6 Jun 2011

Hewitt, McIlroy in top six in Spain

1:57 pm on 6 June 2011

The New Zealand triathletes Andrea Hewitt and Kate McIlroy posted impressive fourth and sixth place finishes respectively at the latest ITU World Champs Series triathlon in Madrid.

The race was won by Canadian Paula Findlay, who like Britain's Jonathan Brownlee in the men's division, continues to lay down the marker for others to aspire to, the Canadian running clear of Helen Jenkins, another Brit, and fast finishing Frenchwoman Emmie Charayron to her fourth overall WCS title.

The news was not so good for fellow New Zealander Debbie Tanner though - after a steady swim Tanner struggled with her breathing on the bike, and clearly affected by the heavy pollen count in the Madrid air, Tanner withdrew on the second lap on the bike.