NEW PLY­MOUTH ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CUP

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WHAT: NEW PLY­MOUTH ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CUP WHEN: 3 APRIL WHERE: NEW PLY­MOUTH, NEW ZEALAND

A DE­LIGHTED Richard Mur­ray not only de­fended his world cup ti­tle from last year, he also cel­e­brated his sixth podium in a row since the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Event last Au­gust.

The South African racer topped the podium flanked by An­dreas Schilling (DEN) and Rostyslav Pevtsov (AZE) who took sil­ver and bronze re­spec­tively.

Mean­while in the women’s race, Gwen Jorgensen con­tin­ued her world dom­i­na­tion with yet an­other impressive per­for­mance.

The World Se­ries cham­pion of the last two years dis­mounted her bike in a sur­pris­ing 13th po­si­tion but soon strode to the front of the pack in her own inim­itable style.

New Zealand’s An­drea He­witt on her first re­turn to rac­ing since the tragic death of her fi­ancé and coach Lau­rent Vi­dal in Novem­ber, pushed Jorgensen all the way to the fin­ish line. “We had a good bat­tle out there, es­pe­cially on the first lap of the run,” she said af­ter­wards.

Just seven sec­onds be­hind was the USA’s Kirsten Kasper cel­e­brat­ing her third World Cup podium this sea­son.

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