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Silver for finish for Andrea Hewitt

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/04/2016

Andrea Hewitt has finished second in an absorbing battle with American Gwen Jorgensen at the World Cup triathlon in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Jorgensen eased to a 22sec win over Hewitt in clear, warm conditions in the New Zealander's first race since her fiance Laurent Vidal died suddenly from a heart attack late last year.

The top-ranked American clocked 58 minutes 51 seconds to Hewitt's 59:13, with Kirsten Kasper (US) third in 59:20.

It was also Hewitt's first race since the Chicago Grand Final last September, and she looked comfortable, taking time to acknowledge the image of Vidal that adorned the finish gantry.

"I didn't know what to expect today, but my training has gone really well and I came here wanting a really good result," she said afterwards.

"I was pleased Gwen was racing today, we had a really good battle, especially on the first lap on the run.

"It's always hard the first race of the year - the swim was an eye opener in the middle of the pack.

"In my first transition, I got caught up with my wetsuit and that cost me a few seconds but racing improves all those things."

Ryan Sissons made it a good day for the New Zealanders, emptying the tank as he sprinted towards the line in search of a medal but finishing just shy in fourth.

Race favourite Richard Murray (South Africa) took out the men's race in 53:08, 20sec clear of second-placed Andreas Schilling of Denmark.

Rostyslav Pevtsov (Azerbaijan) just nudged ahead of Sissons in the final few metres, clocking 53:32 to the Kiwi's 53:33.

"I maybe went a little early, that is a long home straight and it cost me with ten metres to go," Sissons said afterwards.

"But that's the way it goes and I'm still happy with the race. I was hoping to get there in third, but I'm stoked to have a good race here."

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