Spaniards primed to conquer WTS Chicago

By Erin Greene | 24 Jun, 2014

In its debut on ITU’s World Triathlon Series calendar, Chicago promises to be one of the most exciting to date with maxed out age group races and three of the top four ranked men slated to compete on Sunday. Spectators will be treated to prime views of the elites as they swim 1500m in the Monroe Harbour, then bike 40km and run 10km through down town Chicago.

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Having won three of the four WTS races this season, Javier Gomez (ESP) remains the man to beat. While he faltered slightly in London with a lack of explosive speed off the end of the 5km run, Gomez doesn’t take lightly to subpar performances. Expect the Spaniard to be back to his conquering ways in Chicago. Without the presence of the Brownlees, there’s no reason why Gomez shouldn’t clench his fourth win of the season, which would subsequently be his first ever WTS gold on US soil.

Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA) each cemented their seats on the men’s leaderboard in London with mind blowing speed. Although their velocity has produced higher results in sprint distances, both athletes have this year proved they can step up the speed over double the distance. This weekend, with just Gomez driving the pace, these speed demons have a solid shot at medals.

While the three jump out as heavy favourites, the men’s race is riddled with potential game changers. Four-time Olympian Hunter Kemper returns to WTS racing for the first time since last year. Despite varied results the last several years, Jarrod Shoemaker will start as the only American man to have won a WTS event.

Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) shouldn't be discounted. Polyanskiy captured bronze in Cape Town when he held off Mola and Murray on the run, and is hot off a silver from the European Championships. Look for him to lead out of the swim and charge for the bike course out front.

Portugal’s Joao Pereira perked attention with his bronze medal in the sprint London race, but it remains to be seen if he can spread his speed out over a 10km run. Meanwhile, compatriot Joao Silva has yet to produce top results this year but can certainly compete with the best of them, and Ryan Sissons (NZL) can sizzle on the bike if he makes it out of the water in solid position.

Men’s start list

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Related Event: 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago
28 - Jun, 2014 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:47:21
2. Joao Pereira POR 01:47:29
3. Mario Mola ESP 01:47:40
4. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:48:00
5. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:48:05
6. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:48:11
7. Adam Bowden GBR 01:48:16
8. Brendan Sexton AUS 01:48:28
9. Alexander Bryukhankov RUS 01:48:45
10. Sven Riederer SUI 01:48:52
Results: Elite Women
1. Gwen Jorgensen USA 01:55:33
2. Helen Jenkins GBR 01:55:53
3. Juri Ide JPN 01:56:00
4. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 01:56:56
5. Charlotte Bonin ITA 01:57:04
6. Emma Moffatt AUS 01:57:08
7. Kirsten Sweetland CAN 01:57:08
8. Vendula Frintova CZE 01:57:18
9. Lisa Perterer AUT 01:57:25
10. Charlotte McShane AUS 01:58:03