By Fergus Murray on 09/12/12 at 5:00 pm
In Stockholm’s debut appearance as an ITU World Triathlon Series event, an Olympic star studded line up turned out for the sprint race. Just weeks after the Games, competition was anything but lacking, as athletes chased important world championship series points.
Home favourite Lisa Norden (SWE) dazzled her compatriots with a win in her own country. Norden was strong start to finish, exiting both the water and bike with the leaders. Norden and Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) went off the front of the run, but it was Norden whose speed was unmatchable. To the delight of the crowd, the Olympic silver medallist collected a career third WTS title. Relive the race here.
Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) was once again brilliant as he sprinted to his fourth series title in Stockholm. Brownlee was part of a 13-man lead pack on the bike. Though he entered T2 with just a slight time advantage, it was all Brownlee needed to hold off charging Javier Gomez (ESP). Brownlee outdistanced Gomez by just six seconds for the win, which put him at the top of the WTS leaderboard. Reveiw the men’s Stockholm race here.
On Sunday was the exciting Mixed Relay event. A stellar final leg from Jonathan Brownlee helped Great Britain defend its ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship in tough wet conditions.
After sitting in 14th after the first 300m swim, 6km bike and 2km leg completed by Vicky Holland, Great Britain had to come from behind the entire race, but William Clarke and Non Stanford helped them edge back before Brownlee took the lead in dramatic fashion on the first lap of the bike and stormed home to help his team win. Review the race here.
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