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Erbenova earns Cross Triathlon World Championship crown

By Erin Greene | 13 Jul, 2013

Czech Republic’s Helena Erbenova stormed to victory to claim gold medal in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships at The Hague-Kijkduin. Erbenova finished in two hours, 22 minutes and 11 seconds, a massive five minutes ahead of 2012 champion Lesley Paterson (GBR), who took silver in 02:27:25. Chantell Widney (CAN) claimed bronze in 02:30:43.

It was a case of déjà vu for spectators in the Netherlands after Erbenova won the 2012 European Cross Triathlon title on the same course. The Czech now adds the Cross Triathlon gold medal to the world championship title she won at the 2013 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Cogne in Italy.

Erbenova was two minutes behind the leaders after the 1km swim but put in a powerful display on the 26km mountain bike leg to enter T2 with a three-minute lead. Erbenova didn’t slow down in the 9km cross-country run, extending her lead to five minutes by the time she crossed the line for gold.

Bronze medallist Widney was the first on the bike after exiting the water in 11:33, which was 20 seconds ahead of Jacqueline Slack (GBR) and Paterson. And it was the British pair of Paterson and Slack who started out quickest on the bike before Erbenova first caught the leaders to build her commanding lead.

Another strong cyclist, Renata Bucher (SUI), brought herself into contention and went into T2 in third place, 15 seconds behind Paterson in second but almost three minutes ahead of Widney. Slack had dropped further back after experiencing a tough bike section.

With Erbenova not looking like she could be caught during the sandy cross country run, the race to see who joined her on the podium intensified, and it was Paterson and Widney who rose to the challenge. A 50:16 run by Bucher cost her a chance of a medal, while Slack wasn’t able to make up enough ground and finished in fifth.

Filed by Adam Petrie

Related Event: 2013 The Hague - Kijkduin ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
13 Jul, 2013 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Conrad Stoltz RSA 02:01:38
2. Ruben Ruzafa ESP 02:01:52
3. Brice Daubord FRA 02:02:37
4. Kris Coddens BEL 02:03:04
5. Gonzalo Raul Tellechea ARG 02:03:15
6. Tomas Jurkovic SVK 02:03:30
7. Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales ESP 02:03:53
8. Ben Allen AUS 02:05:18
9. Paul Embrechts BEL 02:07:06
10. Diederik Scheltinga NED 02:07:15
Results: Elite Women
1. Helena Erbenova CZE 02:22:11
2. Lesley Paterson GBR 02:27:25
3. Chantell Widney CAN 02:30:43
4. Renata Bucher SUI 02:34:16
5. Jacqueline Slack GBR 02:36:44
6. Riikka Vreeswijk-Kelja FIN 02:38:19
7. Carina Wasle AUT 02:41:23
8. Brigitta Poór HUN 02:41:36
9. Saskia Elemans NED 02:42:07
10. Amandine Galindo FRA 02:49:01
Results: U23 Men
1. Cornelis Scheltinga NED 02:09:28
2. Tomas Kubek SVK 02:09:50
3. Jarrich Van Woersem NED 02:10:09
4. Oliver Shaw NZL 02:12:54
5. Audric Lambolez FRA 02:16:12
6. Mark Hamersma NED 02:17:34
7. Dominik Wychera AUT 02:20:53
8. Erik Van Der Heijden NED 02:32:56
9. Joeri Deleebeeck BEL 02:42:52
DNF. Samuel Parker GBR 00:00:00
Results: U23 Women
1. Jip Veelenturf NED 03:00:03
Results: Junior Men
1. Jorik Van Egdom NED 01:01:40
2. Constantine Doherty IRL 01:05:02
3. Rodrigo Garcia Baquero ESP 01:05:20
4. Arthur Serrieres FRA 01:06:27
5. Bas De Waal NED 01:09:03
6. Milosz Sowinski POL 01:09:51
Results: Junior Women
1. Genevieve Van Coller RSA 01:17:55
2. Lindy Van Anrooy NED 01:21:34
3. Elysa De Ruijter NED 01:27:03
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