Dane Pedersen soars to victory in Huatulco
Denmark’s Alberte Kjaer Pedersen put on a superb performance on Saturday to win her first triathlon World Cup gold in Huatulco, Mexico, in the final women’s event of the Olympic qualifying period.
Pedersen clocked an overall time of 1:00:24 to finish ahead of American Kirsten Kasper (1:00:36) and Austria’s Lisa Perterer (1:00:37), who fought a close battle for the second place towards the end. .
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Kasper was the first out of the water in just under 10 minutes and was leading a field of 20 women on the bike, but lost ground to a dominant Pedersen in the race. The 22-year-old Dane changed gears in the final 2.5 kilometers to get away from her rivals.
“It was really fun racing here, it went really well,” said Pedersen, who overcame hot and humid conditions to secure the victory for the crucial points in the standings.
“My legs felt good and I felt comfortable and when I turned around I realized that there was no one nearby. I was injured for the start of the qualifying period for Tokyo. but who knows what might happen … I’ll keep my fingers crossed. “
Thirty-five athletes will compete in the women’s triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8, 26 of which are determined by individual world rankings.