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NZ women triathletes struggle in Edmonton

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/09/2016

New Zealand's hopefuls have failed to feature as American women dominated the penultimate round of the world triathlon series in Edmonton, Canada.

All six Kiwis finished outside the top-10 in the sprint distance race, including Olympians Nicky Samuels and Andrea Hewitt, who were 15th and 23rd respectively in an event which came just two weeks after their Rio exertions.

Rebecca Spence was the best of the New Zealanders with a career-best 13th placing, more than a minute behind winner Summer Cook in cool conditions.

Two other Americans rounded out the podium - Sarah True and Katie Zaferes.

Of the other Kiwis, Simone Ackermann was 26th and Nicole Van Der Kaay 28th while Sophie Corbidge failed to finish.

Hewitt remains fifth in the world series rankings heading into the final round, the world championships in Mexico later in September.

Meanwhile, Ryan Sissons dropped four places to 16th in the men's ranking after struggling to 26th in Edmonton.

His efforts were overshadowed by inexperienced Kiwi compatriot Sam Ward, who was 15th in a race won by Briton Jonathon Brownlee, who won from Spaniard Mario Mola and South African Richard Murray.

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