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: Paratriathlon Male TRI-5
1. Yan Guanter FRA 01:07:59
2. JP Theberge USA 01:09:11
3. Ernst Scheiber AUT 01:09:17
4. Martin Falch AUT 01:12:03
5. Andre Szucs BRA 01:13:57
6. Kevin Flint GBR 01:14:45
7. Michael Johnston USA 01:16:25
8. Mikel Garmendia ESP 01:18:36
9. Pedro Basilio POR 01:23:50
10. Darren Smith CAN 01:27:01
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-4
1. Péter Boronkay HUN 01:06:09
2. Oliver Dreier AUT 01:06:31
3. Andreas Kübler GER 01:07:42
4. Franck Paget FRA 01:11:11
5. Angelo Borim BRA 01:11:47
6. Rob Noordzij NED 01:14:23
7. Joel Rosinbum USA 01:15:13
8. Tom Perkins GBR 01:15:30
9. Sebastian Cila USA 01:16:44
10. Devon King CAN 01:19:45
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-3
1. Cedric Delescluse FRA 01:11:50
2. Craig Vogtsberger USA 01:15:00
3. Sebastian Averesch GER 01:16:44
4. James Smith GBR 01:19:12
5. Oliver Seemann GER 01:25:14
6. Geoffrey Wersy FRA 01:28:23
7. Sven Niebergall GER 01:34:37
8. Paul Thomas GBR 01:46:25
9. Santos Caballero ESP 01:49:43
DNF. Zoltán Bencsura HUN DNF
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-2
1. Matt Perkins USA 01:21:56
2. David Peiffer FRA 01:22:37
3. Oswald Kydd RSA 01:24:39
4. Mohamed Lahna ITU 01:24:43
5. Grant Darby CAN 01:33:08
6. Juan Manuel Geny ARG 01:35:34
7. Creighton Wong USA 01:46:30
8. Travis Ricks USA 01:54:48
9. Javier Merida ESP 02:04:34
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