By Karen Price | Aug. 25, 2018, 4:27 p.m. (ET)

Katie Zaferes celebrates at the World Triathlon Edmonton on July 28, 2018 in Edmonton.

 

Katie Zaferes knew the pressure was going to be high at World Triathlon Montreal on Saturday in her attempt to maintain the lead in the series standings, but the American rose to the challenge with a silver medal.

Great Britain’s Vicky Holland, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, won for the third time this season in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 29 seconds and closed the gap on Zaferes, but narrowly trails the American in the overall World Triathlon Series ranking. Zaferes had a time of 1:59.51, while Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown finished in third in 2:00.23.

Zaferes won her fifth medal of the season in seven stops. She suffered a concussion after a bike crash in the season opener in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then won four consecutive medals before finishing sixth last month in Edmonton, Alberta.

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She interrupted what would have been a podium sweep in Montreal by athletes of Great Britain coming out of the bike portion of the race. Heading into the run, there were British athletes occupying the top four spots, but, as was expected, Zaferes turned on the jets during the run to move into podium position.

It was a tight race throughout, with the top five all within 13 seconds of one another with two laps remaining in the bike portion of the race. 

Zaferes has a 34-point lead over Holland in the standings, knowing that whoever finishes first at the Grand Final Sept. 15 in Gold Coast, Australia, will be crowned world champion.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.