19 Jun 2009

New Zealand triathletes expected to go well in Washington

6:44 pm on 19 June 2009

New Zealand triathletes are expected to contend for podium honours in the third round of the ITU World Championship Triathlon Series in Washington DC this weekend after wins to Bevan Docherty in Korea and Andrea Hewitt in Madrid.

Despite the withdrawal of last year's world number one Sam Warriner, the New Zealand women's contingent of Hewitt, Debbie Tanner and Rebecca Spence still looks strong.

Docherty returns after sitting out Madrid, and will be joined by New Plymouth's Clark Ellice on the start line as Kris Gemmell takes time out.

He says it's a fast, flat course with the bike turnaround at the White House and some other famous landmarks to ride and run past,

The men's field sees the top four from Beijing go head to head for the first time since the Olympics while the return of Australians Emma Snowsill and Emma Moffatt adds spice to the women's race.