Sunday, April 13, 2008

Whitfield steals the show in Japan

Whitfield steals the show in Japan

Robertson makes strong bid for Australian Olympic team selection
By Lars Finanger, IT Associate Publisher
Posted Apr. 13, 2008

Henning leads on the run with eventual race winner Whitfield waiting to strike
Photo: Simon Grimmett
Simon Whitfield ran away with the win at Ishigaki BG Triathlon Sunday. The 10-second win gave the Canadian his 11th career world cup victory, tying him with his fellow Olympic gold medal comrade Hamish Carter for overall wins.

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Snowsill, Whitfield on form in Japan
Olympic favourites show their form in Ishigaki World Cup
Ishigaki, Japan (April 13, 2008) – Emma Snowsill of Australia and Simon Whitfield of Canada added to their extensive medal count today with wins at the Ishigaki BG Triathlon World Cup. Both athletes showed their Olympic colours with top-form races unfolding from two of the sport’s superstars.

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Whitfield on top in Ishigaki

Whitfield on top in Ishigaki (April 13, 2008 )
Sydney Olympic Champion Simon Whitfield of Canada continues his quest for another Olympic title with a win at the Ishigaki BG Triathlon World Cup today. Whitfield showed a field of top Olympians that he still has kick in his legs to claim his 11th world cup title, in a time of 1 hour 51 minutes and 12 seconds. Close behind in second was 2007 big prize money winner Rasmus Henning of Denmark, 10 seconds back. Rounding out the podium was Russia’s Ivan Vasiliev another 11 seconds back, who just managed to outlast a charging Peter Robertson of Australia. In fifth was Britain’s Tim Don, who also ran back from over a minute deficit after the bike to finish in the top-5.

"That was good, a great way to start the year. I've been coming here for 12 years and never been close to the podium, "said Whitfield after his win, which ties him for second all-time world cup wins with Kiwi and fellow Olympic gold medalist Hamish Carter. “When I was running along I was thinking 'Come on, this might be my last time here so I have to win this thing’. It's my first win in Japan so it's a thrill, never done that. “

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