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Review – ITU World Triathlon London in Hyde Park – 31st May 2015

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After the sunshine of yesterday, it was rain and grey skies that welcomed the world’s best triathletes  in a  ITU World Triathlon Series race on the  London 2012 Olympic course in the heart of Hyde Park.

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Starting with a swim in a rather chilling Serpentine, the elite men made short work of the sprint distance. However there was drama on the transition with one of the favourites, Johnny Brownlee who had a puncture which led him to be over a minute behind the leaders.

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However the other local favourite Alistair Brownlee began to dominate and won the race easily, Fernando Alarza of Spain was second with Vincent Luis of France third.

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The elite women’s race was likely to be dominated by the Americans especially the Series overall women’s leader USA’s Gwen Jorgensen, with a lot of interest in  British  former World Champion Non Stanford.

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The race saw the American’s dominating with Gwen Jorgensen always in the leading group, a surprise was the good form of the youngest British competitor Sophie Caldwell.

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The run saw Jorgensen and fellow Americans Sarah True and Katie Zaferes race into a clear lead.

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Jorgensen won easily with Zaferes in second and True in third  to complete an American clean sweep.

With Rio 2016 qualification points at stake and a large enthusiastic crowd, the ITU World Triathlon Series London  presented a wonderful showcase of elite level triathlon racing.

If you would like further information , visit the London Triathlon website here

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