Javier Gomez defends title in Des Moines while Emma Moffatt takes second win at Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee TriathlonJavier Gomez (ESP) has successfully defended his title at the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, to claim a $100,000 paycheck – the biggest in Olympic-distance racing.

Gomez was first out of the water in 17:17 but slipped through the field during the non-drafting bike leg, coming in over a minute behind race leader Cameron Dye (USA). Dye was soon overtaken by compatriots Hunter Kemper and Greg Bennett, the two running hard side by side. Gomez streaked onto the run course and showing the spectacular form that saw him leave Jonny Brownlee behind at ITU Stockholm, flew into the lead and took the win i 1:45:57 thanks to his 30:30 10km split, setting a course record in the process. As in 2012, Kemper was second to Gomez, crossing the line in 1:46:09 and Bennett took third in 1:47:10.

In the women’s race, Emma Moffatt (AUS) took a second win to go with her 2010 victory. Second out of the water in 18:45 behind Lauren Brandon (USA), Moffatt was first to T2 ahead of fellow Australian Melissa Hauschildt, who had over 2:30 to make up after the swim.

Moffatt put in a strong 34:52 run to clinch the victory in 1:57:04 while Hauschildt was second in 1:58:30 ahead of Svenja Bazlen (GER), who earned bronze in 1:58:48.