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2011 London Men's Elite

Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Sun Aug 07 2011

The London's women's race on Saturday featured a longshot runner-up and a happy turning of the tables by Britain's beloved perennial second place finisher Helen Jenkins, who left recent conquerors Paula Findlay and Emma Moffatt in her dust. But Sunday's men's race went to the absolute odds-on favorite, Alistair Brownlee.

No surprises there. The elder Brownlee took off in a bike breakaway with New Zealand's James Elvery, Russia's Alexandr Brukhankov and Spain's 2002 World Champion Ivan Rana and carved out a 75-second lead over brother Jonathan Brownlee and an all-star field. Many contenders fell on rain slick roads, others with glittering resumes fell off the back, and when the run in torrential rain was over, Alistair Brownlee won his home country Olympic preview race by 25 seconds over Brukhankov - while brother Jonathan recorded the race-best 29:35 10k run to take third.

Unlike Saturday's great Olympic qualifying success with Gwen Jorgensen taking 2nd and Sarah Groff taking 7th to earn London 2012 slots, American men had plenty of luck - all bad. Manuel Huerta exceeded expectations by placing top American -- albeit in 25th place. Matt Chrabot took 42nd and US favorites Jarrod Shoemaker (crashed on the bike) and Hunter Kemper (a very off day) both DNF'd. While discouraging, American heroes can take some solace in the All-Star roster of international triathletes who also went bust, including -- Ivan Rana (21st), Simon Whitfield (23rd), Brendan Sexton (31st), Frederic Belaubre (39th), Kris Gemmell (40th), Stuart Hayes (46th), Tim Don (51st), and Chris McCormack (DNF).

All photographs Timothy Carlson


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