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JORGENSEN & GOMEZ SEAL ITU WTS VICTORY

Gwen Jorgensen and Javier Gomez were crowned 2014 ITU WTS Grand Final in Edmonton Canada.

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Women’s Race

Going into Edmonton Jorgensen had an almost unassailable series lead over second place Sarah Groff and third place Jodie Stimpson.

Jorgensen took her fifth straight ITU WTS win showing her complete dominance over the season. But Jorgensen (2:00:05) did not have it all her own way as she had strong competition from the New Zealand duo, Andrea Hewitt (2:00:21) and Nicky Samuels (2:00:31) who both performed well in Stockholm and were to do the same here placing second and third respectively.  The Edmonton course was the full Olympic distance event of 1,500m swim (2 x 750m laps) , 43.2km bike (2 large loops & (4 small loops) and 10km run (4 x 2.5km laps).

Women’s Race Time
1st Gwen Jorgensen 2:00:05
2nd Andrea Hewitt 2:00:21
3rd Nicky Samuels 2:00:31
4th Sarah Groff 2:01:20
5th Aileen Reed 2:01:21

The run phase is undoubtedly Jorgensen’s strength over the rest of the field and boy did she do well. She posted a 33:24 over the 10k a full minute faster than anyone else in the pack.  With speed like that and a strong swim and bike (dropped a minute here in Edmonton this time so played catch up on the run) where there are really only a few seconds difference to the pack she is far and away the real deal and a worthy champion.

Stand out performances from Hewitt, Samuels and Groff (who fought hard to take fourth place) meant that Stimpson was demoted to fourth place in the overall series.

Women’s Series Points
1st Gwen Jorgensen 5,085
2nd Sarah Groff 3,987
3rd Andrea Hewitt 3,845
4th Jodie Stimpson 3,453
5th Nicky Samuels 3,073

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Men’s Race

The race in Edmonton was all about Alistair Brownlee taking out the win for his second podium top spot of 2014 and Javier Gomez securing the 2014 ITU WTS championship for the fourth time.

Men’s Race Time
1st Alistair Brownlee 1:48:44
2nd Mario Mola 1:49:04
3rd Javier Gomez 1:49:07
4th Jonathan Brownlee 1:49:22
5th Joao Periera 1:49:44

After Javier Gomez DNF’d at Stockholm there was a gap of 282 points between himself and Jonathan Brownlee.  Gomez had to make sure he finished and stuck with Jonathan to be crowned champion.  He did exactly that, letting Alistair breakaway on the bike in the final stages and sticking with Jonny and Mario Mola. With a minute made on the bike and a strong run leg Alistair finished with a winning margin of 20 seconds. Ultimately the minute he made on the bike was lost on the run and it basically boiled down to his super fast swim.

Swim Bike Run
Alistair Brownlee 17:10 59:11 30:57
Mario Mola 17:50 1:00:03 29:49
Javier Gomez 17:26 1:00:27 29:57
Jonathan Brownlee 17:23 1:00:24 30:12

Jonny Brownlee was unable to keep up with Gomez and Mola’s run pace towards the end and came in fourth on the day and with that slipped to third overall on the rankings allowing Mola to grab second spot.

Men’s Series Points
1st Javier Gomez 4,860
2nd Mario Mola 4,601
3rd Jonathan Brownlee 4,501
4th Alistair Brownlee 4,006
5th Joao Periera 3,817

What can be said about the 2014 men’s season?  Well we have a deserved champion in Gomez but for me, besides the Brownlee brothers, there have been two really consistent stand out performers in Mario Mola and the ever improving Joao Periera.

All images copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

 

 

 

 

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COUNTDOWN TO THE ITU WTS GRAND FINAL EDMONTON

We are just days away from the Grand Final of the World Triathlon Series concluder in Edmonton Canada.  Its been an interesting season dominated by Spaniard Javier Gomez leading the men’s series for most of the season with four wins and American Gwen Jorgensen doing much the same after having four successive wins.

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The penultimate round in Stockholm last weekend threw up a couple of surprises.  In the men’s race series leader Javier Gomez pulled out during the 5km run with stomach issues.  Straight out from a choppy 750m swim Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee pulled away from the pack with Richard Varga but, the Brownlees had to much for Varga and early on in the 5 loop 20km bike ride dropped him to make it a Brownlee 1-2 and a great battle to watch. Alistair gave no quarter and it was only in the last 750m when he glanced behind for a moment that brother Jonathan striked and gapped him and then turned up the hill sprinting for home with a final lead of 6 seconds.  With Gomez out this gave Jonathan a well deserved win but also reduced his points deficit to Gomez going into the final round in Edmonton.  There are more points up for grabs so the race is still on to see who will be crowned 2014 ITU World Triathlon champion.  With a difference of 282 points between the two, Brownlee would more or less need to win and Gomez  either drop out or come fifth or lower, not inconceivable, but the way Gomez has performed this season highly unlikely.  We can’t wait to see it all unfold.

Men’s Leader Board

Post Stockholm After 6 rounds
1 Javier Gomez 3,833
2 Jonathan Brownlee 3,551
3 Mario Mola 3,491
4 Joao Pereira 2,938
5 Richard Murray 2,911

In the women’s race with Gwen Jorgensen’s planned out Jodie Stimpson was pre race favourite.  But the Stockholm waters did not favour Stimpson who had a poor swim by her standards and that was ultimately the undoing of her Stockholm race and any chance to reduce the gap to Jorgensen.

Sarah Groff in comparison had an absolutely solid day at the office and claimed a well deserved first ITU WTS win. She took the race by the scruff of the neck straight out onto the run with a no nonsense break from transition that she maintained throughout the 5km run. She was chased , but never under threat, by a group of four that ultimately broke apart on the final sprint up the finishing hill to give a New Zealand second and third to Andrea Hewitt and Nicky Samuels.

 Women’s Leader Board

Post Stockholm After 7 rounds
1 Gwen Jorgensen 3,885
2 Sarah Groff 3,037
3 Jodie Stimpson 2,982
4 Helen Jenkins 2,903
5 Andrea Hewitt 2,735

But, lets analyse that Groff performance against Jorgensen.  Undoubtedly, they are just about the same on the swim but when it comes to the run Jorgensen is a good 30 seconds ahead.   On the bike in Hamburg there was only 6 seconds in it so again fairly close.

Jorgensen

Groff

Groff

Hamburg

Hamburg

Stockholm

Swim 750m

09:45

09:44

09:50

Run 5km

15:46

16:58

16:21

So coming into Edmonton with a rested Jorgensen she has got to be top favourite to come away as the ITU WTS 2014 champion.   But anyone can have an off day, just look at Gomez in Stockholm, but you would never wish that upon anyone.

  • Do you agree that Gomez and Jorgensen will be crowned ITU WTS Champions?  
  • Who are your favourites to take the top spots in Edmonton?  

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

BROWNLEES 1 – 2 IN STOCKHOLM

 

ITU World Triathlon Series in Stockholm.

Will Brownlee

Jonathan Brownlee (57:31) edged brother Alistair (57:37) in Stockholm with the German Gregor Buchholz taking third place (58:27) narrowly beating Spaniard Mario Mola (58:28).  Series leader Javier Gomez did not finish pulling out before the run leg.

 

START LIST – ITU WORLD TRIATHLON – STOCKHOLM

This coming weekend is the ITU World Triathlon from Stockholm on Saturday August 23rd over a sprint distance, one week ahead of the Grand Final in Edmonton Canada. (Start details below).

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Men’s race 

Confirmed on the start list are all the leading men in the field. The Spaniards  Javier Gomez & Mario Mola,  Brit Jonathan Brownlee and South African Richard Murray.  Alistair Brownlee who has been in recent top form, but not earlier on this year, will be looking to dislodge some of the top contenders. Who will take the Stockholm crown and lead the way into Edmonton one week later?

Men’s Leader Board

Going into Stockholm 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

Women’s race

Gwen Jorgensen (planned skip to concentrate on Edmonton) and Helen Jenkins (torn plantar fascia and now back in training on the bike) are not on the start list for Stockholm.  Jodie Stimpson (Commonwealth Games Winner) has a golden opportunity to grab some points and and get closer to Jorgensen ahead of the Grand Final in Edmonton.  But, she will have American Sarah Groff and the Canadian Kirsten Sweetland hot on her heels for that winners spot.  Not only will those two be battling with Stimpson but Italian Alice Betto and New Zealander Andrea Hewitt will also be pushing for podium slots.

Women’s Leader Board

Going into Stockholm 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

 

23/8/14 – Race start times

  • 12:46   Elite Men
  • 14:51   Elite Women

Water temperature currently 21C.  If over 22C on race day then it will be a non wetsuit race.

 

ITU WORLD TRIATHLON – STANDINGS AFTER LONDON

After 4 rounds of the ITU World Triathlon series the competition is really hotting up.

Elite Men Standings after 4 rounds

 Javier Gomez, Jonathan Brownlee and Mario Mola retain their top three positions in the same order although Mola closes the gap on Brownlee with his win in London.  Aaron Royle drops 2 places with South African Richard Murray and Ryan Bailie climbing to 4th and 5th respectively. Other movers being Joao Pereira and Alistair Brownlee who both climbed 6 places.  Its looking more and more like a four person contest but anything can happen so can’t wait for the next round in Chicago on June 27-29th.

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Javier Gomez

After 3 Rounds After 4 Rounds
1 Javier Gomez 2400 2942
2 Jonathan Brownlee 2066 2652
3 Mario Mola 1837 2637
4 Richard Murray 1271 2011
5 Ryan Bailie 1173 1674
6 Aaron Royle 1517 1600
7 Vincent Luis 965 1394
8 Aaron Harris 1043 1333
9 Joao Pereira 642 1327
10 Alistair Brownlee 633 1266

 

Elite Women – Standings after 4 rounds

Gwen Jorgensen’s outstanding win in London and Jodie Stimpson’s less than expected effort means that they swapped 1st and 2nd places in the overall standings. They have two wins a piece thus far. Sarah Groff’s second place means she climbed 4 places to 3rd. Helen Jenkins remains in contention with that phenomenal run leg to give her 7th place and 4th in the standings. The Australian Emma Jackson’s third place and Italian Alice Betto’s fourth place means they have moved up the rankings whilst Canadian Sarah-Anne Brault and the German Anne Haug slip down.  There is still a long way to go so it still an open contest.

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Gwen Jorgensen

After 3 Rounds After 4 Rounds
1 Gwen Jorgensen 1824 2642
2 Jodie Stimpson 2029 2396
3 Sarah Groff 1219 1959
4 Helen Jenkins 1425 1926
5 Emma Jackson 994 1679
6 Alice Betto 1015 1648
7 Sarah-Anne Brault 1331 1487
8 Anne Haug 1282 1282
9 Emma Moffat 1220 1220
10 Juri Ide 776 1115

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – photography

ITU WORLD TRIATHLON – LONDON

Elite Men

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.

Mola beat Murray to the line

Mola beat Murray to the line

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.

Lead pack

Lead pack

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.

  Time Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
1 Mario Mola 49:46 08:39 00:41 25:42 00:28 14:18
2 Richard Murray 49:47 08:55 00:38 25:28 00:28 14:20
3 Joao Periera 49:49 08:39 00:42 25:41 00:29 14:19
4 Alistair Brownlee 49:52 08:33 00:42 25:45 00:27 14:27
5 Jonathan Brownlee 49:58 08:33 00:38 25:49 00:27 14:32
6 Javier Gomez 50:00 08:35 00:37 25:48 00:27 14:34

 

Elite Women

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.

Gwen Jorgensen - ITU World Triathlon - London Winner

Gwen Jorgensen – ITU World Triathlon – London Winner

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.

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Stimpson on the swim exit

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!

Time Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
1 Gwen Jorgensen 54:44 08:57 00:44 28:25 00:30 16:10
2 Sarah Groff 55:12 08:59 00:41 28:25 00:30 16:39
3 Emma Jackson 55:19 09:22 00:44 28:20 00:37 16:17
4 Alice Betto 55:35 08:56 00:50 28:18 00:28 17:05
5 Nicky Samuels 55:36 09:07 00:41 28:17 00:29 17:04

 

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography 

 

ITU WORLD TRIATHLON – LONDON

The ITU World Triathlon comes to London this weekend at Hyde Park.  This is the same venue as the 2012 Olympics and last years successful finale of the ITU World Triathlon where Javier Gomez snatched victory from the Brownlee brothers to take the world crown.

The womens race will be just as exciting for British fans as current series leader Jodie Stimpson and a healthy Helen Jenkins both battle it out for top honours but will have serious work to do against a strong field that includes Gwen Jorgensen, Anne Haug and Sarah-Anne Brault.

Not only do we have the Elite Men on Saturday but also the Elite Women. The London event will be contested over the Sprint distance format, 750m swim, 20km Bike and 5km Run. Its going to be fast and furious racing and the top contenders will need to be in touch with each other at each transition as there will be no opportunity to catch up, especially when you have such class operators leading the field, there will be no respite. I will be there to capture the event as it unfolds.

Here are some of the ones to watch this Saturday.

Elite Men Elite Women
Javier Gomez – ESP Jodie Stimpson – GBR
Jonny Brownlee – GBR Helen Jenkins – GBR
Ali Brownlee – GBR Gwen Jorgensen – USA
Aaron Royle – AUS Anne Haug – GER
Mario Mola – ESP Sarah-Anne Brault – CAN

The timetable of events for Saturday May 31st as follows:

14:30    Elite Mens Race

15:35    Elite Mens Medal Ceremony

16:05    Elite Womens Race

17:10    Elite Womens Medal Ceremony

This event will be shown live on BBC1 from 14:00 to 17:10

Current World Rankings after 3 Rounds – Auckland, Cape Town & Yokohama

Elite Men   Elite Women  
1. Javier Gomez 2400 1. Jodie Stimpson 2029
2. Jonathan Brownlee 2066 2. Gwen Jorgensen 1824
3. Mario Mola 1837 3. Helen Jenkins 1425
4. Aaron Royle 1517 4. Sarah-Anne Brault 1331
5. Richard Murray 1271 5. Anne Haug 1282
6. Ryan Bailie 1173 6. Emma Moffat 1220
7. Aaron Harris 1043 7. Sarah Groff 1219
8. Vincent Luis 965 8. Alice Betto 1015
9. Ryan Sissons 939 9. Emma Jackson 994
10. Fernando Alarza 868 10. Ai Udder 896

 ITU World Triathlon – 2014 Series 

April 5-6 Barfoot & Thompson World Traithlon Auckland
April 26-27 ITU World Triathlon Cape Town
May 17-18 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
May 31-June 1 PruHealth World Triathlon London
June 27-29 ITU World Triathlon Chicago
July 12-13 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
August 23-24 Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm
August 26- September 1 TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Edmonton