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Gritty performances in the swim and bike on a wet windy day resulted in the mens gold and silver going the USA and Estonia. Unlike many of the world cup races this year, the stronger swim/bike specialists were able to take the race from the fastest runners.

The womens race was also exciting to watch and was decided in the latter stages of the run. It was great to see the more seasoned triathletes take out the podium places in tough conditions.

   

Grinding it out, and putting time into the chase bunches. Andy Potts and Marko Albert working together on the bike leg.They held their leading positions all day from the early stages of the swim.

 

All the triathlon shots below can be clicked on to get enlargements as the above.

 

 

Samantha Warriner leading the second group.

 

Andrea Hewitt getting the media's attention.

Sarah Haskins and Annabel Luxford exited the water first and worked hard early on the bike to keep a gap back to the chase cycle pack, but were unable to maintain it.

The front four woman battling it out for the podium positions.  

 

 

Anja Dittmer would take the silver medal on the day.

 

 

Andrea Hewitt working hard on the run for a 10th place finnishing, and first New Zealander home.

 

 

 

The winning smile from first placed Rina Hill.

 

 

 

Preparation in the final minutes before race start, in what could be described as trying weather conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Potts getting to the transition ahead of the main pack. The rain coming down is quite clear on the enlargement.

Marko Albert from Estonia was first out of the swim/bike transition.

 

Chris Gemmel checking his bike for damage, after coming off, in the lead group..

 

   
   

 

  Moulai did well to take 3rd from Olympic silver medallist Bevan Docherty, who placed 4th.
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A winning bike set up.

A final thankyou to the gentleman in the crowd whose umbrella sheltered me from the showering rain and strong winds when taking this shot.

 

 

 

 

 

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