It was Brownlee's second consecutive title, after he won the inaugural ITU men's sprint distance race in 2010, but today was his first Dextro Energy Triathlon Series win. Riveros Diaz became the first Chilean triathlete to ever win an ITU World Championship.
The results in Lausanne mean that Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee will wear No.1 and No.2 respectively in the Beijing Grand Final in September, and that the men's 2011 ITU World Championship is one step closer to ending up in the Brownlee household.
In the end it was Jonathan Brownlee's day in Lausanne though, as he turned in a blistering 14 minute, 24 second run split to fend off Gomez over the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
The short swim didn't do much to seperate the field, but a quick transition helped a group of 14 that included Jonathan Brownlee, Alistair Brownlee, Gomez, Alexander Brukhankov, Sven Riederer, David Hauss,Frederic Belaubre and up and coming Namibian athlete Abrahm Louw. But before the end of the bike, the another chase group of 15 caught the leaders, to bring about 30 athletes into T2 before the 5km run.
The Brownlees, Gomez, Riederer and Brukhankov moved to the front quickly and about two kilometres in, Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee made the decisive break. In a thrilling final kilometre, Gomez tried to turn on the pace and get away, but Brownlee stuck to his heels and then sprinted away to finish with the day's fastest run split which was almost 40 seconds faster than his run split in Lausanne last year. Gomez took silver while Alistair Brownlee finished third.
Overall Alistair Brownlee leads the overall Dextro Energy Triathlon Series rankings by 120 points, with 3085, while Jonathan Brownlee second at 2965 points. Javier Gomez drops to third with 2858. The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Grand Final Beijing is on September 10 and 11.
Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Lausanne - August 20, 2011
Final Results - Elite Men - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
Gold - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) - 52:23
Silver - Javier Gomez (ESP) - 52:27
Bronze - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) - 52:38
4th - David Hauss (FRA) - 52:41
5th - Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) - 52:42
6th - Laurent Vidal (FRA) - 52:43
7th - Jonathan Zipf (GER) - 52:44
8th - Joao Silva (POR) - 52:52
9th - Christian Prochnow (GER) - 52:55
10th - Tony Moulai (FRA) - 53:02
Photo Credit: ITU