2012 Photo of the Year - Week Eight: Auckland

by Fergus Murray on 23 Dec, 2012 04:59 • Español
2012 Photo of the Year - Week Eight: Auckland

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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Related Event: 2012 Barfoot and Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final Auckland
20 - 22 Oct, 2012 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Non Stanford GBR 02:13:06
2. Sarissa De Vries NED 02:13:15
3. Joanna Brown CAN 02:14:12
4. Claudia Rivas MEX 02:14:26
5. Natalie Van Coevorden AUS 02:14:28
6. Sara Vilic AUT 02:15:06
7. Ashlee Bailie AUS 02:15:09
8. Lucy Hall GBR 02:15:11
9. Simone Ackermann ITU 02:15:24
10. Maaike Caelers NED 02:15:41
Results: U23 Men
1. Aaron Royle AUS 01:57:17
2. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:57:20
3. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:57:21
4. Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:57:29
5. Ryan Fisher AUS 01:57:51
6. Matthew Sharp GBR 01:58:49
7. Jason Wilson BAR 01:59:15
8. Gregory Billington USA 01:59:32
9. Igor Polyanskiy RUS 01:59:40
10. Ryan Bailie AUS 01:59:50
Results: Elite Women
1. Anne Haug GER 02:10:48
2. Gwen Jorgensen USA 02:11:00
3. Barbara Riveros CHI 02:11:01
4. Lisa Norden SWE 02:11:03
5. Jodie Stimpson GBR 02:11:03
6. Rachel Klamer NED 02:11:09
7. Andrea Hewitt NZL 02:11:10
8. Kate Mcilroy NZL 02:11:12
9. Sarah True USA 02:11:20
10. Juri Ide JPN 02:11:21
Results: Elite Men
1. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 02:00:29
2. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 02:00:31
3. Sven Riederer SUI 02:01:18
4. Steffen Justus GER 02:01:40
5. Gregor Buchholz GER 02:01:46
6. Kyle Jones CAN 02:01:48
7. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 02:01:50
8. Ivan Raña Fuentes ESP 02:01:56
9. Richard Murray RSA 02:02:00
10. David Mcnamee GBR 02:02:06
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