Rookie triathletes finish 13th in Hamburg event

17:33, Jul 15 2014
Tom Davison
CHANGING COURSE: Kiwi triathlete Tom Davison is giving away the sport to focus on road cycling.

A rookie New Zealand triathlon team finished 13th at the mixed relay world championship in Hamburg today.

The Kiwi team of Sophie Corbridge, Simone Ackermann, Sam Ward and Tom Davison finished two minutes and 45 seconds behind Great Britain, who claimed their third team world title in four years.

None of the four members who claimed the silver medal for New Zealand last year competed today, with focus going on the mixed relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in less than two weeks, when Andrea Hewitt, Kate McIlroy, Ryan Sissons and Tony Dodds will be among the medal favourites.

Those four competed in the individual World Series event in Hamburg yesterday, with Hewitt finishing fourth in the women's race.

The British team laid down a marker ahead of Glasgow with a superb team effort, capped by in-form Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee who sped away in the final leg to pip France. Hungary were third with Australia fourth.