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places in Ger­man race

Triath­lete An­neke Jenk­ins from Tau­ranga, fol­lowed her re­cent nam­ing as Tri New Zealand Emerg­ing Tal­ent with a strong sev­enth place fin­ish in the lat­est round of the Ger­man Bun­desliga, her first at­tempt in the strong Ger­man club com­pe­ti­tion.

Rac­ing for her club team, she per­formed steadily through­out to post the best in­ter­na­tional re­sult of her fledg­ling ca­reer, the for­mer elite breast­stro­ker not look­ing out of place in a race won by cur­rent world num­ber two Anne Haug from Ger­many, in a field brim­ming with ITU ath­letes.

“For my first in­di­vid­ual Bun­desliga race I had a great race over­all, achiev­ing my goal of mak­ing the first bunch and stick­ing with them. My tar­gets in­cluded smooth and ef­fi­cient tran­si­tions which I achieved, I even stayed with the bunch when Anne Haug caught us half way through the bike and was push­ing the pace at the front. I po­si­tioned my­self well to the front of the bunch around most cor­ners and down and up the hills to tr y and stay safe.”

An­neke was rid­ing in her first ever draft le­gal race at this level as she looks to pick up valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in elite com­pany.

“My big­gest fear was cor­ner­ing and down hills in a bunch, well just bunch rid­ing in gen­eral. Plus it had rained mak­ing me even more ner­vous! Af­ter today I feel much bet­ter about bunch rid­ing now and I think I rode re­ally well. I tried to be aware and only go as hard as I had to.”

She rode strongly through­out, only los­ing con­tact with the main chase group (Anne Haug had moved ahead) in the fi­nal stages.

“I stayed with them till about 1km left of the hill and I was drop­ping of f. But even Anne still was in sight. It was re­ally cool. I wasn't sure if they were go­ing as hard as they could or I was do­ing bet­ter than I thought I could.”

In the men’s race Bryce Mc­Mas­ter was the best of the Ki­wis in 30th place and Ryan Sis­sons strug­gled in 40th place. The event was won in a dead heat by Jonathan Brown­lee and Mario Mola.

An­neke Jenk­ins placed sev­enth in the lat­est round of the Ger­man Bun­desliga triathlon.

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