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The World Triathlon Series returns to Gold Coast as the second stop on the 2016 calendar with a jam packed list of all-stars ready to shine in the coastal city. As the Olympics draw near, every race is important for securing qualification points and this weekend is no different, especially for the Australian men.
Topping the men’s start list is none other than Spaniard Mario Mola. So far, 2016 has proved wildly successful as he won back-to-back golds in the WTS opener in Abu Dhabi, followed by the World Cup opener in Mooloolaba. His overall performances from start to finish have been strong, but his runs in both races were nothing short of amazing and a huge threat for the men’s field.
Coming up right behind him is training comrade Richard Murray (RSA). Murray earned the silver medal in Abu Dhabi and just last weekend earned his first gold of the season when he won the New Plymouth World Cup. The victory continued his streak of six-straight podiums since August of 2015 when he placed third at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Qualification Event.
For the first time since WTS London last year, both of the Brownlee brothers are set to compete together in the same race. Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) both endured injuries last year that saw them miss portions of the season. But make no mistake about it, when the Brownlee brothers are on the start list, they are most likely in top form. Older brother Alistair had a string of WTS victories last year when he won in Cape Town and London, while Jonathan earned back-to-back WTS wins in Auckland and Gold Coast.
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The women will get the 2016 Gold Coast ITU World Triathlon Series underway at 9:36 a.m. on Saturday April 9 (7:36 p.m. ET Friday), while the men will follow at 12:36 p.m. local time (10:36 p.m. ET Friday). Follow all of the action live at triathlonlive.tv and on twitter @triathlonlive.