Denmark’s Rasmus Henning and Australian athlete Michelle Jones were the winners of the men’s and women’s triathlon world cup in Athens on Saturday with times of 1:52:41.93 and 2:06:47.02, respectively. The men’s race was particularly close, with Henning declared the winner in the photo finish with a lead of just 0.03 seconds.
The ITU World Cup also doubled as a test event for the triathlon during the Athens Olympics in August. The athletes taking part described the route as challenging and praised the organisers on a job well done overall, though some noted the need for a feeding point during the cycling route and others said they would have liked to have seen more spectators.
Saturday’s event, held for the first time in Greece, was used by local organizers to test preparations – including technology, security and doping control – for next year’s games.
“We are very satisfied on an organizational level,” said chief Athens 2004 organizer Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, who handed out the medals.
The coordinating President of the International Olympics Organizing Committee, Denis Oswald expressed his satisfaction over the course of the Olympics projects following the examination of the venues that took place by the committee’s delegation. Mr. Oswald, however, pointed out that time is running short.