Oakley Takes Top Prize At Hy-Vee

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Oakley’s Tim Don of Great Britain, with a strong closing run, the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup Triathlon in Iowa, along with the sport’s largest winner’s check. Oakley’s Emma Snowsill took dominated the women’s event Sunday, winning in 1:59.35. Oakley’s Emma Moffatt finished second behind Snowsill. Oakley’s Kris Gemmell of New Zealand and Courtney Atkinson of Australia rounded out the men’s podium, taking second and third, respectively.

Don and Snowsill each pocketed $200,000.

Don broke away from the field at the start of the run to win in 1:50:20, four seconds ahead of Gemmell.

“This feels absolutely amazing,” Don said afterward. “I felt great at the start of the run and just tried to hang on for the whole thing. I was really hurting to hold them off at the end.”

Snowsill, the Olympic gold medalist in Beijing two years ago, crushed the field during the final two laps of the run and won by 16 seconds over Moffatt. It was the second win in Iowa for Snowsill, who also took home triathlon’s richest prize two years ago.

Snowsill came into T2 over a minute behind the leaders and then won by posting the day’s best run split of 34:05.

“I was angry about my position after the bike, so I used that aggression” Snowsill said. “I wanted to reel in as many girls as I could.”

Fellow Aussie Moffatt collected $50,000 for finishing second in the Olympic-distance race.

Author

Erin Edwards

Date

June 15, 2010