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The Social Story at #WTSChicago

Blistering temperatures didn't stop athletes from busting out high speeds at Chicago's debut on the World Triathlon Series. With bridge ups to historic wins to one gorgeous skyline, #WTSChicago had it all.


  1. There's no doubt about it, Gwen Jorgensen stole the show in the women's race. After becoming the first American woman to win a WTS race last year on home soil in San Diego, Jorgensen decided she'd repeat the feat in Chicago, which is exactly what she did. 

    But it wasn't an easy win for the American, as she had major ground to make up after hitting the pavement more than a minute behind the leaders off the bike right when the mid-day temperatures soared. Jorgensen paid no attention to the high sun and instead fired up the quads to hunt down the likes of Helen Jenkins and Juri Ide. 

    It took Jorgensen a little over half the run, but by the third lap it was clear that her signature run speed would lead her home to a history-making sixth WTS win. With the top spot secured, she passed Emma Moffatt and Paula Findlay as the winningest women to compete in the WTS. 
  2. It's the rare race that multiple Brits aren't on the podium, much less start list, but that was exactly the scenario in Chicago. However, Helen Jenkins rose to the occasion as she is apt to do. The former world champion hit the lead group in the water and stuck with it through the eight-lap bike. It wasn't until the final run lap that Jenkins was forced to relinquish her lead, but she held strong for silver. 
  3. In her most impressive performance to date, Juri Ide jetted to her first ever WTS podium. Conditioned to excel under hot and humid weather, the Japanese pocket rocket produced an excellent swim and bike and an equally impressive run to clench the final podium spot. 
  4. If you missed the epic racing, catch it again here. 
  5. 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago - Elite Women's Highlights
  6. Fast forward to Sunday, the men went off slightly later than the women although that didn't offer much in the way of cooler temperatures, as the men's race was conducted under a steamy 31 degrees.
  7. How right Richard Murray was prior to taking off. While flat, the bike course featured a whopping amount of twists and turns that tortured legs. Add in the heat and it was a recipe for one hardcore race. Who else could handle something like that, but the reigning world champ himself - Javier Gomez. 

    Gomez led nearly line to line, taking his turn at the front of that tough bike course more than once until Tom Davison and Cameron Good decided to break from the pack on the fifth lap. Unfortunately, their break just wasn't enough to hold off Gomez and company on the run. 
  8. It didn't take long for Gomez, Mario Mola and Joao Pereira to chase down the break away studs on the 10km run. 
  9. For a while, it looked like it was Mola's day to shine until Gomez gunned it up a gear and distanced himself from the pack. It was all over once the champ made his move, leaving Mola to fend off the quickly approaching Portuguese. Pereira was coming up so fast, some thought he could catch Gomez. 
  10. But in the end, Gomez got the job done, followed by Pereira for his first WTS silver, while the heat caused Mola to slow up and cruise into third. It was Gomez' fourth WTS win of the year - not so shabby considering there have only been five races. His performance received some well deserved praise from the triathlon community. 
  11. Check out the men's race highlights yourself here: 
  12. 2014 World Triathlon Chicago - Elite Men's highlights