By ITU Admin on 25/07/04 at 12:00 am
with Gold,Silver and Bronze IN Salford.
British Triathlon scored a hat-trick today in Salford at the Countryside Properties Salford
Triathlon ITU World Cup with Michelle Dillon (Gold, womens race), Liz Blatchford (Bronze,
womens race) and Stuart Hayes (Silver, mens race) picking up medals in a field described
as the toughest this year in the world.
A dominant run from Michelle Dillon saw her take victory from Australias Mirinda Carfrae and
fellow British athlete Liz Blatchford at the end of a dramatic race.
From the start the British and Australian teams marked their domination on the event with
Leanda Cave (GBR) leading the women out of the water over the timing mat, followed closely
by Pip Taylor (AUS), Julie Dibbens (GBR) and Liz Blatchford (GBR).
Onto the 4-lap, 40km bike the British contingent continued to control the race with five
athletes in the lead pack, until the third lap when Dibbens and Jodie Swallow (GBR) went
down in a crash. Back into transition at the head of a lead group of ten was Germanys Joelle
Franzman, with Michelle Dillon in the chasing group seconds behind.
Out of transition and onto the run Michelle Dillon quickly made up the ground on the leaders
and by the second of the three lap run had took lead with Cave, Blatchford and Carfrae close
behind, only to seal her victory pulling away mid-way on the final lap.
On her race Dillon commented: It was great, I had an amazing race and felt so good on the
run. The Salford race is fantastic and the crowd really pulled me along. This has shown me
what form Im in to take forward to Athens.
The Mens Race
The mens race once again saw two countries dominate, however this time it was the German
and British teams, with Germanys Maik Petzold taking victory with Stuart Hayes (GBR) and
Steffan Justus (GER) just behind.The British teams Richard Stannard and Stuart Hayes exited the water first and led the main
pack out onto the bike, with Hayes and a handful of riders making a decisive break on the
Onto the run Hayes was joined by the two German medallists and from the second lap
onwards it was a three athlete race with Petzold making a decisive break on the final lap.
Petzolds victory sealed another fantastic day of racing in Salford, Britains home of World
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