New Zealand's Olympic triathletes have had a successful warm-up for the games in a fast and furious sprint race in Germany on Sunday morning (NZ time).
Double Olympic medallist Bevan Docherty was the best of the Kiwis in the latest round of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg, finishing 11th in 52 minutes and 11 seconds, Triathlon NZ said.
Olympic reserve Clark Ellice also raced well for 14th place in 52:17, while Wanaka's Tony Dodds finished 22nd in 52:36.
With just over two weeks until the Olympic triathlon in London, Docherty was pleased with his speed and strength over a shorter distance than he is used to.
"I'm happy with that. It's the first time I've raced a sprint event in a few years. I thought I'd get my butt kicked but I was pleasantly surprised," he said.
Fellow London-bound athletes Kris Gemmell and Ryan Sissons finished further down the field, but came through with no injuries.
Gemmell flew straight into Hamburg having spent the past few weeks training at altitude in Boulder, Colorado.
"Today was exactly what I was expecting to be honest. Coming straight off a plane from altitude my coach Chris Pilone told me not to really expect anything and just have a good blowout. For me, Hamburg wasn't my final key session, it was more just a means of coming to Europe and the race fit in well," Gemmell said.
Sissons had to settle for 40th place after suffering a puncture on the bike that cost him valuable time and energy.
Coach Greg Fraine said Hamburg was a good test of the Kiwis and he was pleased to see everyone come through without injury."Today was a really good test, there's nothing like a race to show where your preparation is at. The distance was ideal; a sprint is not overly stressful and means less likelihood of picking up an injury."
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