ITU series - 'Japan'



All photos by the editor of Satoshi Takasaki.







Some pre-race entertainment of the traditional kind.










T1 for the womans number one ranked in this race.


















Beautiful day and a no wetsuit swim.







Good open water swim skills are crucial.







Just starting the second of two swim laps.















Japanese athlete first out of the water.



70 second



A group of four exited the water, including Annabel Luxford from Australia and Britain's Liz Blatchford, together and hit the technical bike course; and although they would try to breakaway early in the race, they were caught on the third of eight laps by the chase group of 15.






A chase pack showing the diversity of countries in the ITU races.








Even with almost all of the top contenders in this lead group a fast approaching Nicola Spirig, winner of the London leg of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series event last weekend was making ground.

Despite exiting the water 80 seconds down, Spirig would time trial the entire opening 30 kilometres on her own in a dominant display of cycling strength and catch the leaders for the final two laps.








With the heat of the day growing the group seen here entering T2 were content to leave things for the 10-kilometre run.







A fast transition helps alot.













Many of the top contenders pictured here.







Last weekend winner in London Nicola Spirig (SUI) would have to settle for 10th today.








Gold Lisa Norden (SWE) 01:55:56

Silver Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 01:56:00 +:04

Bronze Juri Ide (JPN) 01:56:03 +:07

4th Liz Blatchford (GBR) 01:56:23 +:27
5th Annabel Luxford (AUS) 01:56:30 +:34
6th Kiyomi Niwata (JPN) 01:56:31 +:35
7th Elizabeth May (LUX) 01:56:45 +:49
8th Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 01:56:51 +:55
9th Sarah Haskins (USA) 01:56:57 +1:01
10th Nicola Spirig (SUI) 01:57:03 +1:07






Sweden's Lisa Norden finally took victory at today's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series leg in Yokohama, Japan. The 24 year old Swede ended her streak of three silver medals with gold in a thrilling three woman sprint with a time of 1 hour 55 minutes and 56 seconds.

In second place, in a reversal of the Madrid race, was Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand, five seconds back. In third was home favourite Juri Ide a further three seconds in arrears. Temperatures soared to over 40 degrees celsius with the 100% humidity.













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