Katie Zaferes scored a bounce-back podium Saturday in Bermuda.
Less than two months after a bicycle crash in the first ITU World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi, Zaferes finished third at the World Triathlon Bermuda.
Zaferes, a 2016 Olympian, led three Americans among the top 10 in the elite women’s race. She finished third behind Bermuda’s Flora Duffy (2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds) and Great Britain’s Vicky Holland, who won a photo finish over Zaferes in 2:03:25. Duffy is the two-time reigning world champion, while Holland also has two world titles and an Olympic bronze.
Zaferes’ teammate Kirsten Kasper placed fourth (2:05:40) to become the series leader after two fourth-place finishes in the first two World Triathlon Series events. Kasper passed Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands with 1,582 points. Klamer finished 12th Saturday and is second with 1,424.
Taylor Spivey (2:07:02) was ninth, putting three Americans in the top 10.
The bicycle crash on March 2 took Zaferes out of the season opener in Abu Dhabi and landed her in a hospital. She suffered a concussion and facial cuts. She recovered quickly enough to compete in Bermuda.
The third-place finish boosted Zaferes, the 2017 world championships bronze medalist, to 10th place in the series standings. It was her 12th career podium finish in the World Triathlon Series.
Zaferes held second place during the running portion of Saturday’s race, but Holland went into a sprint in the final yards to pull out a second-place finish at the tape.
The top U.S. men’s finisher was Eli Hemming in 11th.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.