Michellie Jones with a knowing smile in the transition area prior to the start while Donna Peters looks on.
Mrs. T's Chicago Triathlon - Welch & Jones Dominate in Non-Drafting EventWe've been away from our reporting duties (for what now, a year?) but have mad a September resolution to try to get a "newsworthy" up every week! Can we do it? You'll soon see . . . Here's some old news from the Mrs. T's Chicago Triathlon back at the end of August (P.S. Yes, we know the images are a bit hurting due to the shade on the subjects - photography 101 - we're still learning):
In a men's and women's field that included four world champions each, the '99 version of the Mrs. T's Chicago Triathlon was sure to be hotly contested. In the end, Australians, Greg Welch and Michellie Jones kept contact with the best cyclists to out run their respective fields and serve notice just two weeks before Worlds in Montreal.
The non-drafting format didn't seem to phase Welch, who came out of the water trailing the lead group but able to make up the deficit in transition. He then stayed with a lead cycling group of 6-8 (including Spencer Smith, Miles Stewart, Chris McCormack, Chris Hill, and U.S. sensation, Hunter Kemper) from which he easily ran away. Hunter Kemper ended up in second place overall but won the U.S. men's professional National Championship by being the first American to cross the line. Spencer Smith finished a strong 3rd.
Jones was able to stay within a minute and a half of U.S. Olympic hopeful Barb Lindquist during the swim but it was the bike where Michellie showed her strength in catching the hard charging American. Coming into the bike to run transition with a small lead (perhaps 5 to 10 seconds), Jones put the rest of the field away with a blazing run split. Meanwhile Lindquist surprised a gutsy Joanna Zeiger with a sprint in the final 50 meters (after Joanna had caught and led Lindquist for over a mile toward the end of the run) to take the U.S. women's Professional National Championship.