Snowsill makes triathlon history

By World Triathlon Admin | 08 Sep, 2006

Today in Lausanne, Switzerland, Aussie Emma Snowsill made triathlon history by becoming the first woman to win three world championship titles.  In a blistering time of 2:04:03 on a very tough course, Snowsill managed to triumph over her closest rival Vanessa Fernandes from Portugal by a staggering 45 seconds.  Rounding out the podium was Snowsills team mate Felicity Abram who finished a further 27 seconds back.

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“I’m pretty gob-smacked. I really didn’t think today would be my day, stated an ecstatic Snowsill.  I’ve been feeling really out of sorts this past week and I have not been myself. I had no expectations for today.  Just to go out and see what I had.

Snowsill trailed the lead group including Fernandes after the first lap of the swim by almost 20 seconds, leaving the thought that the battle between these to super-stars would not be so.  However, Snowsill did manage to pull herself back to the front of the group on the second swim lap and it was in a large group out on the 7-lap bike course.  This group contained the likes of three-time medal winner Laura Bennett from United States, local Swiss athlete Magali Dimarco Messmer, Samantha Warriner and Andrea Hewitt from New Zealand, Lauren Groves from Canada and recent world cup winner Joelle Franzmann from Germany and fifteen other athletes.

This large group stayed together for the entire 40 kilometre bike increasing their lead to almost 3 minutes heading out on the run.

Fernandes went quickly off the front during the first kilometre of the run in hopes to break Snowsill and the rest of the pack.  The strategy partially worked as many women were dropped immediately including Snowsill.  Snowsill, however, quickly found her form and managed to catch Fernandes before the end of the first lap.  These two dynamic runners were together for only a few moments until Snowsill notched it up a gear and Fernandes was unable to respond.  Snowsill consistently put time into the Fernandes and the rest of the pack over the next three laps.

Many people questioned whether Snowsill was in good enough shape to win a third world championships title but she proved all doubters wrong on this sunny afternoon.  It was Snowsill all the way as she even had time to thank some of the 60,000 spectators that lined the course and finish line as she cruised through the finish tape.

“I ran like I had nothing to lose.  I just had to go out and leave nothing behind, stated Snowsill on her history-making performance.

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2006 ITU Triathlon World Championships Elite Women
1. SNOWSILL, Emma (AUS)   2:04:03
2. FERNANDES, Vanessa (POR)  2:04:48
3. ABRAM, Felicity (AUS)   2:05:14
4. GROVES, Lauren (CAN)   2:05:24
5. CORTASSA, Nadia (ITA)   2:05:28
6. WHITCOMBE, Andrea (GBR)  2:05:47
7. FRANZMANN, Joelle (GER)  2:06:05
8. BENNETT, Laura (USA)   2:06:16
9. HAIBOECK, Tania (AUT)   2:06:20
10. HEWITT, Andrea (NZL)   2:06:34

Hoy en Lausana (Suiza), la australiana Emma Snowsill ha hecho historia en el triatln al convertirse en la primera mujer que gana tres ttulos del mundo. Con un tiempo de 2.04:03 en un circuito muy duro, Snowsill se impuso con 45 segundos de ventaja sobre la portuguesa Vanessa Fernandes. El tercer lugar del podio fue para la compatriota de Snowsill Felicity Abram, que entr a 27 segundos de la segunda clasificada.

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Estoy alucinada. Realmente no crea que hoy sera mi da, indic una sorprendida Snowsill. Me he encontrado fuera de forma la pasada semana y no era yo misma. No tena muchas expectativas para hoy. Simplemente salir y ver qu pasaba. 

Snowsill tena una desventaja de casi 20 segundos con respecto al grupo de cabeza, donde estaba Fernandes, tras la primera vuelta de natacin, dejando la impresin que la batalla entre estas dos superestrellas no iba a ser posible. Sin embargo, Snowsill fue capaz de recuperar tiempo en la segunda vuelta de natacin y se form un grupo numeroso en las 7 vueltas del segmento de ciclismo. En este grupo se encontraban Laura Bennett (EE.UU.), tres veces medallista mundial; la local Magali Dimarco Messmer (Suiza), Samantha Warriner y Andrea Hewitt (Nueva Zelanda), Lauren Groves (Canad); Joelle Franzmann (Alemania), reciente ganadora de una prueba de Copa del Mundo, y otras quince triatletas.

Este pelotn se mantuvo unido durante los 40 kilmetros de ciclismo e increment su ventaja a casi tres minutos al comenzar la carrera a pie.

Fernandes atac rpidamente en el primer kilmetro de carrera a pie con la esperanza de batir a Snowsill y al resto del grupo. La estrategia funcion parcialmente ya que muchas triatletas se quedaron descolgadas al momento, incluida Snowsill. Snowsill, sin embargo, rpidamente encontr su mejor ritmo y logr cazar a Fernandes antes de la finalizacin de la primera vuelta. Estas dos dinmicas corredoras fueron juntas durante unos instantes hasta que Snowsill cambi de ritmo y Fernandes no pudo seguirla. Snowsill paulatinamente fue poniendo tierra de por medio con respecto a Fernandes y al resto del grupo durante las tres vueltas siguientes.

Mucha gente se preguntaba si Snowsill estaba en buena forma para ganar su tercer Mundial pero despej todas las dudas en esta maana soleada. Snowsill fue en solitario gran parte de la carrera e incluso tuvo tiempo de dar las gracias a parte de los 60.000 espectadores que se encontraban en el circuito y en las proximidades de la lnea de meta.

Corr como si no tuviera nada que perder. Simplemente tena que salir y no tener a nadie detrs, seal Snowsill nada ms hacer historia.

Related Event: 2006 Lausanne ITU Triathlon World Championships
02 - Sep, 2006 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Tim Don GBR 01:51:32
2. Hamish Carter NZL 01:51:49
3. Frederic Belaubre FRA 01:52:12
4. Kris Gemmell NZL 01:53:01
5. Volodymyr Polikarpenko UKR 01:53:04
6. Peter Robertson AUS 01:53:06
7. Hunter Kemper USA 01:53:07
8. Daniel Unger GER 01:53:11
9. Andrew Johns GBR 01:53:20
10. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:53:27
Results: Elite Women
1. Emma Snowsill AUS 02:04:02
2. Vanessa Fernandes POR 02:04:48
3. Felicity Abram AUS 02:05:13
4. Lauren Groves CAN 02:05:24
5. Nadia Cortassa ITA 02:05:28
6. Andrea Whitcombe GBR 02:05:46
7. Joelle Franzmann GER 02:06:05
8. Laura Bennett USA 02:06:16
9. Tania Haiböck AUT 02:06:20
10. Andrea Hewitt NZL 02:06:33
Results: U23 Men
1. William Clarke GBR 01:57:30
2. Nathan Campbell AUS 01:58:08
3. Dan Wilson AUS 01:58:23
4. Ivan Vasiliev RUS 01:58:59
5. Premysl Svarc CZE 01:59:07
6. Manuel Huerta PUR 01:59:19
7. Matthew Seymour USA 01:59:43
8. Oliver Freeman GBR 01:59:58
9. Charles Rusterholz SUI 02:00:05
10. Jan Janour CZE 02:00:15
Results: U23 Women
1. Erin Densham AUS 02:08:19
2. Emma Moffatt AUS 02:08:21
3. Nicky Samuels NZL 02:08:33
4. Vanessa Raw GBR 02:09:21
5. Lisa Norden SWE 02:09:48
6. Rosie Clarke GBR 02:10:19
7. Jasmine Oeinck USA 02:10:58
8. Lisa Hütthaler AUT 02:11:54
9. Keiko Tanaka JPN 02:12:36
10. Kathrin Muller GER 02:13:06
Results: Junior Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 00:59:03
2. Alexander Bryukhankov RUS 00:59:16
3. Joao Silva POR 00:59:24
4. Piotr Grzegorzek POL 00:59:30
5. Artem Parienko RUS 00:59:38
6. Ritchie Nicholls GBR 00:59:39
7. Etienne Diemunsch FRA 00:59:42
8. Will Curtayne NZL 00:59:45
9. Andrea Secchiero ITA 00:59:45
10. Lukas Salvisberg SUI 00:59:46
Results: Junior Women
1. Kirsten Sweetland CAN 01:05:58
2. Flora Duffy BER 01:06:07
3. Rebecca Robisch GER 01:06:12
4. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 01:06:26
5. Zsófia Tóth HUN 01:06:40
6. Charlotte Bonin ITA 01:06:46
7. Charlotte Morel FRA 01:06:49
8. Daniela Ryf SUI 01:06:51
9. Zsófia Kovács HUN 01:07:01
10. Anais Verguet-Moniz POR 01:07:07
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