World champions Mario Mola (ESP) and Flora Duffy (BER) took the wins at last weekend’s Beijing International Triathlon, which featured over 1,000 athletes from 29 countries. The pros took part in a draft-legal, standard-distance race, while age group athletes competed over both the sprint- and standard-distance.
American Eric Lagerstrom led the way out of the water in the men’s race, but had Mola, New Zealand’s Sam Ward and fellow American Joe Maloy on his heels.
Duffy was the first woman to hit T1, closely followed by Great Britain’s Lucy Hall and Australian Natalie Van Coevorden.
Lagerstrom, Mola and Ward broke away from the rest of the competition on the bike, setting up a 10 km footrace easily taken by the fleet-footed Mola.
Duffy, Van Coevorden and Hall also stayed clear on the bike, with Duffy pulling clear on the run to take the win by almost two minutes.
Here are some photos from last weekend’s event by Rocky Arroyo: