Triathletes complete Olympic prep in Hamburg
New Zealanders Kate McIlroy and Nicky Samuels wrapped up their Olympics preparations with solid results at the latest round of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg, Germany today.
Wellington's McIlroy claimed eighth, finishing 49 seconds behind Australian winner Erin Denshem, while Samuels used the event to test some race options and finished 15th.
Olympic reserve Debbie Tanner also finished mid-field in 25th position.
The third member of the New Zealand Olympic women's triathlon team, Andrea Hewitt, opted not to race in Hamburg and remains at her training base in Sete, France.
The women's results came after the men raced in Germany yesterday with Bevan Docherty the best, finishing 11th.
Triathlon New Zealand National Coach Greg Fraine said the women came through the race very well and were able to try out some tactical options that may be important during the Olympic event.
Fraine said the Hamburg race was ideally placed less than two weeks out from London, and it served as a transition from general build-up to becoming solely focussed on the Games.
"Everyone came through really well, Nicky and Kate were impressive today. Nicky was experimenting with some race options and Kate wanted a good hard blowout before London.
"One of the things we try and encourage is decision making and that's something all three Olympic athletes are good at is assessing the situation and reacting. They're all on track, the confidence is good and they're looking forward to the challenge."
ITU World Triathlon Championship
Sprint (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run)
1 Erin Densham (AUS) 56:07
2 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 56:19
3 Sarah Groff (USA) 56:21
4 Anne Haug (GER) 56:35
5 Kate Roberts (RSA) 56:40
8 Kate McIlroy (NZL) 56:56
15 Nicky Samuels (NZL) 57:22
25 Debbie Tanner (NZL) 57:56
1 Richard Murray (RSA) 51:48
2 Javier Gomez (ESP) 51:53
3 Steffen Justus (GER) 51:59
4 Sven Riederer (SUI) 52:04
5 Maik Petzold (GER) 52:05
11 Bevan Docherty (NZL) 52:11
14 Clark Ellice (NZL) 52:17
22 Tony Dodds (NZL) 52:36
37 Kris Gemmell (NZL) 52:58
40 Ryan Sissons (NZL) 53:06