Ryan Sissons claims third at ITU world series race in Hamburg
He wasn't one of the first out of the water, but a strong ride guided Kiwi triathlete Ryan Sissons to third-place at the ITU World Series event in Hamburg, Germany.
Sissons was out of the water 19 seconds after the leaders in Sunday morning's race (NZT), but recorded the second-fastest time in the cycling leg, and quick transitions, to get in position to run to a podium finish.
During the run, Sissons found himself in second place for much of the final leg, however in the final 500m Australian Jacob Birtwhistle came storming home to steal the silver, three seconds ahead of Sissons.
"I could not be happier really," Sissons said after the race.
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"This is one of my favourite races and I have always wanted to get on the podium. I just felt good today, I put myself in a good position the whole time and just believed in myself and have had a pretty good season so far, so my confidence is growing."
Spain's Mario Mola took out the men's race, posting an impressive time of 54min08sec to finish 12 second clear.
Sissons was easily the pick of the Kiwis, with Sam Ward and Tayler Reid finishing 40th and 41st respectively, just over two minutes behind Mola, while Tony Dodds did not finish.
In the women's field, Andrea Hewitt was locked in a battle for third place for much of the race but eventually had to settle for sixth, finishing 52 seconds behind winner Flora Duffy of Bermuda.
Australian Ashleigh Gentle and German Laura Lindemann filled out the podium in second and third respectively.
Further back, fellow Kiwi Deborah Lynch finished in 43rd, while Rebecca Spence was unable to finish the race.