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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Emma Robinson Cruises To Victory In State Capital Classic
Robinson, who won the 5 km New Zealand open water national title earlier this month, pulled away right from the start, immediately deflating the expected head-to-head battle with the national 10km open-water champion Grace Somerville who finished 5th.
“It’s really cool to win my home race,” Robinson said. “Swimming against the wind and chop was challenging, but from the turn in when the conditions were behind us, I actually enjoyed it. I’m really pleased to get my first win as it puts me in contention for overall honours for the series.”
Robinson joins Charlotte Webby and Paige Schendelaar-Kemp as winners so far in this year's series. Both Webby and Schendelaar-Kemp opted not to swim this round of the series, opening up the way from Robinson.
Today’s race in Wellington was held in windy and choppy conditions, forcing race director Scott Rice to make a late change to the course. “With Met Service forecasting a strong northerly gusting up to 40 knots, we had to use our 2km contingency course today,” he explained. “So while those hoping to swim 3.3 km today didn’t get to do it, the safety of the swimmers is paramount."
Race four in the six race series is the State Le Grande Swim in Akaroa on February 22nd. The final two races in the series are the State Sand to Surf in Mount Maunganui on March 22nd and the State King of the Bays on Auckland’s North Shore on April 12th.
2013 Capital Classic Results:
1. Emma Robinson (Wellington) 22:38
2. Josie Kozyniak (Wellington) 22:55 (+0:16
3. Courtney Carson (Lower Hutt) 22:56 (+0:17
4. Nikki Chapman (Wellington) 24:18 (+1:40
5. Grace Somerville (Ashburton) 24:31 (+1:53)
2013/2014 Series Standings:
1. Emma Robinson 196.71
2. Paige Schendelaar-Kemp 196.61
3. Courtney Carson 196.17
4. Liana Smith 191.84
5. Grace Somerville 191.07
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