The Press: Dodds and Samuels defeat international fields

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Tony Dodds and Nicky Samuels proved too strong for international fields at the Oceania Super Sprint Cup triathlon event at Pegasus at the weekend.

In the latest round of the national series, Dodds turned the tables in a sprint finish over great rival Ryan Sissons while Samuels backed up from her win at Takapuna a fortnight ago.

With racing in heats and final over a super sprint format, athletes had to come to terms with tactics as well as the fast-paced racing on a cold and blustery day.

Samuels was pleased with another solid performance.

“My plan was to see how the group formed on the bike to see if it was worth attacking. I came here to find out what needs work, and my run is not quite there yet, but I knew I could run strong. The super-sprint is an exciting format, and while it was a shame we didn’t have the full semi-finals, it is good to do something different.”

Dodds edged Sissons in a photo finish in the men’s race.

“The semifinal today took more toll than I’d imagined going out for the final, and I decided to sit in the bunch. I burnt some matches closing the gap early in the run. The two-race format is good, as it makes you think about racing smart.”

Men: Tony Dodds (Wanaka) 25:47 minutes 1, Ryan Sissons (Auckland) 25:47 2, Martin van Barneveld (Wellington) 25:58 3.
Women: Nicky Samuels (Wanaka) 29:04 1, Maaike Caelers (Netherlands) 29:24 2, Sophie Corbidge (Auckland) 30:04 3.

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