The birthplace of triathlon was host to competitors drawn to the sunny skies and the stand-out venue of the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. The event welcomed more than 1,800 age-groupers from 42 US states and 15 countries, to Mission Beach on April 20. The age-group event was again held in conjunction with the second stop of the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series circuit.


Action in San Diego began on Friday, April 19, when US Olympian Gwen Jorgensen grabbed the lead in the final mile of the run to claim the first victory for an American woman in ITU World Triathlon Series history, with a time of 1:59:59. Great Britain’s Non Stanford edged Emma Moffatt of Australia in a sprint finish for second place with both athletes finishing in 2:03:03.


London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain cruised to the elite men’s victory on Saturday, April 20.  Brownlee clocked a time of 1:47:16 thanks to a remarkable 10-kilometer run split of 29:30. South Africa’s Richard Murray completed the race next in 1:47:38 for his second straight podium finish in San Diego and Portugal’s Joao Silva took third in 1:47:52.




Additionally, nearly 50 paratriathletes from five countries participated in the April 20 Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) World Paratriathlon San Diego, the first of three international paratriathlon races offered by the ITU in 2013.


Many athletes, like Sean McLean, 24, of Staten Island, NY, made the trip to the mecca for multisport simply for the experience. “I love it here,” McLean said. “I chose the race because of the ITU competition and beautiful scenery.”


“This is a great race, everything is well-organized,” said Daniel Atic, 37, of Mexico City, Mexico. “I was inspired by seeing the elite women […] and finishing on that blue carpet was one of my dreams.”



19-20 April 2013
San Diego, USA

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