing group. Paula hits the first pull, but Jenkins doesn't want to lose the opportunity to reach the finish line in first position and keeps her pace.
In the last lap, the world leader, Paula Findlay shows her power again and gives a second pull, managing to get a few meters ahead of her pursuer, which gives her the opportunity to show for the third consecutive time in the same year that she is the leader absolute test, reaching the finish line in first position with a total time of 02:05:52. 4 seconds behind Paula comes the Englishman, Helen Jenkins and 35” the American Sarah Groff.
An excellent run also for Zuriñe Rodríguez, who managed to climb positions in this segment, reaching the finish line in 13th position. Ainhoa Murua 17 and Marina Damlaimcourt 36.
The next appointment of the World Series will be in Hamburg, on July 16 and 17.
More information of the test:
World Series Ranking
TOP 10 of the test:
1 PAULA FINDLAY CAN 02: 05: 52
2 HELEN JENKINS GBR + 00: 04
3 SARAH GROFF USA + 00: 35
4 EMMA MOFFATT AUS + 00: 39
5 BARBARA RIVEROS DIAZ CHI + 00: 49
6 LAURA BENNETT USA + 00: 52
7 AI UEDA JPN + 01: 08
8 ERIN DENSHAM AUS + 01: 11
9 SVENJA BAZLEN GER + 01: 18
10 NICKY SAMUELS NZL + 01: 19