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McShane and Birtwhistle maintain rankings rage in Stockholm


McShane and Birtwhistle maintain rankings rage in Stockholm

Next generation triathletes Charlotte McShane and Jake Birtwhistle are sitting pretty on the WTS World Rankings after further encouraging performances in last night’s round in Stockholm.

The two Under 23 world champions, who narrowly missed selection on the Rio Olympic team, have continued their rankings rise after the sixth race of the nine-event WTS which culminates in the Grand Final in Cozumel in September.

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McShane stormed home to finish seventh behind Bermuda’s breakaway bolter Flora Duffy and has jumped to eighth behind Duffy on the prestigious world rankings with Hamburg, Edmonton and Cozumel remaining.

She worked her way through the field in an event that saw Duffy run and ride away from everyone from the outset of the bike to lead all the way to notch her first ever WTS victory ahead of Andrea Hewitt (NZ) and Helen Jenkins (GBR).

But the seventh place finish is another major confidence booster for McShane who is having far and away the most consistent season of her career.

She set out to maintain her place in the Top Ten and that’s just what she did.

“I knew the course quite well and it is just good to be able to finish strongly on the run after working hard on the bike – I cant wait for Hamburg,” said McShane.

The other Australian girls were Natalie Van Coevorden (15th), Emma Jackson (18th) and Gillian Backhouse (29th).

Van Coevorden had a great race, pushing towards the leaders in the swim and in the chase groups on the bike for an encouraging top 20 finish.

Birtwhistle again had to work on his back-end strengths, working his way through the field to finish 17th, but it was good enough to see him jump two spots into 12th place, three behind Australia’s leading male, fellow Wollongong Wizard, Olympian Ryan Bailie.

But it was Commonwealth Games comeback boy Dan Wilson who gave a good sight out of the water and onto the bike before his lack of running fitness took it’s toll on the 10km run to finish 32nd.

Wilson, who swims under prolific Olympic swim coach Michael Bohl and alongside the likes of Mitch Larkin and Bronte Barratt, knew he would be pushing towards the lead on the swim despite spending 12 months on the sidelines.

The recently turned 31-year-old has comeback strongly from Achilles surgery, a broken arm and a stress fracture.

He will be better for the run as he prepares to join Olympians Bailie, Aaron Royle and Ryan Fisher in the next round in Hamburg.

It was a race that again saw defending Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee take out his second successive race after winning in Leeds, and again from London Olympic bronze medal winning brother Jonathan, with Frenchman Pierre Le Corre third.

2016 Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm 
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run

WOMEN

1.

Flora Duffy

BER

BM

02:03:38

2.

Andrea Hewitt

NZL

NZ

02:03:58

3.

Helen Jenkins

GBR

GB

02:04:06

4.

Vicky Holland

GBR

GB

02:04:43

5.

Ai Ueda

JPN

JP

02:04:56

6.

Sarah True

USA

US

02:05:06

7.

Charlotte McShane

AUS

AU

02:05:17

8.

Nicky Samuels

NZL

NZ

02:05:18

9.

Vendula Frintova

CZE

CZ

02:05:26

10.

Katie Zaferes

USA

US

02:05:34

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MEN

1.

Alistair Brownlee

GBR

GB

01:50:33

2.

Jonathan Brownlee

GBR

GB

01:50:43

3.

Pierre Le Corre

FRA

FR

01:51:30

4.

Andreas Schilling

DEN

DK

01:51:47

5.

Fernando Alarza

ESP

ES

01:51:48

6.

Kristian Blummenfelt

NOR

NO

01:52:05

7.

Jonas Schomburg

TUR

TR

01:52:18

8.

Henri Schoeman

RSA

ZA

01:52:22

9.

Aurelien Raphael

FRA

FR

01:52:59

10.

Adam Bowden

GBR

GB

01:53:0


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