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New Zealand Top Ten in Stockholm

27th August 2012

New Zealand Top Ten in Stockholm

An under strength New Zealand team fought all the way to finish tenth at the ITU World Mixed Team Championships in Stockholm this morning as Great Britain resisted all challengers to retain their crown.

With current world number two Andrea Hewitt not racing in Stockholm and Kate McIlroy picking up a calf injury in the individual ITU World Triathlon Series race the day before, tenth place represented a hard day’s work for the New Zealanders with Kris Gemmell, Ryan Sissons, Nicky Samuels and young Rebecca Kingsford flying the flag and giving their all for the silver fern.

The increasing depth in the sport was evident with 23 teams on the start line and the New Zealanders finishing ahead of traditional powerhouses such as Australia and Canada and just 49 seconds behind the 5th place Swiss in a compact field outside of the medal winners Great Britain, France and Russia.

22 year old Kingsford had only flown in the night before following the withdrawal of McIlroy and acquitted herself well in elite company, clocking a time just 30 seconds slower than Samuels on the tight and technical course.

The event is scheduled to appear at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and is on the agenda for inclusion at future Olympic Games. Athletes and fans will get a taste of the fast paced and exciting format at various events throughout the New Zealand summer, including the upcoming Barfoot & Thompson ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, with a team’s event open to all-comers with entries online at

Attention now turns to the final two ITU World Triathlon Series events on the calendar and the race to find the world champions. Andrea Hewitt is in second place in the women’s points with just Yokohama and then the Barfoot & Thompson ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland to come, setting up a potential world championship chase on home territory.

ITU World Mixed Team Championships
Stockholm, Sweden
300m swim, 6km bike, 2km run

Overall 1 2 3 4
1 GBR 01:26:48 00:23:24 00:20:39 00:22:56 00:19:51
2 FRA 01:26:58 00:23:07 00:20:41 00:23:26 00:19:45
3 RUS 01:27:31 00:23:09 00:21:17 00:22:46 00:20:20
4 GER 01:28:06 00:23:21 00:20:45 00:22:56 00:21:06
5 SUI 01:28:38 00:23:10 00:20:54 00:23:13 00:21:22
6 ESP 01:28:43 00:23:08 00:20:51 00:24:04 00:20:41
7 ITA 01:28:52 00:23:11 00:20:33 00:24:05 00:21:05
8 HUN 01:29:05 00:23:08 00:20:59 00:23:52 00:21:08
9 UKR 01:29:20 00:23:24 00:21:16 00:24:02 00:20:38
10 NZL 01:29:27 00:23:18 00:21:07 00:23:48 00:21:16

Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
1 Nicky
NZL 01:29:27 00:04:10 00:01:12 00:10:37 00:00:31 00:06:51
2 Kris
NZL 01:29:27 00:03:45 00:00:56 00:09:35 00:00:30 00:06:22
3 Rebecca
NZL 01:29:27 00:04:12 00:01:08 00:11:09 00:00:30 00:06:51
4 Ryan
NZL 01:29:27 00:03:47 00:01:00 00:10:20 00:00:29 00:05:41

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