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NZ triathletes switch back to world series

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

Three of New Zealand's four Rio Olympic triathletes will need to lift again for the penultimate round of the world series in Edmonton.

Andrea Hewitt, Nicky Samuels and Ryan Sissons will spearhead a large Kiwi presence in Canada on Sunday, with only Tony Dodds missing from those who raced in Rio last month.

Contesting her third Olympics, Hewitt was the best of them, placing seventh in the women's race while Samuels was 13th. Sissons was the 17th-fastest man, with Dodds four places behind him.

Veteran Samuels says it has been tough both mentally and physically to lift for the Edmonton race, which falls two weeks after her prime 2016 target.

"With Rio being the peak race of the year and with so much surrounding it can make it a little harder to keep focused at training and pick yourself up again for the last races of the year," she said.

"But I thought equally going into Edmonton would be great in the sense of carrying that form and base from Rio."

Hewitt is ranked fifth in the world and has a chance to improve her world series position heading into the final round in Mexico later in September.

Other Kiwis in the women's field are Simone Ackermann, Rebecca Spence, Sophie Corbidge and Nicole van der Kaay while Sam Ward is in the men's race.

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