Best of 2015: Mario Mola becomes fastest man
It is no secret that when it comes to conquering the last discipline in a race, Spaniard Mario Mola is one of the greats. But in 2015, his domination reached new heights when he not only ran a race that caused him to win the WTS Grand Final Chicago, but also granted him the title of fastest runner in ITU history.
The split time that landed him the coveted title? 28:59.
In the final lap of the Chicago race, both Javier Gomez and Mola took turns accelerating up the flank, trying to leave the other, but it was an effort that went unsuccessful as both were stuck in sync. Giving one last push, Mola finally pulled the trigger in the last 100 metres and was able to sneak away from Gomez and carry himself into the finish line first with the fastest-ever 10km run split of 28:59. The historical run gave Mola the win and ultimately finish second overall in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings.
“I think I have just done one of the best races of my life,” said Mola on his win. “The feeling is amazing. Just to be able to run with Javi at the end, I hope the people enjoyed that as much as we did. It was an unbelievable race.
That run split from @mariomola was 28:59 Fastest run split in the history of the world triathlon series.— World Triathlon (@worldtriathlon) September 20, 2015