Race for Women’s World Title Heats Up

by Brad Culp on 28 Aug, 2010 04:09 • Español

With just two weeks to go until the final race of the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series, the duel for the women’s world title is wide open. Reigning ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt of Australia currently leads the world rankings, but New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt sits only 52 points behind Moffatt, meaning the Kiwi is well within striking distance of this year’s world crown.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Moffatt and Hewitt’s current standing is that neither has won a Series event this year. Instead, consistency has been key to both athletes’ success in 2010. Moffatt has found herself in the lead bunch at almost every Series event this year, but hasn’t had the same finishing kick that saw her finish on top of the podium on four occasions in 2009. She has, however, finished on the podium three times this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish in Hamburg last month. Moffatt has only finished outside of the top five once this year, with a disappointing ninth-place showing in London.

Hewitt has also struggled with her finishing kick this season, but has still managed to finish in the top six at all five Series races in which she has competed. The Kiwi has found herself on the podium twice in 2010, with a runner-up finish at the Series opener in Sydney, and a third-place finish at round six of the Series in Kitzbühel.

While Moffatt and Hewitt are in the world title driver’s seat, they’re not the only two women with a shot at the crown at the Budapest Grand Final on September 12. With 1200 points available to the winner, Lisa Norden (SWE), Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Nicola Spirig (SUI) are all in contention for the title. Each of their fates will be largely determined by the performance of Moffatt and Hewitt in Budapest, but a weak showing by the current leaders would open up the door for any of these women to steal the world championship. Norden is in the best shape to do so, as she currently ranks third, 204 points back of Hewitt. The Swede appears to be in top shape heading into the end of the season, with a runner-up finish in Hamburg and a win at the first-ever ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championship in Lausanne last week.

The Elite races at the Budapest Grand Final will take place on September 11-12, with the men racing at 1:05 p.m. local time on Saturday and the women to follow at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Live coverage of both races will be available at triathlon.org/tv

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Related Event: 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU Triathlon World Championship Grand Final Budapest
08 - 12 Sep, 2010 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Emma Jackson AUS 01:58:07
2. Kirsten Sweetland CAN 01:58:59
3. Emmie Charayron FRA 01:59:19
4. Rachel Klamer NED 01:59:31
5. Alexandra Razarenova RUS 01:59:45
6. Teresa Adam NZL 02:00:07
7. Alice Betto ITA 02:00:11
8. Flora Duffy BER 02:00:14
9. Lauren Goldstein- Kral USA 02:00:18
10. Charlotte Bonin ITA 02:00:45
Results: U23 Men
1. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:44:24
2. Ryan Sissons NZL 01:44:52
3. Franz Loeschke GER 01:44:53
4. Jamie Huggett AUS 01:44:55
5. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:45:02
6. Crisanto Grajales MEX 01:45:22
7. Vincent Luis FRA 01:45:29
8. Richard Murray RSA 01:45:33
9. Aurelien Raphael FRA 01:45:46
10. Drew Box AUS 01:45:51
Results: Junior Women
1. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 00:57:47
2. Charlotte Bauer GER 00:58:52
3. Joanna Brown CAN 00:59:07
4. Kelly Whitley USA 00:59:20
5. Yuka Sato JPN 00:59:29
6. Neiske Becks NED 00:59:34
7. Tanelle Berard USA 00:59:46
8. Theresa Baumgartel GER 00:59:50
9. Amy Roberts AUS 00:59:51
10. Annika Vössing GER 00:59:55
Results: Junior Men
1. Fernando Alarza ESP 00:52:15
2. Thomas Bishop GBR 00:52:17
3. Kevin McDowell USA 00:52:22
4. Lukas Verzbicas USA 00:52:36
5. Ron Darmon ISR 00:52:43
6. Ryan Fisher AUS 00:52:47
7. Vicente Hernandez ESP 00:52:55
8. Anthony Pujades FRA 00:53:00
9. Matthew Sharpe CAN 00:53:02
10. Andreas Schilling DEN 00:53:06
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