Luxford and Gemmell shine in Gamagori

By World Triathlon Admin | 26 Sep, 2004

Luxford and Gemmell Win Gamagori Triathlon World

Gamagori, Japan: For immediate release: Nicole Hackett of    Australia took an early lead in the 2 lap, 1500m swim with Laura Reback of    the USA and Annabel Luxford of Australia a few seconds behind. By the    swim to bike transition Hackett had a 2 second lead over Luxford and Reback    and the current World Cup leader, Anja Dittmer of Germany.

The quartet linked up and immediately began to work like a well-oiled machine.    By the end of the first lap of the six lap, 40km bike, they had a 45 second    lead over Maxine Seear of Australia who was alone trying to bridge to the    leaders. The large chase pack was already 1:53 back at this point and    was led by Japans Maki Shimomura and Michelle Dillon of Great Britain,    one of the best runners in the sport. But, with a 1:53 deficit after    10km on the bike, the odds of them catching the leaders was already disappearing.

Laura Reback dropped off the pace after the first lap as Luxford, Dittmer    and Hackett formed a tight trio at the front. Maxine Seear, winner of    the Ishigaki World Cup, was closing in on Reback and the leaders at the front.

At the 20km mark, Anja Dittmer was at the lead of the trio at the front as    they charged past the stadium, with Nicole Hackett and Annabel Luxford tucked    in behind. Maxine Seear had closed in on Reback and was just 7 seconds    back, but they were over 2 minutes behind the leaders. The large pack    was almost 3 minutes behind the leaders, which lead to speculation that the    trio at the front would be the podium.

The chase pack led by Michelle Dillon caught Seear and Reback on the 4th    lap and they pulled some time out of the leaders, but not enough to make a    difference to the final results.

Nicole Hackett, in her first World Cup event of the season after taking time    off to have a family, was the first through the bike to run transition and    onto the 3 lap, 10km final run leg. Luxford and Dittmer were just seconds    behind the 2000 World Champion.

Maki Shimomura was the first of the chase group through T2, but a formidable    3:05 back, with Debbie Tanner of New Zealand and Michelle Dillon on her heels.

Annabel Luxford, who has stood on many podium steps this season except the    one at the top, took control of the run on the first lap as she gave notice    to the others that this was her day.

By the 5km mark, the young Australian at the front had a commanding lead    over the World Cup leader Anja Dittmer and Nicole Hackett. 24 seconds    separated the leader from the chase pair as they did a see-saw battle for    2nd and 3rd. . Michelle Dillon ate up the run course making up 30    seconds on the first lap, but time had run out on any hopes that she had about    catching the leaders.

Luxford romped home for the win in the shadow of the giant Ferris wheel,    with resounding cheers from the fans around the stadium. Dittmer out-dueled    Hackett for 2nd. Michelle Dillon had the fasters run split of the day    at 35:12 to take 4th and Maxine Seear was 5th.

Anja Dittmer retained her lead in the World Cup, and it will take the final    2 World Cup events in Cancun and Rio to determine this years winner.

Elite Men

In the mens event, it was Steffen Justus and Jan Frodeno, both part    of the new wave of young German athletes, who took an early lead in the swim,    with Australias Courtney Atkinson and Japans Tsukasa Hirano    close behind.

By the swim exit Andreas Raelert of Germany had moved up behind Justus who    was the first through transition and onto the bike.

The 5 lap bike included a short but very challenging climb up to a giant    gold Buddha at the top of the hill. Ryosuke Yamamoto of Japan delighted    the home-country fans by breaking away from the large pack the first time    up the hill and by the second lap he had created a gap of 24 seconds. Seth    Wealing of the USA, Kris Gemmell of New Zealand and Steffen Justus fought    at the front of the big chase pack and pulled Yamamoto back to 12 seconds    by the end of the 3rd lap.

Gemmell and Raelert took advantage of the moment when the large pack relaxed    after catching Yamamoto on the 4th lap to make a second break, and by the    start of the bell lap they had a 52 second lead over the chase group which    was led by Matt Reed of the USA and Stuart Hayes of Great Britain.

Raelert and Gemmell maintained their 50 second lead on the chase pack and    enjoyed a clear transition, as Matt Reed and Stuart Hayes broke from the chase    pack on the last lap and entered transition with a 40 second window before    the big group arrived.

Raelert was the first one onto the run course, with Kris Gemmell 1 second    behind. Reed and Hayes were just over 50 seconds back at this point. At    the end of the 1st lap Dimitri Gaag of Kazakhstan, Bryce Quirk of Australia,    and Sebastien Dehmer of Germany who suffered a 1:46 deficit after the bike    had made up an incredible 35 seconds. Gaag dropped Dehmer and Quirk on    the 2nd lap to close to within 37 seconds of the leaders. Reed also dropped    off the pace as Gemmell and Raelert continued to run shoulder to shoulder    at the front, with Hayes within striking distance of the leader.

At the bell lap, the drama at the front was driving the large crowd that    lined the course into a frenzy. Stuart Hayes took the lead from Gemmell    and Raelert, as Gaag closed in on the leaders.

Kris Gemmell, who stood on the sidelines watching his team and training mates    win gold and silver in Athens a month ago, was the one who dug deeper than    the rest to take the win his first ever in World Cup events. Dimitri    Gaag, with the fastest run split of the day out sprinted Stuart Hayes for    second and took a strangle hold on the lead of the World Cup Series. German    team-mates Andreas Raelert and Sebastien Dehmer rounded out the top 5.

After the event, ITU President Les McDonald congratulated the Japan Triathlon    Union and organisers of the Gamagori World Cup. With some fine    tuning, this venue will make for a spectacular World Championships for elite,    under 23 and junior in 2005. The addition of the hill around the Buddha    and the new venue at Laguna Gamagori has made this one of the most interesting    events on the circuit.

Please visit for complete results, photos and updated    World Cup Rankings. For high resolution photos please contact ITU Media    at:

World Cup action takes a few weeks off before resuming in Cancun, Mexico    on 31 October, then its on to the World Cup finale in Rio on 7 November.

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Related Event: 2004 Gamagori ITU Triathlon World Cup
26 Sep, 2004 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Kris Gemmell NZL 01:58:06
2. Dmitriy Gaag KAZ 01:58:10
3. Stuart Hayes GBR 01:58:14
4. Andreas Raelert GER 01:58:21
5. Sebastian Dehmer GER 01:58:31
6. Bryce Quirk AUS 01:59:01
7. Brad Kahlefeldt AUS 01:59:11
8. Victor Plata USA 01:59:15
9. Jan Frodeno GER 01:59:21
10. Kuniaki Takahama JPN 01:59:22
Results: Elite Women
1. Annabel Luxford AUS 02:09:24
2. Anja Dittmer GER 02:09:51
3. Nicole Hackett AUS 02:10:11
4. Michelle Dillon GBR 02:11:17
5. Maxine Seear AUS 02:11:58
6. Akiko Sekine JPN 02:12:30
7. Ai Ueda JPN 02:12:52
8. Misato Takagi JPN 02:14:55
9. Laura Bennett USA 02:15:33
10. Miyuki Biwata JPN 02:16:07
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