Australia's Emma Snowsill wins gold in the Women's Triathlon.
In a charge to the finish line, Australia’s Emma Snowsill has won the Women’s Triathlon with a time of 1:58.02.
In her first Commonwealth Games appearance, Snowsill went into the event as the favourite and has claimed the gold medal.
“I could feel the energy of the crowd and everyone cheering for me. It was a unique experience. I hope today I’ve just done Australia proud,” said a jubilant Snowsill of her gold winning performance.
New Zealand’s Samantha Warriner followed 35 seconds behind to claim the silver medal. In a kiwi sprint for the bronze, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt managed to hold out compatriot Debbie Stella Tanner.
Samatha Warriner was overjoyed with her result and that of her fellow compatriots.
“My goal today was a podium. This is just unreal. It’s a dream come true. Today showed off the strength of New Zealand Triathlon,” said Warriner.
Snowsill was placed seventh after the Swim leg and eighth after the Cycle leg, which put her 10 seconds behind the leading Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand.
Hailing from Queensland, Snowsill naturally found the conditions in Melbourne difficult, but attributes her ability to overcome the cold to the support from the crowd.
“I traditionally like to run really hard out of transition. Today I felt too cold to do that. I felt terrible until about 6km into the run. It was the crowd that really got me going,” said Snowsill.
Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand was first off her bike and into the 10km run leg in the Women’s Triathlon. In a Kiwi trifecta, she was followed closely by compatriots Samantha Warriner and Debbie Stella Tanner.
Australia’s Emma Snowsill was well placed in the leading pack, in eighth. Leader after the swim leg, Canada’s Suzanne Weckend was still with the leading pack in thirteenth position.
Official placings after the initial swim leg were Canada’s Suzanne Weckend with a time off 17:56.18, a good break ahead of England’s Julie Dibens with a time of 18:20.42. Seconds only separated the next competitors of Scotland’s Kerry Lang (18:22.73) for third place and Australia’s Annabel Luxford in fourth (18:23.24).
The event’s favourite Australian Emma Snowsill finished seventh in the first leg (18:27.71) and compatriot Felicity Abram finished in 19th place with a time of (19:36.24).
After swimming the distance of 1500m in cool seas off St Kilda, Suzanne Weckend of Canada emerged first with a time of 17:59, well ahead of a bunched up pack in the Women's Triathlon. This puts Suzanne in a strong position as leader going into the 40km cycle.
Weckend has a world triathlon ranking of 201 and she is competing in her first Commonwealth Games Triathon. However, this is not her first appearance at a Commonwealth Games – in Victoria (1994) she competed in both the Women’s 100m and 200m Backstroke events, achieving fifth place in the latter.
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