The Austrian city of Kitzbuehel hosted the third round of the Dextro Energy World Series this weekend. At 12:36 noon on Sunday, the Women's Elite Test started, in which the Spanish Ainhoa Murua, Marina Damlaimcourt and Zuriñe Rodríguez took part, with the aim of maintaining their score in the ranking that the place grants them. participate in the London Olympics 2011.
With a temperature of 13.5 degrees, the Elite Feminine test was started. Sarah Haskins (USA) was in the lead from the first meters of swimming, keeping a wide distance with her competitors. The favorite Paula Findlay (CAN), leader in the ranking of the Triathlon World Series, lost positions in this segment, reaching the transition 38 seconds later than the American Sarah Haskins. In second and third place came Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Laura Bennett (USA). The Spanish Ainhoa Murua, Zuriñe Rodríguez and Marina Damlaimcourt in positions 10, 30 and 44, respectively.
Right after the start of the cycling segment at the head of the race were Sarah Haskins and Helen Jenkins. In the chasing group we could see the Spanish Ainhoa Murua and Zuriñe Rodríguez who little by little were climbing positions until they reached the first triathletes. Marina Damlaimcourt was behind just over a minute, a difference that she maintained throughout the cycling segment. There were no relevant incidents like the previous day in Elite Men during this segment, despite the fact that the rain appeared on 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 finished Erin Densham, Kathrin Muller, Barbara Riveros, Andrea Hewitt and Nicky Samuels are the first to reach the transition to start the race on foot. In the 14th position comes Ainhoa Murua, 17 Zurine Rodríguez and 1 minute 46 seconds from the head, in 48th position Marina
The third segment of the test begins, forming a first group, which is finally led by Paula Findlay and Helen Jenkins, taking down the group of pursuers. Paula makes the first pull, but Jenkins does not want to miss the opportunity to reach the finish line in first position and keeps her pace.
In the last lap, the world leader, Paula Findlay again shows her power and gives a second pull, managing to place herself a few meters in front of her pursuer, which gives her the opportunity to demonstrate for the third time in a row 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. The English, Helen Jenkins, arrives 4 seconds behind Paula and the American Sarah Groff arrives at 35 ”.
Excellent foot race also for Zuriñe Rodríguez, who manages to climb positions in this segment reaching the finish line in 13 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