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Aileen Takes Another Fine Fourth

Aileen Takes Another Fine Fourth

Planet X's Globe-trotting triathlon phenomenom Aileen Morrison moved on from China to Mexico and maintained her fine international form to take fourth place in the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup event. Juri Ide claimed her second World Cup victory and took the title for Japan by stopping the clock at 2 hours, 12 minutes and 52 seconds. Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti crossed the finish line 47 seconds after Ide for silver with Spain’s Marina Damlaimcourt taking the bronze.

The day began with a 2-lap 1.5km swim in the warm waters in Santa Cruz Bay. Bermuda’s Flory Duffy led the women into T2 closely followed by Claudia Rivas (MEX), Ide, Ainhoa Murua (ESP) and Aileen Morrison (IRL).

The event then moved on to a tough 40km bike course which included a challenging hill that had to be climbed eight times. If that wasn't already hard enough, competitors also had to contend with scorching heat and rising temperatures during the course of the event.  

Mazzetti was first out of T2, followed by Duffy, Damlaimcourt, Simic and Morrison. Ide exited T2 in 10th place but it didn’t take long for the Japanese star to surge to the front. She made her move on the second lap and opened up lead of 23 seconds on Mazzetti and Damlaimcourt while Morrison, Duffy, Haskins and Simic all began to fall off the pace. By the bell lap, Ide appeared to have the win locked up with a sizeable 39-second lead in hand, leaving Mazzetti and Damlaimcourt to battle for silver. Ide went on to extend her lead to finish 47 seconds clear of the field.

Morrison battled on gallantly to claim fourth place just 35 seconds behind Damlaimcourt in a quality field where ten different nations were represented in the top ten.

10 October 2011

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