Sweetland eighth in Yokohama
Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland returned to the ITU World Championship Triathlon Series
Recovering from injury, Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland made her return to the ITU World Championship Triathlon Series to finish eighth (1:56:51) in Yokohama, Japan. “I struggled! ITU racing is harder than it looks. I have always done these while in top condition and never really appreciated how hard it is,” confessed Sweetland. “Overall I was really happy with my race. To be in contact with the leaders with the (limited) training I have done was really really exciting for me.” Sweden’s Lisa Norden won the hot and humid race in a sprint finish (1:55:56) ahead of New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt (1:56:00) and Japan’s Jure Ide (1:56:03). Germany’s Jan Frodeno won the men’s race (1:44:31). In second and third were New Zealand’s Kris Gemmell (1:44:49), and Spain’s Javier Gomez (1:44:52).