In the women’s final Emma Jeffcoat, from Australia, continued her impressive World Cup success and was crowed champion in the super-sprint final. Jeffcoat proved that she’s Australia’s rising star on the move. The Australian earned the gold after racing across two days of competition at the 2018 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup.
“The smile is back again. I am really happy with the win,” exclaimed Jeffcoat.
Joining Jeffcoat on the podium was America’s Tamara Gorman who earned the silver medal. The young American capped her 2017 season with a striking performance at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam with a gold medal in the U23 race.
Finishing off the medal count is Fuka Sega from Japan who also produced a solid semi-final heat the day prior with a fourth place finish.
Jeffcoat, comes from a strong Australian ocean swimming background, led the women through the swim. Out on the bike course the field of women separated immediately into three distinct groups.
Gorman, Jeffcoat, Sega and Bianca Bogen (GER) led the race and Australia’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale and China’s Mengying Zhong were at the front of the chase group riding 15-seconds down from the leaders.
The lead group of women recorded a quick transition, of approximately 20-seconds, to stride out on the run course.
Jeffcoat surged ahead to break away from the field and come away with the World Cup win today. Her race was perfect and the talented Australian dominated all three disciplines of today’s race.
“It was always my strategy to use my strong swim and bike to get away. I was always ready to be adaptable no matter what happened. The ideal situation played out today. The four of us worked really hard from the start. I really love the sprint and super sprint format! It’s hard from the go and that’s how I race,” Jeffcoat said.
Gorman, who won the 2017 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup in a similar sprint race format, displayed resilient performances across both days of competition verifying the young American triathlete launches into this season in her best form.
“It worked out perfectly coming in today. I was pretty confident with a really relaxed yesterday and I was happy to go out there and go hard the whole time,” said Gorman.
Japan’s Sega, who wears the bronze medal today, improved impressively on her 2017 performance here in Chengdu where she crossed the line into 20th place.
“I am so happy with my race today, it was my best,” commented Sega.
Bogen sprinted across the finish line to secure fourth place today and Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs crossed in fifth position.
photos Janos Schmidt