Triathlon: Gomez secures world crown as Alistair Brownlee takes stage win

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ALISTAIR brownlee won the Edmonton triathlon for Great Britain yesterday in a time of 01:48:44.

Brother Jonathan finished outside the medal positions 38 seconds off the winning pace in fourth – after the field had been stretched by the older of the two Brownlee brothers on the final lap.

Javier Gomez pulled away from Jonathan in the latter stages of the race to secure a podium place and with it the World Championship – for the fourth time.

He was third behind fellow Spaniard Mario Mola, who were 20 and 23 seconds behind Alistair respectively.

Britain’s Adam Bowden (+1:48) and David McNamee (+1:51) finished 12th and 14th respectively.

Meanwhile on Saturday, American Gwen Jorgensen was crowned as the ITU women’s World Champion after a record-equalling fifth win of the season as Britain’s Jodie Stimpson missed out on the top three.

Jorgensen came from off the pace on the third lap of the run to break through and claim victory in two hours and five seconds at the series grand final.

Her nap hand of race wins is unprecedented in the women’s event, with Britain’s Alistair Brownlee the only other athlete to achieve the feat in a World Triathlon Series.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in at all, I just want to thank everyone that has helped me so much,” Jorgensen said afterwards.

“I didn’t really execute too well in the swim and first lap of the bike I got a little nervous and let that get to me. I just had to try and reel it back in.”

Compatriot Sarah Groff was second overall after a fourth-placed finish on the day, while New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt crossed the line second to secure third place for the season.

Stimpson, a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist for England, was fourth in the season’s rankings.

Fellow Britons Lauren Steadman and Alison Patrick won world titles in their respective PT4 and PT5 paratriathlon classes.

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