Further behind the chasing athletes started to string out with just Gemmell and Laurent Vidal from France able to handle the fast Gomez pace as the Spaniard set about closing down on the Olympic champion.
As Frodeno put his head down and accelerated again Atkinson dropped back into the clutches of the closing trio who reduced the German's advantage to just 25 seconds with 5km left to run.
Remarkably, despite his fatigue, Frodeno was able to respond and pulled away again, buoyed on the possibility of winning his first Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series race.
Gold Jan Frodeno (GER) 01:44:31
Silver Kris Gemmell (NZL) 01:44:49 +:18
Bronze Javier Gomez (ESP) 01:44:52 +:21
4th Laurent Vidal (FRA) 01:45:05 +:34
5th Bevan Docherty (NZL) 01:45:39 +1:08
6th Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 01:45:49 +1:18
7th Yulian Malyshev (RUS) 01:45:51 +1:20
8th Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 01:46:07 +1:36
9th Dan Wilson (AUS) 01:46:18 +1:47
10th Maik Petzold (GER) 01:46:35 +2:04
Post race comments from Gomez(behind Gemmel) included this below:
It was an uncomfortable and complicated week with the long trip from London and with the crash last weekend it meant I couldn't sleep and train well so the podium is good but it was not a good day for me, said Gomez. The main problem was the heat, it felt a bit slow.