18 Jul 2011

Hewitt fourth in Germany

8:59 am on 18 July 2011

New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt has continued her strong season by finishing fourth at the ITU World Championship Triathlon series in Hamburg this morning.

Hewitt fought hard from start to finish in a race where first, second and third places were all claimed by Australians named Emma.

Emma Moffatt won in a time of 1:53:37 with fellow countrywomen Emma Jackson and Emma Snowsill both crossing the line together just seven seconds behind her.

It was a hugely positive result for 29-year-old Hewitt going into New Zealand's Olympic selection race in London next month and the fourth placing in Hamburg means she remains third in overall series rankings.

There's been a shake-up at the top however with Chile's Barbara Riveros Diaz, who finished fifth in Germany, overtaking Canada's Paula Findlay, who did not race Hamburg.

Debbie Tanner was the best of the other New Zealanders and was near the front on the swim and throughout the bike but faded during the run to end up 25th overall.