Haskins Takes Bronze in Cancun
Reigning Pan Am Games gold medalist Julie Ertel of the United States has won her first career world cup today in Cancun, highlighting a gold-bronze finish for the Americans. France’s Carole Peon celebrated her birthday with a fantastic sprint finish to edge out Sarah Haskins for the silver and her first career world cup podium.
On a blustery morning in Cancun, 41 elite women ran into the warm waters of the Playa Langosta for the non-wetsuit swim. The windy conditions coupled with the long shallows created tough swim conditions for the women and benefited the strong American contingent. The first five women out transition one were from the United States led by Jasmine Oeinck, silver medalist from this year’s Under23 world championships.
Out onto the flat 40-kilometer bike course, a lead group of ten women materialized. That pack included defending champion Anja Dittmer of Germany, Carole Peon of France, and a pair of Brits, Jodie Swallow and Kerry Lang. World number three Samantha Warriner was relegated to the chase pack after a tough swim and struggled to make up time on the bike. After the second lap, the chase was already facing a 2-minute deficit that ballooned to more than four minutes when they headed into T2.
After a fast transition, Peon was the first to head out onto the 10-kilometer run course with Bennett close behind. After taking the initial lead, Bennett faded back in the second lap as Ertel surged ahead and never relinquished the lead.
“We had our strongest team here,” said bronze medalist Haskins. “’I believe this is the first time in a long time that there have been two American women on the podium.”
2007 Cancun BG Triathlon World Cup – Women’s Results:
Gold – Julie Ertel (USA) 2:03:22
Silver – Carole Peon (FRA) 2:03:33
Bronze – Sarah Haskins (USA) 2:03:33