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Gomez, Norden Win ITU World Championship Hamburg


javier gomez hamburg 2010Spain's Javier Gomez takes his first win of the season
After a slow start to the 2010 season due to a hip injury, Spain's Javier Gomez is back in world-class form, as the Spaniard proved today with a win at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Hamburg. Gomez, the 2008 ITU World Champion, took the win with a last-lap surge to edge out heavy crowd favourite Jan Frodeno of Germany. Gomez finished the race with an amazing 29:17 10K run split.

"Javier was too strong today," said Frodeno. "When he kicked on that final lap I had nothing left. I couldn't go with him."

Even the boisterous home crowd couldn't pull Frodeno back up to Gomez, as the Spaniard grew his lead throughout the final lap. Gomez broke the finishing tape in 1:43:07, with Frodeno securing second 16 seconds later.

"I knew Jan would be faster than me if I let it come down to a sprint," Gomez said. "So I gave everything I had at the beginning of that last lap. I believed that I could do it if I put everything I had in the final lap and I was able to pull away." read more...

2010 ITU World Championship Series Hamburg Results:

Elite Men Results Time
Place
Elite Women Results Time
Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:43:07
1
Lisa Norden (SWE) 1:53:53
Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:43:23
2
Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:53:53
Tim Don (GBR) 1:43:57
3
Aileen Morrison (IRL) 1:53:55
Sven Riederer (SUI) 1:44:00
4
Kate Roberts (RSA) 1:53:57
Vladimir Turbaevskiy (RUS) 1:44:03
5
Vicky Holland (GBR) 1:53:57
Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:44:07
6
Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:53:59
Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 1:44:10
7
Laura Bennett (USA) 1:54:04
Steffen Justus (GER) 1:44:11
8
Sarah Groff (USA) 1:54:36
Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:44:13
9
Ainhoa Murua (ESP) 1:54:40
Joao Silva (POR) 1:44:14
10
Felicity Abram (AUS) 1:54:58
     

lisa norden hamburg 2010Lisa Norden Outkicks Emma Moffatt to Take Hamburg Title
After an early season full of injuries and missed training, Sweden's Lisa Norden entered today's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Hamburg just looking for a decent finish. She did more than that, winning in a thrilling sprint to the line over reigning ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt of Australia. It was revenge for Norden, who finished second to Moffatt at this race last year. Ireland's Aileen Morrison finished a surprising third, by far the best result of her career.

"This exceeded all of my expectations," Norden said. "I came here just hoping for a top ten finish so I could score some world rankings points, but I really didn't expect to win. It's absolutely amazing."

"It's a little disappointing to come so close to winning, but I'm still really happy with second today," Moffatt said. "I didn't expect to be leading the Series after today, but it's a great surprise."

"Today's race gave me so much confidence heading into next weekend in London," Norden said. "I really wasn't feeling too good about my run before today, but now I feel things are starting to turn around." read more...

With his second-place finish, Frodeno now takes over the lead in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Rankings, with an advantage of only one point over Brukhankov, who had lead the Series since round two in Seoul.

With her runner-up finish, Moffatt takes over the lead in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Rankings, with three races left to decide the 2010 ITU World Champion.

Click here to view the full 2010 World Championship Series Rankings.

An on-demand replay of the entire event can be viewed here.

The ITU World Championship Series continues next weekend with round five in London.
 
 
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