Kahlefeldt claims first World Championship Series win
Australian Brad Kahlefeldt got his 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series season back on track in the best possible style, claiming his first ever series win with a thrilling sprint finish in Hamburg today.
Kahlefeldt just managed to hold off Great Britain's William Clarke and France's David Hauss, powering away from both in the final 20 metres in one of the most interesting series races so far this season.
Without series leader Alistair Brownlee in the field, there was plenty of cat and mouse games being played throughout the bike. Several pairs tried to breakaway, but in the end a huge group of about 50 athletes hit T2 together, setting up a wild showdown on the 10km run course. Just before halfway, a breakaway group of eight turned into six as Kahlefeldt, Clarke, Hauss, Javier Gomez, Joao Silva and Sebastian Rank started to build an unbeatable lead. Then with three kilometres to go, reigning Hamburg champion, Gomez, tried to turn on his signature burn. But it wasn't effective this time as Kahlefeldt and Clarke stuck right to his heels. Then with one kilometre to go, Kahlefeldt, Hauss and Clarke pushed away and the other three couldn't hang with them. The excitement continued to the final few steps, as until the last 20 metres it looked like Clarke had the win, before Kahlefeldt found that other gear he's employed so successfully in the past to burst through the tape. It was a blistering run leg, with the top four all breaking the 30-minute barrier.
It marked a big step in Kahlefeldt's season, after initially getting off to a great start to the 2011 season with a World Cup win in Mooloolaba, last year's overall bronze medallist didn't finish in Sydney and finished 51st in Madrid. But after a fifth place in Kitzbühel, and a period of sustained success in Hamburg - he wasn't settling for a place off the top this time.
"This is my eighth or ninth time in Hamburg and a bunch of podiums and fourth, fifth six, and I was thinking I've been so close, I can't lose this." Kahlefeldt said. "I got my first podium here in 2003 with Andrew Johns and Bevan Docherty, so I just thought about that and thought I couldn't lose here, I just thought with a kilometre to go I've got to push it."
Kahlefeldt became just the seventh man to win a round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon Series since it was introduced in 2009. It was also the first podium, male or female, for Australia in 2011.
2011 ITU World Championship Series Hamburg Results:
|Elite Men Results||Time||
|Elite Women Results||Time|
|Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)||1:44:08||
|Emma Moffatt (AUS)|
|William Clarke (GBR)||1:44:09||
|Emma Jackson (AUS)|
|David Hauss (FRA)||1:44:09||
|Emma Snowsill (AUS)|
|Sebastian Rank (GER)||1:44:12||
|Andrea Hewitt (NZL)|
|Joao Silva (POR)||1:44:16||
|Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI)|
|Javier Gomez (ESP)||1:44:19||
|Ainhoa Murua (ESP)|
|Tim Don (GBR)||1:44:33||
|Erin Densham (AUS)|
|Reto Hug (SUI)||1:44:35||
|Danne Boterenbrood (NED)|
|Jonathan Zipf (GER)||1:44:44||
|Jodie Stimpson (GBR)|
|Sven Riederer (SUI)||1:44:56||
|Svenja Bazlen (GER)|
In other notable results, Chris McCormack was impressive in just his second ITU comeback race. McCormack led the second chase pack as it aimed to bridge an initial 24-second gap, and eventually did, and then after serving a 15-second penalty, finished in 26th place.
Emma Moffatt leads an all-Emma, all-Australian, Hamburg sweep
Reigning ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt has claimed her first Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series victory in almost two years, and helped to create history, punctuating the first all-Australian and all-Emma podium sweep today in Hamburg.
Moffatt beat fellow Australians Emma Jackson and Emma Snowsill to the line, the first time there has been three Emmas on an ITU podium. For Jackson, it was her first Dextro Energy Series Triathlon podium and certainly the moment that the reigning Under23 World Champion can say she's really arrived, while for Snowsill it was a brilliant way to break out of her lacklustre early season form.
For Moffatt, its her first series win since winning the 2009 Grand Final on Australia's Gold Coast, drawing level with Paula Findlay on the total number of series title wins - both now have five - and a rare win over Snowsill. Usually, when the pair go head-to-head, its the 2008 Beijing Olympic champion who wins out.
"Usually it's a few steps with her and then she's gone but today I thought I would try to match her and obviously I could do that for a little bit and then I kind of felt strong on the third lap so I tried to push it and I guess that's where I kind of made my break," Moffatt said. "I'm really happy with my performance, but also the other Emmas as well. "
Snowsill summed it up as a win for the Australian team, who had four in the top seven with Erin Densham's seventh place finish.
"I think its a sign of things to come hopefully that the girls are coming back," Snowsill said. "It's always tough when you come from such a strong nation I guess that all the eyes are always upon you and to perform and four in the top seven is phenomenal and it always makes for a hard battle to make the Australian team, so I'm just really proud to be part of the Aussie girls today and to be on the podium with two other Emmas."
In a sprint to the line, Jackson showed that international triathlon doesn't just have two Australian Emmas to watch for now as she just pipped Snowsill.
- 2011 Hamburg Elite Men Tricast Video
- 2011 Hamburg Elite Women Tricast Video
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