FYN, Denmark — The second annual ITU Multisport World Championships Festival came to a close on Saturday in Fyn, Denmark, with U.S. athletes earning 83 total medals across six multisport disciplines. Of those, 36 were gold, 21 were silver and 26 were bronze.
The competition kicked off on Friday, July 6, and continued through Saturday, July 14, with an every-other-day racing schedule. Athletes battled for world championship crowns in sprint and standard-distance duathlon, cross triathlon, aquathlon, long-distance triathlon and aquabike events.
The Multisport World Championships Festival format allowed athletes to compete in several different disciplines at the same event, and five members of Team USA capitalized on that opportunity by earning multiple medals. Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn., F35-39) won four total medals in Fyn, including golds in the aquathlon and sprint-distance duathlon and silvers in the aquabike and standard-distance duathlon. Peggy McDowell-Cramer (Santa Monica, Calif., F75-79) gave the U.S. two gold medals in the aquathlon and aquabike events.
Other multi-medalists included Barbara Kostner (Lakewood, Colo., F70-74), Wayne Fong (Chatsworth, Calif., M85-89) and Gail Waldman (Vienna, Va., F60-64).
Twenty-two athletes who earned medals at the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival returned to the podium this year in at least one event, including: Colleen Burns (McIntosh, N.M., F65-69), Pieter Dehart (Jackson, Maine, M40-44), Antonio Ferreira Da Silva Neto (Austin, Texas, M35-39), Kenneth Fleischhacker (Littleton, Colo., M80-84), Duane Fritchie (Lees Summit, Mo., M65-69), Fong, Lauren Garriques (Lake Forest, Ill., F16-19), Sharon Gerl (Springfield, Ore., F70-74), Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (Colorado Springs, Colo., F60-64), Ruth Hamilton (McLean, Va., F70-74), Suzanne Mink (Washington, D.C., F65-69), Don Nelson (Tulsa, Okla., M80-84), Payne Pachuda (West Chester, Pa., M18-19), Robert Plant (Woodside, Calif., M75-79), Robin Sandos (Gardner, Mass., F35-39), Sass, Blair Saunders (Newark, Del., M50-54), Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant Boro, N.J., M45-49), Robert Smartt (Boulder, Colo., M60-64), Sharon V. Smith (Austin, Texas, F60-64), Rose Wilson (Greenville, S.C., F60-64) and Keith Woodward (Stowe, Vt., M65-69).
California was the most-represented state among the medalists for the second consecutive year, as 12 Californians reached the podium at least once. Six medalists hailed from Texas, and five were from Colorado.
The racing schedule at Fyn 2018 also featured elite, U23, junior and para races. Barret Fishner (Lillington, N.C.) represented the U.S. in the men’s field at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, placing 36th. Thomas Roos (Culver City, Calif.) placed 19th for elite men at the ITU Aquathlon World Championships, while Zane Grenoble (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) took 24th for elite men and fifth for junior men. Roos also competed in the elite ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, taking 24th, while John Hirsch (Putname Valley, N.C.) finished 26th. The U.S. had no finishers in women's elite or paratriathlon races in Fyn.
For daily summaries and a listing of all Team USA medalists at the Fyn 2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, visit usatriathlon.org. For complete results, visit triathlon.org.
The world championship season continues with the ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships on Sept. 2 in Zofingen, Switzerland, followed by the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, from Sept. 12-16.
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