Monday, 8 September 2008

Sam Warriner wrestles with her demons, and wins in Scottish Super Eliminator (photo)

Press Release: Sam Warriner.
8th September 2008.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Sam Warriner would be on a well earned break from triathlon after her disappointing performance in Beijing just 3 weeks ago. But the woman of steel has been planning a comeback of biblical proportions since that sorry day in August.

Today Sam raced in the final round of the British Corus Elite Series and did exactly as her coach told her. The Scottish race was based around Strathclyde Park and the instructions from her coach were simple "exorcise those Beijing demons Sam, get all that anger out and then let's start looking forward".

And exorcise them she did, coming away with 2 wins in just 3 hours of racing.

The 'Super Eliminator' event saw competitors race in heats of 300 meters of swimming, 7 km's of cycling and 2.2 km's of running. The top 10 from each heat making it through to the final over the same distance.

The locals had their hopes pinned on World Junior Champion Kirsty McWilliam who was touted as being more suited to the shorter sprint distance than 37 year old Warriner. But the flying Kiwi had a battle all to herself planned and led her heat from start to finish putting paid to Scottish hopes early.

Sam's plan for the final was simple; to break away early on the bike and finally slay those demons but it wasn't to be. A group of five exited the swim together; Warriner, Christine Pilz (Germany), Jodie Swallow (GBR), Jodie Stimpson (GBR) and Kerry Lang (GBR). Sam had to be content with riding on the front for all but 100 meters of the 7 km bike when the young Stimpson dared pass her briefly before realising Sam was racing herself today and didn't intend anybody else getting in her way.

The run was a formality for the fast moving Kiwi, coming in ten seconds clear of Christine Pilz for her second win of the day.

Sam's immediate response after the finish:

"Now let's forget about Beijing and start thinking 2009"

"It was nice to be out and racing after the Olympics. I haven't really trained that much in the past couple of weeks, but I was so fit going into the Games that I've been able to stay competitive. Beijing was very disappointing for me as I was in the form of my life, but I just didn't show it on the day"

"I've done a lot of soul searching the past 3 weeks and it's not been pretty but I know exactly where I'm going now"

"I've got a lot more in me yet and don't intend to quit racing until my body starts to slow down and on the basis of today's result that could be some time"

Ben Visser of Auckland finished a worthy 10th in the mens final behind Will Clarke of Great Britain. Visser was happy with his result, he was placed well during the swim and bike, but faded from 7th starting the run leg to his final position of tenth.

Sam will be making a major announcement about her plans for 2009 later this week.


Sam Warriner and Will Clarke after winning the British Corus Elite Series Super Eliminator. Photo Courtesy www.samwarriner.co.nz

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