Recent Triathlon News
Going into the Men’s Triathlon in London, Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain was expected to be the victor before the race even began. His main forms of completion – his younger brother Jonathan and Javier Gomez Noya of Spain. The two Brits and the Spaniard, Gomez, led together virtually the entire race, separating themselves from the rest of the pack during 43km cycle. It wasn’t until the closing section of the run that Alistair was able to kick away from Gomez, eventually claiming the victory. Brownlee finished 11 seconds before Gomez, due to some celebrating on the blue carpet with the hometown fans, before crossing the finish line. After serving a late penalty on the run, younger brother Jonathan came across almost 30 seconds behind the Spaniard for third place.
In one of the most exciting finishes in triathlon history Nicola Spirig of Switzerland beat out Sweden’s Lisa Norden in a photo finish in London’s Hyde Park. The two entered the home stretch, separated by a narrow margin, but Norden closed the gap in the final steps, creating a dramatic end to the race. Australia’s Erin Densham placed third while American Sarah Groff had the best run of the day to close an early deficit. Groff caught the lead group near the middle of the run. Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins, the pre-race favorite, couldn’t hold a late lead, ultimately finishing in fifth position.
ITU World Triathlon Series San Diego: Oakley Goes 1, 2, 3…Twice, Olympic Dreams Come True For US Athletes
Southern California, home to theme parks, movie stars and some of the best weather in the world, is often referred to as a place where dreams come true. There were no Disney characters, Hollywood A-listers or fantasy lands in San Diego during the ITU World Triathlon Series, but it was definitely the happiest place on earth for many of Oakley’s best athletes and Olympic hopefuls. The women’s race on Friday saw a podium filled with Oakley athletes, while the women’s US Olympic Team was decided; also a clean sweep for Oakley. Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins topped the women’s field, with Australia’s Erin Densham close behind. USA’s Laura Bennett rounded out the podium while landing herself the last qualifying spot to represent Team USA in the London Olympics. On the men’s side, USA’s Manny Huerta was the story of the day, joining Hunter Kepmer in grabbing the final two spots on Team USA.