Jonathan Brownlee, GBR, first place
"We had to work really hard on the bike. It was different not having Alistair
there because there were less aggressive people from the back. I found myself and
Kris Gemmell doing a lot of the work, but then on the run I went hard on the second
lap. That was tough, but I had to hang on."
On recovering in time to race in Madrid
"I've never really raced two world series races this close together. I fly back
tomorrow morning as early as possible and then just recoup from the flight as much
as I can and I'll be careful not to do too much training. I'll just kind of rest
I hope I do recover. If I don't recover well, I might not even race."
Sven Riederer, SUI, second place
On his strong finish
"I spent the winter working on my running technique and changed it quite a bit.
I'm really happy to see it work so well today."
Richard Murray, RSA, third place, current ITU World Triathlon Series leader
"The key highlight of the race was managing to hold it together after the second
lap of the run. My legs were cramping up and thought I was going to fall back to
20th place because I was in such pain, but was actually running quicker than I had
"The Series leader has been something I've wanting to win for the past four or five
years, it's definitely an honor. My main goal is to get three Series wins and I'm
heading in that direction."
Hunter Kemper, fifth place, USA, fourth Olympic Games
"This is my first race of the year. I can't believe it. I'm over the moon. It's
a tremendous day for me. I didn't know if I would actually be back here. I went
through so much... It's been a struggle."
"Ultimately, you always want to settle it on a race course. You don't want a selection
committee to decide who's going to go to the Olympic Games. I did that today, and
so did Manny, and that means a lot. I'm just happy to go back and represent my country.
There's no better feeling than representing the USA."
Manuel Huerta, ninth place, USA, first Olympic Games
"For the past couple years it's been very tough, for me and for my family. But I
never, never, never gave up on my dream. I battled through so many downs and ups
like many athletes, but I knew that today it was special. I was racing in my new
country and I wanted to make my dream come true. For many young Hispanics like
me who come to America with that dream, they stick to their dream and they never
"After Sydney, where I had a tough day, my coach told me that I needed to have the
race of my life... I'm very happy that I'll be part of this team and hopefully in
London I can have a race just like today."
On his emotions at the finish - not knowing whether he'd qualified for sure
"To do this, that I've never done before, I had a little bit of doubt. So even though
I tried to stay positive, I couldn't believe that it actually happened - that I
did it. So it's fantastic."
"I knew that it would come down to the run. The past couple weeks I've been focusing
on my run, especially my running off the bike. I did very hard bikes and then I'd
come down and do runs. I was pretty much on the last pack on the swim, but I stayed
positive; I stayed calm. We caught up and then I set myself in very good position
on the bike on the last couple laps, and then I went out with my heart and then
everything I had."
On going through a lot and having a lot on his mind. His dad passed away two years
ago (cancer) and his mom has been battling cancer for the past two years.
"Today is mother's day weekend so this is the best gift I can give her - that I
didn't give up on my fight, on my dream. [so she doesn't give up] on her fight with
cancer. All those things have been on my mind, affecting me a little bit. Hopefully
she'll be in London as well watching me from the stands."