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Sven Riederer
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Bennett and Riederer qualify for the Olympics!

13. May 2012

The Olympic BMC triathletes had great performances this weekend: During the second run of the World Championship Series in San Diego (USA), Laura Bennett qualified for the Olympics with third place while Sven Riederer also qualified with second place.
Things were serious for Laura Bennett last Friday: After she missed the first opportunity for a direct qualification in August last year as part of the WCS race in London, she had to finish in the top 9 in San Diego and at the same time cross the finish line as the first female US athlete. It was already clear from the start that it would come down to a duel between Laura Bennett and Sarah Haskins, who were estimated to have about equal strength. After a fast swim leg, a small group was able to take a decisive lead over the rest of the field on the bike, including not only Bennett but also Haskins. Bennett completed the first kilometers of the run with Haskins on her tail, but then the BMC athlete upped her speed and secured her second consecutive participation in the Olympic Games with a strong third place. In the race on Friday, Bennett proved that she is not only capable of withstanding enormous pressure, but that she can also transform meticulous preparation into a top result when the day comes. Bennett was beaten only by last year's World Champion from England, Helen Jenkins, as well as the Australian high achiever from this season, Erin Densham. The American athlete has once again proven that she is a force to be reckoned with at such an important occasion as the Olympic Games and after a fourth place finish in Beijing in 2008, it should be enough for some precious metal this time.

Riederer shines
The Swiss top athlete Sven Riederer already overcame the first hurdle in the qualification criteria last year. The National Olympic Committee required confirmation of this performance, however, with a top 15 finish in a WCS race in Sydney, San Diego or Madrid. Riederer gave a top performance at his WCS season start and silenced his critics who put him through the wringer following his poor finish in the European Championships in Eliat (ISR) two weeks ago. Riederer finished in second place behind the high achiever Jonathan Brownlee from Great Britain, and in doing so he neared the magical limit of 30 minutes for a distance of 10 kilometers. The Bronze medal winner in Athens in 2004 and fourth place finalist in the World Championship last year is also among one of the elite group of favorites in London.

Schildknecht once again Swiss Duathlon Champion
As part of the Swiss Duathlon Championships in Zofingen, Schildknecht once again earned the title of the National Champion. Over the distance of 4/16/4/16/4 kilometers, the athlete from Zurich relegated Reto Hug and Stephan Wenk to second and third place. Schildknecht competed in the traditional interval duathlon in Zofingen as preparation for the Ironman 70.3 in Rapperswil taking place in two weeks.

Salvisberg brothers challenge the top Swiss runners
The Salvisberg brothers once again challenged the top national runners. At the largest running event in Switzerland, the Grand Prix in Bern, Lukas reached the goal after 16 kilometers as the fourth best Swiss athlete around 2 minutes behind the marathon specialist Viktor Röthlin. Florin Salvisberg achieved fourth place overall over 4.7 kilometers (Old City Grand Prix) and was thereby the second best Swiss athlete over the short distance. Andrea Salvisberg followed a few seconds later and concluded the brothers' successful performance.