Fernandes Confident for Monday

By World Triathlon Admin | 13 Aug, 2008

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2008 Beijing Pre Race Interview - Vanessa Fernandes

Today at the Jundu Tourist Villa, the official hotel for the triathlon at the Olympics, Vanessa Fernandes spoke to the media about her preparation and mindset for the Beijing Olympic Games. 

For months Fernandes has been widely regarded as the gold medal favourite.  She is still among the major players for a spot on the podium but she respects the other 54 women in the field.

Every girl is talented.  I think any of the 55 women can be in the top three, said Fernandes.  Im not stronger than them, Im just another girl to compete with them.  I know I worked for that.  This is another test in my life, another part so and another experience and I will learn a lot with another Olympic Games.

Fernandes also spoke about how her approach to these Games is different than Athens.

Everything is different for these Olympics, really different.  In my first Olympics I was young.  In the race I went with the girls and see what I can do.  But in the last four years I won some things and I put my name a little high in triathlon.  The mentality is different and my goals are different and Im growing up, said Fernandes.

Despite her recent lacklustre performances which included a DNF in Hamburg and a 10th place at the world championships, she appeared confident and ready to race.

Im just going to be Vanessa on race day, just to do my best and take the pressure off my mind and to believe in me and believe in the work I have done in these last few years and last few months and to think that everything is possible,

After failing to finish in Pontevedra because of the cold and finishing 10th in Vancouver also for the same reason, it was clear Fernandes does not enjoy racing in the cold.  But that will hardly be a problem here in Beijing as athletes will have to battle the heat and humidity.

The last few years here I felt good but I know the humidity and the weather will be a little difficult for everyone so I dont know but I think I will feel good with this weather, said Fernandes.

Much has been said of Fernandes not winning as much as the last few years.  She admitted her last few races have perhaps shaken her confidence.

I think maybe in the last months maybe a little but I think in the last few stages I have learned a lot with my coaches, only not training physically but psychologically it was very good for that.  I think Im prepared for Monday.

Fernandes will line up on the Beijing pontoon on Monday August 18th at 10am.  Click here for start times in your area

Click here for the ITU’s Official Olympic website

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1. Emma Snowsill AUS 01:58:26
2. Vanessa Fernandes POR 01:59:33
3. Emma Moffatt AUS 01:59:55
4. Laura Bennett USA 02:00:21
5. Juri Ide JPN 02:00:22
6. Nicola Spirig SUI 02:00:30
7. Daniela Ryf SUI 02:00:39
8. Andrea Hewitt NZL 02:00:45
9. Kiyomi Niwata JPN 02:00:50
10. Debbie Tanner NZL 02:01:05
Results: Elite Men
1. Jan Frodeno GER 01:48:52
2. Simon Whitfield CAN 01:48:58
3. Bevan Docherty NZL 01:49:05
4. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:49:13
5. Ivan Raña Fuentes ESP 01:49:22
6. Daniel Unger GER 01:49:43
7. Hunter Kemper USA 01:49:48
8. Rasmus Henning DEN 01:49:57
9. Igor Sysoev RUS 01:49:59
10. Frederic Belaubre FRA 01:50:00
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