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Wet And Cold Conditions Greet Triathlon Juniors

6th June 2008

For immediate release from Tri NZ

Wet And Cold Conditions Greet Triathlon Juniors

Wet, windy and cold conditions greeted the elite junior (U19) athletes as action got underway at the World Triathlon Championships in Canada this morning New Zealand time.

Conditions were so miserable in fact that the planned opening ceremony and nations march past were postponed, with rain adding to the discomfort levels of temperatures barely reached double figures.

The rain made the tight bike course treacherous and the chilly 13 degree water temperature made the swim all the more challenging.

New Zealanders generally fared well with four top 25 placings, highlighted by Tom Davison’s 9th in the junior men’s race and Sophie Corbidge’s 12th in the junior women’s race.

Results are all the more impressive given that most of the New Zealand athletes have one and in some cases two more years in the age group, hinting at possible podium finishes in the next couple of years.

16 year old Edward Rawles (Inglewood) has two more years in the Junior category as does Sophie Corbidge (Auckland). Of the others competing this morning, all have one more year in the age group apart from Nicola McKay who will now move on to the U23 category.

World Triathlon Championships, Elite Junior Women (U19)
1 Kirsty McWilliam, GBR, 01:04:05
2 Ashleigh Gentle, AUS, 01:04:43
3 Zsofia, Toth, HUN, 01:04:47
4 Ashley Finaughty, ZIM, 01:05:07
5 Emma Jackson, AUS, 01:05:18
6 Alena Stawczynski, GER, 01:05:22
7 Claudia Rivas, MEX, 01:05:23
8 Maaike Caelers, NED, 01:05:27
9 Paula Findlay, CAN, 01:05:28
10 Nataliya Efremova, RUS, 01:05:32

Plus NZers
12 Sophie Corbidge, Auckland, NZL, 01:05:36
30 Rebecca Kingsford, Tirau, NZL, 01:07:20
42 Nicola McKay, Tauranga, NZL, 01:10:39

World TriathlonChampionships, Elite Junior Men (U19)
1 Vincent Luis, France 0:57:06
2 Denis Vasiliev, Russia 0:57:36
3 Jonathon Brownlee, Great Britain 0:57:43
4 Joshua Amberger, Australia 0:57:52
5 Rodrigo Gonzalez, Mexico 0:58:19
6 Franz Loeschke, Germany 0:58:24
7 Min Ho Heo, Korea 0:58:26
8 Igor Polyanskiy, Russia 0:58:35
9 Tom Davison, Chch, New Zealand 0:58:39
10 David Obozil, France 0:58:40

Plus NZers
11 Edward Rawles, Inglewood, NZL 00:58:40
25 Jos Hoetjes, Chch, NZL 00:59:25

Saturday 7th June 2008
1:30am Age Group Sprint Distance World Championship (first wave)
Racing continues through the morning

Sunday 8th June 2008
1:40am Age Group & AWAD World Championship (first wave)
Racing continues through the morning

Monday 9th June 2008
2:00am U23 Women World Championship
5:00am U23 Men World Championship
8:00am Elite Women World Championship
11:00am Elite Men World Championship


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