ITU 2011 WCS Triathlon – London, Great Britain

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

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7th August 2011 – London, Great Britain

With a year to go wins for Alistair Brownlee and Helen Tucker, and a bronze medal for Jonathan Brownlee, at the ITU World Championship Series triathlon in London, the sport’s Olympic test event, gave the home crowd hope for British success on the same course in next years Olympic triathlons.

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) carries the flag of Yorkshire as celebrates winning the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series and meeting the selection criteria for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) carries the flag of Yorkshire as celebrates winning the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series and meeting the selection criteria for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

However none of them were complacent after their success recognising that the races being a selection event for many countries probably had a bearing on the tactics of their rivals.

“To be honest I couldn’t believe I got away on the bike” said Alistair Brownlee, whilst Jenkins described her event as a “funny race”. “Everyone was pretty cagey” she said.

And whilst all bar one of his races this year, the series opener in Sydney where he fell, has resulted in a win for Brownlee, he has seen a variety of competitors joining him on the podium. Most consistent of these has probably been his brother Jonathan with two silvers and a bronze, but with Javier Gomez winning in Sydney, taking bronze in Madrid and securing places just outside the medals in his other races it is the Spaniard who leads the World Championship Series rankings. Whilst not showing the same form that won him the series title last year it would be an unwise person who discounts him as a potential winner at next years Olympics.

Add to this pair the podium places achieved by amongst others Brad Kahlefeldt, Russian Alexander Bryukhankov, Sven Riederer and Will Clarke and the name of next years Olympic men’s champion in a race that has thrown up some unexpected results over the past three Olympics cannot be considered a foregone conclusion.

With Gomez and the Brownlees having taken up start positions at either end of the pontoon it was Aurelien Raphael who established an early lead in the swim before being overtaken by current Olympic champion Jan Frodeno who was then joined by Gomez at the head of the field on the single lap swim. The Spaniard’s lead was small and though first out of the water he was followed in quick succession and out onto the bike by the majority of his rivals with a large pack forming almost immediately before a break midway into the first lap saw the lead group shrink to 22 riders.

Within a few minutes James Elvery made another break and before the rest of the field could respond Alistair Brownlee and Alexander Brukhankov were away with him and the trio had opened up a 13 second gap by the end of the lap.

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) (right) takes his own line through transition beside Alexander Bryukhankov (RUS) (left) and James Elvery (NZL) (centre) as the lead pack start another lap of the bike during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) (right) takes his own line through transition beside Alexander Bryukhankov (RUS) (left) and James Elvery (NZL) (centre) as the lead pack start another lap of the bike during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

Joined by Ivan Rana the leaders continued to extend their lead on the new course that now passes Buckingham Palace and entered transition a minute clear of the chasing pack. It was however the Russian who led Brownlee and Elvery out of T2 in the torrential rain. Almost immediately Brownlee made a break building a lead of 11 seconds by the end of the first lap over Bryukhankov. Crossing the line with the Yorkshire flag draped over his shoulders he then turned and waited for his younger brother Jonathan.

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) races through the rain at the start of the second run lap during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) races through the rain at the start of the second run lap during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

Having not given pursuit on the bike to allow Alistair to get away with the lead pack he then led the chase on the run with Gomez in pursuit but proving too strong for the Spaniard for the second time this year he took the final podium position. Along with his second place in Madrid the result also made him eligible for selection for the British team for next year’s Olympic Games.

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) celebrates taking third place at the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series. The result also made him eligible for selection for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) celebrates taking third place at the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series. The result also made him eligible for selection for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

Men
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:50.09
2. Alexander Bryukhankov (RUS) 1:50.34
3. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:51.04


06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) celebrates winning the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series which made her eligible for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) celebrates winning the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series which made her eligible for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

6th August 2011 – London, Great Britain

Three wins for Canada’s Paula Findlay would make her favourite for next years women’s race. However Jenkins improving form this year, two silvers and then a win at this latest race, albeit one into which Findlay came still recovering from an injury she suffered a couple of weeks ago, suggests the Briton may be able to add an Olympic title to her World Championship one from 2008. Competition though may come from the Australians. Three weeks after taking silver in Hamburg, Emma Jackson took fourth again beating her Australian team mate Emma Snowsill, the current women’s Olympic champion, to the line this time by a second with another Australian Ashleigh Gentle, the 2010 Junior Womens champion in her first World Championship Series race, finishing just four places behind her. And as with the men it would be unwise to dismiss the chances of the 2010 series winner Emma Moffatt or the current series leader Barbara Riveros Diaz.

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors race along the shore of The Serpentine during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors race along the shore of The Serpentine during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

The win for Helen Jenkins allowed her to shake off the bridesmaid image this year. So often on the podium in a supporting role she stayed in contention throughout the race. Unlike the mens race the women’s field came together on the bike so that virtually all the competitors entered transition together and it was well into the run before Jenkins could make a move. With an increase in pace a group of six pulled away from the rest of the field and then Jenkins continued to push on, crossing the finish line 7 seconds ahead of Gwen Jorgensen, the American who only did her first triathlon 18 months ago.

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) talks to the media after winning the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) talks to the media after winning the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

It was only afterwards that Jenkins revealed that she had been troubled by a cold throughout the lead up and had almost not raced. Then she explained that feeling that her legs were going as she entered the last hundred metres she didn’t look back to see where her rivals were, afraid that they would realise.

Women
1. Helen Jenkins (GBR) 2:00.34
2. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 2:00.41
3. Anja Dittmer (GER) 2:00.49

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) runs from the Serpentine at the end of the swim during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) runs from the Serpentine at the end of the swim during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Brothers Alistair Brownlee (GBR) (right) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) (left) answer questions at the post race press conference after they had taken first and third places at the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series. The result also makes them eligible for selection for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Brothers Alistair Brownlee (GBR) (right) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) (left) answer questions at the post race press conference after they had taken first and third places at the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series. The result also makes them eligible for selection for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) (left) leads Javier Gomez (ESP) (right) on the run during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) (left) leads Javier Gomez (ESP) (right) on the run during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) looks at the trophy for the fastest run split during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series, a bearskin hat .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) looks at the trophy for the fastest run split during the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series, a bearskin hat .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Runner up Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) (right) sprays his brother, race winner Alistair Brownlee (GBR), with champagne after the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Runner up Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) (right) sprays his brother, race winner Alistair Brownlee (GBR), with champagne after the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Laurent Vidal (FRA) (right) celebrates with Steffen Justus (GER) after finishing the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Laurent Vidal (FRA) (right) celebrates with Steffen Justus (GER) after finishing the men's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) leads a pack during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) leads a pack during the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Gwen Jorgensen (USA) celebrates taking second place at the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series so making her eligible for selection for the American team for the 2012 Olympics (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Gwen Jorgensen (USA) celebrates taking second place at the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series so making her eligible for selection for the American team for the 2012 Olympics (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Emmie Charayron (FRA), Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Emma Snowsill (AUS) and Nicola Spirig (SUI) recover after finishing the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Emmie Charayron (FRA), Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Emma Snowsill (AUS) and Nicola Spirig (SUI) recover after finishing the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) is hugged by husband and coach Marc Jenkins after her victory in the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series which made her eligible for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Helen Jenkins (GBR) is hugged by husband and coach Marc Jenkins after her victory in the women's round of triathlon's ITU World Championship Series which made her eligible for the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

05 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A scooter stands amongst race bikes during the ITU World Championship Series pre race warm up .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

05 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A scooter stands amongst race bikes during the ITU World Championship Series pre race warm up .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

05 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Laurent Vidal (FRA) prepares for a television interview during the ITU World Championship Series pre race warm up (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

05 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Laurent Vidal (FRA) prepares for a television interview during the ITU World Championship Series pre race warm up (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Stephane Bahier (FRA) starts another  lap on the bike during the paratriathlon at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Stephane Bahier (FRA) starts another lap on the bike during the paratriathlon at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Water sprays from the wheels of his hand bike as Alan Rayment (GBR) starts another lap during the TRI-1 category race during the paratriathlon at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Water sprays from the wheels of his hand bike as Alan Rayment (GBR) starts another lap during the TRI-1 category race during the paratriathlon at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - A competitor heads out onto the bike course during the age group sprint race during triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - A competitor heads out onto the bike course during the age group sprint race during triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the age group Olympic distance race at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Competitors cycle past Buckingham Palace during the age group Olympic distance race at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors dismount before entering transition during the age group sprint race during triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

06 AUG 2011 - LONDON,GBR - Competitors dismount before entering transition during the age group sprint race during triathlon's ITU World Championship Series (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A squirrel makes a dash for the opposite side of the road during the age group Olympic distance race at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A squirrel makes a dash for the opposite side of the road during the age group Olympic distance race at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A competitor hi-5s a spectator as he runs around Hyde Park during the age group Olympic distance race at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

07 AUG 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A competitor hi-5s a spectator as he runs around Hyde Park during the age group Olympic distance race at triathlon's ITU World Championship Series event .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)



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