Warriner wins in Huatulco

by ITU Admin on 26 Oct, 2008 12:00

In commanding fashion, New Zealands Samantha Warriner was victorious at the Huatulco BG Triathlon World Cup today in a time of 2 hours 14 minutes and 2 seconds.  With the win Warriner moved ahead of Australias Felicity Abram and is the 2008 BG Triathlon World Cup series champion.  Fourty-three seconds behind her in second was Sarah Groff of the United States and in third a further 17 seconds down was Andrea Whitcombe of Great Britain.  This is Groffs first world cup podium.

This is what I wanted, said Warriner, who came within five points of second overall last year.  This is a fairytale ending to the year.  Ive worked so hard for this.

A non-wetsuit swim and calm conditions greeted the athletes in the enclosed Huatulco Bay.  Quickly to the front was the U.S. duo of Groff and Sarah Haskins along with Hewitt and Jodie Swallow of Great Britain.  Almost 30 seconds back emerged Warriner.  This deficit, however, would be erased within the fist few kilometres of the bike course by a charging Warriner.  With a top seven result needed to secure the series title, Warriner continued to push the pace on the bike leading most of the 40-kilometres and taking both bike primes.  In a small chase group 90 seconds back was Whitcombe with Lisa Norden of Sweden. 

That was the hardest race I have ever done in my life, said Whitcombe about the course and conditions that claimed half of the womens field.  That hill is killer and it was so hot out there.  [Warriner and my] experience helped.  Just because you are in your thirties doesnt mean you are done yet.

With temperatures rising to the high twenties, the lead group of four, having lost Haskins to a mechanical problem, entered second transition.  Hewitt led out on the 10-kilometre run followed closely by Warriner.  It was not long though before Warriner moved to the front, pulling away from the field.  A 36:21 ten-kilometre run split was enough to assure Warriner the win.  The Kiwi even had time to interact with the crowd before crossing the finish line.

The move of the race would be Whitcombe running her way onto the podium after the 90 second deficit with the days fastest run.  Hewitt, having faltered in the heat finished back in sixth.

Huatulco BG Triathlon World Cup
Elite Women - Unofficial Results
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Gold Samantha Warriner (NZL)2:14:02
Silver Sarah Groff (USA)2:14:45
Bronze Andrea Whitcombe (GBR)2:15:02
4 Jodie Swallow (GBR)2:15:17
5 Lisa Norden (SWE)2:17:23
6 Andrea Hewitt (NZL)2:17:58
7 Vendula Frintova (CZE)2:18:54
8 Jillian Petersen (USA)2:22:21

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Samantha Warriner takes victory. Click for gallery

De manera autoritaria, la neozelandesa Samantha Warriner, ha sido la triunfadora de la Copa del Mundo de Triathlon BG de Huatulco con un tiempo de 2 horas, 14 minutos y 2 segundos. Con la victoria Warriner se sita por delante de la australiana Felicity Abram y se proclama campeona de las series de la Copa del Mundo de Triatln BG 2008. A cuarenta y tres segundos lleg en segunda posicin la estadounidense Sarah Groff y en tercer lugar a otros 17 segundos la britnica Andrea Whitcombe. Este es el primer podium de Groff en la copa del mundo.

Una natacin sin neopreno y unas condiciones tranquilas dieron la bienvenida a los atletas en la Baha de Huatulco. Rpidamente se situaron en cabeza el do estadounidense formado por Groff y Sarah Haskins junto con las britnicas Hewitt y Jodie Swallow. A casi 30 segundos de desventaja se encontraba Warriner. Esta diferencia, sin embargo, sera anulada en los primeros kilmetros del segmento de la bicicleta, por una ambiciosa Warriner. Necesitaba finalizar entre las siete primeras para asegurarse el ttulo de las series y Warriner continuaba poniendo el ritmo liderando la mayora de los 40 kilmetros. A 90 segundos, en un pequeo grupo perseguidor estaba Whitcombe junto con la sueca Lisa Norden. 

Con la temperatura por encima de los veinte grados, el grupo de cabeza de cuatro, que haba perdido a Haskins por un problema mecnico, entr en la segunda transicin. Hewitt lideraba a la salida de los diez kilmetros de carrera seguida de cerca por Warriner. No paso mucho tiempo antes de que Warriner se colocase en cabeza. Un 36:21 en los diez kilmetros del segmento de carrera fue suficiente para que Warriner se asegurase la victoria. La neozelandesa incluso tuvo tiempo de charlar con el pblico antes de cruzar la lnea de meta. 

Whitcombe consigui alcanzar el podium despus de recuperar la desventaja de 90 segundos tras marcar el segmento de carrera a pie ms rpido del da. Hewitt, tras haber flaqueado en un caluroso final termin sexta.

Copa del Mundo de Triatln BG Huatulco BG
Elite Femenina Resultados no Oficiales
1.5km natacin, 40km bicicleta, 10km carrera
Oro Samantha Warriner (NZL)2:14:02
Plata Sarah Groff (USA)2:14:45
Bronce Andrea Whitcombe (GBR)2:15:02
4 Jodie Swallow (GBR)2:15:17
5 Lisa Norden (SWE)2:17:23
6 Andrea Hewitt (NZL)2:17:58
7 Vendula Frintova (CZE)2:18:54
8 Jillian Petersen (USA)2:22:21

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Related Event: 2008 Huatulco BG Triathlon World Cup
26 Oct, 2008 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Women
1. Samantha Warriner NZL 02:14:02
2. Sarah True USA 02:14:45
3. Andrea Whitcombe GBR 02:15:02
4. Jodie Swallow GBR 02:15:17
5. Lisa Norden SWE 02:17:23
Results: Elite Men
1. Kris Gemmell NZL 02:03:23
2. Jarrod Shoemaker USA 02:03:32
3. Laurent Vidal FRA 02:04:22
4. Thomas Springer AUT 02:04:40
5. Leonardo Chacon CRC 02:04:47
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