COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Led by Katie Zaferes’ fourth-place finish, the United States placed three women in the top-10 at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on Saturday. Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), who now has three top-four finishes in World Triathlon Series races this season, overtakes U.S. teammate Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) as the overall WTS leader.
The fifth of nine WTS races on the calendar this year, the Hamburg stop featured a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 21-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.
Bermuda’s Flora Duffy took the win in the women’s race, marking her third consecutive WTS victory of the season and first career sprint-distance WTS win. Duffy exited the water about 10 seconds back from the leaders, but quickly broke away with Kasper and Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth on the bike. She took off on a solo attack for the second half of the bike and maintained a comfortable lead through the run, finishing with a total time of 59 minutes flat. Ashleigh Gentle of Australia crossed second in 59:31, and Germany’s Laura Lindemann completed the podium on home soil with a time of 59:41.
The U.S. women had one of their strongest collective performances of the season, placing three in the top-10. Zaferes, who was a minute behind Duffy and 19 seconds back from Kasper and Learmonth headed onto the run, put down a 16:17 5k to cross the line fourth in a sprint finish with Lindemann. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) also had a strong run, recording a 16:41 to finish seventh on the day in 1:00:03.
Kasper ultimately placed ninth in 1:00:05 after a strong effort on the bike, and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was not far behind in 13th (1:00:26). Zaferes now leads the overall WTS standings, with Gentle in second and Kasper in third.
In the men’s race, Spain’s Mario Mola collected his third WTS victory of the season and became the first man to earn back-to-back wins at the Hamburg venue. The men were in a large pack for the majority of the race, and Mola secured his win with a 14:01 run split that was 14 seconds faster than his closest competitor. He broke the tape with a time of 54:08, followed by Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle in 54:20 and New Zealand’s Ryan Sissons in 54:23.
The U.S. men were led by Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who finished 18th with a time of 55:05. McElroy finished the swim in 48th place, but made his way into the main pack of about 45 men on the bike. He would record the fourth-fastest bike split of the day in 30:09, then put down a 14:56 5k to earn his third top-20 finish of the season. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), also raced well, finishing just outside the top-20 in 55:11.
The men’s WTS standings are currently led by a trio of Spanish athletes: Mola in first, Fernando Alarza in second and Javier Gomez Noya in third.
The action in Hamburg continues Sunday with the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, in which Team USA looks to defend its 2016 world title. The race is set for 8:54 a.m. ET (2:54 p.m. local time), and will be broadcast live online at triathlonlive.tv. Four-person teams from 21 countries are set to compete. Full team rosters will be announced this afternoon.
2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
750m swim, 21k bike, 5k run
Elite Women – Complete Results
1. Flora Duffy (BER), 59:00
2. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), 59:31
3. Laura Lindemann (GER), 59:41
4. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), 59:42
7. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), 1:00:03
9. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), 1:00:05
13. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 1:00:26
29. Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), 1:01:53
32. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 1:02:03
Elite Men – Complete Results
1. Mario Mola (ESP), 54:08
2. Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS), 54:20
3. Ryan Sissons (NZL), 54:23
18. Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.), 55:05
21. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), 55:11
36. Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), 56:02
51. Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.), 58:13
Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.), DNF
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