Oakley's Jan Frodeno Clinches Victory At The ITU World Championship Seoul
Oakley’s German Jan Frodeno, the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist, won the
Triathlon ITU World Championship Seoul in a thrilling sprint to the finish. Oakley’s Brad Kahlefeldt of Australia earned third. In the women’s division, Oakley’s defending champion Emma Moffat from Australia also finished third.
Frodeno and Australia’s Courtney Atkinson broke away from the field immediately after the cycling transition and came together about two kilometers into the 10k run.
“Courtney went out really hard on the run and it was tough to catch up to him out of transition,” Frodeno said. “When I finally did, we started working together very well and were able to build a nice gap on the rest of the guys.”
Frodeno and Atkinson ran side-by-side for the remainder of the run, building their advantage with each passing lap.
“I just wanted to hold on until the finish line,” Frodeno said. “I had a bit of confidence in my sprint. It was a nice long finishing straight which really played into my favor.”
As the duo headed toward the finish line, Atkinson was the first to sprint, but then Frodeno quickly responded and raced past Atkinson to seal the win. Frodeno finished in one hour 51 minutes and 49 seconds.
In the women’s event, Emma Moffat was the frontrunner and appeared to have the victory, but she was caught by the rest of the field with just two kilometers to go. Daniela Ry took the win, while Barbara Riveros Diaz placed second and Moffat earned third.