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Kiwi triathlete Hewitt struggles in Japan

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/05/2017
The New Zealand triathlete, Andrea Hewitt © Dianne Manson/Getty Images The New Zealand triathlete, Andrea Hewitt

Kiwi triathlete Andrea Hewitt has failed to secure a hat-trick of World Triathlon Series victories, finishing well off the pace in Japan.

Fresh from wins in Abu Dhabi and on the Gold Coast, Hewitt was among the favourites for the race in Yokohama on Saturday (NZT).

But the 35-year-old was couldn't keep pace with the leading pack and ultimately finished 23rd with a time of 2:01.07, five minutes behind winner Flora Duffy.

Duffy, last year's Series champion, had skipped the first two events of the season with injury but was in fine form in rainy Japanese conditions and blitzed her opponents in the bike and running stages.

"I didn't know what I would have in the tank for today," the Bermudan said.

"I had to keep reminding myself I'm the world champ, and I need to ride with confidence - so the race worked out great to my strengths."

Katie Zaferes finished second, pushing her above Hewitt in the Series rankings, while Kirsten Kasper earned the bronze.

In the men's event, meanwhile, Kiwi Tony Dodds finished 16th with a time of 1:50.22, two minutes behind Spanish winner Mario Mola.

Tayler Reid finished 24th, Sam Ward 40th and Ryan Sissons did not finish.

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