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Fernandes and Gemmell Victorious in Greece

Vanessa Fernandes and Kris Gemmell won the 2007 Rhodes BG Triathlon World Cup in Rhodes, Greece this past weekend. Fernandes of Portugal added another world cup win, her sixth of the season. The win in Greece gives the 22 year old Olympic bound star 19 world cup wins which is stated equals the long standing ITU record for most world cup wins by a single athlete set by Emma Carney of Australia back in the late 90's. According to Emma's website, it states that she won 21 world cup wins, so what number is right? Either way, 19 world cup wins or one World Champion title in her six years on it ITU circuit is outstanding.

Fernandes beat out Andrea Whitcombe of Great Britain and Vendula Frintova of the Czech Republic with her time of 2:02:06. Julie Ertel was the top American women in Greece, she finished in 5th place.

On the men's side Kris Gemmell of New Zealand broke away from the field on the bike and then battled up and coming star Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain on the run. Gemmell managed to pull ahead in the final meters to claim the victory by four seconds over Brownlee, Courtney Atkinson of Australia finished in the 3rd place. For Gemmell, who qualified for the New Zealand Olympic team at the World Cup race in Beijing, it was his third world cup win. Second place for Brownlee was sweet as this was only his second world cup race ever.

2007 Rhodes BG Triathlon World Cup Results:

1 - Vanessa Fernandes (POR) - 2:02:06
2 - Andrea Whitcombe (GBR) - 2:03:05
3 - Vendula Frintova (CZE) - 2:03:22
4 - Julie Ertel (USA) - 2:03:52
5 - Christiane Pilz (GER) - 2:03:52


1 - Kris Gemmell (NZL) - 1:51:53
2 - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) - 1:51:57
3 - Courtney Atkinson (AUS) - 1:52:20
4 - Cedric Fleureton (FRA) - 1:52:22
5 - Volodymyr Polikarpenko (UKR) - 1:52:31

The top American in Greece on the men's side was Victor Plata (1:53:11) who finished in 13th place. Olympic bound Jarrod Shoemaker (1:53:44) finished in 19th place almost two minutes behind Gemmell.

Video Coverage of the Rhodes BG Triathlon World Cup Race

For additional coverage see the International Triathlon Union website.

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