BROWNLEE dominates AGAIN!!
Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) keeps Madrid WTS title in the family in final Olympic qualification event Madrid, Spain (27 May 2012) – Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee continued his incredible start to the Olympic year in Madrid, with another all-round dominant display to claim his second consecutive ITU Word Triathlon Series win in 2012. Brownlee was part of a nine-man breakaway on Madrid’s tough bike course that built a lead of over two minutes on the field coming out of T2, before he put the hammer down in the first lap of the run. He surged ahead to win by a comfortable 38-second margin over Russians Alexander Bryukhankov and Dmitry Polyanskiy, in a time of 1 hour 51 minutes and 49 seconds. It also kept the Madrid title in the family as before this year, Alistair Brownlee had won Madrid in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Clearly Jonathan had the same tactical sense for the Spanish capital, as he stated ahead of the race he wanted to get away in a 10-man breakaway. That played out almost to perfection. Brownlee’s day didn’t have a perfect start, as he ripped his swim cap in warm-up but that did nothing to affect his performance and he exited the first leg in the top ten, just beside Richard Varga, Aurelien Raphael, Bryukhankov and Maik Petzold. They were joined by Polyanskiy, Hirokatsu Tayama, Ivan Vasiliev and Alessandro Fabian and together that group of nine worked together seamlessly to extend the lead on every turn. By that time, the entire nine-man breakaway had already been on the run course for over two minutes and the deficit proved too much to pull in. While Brownlee and Bryukhankov pulled away in the first lap and couldn’t be caught, there was plenty of jostling for positions within the top ten. Vasiliev was in eighth, before he surged ahead in the final lap to finish fourth and an impressive Russian 2-3-4. Behind the Russian threesome, Fabian’s finishing position was elevated to fifth place, after his protest regarding the misplacement of his shoes in T2 was upheld, a new WTS career high. It meant Petzold took sixth place, and claimed his London 2012 spot with it, while Tayama and Raphael also scored career best WTS finishes in seventh and eighth. Spain’s Mario Mola scorched to the fastest run split of the day to finish in ninth. Mola was at one stage right at the very end of the final pack, but ran 30 minutes 55 seconds, two seconds faster than Brownlee, to clinch another top-10 finish. Colombia’s Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero then gave his Olympic campaign a huge boost by outsprinting Laurent Vidal for his best series result, 10th ITU World Triathlon Madrid – 27 May 2012
Final Results – Elite Men – 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run 1. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:51:49 2. Alexander Bryukhankov RUS 01:52:28 3. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:52:54 4. Ivan Vasiliev RUS 01:53:17 5. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:53:24 6. Maik Petzold GER 01:53:33 7. Hirokatsu Tayama JPN 01:53:35 8. Aurélien Raphael FRA 01:53:53 9. Mario Mola ESP 01:54:23 10. Carlos Javier Quinchará Forero COL 01:54:34