Vanessa Fernandes and Daniel Unger where crowned World Champions at the 2007 Hamburg BG Triathlon World Championships this weekend.
Fernandes, the young Portuguese superstar showed the world that her top rank in the World Cup Rankings was no fluke as she propelled herself to her first world title in the streets of Hamburg on Saturday. It wasn't an easy day for Fernandes, she struggled getting out of her wetsuit and on to her bike in T1 and was in 11th place going out on the run after T2. Laura Bennett was a distant second to Fernandes on the run, but three time world champion Emma Snowsill came from behind with her sub-33 minutes run to pass Bennett with 500 meters to go for second place. Sarah Haskins finished two seconds behind Fernandes but that was only good enough for tenth place.
On the men's side German native Daniel Unger used the energy of the local spectators cheering him on to pass top ranked and pre-race favorite Javier Gomez of Spain on the final sprint on the run to win the men's title at the triathlon world championships. Unger who has never had a podium finish in a World Cup triathlon race shocked the triathlon world with his unbelievable performance in Hamburg. Gomez could not keep pace with Unger on the sprint and finished four seconds behind to take second place. Brad Kahlefeldt, who was in the lead pack at the midway point of the run with Gomez, Unger, Simon Whitfield and Will Clarkeon emerged in third place.
2007 Hamburg BG Triathlon World Championships Results:
1 - Vanessa Fernandes (POR) - 1:53:27
1 - Daniel Unger (GER) - 1:43:18
Andy Potts who had a great swim and good bike was in still in contention on the run but faded with the fast pace the lead pack had going and finished in eleventh place, only 1.13 seconds behind Unger. Tim Don, last year's World Champ was in the running also but could not keep pace with the leader and finished in tenth place.
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