ITU WORLD TRIATHLON – SIXTH ROUND UPDATE

The culmination of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series is shortly upon us in a frantic week of action.  The seventh round of the ITU World Triathlon Series is in Stockholm, Sweden on August 23rd and one week after the circus moves to Edmonton, Canada for the Grand Final on August 30th.

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The next round in the ITU World Triathlon Series is another Sprint event, (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) with the Grand Final in Edmonton being an Olympic type event with a 1,500m swim followed by 43.2km bike and 10km run. The bike features a tough grade 5 climb that the triathletes will have to do twice in the early two laps before heading out for four smaller loop laps. Then its 4 laps of a 2.5km run course and the champion of 2014 will be decided.

After six rounds, Auckland, Capetown, Yokohama, London, Chicago & Hamburg the top ten leader boards for the women and men look like this.

 Women’s Leader Board

Post Hamburg After 6 rounds
1 Gwen Jorgensen 3,885
2 Jodie Stimpson 2,982
3 Helen Jenkins 2,666
4 Emma Jackson 2,419
5 Sarah Groff 2,228
6 Kirsten Sweetland 1,867
7 Sarah-Anne Brault 1,854
8 Alice Betto 1,804
9 Juri Ide 1,800
10 Emma Moffat 1,782

The American Gwen Jorgensen has momentum on her side having won the last four consecutive World Triathlon Series races, the first person to do so in the same season.  Jorgensen has a 903 points lead over second place UK triathlete Jodie Stimpson. With 800 points up for grabs in Stockholm and 1,200 at the Grand Final its still open if Jorgensen fails to finish in either one. It’s Jorgensen’s to lose but who would bet on that!!

Men’s Leader Board

Post Hamburg After 6 rounds
1 Javier Gomez 3,833
2 Jonathan Brownlee 3,337
3 Mario Mola 3,322
4 Richard Murray 2,615
5 Joao Pereira 2,609
6 Vincent Luis 2,134
7 Dmitry Polyansky 2,086
8 Alastair Brownlee 2,066
9 Aaron Royle 1,939
10 Fernando Alarza 1,702

With a gap of 496 points between Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee and Mario Mola lurking only 15 points behind its less of a slam dunk for Gomez.  With recent strong performances by Brownlee and Mola nothing is certain for Gomez, he needs to win to be crowned champion yet again.

 ITU World Triathlon Series – Points Scoring 

Finish Position ITU World SeriesStockholm ITU Grand Final Edmonton
1st 800 1,200
2nd 740 1,110
3rd 685 1,027
4th 633 950
5th 586 879

 All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

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