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Justus runs to Sydney victory
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 14th April 2012


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(You can read the ladies ITU Sydney report HERE)

With no Brownlee(s) and no Javier Gomez racing in Sydney this year, who would step up and take top spot? Step forward Steffen Justus (GER), for the biggest win of his career.

Unlike the ladies race, a breakaway was attempted (and succeeded) on the bike with Russian Ivan Vasiliev and James Elvery (NZL) together at T2.

Elvery faded fast, but Vasiliev is a class athlete an maintained his lead through the first half of the 10km, with the chasers in pursuit. Richard Murray from South Africa (World Junior Duathlon Champion four years ago), Mooloolaba winner Laurent Vidal (FRA) and Steffen Justus (bronze at the Budapest Grand Final in 2010) were the trio setting the pace and passing the Russian. The strong Justus pushed on at 6km and pulled away to a huge victory to add to his CV.

Justus said of his win; "The swim was solid. I'm not the best swimmer, so I sat in the middle of the pack. In the bike I tried to stay in the top 10-15, but it was such a big group today; it's quite dangerous in the middle. Transition two was good for me and I had a good run out," Justus said. "Alexander (Bryukhankov) made a fast run in the front, so it was good for me because it split the pack. From 6km mark I tried to push a bit and he dropped; so I kept running and running to make a bigger gap and make it to the finish line."

Will Clarke was (again) the top Brit, and currently, must be favourite for that third Olympic spot alongside Alistair and Jonny in London, though Tim Don (11th), will still believe he has the talent to make a significant mark in San Diego or perhaps Madrid...where he secured his Beijing spot in 2008.

It wasn't a great day for the other British athletes with Stuart Hayes 56th, Harry Wiltshire 57th and DNF's from Todd Leckie and David Mcnamee.

Reigning Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack was 34th, but with DNF's from both Brad Kahlefeldt and Brendon Sexton, that still made him first Australian across the finish line - though the Aussies still have work to do to secure a third starting spot for London. The Macca story isn't over yet.

Pos Men
1st Stefen Justus (GER) 1:51:04
2nd Richard Murray (RSA) 1:51:13
3rd Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1:51:15
4th David Hauss (FRA) 1:51:30
5th Alexander Bryukhankov (RUS) 1:51:31
6th Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 1:51:34
7th Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:51:42
8th Will Clarke (GBR) 1:51:43
9th Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:51:49
10th Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 1:51:51

FULL RESULTS


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