Rio Olympic Triathlons

Wagner Araújo had one of his images selected as the 2013 National Geographic travel photo contest winner, and here he offers his take on his home country Olympic Triathlons.

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At the beginning of the Olympic men’s run, you can see the strain on Alistair Brownlee’s (1st place) face as he chases brother Jonny (3rd place) with Vincent Luis of France (7th place) close behind.

The chasers included Joao Pereira (POR) (5th place, 2nd-best 30:38 run), Richard Murray (RSA) (4th place, race-best 30:34 run), Mario Mola (ESP) (8th-place 31:12 run), and Ryan Bailie (AUS) (10th-place, 31:53 run).

Alistair Brownlee celebrates his second straight Olympic Triathlon gold medal.

Alistair (left) and Jonny Brownlee collapsed to the carpet and clasped hands after their 1-2 finish.

Leonardo Chacon of Costa Rica after his 30th place finish on a hot day in Copacabana.

Rio silver medalist Nicola Spirig (SUI) is all smiles, anticipating a swim in the rolling swells off Copacabana Beach.

Vicky Holland (GBR) emerges from the swim in 19:09, 8 seconds after swim leader Carolina Routier (ESP).

The women race toward the water at the swim start.

The lead pack records another lap of the Women's Triathlon cycling leg.

Gwen Jorgensen and Nicola Spirig ran together for the first 8 kilometers before the American sprinted away for the win.

A wide angle lens captures the elegant strides of Jorgensen and Spirig as they run past Copacabana high rises.

Gwen Jorgensen sheds tears of joy after her gold medal performance.

A Brazilian naval vessel guards the Olympic swim.

Alistair Brownlee emerges after a 4th-fastest 17:24 swim.

Alistair Brownlee celebrates after a 31:09 run that brought him his second straight Olympic Triathlon gold medal.

Lead pack of 10 men complete another lap of the bike leg.

Olympic triathletes swim past 3-foot swells with Sugarloaf in the background.

The women’s lead pack rides past colorful Olympic ring symbols.

Left to right: Nicola Spirig (silver) Gwen Jorgensen (gold) and Vicky Holland (bronze) on the Olympic Triathlon women's podium.

A joyful Gwen Jorgensen races down the finish chute, cheered by ecstatic fans.