2015 London Triathlon

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The Brownlee brothers are back this weekend, as the ITU World Triathlon Series comes to London this weekend.

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The world’s top triathletes return to Hyde Park, the 2012 Olympic venue, to take on the sprint distance in the sixth outing this season.

And the Brits are out in force on home turf. Jonny and Alistair Brownlee will both be competing for top honours after picking up several wins this season.

Johnny started the season with a bang, winning in Auckland and the Gold Coast, before Alistair returned from injury to win in his younger brother’s absence in Cape Town and clinch silver in Yokohama.

But, on the very streets where Alistair won Olympic gold and Jonny won Olympic bronze, the brothers will race against each other for the first time this season for a third win.

But the Yorkshire brothers will come under fire from the likes of Mario Mola from Spain, Vincent Luis (France) and South African Richard Murray in this sprint battle.

Mola has contested all five races this season and sits second in the ITU rankings this season behind Javier Gomez Noya.

The Swiss triathlete won in Yokahoma, finished second in Cape Town and Auckland and clinched bronze on the Gold Coast.

But he is going to miss London, which could give Mola a chance to close in on the top spot.

Mola won in Abu Dhabi over the sprint distance and the Spaniard’s pace could be difficult to cope with in the closing stages in London.

In the women’s race, Gwen Jorgensen is once again the one to beat and will be defending the title she won last year in London.

She picked up her ninth consecutive ITC World Series victory in Yokohama and is top of the ITU world rankings.

She has a formidable team around her as well, with Katie Zaferes and Sarah True also in superb form. The Americans have dominated so far, picking up a 1-2-3 on the Gold Coast and winning 60 per cent of the podium places this season.

But once again, the Brits are back to prove their worth on home soil.

Vicky Holland, fresh from her first World Series gold medal in Cape Town, will be racing with renewed confidence.

The race in South Africa was the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist’s first outing after coming back from plantar fasciitis injury.

Another athlete back from injury in time to race in London is the 2013 ITU champion Non Stanford.

After almost 20 months out, Stanford finished 10th in Yokohama last weekend and proved she could be in the mix once again.

Andrea Hewitt, who has moved up to third spot behind Jorgensen and Zaferes in the rankings, could also impress with her speed and tenacity on the run.

The men’s race starts at 15.05 BST with the women’s race starting at 16.45 on Sunday, May 31.

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