Erica Hawley finished 40th today, Friday 15th September, at the International Triathlon Union’s Junior World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands in a time of 1hr 45 min 45 secs.
In very cold conditions, as expected it was the 750m swim that proved crucial for a top ten finish with Japan’s Fuka Sega leading out a large group in 10 min 15 secs. The group included defending champion Taylor Knibb of the USA. Erica emerged from the water further back in 10 : 45, which will be a big disappointment for her, and from then on her chances of catching the leaders had all but gone.
Knibb, who finished 2nd to Flora Duffy in the Edmonton leg of the ITU World Series, and Sega set a fast pace at the front as packs formed behind the two leaders. Erica found herself in the 3rd pack and they slowly lost time on the leading group entering the 2nd transition around 3 minutes behind Knibb who opened up what proved to be a crucial 26 minute lead over Sega and a group of 7 other athletes.
Despite losing 10 secs on the first 2.5km lap of the run to a fast charging Kate Waugh Knibb held on to win in 1:1:22 with Waugh just 16 secs back after a run of just over 17 minutes and Sega in third in 1:02:05. Exact results are not yet available but Erica’s run was just over 19 minutes.
More to come once I have a race report from Erica and/or her family from Rotterdam.