Australian Brad Kahlefeldt claimed his first ever ITU series win in Hamburg, Germany over the weekend, beating Great Britain’s William Clarke and Frenchman David Hauss who finished second and third, respectively. Meanwhile Australia’s Emma Moffatt led an all-Australian podium in the women’s race.
The men’s race was wide open with series leader Alistair Brownlee absent from the weekend’s action, and during the run a group including Clarke, Hauss, Javie Gomez, Joao Silva and Sebastian Rank looked likely to figure in the top three. Gomez tried to stamp his authority on the proceedings during the final three kilometres of the run but was caught by Kahlefeldt, Clarke and Hauss.
Kahlefeldt turned the power on in the last 20 metres to take the win in what was a blistering run leg in which the top four broke the 30-minute barrier.
Kahlefeldt said: “This is my eighth or ninth time in Hamburg and a bunch of podiums and fourth, fifth six, and I was thinking I’ve been so close, I can’t lose this. I got my first podium here in 2003 with Andrew Johns and Bevan Docherty, so I just thought about that and thought I couldn’t lose here, I just thought with a kilometre to go I’ve got to push it.”
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