France’s Jessica Harrison and Russia’s Dmitry Polyansky earned valuable ITU points by winning at the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup on Saturday.
France’s Jessica Harrison stormed to her first career ITU Triathlon World Cup title in Tongyeong today, a satisfying victory for the veteran who’s ITU career began in 1995. In this her 46th World Cup appearance, Harrison finally stood atop the podium.
“(The race) went as well as I could have expected,” said Harrison. “It feels pretty good, it’s been a long time coming, little by little I’ve been getting up the ladder and I hope that could be an inspiration for the girls who aren’t world beaters at (age) 18. With hard work and really concentrating on the details, you can get there in the end and I’m really happy.”
Ireland’s Aileen Morrison crossed the finish line 30 seconds behind Harrison to take silver, an outstanding performance just six days after racing in the gruelling World Cup in Huatulco, Mexico. Spain’s Zurine Rodriguez broke through for her first trip to a World Cup podium.
Russia’s Dmitry Polyansky continued his impressive late season surge with an emphatic victory at the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup, breaking the tape at 1 hour, 49 minutes and 33 seconds. Spain’s Jose Miguel Perez and Belgium’s Simon De Cuyper both broke through for the first World Cup podiums of their respective careers.
2011 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
1. Jessica Harrison (FRA) 2:00:41
2. Aileen Morrison (IRL) 2:01:09
3. Zurine Rodriguez (ESP) 2:01:18
4. Carole Peon (FRA) 2:01:29
5. Mariko Adachi (JPN) 2:01:48
1. Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:49:33
2. Jose Miguel Perez (ESP) 1:49:49
3. Simon De Cuyper (BEL) 1:49:52
4. Aurélien Raphael (FRA) 1:50:06
5. Min Ho Heo (KOR) 1:50:10