Just one week ahead of the Edmonton Grand Final, Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) reasserted himself as his gold medal put him within 372 points of No. 1 Javier Gomez (ESP), who pulled out of Stockholm on the run. The win also gave Jonathan a 143-point lead over Mario Mola (ESP), which is a 127-point improvement.
Read the race recap from Triathlon.org below:
Jonathan and his brother Alistair Brownlee (GBR) broke away early on the bike and managed to make the break stick over the five-lap course to give the Brits a one-two finish. In a final mad dash, Gregor Buchholz (GER) outran Mola and Richard Murray (RSA) for his first ever WTS podium with bronze.
With an early break on the bike, the brothers enjoyed an 18-second lead over a 22-man pack that included Vincent Luis (FRA),Tony Dodds (NZL), Gomez and Mola on the end of the first lap. But with such critical points on the Threadneedle standings at stake, the Brownlees were relentless on the five-lap 20km bike. Their threatening lead only increased to 40 seconds after the third lap and grew to nearly a minute at the end.
From then on there was no reeling in the blazing Brits. They sailed through the two-lap 5km run with apparent ease despite the chilly temperatures and hilly, cobblestoned course. Jonathan overtook Alistair in the final meters to clench his first WTS win of the season, and maintain his Threadneedle ranking but with improved points.
France’s Anthony Pujades made an early move for bronze with impressive front end run speed, but it proved too much too soon. Instead, Buchholz made a tactical move on the second run lap to sprint ahead of Mola and Richard Murray just in time to snatch the final medal.
Stockholm, Sweden – Aug. 23, 2014
750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
1. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 00:57:31
2. Alistair Brownlee GBR 00:57:37
3. Gregor Buchholz GER 00:58:27
4. Mario Mola ESP 00:58:28
5. Richard Murray RSA 00:58:28
6. Joao Pereira POR 00:58:30
7. Anthony Pujades FRA 00:58:35
8. Vincent Luis FRA 00:58:43
9. Pierre Le Corre FRA 00:58:45
10. Alessandro Fabian ITA 00:58:59