Lindemann turns bronze to gold in junior women's race

29 Aug, 2014 10:27 • Español

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Laura Lindemann (GER) capped off her fairytale season in Edmonton when she upgraded her 2013 bronze medal for gold in the women's Junior World Championship race at the Grand Final Edmonton.

Laura Lindemann (GER) capped off her fairytale season in Edmonton when she upgraded her 2013 bronze medal for gold in the women’s Junior World Championship race at the Grand Final Edmonton.

“It was a very hard race,” Lindemann said. “The swim was good for me. The bike with the hill was really hard. I know the French girls from the Europeans and they are very fast. It was a hard race.”

In a near case of 2014 European Championships dejavu, Lindemann just edged out France’s dynamic duo of Audrey Merle and Cassandre Beaugrand for the title. While Beaugrand took bronze at the European event, she out sprinted teammate Merle on Friday to snatch silver, leaving Merle to finish third.

“I am happy about the race because we are two French on the podium but I am a bit disappointed because she (Lindemann) out sprints us again,” said Merle. “I knew before the race it would be the same race (as European Championships) so I was not surprised to see Lindemann out the front.”

“I can’t be really disappointed with this medal because I was hit by a car on Monday and wasn’t sure if I could even start.”

Taylor Knibb (USA) took an early lead in the one-lap 750m swim, but Lindemann, who was determined to improve last year’s podium position, positioned herself on Knibb’s hip for a near line to line win. The young German ditched her wetsuit in record time to get out on the bike ahead of the field. 

Sophie Coldwell (GBR) took control of the bike early on, positioning herself at the helm of the group. The brash Brit pushed out a furious pace over the first lap to open a 40 second gap over the chase. Together with Knibb, Lindemann, Beaugrand, Merle, Avery Evenson (USA), and Melanie Santos (POR), Coldwell continued to charge up the hill each of the four bike laps for a minute advantage as they headed out on the run.

But Coldwell couldn’t hold off the powerhouse runners Lindemann, Beaugrand and Merle off the bike. Lindemann took an early lead on the two-lap run in the hunt for another title to add to her name this summer.

With a final surge down the finish chute that held off Beaugrand, Lindemann became the new Junior World Champion in 1:02:35. Beaugrand crossed over next three seconds later, followed by Merle in 1:02:44.


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Related Event: 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton
29 - 01 Sep, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:48:44
2. Mario Mola ESP 01:49:04
3. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:49:07
4. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:49:22
5. Joao Pereira POR 01:49:44
6. Crisanto Grajales MEX 01:49:48
7. Jarrod Shoemaker USA 01:49:50
8. Joao Silva POR 01:49:55
9. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:50:19
10. Reinaldo Colucci BRA 01:50:29
Results: Elite Women
1. Gwen Jorgensen USA 02:00:05
2. Andrea Hewitt NZL 02:00:21
3. Nicky Samuels NZL 02:00:31
4. Sarah True USA 02:01:20
5. Aileen Reid IRL 02:01:21
6. Claudia Rivas MEX 02:01:22
7. Sara Vilic AUT 02:01:24
8. Pamella Oliveira BRA 02:01:26
9. Katie Zaferes USA 02:01:27
10. Rachel Klamer NED 02:01:30
Results: U23 Men
1. Dorian Coninx FRA 01:53:06
2. Marc Austin GBR 01:53:20
3. Gordon Benson GBR 01:53:30
4. Simon Viain FRA 01:53:46
5. Marten Van Riel BEL 01:53:56
6. Ben Kanute USA 01:54:01
7. Alexis Lepage CAN 01:54:07
8. Tyler Mislawchuk CAN 01:54:15
9. Wian Sullwald RSA 01:54:21
10. Andrey Bryukhankov RUS 01:54:24
Results: U23 Women
1. Sophia Saller GER 02:04:52
2. Gillian Backhouse AUS 02:05:25
3. Erin Storie USA 02:06:59
4. Kirsten Kasper USA 02:07:33
5. Leonie Periault FRA 02:07:48
6. Amelie Kretz CAN 02:07:57
7. Paola Diaz MEX 02:08:22
8. Hanna Philippin GER 02:08:25
9. Sophie Corbidge NZL 02:08:30
10. Johanna Gartman USA 02:09:02
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