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Australia’s Gold Coast has been a happy hunting ground for Mario Mola, and the Spaniard continued that run on Saturday when he took out the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event.
Mola has now won three times on the Gold Coast, including the 2009 ITU junior world champion title and last year’s World Triathlon Series event. His worst result has been second in a world triathlon series event, in 2015.
On Saturday the race came down to the final 5km run, with Mola locked in a battle with fellow Spanish athletes Fernando Alarza and Javier Gomez Noya, and training partner Richard Murray. But in the final few hundred meters Mola pulled away from Murray to take his second consecutive Gold Coast win, in a time of 52 minutes and 35 seconds.
“It was a very tough race as usual, but with the sprint, Richard, Fernando and Javi they were all on fire. I had to give 100 percent today to get this win,” Mola said.
Murray finished strongly for second, with Alraza rounding out the podium. Read the complete recap at Triathlon.org.