There is one last chance this weekend to earn World Triathlon Series points ahead of the Edmonton Grand Final (August 26 through September 1) at the Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm 2014 this Saturday. The top runners, including Javier Gomez Noya (ESP), Jonathan Brownlee(GBR), Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA), will all battle each other in the hopes of re-jigging the series points. The WTS Threadneedle rankings are based on an athlete’s top five scores.
Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland will be the sole Canadian to line up but she will face much of the same top talent she will race against in Edmonton including Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Sarah Groff (USA) and New Zealand’s Nicky Samuels.
Gomez’s four wins this season mean his score can’t improve that much, but a top finish will see his points increase slightly. However, since he has not yet won a sprint race this year, he is likely gunning for the win. Although Jonathan Brownlee is second in the rankings, Mola is only 15 points behind meaning this race is crucial to both athletes. However, Brownlee has won the race when it was a sprint in 2012 and also finished with third last year to Mola’s 22nd place.
The wetsuit-legal swim is 750 m, followed by a 20 km bike and a 5 km run which finishes on cobblestone.