Brownlee and Gentle top strong fields at Beijing International

Jonathan Brownlee took the non-drafting, Olympic-distance race at the Beijing International Triathlon, while Ashleigh Gentle followed up her Grand Final victory with another big win.

| September 24, 2018 | NEWS

Jonathan Brownlee took the win at the Beijing International Triathlon. (Archive photo)

Jonathan Brownlee took the win at the Beijing International Triathlon. (Archive photo)

Photo >ITU Media / Delly Carr

A happy Jonathan Brownlee was first to cross the finish line at the Beijing International Triathlon, his first win of the season. It was his first win in a non-drafting event since winning an event in Abu Dhabi a few years ago.

Two high-powered short distance racers, Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Ben Kanute (USA), with Jonathan Brownlee in tow, built a lead of about 30 seconds in the water. In the group behind were Alistair Brownlee (GBR), Cameron Dye, Eric Lagerstrom (both USA), Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) and Max Neumann (AUS).

Once on the bike, Blummenfelt was able to quickly close the gap to the trio on the hilly bike course (800 m of climbing over the 45 km), but wasn't able to pull clear of the group. That meant the race would be decided on the run, which was also quite hilly. Brownlee ran to the win in 1:51:37, nine seconds ahead of Blummenfelt. In third place(12 seconds behind the Norwegian) came last year's winner, Henri Schoeman. Alistair Brownlee and Ben Kanute finished fourth and fifth.

Gentle continues her winning ways

Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, fresh off a win at the ITU Grand Final on the Australian Gold Coast, took the women's race in dominating fashion. Gentle was able to live up to her role as a favorite, catching up to swim leaders Lucy Hall and Non Stanford (both GBR) on the bike and then showing off her run strength. Gentle got to the line in 2:05:55, with the silver medal going to Non Stanford just under two minutes later (2:07:52 hours). The podium was completed by Lucy Hall (2:09:12 hours), while Barbara Riveros (CHI) and Radka Vodickova (CZE) finished fourth and fifth.