Cup Post Race Press Release
The top elite triathletes in the world met for the second round of the International Triathlon Union World Cup series event in Mazatlan, Mexico. This first time event proved to be challenging as the swim had the highest surf ever seen on the World Cup circuit. The other conditions were ideal as the water and air temperatures were 23 degrees Celsius
The first lap of the two lap 1500 metre swim saw Melanie Mitchell of Australia, Susan Williams of the United States of America and the 2000 Olympic Medallist in Water Polo, Julie Swail of USA, leading. These athletes kept their lead coming out of the swim but were soon joined by Liz Blatchford (ITU), Anja Dittmer (GER) and Machiko Nakanishi (JPN).
Onto the bike Blatchford, Olga Generalova (RUS), Dittmer and Mitchell took an early lead . They were soon caught by the chase pack and a large group of thirty athletes formed at the front with Dittmer and Blatchford leading the pack past the 20,000 spectators.
The hard working chase pack was over two minutes back but managed to make up time on the lead group with Carolyn Murray (CAN) keeping them organized. The third bike pack was a further 20 seconds behind and was composed of five athletes with Nancy Alvarez (ARG) leading.
The final laps of the bike saw little change in the structure of the packs – the lead group remained about 1:40 ahead of the chase pack – Sybille Matter (SUI), Wang Hongni (CHN), Ainhoa Murua (ESP), Samantha McGlone (CAN), Nicola Spirig (SUI), Magda Stovickova (SVK), Lenka Radova (CZE) could all be found pulling the lead pack as could Blatchford and Maxine Seear (AUS) who seemed to have recovered from a chest cold that forced her to drop out of last weekend’s Honolulu International event.
Onto the run, a flat four laps four laps down the Avenue Sabalo Cervitos; Carla Moreno (BRA) took the lead, Liz Blatchford was close on her heels two meters back and another ten seconds back were Maxine Seear, Anna Dittmer and Samantha McGlone.
Halfway through the run, Carla Morena had a twenty second lead over Maxine Seear, Anja Dittmer and Samantha McGlone. Apparently tired from her silver medal performance from last week in Honolulu, Liz Blatchford slipped back another 15 seconds from this group.
The Elite Women finished the ITU Mazatlan World Cup with Carla Moreno (BRA) winning the gold medal, Anja Dittmer (GER) winning the silver and the young Australian Olympian Maxine Seear (AUS) winning the bronze medal.
The Elite Men’s race also took place under sunny skies but the men faced similar high surf conditions to the women.
Exiting the swim first was Paulo Miyashiro of Japan. He had a 20 second lead heading out on to the bike.
Following the second lap of the bike the structure of the bike had started to take shape - 8 athletes comprised the lead group with a 12 second lead over the chase pack. In the front group were Bruno Pais (POR), Frodeno (GER), Arturo Garza (MEX), Jose Luis Zepeda (MEX), Axel Zeebroek (BEL), and Kuttor. The chase pack,12 seconds back contained a number of fine athletes including Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ), Simon Whitfield (CAN), Brent McMahon (CAN), Paul Tichelaar (CAN) Mark Fretta (USA), Brian Fleischmann (USA).
After lap four and halfway through the 40 km bike, Javier Rosas and Carlos Probert both of Mexico were working together at the front of the lead pack. Not far behind two Canadians - Whitfield and McMahon- were making an organized effort to bridge the two packs together.
Nearing the end of the bike Garza and Krommidas continued to lengthen their lead and the big chase pack caught Kuttor and Pais.
Leaving transition Arturo Garza and Vasilis Krommidas had a lead of 1 minute and 15 seconds. They were followed by Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), Pais, Hunter Kemper (USA), and Canadians McMahon and Whitfield.
With only 2.5 km left in the run - Gaag, Whitfield, Dehmer and Kemper overtook the early leaders.
In a very exciting finish, Simon Whitfield (CAN), 2000 Sydney Olympic Champion, won the gold medal, while Former World Champion Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ) won silver and Hunter Kemper (USA) won bronze.
The World Cup Series now takes a break for the ITU Triathlon World Championships on May 9th, 2004 in Madeira, Portugal before moving on to Tongyeong, Korea on June 12th. Please visit www.triathlon.org for complete results from Mazatlan, Mexico.
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