Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee and Holly Lawrence continued their spectacular summer of racing with wins in Beijing.
Photos: Rocky Arroyo
Alistair Brownlee from Great Britain won today’s 2016 Beijing International Triathlon, his first race since taking home the Olympic Gold Medal in Rio. After winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship just one week ago, Holly Lawrence from Great Britain took first place among the women. This was the first time Brownlee and Lawrence competed in this race. More than 1,400 professional and amateur athletes from more than 39 countries participated in the fifth annual Beijing International Triathlon, on Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Fengtai District of Beijing.
“I was thrilled to return Beijing to race, this was a challenging course, something a bit different after Rio,” said Brownlee. “The field of professionals was strong with Josh Amberger setting a fast pace on the swim, followed by Cameron Dye setting the pace on the bike course.”
“This was a mind-blowing race in an amazing setting with a stellar field of professional athletes,” said Lawrence. “The swim was fast, followed by a technical bike course and a run that was filled with more than 480 stairs. I knew Ashleigh Gentle, who is an amazing runner, was close to me on the run as I approached the top of the steps. I had to just go as hard as I could and I went down the steps three to five steps at a time to hold my lead.”
2016 Beijing International Triathlon
Beijing, China – Sept. 11, 2016
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:52:30
2. Joe Maloy (USA) 1:53:27
3. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:53:48
1. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 2:07:39
2. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 2:07:46
3. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 2:07:48