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Alistair Brownlee (GBR) makes history with Rio triathlon Gold
Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee has become the first triathlete to successfully defend his Olympic title, with a crushing performance across all three legs leading him to Gold in the Olympic triathlon event in Rio on Thursday. Sweetening the pot, Alistair shared the podium with younger brother Jonathan Brownlee, who crossed over next for silver. Surprising even himself, Henri Schoeman (RSA) scooped up the final medal in bronze position.
Back to his best form at Copacabana beach, Brownlee was in the lead from almost the very start to the very end - pulling away from younger brother Jonathan Brownlee before the halfway mark of the run, to eventually win in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes and 1 second. His result means he claims a rare place in triathlon history, not only as the first athlete to win two Gold medals in the triathlon event, but the first to do so at successive Olympic Games.
“We want to enjoy what we were able to pull off today and the last three months of training that went so well and that we managed to get the race to go our way,” said Alistair.
“Obviously it is very special, but the important thing is that I turned up today. I have trained as hard as I can this year and executed on the day. The records, and being able to retain it, isn’t the big thing for me. It is turning up on this day and winning the race. I did that. Maybe the enormity of it will sink in over the next few weeks or so, I don’t know, but I am pleased to turn up and that Jonny did as well.”
Jonathan Brownlee claimed the silver to make it a banner day for British triathlon and the Brownlee family, adding to his bronze medal in London. Behind the Brownlees, it was South Africa’s Henri Schoeman who was having the race of his life to claim South Africa’s - and Africa’s - very first medal in triathlon. It was the first major podium place in Schoeman’s career, having not made a podium in the World Triathlon Series. Just behind him was teammate Richard Murray (RSA), recording the fastest run split of the day to finish fourth. It was the first time ever that South Africa had placed two men in the top 10 of an Olympic event.
While previous Olympic races had shown anything could happen in the race, this one was much more clear cut from the start. The Brownlee brothers sat just behind the leaders in the swim, then set a race-defining pace in the first half of the 40km bike leg. Driving up the tough hill on the Rio course, they were part of a lead group of 10 that rode the first 20km more than 90seconds faster than the fastest athlete on the bike course in last year’s test event. It saw them double their gap on the chase group over the first two laps, stretch it to a minute on the third, and then keep it around 75 seconds for the rest of the bike.
Even though they had established a clean break on the field, the Brownlees’ didn’t let up on the run. While France’s Vincent Luis initially kept up in the first lap, they broke before it ended and were never headed. Alistair then decided to pull away from Jonathan with plenty of time to go, but slowed down at the finish line to celebrate, leaving the winning margin at just six seconds. The Brownlee brothers join Canada’s Simon Whitfield and New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty as the only men to have won multiple Olympic medals.
Earlier the race commenced with a beach start for the first time in the history of triathlon at the Olympic Games. The initial stretch out to the first marker saw three distinct groups form, before Slovakia’s Richard Varga took his place at the front of the swim at the first marker and the field came together. With Russia’s Igor Polyanksiy and Italy’s Alessandro Fabian just behind him, he started to push the pace and string out the rest of the field in his wake.
Just in the slipstream behind those three sat a perfectly positioned Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee and Henri Schoeman, setting the tone for the rest of the day.
After the leaders passed the final marker and headed into shore Varga extended his pace even further, and he hit the beach in a time of 17 minutes and 18 seconds, the fastest recorded for a non-wetsuit swim in in an Olympic event. It was a full 30 seconds faster than this swim in the test event in 2015.
As expected, the Brownlees then ratcheted up the speed on the first bike lap, in the process narrowing the lead group to 10, Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Alistair Brownlee (GBR), Henri Schoeman (RSA), Aaron Royle (AUS), Martin van Riel (BEL), Vincent Luis (FRA), Andrea Salvisberg (SUI), Ben Kanute (USA), Richard Varga (SVK) and Alessandro Fabian (ITA). The lead group’s strategy in the first lap was clear, start to burn away the rest of the field. With most of the group rotating turns at the start, they rocketed up Rio’s tough hill. And that approach paid dividends immediately.
Spain’s Mario Mola was just 19 seconds down after the swim, but his chase group of about 15 finished the second lap 41 seconds behind the leaders. Despite the best efforts of the chase, they couldn’t stop the quickly escalating gap from rising further. After the third lap, the time difference was a minute. However, that did also allow the first and second chase groups to come together, and with it pull South Africa’s Richard Murray back up to the first chase, and he set himself to work on the front of that group. Along with David Uccellari (ITA), Ryan Bailie (AUS), Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Andreas Schilling (SUI), they managed to at least stem the time flow over the rest of the 40km.
But the frenetic pace set by the leaders in those first four laps meant it was hard to make up any ground. At the halfway mark of the 40km bike leg, Jonathan Brownlee had a split that was just over 90 seconds faster than the split set by the fastest man in last year’s test event. While the chase kept the gap fairly steady after halfway, it meant they still hit T2 a full 1 minute and 14 seconds behind the leaders.
“At the start of the race I felt really good,” Jonathan said. “My training has gone really well, probably a little bit better than Alistair, but maybe the shorter distance suits me a little bit more. During the race I felt really good, I had a good swim start, a good swim and then on the bike I felt great. We were pushing for the first couple of laps, but I felt very controlled, I might have put in a little too much work at times during the bike, but it got to me and Alistair was a little bit stronger than me. It was a hard race.”
With the medals surely secure in the lead group the Brownlees wasted no time heading to the front. But it was France’s Vincent Luis who went with them. That trio quickly put a gap between them and the rest of the group, which was led by Schoeman, followed by Van Riel and Royle.
But they hadn’t even finished the first lap before the Brownlees made their killer move. Just ahead of entering transition to start the second run lap, they flew off the front, and Luis simply couldn’t go with them. Behind him, Schoeman was catching and shortly overtook the Frenchman. The South African settled into third spot early on in the run and didn’t let up, leading to a historic medal. His teammate Murray was flying behind, along with Portugal’s Joao Pereira - who finished fifth.
Belgium’s Martin van Riel finished sixth, the first time a man from Belgium had finished in the top 10 in an Olympic race. Luis’ seventh place continues a strong run for France in the Olympic race. It means they have had top-10 finishers in all editions of the men’s triathlon at the Games.
Spain’s Mario Mola also recorded an impressive run split to finish eighth. He was followed in by Australia’s Aaron Royle and Ryan Bailie, their places meant it was the first time two Australian men had finished in the top 10.
Gwen Jorgensen (USA) claims Olympic Gold in dominant Rio perfomance
America’s Gwen Jorgensen has cemented her place as one of the best triathletes of her generation, with a strong all-around performance and her killer run kick that delivered her a Gold in the triathlon event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After positioning herself in the lead group from the start of the event, Jorgensen broke away from Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig on the final run lap to claim the win in 1 hour 56 minutes and 16 seconds.
Spirig, the London 2012 Olympic Champion, took silver. It meant she became the first woman to win multiple Olympic medals in triathlon in doing so. In a thrilling sprint for bronze, Great Britain’s Vicky Holland just edged her teammate, training partner and housemate Non Stanford, to win Great Britain’s first ever medal in the women’s event.
“It is pretty crazy to show up on the day after four years and accomplish what I said I wanted to accomplish for four years,” Jorgensen said. “It is a huge sentiment to both my husband and my coach, they have invested way more in me than anyone will ever know. We work together, so this is as much their medal as it is mine. I have been saying this all year. I wanted to get to August 20th, I wanted to cross that line and get the gold medal, so it is pretty incredible that I was actually able to do it.”
The race was indicative of just how far Jorgensen has come since coming into triathlon through a college recruitment program. Jorgensen exited the swim just 11 seconds down from the leaders, right next to Spirig, and then rode strongly in the 18-woman lead group across the technical and hilly course. While she spent almost 8km running side by side with Spirig, she made her move on the final run lap.
As seen so frequently on the World Triathlon Series circuit, she then strode away powerfully to record an eventual winning margin of 40 seconds. It was the second biggest winning time in the history of the Olympic event, only behind Emma Snowsill‘s win in Beijing. Jorgensen became the first American woman to win a Gold medal in the event, and was also the first winner of a test event to win Gold the next year.
Earlier, the day started on Copacabana beach, the first time the Olympic triathlon event has started with a beach sprint into the water. Australia’s Emma Moffatt is no stranger to the sand and used her strength to initially hit the lead in the choppy surf. But at the first buoy the field came together, with Spain’s Carolina Routier leading Brazil’s Pamella Oliveira. Moffatt, Andrea Hewitt (NZL) Katie Zaferes (USA) were just behind, followed closely by Flora Duffy (BER) and Claudia Rivas (MEX).
By the end of the 19 minutes in the water Routier had pushed the pace enough to string out the field, but all of the pre-race favourites had stuck right near the top. Exiting the water within 15 seconds of Routier were all those listed above, as well as Non Stanford (GBR), Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Helen Jenkins (GBR), Sarah True (USA), Nicola Spirig (SUI), Vicky Holland (GBR), Erin Densham (AUS), Lisa Norden (SWE), Barbara Riveros (CHI) and Rachel Klamer (NED).
The first bike lap saw Non Stanford go out hard in an attempt to split the field, and soon she was joined by Vicky Holland (GBR), Nicola Spirig (SUI) and Flora Duffy (BER) at the front. Taking turns they hammered out the pace, but Jorgensen stuck on the back of the field and by the end of the second lap was ensconced firmly in the lead group.
By the second lap the lead group was down to 18, including all four of the Olympic medallists in the field - Spirig, Norden, Densham and Moffatt, reigning world champion Jorgensen, 2013 World Champion Stanford, Commonwealth Games medallist Holland, the in-form Zaferes, Klamer and Riveros, and the always consistent Hewitt.
After that second lap a four-woman chase group of True, Oliveira, Sweetland and Amelie Kretz (CAN) were 25 seconds behind. The second chase, led by Laura Lindemann (GER), Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA), four-time Olympian Ainhoa Murua (ESP) and Helen Jenkins (GBR), saw their gap slip out to 54 seconds. By the next lap the gap had extended to almost a minute as the chase groups came together, and they continued to lose ground throughout the 40km leg until the gap between the leaders and the chase was more than three minutes behind the leaders at T2.
Back with the lead group on the bike, Spirig and Duffy had attempted to make it interesting by pushing the pace off the front, but at the halfway point of the bike the pack appeared to have settled into a familiar rhythm. But then came another Spirig move, heading back into transition to start the fifth lap the reigning Olympic Champion hit the front solo. However, both her attempts were only short-lived. The second one which she started in the transition area, lasted slightly longer but until the start of the hill, when Duffy moved to close the gap.
While Spirig kept up an impressively high pace on the bike across the final few laps, the group appeared to calm as they waited to settle the Olympic race on the 10km run.
“I felt really good on the bike, I did a lot of work in training so I felt really strong. It would have been nice to have a breakaway. My main goal was to make everyone tired, so that is why I was always accelerating so that everyone had to work. I wanted them to get off the bike with tired legs and I think I achieved that.”
South Africa’s Marie Rabie had the best transition and hit the run leg first. But she was soon caught by Jorgensen and Spirig, and within the first few hundred metres the pair had hit the front. Jorgensen assumed the lead, with Spirig sitting just off her shoulder. Around 10m behind them came Stanford and Holland running side by side, followed by Moffatt and Riveros.
After the first lap Jorgensen and Spirig extended their lead to 16 seconds over the four-woman chase group of Holland, Stanford, Riveros and Moffatt. But halfway through the second lap Moffatt started to fall away, and shortly after so did Riveros.
At the 5km mark of the final leg in the Olympic race, it was still Jorgensen and Spirig together in the lead. There was a 23-second gap back to teammates, training partners and housemates Stanford and Holland, and just slightly more to Riveros and Moffatt.
“There was some mental games, because I know she is a remarkable runner so I had to try everything to get her off of the rhythm somehow,” Spirig said.
While the third lap saw some jostling of position between Jorgensen and Spirig, they hit the start of the final lap together. But it didn’t stay that way for long as Jorgensen pulled out her killer kick, and burst to the lead with around 2km to go.
“I have been outrun in races, so it was an exciting race. and Nicola and I were playing a bit of games when neither of us wanted to lead in the head wind, so hopefully it made it exciting for the fans,” Jorgensen said.
In the race for bronze, Stanford had initially moved slightly ahead in the final lap but it was Holland who came home with a barnstorming finish down the blue carpet. It was Great Britain’s fifth medal in Olympic triathlon, but their first in the women’s event - the other four belong to the Brownlee brothers. It meant that Great Britain’ claimed three of the six medals on offer in Rio, the first time one National Olympic Committee has claimed that many of the medals on offer.
“Starting the run, my legs were a bit tired and it became clear after about five kilometres that I was going to be running with my housemate, my training partner and my best friend for a medal. One of us was going to get one and one of us wasn’t, so that was obviously not what we came here to do, we both wanted medals. But I am delighted that I managed to bring one home,” Holland said.
Spirig’s silver medal though was enough to ensure that Switzerland were now level on the overall Olympic triathlon medal tally with Great Britain. After five events, each NOC has two Gold medals, one Silver and two Bronze.
Chile’s Barbara Riveros finished fifth and was one of four athletes that posted the first top-10 Olympic finish for their NOC. She also posted the highest finish ever for a South American triathlete at the Olympics. The others included Flora Duffy (BER) in 8th, Claudia Rivas (MEX) in 9th and Rachel Klamer (NED) in 10th.
Australia’s triple-Olympian and Beijing bronze medallist Emma Moffatt finished sixth. It was the first time in an Olympic women’s race that Australia did not win a medal. New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt claimed seventh spot, in a year where she tragically lost fiance and coach Laurent Vidal.
Sarah True, who finished fourth in London and fourth in the test event had a heart-breaking end to her Olympic race, she came off the bike and after re-starting her race not once but twice, earning huge cheers from the crowd on the bike course, was forced to withdraw. Ainhoa Murua (ESP), who was competing in her fourth Olympic event, also had to end prematurely. Murua had suffered a stress fracture in her foot ahead of the race, and her day ended early on in the run.
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