By Paul D. Bowker | April 27, 2019, 6 p.m. (ET)

Katie Zaferes celebrates after crossing the finish line at the ITU World Triathlon Series on March 3, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates..

 

Katie Zaferes is two-for-two.

Powering ahead with strong performances on the bike and in the running portion of Saturday’s World Triathlon Series race in Bermuda, Zaferes, the world’s top-ranked women’s triathlete, won her second consecutive event.

On a rainy day in Bermuda, Zaferes began to take charge in the second leg of the race, the bike event, breaking from the pack with Jessica Learmonth and Vicky Holland of Great Britain, and Lotte Miller of Norway.

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Zaferes, a 2016 Olympian, took over in the run to finish off the victory for the top of the podium with a time of 1:59:52. That was nearly two minutes better than Learmonth, who finished second to win the silver medal. Joanna Brown of Canada was third.

The two consecutive wins for Zaferes follows a year in which she finished second overall in the World Triathlon Series title race. In the first event of the season in Abu Dhabi, Zaferes and fellow American Taylor Spivey took the top two spots in the women’s race. The next event in the nine-race series is May 18 in Yokohama, Japan.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.