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Kiwi triathletes struggle in series final

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/09/2016

New Zealand's women triathletes have finished the world series on a flat note, falling off the pace at the grand final in Cozumel, Mexico.

After dropping well back through the first two legs, leading hope Andrea Hewitt made up ground on the run leg but could only manage 17th while Simone Ackermann was 19th.

Nicky Samuels was the only Kiwi in a large lead group out of the swim but she crashed on the bike leg. Rebecca Spence withdrew in the oppressive conditions before the midway point of the 10km run.

Bermuda's Flora Duffy was rewarded for an aggressive race, winning to clinch the series title, heading off Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen. The American was second, followed by Australian Charlotte McShane.

Hewitt dropped one place to finish sixth in the world series standings, having been third midway through.

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