MOOLOOLABA, Australia (AP) — Australian Erin Densham won the win the ITU Mooloolaba World Cup triathlon Sunday, taking a slender lead in the swim and powering away in the final 5 kilometers of the run.
Densham finished in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 31 seconds, a 52-second gap over second-place Nicola Spirig of Switzerland in the Olympic qualifier.
Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand, who had won her last three triathlons, including the world championship final in Beijing, was third, another 6 seconds behind.
Beijing Olympic gold medalist Emma Snowsill withdraw because of illness. Snowsill, who flew in from her training base in South Africa on Wednesday, has been fighting a gastrointestinal virus since arriving back in Australia.