Switzerland's Florin Salvisberg won his first World Cup race last weekend in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, while Katie Hursey delivered another controlled performance to claim gold in the women's race, making it back-to-back wins for the US athlete.
After emerging from the water nestled among the leaders, U23 European Champion Salvisberg maintained his momentum to post a time of 53:46mins for the sprint-distance course (750m swim/20km run/5km bike) – 8secs ahead of Francesc Godoy (ESP) and 12secs ahead of Frederic Belaubre (FRA).
Salvisberg enthused: “I feel great it’s so cool to win here, it’s awesome. This year is really going well, I have the run that I didn’t have last year and I feel great. We worked really well together, we had a good group yesterday and today too. The Americans worked very hard."
In the women's final, Hursey ran a tactical race and bided her time in the chase group before exploding on the run to take victory with a time of 1:00:25. Following her to the finish line were Aileen Reid (IRL) with 1:00:52 and Austria's Sara Vilic (representing ITU) with 1:00:58.
Describing herself as "elated", Hursey said: “To win a World Cup is pretty cool but to win two…I’m so happy right now. Once I got on the right bike path I was quite confident. We had enough of a gap yesterday to take it easy so I always felt confident. I just picked one person off at a time and was able to hold it and stay controlled and it worked out.”