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Katie Zaferes Earns First Triathlon World Championship Medal

By Gary R. Blockus | Sept. 16, 2017, 1:48 p.m. (ET)

Katie Zaferes wins the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 16, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.


Katie Zaferes won the silver medal on Saturday at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to finish third overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series standings and gain a world championship bronze medal.

Zaferes, a 2016 U.S. Olympian from Hampstead, Maryland, matched her best podium finish of the season during the Grand Final. She also took second place at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohoma.

Zaferes was third out of the water in the 1,500-meter swim, but gained second place with a solid performance in the 40-kilometer bike leg. She then held the edge through the final 10-kilometer run.

She placed second in Rotterdam to Flora Duffy of Bermuda, who won in 1:58:39, exactly 55 seconds faster than Zaferes. Duffy won the world championship as the overall series winner for the second year in a row.

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Zaferes’ second-place finish in the Grand Final allowed her to jump from fourth place in the overall standings to a bronze-medal finish. The 28-year-old had three World Triathlon Series podium finishes in total this season.

Zaferes placed fourth in the standings last year and fifth in 2015.

Team USA’s Kirsten Kasper, 26, finished fourth in 2:01:29. Kasper, from North Andover, Massachusetts, also finished fourth in the series standings and improved from her fifth-place standing heading into the Grand Final.

Kevin McDowell, 25, from Geneva, Illinois, held the top place for U.S. men in the series standings, finishing in 32nd.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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