Joao Silva leads the World Triathlon Series after his third place finish in Yokohama
The Portuguese athlete who had won in Japan in the previous two years, measured out his efforts in consideration of the overall rankings, maintaining a third place position instead of risking his lead in the overall rankings. Silva has reached the winner’s podium in the last three races, demonstrating an exceptional physical form, only beaten out in this race by the tremendous strength of winner Jonathan Brownlee and second place finisher Gomez Noya, both of whom were medallists in the London Olympic Games.
The race, marked by rain, began with some twenty participants setting a tremendous pace in the swim section, completing it in 18 minutes. The 40-kilometre cycling section was held on a very technical circuit that presented considerable risk of falling in various parts. Joao Silva remained in the leading pack which consisted of 8 athletes: Gomez Noya, Brownlee, Ivan Vasiliev, Marco Van der Stel, Henri Schoeman, Andrew McCartney, Benjamin Shaw and Silva himself. But it was during the running section that Brownlee and Gomez Noya increased their speeds and took off ahead of the rest, while behind them, Silva tried to hold off his competitors, unable to catch the British and Spanish leaders. The British athlete managed to hold off the triathlete from Ferrol, Spain over the final two laps, and the young Portuguese athlete wound up in third place, maintaining his position as leader in the World Triathlon Series, ahead of Gomez Noya and Mario Mola, who did not race in Yokohama.
After the first three races held in Auckland, San Diego and Yokohama, the next race in the World Series will be held on June 1st and 2nd in Madrid.
1-) Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1h 44'59"
2-) Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) 24" behind
3-) Joao Silva (POR) 1´17" behind