Docherty and Ellice top ten at Hy-Vee Triathlon

Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez of Spain fought off

oppressive heat and a spirited effort by crowd favourite Hunter

Kemper today to win the 2012 Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 Elite Cup and

take home USD$171,000 in prize money, while Bevan Docherty and

Clark Ellice proved best of the Kiwis, finishing 4th and 8th

respectively in the rich non-drafting race.

Docherty earns USD$25,000, while Ellice picks up a cool USD$14,000

in a race with a total prize purse of USD$1,000,000. Of the other

Kiwis, Kris Gemmell came home 15th (USD$7,500) and Dylan McNeice

30th (USD$3,000).

"It was a really hard race. It was more about fighting the sun and

high temperatures and trying to maintain a good pace," said Gomez,

who outdistanced the man who defeated him at the Summer Games in

London, Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee, with a strong run

leg that saw him grab the lead from 2011 Hy-Vee champ Greg Bennett

of Australia on the second lap and hold off Kemper by 22 seconds.

Bennett finished third.

"It’s a strong man’s course," an obviously drained

Kemper said after the race. "The whole day was hard."

With temperatures approaching 33 degrees and very little breeze,

the 31-man field hit the water at Gray’s Lake and immediately

set a furious pace. Aussie Josh Amberger was the first man out of

the water on lap one, with former University of Iowa swimmer

Cameron Dye and Gomez in hot pursuit. Gomez swallowed up

Amberger’s lead on lap two and led the leaders into the first

transition.

That’s where American Ben Collins took over. Just like he did

in 2011, Collins took the lead on the bike and was gobbling up real

estate when - just like last year - misfortune hit. A broken wheel

knocked Colin off the lead lap. In 2011, it was a broken foot that

sidelined him on the second lap on the run.

Australian Paul Mathews took the lead, but Bennett quickly chased

down his countryman and led the field into the 10-kilometre run.

Kemper, who battled back from a series of injuries to earn a berth

on the U.S. Olympic Team (he finished 14th in London) made his

customary charge, but he could not catch Gomez, the world overall

champion in 2008 and 2010.

Brownlee who has dominated the sport at the Olympic distance the

past three years, got off to a slow start, briefly threatened on

the bike leg, but finished 14th.

"This race was completely different than the Olympics because of

the heat," Gomez said while sitting in a tub of ice after his

victory. "But I pushed hard the whole time. It was a good race and

a good win."

The raced proved a good hit out for Docherty who will next turn his

attention to the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas next weekend

where he will be amongst a host of New Zealanders, before he looks

to conclude his ITU racing for the season with a farewell

appearance at the Barfoot & Thompson ITU World Triathlon Grand

Final in Auckland in October, a race set to also feature Ellice,

Gemmell, London Olympian Ryan Sissons and a host of other New

Zealanders up against the best in the world.

Hy-Vee 5150

Des Moines, Iowa

Elite Men

1 Javier Gomez Noya ESP 1:51:21

2 Hunter Kemper USA 1:51:59

3 Greg Bennett AUS 1:52:24

4 Bevan Docherty NZL 1:52:46

5 Matt Reed USA 1:53:24

Plus Kiwis

8 Clark Ellice NZL 1:54:46

15 Kris Gemmell NZL 1:58:35

30 Dylan McNeice NZL 2:14:46

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