Spirig was instrumental in the Swiss team’s third-place finish in Friday’s World Triathlon mixed relay Olympic qualification event which earned them one of three quota spots.
London 2012 Olympic Games champion Nicola Spirig topped a successful weekend with the Swiss star racing to victory in the elite women’s race at the Lisbon World Triathlon Cup on Sunday.
The two-time Olympic medallist showed her class in the individual race beating a quality field finishing in a time of one hour, 59 minutes and five seconds (1:59:05), 12 seconds ahead of Ireland's Carolyn Hayes in second place. Kirsten Kasper of the United States earned the third place on the podium in a time of 1:59:39.
The United States’ Summer Rappaport was the first out of the water along with Ireland’s Chloe Pollard and Natalie van Coevorden of Australia. Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland of Great Britain was short on their heels with Spirig following almost a minute behind as they transitioned into the bicycle leg.
Leading the chase group, Spririg had the Netherland’s Rachel Klamer, and Italy’s Alice Betto for company on the 40km course.
Spirig managed to get in touch with the leading pack as they formed a long train of approximately 20 riders. She produced a cycling blitzed posting the fastest time of the leg to give her a fighting chance heading into the 10km run.
Hayes was the first out of the second transition and decided to make use of the advantage to push ahead of the field early on in the run. Holland, Spirig, Rappaport and Kasper kept Hayes within sights over the four laps.
Spirig was in fine form on the run leg clocking the fastest time which helped her reel in Hayes taking the lead with just over a kilometre left in the race. While Hayes conceded her place at the front of the field she managed to hold on to second place for the silver medal with Kasper finishing in third place.
1 Nicola Spirig (Switzerland) – 1:59:05
2 Carolyn Hayes (Ireland) – 1:59:17
3 Kirsten Kasper (United States) – 1:59:39
4 Jolanda Annen (Switzerland) – 1:59:55
5 Vicky Holland (Great Britain) – 1:59:56
6 Amelie Kretz (Canada) – 2:00:09
7 Alberte Kjær Pedersen (Denmark) – 2:00:21
8 Rachel Klamer (Netherlands) – 2:00:25
9 Summer Rappaport (United States) – 2:00:30
10 Lea Coninx (France) – 2:00:39