Taylor Spivey took home an impressive silver medal for her career-first World Triathlon Series medal Sunday in Leeds, England.
A Redondo Beach, California, native, Spivey finished in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 32 seconds to climb 18 spots to No. 9 series standings.
Kirsten Kasper of North Andover, Massachusetts, moved into the series points lead by finishing fourth in Leeds at 2:00:33. She entered the event ranked No. 3.
Flora Duffy of Bermuda won the event with a time of 1:57:02, moving up to No. 6 in the standings. Alice Betto of Italy was third at 1:59:36, moving up to No. 10. U.S. Olympian Katie Zaferes, of Hampstead, Maryland, didn’t compete at Leeds and dropped to second in the points race.
In previous WTS events this year, Spivey had finished 13th and 25th, respectively, at Gold Coast, Australia, and Yokohama, Japan. She did not compete in the series opener at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
On the men's side, Jason West of Boulder, Colorado, was the top American finisher, placing 27th with a time of 1:52:48.
Leeds is the fourth of nine stops on the World Triathlon Series schedule. The next WTS event is July 16 in Hamburg, Germany.
Thomas Neumann is a Florida-based writer and journalist who previously worked at ESPN and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.