Australian Brittany Dutton wins women’s triathlon gold at Youth Olympics

Australia's Brittany Dutton rode a gutsy solo bike breakaway to claim Youth Olympic gold in Nanjing on Sunday August 17 and continue Australia's stellar success in women's triathlon competition at the Olympic Games.

After missing out on the Youth Olympics last year due to a stress fracture in her back this gold medal will make the pain of that disappear for Dutton.

Australian women have now won a medal at every triathlon competition at the Olympics, including the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

In hot and humid Nanjing, Dutton made her decisive break on the fourth and final lap of the 20km bike course and quickly put 20 seconds on the rest of the field. Despite a fast finish from the USA’s Stephanie Jenks, Dutton stayed strong and held on to win one of the first medals of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

“It’s awesome, I still can’t believe it,” Dutton said. “Throughout the bike I could see maybe I might be able to get away so I tried it and I got away. On the run I just had to hold my lead and it worked.

“I have strong cycling background so I thought I would give it a go, had nothing to lose and I stayed away.”

With wet but humid conditions meeting the competitors, It was Japan’s Minami Kubono who led the non-wetsuit swim out of the water, and was followed by Australia’s Brittany Dutton, Germany’s Kristin Ranwig, Great Britain’s Sian Rainsley and Venezuela’s Katherine Vanesa Clemant Materano. In the first lap, Spain’s Carmen Gomez Cortez bridged up to the leaders.

That group of six worked together strongly across the first two laps of the technical course in Nanjing, keeping a second group that included the USA’s Stephanie Jenks, New Zealand’s Elizabeth Stannard and France’s Emilie Moriera steady 20 seconds behind.

But on the fourth lap, Dutton decided to make a break and behind her the two chase groups merged. It put Jenks and Morier right back in with the leaders and they ran themselves onto the Youth Olympic podium.

Jenks, who celebrated her 17th birthday on the day of the race, said she had pushed herself to the limit.

“I went out and gave it my all and raced with no regrets so I couldn’t do anything better,” she said.

While France’s Morier surprised herself with her bronze medal.

“I am very happy to have a very good race and I didn’t realise my place. For me the aim was top 10, so now in third place, incredible,” she said.

1Brittany DuttonAUS00:59:5600:10:2100:31:0000:17:25
2Stephanie JenksUSA01:00:3300:10:2600:31:2000:17:31
3Emilie MorierFRA01:00:5500:10:2900:31:2200:17:51
4Kristin RanwigGER01:01:1800:10:0900:31:4000:18:20
5Minami KubonoJPN01:01:2400:10:0500:31:4300:18:24
6Kirsten NuyesNED01:01:3000:10:3000:31:1800:18:27
7Elizaveta ZhizhinaRUS01:01:3900:10:2900:31:2400:18:39
8Sian RainsleyGBR01:01:5300:10:0800:31:4300:18:50
9Carmen Gomez CortesESP01:02:0700:10:2000:31:3200:19:02
10Alberte Kjær PedersenDEN01:02:1600:10:4600:32:4600:17:39
11Amber RombautBEL01:02:4600:10:3500:31:1500:19:44
12Sara SkardellyAUT01:03:0100:11:1000:32:4300:17:53
13Elizabeth StannardNZL01:03:2100:10:3300:31:1600:20:11
14Katherine Vanesa Clemant MateranoVEN01:03:5400:10:0700:31:4000:20:48
15Gyuri KimKOR01:04:0200:10:4900:32:5400:19:00
16Flóra BicsákHUN01:04:2700:11:2400:34:0100:17:53
17Emily WagnerCAN01:04:3700:10:0600:33:2000:19:58
18Jayme-sue VermaasRSA01:04:3900:10:3100:33:2400:19:34
19Catalina SalazarCHI01:04:4400:10:4000:33:1200:19:39
20Barbara Juliana Dos SantosBRA01:05:1900:10:5300:32:5100:20:10
21Giovanna Michelle Gonzalez MirandaESA01:05:3000:10:5400:32:5400:20:23
22Sofiya PryymaUKR01:05:3300:11:1800:33:0700:19:47
23Jingshuang FengCHN01:05:3300:10:3300:33:1700:20:23
24Su Yin Denise ChiaSIN01:06:0600:10:5800:32:5100:20:59
25Maria Carolina Velasquez SotoCOL01:06:1500:11:2500:33:5800:19:37
26Ana Catalina BarahonaCRC01:06:2700:10:2300:33:2300:21:24
27Rehab HamdyEGY01:06:5600:10:2900:33:1200:21:45
28Jessica Romero TinocoMEX01:07:0700:10:0700:34:1100:21:27
29Erica HawleyBER01:08:1400:10:4300:34:3500:21:37
30Cheuk Yi Chelsea HungHKG01:08:3200:10:4100:34:3700:21:53
31Serena RendellZIM01:10:1000:11:3300:33:4600:23:34
32Victorija DeldioPHI01:14:0700:13:0800:37:1100:22:26