Successful Olympic Warm up for Kiwi Women in Hamburg 23 Jul 2012
- Plan significant milestone for Christchurch housing recovery News
- Sudden infant death rates on the decline News
- Tri NZ High Performance Gets Specialized In Bike Partnership Sport
- Dislocated Shoulder No Barrier at Tinman This Weekend Sport
- Supercars and Highlands headline 2014 UDC V8 Ute Series Sport
- Flat-track stars confirmed for Troy Bayliss Classic Sport
- Cell phone use putting road users at risk News
- New name to better reflect artificial limb services News
- External Reporting Board Appointment News
- Gordon Campbell on oil drilling permits, and Iris Dement Columns
London-bound Kate McIlroy and Nicky Samuels both came away with impressive results at the latest round of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg, Germany this morning.
Wellington’s McIlroy battled hard in her last hit out before the Olympics to secure 8th place while Samuels used the event to test some race options and finished 15th. Olympic reserve Debbie Tanner also finished mid-field in 25th position.
The third member of the New Zealand Olympic women’s triathlon team, Andrea Hewitt, opted not to race in Hamburg and remains at her training base in Sete, France.
McIlroy was pleased with her performance less than two weeks out from the women’s Olympic race.
“I was really happy with my race overall today and I wanted to have a really solid hit out. One of my key focuses was to have a good swim and to come out in the lead group which I did,” she said.
“I had a good strong run, it was fast but I was happy with how I went The field was good today, a few key athletes for London were missing but it still gives me a lot of confidence. Of course it’s all geared towards winning a medal and that’s what I’ve been training for.”
Meanwhile, Samuels used the Hamburg race to test out some different things which will ultimately make her stronger in London.
“I had a strong swim and worked on the bike early but it didn’t quite go to plan. My plan in the first kilometre of the run was to go at max and see if I could recover. It didn’t really work out so the rest of the run was quite hard,” Samuels said.
“The result didn’t matter it was just about trying things and seeing what will work and what won’t in London. Training is on track, I’ve done all the hard yards so it’s all about freshening up and working hard on the run.”
While not racing in Hamburg, Hewitt still kept an eye on the results from afar and said she was looking forward to another fast race in London.
“I decided I wouldn’t race in Hamburg, I’d keep training and get everything 100 percent before I go to London. I went for a run during the race but I saw the results after, all the girls ran really fast. A lot of races have sprint finishes now so I’m trying to prepare for that and I know London will be a fast race so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Triathlon New Zealand National Coach Greg Fraine said the women came through the race very well and were able to try out some tactical options that may be important during the Olympic event.
Fraine said the Hamburg race was ideally placed less than two weeks out from London, and it served as a transition from general build-up to becoming solely focussed on the Games.
“Everyone came through really well, Nicky and Kate were impressive today. Nicky was experimenting with some race options and Kate wanted a good hard blowout before London.
“One of the things we try and encourage is decision making and that’s something all three Olympic athletes are good at is assessing the situation and reacting. They’re all on track, the confidence is good and they’re looking forward to the challenge.”
For more information and full results, click here
ITU World Triathlon Championship
Sprint (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run)1. Erin Densham (AUS) 56:07
2. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 56:19
3. Sarah Groff (USA) 56:21
4. Anne Haug (GER) 56:35
5. Kate Roberts (RSA) 56:40
8. Kate McIlroy (NZL) 56:56
15. Nicky Samuels (NZL) 57:22
25. Debbie Tanner (NZL) 57:56
6 Dec 2013 News
New Zealand First was saddened to hear of the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected... more
6 Dec 2013 News
Prime Minister John Key today expressed his sadness at the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. “Nelson... more
6 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Chatham Rock granted mining permit for Chatham rise, still needs EPA sign-off Dec. 6 (BusinessDesk) - ... more
5 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk SkyCity earnings to get kicker from Adelaide redevelopment in 2017, brokerage says By Tina ... more
6 Dec 2013 Arts
Audio Foundation Audio Foundation Artist Residency program 2014 awarded The Audio Foundation is pleased to announce Thomas Lambert... more
5 Dec 2013 Entertainment
Two true Kiwi legends – Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan – have come together on stage for the first time, and this weekend... more
4 Dec 2013 Property
Auckland house prices rose at the rate of $677 a day in November, based on the average price increase from October to... more
4 Dec 2013 Property
New Zealand Government Hon Dr Nick SmithMinister of Housing 3 December 2013 Bill to rein in housing development charges passes first... more
4 Dec 2013 Migration
The typical Kiwi on Census day 2013 was aged 38, earned $28,500 a year, worked in a service job and owned his or her own... more
4 Dec 2013 Travel & Tourism
Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world's most corrupt countries while Denmark and New Zealand are nearly ... more
6 Dec 2013 Rugby
The International Rugby Board and the global Rugby family have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away today.The... more
6 Dec 2013 Motor Sport
NZV8 Ute Racing Supercars and Highlands headline 2014 UDC V8 Ute Series A fifth year on the bill for the V8 Supercars and an opening... more
6 Dec 2013 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on oil drilling permits, and Iris Dement by Gordon Campbell Yesterday, the ... more
5 Dec 2013 Column
It is hard to feel sorry for John Banks. Sorry, I’ll start that again. It would be easy to feel sorry for John Banks in his ... more
2 Dec 2013 People
Universal College Of Learning Media Release Monday 2 December 2013 UCOL salutes its Top Scholars UCOL Bachelor of Nursing... more
29 Nov 2013 Recruitment
Article - BusinessDesk Unemployment to hit 4% by 2021, says MBIE Nov. 29 (BusinessDesk) – Job growth and higher... more