The Australian stopped the clock at 2:14.21, 4 seconds outside her personal best, however it was still over a second faster than Yane Marques (BRA) and 3 seconds faster than Natalie Dianova (CZE).
“I still feel a bit jetlagged which results in the slow time, but I am still very happy to win the swim” said the Australian. “I now need to focus on the ride and hopefully I can move up more places.”
Marques 2nd position was enough to catapult her to the top of the standings after 2 events, just ahead of Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) who will already be thinking of the gold as she is by far the best athlete in the combined event.
The fencing winner Melanie McCann (CAN) finished back in 23rd in the swim which moves her back to 3rd position ahead of the ride.