Holland powers on as Hawley finishes 42nd
Bermuda’s Erica Hawley finished 42nd on her ITU World Triathlon Series debut in Edmonton last night as Vicky Holland made a statement by winning her second event in a row.
Hawley, 20, finished in 1hr 4min 48sec, 7:56 behind Holland, who also won in Leeds two weeks ago.
With Flora Duffy, Bermuda’s two-times world champion, out nursing a foot injury after finishing tenth in Leeds, Holland took full advantage again, although Katie Zaferes, the American is still in control overall.
Zaferes, the series leader on 4,170 points, finished sixth. Holland moves up a place to second overall with 3,579 points. Rachel Klamer, the Dutchwoman, finished eleventh and drops to third overall on 3,098. Duffy, who all-but conceded her crown after Leeds, drops from fourth to seventh on 2,496.
Holland powered past Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle — a renowned runner — on the tail end of the run. She won by 11sec, with compatriot Georgia Taylor-Brown third, 17sec down.
Hawley was 52nd out of 55 competitors after the first transition, finishing 1:04 behind Jess Learmonth, the leader Duffy’s usual ally in the water. The Briton was out in 10:30, with Summer Cook, of the US, second 1sec behind and Maya Kingma, of the Netherlands, third, 7sec off the pace.
She made up five places on the first lap of the bike, finishing in 16:44, 1:15 behind leader Taylor Spivey, of the US. The Bermudian made up another five spots on lap two, moving up to 42nd in a time of 21:55, 1:40 off the pace set by Taylor-Brown.
Hawley stayed in the same position after lap three in 27:29, 2:21 behind Taylor Knibb and Spivey, the Americans, who were at the front of lead group of 20, that included Zaferes, Klamer and Vicky Holland.
Hawley moved up another place after lap four in 33:03, 3:07 behind Knibb, who led the front-runners.
The lead group had dropped to 19 on the bell lap of the bike, with Knibb still at the front of it and Zaferes, Klamer and Holland in the middle of it, Knibb’s time was 34:46 and Hawley had moved up to 40th, 38:36 behind.
Hawley had moved back down to 41st after transition two in 44:47, trailing new leader Holland by 4:38.
The lead group had whittled down to seven after the first lap of the run; Holland, Gentle, Cook, Jodie Stimpson, of Britain, Learmonth, Taylor-Brown and Zaferes, with Klamer dropping to 18sec off the pace. Hawley was 5:40 down on the leaders, still in 41st, before dropping down a further place on the run.