Brownlee's and Duffy dazzle in Leeds

It was another one-two finish for Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, while Flora Duffy made it two in a row at the ITU World Triathlon Leeds.

| June 11, 2017 | NEWS

Alistair Brownlee

Alistair Brownlee

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Alistair Brownlee proved he's still got what it takes to beat the best in the world over the Olympic distance, even after he's shifted his focus to long distance racing this year. The two-time Olympic gold medalist returned to his home-town race in Leeds and led a one-two Brownlee finish once again as his younger brother Jonathan took the silver.

After missing the first few World Triathlon Series events of 2017, Flora Duffy continued her quest for another world title with another win, moving up one step on the podium from her silver-medal finish in Leeds in 2016.

Brownlee blast

Alistair Brownlee has been focused on half-distance racing this year, with wins in his first two cracks at the distance (Challenge Gran Canaria and the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah.) After pulling out of last weekend's Challenge Championship on the run, he returned to the WTS series at his hometown race in impressive style.

After coming out of the water near the front, both Brownlees were joined in a breakaway group by France's Pierre Le Corre and Aurelian Raphael during the first 13 km loop. As the course returned to the city center the two Brits pulled away. As the chase pack neared Jonathan figured it was time to sit up and let the pack catch up, but Alistair would have none of it.

"I nearly gave up actually first lap in the city center, and I said to Alistair ‘stop, we’re getting caught’ and he said to keep on going and suddenly we had 10 to 15 seconds from nowhere, and then I thought ‘wow, this is going be a long day out!” Jonathan said. “I’m used to getting told what to do by Alistair! But thankfully it was the right decision – it was the hard way of doing it but it was the right decision. It made it a fun race – it made it a hard race. I played into his hands – I made it a long-distance race, not really an ITU race.”

Alistair was able to use his long-distance training to his advantage in taking the win.

“When it was that close, Jonny said ‘let’s call it a day now and give up’, and I just said ‘No, let’s keep working because they’ve still got to catch us at the end of the day’ and the time started going out," Alistair said. "We just kept working hard and we stretched it out. We had to work a lot harder in the first two or three laps in the city center circuit than we’ve had to work before and that tired us out quite a bit. I think it’s an all-round triathlon today – you need to be able to swim – my swim wasn’t great, I was fifth or sixth and I had to move up – you need to be able to ride hard, tactically and technically, and do a good run at the end. There’s not that many races in the world that require you to race three disciplines.”

The brothers entered T2 with over a minute's lead. They ran together for the first three laps of the run before Alistair pulled away for the win. Spain's Fernando Alarza was able to pull away from Great Britain's Adam Bowden to prevent a British sweep of the podium.

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Duffy dominant again

Bermuda's Flora Duffy, the reigning WTS world champion, took her fourth WTS title the way she always does - being at our near the front out of the water, pulling clear thanks to a dominant bike ride then posting a solid run to stay in front.

Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth was first out of the water, but Duffy was only a few seconds down. When Learmonth slowed to wait for countrywoman Non Stanford, a lead group of four (Duffy, American Taylor Spivey, Italy's Alice Betto and the Netherlands' Maya Kingma) got away - for Duffy it was the perfect sized group.

“I came out of the water in a good position and luckily the girls on the bike were keen to work with me," Duffy said. "So perhaps they picked up on if you ride hard there is an opportunity to podium, so we made a huge gap and yeah it was fantastic. You know this was Taylor’s first podium and Alice’s as well, so that is really cool and I am super happy for them.”

“Four was perfect, especially when we came into the circuit because it is so technical here, so the smaller the group is the faster you get through the corners and just the more efficient you are. Those girls rode super well technically so it helped the speed, so we just gradually just put more and more time into the chase group, which was pretty cool.”

The chase pack couldn't gain any ground on the lead group and would trail by over 2:30 starting the run. Duffy was untouchable off the bike, leaving Spivey and Betto to hang on for the final two spots on the podium. Betto becomes the first Italian to make a WTS podium.

ITU World Triathlon Leeds | Women

June 11, 2017 | Leeds, Great Britain

Name

Country

Total

1.5 km swim

40 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Flora Duffy

BER

1:57:02

0:17:53

1:02:27

0:35:04

2

Taylor Spivey

USA

1:58:32

0:17:55

1:02:29

0:36:32

3

Alice Betto

ITA

1:59:36

0:17:52

1:02:29

0:37:37

4

Kirsten Kasper

USA

2:00:33

0:17:53

1:04:58

0:36:06

5

Ai Ueda

JPN

2:00:59

0:19:17

1:04:57

0:35:10

6

Jessica Learmonth

GBR

2:01:06

0:17:47

1:05:09

0:36:35

7

Gillian Backhouse

AUS

2:01:06

0:18:32

1:04:18

0:36:35

8

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

2:01:40

0:19:05

1:05:09

0:35:44

9

Charlotte McShane

AUS

2:01:50

0:19:00

1:05:17

0:35:58

10

Juri Ide

JPN

2:01:53

0:17:58

1:04:51

0:37:19

11

Non Stanford

GBR

2:01:57

0:18:45

1:04:06

0:37:23

12

Natalie Van Coevorden

AUS

2:02:13

0:18:01

1:04:51

0:37:38

13

Yuka Sato

JPN

2:02:38

0:19:10

1:05:09

0:36:42

14

Maya Kingma

NED

2:02:47

0:17:48

1:02:28

0:40:46

15

Yuko Takahashi

JPN

2:03:05

0:18:58

1:05:14

0:37:15

16

Kaidi Kivioja

EST

2:03:34

0:19:17

1:04:58

0:37:42

17

India Lee

GBR

2:04:06

0:19:03

1:05:12

0:38:10

18

Aoi Kuramoto

JPN

2:05:08

0:19:06

1:05:10

0:39:10

19

Simone Ackermann

ITU

2:06:34

0:19:02

1:05:13

0:40:37

20

Minami Kubono

JPN

2:07:14

0:19:06

1:05:10

0:41:16

21

Melanie Santos

POR

2:08:23

0:18:33

1:06:20

0:41:20

DNF

Taylor Knibb

ITA

DNF

0:18:18

1:05:26

0:00:00

DNF

Gillian Sanders

RSA

DNF

0:19:14

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Annamaria Mazzetti

USA

DNF

0:19:15

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNS

Summer Cook

GBR

DNS

0:00:00

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNS

Georgia Taylor-Brown

USA

DNS

0:00:00

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Tamsyn Moana-Veale

AUS

LAP

0:19:14

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Renee Tomlin

ITU

LAP

0:19:13

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Michelle Flipo

JPN

LAP

0:19:03

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Yurie Matsuda

JPN

LAP

0:19:07

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Cecilia Gabriela Perez Flores

MEX

LAP

0:19:09

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Sena Takahashi

USA

LAP

0:20:23

0:00:00

0:00:00

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ITU World Triathlon Leeds | Men

June 11, 2017 | Leeds, Great Britain

Name

Country

Total

1.5 km swim

40 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Alistair Brownlee

GBR

1:46:51

0:16:38

0:57:23

0:31:23

2

Jonathan Brownlee

GBR

1:47:03

0:16:34

0:57:26

0:31:35

3

Fernando Alarza

ESP

1:47:28

0:16:47

0:58:29

0:30:44

4

Adam Bowden

GBR

1:47:41

0:16:44

0:58:29

0:30:57

5

Thomas Bishop

GBR

1:47:50

0:16:52

0:58:20

0:31:06

6

Kristian Blummenfelt

NOR

1:48:06

0:16:47

0:58:27

0:31:26

7

Joao Silva

POR

1:48:58

0:16:52

0:58:28

0:32:11

8

Pierre Le Corre

FRA

1:48:58

0:16:34

0:58:41

0:32:14

9

Vicente Hernandez

ESP

1:49:04

0:16:55

0:58:19

0:32:17

10

Vincent Luis

FRA

1:49:12

0:16:53

0:58:21

0:32:28

11

Richard Vafga

SVK

1:49:19

0:16:33

0:58:38

0:32:34

12

Aaron Royle

AUS

1:49:28

0:16:40

0:58:33

0:32:46

13

Marc Austin

GBR

1:49:39

0:16:47

0:58:26

0:32:53

14

Jonas Schomburg

ITU

1:49:50

0:16:50

0:58:29

0:33:06

15

Dorian Coninx

FRA

1:50:04

0:16:55

0:58:16

0:33:24

16

Crisanto Grajales

MEX

1:50:12

0:17:15

0:59:23

0:32:00

17

Aurelien Raphael

FRA

1:50:16

0:16:36

0:58:42

0:33:30

18

Antonio Serrat Seoane

ESP

1:50:24

0:17:13

0:59:29

0:32:11

19

Henrik Goesch

FIN

1:50:50

0:17:13

0:59:18

0:32:43

20

Declan Wilson

AUS

1:51:05

0:16:57

0:58:16

0:34:25

21

Jan Celustka

CZE

1:51:33

0:17:14

0:59:13

0:33:33

22

Christophe De Keyser

BEL

1:51:37

0:17:17

0:59:12

0:33:36

23

Russell White

IRL

1:51:52

0:16:49

0:59:46

0:33:49

24

Andreas Schilling

DEN

1:51:58

0:16:52

0:59:35

0:33:58

25

Miguel Arraiolos

POR

1:52:10

0:17:48

1:00:24

0:32:29

26

Peter Denteneer

BEL

1:52:16

0:16:43

0:59:50

0:34:13

27

Jason West

USA

1:52:48

0:18:05

1:00:04

0:32:59

28

Gordon Benson

GBR

1:52:52

0:17:10

0:59:16

0:34:49

29

Casper Stornes

NOR

1:52:58

0:17:20

1:00:40

0:33:12

30

Andrea Salvisberg

SUI

1:53:17

0:16:53

0:59:38

0:35:06

31

Danilo Pimentel

BRA

1:53:26

0:17:55

1:00:09

0:33:40

32

Gregory Barnaby

ITA

1:53:31

0:17:47

1:00:23

0:33:49

33

Yuichi Hosoda

JPN

1:53:37

0:17:09

0:59:27

0:35:23

34

Drew Box

AUS

1:53:50

0:16:38

0:58:36

0:37:04

35

Simon De Cuyper

BEL

1:54:07

0:18:04

1:00:02

0:34:28

36

David Luis

POR

1:54:11

0:16:43

1:01:07

0:34:52

37

Marcel Walkington

AUS

1:54:30

0:16:45

1:00:01

0:36:09

38

Eli Hemming

USA

1:55:50

0:17:10

0:59:28

0:37:38

39

Matthias Steinwandter

ITA

1:56:06

0:18:06

1:02:12

0:34:16

40

Ji Hwan Kim

KOR

1:56:57

0:18:02

1:00:12

0:37:09

41

Oscar Coggins

HKG

1:57:49

0:17:46

1:00:23

0:37:56

DNF

Henri Schoeman

RSA

DNF

0:16:39

0:58:38

0:00:00

DNF

Joao Pereira

POR

DNF

0:17:22

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Raoul Shaw

FRA

DNF

0:16:34

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Grant Sheldon

GBR

LAP

0:18:01

0:00:00

0:00:00

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