Australia's Emma Snowsill runs away with gold!
Canada's Groves breaks elbow during triathlon
August 18, 2008
BEIJING - Canadian Lauren Groves broke a bone in her left elbow after crashing during Monday’s
women’s triathlon at the Beijing Olympics.
The Vancouver native was in a small group chasing the lead pack when one of the other
cyclists went down in front of her and several of them tumbled to the ground.
"I was in shock at first," said Groves. “I don’t remember much but the girl in front of me crashing and then looking and seeing bikes everywhere. I stood up and immediately started to cry — I
couldn’t move my elbow.
"There is nothing worse than not finishing. I wouldn’t have cared if I
finished last with a broken arm. But I needed another arm to climb those hills
Carolyn Murray of St-Albert, Alta., finished 29th, while Montreal’s Kathy
Tremblay was 31st in the race won by Emma Snowsill of Australia.
“I was prepared for the heat in the run and bike but not the water, which
was really warm and that told the day for me,”
Olympics and it is supposed to be tough.
“I think that’s why the feeling of accomplishment must be so much greater
for those who are on the podium today.”
Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal won the silver, and Emma Moffatt of
line about 20 seconds later for the bronze.
Four years ago, Australia's Loretta Harrop ran alone for over a half-hour before being passed only a few
seconds away from the finish by Kate Allen. This year, Snowsill had time to
grab a flag, pull up and wave for a bit before strolling across.
Snowsill, ranked No. 3 in the world, was the world champion in 2003, 2005
and 2006. She’s a nine-time World Cup winner.