Chelsea Burns Claims Season-Best ITU World Cup Bronze in Tiszaujvaros

By USA Triathlon | July 08, 2018, 3:25 p.m. (ET)

 

TISZAUJVAROS, Hungary — Chelsea Burns posted her best result of the 2018 season on Sunday, claiming the bronze medal in the finals of the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Burns (Seattle, Wash.) clocked in at 59 minutes, 28 seconds on the sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course to land on the podium behind Great Britain’s Sophie Coldwell, who took the tape in 59:02, and Melanie Santos of Portugal, the silver medalist in 59:18. Sunday’s finish marks Burns’ third career ITU Triathlon World Cup podium result, following bronze medals won at two Spain-based world cup races last season: Huelva in September and Madrid in May.

The Tiszaujvaros stop on the ITU World Cup circuit features two days of competition, with qualifying heats taking place Saturday and the top nine athletes from each heat earning a spot in the finals. Burns finished seventh in her qualifier and was joined in the finals by fellow Americans Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) and Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.), who finished second and eighth in their respective qualifying heats.

As finals action got underway on Sunday, Knibb was the first U.S. athlete out of the water, 20 seconds behind swim leader Zsanett Bragmayer of Hungary. Burns and Spearing entered the first transition 10 seconds behind Knibb, setting the Americans up to work together on the bike leg.

Burns and Knibb quickly joined forces to make up the lost time from the swim portion, ensuring their positioning in the lead group of 15 women. The pair posted the fastest two bike splits of the day across the 20k bike course. Along with other strong competitors like Coldwell, Santos, Great Britain’s India Lee and Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat, Burns and Knibb transitioned to the run with an advantage of more than a minute.

On the second of four run laps, Coldwell broke away from the field, posting the day’s quickest run of 17:04 to capture the win. Burns’ 17:28 5k kept her in third position through the finish line, holding off a quick-charging Jeffcoat and Anna Godoy Contreras of Spain. Knibb finished seventh in 59:42.

U.S. men Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) qualified for the men’s final, which immediately followed the women’s race, but thunderstorms and hail led to the cancellation of the race midway through the bike portion.

The next ITU Triathlon World Cup event is set for Aug. 18 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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

Elite Women – Complete Results

1. Sophie Coldwell (GBR), 59:02
2. Melanie Santos (POR), 59:18

3. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 59:28

U.S. Finishers
3. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 59:28
7. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), 59:42
DNF Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.)


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