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Lisa Nordén vann i Australien

13 DEC 2004 09:33
Lisa Nordén är Sveriges bästa kvinnliga triathlet på kortdistans och befinner sig i Sydney, Australien för att träna inför säsongen 2005. I helgen genomförde Lisa sin första tävling på lite längre distans genom att delta i en kvaltävling till Ironman Australia. Tävlingen arrangerades i Canberra och gick över distansen halv IM: 1900 meter simning, 90 km cykel och 21 km löpning. Lisa som är en mycket duktig triathlet visade sin kapacitet genom att vinna damklassen på tiden 4:44:48. Mycket kul och stort grattis!
  • Skapad: 13 DEC 2004 09:33

Nedan finns utdrag ur ett referat från tävlingen:
"Thompson and Norden - victors in City of Canberra Half Ironman
Athens Olympian Simon Thompson claims victory at his hometown Half Ironman while Swedish Olympic distance champion Lisa Norton wins the women’s race.

International Ironman winners, an Athens Olympian and a field of almost 900 were all greeted with perfect conditions for the fifth running of the Canberra City Half Ironman. With just two rounds remaining and 250 qualifying spots up for grabs for the Snap Ironman Australia triathlon, age-group athletes from around Australia converged on Canberra in a last ditched effort to gain a sort after slot.

In the men's field most eyes were on Athens Olympian and Canberra local, Simon Thompson. Thompson was the first athlete to be selected in the Olympic Games team after an outstanding performance in the first selection race in Coffs Harbour last year.

Exiting the water after the 1.9km swim in Lake Burley Griffen it was Nick Hornman of NSW who led the pro men. However, Thompson would be the first athlete to leave transition for the start of the 90km ride through the Canberra countryside.

By the halfway point of the bike ride Thompson’s lead had grown to a commanding four minutes over the field. However in second place was Jonathon Hall, a former world cycling time-trial champion and world champion duathlete. Exiting the swim five minutes behind the leaders, Hall produced the second fastest bike time of the day to continue to eat into the lead of Thompson. Hall gained a full minute on the youngster between the 45km and 70km mark of the undulating ride. Upon entering transition, the time difference was down to just 53 seconds with Hall continuing the chase out onto the 21.1km run around Lake Burley Griffen. Early into the run Thompson used his leg speed to slowly gain time on Hall and at the 7km point he had gained a further 20 seconds on Hall. By the end of the half marathon, Thompson, who has just resumed training after a six-week break, had increased his lead over Hall to six minutes to cross the line first in a time of 4:09:58.

"I wasn’t expecting the lead off the bike but once I heard a time check of four minutes at the half way point of the bike I decided to back it off a bit. I was confident in my run and wanted to hold 3.30 pace for the first half of the run," said Thompson. "While I blew up during the last half of the run, it was handy that Hall had blown up first," Thompson joked after the race.

Hall held on for second place in a time of 4:15:57 while third place went to 35-39 age-group competitor Greg Cox who had the fastest swim of the day claiming the $250 swim prime. Fourth place was another age-group competitor Chris Dmitrieff and fifth belonged to Victoria’s Tully Lyster.

Claiming the $250 for the fastest bike time was age-group athlete Clayton Smith of NSW while Simon Thompson added to his prize purse for the fastest run.

The women's elite field contained Ironman winners Belinda Halloran, Susan Peter, Marilyn Macdonald and Yoko Okuda, and were all expected to make an impression on the race. Add in defending Canberra Half Ironman champion, Sarah Fien and 2002 winner Angela Milne along with short-course specialist Nikki Egyed, and the women's field looked to be the strongest assembled for the season.

Leading out of the water was former Ironman Malaysia Champion and recent new mother Belinda Halloran along with the well-credentialed three-time Swedish short-course champion Lisa Norden. Halloran and Norden would maintain contact with each other for the 90km ride but the gap to the chasing pack was decreasing as athletes such as Nikki Egyed and Susan Peter made their way through the field. Norden would eventually make a break on the bike from Halloran and enter transition with the lead. Two minutes behind was Halloran followed a further minute back by Egyed, who last year raced the Accenture triathlon series. Peter would start the run in fourth place.

Once onto the picturesque run course Egyed moved into second place with Halloran forced to retire from the event with stomach problems early into the run. However, Norden was not going to be denied victory, maintained her lead throughout the run, and crossed the line in 4:44:48 to win by 3:32 from Egyed who placed second for the third time this season. Finishing in third place was Perth’s Angela Milne with Peter claiming fourth ahead of Canadian Marilyn Macdonald in fifth place.

Just one round now remains in the Ironman Australia Qualifying series with athletes turning their attention to the Tasmania Half Ironman on January 9, 2005 to compete for the remaining 25 qualifying spots available for the 2005 Snap Ironman Australia triathlon."

Results Canberra half IM 2004

Name Swim Bike Run Total
Lisa Norden  28:06 2:46:07 1:30:34 4:44:48
Nikki Egyed   28:54 2:48:24 1:30:57 4:48:16
Angela Milne  31:18 2:49:39 1:30:41 4:51:39
Susan Peter 36:08 2:45:20 1:30:44 4:52:13
Marilyn Macdonald 35:38 2:51:14 1:37:33 5:04:26





Name Swim Bike Run Total
Simon Thompson 25:41 2:27:55 1:16:21 4:09:58
Jonathon Hall 30:26 2:24:03 1:21:28 4:15:57
Greg Cox 24:48 2:33:16 1:20:19 4:18:24
Chris Dmitrieff 27:51 2:30:54 1:20:21 4:19:07
Tully Lyster 28:43 2:33:18 1:20:24 4:22:26

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