Another big run ... and win, for Mario Mola in Edmonton

Mario Mola continued his dominance of the 2017 World Triathlon Series with his fourth win of the year in Edmonton, despite a scare from Aussie Jake Birtwhistle on the run.

| July 30, 2017 | NEWS

Oops ... one more lap to go. Jacob Birtwhistle realizes he\'s jumped the gun on the run into the finishing chute and rejoins the course at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton.

Oops ... one more lap to go. Jacob Birtwhistle realizes he's jumped the gun on the run into the finishing chute and rejoins the course at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

When Australian running sensation Jake Birtwhistle took off like a shot on the second lap of WTS Edmonton, he flew by leader Mario Mola so fast the Spaniard had no choice but to let him go.

"When I saw him overtaking me at a whole different speed I thought 'Well, he's quicker and that's the way its going to be,'" Mola said after the race. Turns out Birtwhistle had jumped the gun and thought they were on the final loop. As he rounded the corner and saw the shocked look on the officials faces as he ran towards the finish line, Birtwhistle realized he had one more lap to run. He jumped over one of the barriers and gamely tried to hang on to the lead.

The race had become a 5 km footrace when a group of 35 hit T2 together. The swim had been led by, surprise of all surpises, Richard Varga (SVK), who routinely leads the swim at WTS events. Right on his heels, though, were Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) and Ben Kanute. Initially it looked like Brownlee and Kanute might be able to work together at the front of the bike to do some damage, but eventually a huge group formed. Despite the fact that the course included six steep climbs up Groat Road, no one could get away and the bunch ended up hitting transition together.

Initially a group of four that included a who's who of ITU racing formed at the front: Mola, Brownlee, South Africa's Richard Murray and Javier Gomez managed to open up a bit of a gap on Birtwhistle and the rest of the field.

Then, shortly after the turnaround signally the halfway point of the race, Birtwhistle took off like a shot, thinking he was gearing up for a sprint to the line. Turns out that sprint was a mile early. Mola would work his way up and past the Aussie on the final lap and, thanks to an impressive 14:36 split, take his fourth WTS title of the year and solidify his lead in the overall standings.

Mario Mola retains the lead in the WTS standings.

Mario Mola retains the lead in the WTS standings.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Despite having to run a mile further than he thought, Birtwhistle was able to hang tough for the runner-up spot, while Murray rounded out the podium. Brownlee finished fourth.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

ITU World Triathlon Edmonton | Elite Men

July 29, 2017 | Edmonton, Canada.

Name

Country

Total

750 m Swim

20 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Mario Mola

ESP

0:54:51

0:08:59

0:29:58

0:14:36

2

Jacob Birtwhistle

AUS

0:55:01

0:09:07

0:29:52

0:14:45

3

Richard Murray

RSA

0:55:06

0:09:03

0:29:57

0:14:50

4

Jonathan Brownlee

GBR

0:55:14

0:08:42

0:30:15

0:14:59

5

Raphael Montoya

FRA

0:55:19

0:08:41

0:30:14

0:15:03

6

Javier Gomez Noya

ESP

0:55:24

0:09:00

0:29:59

0:15:08

7

Pierre Le Corre

FRA

0:55:28

0:08:40

0:30:17

0:15:10

8

Kristian Blummenfelt

NOR

0:55:31

0:09:03

0:29:54

0:15:14

9

Fernando Alarza

ESP

0:55:36

0:09:12

0:29:48

0:15:16

10

Grant Sheldon

GBR

0:55:39

0:09:09

0:29:49

0:15:20

11

Tony Dodds

NZL

0:55:41

0:08:44

0:30:13

0:15:26

12

Rodrigo Gonzalez

MEX

0:55:43

0:09:09

0:29:54

0:15:22

13

Simon Viain

FRA

0:55:54

0:09:09

0:29:50

0:15:35

14

Irving Perez

MEX

0:56:01

0:08:48

0:30:11

0:15:42

15

Lukas Hollaus

AUT

0:56:04

0:09:12

0:29:48

0:15:47

16

Aaron Royle

AUS

0:56:07

0:08:39

0:30:19

0:15:48

17

Kevin Mcdowell

USA

0:56:08

0:08:56

0:29:57

0:15:54

18

Jelle Geens

BEL

0:56:12

0:09:09

0:29:50

0:15:56

19

Richard Varga

SVK

0:56:16

0:08:37

0:30:19

0:15:51

20

Luke Willian

AUS

0:56:21

0:08:52

0:30:03

0:16:03

21

Vincent Luis

FRA

0:56:28

0:08:38

0:30:14

0:16:13

22

Ben Kanute

USA

0:56:29

0:08:41

0:30:13

0:16:14

23

Matthew Sharpe

CAN

0:56:31

0:08:57

0:30:02

0:16:16

24

Gordon Benson

GBR

0:56:38

0:08:58

0:29:58

0:16:17

25

Vicente Hernandez

ESP

0:56:44

0:09:06

0:29:54

0:16:26

26

Eli Hemming

USA

0:56:49

0:09:06

0:29:55

0:16:31

27

Tony Smoragiewicz

USA

0:56:49

0:09:12

0:29:56

0:16:18

28

Eric Lagerstrom

USA

0:56:52

0:08:55

0:30:00

0:16:30

29

David Mendoza

MEX

0:56:57

0:08:45

0:30:11

0:16:37

30

Danilo Pimentel

BRA

0:57:33

0:09:02

0:30:04

0:17:05

31

Alexis Lepage

CAN

0:57:50

0:08:59

0:30:04

0:17:25

32

Russell White

IRL

0:58:05

0:08:49

0:30:08

0:17:49

33

Adrien Briffod

SUI

0:58:21

0:09:00

0:31:12

0:16:51

34

Declan Wilson

AUS

0:58:54

0:09:06

0:31:04

0:17:20

35

Ivan Ivanov

UKR

0:59:21

0:09:05

0:32:23

0:16:31

36

Tyler Mislawchuk

CAN

0:59:36

0:08:46

0:30:11

0:19:20

37

Andreas Schilling

DEN

0:59:54

0:09:15

0:29:52

0:19:24

38

Matthew Hauser

AUS

0:59:58

0:09:08

0:32:18

0:17:12

39

Shogo Ishitsuka

JPN

1:00:05

0:08:53

0:32:34

0:17:15

40

Bob Haller

LUX

1:00:20

0:09:10

0:32:20

0:17:33

41

Shachar Sagiv

ISR

1:00:20

0:09:02

0:33:35

0:16:24

DNF

Joao Pereira

POR

DNF

0:08:57

0:30:00

0:12:21

DNF

Dorian Coninx

FRA

DNF

0:08:57

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Matthew Mcelroy

USA

DNF

0:09:10

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Daniel Hoy

NZL

DNF

0:09:14

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Dmitry Polyanskiy

RUS

DNF

0:08:41

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Miguel Arraiolos

POR

DNF

0:09:05

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Mohamad Alsabbagh

SYR

DNF

0:09:06

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNS

Gustav Iden

NOR

DNS

0:00:00

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Jose Gomez De La Torre Prato

PER

LAP

0:09:38

0:00:00

0:00:00

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