Summer Cook of the United States won her second World Cup of the season and Uxio Abuin Ares of Spain won his first career World Cup at Tongyeong, South Korea.
Cook ran away from the field with a race-best 16:41 split for the 5k run to finish in 59:43 with an 11-seconds margin of victory over Ai Ueda of Japan and 32 seconds over fellow American and 3rd-place finisher Renee Tomlin.
In cool, drizzly conditions, Cook led the one-lap swim in 8:59, which gave her an 8 seconds lead on fellow U.S. competitor Jessica Broderick and Fuka Sega of Japan, 9 seconds on Zsanett Bragmayer of Hungary, and half a minute or more on the rest of the field.
The swim leaders failed to break away on the bike leg and a 24-woman pack led by Cook, Ueda, Tomlin, Broderick and Jaz Hedgeland of Australia created a 24 second gap on the chasers in the 52-woman field.
Ueda and Yuka Takahashi of Japan led a pack of 22 women within 11 seconds out of T2. That pack was whittled down to 5 women by the halfway point of the 5k run, led by Cook, Tomlin, Ueda, Takahashi and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan of Australia.
Cook took control in the homestretch, as her race-best 16:41 5k split provided her margin over Ueda (16:57 run) and Tomlin (17:11 run).
Cook began her season with a win at the Olympic distance Chengdu World Cup, scored a breakthrough win at the prestigious World Triathlon Series sprint event in Edmonton, followed it up with a runner-up finish at the sprint distance Salinas World Cup, and underlined her strength at the sprint distance with her win at Tongyeong.
Ueda also capped off a strong season, which included a bronze at WTS Yokohama and a 3rd place in the season-long WTS points chase.
Ares prevailed in a thrilling 4-man sprint finish, closing with a 15:15 split for the 5-kilometer run to finish in 53:39 with a 1-second advantage over runner-up Matthew McElroy of the U.S., 3rd-place Vladimir Turbayevskiy of Russia, and 4th-place Rostislav Pevtsov of Azerbaijan.
Ares was 11 seconds behind swim leader Matthew Roberts of Australia. On the first of three laps on the bike, a group of 27 formed at the front of the race with a 24 seconds lead over the chasers that contained 2016 Olympians Rostislav Pevtsov of Azerbaijan, Igor Polyanskiy of Russia and Joao Silva of Portugal, who all missed the front pack.
At the halfway point of the 5k run, the lead pack was whittled down to 10 men. After 3.4km, a trio of Americans including Kevin McDowell, Matt McElroy and Gregory Billington were joined by Simon De Cuyper of Belgium and Ares in a chase for the gold.
Ares’ first ITU World Cup victory surpassed in prestige his previous ITU best finishes – 3rd place at the 2016 Madrid ETU Triathlon European Cup, 2nd place at the 2015 Sochi ETU European Cup Final, and 1st at the 2015 Madrid ETU Triathlon European Cup.
Tongyeong World Cup
Tongyeong, South Korea
October 22, 2016
S 750m / B 20k / R 5k
1. Summer Cook (USA) 59:43
2. Ai Ueda (JPN) 59:54
3. Renee Tomlin (USA) 1:00:15
4. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 1:00:17
5. Jaz Hedgeland (AUS) 1:00:24
6. Yuko Takahashi (JPN) 1:00:29
7. Sara Vilic (AUT) 1:00:39
8. Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) 1:00:48
9. Yuka Sato (JPN) 1:00:50
10. Jessica Broderick (USA) 1:00:52
1. Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) 53:39
2. Matthew McElroy (USA) 53:40
3. Vladimir Turbayevskiy (RUS) 53:40
4. Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) 53:40
5. Simon De Cuyper (BEL) 53:43
6. Kevin McDowell (USA) 53:46
7. Felix Duchampt (FRA) 53:49
8. Drew Box (AUS) 53:51
9. Eli Hemming (USA) 53:52
10. Gregory Billington (USA) 53:53