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Aussie Emma's secure Hamburg clean sweep
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 17th July 2011


Tags  Emma Jackson  |  Emma Moffatt  |  Emma Snowsill  |  Hamburg


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Day two of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Hamburg saw the elite ladies take on the same city centre course as the men yesterday. That race of course was won by Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt, with Will Clarke of Great Britain securing his first ever WCS medal in second. Would it be an Aussie double, and would Will's Team Dillon colleague Jodie Stimpson be inspired to her best ever finish?

British Junior Lucy Hall was experiencing her first taste of WCS action in Hamburg, but proved once again that her swimming ability is a match for anyone, whatever the race level, by taking the lead early and heading into T1 with a small lead of around five seconds over a long line of athletes. That grouping included a returning form injury Nicola Spirig (SUI) and an encouraging (for her, if not her competition...) swim from Emma Snowsill who was showing much improved swim speed versus some of her recent poor performances. As perhaps the greatest runner in the history of ladies triathlon, a great start to her day.

The bike leg proved to be uneventful. Felicity Abram (AUS), Nicola Spirig and Elizabeth May (LUX) spent time towards the head of affairs, but in truth the main 'action' involved a few sprints for bike primes, but nothing in the way of significant breakaways of note on the eight-lap, technical course. With most of the bike names in the front group - including Snowsill - all of the action today was going to takes place over the 10km run. Having smashed everyone on the run in Budapest last year, was Snowsill in shape to deliver her speciality and return to the top step of WCS racing?

The early run pace was set by reigning World Champion Emma Moffatt (AUS), with Jodie Stimpson in close attention along with Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI), Erin Densham (AUS) Kate McIlroy (NZL), Emma Jackson (AUS), Emma Snowsill (AUS), Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Ainhoa Murua (ESP). Lots of Aussie green and gold in the lead pack - and lots of 'Emma' too...

By 5km the lead group of eight was done to four - the three Aussie Emma's and the Kiwi Andrea Hewitt. Will this be the 2012 Australian Olympic team?

On lap three Emma pulled clear... Moffatt that is, who put in a surge and created a 10 metre gap over Snowsill, and that was the race winning move. Snowsill couldn't respond and indeed it was going to be a battle to maintain a podium position for what looked like it could be a three-Aussies, three-Emma's clean sweep. Could Andrea Hewitt put a dent in the green and gold?

She couldn't and it was a total Emma-Aussie domination, with Jackson and Snowsill crossing the line to take second in a photo-finish from Snowsill

Pos Women
1st Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:53:37
2nd Emma Jackson (AUS) 1:53:44
3rd Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1:53:44
4th Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:53:59
5th Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 1:54:32
6th Ainhoa Murua (ESP) 1:54:33
7th Erin Densham (AUS) 1:54:43
8th Danne Boterenbrrod (NED) 1:54:49
9th Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 1:54:50
10th Svenja Baslen (GER) 1:54:52

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