With six of this year’s 10 World Triathlon Series races now done and dusted, we take a look at how the table stands – and how the Brits are faring.
After his antics in London last weekend, Alistair Brownlee now has 2340pts and sits in fifth place – despite only having raced three times so far this season. Younger brother Jonny is in seventh place with 2186pts, thanks to his two wins (Gold Coast and Auckland) in four races so far. Jonny also took fifth in season opener Abu Dhabi, while a puncture in London meant he finished a disappointing 42nd.
Series leader to date is 2014 champ Javier Gomez (ESP) who has amassed 3507pts from five races – though has only won one of them (Yokohama), an unusually low strike rate by his standards. Spain’s Mario Mola (2979pts) and Fernando Alarza (2961pts) round out the top three. South Africa’s Richard Murray is also enjoying a strong season, sitting in fourth with 2340pts thanks to three top-five finishes (Gold Coast, Cape Town and London).
Other Brits include Adam Bowden in 20th position with 865pts, Mark Buckingham in 26th with 710pts, Gordon Benson in 47th with 374pts, Tom Bishop (who fought valiantly in London to tow Jonny Brownlee back into contention after his puncture) in 53rd place with 314pts, and Grant Sheldon in 98th position with 45pts.
1st – Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) 3507
2nd – Mario Mola (ESP) 2979
3rd – Fernando Alarza (ESP) 2961
4th – Richard Murray (RSA) 2490
5th – Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 2340
6th – Ryan Bailie (AUS) 2305
7th – Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 2186
8th – Vincent Luis (FRA) 2110
9th – Crisanto Grajales (MEX) 2015
10th – Sven Riederer (SUI) 1750
Biggest rankings mover: Dorian Coninx (FRA) – from 57th to 25th (739 points)
Highest new entry to rankings: Ryan Fisher (AUS) – 73rd (133 points)
The next stop on the World Triathlon Series is Hamburg, Germany on July 18th over the sprint distance, where Jodie Stimpson is expected to make her long-awaited return to the WTS circuit after injury. The full WTS calendar can be found here.
The full Columbia Threadneedle Rankings can be accessed here.
(Images: Ross Grieve / Dirty Green Trainers)
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