Paula Findlay has yet to complete an entire Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship season, but she’s already tied Emma Moffatt’s record of four Series wins. The Canadian youngster earned her fourth career Series title in Madrid today by sprinting away from Brit Helen Jenkins and France’s Emmie Charayron in the final 200 meters of the run in Casa de Campo Park.
“I can’t even describe it,” Findlay said. “I still feel like an underdog every time I come into these races and I am still star struck by seeing the Emmas and everyone, so it’s just amazing to be winning [these races]. I’m very happy.”
Findlay clung to American Laura Bennett on the swim, exiting the water with the lead group before starting the very challenging bike course in Madrid’s most famous park. Findlay finished the ride alongside a lead group of 16 women, before surging to the front at the start of the run. Jenkins, Charayron and Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz were able to keep pace with the fleet-footed Canuck for most of the run, before Riveros Diaz fell off pace and it turned into a three-woman race in the final quarter mile. Findlay left no question as to who is the best sprinter in the world, easily doing away with her competition to stop the clock in 2:03:46.
It was the second consecutive year that Jenkins and Charayron finished on the podium in Madrid. Last year Jenkins nabbed bronze, but she finished one better this time around, coming across the line only three seconds after Findlay. Charayron, last year’s runner-up, rounded out the podium in 2:03:58.
1. Paula Findlay (CAN) 2:03:46
2. Helen Jenkins (GBR) 2:03:49
3. Emmie Charayron (FRA) 2:03:58
4. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 2:04:00
5. Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 2:04:43
In the men’s race, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee were able to work together on the run to do away with hometown favorite Javier Gomez. The pair stole away from the field, including Gomez, early in the run, before Alistair made a break on his brother in the final kilometer. The gracious older brother actually stopped in the finishing chute to wait for Jonathan so that the two could celebrate the win together. Jonathan then let older brother cross the line first, making it three consecutive wins for Alistair in Madrid.
Even after waiting for Jonathan to catch up at the finish, Alistair’s 10K run split was still a ridiculous 30:08.
“We’ve done it in small races but never in a world series, so it’s a bit of a strange feeling but really nice that he waited for me – it was really a special moment,” Jonathan said at the finish.
Gomez rounded out the podium, finishing 42 seconds after Jonathan, and was quick to give the Brownlee brothers credit for executing a perfect race.
“The Brownlees were just on a different level on the run, so I couldn’t do too much,” Gomez said. “I tried to follow them but I know that was not my pace. I was waiting to see if they would slow down, but they didn’t. They went faster and they smashed me.”
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:51:06
2. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:51:09
3. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:51:51
4. Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:52:02
5. Dmirty Polyansky (RUS) 1:52:30