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For the second year in a row, Spaniard Mario Mola claimed victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. On the women’s field, last year’s WTS champion  Flora Duffy (BER) returned to the 2017 season with a victory.

Men’s race: 

Spaniard Mario Mola claimed victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. The win was also his second of the season and catapulted him back to the top of the WTS rankings.

The win came after a tough day full of wet weather conditions, that pushed every athlete to the limits.

Joining him once again on the podium is Spanish compatriot Fernando Alarza, who earned his second medal of the season, after the bronze in WTS Gold Coast. The bronze then went to Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, who pulled off a last-second attack on the blue carpet to overtake Henri Shcoemann and get the final podium spot, which also was his first WTS podium of the season.

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2017 ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama – Men’s race

1. Mario Mola ESP 01:48:15
2. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:48:23
3. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:48:26
4. Henri Schoeman RSA 01:48:29
5. Andreas Schilling DEN 01:49:14
6. Rostislav Pevtsov AZE 01:49:25
7. Adrien Briffod SUI 01:49:26
8. Igor Polyanskiy RUS 01:49:34
9. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:49:40
10. Gábor Faldum HUN 01:49:43

Women’s race:

In her first race back after claiming her debut World Triathlon Series World Title last year, Flora Duffy (BER) returned to the 2017 season and walked right back to the familiar top of the podium when she won the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama.

After having to pull out of the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy lined up in Japan and executed a performance that proved she is ready to tackle another world crown attempt.

Rain made the race day a little more challenging for all the women out on the course, but it was Duffy who used it to her advantage to get her first gold of the year.

Joining her on the podium were USA compatriots Katie Zaferes with the silver and Kirsten Kasper with the bronze and first WTS podium of her career.

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2017 ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama – Women’s race

1. Flora Duffy BER 01:56:18
2. Katie Zaferes USA 01:58:09
3. Kirsten Kasper USA 01:58:17
4. Sophie Coldwell GBR 01:58:48
5. Vicky Holland GBR 01:58:50
6. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 01:58:57
7. Non Stanford GBR 01:59:04
8. Jessica Learmonth GBR 01:59:18
9. Claire Michel BEL 01:59:26
10. Natalie Van Coevorden AUS 01:59:32

 

Picture: Delly Carr / ITU Media