5 Aug 2012

No podium finish for NZ women triathletes

7:44 am on 5 August 2012

New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt has missed out on a medal at the London Olympics.

Hewitt, who was ranked number one in the world going into the women's race on Saturday, finished a disappointing sixth.

The other New Zealanders in the event, Kate McIlroy and Nicky Samuels, finished 10th and 35th respectively.

Nicola Spirig of Switzerland won the event, edging out Sweden's Lisa Norden by 1/100th of a second in a sprint race to the line.

Erin Densham took the bronze for Australia.

Hewitt finished the swim in 26th place, just over a minute behind the leader at that stage, but caught up with the lead group on the cycling leg and started the run in third place.

She stuck with the leaders for most of the run but dropped to sixth in the closing stages.

McIlroy - third after the fourth lap of the Hyde Park cycle circuit - dropped back to 21st by the start of the run, but improved to finish 10th.

Triathlon coach Greg Fraine says he's rapt at the way the team raced, and Hewitt herself was philosophical about the result.

"Overall it was a good performance," she says. "I've got good points to take away from the race."

The men's triathlon will take place on Tuesday.