The women’s triathlon team showed their dominance today in the relay event with a gold medal performance.
The race consists of three athletes, all of whom complete a 250m swim, a 6.6km bike and a 1.4km run, with the last runner doing 1.6km to the finish line.
The lead racer for Team BC was Hannah Henry (Victoria), the silver medalist from the individual sprint event earlier in the week. She was behind coming out of the water but worked on the bike to close the gap and took the lead in the run to hand off to the gold medalist from the individual event, Desirae Ridenour (Cowichan Bay).
Ridenour led start to finish and by the time she tagged off to anchor Holly Henry had built the lead even further. It was smooth sailing as Holly, who had mechanical issues on the bike in the individual event, widened the gap and finished in first place with a two minute and 14 second lead over the silver medalists Team Manitoba.
Hannah Henry (Victoria)
On her feelings going into the race
“We were ranked number one coming in so we were pretty confident.”
Desirae Ridenour (Cowichan Bay)
On starting the second leg in first place
“I just really wanted to build the lead so Holly would have some space just in case.”
Holly Henry (Victoria)
On coming into the finish line with her teammates cheering her on.
“I was just thinking how hard we have worked and I was so happy that we could put it all together.
The final event for triathlon is the mixed relay on Friday.