American Laura Bennett and Rasmus Henning of Denmark each take the win at the inaugural Hy-Vee World Cup Triathlon today in Des Moines, Iowa. For the win these two triathletes each earn the record top prize of $200,000 plus a Hummer H3 vehicle. It wasn't an easy win for each as they battled the international field that was present and the 90 degree heat in the American Heartland.
Bennett pulled away from Australian Annabel Luxford and Canadian Kristen Sweetland in the final meters of the run to cross the finish line first. It was so hot in Iowa that Sweetland who was running in 3rd place failed to finish the race with only a few hundred meters to go due to extreme heat exhaustion. American Sarah Haskins finished 4th. Favorite Emma Snowsill dropped out during the bike leg, it was stated she was feeling ill before the race.
Henning was in the small lead pack of triathletes into T2 first. At the end of the first lap Henning was in front of Canadian Simon Whitfield by a few seconds. Javier Gomez of Spain and Bevan Docherty of New Zealand who were in the second pack of tri athletes into T2 urged during the first lap of the run to make up time on Henning. From here Henning held strong and began to run away with the race and eventually crossed the finish line 30 seconds in front of Docherty who ended up having the fastest men's run split of the day. The top American was Jarrod Shoemaker who finished in 8th place. It was a good day for the Bennett family as husband Greg placed 5th and grabbed a check for an additional $12,500.
Des Moines BG Triathlon World Cup Race Results:
1 - Rasmus Henning (DEN) - 1:50:03
1 - Laura Bennett (USA) - 2:04:32
The 2nd place finish for Annabel Luxford (AUS) moves her up 11 places in the ranking; she is now in 2nd place behind Vanessa Fernandes who did not race in Des Moines. Sarah Haskins (USA) moves up 8 spots in the ranking with her 4th place finish; she is now ranked 3rd in the world. Before the race Laura Bennett (USA) was ranked 30th in the world, with the win she moves up to 17th place. Bevan Docherty (NZL) moves his ranking from 7th to 2nd with his 2nd place finish in Des Moines. With the win Rasmus Henning (DEN) moves up in the ranking from 24th to 8th.
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