Keeping his undefeated 2016 streak alive, Spaniard Mario Mola executed a brilliant finishing run to win the 2016 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast on Saturday.
Conquering the Gold Coast heat, Mola was able to remain within the top tier from start to finish and then showcase his signature running speed in the final two and a half kilometers to bypass Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee and compatriot Fernando Alarza. The win granted him his second WTS victory of the season and third-straight season win after also taking gold in the Mooloolaba World Cup.
Mola said of his win, “Yeah, it was really tough. Jonny was really strong during most of the run. I am very happy for Fernando that he got second place. I felt great during the whole race. I tried to stay in the front as much as I could on the bike in order to make it a 10k run and I think things went well and I am very happy with the result.”
Running past Brownlee in the final kilometer to earn the silver was Alarza, with Brownlee ending the day with bronze. There were also plenty of cheers from the crowd was for the fourth place finisher, Australia’s Ryan Bailie, who was able to claim his position on the Australian Olympic Team for Rio this summer. The U.S. men captured two top-10 finishes, with Joe Maloy earning a career-best sixth and Greg Billington grabbing 10th. Previously Maloy had finished 17th and Billington 15th for their career bests in WTS races. The pair lead in USA Triathlon’s Objective Rankings System leading up to the nation’s final Olympic qualification event in May 14 in Yokohama.
Read the complete race recap at Triathlon.org.
2016 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – April 9, 2016
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K Run
1. Mario Mola (ESP) 1:46:28
2. Fernando Alarza (ESP) 1:46:55
3. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:47:09
4. Ryan Bailie (AUS) 1:47:31
5. Ryan Fisher (AUS) 1:47:45
6. Joe Maloy (USA) 1:47:53
7. Vicente Hernandez (ESP) 1:47:58
8. Marten Van Riel (BEL) 1:48:01
9. Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) 1:48:04
10. Gregory Billington (USA) 1:48:16