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Thursday, July 05, 2018
Hawley To Compete in Hungary World Cup

The ninth stop on the 2018 ITU World Cup circuit marks the return of the home of Hungarian Triathlon, Tiszaujvaros, for two days of racing that bring with them the added excitement of the semi-final and final format.

After a strong WTS Leeds display saw her leading through T2 before eventually finishing in 12th, Britain’s Sophie Coldwell will be eager to build on that performance with a World Cup podium place in Hungary. The Great Britain team also sees Lucy Hall and India Lee gunning for gold and all three should be well placed out of the water to make a push for the podium.

Bermuda’s Erica Hawley is also registered to compete.

The USA’s explosive young talent Taylor Knibb should be well suited to the sprint-distance format, while teammate Chelsea Burns would certainly love to land her first top-three finish since Huelva last year. 

Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat should never be ruled out of a list of gold-medal contenders, and was victorious in Chengdu back in May, the only other World Cup event to adopt the semi-final / final format.

Third in Cape Town in February, Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmeyer will be buoyed by the crowds as she goes for a first-ever Tiszy podium place. Even more hungry for that medal will be teammate Zsofia Kovacs who twice felt the disappointment of missing out by just one place, in 2014 and 2015.

Austria’s Lisa Perterer enjoyed a successful June with a win in Cagliari followed by fourth place in Huatulco, and will be eyeing up another medal in Tiszy, while compatriot Julia Hauser is due another big performance having struggled for form since coming third in Sarasota nine months ago. Japan’s Juri Ide emerged as the winner from that race in Florida but, following a series of consistent if unspectacular showings, she will need to produce her very best to be a contender in Tiszy this time around.

The top nine athletes from each semi-final, plus the three next-best times, will make it to Sunday’s final.
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