Chelsea Burns Takes Seventh at ITU World Cup Season Opener in Cape Town

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 11, 2018, 1:46 p.m. (ET)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Chelsea Burns represented the U.S. at the first International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup of the season on Sunday, taking seventh on a sprint-distance course in Cape Town.

Burns (Seattle, Wash.) covered the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course in 59 minutes, 52 seconds. Great Britain’s Vicky Holland took the win, coming across the line in 58:18. She was followed by compatriot Non Stanford in second in 58:52, and Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer took bronze in 59:07.

Bragmayer took the early lead, recording a 9:05 swim split that was five seconds faster than anyone else in the field. Stanford, Holland and Portugal’s Melanie Santos were close behind her, while Burns’ 9:22 split put her in the first chase pack heading onto the bike. 
 
At the end of the technical four-lap bike course, Burns was still in the chase pack almost a minute down from the leaders. With a 17:09 run split — the fourth-fastest of the day — she successfully cracked the top seven for a strong season opener. 

In the men’s race, Robby Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded a 43rd-place finish in 57:35. South Africans Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman took the top two spots, claiming gold and silver respectively in 52:15 and 52:39. Lukas Pertl of Austria rounded out the podium in 52:49. 

The season continues with the first stop on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit on March 2 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The ITU World Cup then heads to Mooloolaba, Australia, on March 10. 

2018 Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run

Elite Women — Complete Results

1. Vicky Holland (GBR), 58:18
2. Non Stanford (GBR), 58:52
3. Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN), 59:07
4. Simone Ackermann (RSA), 59:28
5. Juri Ide (JPN), 59:38

U.S. Finishers
7. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 59:52

Elite Men — Complete Results
1. Richard Murray (RSA), 52:15
2. Henri Schoeman (RSA), 52:39
3. Lukas Pertl (AUT), 52:49
4. Shachar Sagiv (ISR), 53:02
5. Lukas Hollaus (AUT), 53:08

U.S. Finishers
43. Robby Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.), 57:35
Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), DSQ

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