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Gomez tops Brownlee but GBR keeps ITU World Championship crown

Posted Oct 21 2012 2:03pm

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Auckland, New Zealand (October 21, 2012) - Spain's Javier Gomez claimed the ITU Grand Final victory in one of the best series finishes to date with a thrilling sprint over Great Britain's Jonathan Brownlee. But Brownlee was crowned the 2012 ITU Triathlon World Champion after finishing atop the ITU World Triathlon Series rankings.
 
Sven Riederer finished third in the Grand Final race, but Dmitry Polyanskiy's seventh spot was enough to secure him third in the series overall.


The junior men's and women's races both saw historic results, with Fukima Matsumoto and Wian Sullwald becoming the first ITU World Champions for Japan and South Africa respectively. In the junior women's race, Matsumoto executed a perfectly timed run to beat France's Leonie Periault and the USA's Tamara Gordon.
 
In pouring rain in the junior men's, Sullwald was in the lead group from start to finish and ended up with a comfortable 14 seconds win over of France's Simon Viain and Ireland's Constantine Doherty, the first ITU World Championship medallist from Ireland.
 
The race was set up as an all-star clash of triathlon titans and Javier Gomez (ESP) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) did not disappoint today in Auckland against tough, wet conditions.
 
With the 2012 ITU World Championship at stake, the Olympic medallists produced one of the most exciting finishes in ITU World Triathlon Series history.  With three lead changes in the final three hundred metres, Gomez charged to his first ITU Grand Final victory and finished the season as the overall World Championships silver medallist.
 
"I had a feeling I had something left on the last lap," said Gomez. "So I waited for my moment and maybe with 200 metres to go, I said 'okay now we go with everything as fast as I can', and it worked well."
 
Brownlee settled for second place after being out-sprinted by Gomez, but the podium finish was more than enough to secure his first elite World Championship, ensuring the title stays in the family after his brother Alistair won in 2011.
 
"It's great to keep the title in the family, pretty special," said Brownlee.  "It was a tough day. I thought when work up this morning that the weather was bad and it was going to be a hard pure triathlon and that's what it was."
 
While the overall gold and silver were locked up, bronze was very much up for grabs and the battle came down to Sven Riederer (SUI) and Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS).  While Riederer took the final spot on the Grand Final podium, the Russian claimed World Championship bronze after his seventh place finish gave him just enough points to finish the series in third.
 
2012 Barfoot&Thompson ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Auckland
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run - Final Results - Elite Men
1.    Javier Gomez     ESP        02:00:29
2.    Jonathan Brownlee     GBR        02:00:31
3.    Sven Riederer     SUI        02:01:18
4.    Steffen Justus     GER        02:01:40
5.    Gregor Buchholz     GER        02:01:46
6.    Kyle Jones     CAN        02:01:48
7.    Dmitry Polyanskiy     RUS        02:01:50
8.    Ivan Rana     ESP        02:01:56
9.    Richard Murray     RSA        02:02:00
10.    David McNamee     GBR        02:02:06
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2012 ITU World Triathlon Series - Final Rankings, Elite Men
1.    Jonathan Brownlee     GBR        4935
2.    Javier Gomez     ESP        4845
3.    Dmitry Polyanskiy     RUS        3822
4.    Sven Riederer     SUI        3773
5.    Richard Murray     RSA        3575
6.    Steffen Justus     GER        3564
7.    Alexander Bryukhankov     RUS        3285
8.    Laurent Vidal     FRA        2772
9.    Joao Silva     POR        2682
10.    David Hauss     FRA        2519


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