New Plymouth sprint

American Katie Zaferes managed to out-sprint Canada's Joanna Brown to take her second New Plymouth ITU World Cup.

| April 4, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Katie Zaferes outsprints Joanna Brown to take the New Plymouth ITU World Cup.

Katie Zaferes outsprints Joanna Brown to take the New Plymouth ITU World Cup.

Photo >Scott Taylor | ITU

As Yogi Berra would say, it was " déjà vu all over again."

Katie Zaferes (USA) took her second New Plymouth ITU World Cup title on the weekend, out sprinting Joanna Brown (CAN) to take the win.

"I just like to compete scared, so I don't like to know what's going on behind me - I just assume that everyone's there and that keeps me moving forward," Zaferes said after the race. "I loved New Plymouth then (when she won in 2014) and I love it now. It's pretty cool to have a repeat on a course - I've never had that before. I remembered it going up the final hill - that's where I made my play last time I was here, so when I was doing it I was visualizing what happened last [time] and it was nice to see it follow through."

Brown's gallant effort on the run didn't quite net her the win, but it did get her a first world cup podium, a huge breakthrough the for the defending Canadian national champion who finished just one second behind Zaferes.

Rounding out the podium was Belgium's Claire Michel, who was only a second behind Brown, making for an exciting finish.