Thriller: O Triathlete Barbara Riveros Diaz Claims First-Ever Elite ITU World Title in Lausanne, Passes Four Triathletes in Last 400 Meters

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With one kilometer left, the race was all but done. And Barbara Riveros Diaz sat in fourth.

But Oakley’s Chilean speedster stunned the Triathlon world with an inspiring charge with 500 meters remaining, powering past previous leader Emma Jackson, Andrea Hewitt and Helen Jenkins all the way to a thrilling finish for her first-ever Elite ITU World Title at the Dextro Energy Triathlon Series round in Lausanne

Crossing the line in 58 minutes, 35 seconds, Barbara refused to let up in the final stretch, fighting off attacks by Jackson.

When the run dropped into action, Jenkins set the pace for the leading group, with Hewitt, Jackson, Barbara and Ashleigh Gentle rounding out the leaders pack.

The group remained constant until the last kilometer – when Gentle faded out of contention and the fight began between Barbara and Jackson.

The rest is history, as our Latin American standout became the Chilean triathlete to ever take an ITU World Championship title.

The victory also tallied her second Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series race title, after she won the season opener in Sydney on 2010, also in a sprint finish. She also sits in second place in the overall Women’s Rankings with 2,712 points.

Elite Women

1. Barbara Riveros Diaz
CHI 00:58:35
2. Emma Jackson
AUS 00:58:35
3. Andrea Hewitt
NZL 00:58:37
4. Helen Jenkins
GBR 00:58:40
5. Ashleigh Gentle
AUS 00:58:42
6. Gwen Jorgensen
USA 00:59:02
7. Sarah Groff
USA 00:59:06
8. Lisa Norden
SWE 00:59:07
9. Emmie Charayron
FRA 00:59:09
10. Felicity Abram
AUS 00:59:09

Rankings Women

1. Helen Jenkins
GBR 2913
2. Barbara Riveros Diaz
CHI 2712
3. Paula Findlay
CAN 2637
4. Andrea Hewitt
NZL 2636
5. Emma Jackson
AUS 2251
6. Sarah Groff
USA 2188
7. Emma Moffatt
AUS 2061
8. Gwen Jorgensen
USA 1802
9. Laura Bennett
USA 1681
10. Ai Ueda
JPN 1669

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

August 22, 2011