DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Spain’s Javier Gomez took the lead with about a mile left in the run to defend his title in the Hy-Vee Triathlon Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. Emma Moffatt of Australia won the women’s race. Gomez and Moffatt each earned $100,000 for their victories.
Though the event’s purse was cut from $1.1 million to $500,000 this year, it still offers the biggest prize in the world for Olympic-style distance triathlons. Gomez, the silver medalist from the London Games, was more than minute behind the leaders after the cycling portion of the event before catching them in the run. American Hunter Kemper was second, finishing 12 seconds behind Gomez.
Moffatt, who won in Des Moines in 2009 and finished second twice, was 1:26 ahead of runner-up Melissa Hauschildt.