Three times winner of ITU Triathlon World Championships, Javier Gomez, clinched his fourth win of the season in Chicago and claimed his first ever World Triathlon Series gold on US soil.
The World Number one kicked clear midway through the run and completed the 1,500 metre swim, 38.1 kilometre bike ride and 10 kilometre run in 1:47:21. Portugal’s Joao Pereira finished second in 1:47:29, followed in by compatriot Mario Mola in 1:47:40.
Chicago was the fifth of eight stops in the World Series, and it was Gomez’s fourth win from five races in 2014, with Russia’s Dimitry Polyanskiy and Spain’s Fernand Alarza claiming fourth and fifth respectively.
The 31-year-old eased home first with eight seconds to spare at Grant Park. With three World Championship Triathlon events left on the calendar, Sunday’s victory also has positioned Gomez top of the scoreboard with 3742 points, ahead of Mario Mola (3322) and Brit Jonathan Brownlee (2652).
Minnesota native, Gwen Jorgensen, took the top spot for the Women’s championship and became the first female to win six World Triathlon Series races.