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The Social Story at #WTSLondon

Just when you think it can't get better, it does. After the epic sprint finish at #WTSYokohama, Mario Mola finally captured his first WTS win in an even busier sprint in London, while Gwen Jorgensen claimed redemption in the Elite Women's race.


  1. All the stars came out to play in this women's race, but the race for gold seemed over shortly after the quick 750m swim, because Gwen Jorgensen nailed it yet again. Leaving T1 in the lead group, with Jodie Stimpson, Helen Jenkins and Anne Haug further back in the bike, Jorgensen and the rest of the 11-strong group had a 20 second head on any chasers leaving T2.

    That was pretty much enough to sure she wouldn't be headed. Jorgensen ran away from her group in less than one lap and went on to win by almost 30 seconds, this time laying down a 16:10 run split.
  2. Behind her, it was a red-letter day for USA Triathlon with Sarah Groff finally claiming a much longed for London podium. In 2009, Groff finished 10th, in 2010 12th, in 2011 she moved up to 7th, before fourth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In last year's London Grand Final, she was seventh again. On Saturday she got there.
  3. Australia's Emma Jackson proved again she is a WTS threat to claim bronze. Despite tripping in T2 she flew through the field to a bronze medal, her fourth career WTS podium place.
  4. But the efforts didn't end there, with the field still close in the sprint distance 5km swim, there were sprints aplenty down the blue carpet.
  5. Although a few were feeling the pain afterwards.
  6. Catch all the highlights here.
  7. 2014 PruHealth World Triathlon London Women's Recap
  8. In the Elite Men's race, on paper it seemed like triathlon's big three would assume the top spots again. Before Saturday only Javier Gomez and Alistair Brownlee had won the race. Jonathan Brownlee had always finished on the London podium and had won three out of three WTS sprint races he had entered.

    But the day panned out very differently, with a lead group of eight men gathering at the start of the 5km run, including those three, but also the in-form Mario Mola, Richard Murray and Joao Silva, as well as up and coming talent Ryan Bailie and Joao Pereira. And it was Mola, Murray and Pereira who upset the status quo to claim their places on the podium.

    Mola unleashed a perfectly timed sprint to just get ahead of training partner Murray, for his first win.
  9. Although, not everyone was happy with the hat etiquette he displayed on the way there.
  10. Richard Murray held on for his second consecutive podium, showing once again that if he is in touch off the bike he's going to be a handful this season.
  11. Pushed hard for line ! 2nd today in worldtriathlon super stoked :-) #neverLayDown @ Hyde Park, London, UK
    Pushed hard for line ! 2nd today in worldtriathlon super stoked :-) #neverLayDown @ Hyde Park, London, UK 
  12. While it was Pereira's first World Triathlon Series medal.
  13. While the epic sprint to the tape from the winners will surely be one of the best moments of this 2014 season, so too was one a few minutes later when Kevin McDowell crossed the finish line. The 2010 Youth Olympics Silver medallist made his WTS debut in London, but in between those two events he's been diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After a silver medal in Chengdu last month, watch this space.
  14. Catch all the highlights from the Elite Men's race here.