Women’s Olympic Triathlon results 2012

On August 4, 2012 over fifty of the best female Olympic Distance triathletes on the planet will be fighting it out on the blistering fast London Olympic Triathlon course for three podium spots.

The 1500 swim takes place in the Serpentine and as is the case with most Olympic Games triathlons, the swim could well play a huge roll in what anthem will be playing at the medal ceremony.

This will be especially true in London as the over-distance 43k bike course does not really have enough steep inclines to allow trailing cyclists to catch up if they are not with the lead pack coming out of the water.

With a relatively flat bike course and a super-fast and flat run course it is pretty well a certainty that the three podium finishers will be in the lead group of cyclists.

START LIST

Chile.......................RIVEROS DIAZ Barbara
Austria.....................PERTERER Lisa
Netherlands.................CAELERS Maaike
Netherlands.................KLAMER Rachel
Mexico......................RIVAS Claudia
Hungary.....................KOVACS Zsofia
Mauritius...................ST LOUIS Fabienne
Great Britain...............HALL Lucy
Great Britain...............HOLLAND Vicky
Great Britain...............JENKINS Helen
France......................CHARAYRON Emmie
France......................HARRISON Jessica
France......................PEON Carole
Japan.......................ADACHI Mariko
Japan.......................IDE Juri
Japan.......................UEDA Ai
Denmark.....................FREDERIKSEN Helle
Denmark.....................JENSEN Line
Sweden.......................NORDEN Lisa
Germany......................BAZLEN Svenja
Germany......................DITTMER Anja
Germany......................HAUG Anne
People's Republic of China...ZHANG Yi
Australia....................DENSHAM Erin
Australia....................JACKSON Emma
Australia....................MOFFATT Emma
Ireland......................MORRISON Aileen
Italy........................MAZZETTI Annamaria
Czech Republic...............FRINTOVA Vendula
Czech Republic...............VODICKOVA Radka
New Zealand..................HEWITT Andrea
New Zealand..................McILROY Kate
New Zealand..................SAMUELS Nicky
Belgium......................VERSTUYFT Katrien
Bermuda......................DUFFY Flora
Ukraine......................YELISTRATOVA Yuliya
Ecuador......................BRAVO INIGUEZ Elizabeth
Slovenia.....................SIMIC Mateja
Russian......................Federation ABYSOVA Irina
Russian Federation...........RAZARENOVA Alexandra
Switzerland..................RYF Daniela
Switzerland..................SPIRIG Nicola
Spain........................DAMLAIMCOURT Marina
Spain........................MURUA Ainhoa
Spain........................RODRIGUEZ Zurine
South Africa.................ROBERTS Kate
South Africa.................SANDERS Gillian
Brazil.......................OLIVEIRA Pamela
Poland.......................CZESNIK Maria
Poland.......................JERZYK Agnieszka
United States of America.....BENNETT Laura
United States of America.....GROFF Sarah
United States of America.....JORGENSEN Gwen
Canada.......................FINDLAY Paula
Canada.......................TREMBLAY Kathy

Here are the top five in the current WCS rankings.

(1)Andrea Hewitt.........New Zealand
(2)Helen Jenkins.........Great Britain
(3)Emma Moffat...........Australia
(4)Nicola Spirig.........Switzerland
(5)Laura Bennet..........Unites States

Helen Jenkins of Great Britain will be under immense pressure to do well with the home crowd cheering her around every step of the way on the Hyde Park run course.

Yet often it is someone who is flying under the radar who comes seemingly out of nowhere to take the prize.

To those in the know there is a name missing from the top five list who under different circumstances would most certainly be there.

2012 women's olypic triathlon results

Paula Findlay in the Kelowna Apple Triathlon 2011-image by the author


After battling injuries for the past year Findlay has not had the opportunity to race herself into shape.

She has not raced for almost ten months and that will not help her chances as many of the top women have raced six of seven times over that time-frame.

Unfortunately Canada is not one of the eight countries who has a full complement of three athletes qualify for the Olympics. With all the drafting that goes on in the swim and bike it sure helps to have someone pave the way for you.

It seems that Paula Findlay is out there on her own without the support she truly needs in what is sure to be a very challenging Olympic Triathlon for her. It’s almost like she is the forgotten athlete when she needs the support the most.

One thing is for certain. Paula Findlay is a true competitor and you just know she will leave it all out on the course regardless of the outcome.

Kathy Tremblay of Quebec is the other Canadian entry and is the only other Canadian female triathlete to meet the qualifying standards.

The two Emma’s, Jackson and Moffat and Erin Densham of Australia appear to have the strongest all-around team and will most certainly be a serious medal threat. Densham has been nothing short of spectacular since overcoming serious life-threatening health issues.

Despite the fact that Emma Moffat ranks in the top five, Densham may be the most serious Australian threat.

RACE DAY

The water temperature is 19c as the women dive into the water for the 1500 meter swim.

2012 Women's Olympic Triathlon results

Bike transition area- image from triathlon.org


Lucy Hall is the obvious domestique for Helen Jenkins and will do her best to protect Jenkins as far as creating a draft in the swim and the bike.

Nicola Spirig is considered to be the best cyclists among all the women and being close to her could be a key when they leave the swim/bike transition.

Half-way through the swim there is a break of about six swimmers from the main pack. Lucy Hall is leading the way early and most likely she is doing her job and will be waiting to help Helen Jenkins when Jenkins gets out of the water.

Lucy Hall is first out of the water and the first group of six leading on the bike course include Laura Bennett and Line Jensen. The group becomes five when Pamela Oliveira crashes and falls behind.

Many of the favorites are about 25 seconds back of the lead cyclists. Tremblay and Findlay seem to have missed the main chase group and that is not good news as it can be very difficult to make up ground when you miss the group being led by super-cyclist Nicola Spirig.

Findlay is 1:30 back of the leader after the first lap on the bike.

The lead pack has been swallowed up by the first chase group and now there are about 22 of them at the front. Densham, Groff, Bennett, and Jenkins are in that lead pack.

Plenty of accidents and Emma Moffatt out of the race as well now.

There is one main pack at the front, a first chase pack about 1:25 back and Paula Findlay is in a second chase pack that is 2:30 back.

Still like Erin Densham of Australia to make the podium and possibly strike gold here as she has been on fire this season. Some great triathletes in the lead group and it should be a pretty amazing 10k run.

The lead pack is down to 22 as they head into the fifth lap and they keep extending the lead over the first chase group. It is getting to the point where the three podium spots will come out of the lead group.

Paul Findlay will not be on the podium as she has fallen almost four minutes back and Kathy Tremblay has withdrawn from the race.

Lucy Hall is doing a great job of helping out Helen Jenkins. It was actually the Canadian men’s team in Beijing who first used the domestique system in the Olympic Triathlon and it helped keep Simon Whitfield close enough to the front that he won the silver medal.

Early on in the run it is Helen Jenkins, Erin Densham, Nicola Spirig, Laura Bennett, Lisa Norden, Ainhoa Murua and Sarah Groff among the lead pack. Anja Dittmer of Germany is also with the lead pack and she is the oldest entry in the race.

Emma Jackson is dropping off the pace and the only hope now for Australia to make the podium is Erin Densham as Emma Moffatt dropped out of the race in the bike.

And then there were five.

Groff, Norden, Densham, Jenkins, and Spirig are left to fight it out at the front.

Nicola Spirig has a great sprint as does Lisa Norden so expect a charge from them in the final few hundred meters.

Sarah Groff has had an incredible race as she caught up to the four leaders in the last lap after being off the pace for much of the run.

Jenkins has been dropped from the lead group of five.

battle scars from Women's Olympic Triathlon results 2012

There were lots of bike crashes in the race-triathlon.org image


Who will it be? It’s going to be a sprint to the finish. Sarah Groff has been dropped.

Wow! Spirig appears to have taken the gold medal by less than a tenth of a second over Lisa Norden but it is being called a photo finish to make it official. Erin Densham takes the bronze medal.

It is official…

Nicola Spirig wins the gold, Lisa Norden the silver, and Erin Densham the bronze.

Sarah Groff was amazing with her fourth place finish. It took a lot out of her to catch the lead pack and she just could not go with them in the final kilometer.

Paula Findlay finished far back, but at 23-years-old she is just starting her career and hopefully she will be setting her sights on the next Olympic Games four years down the road.

TOP TEN FINISHERS

Nicola Spirig..............1:59:48
Lisa Norden................1:59:48.1(1-100th of a second)
Erin Densham...............0.02
Sarah Groff................0.12
Helen Jenkins..............0.31
Andrea Hewitt..............0.48
Ainhoa Murua...............1.08
Emma Jackson...............1:28
Jessica Harrison...........1:34
Kate Mcilroy...............1:40

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