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: Paratriathlon Female TRI-6
1. Susana Rodriguez B2 ESP 01:02:41
2. Melissa Reid B3 GBR 01:03:20
3. Patricia Walsh B1 USA 01:05:15
4. Charlotte Ellis GBR 01:05:51
5. Joleen Hakker B1 NED 01:08:13
Results: Paratriathlon Female TRI-5
1. Patricia Collins USA 01:11:07
2. Danielle Mclaughlin USA 01:11:32
3. Allysa Seely USA 01:17:43
Results: Paratriathlon Female TRI-4
1. Faye Mcclelland GBR 01:02:33
2. Clare Cunningham GBR 01:04:55
3. Claire Mclean AUS 01:08:36
4. Robin Caruso USA 01:11:52
5. Lauren Steadman GBR 01:15:33
Results: Paratriathlon Female TRI-3
1. Jennifer Hopkins CAN 01:08:28
2. Beth Price USA 01:24:45
3. Miriam Jenkins NZL 01:28:34
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
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: 80-84 Male AG Sprint
1. Wayne Fong USA 02:44:13
Results: 75-79 Male AG Sprint
1. John Bennetts AUS 01:42:20
2. Alec Hill NZL 01:44:07
3. Mike Ellis CAN 01:48:09
4. Neil Flemming NZL 01:56:00
5. Frank Pearce AUS 01:56:07
Results: 75-79 Female AG Sprint
1. Judith Barfoot NZL 02:06:48
Results: 70-74 Male AG Sprint
1. Brian Boyle NZL 01:30:41
2. Marshall Wakat USA 01:32:48
3. John Gordon NZL 01:35:58
4. Peter Dwyer AUS 01:36:15
5. Arby Kitzman USA 01:38:25
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