Chicago’s temperamental weather put paid to a swim-bike-run battle at this evening’s 2015 World Junior Champs, forcing organisers to turn the championship decider into a duathlon. With all spectators and athletes evacuated from the venue due to the high risk of lightning strikes, play was delayed by 95mins.
Once let loose, the 65-strong field of junior men ran together for almost the entirety of the first lap of the two-lap, 5km run. Hitting T1, 24 men were separated by just 5secs.
With slippy conditions for the 20km, four-lap bike leg, the strongest cyclists prevailed, whittling down those 24 to just 14 at the start of the final 2.5km run.