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Andrea Hewitt wins Beijing Grand Final to Secure Second overall in the 2011 ITU Triathlon World Championship Series

Andrea Hewitt turned on a stunning performance when it mattered most, winning the Grand Final of the Dextro Energy ITU Triathlon World Champs Series in Beijing today, destroying the best field assembled this year in hot and humid conditions. 29 year old Hewitt came into the Grand Final in fourth place overall in the championship, knowing she needed a strong performance to finish the season in the top three, she did so in style as the tough Cantabrian out-kicked Helen Jenkins (GBR) inside the final kilometre to record a superb victory that propelled her to second in the overall series behind the British athlete.

Kiwi Andrea Hewitt aiming to take title at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Final

Andrea Hewitt’s thoughts are with those at home but the devastation in Canterbury after the earthquake has to be put to one side this weekend for Christchurch triathlete Andrea Hewitt as she heads into this weekend’s ITU Dextro Energy World Championship Grand Finale in Budapest knowing a world title is within her grasp. Hewitt is second in the overall standings behind Emma Moffat after an outstandingly consistent season that has seen her feature in sprint finishes at just about every event she has contested. But the 28 year old knows this is the big one.

Reigning ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt holds 52 point lead with one race left in the 2010 ITU World Championship Series

With just two weeks to go until the final race of the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series, the duel for the women’s world title is wide open. Reigning ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt currently leads the world rankings, but New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt sits only 52 points behind Moffatt, meaning the Kiwi is well within striking distance of this year’s world crown.