By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 17, 2019, 9:17 p.m. (ET)

Gwen Jorgensen (R) hands over to team mate Ben Kanute at the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 17, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

 

Just one year out from the Olympic debut of triathlon mixed relay at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the U.S. scored a podium finish on they very same course on Saturday.

The U.S. team, which was anchored by 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute, finished in third place to win a bronze medal in the Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event.

The U.S. has reached the podium in three of four World Triathlon Series mixed relay events this season.

The team in Tokyo featured Summer Rappaport, who was the first triathlete to clinch a spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team with a fifth-place finish in the individual competition Thursday, along with Tamara Gorman, Seth Rider and Kanute.

Dorian Coninx of France overtook Great Britain’s Alex Yee on the final leg to capture the gold medal in a photo finish, with both teams coming in at 1:26:33. Kanute crossed the line for the U.S. in 1:27:09.

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Following a fourth-place start by Rappaport on the opening leg, Gorman moved the U.S. up to third place and just five seconds out of the lead as she ended the third leg. Kanute pushed ahead on the final leg, moving up to second place at the start of the bike portion, but finished 36 seconds behind the leaders at the finish of the run.

Each athlete’s segment consisted of a 0.3-kilometer swim, 7.4K bike race and 2K run.

Sunday’s race was the final World Triathlon Series mixed relay race of the season.

Including gold medals won by paratriathletes Mark Barr, Hailey Danz and Kelly Elmlinger on Saturday, U.S. athletes won seven medals at the four-day Tokyo Test Event.

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.