Sissons scorches to podium finish at Huatulco World Cup   7 May 2012

Ryan Sissons survived the blistering heat to take the silver medal at the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup in Mexico.

Sissons, the lone Kiwi representative at the event, struggled on the swim with an official water temperature of 28.6 degrees and entered transition near the back of the pack.

With the air temperature up around 30 degrees, Sissons battled back on the bike and managed to bridge the gap and join the lead bunch.

He then played the run perfectly, keeping calm before making his move late to power through the field and finish in second place.

Sissons had the second fastest run split of the day, with only race winner Simon De Cuyper of Belgium marginally quicker on his feet.

The 23-year-old, who has a conditional third spot in the New Zealand Olympic team, was happy with his podium placing in Huatulco.

"I knew it was going to be about survival in the heat and the last 5km of the run was going to be critical,” Sissons said.

"I spoke to Kris Gemmell who had done this race a few years ago and he just said be patient and wait. That's pretty much what I did and it worked out.

"I didn't have a great swim but was patient on the bike and we got up to the front pack at the end. I was patient again on the first half of the run and then made my move with 2½ to go on the run and made it stick.

"The legs were hurting on the run, there's no doubt, but there were a lot of guys hurting a lot more than me.”

Sissons' silver medal is even more important in that it provides crucial ranking points. With only the top 8 nations allocated a third representative for the Olympic Games, New Zealand needs to remain inside the top 8 for Sissons to compete in London.

"In Sydney I didn't score any points because I had that crash and was really disappointed.

"Having a great race here was fantastic, and now I move on to San Diego next weekend where I can hopefully make that third Olympic spot a bit safer with another good result.”

Click here for audio of Ryan Sissons.

2012 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup

Elite men
1. Simon De Cuyper (BEL) 02:02:34
2. Ryan Sissons (NZL) 02:02:50
3. Danylo Sapunov (UKR) 02:02:54
4. Tyler Butterfield (BER) 02:03:04
5. Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero

www.triathlon.org

(Triathlon New Zealand)

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Presbyterian Church to lead Waitangi Day dawn ceremony

29 Jan 2015 News
  Presbyterian Church to lead Waitangi Day dawn ceremony for first time For the first time in the history of the Presbyterian... more

Upwards NCEA trend continues

29 Jan 2015 News
New Zealand Government Upwards NCEA trend continues Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the release of provisional results ... more

Business

NZ dollar drops after RBNZ abandons bias to raise rates

29 Jan 2015 Business News By Jonathan Underhill
Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar dropped, touching a four-year low, after the Reserve Bank abandoned its bias for ... more

NZ venison, lamb ventures win $41 mln of funding under PGP

29 Jan 2015 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   NZ venison, lamb ventures targeting wealthy consumers win $41 mln of funding By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 29... more

Living

Signing - Next amazing Exhibition at Academy Galleries

28 Jan 2015 Lifestyle
Academy Galleries Signing The New Zealand Academy of Fine Art’ latest exhibition is commemorating 175 years since the signing... more

‘Sunday’ Selected for Byron Bay International Film Festival

28 Jan 2015 Lifestyle
Sunday The Film Kiwi Romance ‘Sunday’ Selected for Byron Bay International Film Festival 2015 New Zealand film... more

Property

Americans the biggest buyers of NZ land since 2010: Linz

29 Jan 2015 Property
Article - BusinessDesk   Americans the biggest buyers of New Zealand land since 2010, Linz data shows By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 29... more

Housing affordability drops 14%, driven by Auckland prices

29 Jan 2015 Property
Article - BusinessDesk   Housing affordability drops 14%, driven by Auckland house price rises By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 29 ... more

Migration

Free new Kiwi workshops return for fresh season

23 Jan 2015 Migration
Newcomer settlement support agency Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is kick-starting the New Year with the return of its ... more

Overstayer numbers at record low

22 Dec 2014 Migration
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures showing New Zealand overstayer numbers are at the lowest since 2000. A... more

Travel

Fifteen New Zealand spots to visit in 2015

23 Jan 2015 NZ Tourism
Need some inspiration for the year ahead? Here are some brilliant things to do around the country. 1. Crankworx The world's... more

Holiday parks making most of sunshine

22 Jan 2015 NZ Tourism
Holiday parks are reaping the benefits of the great holiday weather, starting the new year with record-equalling confidence... more

Sport

Mannering caps landmark year at NZRL Awards

29 Jan 2015 Rugby League
NZRL Mannering caps landmark year at NZRL Awards NZ skipper Simon Mannering has captured NZ rugby league’s top honour for... more

Mojo Pulse 2015 Pre-season Games Announced

29 Jan 2015 Netball
Netball Central Zone Mojo Pulse 2015 Pre-season Games Announced 29 January 2015 With only 30 days till the start of the 2015 ANZ... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the Eleanor Catton rumpus

29 Jan 2015 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the Eleanor Catton rumpus by Gordon Campbell If anyone was in doubt about the... more

Gordon Campbell on the Sabin case, and pressures on Greece and coyotes

28 Jan 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
  Brain fades are one thing, but the brain freeze that seems to have beset the Prime Minister over the Mike Sabin affair is... more

Kiwi Success

Xero names US-based Douglas Jeffries as CFO

29 Jan 2015 Appointments By Tina Morrison
Xero names US-based Douglas Jeffries as CFO as it targets North American market By Tina Morrison Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) - Xero, the... more

New Zealand scientist receives top award in China

16 Jan 2015 People
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the news that Kiwi scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded the Chinese ... more

Recruitment

Tainui's Mike Pohio resigns

23 Jan 2015 Recruitment
By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) - Mike Pohio, chief executive of Tainui Group Holdings, has resigned after eight years at... more

Manufacturing activity rises to decade high in December

22 Jan 2015 Recruitment
By Suze Metherell Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Activity in New Zealand's manufacturing sector rose last month to its highest level in a... more