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Team USA Medal Tracker: Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

By USA Triathlon | July 06, 2018, 1:19 p.m. (ET)

FYN, Denmark — The second annual ITU Multisport World Championships Festival kicked off Friday in Fyn, Denmark. The 10-day event with an every-other-day racing schedule features elite, U23, junior, para and age-group world championships across six multisport disciplines. The Team USA Medal Tracker will recap U.S. medal performances on each day of competition. 

Day 1: Age-Group Standard-Distance Duathlon
Friday’s racing action featured the ITU Age-Group Standard-Distance Duathlon World Championships, as athletes covered a 9.1-kilometer run, 33-kilometer bike and another 5.2-kilometer run. Nine U.S. age-groupers grabbed podium spots, led by repeat medalists Sharon Gerl and Kirsten Sass. Gerl, the 2017 women’s 65-69 world champion, repeated her title in a new age group. Sass, last year’s world champion in the women’s 35-39 age group, reached the podium again with silver. Elite, U23, junior and paratriathletes also competed for standard-distance duathlon world titles on Friday, but the U.S. had no finishers. 

Gold Medalists
Kaytlynn Welsch (Alvin, Texas), F18-19
Ashley Benson (San Francisco, Calif.), F30-34
Sharon Gerl (Springfield, Ore.), F70-74

Silver Medalists

Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), F35-39

Bronze Medalists

Emily Allred (Del Mar, Calif.), F30-34
Julie Bryan (Driggs, Idaho), F50-54
James Griffis (The Woodlands, Texas), M65-69
Barbara Kostner (Lakewood, Colo.), F70-74
David Lowe (West Chester, Pa.), M70-74

Day 2: Age-Group Sprint-Distance Duathlon
The second day of competition showcased top age-group athletes on a draft-legal sprint-distance duathlon course. Athletes raced for a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run in their quest for world titles and hardware. Team USA captured 13 total medals on the day, highlighted by six gold medals. Among the champions were Kirsten Sass, who won silver two days prior and repeated as the women’s 35-59 winner in the sprint distance, as well as Keith Woodward, who defended his title in the men’s 65-69 age group. The U.S. medal haul at the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival stands at 22 total medals after two days.

Gold Medalists
Patton Sims (Sterlington, La.), M16-19
Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), F35-39
Melisa Christian (Dallas, Texas), F40-44
Cynthia Abrami (Santa Barbara, Calif.), F50-54
Keith Woodward (Stowe, Vt.), M65-69
Lew Hollander (Redmond, Ore.), M85-89

Silver Medalists
Lauren Garriques (Lake Forest, Ill.), F16-19
Gail Waldman (Vienna, Va.), F60-64
Kenneth Fleischhacker (Littleton, Colo.), M80-84
Wayne Fong (Chatsworth, Calif.), M85-89

Bronze Medalists
Tafara Pulse (Seattle, Wash.), F35-39
Eileen Cravens (Richmond, Ind.), F60-64
Joe Carr (Blowing Rock, N.C.), M75-79

For complete results from the ITU Standard-Distance and Sprint-Distance Duathlon World Championships, click here.

Day 3: Cross Triathlon

Tuesday's action in Fyn featured the off-road specialists, as athletes competed for world titles at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. Five age-group athletes added to Team USA's medal haul as they covered a 1k swim, 27k mountain bike and 10k trail run. Susan Griffin-Kaklikian, who won silver in the women's 60-64 age group in 2017, placed one spot higher this year to earn the title of world champion. Courtney Kaup also reached the top step of the podium, winning the women's 40-44 age group by nearly four minutes. The U.S. had only one elite competitor at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, as Barret Fishner finished 36th in the men's elite field.

Gold Medalists
Courtney Kaup (Richmond, Vt.), F40-44
Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (Colorado Springs, Colo.), F60-64

Silver Medalist
Maureen Sanderson (Nashville, Tenn.), F60-64

Bronze Medalists
Rebecca Goldstein (Salt Lake City, Utah), F25-29
Larry Mayse (Milton, Ga.), M70-74

For complete results from the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, click here.

Day 4: Aquathlon

U.S. age-group athletes earned 10 world titles and 17 total medals at the ITU Aquathlon World Championships, a race that featured a 1-kilometer swim followed by a 5-kilometer run. Kirsten Sass earned her third medal and second world title of the week, sharing the podium with silver medalist and fellow American Sarah Newcomb-Baker. Wayne Fong also earned his second medal of the week, moving up from his silver-medal finish in the sprint duathlon to gold in the aquathlon. Six medalists from the 2017 ITU Aquathlon World Championships made it back-to-back podiums: Colleen Burns, Pieter Dehart, Ruth Hamilton, Don Nelson, Robert Plant and Sharon V. Smith. 

The U.S. also had two competitors in the men’s elite race. Thomas Roos (Culver City, Calif.) placed 19th with a time of 29 minutes, 45 seconds, and Zane Grenoble (Playa Del Rey, Calif.), took 24th in 30:20. Grenoble, age 17, also earned a fifth-place finish in the junior men’s field.

Gold Medalists
Jonathan Dolan (Atascadero, Calif.), M16-19
Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), F35-39
Fiona Bayly (New York, N.Y.), F50-54
Sharon V. Smith (Austin, Texas), F60-64
Colleen Burns (McIntosh, N.M.), F65-69
Ruth Hamilton (McLean, Va.), F70-74
Peggy McDowell-Cramer (Santa Monica, Calif.), F75-79
Robert Plant (Woodside, Calif.), M75-79
Luise Easton (Olmstead Falls, Ohio), F80-84
Wayne Fong (Chatsworth, Calif.), M85-89

Silver Medalists
Sarah Newcomb-Baker (Kingston, Mass.), F35-39
Barbara Kostner (Lakewood, Colo.), F70-74

Bronze Medalists
Pieter Dehart (Jackson, Maine), M40-44
Louis Almekinders (Chapel Hill, N.C.), M60-64
Shelly Bloom (Durham, N.C.), F65-69
Paul Bloom (Durham, N.C.), M70-74
Don Nelson (Tulsa, Okla.), M80-84

For complete results from the ITU Aquathlon World Championships, click here.

Day 5: Long Distance Triathlon and Aquabike

The last day of racing in Fyn featured ITU World Championships for long-distance triathlon and aquabike. Nine U.S. age-group athletes reached the podium in the long-distance triathlon, which featured a 3-kilometer swim, 121.5-kilometer bike and 30.7-kilometer run. Dave Slavinski defended his world title in the men’s 45-49 age group, 2017 world champion Payne Pachuda returned to the podium with a silver-medal performance in the men’s 18-19 age group, and Antonio Ferreira Da Silva Neto repeated his 2017 silver in the men’s 35-39 age group. Suzanne Mink also stepped up the podium from her bronze-medal finish in 2017 to gold this year in the women's 65-59 age group.

Thomas Roos (Culver City, Calif.) and John Hirsch (Putname Valley, N.Y.) represented the U.S. in the elite men’s race, finishing 24th and 26th respectively. 

U.S. age-group athletes finished the ITU Multisport World Championships on a high note by earning 30 total medals in the aquabike. Six medalists from 2017 successfully returned to the podium, including Robin Sandos, Rose Wilson, Duane Fritchie, Kirsten Sass, Blair Saunders, Robert Smartt. 

Gold Medalists — Long Distance Triathlon
John Kelly (Rockville, Md.), M30-34
Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant Boro, N.J.), M45-49
Bernarda Thompson (Roanoke, Va.), F45-49
Leslie Knibb (Washington, D.C.), F55-59
Suzanne Mink (Washington, D.C.), F65-69
Sibyl Jacobson (New York, N.Y.), F75-79

Silver Medalists — Long Distance Triathlon
Payne Pachuda (West Chester, Pa.), M18-19
Antonio Ferreira Da Silva Neto (Austin, Texas), M35-39

Bronze Medalists — Long Distance Triathlon
Gail Waldman (Vienna, Va.), F60-64

For complete results from the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, click here.

Gold Medalists — Aquabike
Adam Voss (Muncie, Ind.), M25-29
Robin Sandos (Gardner, Mass.), F35-39
Sonya Van Tuyl (Milton, Ga.), F45-49
Janet Howard (Portland, Ore.), F55-59
Rose Wilson (Greenville, S.C.), F60-64
Nancy Thurrell (Meredith, N.H.), F65-69
Duane Fritchie (Lees Summit, Mo.), M65-69
Peggy McDowell-Cramer (Santa Monica, Calif.), F75-79
Dave Robinette (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), M75-79

Silver Medalists — Aquabike
Zane Grenoble (Playa Del Rey, Calif.), M18-19
Kristen Robinson (St. Augustine, Fla.), F25-29
Dane Newman (Marietta, Ga.), M30-34
Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), F35-39
Christina Dorrer (Rockville, Md.), F45-49
Blair Saunders (Newark, Del.), M50-54
Barbara Croninstagnari (Mineola, N.Y.), F55-59
Robert Smartt (Boulder, Colo.), M60-64
Garry Castelli (Belleville, Ill.), M65-69
Rosemary A. Thompson (Santa Barbara, Calif.), F70-74
Fredric Silverblatt (North Kingstown, R.I.), M80-84

Bronze Medalists — Aquabike
Alma Campiani (Key Biscane, Fla.), F20-24
Jennifer Passafiume (Edgartown, Mass.), F30-34
Leslie Hancock (Simi Valley, Calif.), F40-44
Kari Stoever (Baltimore, Md.), F50-54
Kathy Petrillo (Jupiter, Fla.), F55-59
Guy Berkebile (Somerset, Pa.), M55-59
Sandy Grosvenor (Annapolis, Md.), F60-64
Rob Watson (San Diego, Calif.), M65-69
Orb Greenwald (San Antonio, Texas), M70-74
Paul McDonald (Pleasant Hill, Calif.), M75-79

For complete results from the ITU Aquabike World Championships, click here.