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Gomez crushes Cape Town, Brownlee second
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 27th April 2014


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Gomez-Brownlee repeat one-two from Auckland in Cape Town

Unlike the ladies yesterday, the men at the World Triathlon Series Cape Town today did get to swim the full, two-lap, 1.5km swim rather than see their visit into the water shortened. That said, a cold swim it would be for all…

Just as night follows day, another WTS swim headed by Richard Varga (SVK), with Henri Schoeman (RSA), Francesc Godoy (ESP) and Aurelian Raphael (FRA) on his heels. Of course, Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez were only a handful of seconds away from the head of affairs. In total, 22 men exited within 24 seconds.

The bike leg was pretty uneventful. Of the swim leaders, a group of 14 athletes quickly formed a lead pack – and that was how it stayed for the entire 40km. They worked well together, gradually extending their lead through each of the eight laps over what built to be a large chase pack of around 24 athletes. That chase group included the fast running Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA), along with young Brit Gordon Benson in his first WTS start along with Aaron Harris. Mark Buckingham and Matt Sharp were well pack in the third group on the road. By T2, the Brownlee-Gomez group had built a 1:20 lead to take into the 10km run.

Normal service was resumed within 500m of the run as, once again, it was Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee locked together, with fresh air in third place… without Alistair Brownlee present, they really are in a class of their own.

As around the 7km mark Gomez just unleashed a superb burst, pulled away and just left Jonathan for dead. Hugely impressive, pure class, and race effectively over in the space of a minute. Gomez pulled away, Brownlee held strong in second and while Mario Mola was closing from the second pack, Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) held firm for the Bronze medal.

World Triathlon Series Cape Town – Sunday 27th April 2014 1.5km Swim / 40km Bike / 10km Run

1st – Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:44:52
2nd – Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) +19s
3rd – Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) +43s
4th – Mario Mola (ESP) +52s
5th- Richard Murray (RSA) +1:05
6th – Aaron Royle (AUS) +1:13
7th – Aaron Harris (GBR) +1:13
8th – Vincent Luis (FRA) +1:18
9th – Joao Pereira (POR) +1:20
10th – Ryan Sisson (NZL) +1:25

Gordon Benson took 26th, Matt Sharpe 34th, Mark Buckingham 45th.


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