ITU series - 'England'



All photos by the editor of Satoshi Takasaki.






Pre-race preparation.






Beautiful day and a no wetsuit swim in England.

How common is that?







Last breaths for the next 6secs or so.







Just finishing the first of two swim laps.









As per usual Australia's Annabel Luxford led a group of 12 women out of the water, including Jenkins, Madrid winner Andrea Hewitt, Daniela Ryf and recent Tiszuajvaros world cup winner Kate McIlroy.

70 second














Medical staff being cautious with this girl after an unfortunate bike spill.

The bike course was quite technical so this was not the only crash on this day.







Andrea Hewitt was number three in the overall rankings coming into this race but has the number one due to Emma Moffat sitting this race out.







A fast transition is crucial.














Switzerland's Nicola Spirig powering her way to victory today at the London Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series. After exiting the water behind the leaders, Spirig pulled herself into the front group on the bike and then tagging at the front of the run, bolted away in the last 200 metres from Sweden's Lisa Norden to take her first Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series win. ling out of the race.














Kate Mcilroy placed 12th today.

She is a former world mountain running champion so it will be interesting to follow her progress.







Spirig's finish time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 24 seconds was just two seconds ahead of Norden. Only three seconds back from these two was home country favourite and current world champion Helen Jenkins in third.

“It has been an absolutely amazing year for me, I don't really know what to say, I am very very happy,” commented the 27-year old law student Spirig. “I knew that Lisa Norden is a very good sprinter, and I didn't know about Helen [Jenkins] so I tried to break away early but they were just too strong so I just had to wait until the finish and see. I guess I was fast enough!”





Gold – Nicola Spirig (SUI) 01:54:24

Silver – Lisa Norden (SWE) 01:54:26 +:02

Bronze – Helen Jenkins (GBR) 01:54:29 +:05

4th – Elizabeth May (LUX) 01:54:38 +:14
5th – Anja Dittmer (GER) 01:54:55 +:31
6th – Daniela Ryf (SUI) 01:54:57 +:33
7th – Ricarda Lisk (GER) 01:55:00 +:36
8th – Debbie Tanner (NZL) 01:55:05 +:41
9th – Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 01:55:07 +:43
10th – Sarah Groff (USA) 01:55:16 +:52







London's Big Ben and parliament which is not far from Hyde Park where the above triathlon was held.





Ladies Finish - 2009 ITU World Championship Series, Hyde Park, London.

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