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Australian Jake Montgomery led the 750-meter swim shortened by a heavy fog which delayed the start by an hour. Montgomery started with a 3 seconds lead on Matt Franklin and, on key competitors, 4 seconds on Currie, 5 seconds on Tim O’Donnell of the U.S., 6 seconds on Hoffman, 17 seconds on Andi Böcherer of Germany, 37 seconds on Cody Beals of Canada, 1:17 on Jordan Rapp of the U.S., and 12:08 on Jozsef Major of Hungary.
After 20 miles of the bike leg, Böcherer held a 15 seconds lead on a pack of three including Montgomery, Hoffman and Franklin. One minute arrears were chasers Currie, O’Donnell, Kyle Buckingham, Cameron Good, Kennett Peterson and Cody Beals. After 20 more miles, Böcherer carved out a 2:17 to 2:20 lead on Montgomery, Franklin and Hoffman, with a pack of six including Buckingham, Beals, O’Donnell, Peterson, Currie, and Good two more minutes back.
After a race-best 2:02:13 bike split, Böcherer held a 4:4:18 lead on Montgomery, 4:19 on Hoffman, 4:25 on Franklin, 4:38 on O’Donnell, and 4:44 on Beals, while Currie stood 8th, 4:45 behind the leader.
Böcherer held the lead through 8 miles of the run leg, then disappeared from the official run splits. After Böcherer’s disappearance from the run record, Currie and Hoffman were duking it out within 1 second with O’Donnell lurking 13 seconds behind. The duel for the win held the two leaders together right to the line with the New Zealander prevailing by a lean after a race-best 1:12:38 run. O’Donnell took 3rd, 1:34 arrears after a 1:14:18 run.