Successful Transition for McIlroy

Successful Transition for McIlroy

By ITU Admin on 09/08/09 at 12:00 am

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2009 Tiszaujvaros Women

New Zealands Kate McIlroy won her first ITU Triathlon World Cup in the hot conditions of Tiszaujvaros in Hungary. The former world mountain running champion and national steeplechase record holder sprinted away from Irina Abysova of Russia to win in a time of 2:00:48.

A small lead group of nine formed in the 1500m swim and they would stay away on the bike, opening up a 50 second lead over the dangerous runners such as Australias Beijing Olympian Erin Densham and Yuliya Sapunova from the Ukraine. Hard work from Great Britains Vanessa Raw and Vicky Holland opened up the advantage over 40km of cycling which set up the race for the leaders.

Abysova was the first to make her move, accelerating out of transition and into the lead. McIlroy bided her time and made contact with 5km of running to go, sticking to the Russian before surging away in the final kilometre. Further back it was the Australian pairing of Felicity Sheedy-Ryan and Densham who ran through for third and fourth with Sapunova in fifth. Zita Szabo from Hungary delighted the home crowd with sixth.

I had a pretty good swim and then chased down the front two early on the bike, but once we got there we all worked well, said McIlroy who switched sports following an Achilles tendon injury. I was a little bit worried that I had worked too hard on the bike but I slowly eased into my running and eventually, despite the heat, managed to open up a gap and get away. I felt pretty good, Im very happy. Im heading to London next weekend for the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series before going back to New Zealand to prepare for the Grand Final on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Abysova commented: It was a good race because I had a great swim and a great bike and then enjoyed a super run. I was just thinking faster, faster, faster, but Kate [McIlroy] had too much.

This year has been really fantastic for me, said Sheedy-Ryan. I struggled with a few injuries in the early season but the hard work is paying off. To run through Erin [Densham] was very pleasing as shes an athlete I respect a lot. I was pretty disappointed with the swim today, Im struggling with the big packs in the water, but the bike worked well and I was lucky that I could chase down some people on the run.

Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup, Hungary
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Elite Women - Official Results

Gold Kate McIlroy (NZL) 2:00:48
Silver Irina Abysova (RUS) 2:00:52 +0:04
Bronze Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:01:24 +0:36
4th Erin Densham (AUS) 2:01:35 +47
5th Yuliya Sapunova (UKR) 2:01:53 +1:05
6th Zita Szabo (HUN) 2:02:07 +1:19
7th Lena Brunkhorst (GER) 2:02:23 +1:35
8th Vicky Holland (GBR) 2:02:26 +1:38
9th Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 2:02:36 +1:48
10th Anja Knapp (GER) 2:03:00 +2:12


La neozelandesa Kate McIlroy ha ganado su primera Copa del Mundo de Triatln ITU en unas condiciones muy calurosas en Tiszaujvaros, Hungra. La ex campeona del mundo campo a travs y rcord nacional de obstculos, se distanci en el sprint de la rusa Irina Abysova para ganar con un tiempo de 2:00:48. 

En los 1500m de natacin se form un pequeo grupo de cabeza de nueve triatletas y permaneceran juntos en la bicicleta donde abriran un hueco de 50 segundos sobre un peligroso grupo de corredoras como la australiana Olmpica en Beijing y la ucraniana Yuliya Sapunova. Tras un duro trabajo de las britnicas Vanessa Raw y Vicky Holland lograron establecer la ventaja durante los 40 kilmetros de la bicicleta.

Abysova fue la primera en atacar, aumentando el ritmo a la salida de la transicin y situndose en cabeza. McIlroy realiz su ataque y contact con la rusa a 5km para la meta, dejndola atrs en el ltimo kilmetro. Ms atrs estaba la pareja australiana formada por Felicity Sheedy-Ryan y Densham quienes llegaron en tercera y cuarta posicin respectivamente y Sapunova quinta. La Hngara Zita Szabo deleit al pblico local con su sexto puesto.

Nad bastante bien y pronto di caza a la pareja de cabeza en la bicicleta y ya una vez juntas trabajamos todas bien, dijo McIlroy quien cambi de deporte tras una lesin en el tendn de Aquiles. Estaba un poco preocupada por haberme desgastado en exceso en la bicicleta pero poco a poco fui recuperndome en la carrera a pie y a pesar del calor logr abrir hueco y escaparme. Me he encontrado bastante bien, estoy muy feliz. El prximo fin de semana ir a Londres para la carrera de las Series del Campeonato del Mundo de Triatln ITU Dextro Energy y despus volver a Nueva Zelanda para preparar la Gran Final de Gold Coast en Australia.

Abysova coment: Ha sido una buena carrera ya que he tenido una gran natacin y una gran bicicleta y luego he disfrutado de una gran carrera a pie. Slo pensaba ms rpido, ms rpido, ms rpido, pero Kate [McIlroy] iba demasiado fuerte.

Este ha sido para m un ao realmente fantstico, dijo Sheedy-Ryan. Tuve problemas con algunas lesiones al inicio de la temporada pero el duro trabajo est dando sus frutos. Correr con Erin [Densham] ha sido muy agradable ya que es una atleta muy respetable. Estoy muy descontenta con la natacin de hoy, pero en la bicicleta trabaj bien y he tenido suerte de poder pasar a varias triatletas en la carrera a pie.

Copa del Mundo de Triatln ITU de Tiszaujvaros, Hungra
1.5km natacin, 40km bicicleta, 10km carrera a pie
Elite Women - Official Results

Oro Kate McIlroy (NZL) 2:00:48
Plata Irina Abysova (RUS) 2:00:52 +0:04
Bronce Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:01:24 +0:36
4th Erin Densham (AUS) 2:01:35 +47
5th Yuliya Sapunova (UKR) 2:01:53 +1:05
6th Zita Szabo (HUN) 2:02:07 +1:19
7th Lena Brunkhorst (GER) 2:02:23 +1:35
8th Vicky Holland (GBR) 2:02:26 +1:38
9th Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 2:02:36 +1:48
10th Anja Knapp (GER) 2:03:00 +2:12

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