Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Austrailia’s wins gold and bronze in the Olympic triathlon. Emma Snowsill made her move before leaving the stadium on the run and never looked back. She improved her lead over the four lap course putting 1:06 on number one ranked Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal who took the silver. Snowsill’s team mate Emma Moffatt placed third to take the bronze rallying past several runners. Team USA’s Laura Bennett came in 26 seconds later in fourth digging in deep to accelerate past a fading Ide who had gapped her ealier in the run. Team USA’s Sarah Haskins finished 11th 2:54 minutes back while Julie Swail-Ertel finished 19th 4:11 back.

The swim was fast though uneventful. The field finished very close together with team USA, AUS and Switzerland exiting near the front. About 40 riders exited T1 mostly together and serpentined out of the stadium area. The ride was 6 laps of a 6.55km loop. There was one significant hill which split the field on the first pass. A lead group of 19 distanced the main group on a punishing assault of the hill. The US, Austrailian and swiss women were in the group among others. The next three laps the women in the lead group worked together to gap the chase who struggled to maintain connection. The lead group continued to build on the lead into T2 on the next two laps. Ertel struggled the last two passes of the hill to maintain contact. She was able to bridge back on the descent each time.

The chase group had an wreck at the close of the fifth lap though it wasn’t clear why. A Russian rider looked to be splinted up with a possible fracture. The main group entered the stadium to finish the ride putting over two minutes on the first chase group. The nineteen leaders shot into and out of T2 very close in. Snowsill quickly gapped the field with Fernandes in tow. Close behind were Bennett, Moffatt, Spirig, and Hewitt. Bennett looked strong and challenged Fernandez as she faded from Snowsills vigorous pace. She rallied on lap two to retake the second spot from Bennett. Bennett began to fade soon after. Moffatt surged past Bennett on lap three to take and hold onto third. Ide also passed Bennett though she later rallied in the stadium to retake the forth spot.

Women’s Race Results

Name Total Time Time Diff Swim Trans. 1 Bike Trans. 2 Run
(1.5 km) (40 km) (10 km)
Time Rk Time Rk Time Time Rk Time Rk
SNOWSILL Emma AUS 1:58:27.66  00:00.0 19:51 5 0:28 3 1:04:20 0:31 5 33:17:00 1
FERNANDES Vanessa POR 1:59:34.63  +1:06.97 19:53 9 0:29 9 1:04:18 0:33 12 34:21:00 2
MOFFATT Emma AUS 1:59:55.84  +1:28.18 19:55 12 0:31 14 1:04:12 0:31 2 34:46:00 3
BENNETT Laura USA 2:00:21.54  +1:53.88 19:49 1 0:30 1 1:04:23 0:29 8 35:10:00 4
IDE Juri JPN 2:00:23.77  +1:56.11 19:50 4 0:29 2 1:04:24 0:35 18 35:05:00 5
SPIRIG Nicola SWI 2:00:30.48  +2:02.82 20:17 36 0:28 34 1:03:54 0:31 4 35:20:00 6
RYF Daniela SWI 2:00:40.20  +2:12.54 19:56 13 0:26 8 1:04:17 0:30 3 35:31:00 7
HEWITT Andrea NZL 2:00:45.99  +2:18.33 19:54 10 0:29 11 1:04:15 0:29 1 35:38:00 8
NIWATA Kiyomi JPN 2:00:51.85  +2:24.19 19:56 14 0:34 24 1:04:14 0:31 13 35:36:00 9
TANNER Debbie NZL 2:01:06.92  +2:39.26 19:57 17 0:29 13 1:04:17 0:29 11 35:54:00 10
HASKINS Sarah USA 2:01:22.57  +2:54.91 19:50 3 0:32 7 1:04:18 0:32 9 36:10:00 11
HARRISON Jessica FRA 2:01:31.74  +3:04.08 19:56 16 0:30 15 1:04:14 0:32 10 36:19:00 12
di MARCO Magali SWI 2:01:50.74  +3:23.08 19:50 2 0:30 5 1:04:22 0:29 7 36:39:00 13
ALLEN Katherine AUT 2:02:00.69  +3:33.03 20:57 48 0:32 49 1:05:24 0:35 35 34:32:00 14
LISK Ricarda GER 2:02:07.75  +3:40.09 20:00 23 0:30 23 1:04:12 0:39 20 36:46:00 15
WARRINER Sam NZL 2:02:13.60  +3:45.94 19:58 19 0:30 18 1:04:15 0:35 17 36:55:00 16
UEDA Ai JPN 2:02:19.09  +3:51.43 20:17 37 0:29 35 1:03:56 0:28 6 37:09:00 17
NORDEN Lisa SWE 2:02:27.47  +3:59.81 20:56 46 0:29 46 1:05:26 0:31 23 35:05:00 18
SWAIL-ERTEL Julie USA 2:02:39.22  +4:11.56 19:51 6 0:30 6 1:04:24 0:32 16 37:22:00 19
BURGOS Ana ESP 2:02:43.85  +4:16.19 20:57 47 0:31 48 1:05:28 0:36 39 35:11:00 20

 

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