Brownlee, Jorgensen win Auckland triathlon for 1st time
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Jonathan Brownlee ended Javier Gomez's three-year reign in the Auckland world series triathlon, and Gwen Jorgensen kept up her perfect start to the season on Sunday.
Gomez won the last three Auckland triathlons, but Brownlee, chastened by a fifth-place effort in the season-opener in Abu Dhabi three weeks ago, was extra motivated.
Brownlee made his move on the run leg, adding 10 seconds to his lead after each of the four laps. The Briton eventually beat second-place Gomez by 15 seconds. The Spaniard broke from third-place Pierre Le Corre of France on the final lap, and was happy with silver, after a bout of sickness made him doubt his chances.
Jorgensen made it two wins out of two races this season, and notched her seventh successive world series victory.
The American came out of the water 40 seconds down, but made up the gap on the bike and hung with the leaders until the run. Her trademark punishing run earned the American a win by 98 seconds, her first in Auckland in three attempts.
Countrywoman Katie Zaferes repeated her Abu Dhabi effort with a silver medal, and Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand, despite a 15-second penalty for littering on the bike course, finished third.