2016 Olympian and World Triathlon Series leader Katie Zaferes fought her way to a bronze medal Saturday for her fourth consecutive podium appearance at the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg in Germany.
She is the only woman to medal in four of this season’s five races so far. Zaferes crashed during the bike portion of the season-opening race in Abu Dhabi. She has since scored a silver and three bronzes.
Zaferes, who was third at last year’s world championships and recently won a Best of June honor for Team USA Awards presented by Dow, finished with a time of 58 minutes, 37 seconds in the sprint-format race.
France’s Cassandre Beaugrand won in 58:06 following an impressive 15:48 run, and Germany’s Laura Lindemann just edged Zaferes to take second place with a time of 58:36.
Zaferes, from Santa Cruz, California, had a tough swim and got out of the water trailing leader Jess Learmonth of Great Britain by about 25 seconds. She was part of a big chase pack trailing a group of six leaders on the bike, including fourth-ranked Flora Duffy of Bermuda out in front.
The lead cyclists pulled ahead to a 30-second gap ahead of the chasers, but Zaferes moved to the front of that group and was ready to mount an attack on the run.
Beaugrand opened up a large gap on the run and she held a 16-second advantage over Zaferes and a small number of other challengers as she started her final lap. Zaferes and Lindemann separated from the other chasers and both kicked into a sprint heading toward the finish but neither could catch Beaugrand, and Lindemann just edged Zaferes for the second-place finish.
Team USA landed three women in the top 10 with Kirsten Kasper fifth and Taylor Spivey ninth.
Zaferes took the lead in the World Triathlon Series standings after finishing third at the last stop in Leeds, England, and maintains her lead heading into the July 27-28 stop in Edmonton, Alberta.