Gomez continues winning streak, Gentle takes it in Beijing
Only one week after claiming the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and two weeks after winning the ITU World Series, Spaniard Javier Gomez won the Beijing International Triathlon defending his title on the race held this last Sunday. On the female side, Ashleigh Gentle from Australia took the title home, in a race that is growing every year and had more than 1.000 participants.
Not only the race is the last main event of the Chinese triathlon calendar before the winter kicks in, but it also offers direct flights from the main cities in Asia, making it a popular weekend destination race for athletes from all Asia and Oceania.
Combined with easy access, the attracting 100.000USD prize money puts Beijing triathlon on the to do list of several professional triathletes. The race this year attracted superstars such as Gomez, Matt “Boom Boom” Reed (USA), Greg Bennett (AUS), Mario Mola E(SP), Josh Amberger (AUS), Brian Fleischmann (USA), Graham O’Grady (NZL), Laura Bennett (USA), Ricarda Lisk (GER), Carolina Routier Canigueral (ESP), Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR), Gentle and Yi Zhang (CHN).
With a new location for the event, which started and finished inside the Garden Expo Park, in the eco-friendly Fengtai district of Beijing. The new Olympic-distance race featured a 1.5 km swim through Garden Expo Lake, a challenging 40 km bike race through the villages of Fengtai and up Qian Ling Mountain, the highest peak in Southwest Beijing, and a final 10 km run through the lush gardens and scenic trails of the Garden Expo Park, including a 606-step stair climb.
2014 Beijing International Triathlon
Beijing, China – Sept. 14, 2014
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:55:32
2. Josh Amberger (AUS) 1:56:51
3. Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:57:28
1. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 2:08:12
2. Ricarda Lusk (GER) 2:11:25
3. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:13:35
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