Gomez sets the Record
Javier Gomez takes 5th ITU Olympic World Championship title.
After nine World Triathlon Series (WTS) races this year, the Grand Finale was hosted in downtown Chicago (US) in Grant Park with the world’s top ITU male and female triathletes.
The men’s race was a battle between Mario Mola and Javier Gomez. Despite his second place finish, Gomez’s season-long consistency would give him the World title, his fifth since 2008 (2010, 2013, 2014 & 2015). The extremely talented Spaniard has became the most successful athlete in the ITU World Championship history
Another great performance this weekend was delivered by Richard Murray (RSA), who rounded out the podium and is now 4th in the world rankings.
Both Gomez and Murray were riding SRAM Force 1. SRAM 1xTM is a simpler, quieter and more secure drivetrain that offers benefits for both pro and amateur riders. For the super-flat WTS Chicago course, Gomez and Murray chose to race with a 52-tooth chainring and an 11-26 cassette.
For the women, the 2013 World Champion, Non Stanford (GBR), confirmed her comeback after the ankle injuries that ruled her out of the major competitions in 2014. Non took second place and at the same time qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games (Rio – August 2016). Even if Andrea Hewitt (NZL) was just off the podium in Chicago (4th), thanks to great and consistent results throughout the season she could claim second place overall in the World Championship Series.
Photos: Nils Nilsen, N2PHOTOservices