Auckland World Cup Triathlon. Part III
Hewitt was in a leading group of eight that came together after the swim next to Auckland’s Queens Wharf.
That group included Pan Am Games bronze medallist Pamela Nascimento Oliveira, Hungary’s Margit Vanek, New Zealand’s Teresa Adam, Italy’s Alice Betto, Great Britain’s Vicky Holland, Sakimoto and Adachi. But by the end of the second lap, Vanek and Oliviera had dropped, before Holland also fell off the pace on lap four of the eight-lap course.
Hewitt then kept leading the drive up the three climbs in each lap, as the gap back to the chase pack - which was being led valiantly by Nicky Samuels most of the way - increased each time. Apart from Poland’s Maria Czesnik, who tried to bridge the gap halfway through the bike and ended up riding almost half of the leg solo, the lead group of five had over two minutes on the main field coming in T2.
From there, Hewitt run away from Adachi and Sakimoto. While Adachi led early, Sakimoto just gained the edge in the final few kilometres to claim silver. It was her second consecutive silver, after she also finished second in Guatape two weeks ago. It was an excellent day for the Japanese women’s team, with 40-year-old three-time Olympian Kiyomi Niwata running through the field to claim fifth and Ai Ueda‘s ninth giving them four athlete inside the top 10.
Germany’s Anne Haug and Kathrin Muller also had excellent run legs, enough to put them seventh and eighth overall while the Netherland’s Maaike Caelers had the fastest run split of the day, 35 minutes and 38 seconds, to give her a season best world cup result of sixth.
|Huge crowd in Auckland downtown enjoyed Auckland World Cup Triathlon|
|Leader –Andrea Hewitt on her second lap|
|Mariko Adachi from Japan got Bronze medal|
|Auckland waterfront, Queen wharf|
|This cruise ship just few hundred meters away from the main area|
|While women finalising their race, men are preparing to their competition|
|TV sharks have the best view|
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