16 Aug 2009

New Zealand triathelet wins bronze in London

9:18 am on 16 August 2009

The New Zealand triathlete Kris Gemmell has run a sub 30 minute 10km to claim bronze at the latest round of the ITU Triathlon World Championship Series in London this morning.

Gemmell found himself sandwiched between two Germans in the closing stages of the race and while beaten to the line by Steffen Justus, the gutsy Kiwi dipped to grab the final podium position ahead of Sebastien Rank.

Gemmell and the other Kiwis found themselves slightly off the pace out of the water, in a large chase group on the bike some 48 seconds behind a lead group of 12 that included Brownlee, former world number one Javier Gomez of Spain and 3 Frenchman and 3 Russians who ensured the pace at the front was quick.

But excellent work in the chase group from both the Kiwis and the large German contingent saw the leaders slowly but surely reined in before the completion of the 40km and the start of the flat and fast 10km run around Hyde Park in central London.

Gemmell is pleased with another consistent performance, one that has him well set up for a big race on the Gold Coast in the season finale next month.