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Vittoria Lopes of Brazil led the 750 meter swim in 9:53, which gave her a 3 seconds lead on Erin Dolan of the U.S., 4 seconds on Emy Legault of Canada, 7, 10 and 16 seconds on U.S. competitors True, Taylor Knibb and Taylor Spivey, 23 seconds on Brown and 25 seconds on Dominika Jamnicky of Canada.
On the 20km bike leg, Brown and Jamnicky worked together to post race-best 27:25 and 27:26 race splits that brought them up to the lead pack that included True, Knibb, Spivey and Lopes.
Once on the run, Brown turned on the jets and left all rivals behind with a by-far women's-best 17:05 5k run which brought her to the line in 55:36 with a 22 seconds margin on True (17:29 run) and 31 seconds on Knibb (17:39 run). Taylor Spivey ran 17:44 to take 4th place, 6 seconds behind Knibb and 27 seconds ahead of Jamnicky, who fell to 5th with an 18:08 run. Claire Michel of Belgium made up for a 28:21 swim with a women’s second-fastest 17:24 run to take 6th.
The win was a stellar addition to Brown’s résumé, which includes a 2nd place at the 2015 Canadian Nationals, a 4th at the 2013 Edmonton World Cup, a 4th at the 2014 Sarasota CAMTRI and 17th at 2016 WTS Edmonton.