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Warriner and Gomez Crowned 2008 World Cup Champions
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Posted on: Wednesday 29th October 2008

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With multiple world cup wins under their belts Samantha Warriner of New Zealand and Javier Gomez of Spain have officially been crowned the 2008 BG Triathlon World Cup Series champions.

The Women

With wins in Tongyeong, South Korea and Huatulco, Mexico, a third place at the Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships and two more world cup podium finishes, the 37 year old Warriner of New Zealand won the 2008 BG Triathlon World Cup series with a total 282 points. Racing in five world cups and the world championships, only once did Warriner not make the podium.

It was a battle to the finish as Australia's Felicity Abram held the series lead for most of 2008. It was not until the final world cup in Huatulco that Warriner was able to move into first position overall. Although Abram did not win any world cups in 2008, she raced consistently near the top in nine world cups accumulating 256 points.

Noticeably absent from the top places were Beijing Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion Emma Snowsill of Australia as well as 2006 and 2007 World Cup champion Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal. These two athletes only raced in a handful of world cups in 2008, instead choosing to focus on their Olympic preparations.

Other notable performances in 2008 included the relatively unheard of Helen Tucker of Great Britain holding onto a daring breakaway in Vancouver to win her first world championships. Sweden received its first world cup gold, silver and bronze medals thanks to rising star Lisa Norden. Emma Moffatt of Australia showed she is one to watch in the future, taking a world cup win and the Olympic Games bronze medal. Junior champion Hollie Avil of Great Britain started the season with a bang medalling in her first ever world cup in Ishigaki. Avil then following this up with another in Tongyeong and a top five place in Madrid to punch her ticket to the Olympics.

2008 BG Triathlon World Cup Champion - Samantha Warriner (NZL) 282points
2nd- Felicity Abram (AUS) 256
3rd - Helen Tucker (GBR) 208
4th - Sarah Groff (USA) 200
5th - Lisa Norden (SWE) 197
6th - Andrea Whitcombe (GBR) 180
7th - Emma Moffatt (AUS) 174
8th - Emma Snowsill (AUS) 150
9th - Hollie Avil (GBR) 131
10th - Erin Densham (AUS) 129

Full year-end rankings available here

The Men

The Spanish sensation 'Javi' Gomez again claimed top spot in the world cup rankings with 300 points, winning every world cup he entered in 2008 and the world championships. This is the third year in a row the 25 year old from Pontevedra, Spain has won the world cup series and claimed the US$40,000 paycheck that accompanies it. Seemingly unstoppable, Gomez plowed through the world's best on his way to victory, winning every race he entered in 2008. His only blemish was a fourth place at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Right on Gomez's tail at all times was New Zealand's Bevan Docherty, who with three silver medals and slew of top ten finishes finished only 54 points back of the Spaniard. Docherty almost equaled his 2007 score even with three less races in 2008.

Young Ivan Vasiliev of Russia raced in every world cup except two, pulling himself into third place in the rankings, The highest a Russian athlete has ever been. Vasiliev has steadily climbed the world cup standings from 112th in 2006, to 75th in 2007 to third this year.

Overall Europe continues its climb in the triathlon world, placing 14 athletes in the top 20. This is the most European men to finish within the top-20 rankings ever, showing the shifting dynamics of triathlon's growth.

2008 BG Triathlon World Cup Champion - Javier Gomez (ESP)300 points
2nd- Bevan Docherty (NZL) 246
3rd - Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 214
4th - Tim Don (GBR) 169
5th - Laurent Vidal (FRA) 159
6th - Oliver Freeman (GBR) 156
7th - Ivan Rana (ESP) 155
8th - Reto Hug (SUI) 140
9th - Tony Moulai (FRA) 136
10th - Simon Whitfield (CAN) 135

Full year-end rankings available here

2008 BG Triathlon World Cup Series bonus pool breakdown here

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