ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, Chicago, USA

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Mark Buckingham joined former World Champion Jonny Brownlee and teammate, Adam Bowden in the tenth race of the 2015 World Triathlon Series in Chicago.

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The Elite Men raced over the Olympic distance, a 1500m 2 lap sim course in Monroe Harbour followed by a 9-lap 40km bike course with lots of dead turns and a 10km 4 lap run course. Mark had a great swim completing the course in 17.13 and by the time he departed T1 was in 36th place in the 75 man field in the lead chase group, ahead of one of the pre-race favourites Richard Murray of South Africa. Sadly his strong swim and dynamic start on the bike course was to no avail as he felt ill and loss ground on the leaders on the second lap resulting in him losing ground on the leaders. He completed the 40km bike course in 59:58 and the 10km run in 32.02 to finish a disappointing 55th place in 1:50:44. The race was won by Mario Mola of Spain in 1:44.53, ahead of Javier Gomez Noya, Spain 1:44:57 who retained his World title and Richard Murray of South Africa was 3rd in 1:45:35. Jonny Brownlee in his first race since suffering a stress fracture was 12th in 1:46:19 and Adam Bowden 26th in 1:47:11.

This was the final triathlon for most of the elite men, but Mark has one more race when he will represent Great Britain at the World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide, Australia on 17 October 2015.

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