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: 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
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
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
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
Results: Junior Men
1. Wian Sullwald RSA 01:01:44
2. Simon Viain FRA 01:01:58
3. Constantine Doherty IRL 01:01:59
4. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:02:31
5. Gordon Benson GBR 01:02:45
Results: Junior Women
1. Fumika Matsumoto JPN 01:08:33
2. Leonie Periault FRA 01:08:36
3. Tamara Gorman USA 01:08:39
4. Sarah Wilm GER 01:08:44
5. Maddie Dillon NZL 01:08:50
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-1
1. Bill Chaffey H2 AUS 00:57:20
2. Andre Kajlich USA 00:59:21
3. Geoffrey Kennedy H1 USA 01:00:33
4. Charles Moreau CAN 01:00:33
5. Fernando Aranha H2 BRA 01:00:41
Results: Paratriathlon Female TRI-1
1. Karen Darke H1 GBR 01:06:58
2. Jane Egan GBR 01:17:40
3. Elizabeth Mcternan GBR 01:19:31
4. Diana Helt USA 01:24:03
5. Erica Davis USA 01:25:35
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-2
1. Stephane Bahier FRA 01:09:41
2. Daniel Molina ESP 01:11:00
3. Matt Perkins USA 01:11:19
4. Oswald Kydd RSA 01:11:28
5. Mark Barr USA 01:11:39
Results: Paratriathlon Female TRI-2
1. Melissa Stockwell USA 01:22:14
2. Hailey Danz USA 01:26:54
3. Jennifer Clark USA 01:34:23
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