Gentle wins the Grand Final, Holland takes the WTS Championship

Ashleigh Gentle thrilled the home-country crowd with a stirring win at the ITU WTS Grand Final, while Vicky Holland's runner-up finish netted her the world championship.

| September 16, 2018 | NEWS

Ashleigh Gentle sprints to the win at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final over Vicky Holland, who claimed the WTS World Championship with her runner-up finish.

Ashleigh Gentle sprints to the win at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final over Vicky Holland, who claimed the WTS World Championship with her runner-up finish.

Photo >Delly Carr | ITU Media

Ashleigh Gentle took the day, thrilling the Australian crowd on hand at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast, but it was Great Britain's Vicky Holland who took the overall world championship title thanks to her runner up finish. Heading into the final American Katie Zaferes was ahead of Holland in the overall standings, making the final race in the series the decider for the world title.

Great Britain/ USA duel in the water

Leading the way out of the choppy swim were Holland and countrywoman Jessica Learmonth, who were joined in the lead group by Zaferes and her countrywoman Kirsten Kasper. That group of four were joined in an initial breakaway group by Norway's Lotte Miller, Brits Sophie Coldwell and Jodie Stimpson, along with Americans Taylor Spivey and Kirsten Kasper. That group was caught, though before the end of the bike, which meant a huge group of 28 hit T2 together for the run.

Running for gold

Holland was first to break out on the run and was joined by Gentle and Zaferes. At 5 km into the run Zaferes and Gentle pulled clear of Holland, but weren't able to stay clear as Holland charged back and passed Zaferes. Holland and Gentle ran clear of the American. It would be Gentle who would thrill the crowd with a huge sprint to take the title over a smiling Holland, who knew that by finishing ahead of Zaferes she had netted herself the world title.

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

September 15, 2018 | Gold Coast, Australia

Name

Country

Overall

1.5 km Swim

40 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

1:52:00

0:19:56

0:57:16

0:33:44

2

Vicky Holland

GBR

1:52:02

0:19:27

0:57:41

0:33:51

3

Katie Zaferes

USA

1:52:33

0:19:28

0:57:42

0:34:16

4

Laura Lindemann

GER

1:52:53

0:19:50

0:57:23

0:34:33

5

Kirsten Kasper

USA

1:53:15

0:19:28

0:57:43

0:35:00

6

Melanie Santos

POR

1:53:26

0:19:55

0:57:19

0:35:06

7

Taylor Spivey

USA

1:53:28

0:19:35

0:57:38

0:35:10

8

Georgia Taylor-Brown

GBR

1:53:31

0:19:43

0:57:28

0:35:16

9

Leonie Periault

FRA

1:53:33

0:19:54

0:57:19

0:35:16

10

Jodie Stimpson

GBR

1:53:41

0:19:39

0:57:34

0:35:26

11

Jessica Learmonth

GBR

1:53:56

0:19:27

0:57:43

0:35:38

12

Non Stanford

GBR

1:53:56

0:19:36

0:57:33

0:35:37

13

Chelsea Burns

USA

1:54:06

0:19:38

0:57:35

0:35:47

14

Julia Hauser

AUT

1:54:26

0:19:53

0:57:19

0:36:09

15

Lisa Perterer

AUT

1:54:37

0:19:50

0:57:23

0:36:17

16

Lotte Miller

NOR

1:54:40

0:19:38

0:57:31

0:36:21

17

Natalie Van Coevorden

AUS

1:54:43

0:19:32

0:57:39

0:36:25

18

Joanna Brown

CAN

1:55:03

0:19:52

0:58:56

0:35:04

19

Charlotte McShane

AUS

1:55:09

0:19:51

0:57:23

0:36:52

20

Claire Michel

BEL

1:55:24

0:19:53

0:59:35

0:34:49

21

Ai Ueda

JPN

1:55:28

0:20:13

0:59:51

0:34:21

22

Zsanett Bragmayer

HUN

1:55:35

0:19:32

0:57:28

0:37:14

23

Yuka Sato

JPN

1:55:40

0:19:37

0:57:35

0:37:18

24

Rachel Klamer

NED

1:56:00

0:19:44

1:00:21

0:34:49

25

Yuko Takahashi

JPN

1:56:13

0:19:41

0:57:31

0:37:58

26

Vendula Frintova

CZE

1:56:23

0:19:46

1:00:15

0:35:17

27

Sophie Coldwell

GBR

1:56:32

0:19:29

0:57:43

0:38:17

28

Maya Kingma

NED

1:56:39

0:19:41

0:57:29

0:38:13

29

Juri Ide

JPN

1:57:12

0:19:55

1:00:04

0:36:03

30

Vittoria Lopes

BRA

1:57:16

0:19:30

0:57:44

0:38:56

31

Emma Jeffcoat

AUS

1:57:20

0:19:35

0:57:36

0:39:00

32

Claudia Rivas

MEX

1:57:21

0:20:15

0:59:42

0:36:06

33

Barbara Riveros

CHI

1:57:32

0:20:13

0:59:48

0:36:23

34

Anastasia Abrosimova

RUS

1:58:04

0:19:43

1:00:20

0:36:50

35

Luisa Baptista

BRA

1:58:04

0:20:17

0:59:54

0:36:49

36

Andrea Hewitt

NZL

1:58:23

0:20:16

0:59:47

0:37:13

37

Valerie Barthelemy

BEL

1:58:26

0:19:45

0:58:14

0:39:16

38

Sara Vilic

AUT

1:58:51

0:19:50

1:00:12

0:37:43

39

Elena Danilova

RUS

1:58:55

0:20:10

0:59:56

0:37:41

40

Romana Gajdošová

SVK

1:59:18

0:20:15

0:59:48

0:38:09

41

Summer Cook

USA

1:59:32

0:19:31

1:02:10

0:36:44

42

Sara Perez Sala

ESP

1:59:51

0:19:31

1:00:34

0:38:38

43

Mengying Zhong

CHN

2:00:01

0:19:46

1:00:23

0:38:43

44

Therese Feuersinger

AUT

2:00:23

0:19:55

0:57:17

0:42:02

45

Gillian Sanders

RSA

2:00:26

0:20:17

0:59:52

0:39:13

46

Kseniia Levkovska

AZE

2:00:50

0:19:56

1:01:44

0:38:02

47

Anastasia Gorbunova

RUS

2:01:43

0:19:47

1:00:20

0:40:27

48

Deborah Lynch

NZL

2:02:54

0:20:35

1:02:50

0:38:25

49

Anel Radford

RSA

2:03:01

0:19:43

1:00:22

0:41:42

50

Gillian Backhouse

AUS

2:03:38

0:19:52

1:00:09

0:42:27

51

Antoanela Manac

ROU

2:04:15

0:20:34

1:02:50

0:39:44

52

Long Hoi

MAC

2:04:40

0:20:34

1:02:50

0:40:08

DNF

Alice Betto

ITA

DNF

0:19:42

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Anna Godoy Contreras

ESP

DNF

0:19:49

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Rebecca Spence

NZL

DNF

0:00:00

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Yiming Liu

CHN

LAP

0:20:08

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Yi Zhang

CHN

LAP

0:20:19

0:00:00

0:00:00

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