Mario Mola, Gwen Jorgensen Take ITU World Triathlon Series Titles in London

Mario Mola London

Step aside Mr. Gomez-Noya and Brownlee brothers…there’s a new sheriff in town. Mario Mola of Spain has made a name for himself on the ITU World Triathlon Series in the past few years, but he generally takes a back seat to the competition between his fellow countryman Javier Gomez-Noya and British royalty, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, who have made a habit of hogging triathlon podiums as of late.

Mola took down defending champion Gomez-Noya as well as South Africa’s rising star, Richard Murray in the last few kilometers of the race on the 2012 London Olympic course. The course was built for sprinters and did Mola ever sprint. He finished the 5k run in a time of 14:18 (4:36 average mile page) to pull away for the victory in Hyde Park. 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Gomez-Noya slid to sixth. This was Mola’s first ever victory in the ITU World Series.

“I tried to do everything possible in every race and today,” said the winner. “I was very lucky to be fighting in the last 5km for the win, and then find the strength and energy to get the win. I am very happy with that.”

ITU World Triathlon Series – London
S 750m / B 19.1 k / R 5k
Elite Men

1. Mario Mola (ESP) 49:46
2. Richard Murray (RSA) 49:47
3. Joao Pereira (POR) 49:49
4. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 49:52
5. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 49:58
6. Javier Gomez (ESP) 50:00
7. Ryan Bailie (AUS) 50:04
8. Joao Silva (POR) 50:14
9. Vincent Luis (FRA) 50:16
10. Sven Riederer (SUI) 50:17

On the women’s side, “Gwensanity” continued in London. America’s shining star on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit, Gwen Jorgensen proved once again why she is amongst the sport’s best. Jorgensen took to the sprint distance course and absolutely dominated the run. Her astonishing 16:39 5K split was more than enough to hold off the competition after arriving in T2 amongst a pack of four to five women.

This was Jorgensen’s fifth career WTS victory and her second consecutive win after taking the title in Yokohama, Japan just two weeks prior. Finally, with her victory in Hyde Park, Jorgensen nabbed the Threadneedle World Triathlon Series trophy back from Jodie Stimpson who had lead the season standings for most of the 2014 campaign.

“It was a hard race out there,” said Jorgensen. “These girls were pushing hard today. I had my first podium here in 2011, and every race is different. I had a good swim and I had a little bit of a slow transition, but I just tried to stick with the first group.”

Jorgensen’s countrywoman, Sarah Groff held on to second place in London, a course where she’s notoriously had a hard time reaching the podium. It clearly showed on the podium when the American shed a few tears. She would later tweet an explanation: ”It took a couple of years and persistence, but I finally earned a podium in London. And yes, it moved me to tears. #WTSLondon”

ITU World Triathlon Series – London
S 750m / B 19.1 k / R 5k
Elite Women

1. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 54:44
2. Sarah Groff (USA) 55:12
3. Emma Jackson (AUS) 55:19
4. Alice Betto (ITA) 55:35
5. Nicky Samuels (NZL) 55:36
6. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 55:39
7. Helen Jenkins (GBR) 55:39
8. Aileen Reid (IRL) 55:40
9. Rebecca Robisch (GER) 55:41
10. Vendula Frintova (CZE) 55:42