Laura Lindemann and Tim Hellwig both celebrated debut victories in the World Triathlon Championships Series at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon today, making it the first German double victory in the series. Lindemann won the women’s race ahead of Nicole Van Der Kaay from New Zealand and Summer Rappaport from the USA. Hellwig secured victory in a thrilling sprint to the finish ahead of Frenchmen Paul Georgenthum and Leo Bergere. The races were held over the sprint distance (750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, 5-kilometre run).
“I’m just super happy and immensely pleased with this victory. It was the perfect race for me. The swim went very well, the bike went well and I felt really good on the run, especially on the second lap. I knew then that I could do it today,” Lindemann rejoiced at the finish.
“There is no better place in the world than here in Hamburg to win my first WTCS race. It’s such a special feeling with all the spectators who came today. It just feels great. Yesterday I was still watching the 2019 sprint finish here in Hamburg and at the end I told myself not to sprint too early. And I think I timed it perfectly,” said Hellwig during the winner’s interview.
Priester finishes fourth, Gomez-Islinger in sixth place
n addition to Lindemann and Hellwig, other German top placings were also achieved. After his first World Cup victory last week, Lasse Priester put in another strong performance in his debut in the WTCS and just missed the podium, finishing in fourth place.
“At first you are a bit disappointed when you miss the podium by such a small margin. But it’s all good, tonight I’m sure to be really happy about it and I know how important it is. The whole German team delivered today. We said beforehand that we wanted to make a good impression and I think we did that well,” says Priester.
In the women’s race Marlene Gomez-Islinger was again impressive after her fifth place in the World Cup last week. After a strong swim she stayed in the leading group for the entire race and secured sixth place with a strong run performance.
All the other German starters made it into the top twenty: Anabel Knoll in 11th, Nina Eim in 16th, Lisa Tertsch in 17th, Lena Meißner in 19th and Annika Koch in 20th.
The men also put in an impressive team performance: Lasse Lührs finished 13th, Jonas Breinlinger was 15th, Simon Henseleit 24th, Jonas Schomburg 26th, Valentin Wernz 27th and Johannes Vogel 34th.
This article was submitted by: Eva Werthmann