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Triathlon comes to town

17 Mar 06 21:05
 Australian Peter Robinson keen to rain on Kiwi's parade on home turf.

Australian Peter Robinson keen
to rain on Kiwi's parade on home

The Kiwi’s have come to town with high expectations and medal aspirations in the Triathlon.

New Zealander’s Hamish Carter, Bevan Docherty, and Kris Gemmell, are all ranked in the world’s top 10, and are all capable of medals in one of the most gruelling of events of the Games.

Carter has been highly ranked for over a decade and is the current Olympic champion, and the silver medallist from Manchester. Undoubtedly he is the man to watch in this event.

But they are not without competition, with the reigning world champion, Australian Peter Robinson, the holder of three world championships is highly ranked and on home turf. Robinson will be joined at the St. Kilda start by the world’s number one Brad Kahlefeldt, who will be competing in his first Commonwealth Games.

The men can expect some stiff competition from England’s Timothy Don, ranked at number three in the world.   

In the Women’s event, Australian Emma Snowsill will start as the hot favourite.

Snowsill is ranked is ranked second in the world after winning the world championships in Japan late last year. She will be joined by Annabel Luxford whose strength in the bicycle leg is well known.

Canadians, English and New Zealanders will all be chasing medals, with former world champion Andrea Whitcombe of England leading this pack.

Whitcombe is competing in her second Games, but unusually in a different sport. At the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998 she rode in the 5000 metre cycling event and collected a silver medal for her efforts.

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