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Abu Dhabi International – Bronze

For me it was an awesome start to the new season – another top 3 finish in Abu Dhabi and back on the top of the world. I’m very happy and grateful with the race and almost a little proud of how I could implement my plan during the race (which is not always easy). We fought and attacked each other from the start to the finish line. No seconds were given away, for me it was a thrilling race like never happened before in a long distance triathlon for women … and I probably never enjoyed racing so much before.

After the 3km swim I found myself with the fast swimmers in the top group, we formed a group of 5 on the bike which led to several attacks in the last 40km where the group started to fall apart. I started the run leg in 3rd position, second place Angela Nath (CAN) within sight and fourth Melissa Rollison (AUS) breathing down my neck. Melissa is currently known as the strongest on the mid-distance races (70.3 world champion 2011). First I tried to get closer to Angela, which I almost did. Only 10sec separated us but somehow she must have heard me sneak up on her and she pushed the pace again a little harder. “Ok that was a no-go, better just watch out for Mel behind me” I thought. A look back and there she was already, the 70.3 world champion right behind me with her well-known powerful running style. Now it was up to me to put some pressure and bluff. I increased the pace in the hope to discourage Melissa. It worked! With a 30sec lead on the back I secured bronze.

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