The social story from #WTSStockholm
As the penultimate World Triathlon Series race in 2013, #WTSStockholm was always going to be must-watch action. But @AliBrownleetri and @gwenjorgensen managed to take it to another level with their incredible wins. We recap the social action here.
- It was a chilly Stockholm harbour that greeted the women on Saturday, with a 14.7 degrees wetsuit swim that opened up the field. With Brazil's Pamela Oliveira leading, a group of 20 exited the water almost a minute up on the rest of the field. But when you have Anne Haug and Lisa Norden in the chase group, that was never going to last and they bridged to the leaders halfway through the nine-lap bike course.
However, as the chase did that, Vanessa Raw and Andrea Hewitt decided to make something happen and went hard off the front. They extended their lead to 40 seconds from T2 as Hewitt went charging off the front. But Jorgensen's trademark scintillating run wasn't far behind and on just the second of four run laps, she had reeled in Hewitt and taken the lead. She went on to win from Non Stanford and Anne Haug by a huge 49 seconds.
- That result also set up one of the closest World Triathlon Series Grand Final's since its inception, with just 13 points separating Jorgensen, Haug and Stanford. Considering the winner in London picks up 1400 points, that puts in perspective just how small the gap is after seven races this season.
- Catch up on all of the race action in our Elite Women's tricast below.
- Then it was time for the Elite Men's, where, as predicted, Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez continued their unstoppable form. Out of the last six races where they have lined up against each other, it's now five times that they have ended-up on the podium.
In Stockholm they were at the front of the swim and the bike, before Alistair Brownlee made a decisive break with two laps to go on the bike. He left T2 with a 20 second advantage on Gomez and Jonny and went on to claim his 15th World Triathlon Series win.
- It also sets up a thrilling battle in London, with the winner likely to take all in a grand final showdown.
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