Swim leg the catalyst to Brendan Sexton’s timely return

March 24, 2014: A vastly improved swim leg has been the catalyst for a timely return to form for London Olympian Brendan Sexton after another encouraging performance in yesterday’s ITU Triathlon World Cup over the sprint distance in New Plymouth.

Sexton was out of the water less than 30 seconds behind noted swimmers Stefan Zachaeus (Germany) and Richard Varga (Slovakia) over the 750m course in a classy men’s field and put himself in the frame from the outset for the second week in a row.

After a close-up ninth to Spain’s Mario Mola in Mooloolaba last week, Sexton stormed home again for another encouraging performance with the fifth fastest 5km split of the day of 14.43 to finish fifth overall – again to Mola who upset ITU World Champion, Spanish countryman Javier Gomez.

Brendan at New Plymouth - Photo Credit: Laura Wood
Brendan at New Plymouth – Photo Credit: Laura Wood

It will be another huge confidence booster for Sexton who knows he faces a tough road back to the kind of form that saw him become the boy most likely in the lead up to the London Olympics.

Dan Wilson, after working hard off the front of the bike, faded on the run, splitting 15:27 while Cam Good, having his first ITU race of the season scrambled into a top 20 finish, coming home 17th after his run split of 15:14.

Other Australians in the field were Jesse Featonby (23rd), Kenji Nener (30th) and Declan Wilson (47th).

Triathlon Australia’s Performance Director Bernard Savage was full of praise for Sexton.

“Brendan is certainly showing improvement in his swim – an area he knew he had to continue to work on – he came out in the front group and it set up his race very well,” said Savage.

“He ran on to be the best of the boys in what was a mixed bag all round for the Australians after Dan Wilson rode off the front on the bike.”

Dan Wilson took the reins on the bike with Ireland’s Ben Shaw and Sexton joined in and rode superbly over the 20km bike course to position himself for the 5km run to the finish.

In a field of brilliant runners, including Spanish trio – eventual winner Mola, Gomez and Fernando Alzara and Portugal’s Joao Silva, Sexton fought hard and pushed through chasing the leaders.

While Silva positioned himself well from the start, Gomez and Mola had to work their way through the pack ahead of transition.

They managed to manoeuvre their way there on the third of four laps, and were among a group that included Alarza, Laurent Vidal and Vincent Luis who were first out on the run.

Like so many ITU races though, it was Gomez who went to the front. This time however Mola went with him and further, taking the lead for the majority of the 5km. With the finish line in sight he found yet another gear and rocketed to his second consecutive World Cup title.

The women’s race saw Sexton’s London Olympic team mate Emma Jackson make a tactical error in the swim, getting stuck on the wrong side of the course and she came out with almost 30 girls in front of her and she never recovered, to finish 19th with Australia’s other competitor, Melinda Vernon crashing on the bike to record a DNF.

“Emma has two weeks to get her act together for the opening round of the ITU World Triathlon Championship in Auckland – it’s not the end of the world,” said Savage.

“While Melinda was forced out after crashing on the bike; she tried to get going again but eventually called it a day – it was a real shame but there will be lessons learnt I’m sure before the next race.”

Photo Credit: Janos Schmidt/ITU

Results

ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CUP, New Plymouth

Pos Athlete Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Mario Mola ESP 00:52:30 00:08:53 00:28:39 00:14:06
2 Javier Gomez ESP 00:52:33 00:08:49 00:28:45 00:14:14
3 Joao Silva POR 00:52:56 00:08:42 00:28:52 00:14:37
4 Fernando Alarza ESP 00:53:03 00:08:57 00:28:33 00:14:38
5 Brendan Sexton AUS 00:53:08 00:09:04 00:28:24 00:14:43
6 Ryan Sissons NZL 00:53:10 00:09:16 00:28:17 00:14:44
7 David Hauss FRA 00:53:11 00:09:05 00:28:26 00:14:46
8 Kyle Jones CAN 00:53:13 00:08:58 00:28:38 00:14:44
9 Dan Wilson AUS 00:53:22 00:08:57 00:28:07 00:15:27
10 Laurent Vidal FRA 00:53:26 00:09:10 00:28:15 00:15:07
11 Sven Riederer SUI 00:53:27 00:09:07 00:28:22 00:10:16
12 Matthew Sharp GBR 00:53:28 00:09:06 00:28:25 00:15:05
13 Richard Varga SVK 00:53:31 00:08:44 00:28:42 00:15:09
14 Vincent Luis FRA 00:53:34 00:09:04 00:28:26 00:15:11
15 Grant Sheldon GBR 00:53:34 00:09:03 00:28:27 00:15:07
16 Benjamin Shaw IRL 00:53:35 00:09:04 00:27:53 00:15:40
17 Cameron Good AUS 00:53:40 00:09:01 00:28:29 00:15:14
18 Jason Pedersen USA 00:53:41 00:09:27 00:28:04 00:15:12
19 Andrea Salvisberg SUI 00:53:44 00:09:14 00:28:11 00:15:24
20 Irving Perez MEX 00:53:46 00:09:08 00:28:35 00:15:08
21 Simon Viain FRA 00:53:51 00:09:10 00:28:25 00:15:24
22 Tommy Zaferes USA 00:53:51 00:08:37 00:29:02 00:15:19
23 Jesse Featonby AUS 00:53:55 00:09:18 00:28:25 00:10:26
24 Ben Kanute USA 00:53:57 00:08:48 00:28:42 00:15:37
25 Marten Van Riel BEL 00:53:57 00:09:02 00:28:26 00:15:29
26 Martin Van Barneveld NZL 00:53:59 00:09:11 00:28:13 00:15:39
27 Thomas Bishop GBR 00:54:00 00:09:16 00:28:07 00:15:36
28 Akos Vanek HUN 00:54:01 00:09:00 00:28:31 00:15:36
29 Marco Van Der Stel NED 00:54:04 00:08:56 00:28:32 00:15:41
30 Kenji Nener AUS 00:54:05 00:08:56 00:28:43 00:15:36
31 Ron Darmon ISR 00:54:08 00:09:28 00:28:05 00:15:39
32 Sergio Sarmiento MEX 00:54:12 00:09:20 00:28:13 00:15:34
33 Grégory Rouault ITU 00:54:15 00:09:07 00:28:28 00:15:51
34 Sam Ward NZL 00:54:17 00:09:33 00:28:03 00:15:50
35 Conor Murphy IRL 00:54:19 00:09:29 00:28:10 00:15:49
36 Ivan Kalashnikov RUS 00:54:24 00:09:13 00:28:29 00:15:45
37 Gabor Faldum HUN 00:54:28 00:09:32 00:28:04 00:16:03
38 James Chronis ITU 00:54:34 00:09:08 00:28:23 00:16:04
39 Andrew Mccartney CAN 00:54:42 00:08:42 00:28:54 00:16:13
40 Rodrigo Gonzalez MEX 00:54:46 00:09:20 00:28:19 00:16:10
41 Tamas Toth HUN 00:54:55 00:09:18 00:00:00 00:00:00
42 Kaleb Vanort USA 00:54:59 00:09:15 00:29:29 00:15:20
43 Gaspar Riveros CHI 00:55:04 00:09:17 00:00:00 00:00:00
44 Yegor Martynenko UKR 00:55:08 00:09:23 00:28:14 00:16:36
45 Mateusz Kazmierczak POL 00:55:14 00:09:37 00:28:06 00:16:36
46 Stefan Zachaeus ITU 00:55:24 00:08:50 00:28:45 00:16:57
47 Declan Wilson AUS 00:55:30 00:09:36 00:27:58 00:16:58
48 Bryce Mcmaster NZL 00:55:33 00:09:04 00:29:34 00:16:01
49 Vicente Hernandez ESP 00:55:42 00:09:04 00:29:07 00:16:33
50 William Huffman USA 00:55:46 00:09:08 00:29:40 00:16:07
51 Adam Bowden GBR 00:55:48 00:09:04 00:30:07 00:15:36
52 Christophe De Keyser BEL 00:55:58 00:09:19 00:29:24 00:16:21
53 Ivan Ivanov UKR 00:56:02 00:09:00 00:29:38 00:16:20
54 Andrew Ranford NZL 00:56:06 00:09:35 00:27:56 00:17:42
55 Vladimir Turbayevskiy RUS 00:56:17 00:09:03 00:29:36 00:16:35
56 Premysl Svarc CZE 00:56:19 00:09:09 00:29:35 00:16:34
57 Francesc Godoy ESP 00:56:30 00:08:59 00:29:43 00:16:50
58 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 00:56:36 00:09:18 00:30:23 00:15:54
59 Ivan Lo Ching Hin HKG 00:58:22 00:09:30 00:31:21 00:16:40
60 Mauro Cavanha Conceicao BRA 00:58:22 00:10:03 00:30:48 00:16:36
61 Lukas Siska SVK 00:59:20 00:09:29 00:31:10 00:17:35
62 Leong Tim Law HKG 00:59:57 00:09:32 00:31:17 00:18:07
63 Vasco Pessoa POR 01:00:15 00:09:34 00:33:25 00:16:19
64 Shen-yen Hsieh TPE 01:00:18 00:09:36 00:31:17 00:18:32
65 Simon Brunovsky SVK 01:03:51 00:09:59 00:33:01 00:19:56
DSQ Thomas Springer AUT 00:00:00 00:09:27 00:30:24 00:16:15
DNF Matthew Sharpe CAN 00:00:00 00:08:54 00:28:39 00:00:00
DNF Tony Dodds NZL 00:00:00 00:08:55 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Tyler Mislawchuk CAN 00:00:00 00:08:57 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Jan Celustka CZE 00:00:00 00:09:13 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Csaba Rendes HUN 00:00:00 00:09:19 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Jesus Gomar ESP 00:00:00 00:09:21 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Thomas André FRA 00:00:00 00:09:32 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Bruno Matheus BRA 00:00:00 00:09:33 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Jumpei Furuya JPN 00:00:00 00:09:38 00:00:00 00:00:00

 

 

 

Shawn Smith

A cyclist and tech geek at heart with a passion for new shiny things and a huge appetite for triathlon. I spend most of my time between managing two of Australia's best triathletes and a traditional corporate life.