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Elite Men Close Weekend with ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final London
Event ends with exciting sprint finish in Hyde Park
LONDON—At the close of five days of world championship competition in Hyde Park, Spain’s Javier Gomez clinched the top spot on the race podium as well as the title of ITU World Triathlon Series champion for 2013.
The final race came down to a sprint finish between Gomez and Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, and Gomez took the tape in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 16 seconds. Brownlee finished just one second behind, and Spain’s Mario Mola was third in 1:49:10. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) was the top American finisher.
With the points race so close prior to the race between Gomez, Brownlee and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee, the winner of Sunday’s race would automatically win the 2013 Series. Gomez and the two Brownlees were part of the same pack for the 1,500-meter swim and 40-kilometer bike, but Alistair dropped off the pace at the start of the 10-kilometer run due to an injury leaving his brother and Gomez to duke it out for the title.
With less than .3k to go, Brownlee and Gomez were still too close to call, but Gomez had just enough power to edge out Brownlee at the line. A full recap of the event and the final men’s ITU World Triathlon Series standings is available at triathlon.org.
The elite men’s race was the last of eight championship races contested in London. For coverage of the age-group aquathlon, sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon championships, as well as Juniors, Under-23, paratriathlon and elite women, visit usatriathlon.org/london2013.
ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final London
1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Men – Click here for complete results
1. Javier Gomez (ESP), 1:48:16
2. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), 1:48:17
3. Mario Mola (ESP), 1:49:10
36. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), 1:51:08
47. Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:52:59
DNF Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.)