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Gomez and Moffat clinch Hy-Vee prize

Stormy conditions delay start of iconic race

Hy-Vee Triathlon

Spain’s Javier Gomez and Australia’s Emma Moffat won the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, USA last weekend, taking home $100,000 each in what is still the richest Olympic-distance event in the sport.

The race was delayed by 45 minutes when torrential rain and high winds rolled through central Iowa, but athletes finished amid blue skies and cool temperatures at Gray’s Lake in Des Moines.

Gomez, a silver medalist from the 2012 London Olympic Games, fell one minute adrift in the bike leg but ran hard to finish in 1:45:57, followed by Hunter Kemper (USA) and Greg Bennett (AUS).

Australians dominated the women’s podium, with Emma Moffat taking first place in a time of 1:57:04, and Melissa Hauschildt clinching silver (1:58:30). Germany’s Svenja Bazlen came third with 1:58:48.

The highest-placing British athlete was Holly Lawrence, who came 11th in the women’s race, while Olympian Stuart Hayes finished 17th in the men’s race.

Over 2,500 men and women took part in the seventh annual Hy-Vee Triathlon event.

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Jamie was 220 Triathlon's digital editor between 2013 and 2015.