The Grand Final in Auckland produced fantastic opportunities to capture images for the 2012 Photo of the Year contest. After a long season that included the London Olympics, athletes dug deep to finish the year strong. The bountiful photos captured from the elite, U23, junior and paratriathlon races set against the beautiful New Zealand landscape made selecting this week’s photos one of the hardest yet.
With minimal points separating Olympic medallists Erin Densham (AUS) and Lisa Norden (SWE), the pair were set to duel for the World Championship title. However, Densham fell ill a week prior to the racing, forcing her to pull out midway. Norden, who was also sick with food poisoning before racing managed to grab fourth place which earned her the title as best female athlete of the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series. The win for the day went to Norden’s training partner Anne Haug (GER). Check out race highlights here.
Similar to the women’s race, the men’s race was a tight battle. The hunt to call themselves the best came down to Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) and Javier Gomez (ESP). Despite suffering an injury weeks prior to the race, Gomez delighted the crowds when he overtook Brownlee with a blistering sprint down the finish chute. While Gomez won the race, the world title went to Brownlee. Watch their battle here.
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The 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series season is a wrap. As we close the series that traveled across eight cities and four continents, check out these highlights from the past week in Auckland
A record number of athletes helped to put the 2012 ITU Age-Group World Championships in the International Triathlon Union history books, in an action packed day in Auckland on Monday.
Great Britain recorded their best ever gold haul but the USA led the overall medal tally in a record ITU Paratriathlon World Championships field in Auckland on Sunday, as the sport prepares for its Paralympic debut in Rio.
Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee collided in a phenomenal showdown for the 2012 ITU World Championship today. Gomez got the gold but Brownlee did enough to keep the world title in the family
Germany's Anne Haug put the finishing touches on a breakthrough season with a victory in Auckland today, claiming the Grand Final. Lisa Norden was crowned the 2012 ITU World Champion
In the final race of the season, Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez are set to battle in an epic showdown in the hunt for a world title. Jonathan looks for his first, while Gomez guns for his third championship