World Championships – Lausanne 2006

Post race press release.

Today in Lausanne, Switzerland, Aussie Emma Snowsill made triathlon history by becoming the first woman to win three world championship titles. In a blistering time of 2:04:03 on a very tough course, Snowsill managed to triumph over her closest rival Vanessa Fernandes from Portugal by a staggering 45 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Snowsill’s team mate Felicity Abram who finished a further 27 seconds back.

“I’m pretty gob-smacked. I really didn’t think today would be my day,” stated an ecstatic Snowsill. “I’ve been feeling really out of sorts this past week and I have not been myself. I had no expectations for today. Just to go out and see what I had.”

Snowsill trailed the lead group including Fernandes after the first lap of the swim by almost 20 seconds, leaving the thought that the battle between these to super-stars would not be so. However, Snowsill did manage to pull herself back to the front of the group on the second swim lap and it was in a large group out on the 7-lap bike course. This group contained the likes of three-time medal winner Laura Bennett from United States, local Swiss athlete Magali Dimarco Messmer, Samantha Warriner and Andrea Hewitt from New Zealand, Lauren Groves from Canada and recent world cup winner Joelle Franzmann from Germany and fifteen other athletes.

This large group stayed together for the entire 40 kilometre bike increasing their lead to almost 3 minutes heading out on the run.

Fernandes went quickly off the front during the first kilometre of the run in hopes to break Snowsill and the rest of the pack. The strategy partially worked as many women were dropped immediately including Snowsill. Snowsill, however, quickly found her form and managed to catch Fernandes before the end of the first lap. These two dynamic runners were together for only a few moments until Snowsill notched it up a gear and Fernandes was unable to respond. Snowsill consistently put time into the Fernandes and the rest of the pack over the next three laps.

Many people questioned whether Snowsill was in good enough shape to win a third world championships title but she proved all doubters wrong on this sunny afternoon. It was Snowsill all the way as she even had time to thank some of the 60,000 spectators that lined the course and finish line as she cruised through the finish tape.

“I ran like I had nothing to lose. I just had to go out and leave nothing behind,” stated Snowsill on her history-making performance.