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Lukas Verzbicas competed in his first ITU WTS event on Sunday since a 2012 bike accident.
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Spain’s Javier Gomez Grabs Gold at ITU World Triathlon Cape Town

Verzbicas competes in first ITU WTS race since 2012 accident

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Spain’s Javier Gomez won his second straight ITU World Triathlon Series race of the season on Sunday, with a solid lead over Jonathan Brownlee, his rival from Great Britain.

Gomez broke away in the final four kilometers of the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run to finish in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 52 seconds. Brownlee took second with a time of 1:45:11, and Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy was third in 1:45:35. It was the third consecutive time Gomez has bested Brownlee in a World Triathlon Series race, and Gomez has now won six of the pair’s 19 encounters on the course, with Brownlee having won five.

American Lukas Verzbicas (Chula Vista, Calif.) made his return to the ITU World Triathlon Series following a serious bike crash on a training ride in July 2012, finishing 46th in 1:51:00.

A full recap of the men’s race in Cape Town is available on triathlon.org.

The next series stop will be Yokohama on May 17-18. ITU World Triathlon Yokohama will be the first event in which ITU World Triathlon Series points will count toward Olympic team selections. More information on the 2016 Olympic Games ITU qualification system is available here.

ITU World Triathlon Cape Town
1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run

Men — Click here for complete results
1. Javier Gomez (ESP), 1:44:52
2. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), 1:45:11
3. Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS), 1:45:35
46. Lukas Verzbicas (Chula Vista, Calif.), 1:51:00
DNF Eric Lagerstrom (Gresham, Ore.)

 

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