Podium fin­ish real­is­tic for con­sis­tent Sis­sons

Weekend Herald - - RUGBY - Triathlon

Triath­lete Ryan Sis­sons has had his best year on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit; all he needs to top it off is a qual­ity per­for­mance, and re­sult, in the world grand fi­nal in Rot­ter­dam late tonight.

Sis­sons, 29, sits sev­enth in the world se­ries, after his first top level vic­tory, the Madrid leg of the cir­cuit in May, sup­ple­mented by third, fourth, sev­enth and eighth plac­ings.

For years he’s flat­tered to de­ceive but, after re­unit­ing with his for­mer coach Chris Pilone last year, he’s been highly con­sis­tent.

“Sev­enth is the high­est I have been. A good re­sult here will se­cure a place around that. I would love to be on the podium and I’m ca­pa­ble of do­ing that if the race goes how I want it to,” Sis­sons said.

He needs a good swim and the fore­cast of a wet race on a tech­ni­cal bike course could help.

“It’s im­por­tant to be near the front if you are in a pack on the bike to stay away from trou­bles.”

Cam­bridge- based Sis­sons said his train­ing had given him more con­fi­dence. He was go­ing into the race know­ing he could “race and run with the best. That is a big change for me”. An­drea He­witt, who sits third over­all in the women’s stand­ings, will be aim­ing for an­other strong per­for­mance when the elite women race early to­mor­row morn­ing. At 35, the Christchurch ath­lete is as keen and com­pet­i­tive as ever. She’s had two wins and a podium fin­ish this year and will go to the start line trail­ing only se­ries leader Flora Duffy of Ber­muda and Aus­tralian Ash­leigh Gen­tle. Her key i s start­ing strongly. “I have never been dropped if I have made a front group. It is re­ally im­por­tant I have a good swim,” she said. He­witt, who has had 107 world se­ries races, won the over­all crown in 2011 and was sec­ond in 2014. There are 14 New Zealand triath­letes com­pet­ing in the elite races.

Ryan Sis­sons

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