Zaferes awesome in Abu Dhabi

Katie Zaferes led virtually from start to finish as she started the 2019 WTS series in style by taking the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi Triathlon.

| March 9, 2019 | NEWS

Katie Zaferes spent the entire day at the front before running clear of her breakaway companions to take WTS Abu Dhabi.

Katie Zaferes spent the entire day at the front before running clear of her breakaway companions to take WTS Abu Dhabi.

Photo >ITU Media / Wagner Araujo

Things didn't spread out much in the first leg of the first race of the 2019 WTS season. Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth was first out of the water in 9:06, followed by American's Summer Cook and Katie Zaferes.

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Once out on the 18.9 km bike course on the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 course a group of six women managed to break clear through the technical corners, including Americans Zaferes, Taylor Knibb, Taylor Spivey, Learmonth, Norway's Lotte Miller and Australian Emma Jefcoat. That left the likes of defending world champion Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown (both GBR), Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) and Rachel Klamer (NED) in the big chasing group. The lead group was able to extend its lead into T2, starting the run over a minute up on the chasers.

American depth and dominance shows

Zaferes wasted no time and quickly went to the front, opening up a gap of five seconds on countrywoman Taylor Spivey in the first loop. She extended her lead in the second half of the race and secured the win in 55:31. Her 16:09 run split made Zaferes  the fastest runner of the day. Spivey came second, 25 seconds later. Jessica Learmonth, who left Taylor Knibb behind just before the finish, completed the podium. The co-favorites Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) and reigning World Champion Vicky Holland (GBR) finished the race in seventh and eighth place.

ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2019 | Frauen

  1. März 2019 | Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Name

Country

Total

750 m Swim

18.9 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Katie Zaferes

USA

0:55:31

9:08

28:55

16:09

2

Taylor Spivey

USA

0:55:57

9:09

28:53

16:33

3

Jessica Learmonth

GBR

0:56:06

9:06

28:52

16:44

4

Taylor Knibb

USA

0:56:09

9:15

28:47

16:44

5

Non Stanford

GBR

0:56:37

9:26

29:41

16:11

6

Lotte Miller

NOR

0:56:42

9:12

28:49

17:20

7

Cassandre Beaugrand

FRA

0:56:45

9:25

29:48

16:15

8

Vicky Holland

GBR

0:56:50

9:23

29:45

16:25

9

Georgia Taylor-Brown

GBR

0:56:53

9:34

29:28

16:25

10

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

0:56:57

9:39

29:31

16:28

11

Laura Lindemann

GER

0:57:00

9:20

29:47

16:33

12

Leonie Periault

FRA

0:57:03

9:31

29:41

16:26

13

Rachel Klamer

NED

0:57:06

9:20

29:46

16:40

14

Jolanda Annen

SUI

0:57:11

9:23

29:40

16:45

15

Vendula Frintova

CZE

0:57:18

9:20

29:46

16:45

16

Chelsea Burns

USA

0:57:21

9:19

29:55

16:37

17

Annamaria Mazzetti

ITA

0:57:21

9:26

29:41

16:53

18

Verena Steinhauser

ITA

0:57:28

9:27

29:39

17:02

19

Ainsley Thorpe

NZL

0:57:31

9:34

29:42

16:57

20

Claire Michel

BEL

0:57:37

9:34

29:40

16:59

21

Emma Jeffcoat

AUS

0:57:55

9:11

29:39

17:46

22

Maya Kingma

NED

0:57:58

9:13

28:49

18:34

23

Melanie Santos

POR

0:57:59

9:28

29:48

17:21

24

Lisa Perterer

AUT

0:58:01

9:38

29:35

17:25

25

Yuko Takahashi

JPN

0:58:15

9:18

29:49

17:44

26

India Lee

GBR

0:58:25

9:33

29:33

17:54

27

Carolina Routier

ESP

0:58:28

9:11

30:00

17:52

28

Sara Perez Sala

ESP

0:58:33

9:14

29:55

17:52

29

Sandra Dodet

FRA

0:58:38

9:21

30:20

17:34

30

Nicole Van Der Kaay

NZL

0:58:43

9:24

29:53

17:57

31

Romana Gajdošová

SVK

0:58:49

9:36

29:36

18:16

32

Vittoria Lopes

BRA

0:58:52

9:13

29:57

18:18

33

Miriam Casillas García

ESP

0:58:55

9:31

29:40

18:24

34

Julia Hauser

AUT

0:58:56

9:41

31:01

16:53

35

Summer Rappaport

USA

0:59:17

9:08

30:49

17:55

36

Zsófia Kovács

HUN

0:59:22

9:32

31:14

17:19

37

Anne Holm

DEN

0:59:28

9:19

29:55

18:52

38

Ai Ueda

JPN

0:59:31

9:45

31:28

16:55

39

Juri Die

JPN

0:59:38

9:33

31:37

17:01

40

Gillian Sanders

RSA

0:59:41

9:38

31:37

17:05

41

Anna Godoy Contreras

ESP

0:59:50

9:15

31:29

17:42

42

Helena Carvalho

POR

1:00:07

9:23

29:47

19:29

43

Lisa Berger

SUI

1:00:08

9:37

31:05

18:05

44

Kirsten Nuyes

NED

1:00:16

9:40

31:30

17:41

45

Michelle Flipo

MEX

1:00:34

9:37

31:40

17:56

46

Simone Ackermann

RSA

1:00:57

9:22

31:17

18:48

47

Luisa Baptista

BRA

1:01:11

9:26

31:53

18:29

48

Yuka Sato

JPN

1:01:17

9:31

31:12

19:09

49

Margit Vanek

HUN

1:01:43

9:14

31:30

19:38

50

Jolien Vermeylen

BEL

1:01:58

9:21

31:57

19:20

DNF

Natalie Van Coevorden

AUS

DNF

9:18

0:00

0:00

DNF

Joanna Brown

CAN

DNF

9:36

0:00

0:00

DNF

Charlotte McShane

AUS

DNF

9:31

0:00

0:00

DNF

Rebecca Spence

NZL

DNF

9:28

0:00

0:00

DNF

Fuka Sega

JPN

DNF

9:32

34:31

0:00

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