American Gwen Jorgensen proved to the triathlon world that her ITU World Triathlon Series win in San Diego was not fluke as she notches another ITU World Triathlon Series Title in Yokohama, Japan. She managed to hold off Emma Moffatt and Jodie Stimpson on the run for her second ITU win of 2013. One the men's side, Great Britain's Jonathan Brownlee, who didn't think he would be racing at all this season due to an injury, showed everyone that he's back. The reigning ITU World Champion lead from start to finish to win the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama race, his first win of 2013.
Highlights of the 2013 World Triathlon Yokohama - Elite Women
If San Diego hinted at it, Yokohama has well and truly confirmed the USA's Gwen Jorgensen as the leading contender in 2013, as she took back to back ITU World Triathlon Series titles and the overall series lead in Japan on Saturday.
Conditions played a huge part with constant rain and cooler temperatures making for a treacherous race at times, with numerous crashes on the bike. But it was Jorgensen who reigned supreme, first running down Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Jodie Stimpson (GBR) and then simply flying off into the distance to win by 14 seconds in a time of 1 hour 57 minutes and 5 seconds.
Jorgensen initially stayed back after the first lap of the run, but pulled out another negative split 10km to pull back in the difference in the final lap and said it played out to her race plan.
"I wouldn't say it was a repeat of San Diego, there were different conditions out there today, a choppy swim and the rain on the bike, but it was an exciting race for sure," Jorgensen said. "I just started the run and to be honest I was a little worried those girls really took it out fast and I just tried to focus on my race. I just tried to maintain pace the whole way."
The win puts Jorgensen on top of the 20132 ITU World Triathlon series rankings, with three races now completed in the season. Germany's Anne Haug still sits in second, with Moffatt in third.
2013 ITU World Triathlon Series - Yokohama Results:
Yokohama, Japan - May 11, 2013
|Elite Men Results||Time||
|Elite Women Results||Time|
|Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)||1:44:59||
|Gwen Jorgensen (USA)||1:57:05|
|Javier Gomez (ESP)||1:45:23||
|Emma Moffatt (AUS)||1:57:19|
|Joao Silva (POR)||1:46:16||
|Jodie Stimpson (GBR)||1:57:20|
|Ivan Vasiliev (RUS)||1:46:25||
|Ashleigh Gentle (AUS)||1:57:52|
|Richard Murray (RSA)||1:47:23||
|Maaike Caelers (NED)||1:58:29|
|Henri Schoeman (RSA)||1:47:26||
|Vendula Frintova (CZE)||1:58:45|
|Andrew Mccartney (CAN)||1:47:31||
|Kate Roberts (RSA)||1:58:51|
|Adam Bowden (GBR)||1:47:43||
|Aileen Reid (IRL)||1:58:59|
|David Mcnamee (GBR)||1:47:56||
|Kate Mcilroy (NZL)||1:59:07|
|Ryan Bailie (AUS)||1:47:57||
|Charlotte Mcshane (AUS)||1:59:23|
Highlights of the 2013 World Triathlon Yokohama - Elite Men
Just two months ago Great Britain's Jonathan Brownlee didn't think he would be racing at all this season, but the reigning ITU World Champion came back with a bang in Japan on Saturday, leading from start to finish in a perfect all-round performance at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama.
It followed on from his older brother's similar impressive return to ITU racing in 2013. Just last month Alistair Brownlee raced his first ITU event since the London Olympics in San Diego, and blew away the field there despite not being confident of his run form.
In Yokohama it was a similar story, except Jonathan had the added complication that his layoff was because of an ankle injury. That made his performance even more impressive, as he showed no signs of weakness on the run, burning off Spain's Javier Gomez and Portugal's Joao Silva over 10km to record his fifth career series win in a time of 1 hour 44 minutes and 59 seconds.
Brownlee was emotional afterwards as he revealed that he thought his entire season would have to be ruled out because of that ankle injury.
"At the start of the year I was told I wouldn't be racing at all this season, so I got a bit emotional towards the end because this year I thought I wouldn't be here at all," he said. "I thought the season was over two months ago.
"I didn't know what to expect all, to cross the finish line was more relief than anything. I was running around just pleased to be here to be honest, so this is nice."
Brownlee ran an amazing 7:11 for his second lap, a move that won him the race.
The 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings after three races are as follows.
|Elite Men Results||
|Elite Women Results|
|Joao Silva (POR)||
|Gwen Jorgensen (USA)|
|Javier Gomez (ESP)||
|Anne Haug (GER)|
|Mario Mola (ESP)||
|Emma Moffatt (AUS)|
Source: International Triathlon Union
Photo credits: Delly Carr
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