Re­becca does well on bike

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Ti­rau triath­lete Re­becca Kings­ford has fin­ished 28th in the women’s Un­der 23 event at the ITU World Cham­pi­onship in Budapest, Hun­gary.

Kings­ford, 19, was com­pet­ing at her first world cham­pi­onships at un­der 23 level. The race was held overnight Satur­day New Zealand time.

A slow swim saw Kings­ford emerge from the wa­ter in about 40th place.

She was not able to catch the lead­ing cy­cle pack which con­tained around 20 of the 51-strong field. The top fin­ish­ers in the race were all mem­bers of that cy­cling pack.

Kings­ford did make up time on the bike though, record­ing the 19th fastest bike leg. She com­pleted the run in just over 40 min­utes for a fi­nal time of 2hr 5min 33sec. Kings­ford was only seven min­utes be­hind the race win­ner, Aus­tralian Emma Jack­son.

The other Kiwi in the un­der 23 women’s race, Teresa Adam, fin­ished in sixth. The re­sult was made more im­pres­sive as Adam is in just her sec­ond year in the sport. Kings­ford rep­re­sented New Zealand at the un­der 19 world cham­pi­onships in 2008 and 2009. She won gold at the Sec­ondary Schools Un­der-19 Cham­pi­onships last year and is in the train­ing squad build­ing for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

The world cham­pi­onship race was run over the Olympic dis­tance with a 1500m swim, a 38km bike and a 10km run.

Photo: WAIKATO TIMES FILE

TI­RAU TRIER: Triath­lete Re­becca Kings­ford (pic­tured com­pet­ing at Kara­piro) fin­ished 28th in the un­der 23 women’s race at the ITU World Cham­pi­onship in Budapest on the week­end.

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