The first day of the first-ever Super-Sprint World Championships continued with the two women’s heats on Friday morning, the top 10 from each assured of a place in Saturday’s three-stage shoot-out for the gold, the remaining 40 into the evening repechage from which a further 10 progress to the WTCS Hamburg finale and a shot at the first Super-Sprint World titles.
The first heat saw Zsanett Bragmayer go out fast and hard, Vittoria Lopes likewise, and the Brazilian took to the front and stayed there, the pair making a useful early break that they took with them on the first lap of three on the bike. Behind them, Beth Potter had also had a good swim, Taylor Spivey tucked in behind her as they came up the ramp.
The front two had 10 seconds over the chasers after lap one and even stretched the advantage over the remaining 5km ride, but Lopes struggled in transition and the ever-efficient Bragmayer was away. The Brazilian was soon snaffled by the chasers, and 11 athletes were suddenly vying for the 9 spots available with the Hungarian looking safe up ahead.
Heat Two saw Gwen Jorgensen taking the left tunnel all alone and making the most of the clear water to have a solid swim and emerge just 14 seconds off leaders Cassandre Beaugrand, Kirsten Kasper and Brea Roderick (NZL).
The American was able to pick her way through towards Laura Lindemann and Sophie Linn ahead, all safely though and joined by Rachel Klamer and Ainsley Thorpe in the finals, Summer Rappaport struggling with her shoes in T2 and finishing 11th and heading to the repechage.
Full results can be found here.