Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tim Don scores big

British triathlete Tim Don enjoyed a massive payout after winning the Hy-Vee Elite Cup in the United States.

The 2006 world champion earned $200,000 (£136,388) after clinching the world's richest triathlon in one hour 50 minutes 20 seconds in Des Moines, Iowa.

Don, 32, finished four seconds ahead of New Zealand's Kris Gemmell with Australian Courtney Atkinson in third.

"This feels absolutely amazing. I was really hurting to hold them off at the end," Don said.

Britain's Helen Jenkins, the 2008 world champion, was third in the women's event, while in the men's race Will Clarke was sixth and Stuart Hayes was 31st.

Don, who ran a personal best of 28.56 at the Great Manchester 10k in May, added: "I felt great at the start of the run and just tried to hang on for the whole thing.

"I knew the guys were closing hard, but when I saw I still had 20 seconds heading into that last lap, I thought I could do it."

The Russian duo of Alexander Brukhankov and Dmitry Polyansky took an early lead in the swim as 66 men started this prestigious annual event.

Following the bike phase, Don built up a 20-second advantage after the first of four run laps, leaving Gemmell and Germany's Jan Frodeno with too much to do in the closing stages.

Jenkins, third at the recent World Championship Series race in Madrid, banked £17,000 after her efforts on Sunday.

Australia's Emma Snowshill, the Olympic champion, overturned a large deficit to finish top of the podium with a fine run ahead of team-mate Emma Moffatt.

Other Brits involved were Jodie Stimpson who was seventh, while Liz Blatchford secured a ninth position.

The races cap a successful two weeks for Britain's triathletes with world champion Alistair Brownlee storming to victory at the World Championship Series event in Madrid on 6 June in his first race back from a leg injury.

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