Weekend racing in Asia included some drama and plenty of highlights. A world champion continued on her winning ways in Beijing while another athlete notched up her first professional win at Challenge Vietnam.
Text By Rob Sheeley | Images By Rocky Arroyo
Canine Capers Can’t Stop Lawrence
Newly crowned 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence backed up last week’s title win by taking out the Beijing International Triathlon on the weekend, however the victory was not without incident.
Lawrence had a crash on the bike course after an encounter with a stray dog, but it did little to stop the powerhouse Brit.
A brilliant swim saw Lawrence emerge from the water 41-seconds in front of American, Lauren Goss. They were followed by a pack of three, which comprised of Ashleigh Gentle, Barbara Riveros and Radka Vodickova.
Despite her canine conundrum, Lawrence still carved out the fastest bike split to open up a lead on most of the field into the run. Gentle was hanging on in a clear-cut second and looked the only danger, if she could pull out a big run.
Gentle did manage to slice 57-seconds off the margin but still fell seven seconds short as Lawrence continued her amazing 2016. Her wins now include Escape From Alcatraz, Beijing and the 70.3 World Championship.
The run of the day came from the Chilean pocket-rocket, Barbara Riveros. She was over one-minute faster than anyone else and made up a ton of ground to grab third, just two seconds behind Gentle.
Beijing International Triathlon 2016 Results
Fleming Powers To First Pro Win
Australia’s Jessica Fleming had a weekend to remember when she registered her first professional win at the inaugural Challenge Vietnam.
The victory was the culmination of some very consistent results for Fleming, including a seventh at Challenge Roth earlier this year.
Fleming was fourth out of the water in a leg dominated by Kathryn Haesner, who had a one-minute lead over Julia Grant. Fleming was a further 30-seconds back with Katy Duffield.
The bike was where Fleming made the race her own. She covered the 90km course almost five-minutes faster than anyone else in the race and out herself in a winning position in the process.
Julia Grant looked the only possible danger to Fleming but she would need to make up four-minutes on the run to claim victory.
Fleming’s third fastest split of 1:34:37 proved to be more than enough as she completed a memorable win.
Grant was relentless in second place, finishing 2:30 behind Fleming in a very consistent effort.
Michelle Duffield completed a solid day across all three disciplines to secure third place.
Challenge Vietnam 2016 Results