Rebecca does well on bike
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.
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.