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Hewitt snares Gold Coast world series win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/04/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

After six years without a race win on triathlon's world series, Kiwi veteran Andrea Hewitt has made it two out of two in 2017.

Hewitt, who turned 35 this week, left the field for dead in the second round sprint-distance race on the Gold Coast, blitzing the field on the decisive 5km run.

Her triumph came a month after winning the opening round race in Abu Dhabi.

Twin victories means the Christchurch three-time Olympian has opened up a sizeable lead in the nine-round series, which next heads to Yokohama in May.

Hewitt's brilliant run on Saturday belied a shaky start to the race, emerging 25th from the water.

She joined a large group on the bike before a sharp transition to the run phase was an effective slingshot to victory, pulling clear in the first kilometre and never being challenged.

"Today my swim-bike wasn't up there but I had the legs on the run. That's how the triathlon goes," she said.

"I knew my running was good and that's why I went out at that pace."

Hewitt laughed off a suggestion she is improving with age.

"It's just a number, isn't it? It's all down to my training."

Hewitt crossed in 58 minutes 03 seconds, slowing up over the final stages to finish just 4sec ahead of second-placed Australian Ashleigh Gentle. Juri Ide of Japan was third.

The other Kiwis in the race were Rebecca Spence (19th), Sophie Corbidge (28th), Nicole Van Der Kaay (30th) and Elise Salt (33rd).

Spaniard Mario Mola won the men's race, pulling clear of South African Richard Murray in a sprint finish.

Kiwi Ryan Sissons was seventh across the line about half a minute behind the winner. Daniel Hoy was 12th followed by Tony Dodds in 15th.

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