March 05, 2016

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Mario Mola of Spain overcame a 10-second penalty to win the Abu Dhabi triathlon on Saturday for a second straight year, while Jodie Stimpson of Britain won her first world series race since 2014.

Mola came out of the swim leg near the back, then was penalized in the transition for equipment outside the box. The 40-kilometer cycle leg brought the field together, and Mola hit the front in the run on the first lap.

After gaining a 10-second lead with Richard Murray of South Africa, Joao Silva of Portugal, and Fernando Alarza of Spain, Mola decided to take his penalty. He caught them back within a kilometer, and led to the end of the season-opener.

Murray was second, 15 seconds behind, and Silva third, 29 seconds back.

Stimpson didn't make her break until the final lap of the run, and won by nine seconds against Ashleigh Gentle of Australia, who had a slow swim but the fastest cycle. Stimpson's teammate, Helen Jenkins, was third, 16 seconds off the pace.

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