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Jasmine Oeinck (left) earned her second career U23 silver medal at Sunday's World Championship in Vancouver.
Jasmine Oeinck (left) earned her second career U23 silver medal at Sunday's World Championship in Vancouver.
photo: Delly Carr / triathlon.org

Oeinck Gets Second U23 Silver Medal

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There must be something about the rain - or it could just be the World Championship stage - that motivates Jasmine Oeinck (Littleton, Colo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.). For the second-straight year Oeinck powered her way through dreary, wet conditions to earn a silver medal at the ITU U23 World Championship.

Last year in Hamburg, Oeinck went solo on the bike before being caught by Sweden's Lisa Norden on the run. This year, in front of the Canadian crowds in Vancouver, Oeinck had help from Switzerland's Daniela Ryf and South Africa's Mari Rabie. The trio separated themselves from the rest of the field early on the bike and left little doubt to who would stand atop the podium at race's end.

"It's great to finish off my U23 career with a bang. I just gave it my all out there" said Oeinck. "We were all working together on the front. It was fun to have those two other girls to work with. We just pushed it out of transition, kept going hard."

Justine Whipple (Duxbury, Mass.), the only other American in the women's U23 race, finished a strong sixth place after turning in the third-best run of the morning (behind Ryf and Oeinck).

Leading the women out of the water was Rabie, the reigning African champion, following closely by Oeinck, Inna Tsyganok of the Ukraine and Ryf. In the first of eight laps on the 40-kilometer bike course, Ryf, Rabie and Oeinck immediately formed the lead pack. The strong cycling group surged to a 49-second lead after the first lap. With a decent sized hill on the course, the trio was able to get away, continuing to add to the lead. After the 15 kilometers, the gap to the chase pack ballooned to 2:09, and then swelled to almost three minutes after the fifth lap. By the end of the bike, three chase packs came together in pursuit of the leaders.

"Yesterday I was so scared because it was so cold. I was freezing on the bike and tried to work hard with the girls to keep warm. Today it was push push because I was too scared I would freeze. When I started to run, I didn't feel my legs at all, I just ran," said Ryf.

By the time the leaders came off the bike, Rabie was first onto the 10-kilometer run course with a slim 6-second lead on Ryf. Oeinck struggled in T2 and had difficulty getting her helmet off with her numb fingers and left transition 22 seconds back of Rabie. "My hands got really cold and it was hard to shift [on the bike]," said Oeinck. "You had to keep blowing on your hands. But everyone had to deal with it."

The chase pack rode in 2:43 down but included a number of strong runners including Ukraine's Yuliya Sapunova and Renata Koch of Hungary, last year's under23 bronze medalist.

On the run Ryf immediately took command and opened a 23-second lead on Oeinck with Rabie a further ten seconds back. As the women took the bell lap victory for Ryf seemed inevitable while Oeinck was solid in the silver medal position. Ryf cruised to the finish line proudly waving the Swiss flag to win by a convincing 31-second margin of victory over Oeinck who came across for silver. Rabie was feeling pressure from Olesya Prystayko of the Ukraine but the South African managed to hang on for the bronze, to become the first from her continent to make the podium at the triathlon world championships. Prystayko came across in fourth place while Barbara Riveros Diaz of Chile finished in fifth place. In all it was a tough day for the women's field as only 19 women finished the race.

Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships, Canada
Under23 Women - Official Results

1.5km swim, 40km swim, 10km run

Gold - Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:09:30
Silver - Jasmine Oeinck (USA) 2:10:02
Bronze - Mari Rabie (RSA) 2:11:35
4th - Olesya Prystayko (UKR) 2:12:51
5th - Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 2:13:02
6th - Justine Whipple (USA) 2:13:08
7th - Yuliya Sapunova (UKR) 2:13:32
8th - Renata Koch (HUN) 2:13:55
9th - Sarah Fladung (GER) 2:14:25
10th - Kerry Spearing (CAN) 2:14:57

See more, including complete results, at the ITU website.

In the U23 men's race, American Ethan Brown pulled out of the race during the bike leg due to the adverse weather conditions.

Andrew Yoder, serving the role of domestique for Brown, opted to remove himself from the race after learning about Brown's condition. By the time Yoder received word that Brown's day was over, he had sacrificed his position to make the lead pack and conditions did not warrant the risk of an aggressive pursuit on the wet, technical course.

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