What an amazing race, Mario Mola takes his maiden ITU World Triathlon win by 1 second beating the South African Richard Murray in a time of 49:46, 3rd place was the taken by the Portuguese triathlete Joao Pereira in 49:49.
The London course was fast and furious and so was the racing. The top 5 guys were all under 50 minutes and who was not in that group, currently ITU world ranking leader and race favorite Javier Gomez who came in 6th in 50:00 dead. And who were 4th and 5th ?, the Brownlee brothers Alistair in 49:52 and Jonny 49:58 just pipping Gomez to the line.
Javier Gomez who had won the last three ITU events, Auckland, Cape Town and Yokohama never looked settled in this race. The top six finishers were well packed after the second transition and into the run. The Brownlee brothers set a blistering pace from the onset, but could not breakaway and were hounded by eventual winner Mola, Murray who looked very strong and Pereira who ran a very strong leg.
Alistair hung on to the finishing straight but couldn’t keep up with the final kick from Mola, Murray and Pereira. Mola, with his visor flying off in the last ten metres, surged to the line to beat a solid Murray.
Splits times for the top 6 show you how fast these guys were traveling.
Gwen Jorgensen stormed to an outright win with a blisteringly fast run of 16:10 to take the ITU World Triathlon in London Hyde Park. Her time of 54:44 was 28 seconds ahead of her American compatriot Sarah Groff. The Australian Emma Jackson had the second fastest run of the day enabling her to reclaim some positions during the run phase and take third place with 55:19.
From the swim Jorgensen was in the lead pack, stayed in the pack for the bike and just ran away with it on the run section. If anyone was going to beat her they had to do it before the run. Nobody could break her today!
ITU World series leader Jodie Stimpson stumbled today (was this due to the foot injury she picked up in Yokohama two weeks ago?), her swim time was off the pace by about 25 seconds and the run 43 seconds off Jorgensen. In these sprint distance events you cannot afford to give that much time away. Stimpson came in 11th and will be second to Jorgensen in the series lead going into Chicago.
Helen Jenkins had a fantastic run (16:40) to make up several places and finish in 7th in an overall time of 55:39.
If 4th placed Italian Alice Betto could improve on her run time she would have been challenging for 1st place, her swim time was one of the best out there and she is no slouch on the bike either. Keep an eye on her!
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