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Laura Lindemann's World Championship treble
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Posted on: Friday 16th September 2016


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Taylor-Brown and Coldwell take fourth and sixth as Laura Lindemann maintains World Championship streak

Another day, another toiugh race at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel, and Friday morning's event was the World Under-23 Triathlon Women's Elite race over the Standard distance. They day started fantastically for the British pairing of Sophie Coldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown. They formed part of a group of six athletes that had gained a significant gap in the swim, and they soon got together on the bike to extend that to approaching 50 seconds.

That came to halt when Taylor-Brown plus two others crashed on a bend, leaving Coldwell in the lead with Maya Kingma (NED) and Anastasia Gorbunova (RUS). As with the Men's Under-23 race, the gaps then closed and the packs merged. Taylor-Brown was back on her bike and part of that group at T2.

Eventually the race came down to a head-to-head between Laura Lindemann (GER), the Junior World Champion in both 2014 and 2015, and Leonie Periault (FRA), who just lost out in a sprint finish in last years championship. Lindemann would prevail - but as you'll see below, her efforts showed on crossing the line.

The full race report below is courtesy of ITU Media


Laura Lindemann (GER) wins women's Under-23 ITU Triathlon World Championships

Laura Lindemann (GER) kept her World Championship winning streak going, this time in the Under23 women’s World Championship race, securing her third consecutive world title after winning the Junior races the last two years.

Leonie Periault (FRA), who scored silver in the U23 race last year, repeated her silver after a heated battle with Lindemann on the run. France took home another medal when Sandra Dodet crossed over with bronze.

The women started the day just after the sun rose with a one-lap 1500m swim. With the current flowing in their favor, six women used the tides to push out in front for a 20-second advantage out of the water. The group included Brits Sophie Coldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown, as well as Mexico’s own Lizeth Rueda Santos.

U23 World Champs 2016

Coldwell, together with the Netherland’s Maya Kingma and Russia’s Anastasia Gorbunova, both of whom also exited the water in the leading half dozen, cruised out of T1 with crushing speed to secure nearly a minute lead by the second bike lap.

But with Lindemann, who just competed in her first Olympics last month, trailing in the chase, the trio’s lead didn’t stick. Although it took six of the eight bike laps, the 14-deep chase bridged up with two bike laps to go.

U23 World Champs 2016

The 17 ladies lit up transition with nearly two minutes over the rest of the field, meaning the eventual winners would coming from the top swimmers and riders.

Early on the four-lap 10km run, Lindemann, Kaidi Kivioja (EST) and Leonie Periault (FRA) hammered out the fastest pace, leaving their competitors behind. Late on the first lap, Sandra Dodet (FRA) responded to the trio’s attack, surging up to make it a four-woman group leading onto lap two.

U23 World Champs 2016

With a penalty for failing to get all of her equipment in the box in T1, Kivioja opted to serve her 10-secon penalty at the second lap, which gave the French women and Lindemann a 15-second advantage midway through the run.

On the third lap, Periault and Lindemann gunned it for gold, dropping Dodet. From there, it was a two-woman show, with the pair of Periault and Lindemann going surge for surge. They weren’t able to drop each other until the final 500 meters, when the German blasted ahead. The late effort saw Lindemann cross over first for gold, followed by Periualt and then Dodet.

U23 World Champs 2016

2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final - Women's U23
1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run

1st - Laura Lindemann (GER) - 1:59:18
2nd - Leonie Periault (FRA) - 1:59:33
3rd - Sandra Dodet (FRA) - 2:00:05
4th - Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) - 2:00:50
5th - Kaidi Kivioja (EST) - 2:01:07
6th - Sophie Coldwell (GBR) - 2:01:36

U23 World Champs 2016


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