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Avil podiums again in Korea
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Posted on: Saturday 26th April 2008


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Beijing-bound Samantha Warriner (NZL) claimed her sixth World Cup title today in the 2008 Tongyeong BG Triathlon World Cup. A strong swim put the top Kiwi at the front of the group and enabled her to utilize her running speed to cruise to gold with a time of 1:49:49. Nine seconds back in second place was Hollie Avil (GBR), who's 19 years Warriner's junior. This is the second podium in as many races for the 2007 Junior champion Avil. In third, following a strong finish to 2007 was Vendula Frintova (CZE), a further 22 seconds down.

"I'm pretty stoked," said the 36-year old Warriner. "I was feeling good. In New Plymouth I made lots of mistakes. I made sure not to make the same mistakes here and it worked.

Very windy conditions greeted the small field of only 32 athletes for the start of the 1,500 metre wetsuit swim in Tongyeong harbour. Local athlete, Yun-Jung Jang (KOR), held the lead for the entire swim leg. While Jang and two others led out of the swim, a large group containing all of the top names was close behind and quickly made up this gap early in the bike leg. Because of the windy conditions and two hills on the bike course, the lead group stayed together and entered second transition as one.

Within 50 metres of exiting transition, Warriner pushed the pace with only Avil and Frintova able to match her. These three ran together, continuing to put time between them and the rest of the field, until the halfway point where Warriner injected another burst of speed to drop Frintova.

"I was pushed all the way by those two and that was really good practice because you need to be able to control yourself in that sort of state," added Warriner. "I decided to go for it around that last corner and went for it and got it and I'm really pleased."

Avil looked to add to her gold medal collection, trading the lead with Warriner until the final lap. But with two kilometres to go the veteran Kiwi surged again on a slight uphill, this time dropping Avil. From there is was clear sailing for the former age group champion as she glided home for her 11th World Cup podium. Warriner becomes just the fifth woman in history to have World Cup wins in four straight years, joining Vanessa Fernandes, Loretta Harrop, Emma Carney and Emma Snowsill.

Other British interest in the race was provided by Emma Davis (IRL) who finished tenth and Chrissie Wellington who finished 22nd.

Pos Women
1 Samantha Warriner (NZL)1:49:49
2 Hollie Avil (GBR)1:49:58
3 Vendula Frintova (CZE)1:50:20

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