The social story from #WTSYokohama
The third round of the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series returned to the land of the rising sun. And in results reminiscent of San Diego, it was a Brownlee who made a stunning season debut and Gwen Jorgensen running through the field. Here is the social story.
- It was a small but strong women's field that started in Yokohama, with the weather much cooler than previous races here overcast skies and a wetsuit swim greeted the athletes.
- After a quick swim splintered the field over the first few laps of the bike, three groups came together in the third to form a lead group of 13, including Gwen Jorgensen, Emma Moffatt and Jodie Stimpson. A chase led by Katie Hewison caught that group just before T2 though, with 18 athletes entereing together.
However, just like in San Diego - it was Emma Moffatt that went straight to the front. This time Jodie Stimpson went with her and for the first 5km they dueled it out on the front. However behind them, Ashleigh Gentle, Maaike Caelers and Jorgensen were moving through the field.
At the end of the third lap, Jorgensen had caught Moffatt and Stimpson and then pulled ahead - recording yet another negative split over the 10km and an overall run time of 32 minutes and 44 seconds to kickstart another round of #gwensanity.
- Behind her, the race between Moffatt and Stimpson continued right until the line, with Moffatt just pulling ahead for silver and Stimpson for bronze. Which perhaps explains the expressions they had in the finish chute...
- Although perhaps they were just making sure each played the opposite all day?
- Behind them Ashleigh Gentle continued her rise up the rankings...
- ...while Maaike Caelers gained plenty of fans with her incredible effort to recover from a nasty crash and running herself into fifth.
- Catch up on the full women's highlights here.
- And then it was time for the men's. Yet another fast swim splintered the field, but the eventual medallist Jonathan Brownlee, Javier Gomez and Joao Silva all managed to get themselves safely into the lead pack and stayed there for the entire 40km.
From T2, all three went to the front immediately, but it didn't take long for Gomez and Brownlee to kick and Silva dropped. And while it initially looked like the crowd was set for an epic sprint finish like the Auckland 2012 Grand Final, it was soon clear that Jonathan Brownlee came here to win.
Just like in San Diego where it was Alistair who strode out to the front and just kept going - this time it was Jonathan who eased out to the win by 24 seconds. Afterwards the reigning World Champion didn't hide his emotion, as he thought just two months ago his season was entirely over.
- Elsewhere in the race - Richard Murray missed the lead group on the bike, but showed why those on the front worked so hard to stay away from him - with the second fastest run split of the day behind Brownlee, Murray ran himself into an incredible fifth place after leaving T2 two minutes down on the lead group. Perhaps that special fuel on the bike leg played a part?
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