Dibens lands Pacific Islands Double title

26 March 2007

Team Bath Olympian Julie Dibens continued her terrific off-road triathlon campaign by winning the Tagaman Xterra event.

And that result, plus her second place in Saipan a week ago, meant Julie clinched the overall Pacific Islands Club Double award.

It also means she has two wins and a second place to her name from her last three Xterra triathlons.

Saturday’s Tagaman Xterra triathlon started just before dawn with a sea swim. Once against Julie showed her outstanding swimming strength by beating the whole field – including the men – out of the water at the end of the 2k swim.

Julie continued to lead the women’s field at the end of the 60k bike ride and then rounded off the event with a strong 15k run to cross the finishing line in three hours, four minutes and seven seconds.
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Julie, who bases her training at the University of Bath, dominated the Tagaman event, setting the fastest women’s times in each of the three triathlon disciplines and winning overall by the comparatively comfortable margin of more than 15 minutes from US athlete Jamie Whitmore.

Two weeks ago Julie won the Xterra Guam race and she followed that up by finishing runner-up in the Xterra Saipan race last weekend.

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