The podium at this year’s ITU World Triathlon Grand Final looked just like last year’s, with 2014 champions Gwen Jorgensen of the United States and Javier Gomez of Spain winning the elite women’s and men’s titles.
After a schedule change due to Friday’s stormy weather, the elite women took off at 1 p.m. Jorgensen pulled away in last quarter of the run, throwing down a remarkable 32:43 10K run split to win the race in 1:55:36, solidifying her position atop the Columbia Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings and earning her second consecutive world title: the only American woman to ever accomplish such a feat.
“I never thought I would be unbeaten this season,” Jorgensen said. “To be able to perform on so many different days when I am not feeling well, hilly courses, it just doesn’t seem real to me.”
Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand and Sarah True of the United States rounded out the top three in the overall rankings for 2015, while Non Stanford and Vicky Holland, both of Great Britain, took second and third in Friday’s race, respectively.
After Friday’s thunderstorms cleared away the heat and humidity, the elite men took to the course Saturday under more ideal conditions. Mario Mola won the race in 1:44:53, but his victory, followed by a second place finish from Gomez, was not enough to dethrone Gomez as the reigning elite men’s world champion. Gomez has won the world title for three consecutive years, in addition to victories in 2008 and 2010.
“Being on the podium for the world championships is something that is amazing,” Gomez said. “I’m really proud of my career so far. I hope it’s not the last [world title].”
Richard Murray of South Africa finished third in Saturday’s elite race, and Mola and Vincent Luis of France took second and third in the 2015 rankings after Saturday’s results. Local triathlete Ben Kanute of Geneva had the highest finish for U.S. men both in Saturday’s event and in the overall rankings, finishing 32nd overall and 20th on Saturday to take the 2015 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship. Kevin McDowell, also of Geneva, was the second American man to finish Saturday, coming in 32nd place. McDowell competed in the Under-23 World Championship on Thursday, too, where he took fourth.