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Katie Zaferes takes WTS Hamburg victory
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 16th July 2016


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Katie Zaferes defeats Gwen Jorgensen for first World Triathlon Series victory

First win for Katie Zaferes (USA), first WTS podium for Rachel Klamer (NED) as Gwen Jorgensen (USA) is third in Hamburg

The final World Triathlon race before the Olympic Games in Rio saw the USA's Katie Zaferes add to a record of five Silver and one Bronze by taking a first win in the top tier of ITU racing today at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon in Germany today.

As Great Britain's Lucy Hall lead out the opening 750m swim, the stretched line of athletes exiting the water looked as though it would all come together on the bike, but with Hall and Rachel Klamer (NED) in particular pushing the pace along with Katie Zaferes (USA), a group of eight pulled cleared. Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS) would fall off the pace, but that group (which also included Charlotte Bonin (ITA), Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), Marie Rabie (RSA) and Caroline Routier (ESP)), woud stay clear and reach T2 with a lead of 50 seconds over a big chase group.

Could the speedy legs of Gwen Jorgensen (USA) make up the gap? Well, she started with perhaps the worst T2 of her career and left dead last of the huge chase group, before invoking 'Pacman' mode (Google that if you are young and don't understand...), and simply ran straight past everyone with a laser focus to try and chase down the front group.

Lucy Hall, Katie Zaferes and Rachel Klamer were leading the way, with Lucy the first to fall of their pace. Jorgensen was flying (and would eventually clock 15:44, the second fastest women's 5km split in WTS history), but it wasn't going to be nearly enough today as Zaferes (16:17) and Klamer (16:30) would stay clear of the fast running presence of the two-time World Champion.

A great performance from Zaferes, who by her own admission has been below the standards she set last year.

Jodie Stimpson had another solid result (4th) to solidify her second place in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings, while Helen Jenkins (14th) will perhaps be most concerned with a second consecutive race with a, by her standards, very average swim. That will not be acceptable in Rio.

Katie Zaferes:

"Today I just raced like me, I got the reward and it was awesome! I've been over-thinking racing this year and today I believed in myself, I went as hard as I can swim/bike/run and it paid off. This is exactly what i needed going into Rio."

Rachel Klamer:

"I can't describe it. The last couple of years I've made progress and I wanted to make a podium, I didn't think it would be today... I've had some solid training and everything went well and to plan. I'm really happy with today, this is what I dreamed of."

Gwen Jorgensen:

"I just didn't have it today. I'm not thriled, but Katie was awesome today. Rio is very different, but i thought I could have done better today."

Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon - Saturday 16th July 2016
750m / 20km / 5km

1st - Katie Zaferes (USA) - 57:03
2nd - Rachel Klamer (NED) - 57:14
3rd - Gwen Jorgensen (USA) - 57:29
4th - Jodie Stimpson (GBR) - 57:52
5th - Anastasia Abrosimona (RUS) - 57:58
6th - Barbara Riveros (CHI) - 58:01
7th - Ai Ueda (JPN) - 58:02
8th - Mari Rabie (RSA) - 58:03
9th - Laura Lindemann (GER) - 58:06
10th - Emma Jackson (AUS) - 58:07

14th - Helen Jenkins (GBR) - 58:14
20th - Lucy Hall (GBR) - 58:26
41st - India Lee (GBR) - 59:20
DNF - Sophie Coldwell


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