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XTERRA Guam: Allen, Slack win again
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 23rd March 2013


Tags  Ben Allen  |  Daz Parker  |  Jacqui Slack  |  Rory Downie  |  Sam Garnder  |  XTERRA Guam


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Australia's Ben Allen was pushed hard all day today by South Africa's Dan Hugo at XTERRA Guam, but the nothing could stop the Aussie from completing a Pacific region XTERRA trip crown (of XTERRA Philippines, Saipan and Guam) for the second year - and going one better than 2012, by making it four wins in as many weeks - also winning the Tagaman road triathlon last weekend.

It was another good day for Ben's partner, Great Britain's Jacqui Slack, who after starting the Pacific tour with fifth in the Philippines, took her third win in as many weeks, adding XTERRA Guam to XTERRA Saipan and Tagaman.

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In the men's race, Allen and Hugo were locked together throughout the swim and bike, before Ben was to prove the stronger on the run and pull away from the 2011 XTERRA World Championship silver medal winner Hugo.

Allen, speaking to XTERRA media said "Today was the last race of the tour and I just laid it all on the line. I was so determined to get this win today, and I think it showed. Dan is such a high-class athlete, and I have full respect for him. I even look up to him as one of those inspiring XTERRA athletes. It was guys like him and Conrad that were the driving force to inspire me to do races like this.”

Behind the leading pair, the trio including Brits Sam Gardner and Rory Downie, plus South African Bradley Weiss were in close order through much of the bike leg before Weiss was able to pull clear of Gardner on the run to take third, leaving the three-time XTERRA Guam winner in fourth with the youngster Downie fifth.

For Slack, her win proved to be a gun-to-tape effort. Always swift in the water, last years winner Renata Bucher (SUI) was only able to close a minute on Slack during the bike, not enough to catch her - only for Slack to take all of that back on the challenging run to finish three minutes clear.

Slack said, "I think my mountain bike and running skills have improved heaps. Last year I came to gain the experience, this year I wanted to come back and see the difference."

After four straight weeks of racing, Allen and Slack get just one week 'off', before XTERRA Australia on 7th April followed by XTERRA New Zealand the week after that. They are made of tough stuff, these off-roaders...

Pos Men Women
1st Ben Allen (AUS) 2:23:01 Jacqui Slack (GBR) 2:52:44
2nd Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:26:48 Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:55:35
3rd Bradley Weiss (RSA) 2:36:06 Carina Wasle (AUT) 3:01:05
4th Sam Gardner (GBR) 2:37:48 Daz Parker (GBR) 3:06:33
5th Rory Downie (GBR) 2:29:44 Mieko Carey (JPN) 3:12:59

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