Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships
The U.S. team of Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.), Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) won bronze at the Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships on Sunday, reaching the podium at the event for the third consecutive year. Sunday’s race showcased the fast-paced, spectator-friendly mixed relay race format that will appear as a medal event for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Twenty countries fielded teams, each comprised of two men and two women. In the mixed relay race format, each athlete completed a 300-meter swim, 7-kilometer bike and 1.6-kilometer run before tagging off to the next teammate, with the fastest combined time winning the race. France took home the title, as Leonie Periault, Dorian Coninx, Cassandre Beaugrand and Vincent Luis raced to a combined time of 1 hour, 20 minute, 6 seconds. The Australian foursome of Natalie Van Coevorden, Aaron Royle, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle snagged the silver in 1:20:49, while McDowell anchored the U.S. to third with a team time of 1:20:51.
Just how I like to come away from #WTSHamburg...sticky and stinky! This weekend consisted of two beer showers and I’m pretty excited to also hold on to the series lead. As always this race did not disappoint in atmosphere or excitement! . Yesterday I finished 3rd in the individual race losing yet another Hamburg sprint to hometown gal @laura_linran, but at least this year it was for a podium spot 😉 Then today team USA finished third with a fight straight down to the finish with the Aussies. . Tomorrow we head back to the USA for the first time since January 31 and I’m so excited to see my family, meet my new nephew and celebrate his big brother’s 3rd birthday!!! ❤️❤️❤️ . 📸: @tzaferes
For complete results from the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, visit triathlon.org.
ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
Katie Zaferes took bronze on Saturday at the fifth individual stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) in Hamburg, Germany, retaining her No. 1 spot in the season-long WTS rankings. The bronze marks Zaferes’ fourth consecutive WTS podium.
The sprint-distance course featured a 750m swim, 21k bike and 5k run. Cassandre Beaugrand of France won the women’s race in 58:06. Zaferes finished in a sprint with Germany’s Laura Lindemann for the other two podium spots. Lindemann got the narrow advantage, taking silver in 58:36, while Zaferes grabbed bronze in 58:37. Also competing for the U.S. were Kirsten Kasper, who was fifth in 58:44; Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), ninth in 59:05, and Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), 19th in 59:59.
In the men’s race, Mario Mola of Spain claimed the win in 53:24. France’s Vincent Luis was the runner-up, crossing the line in 53:29, and South Africa’s Richard Murray was third in 53:32. Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the U.S. effort, placing a career-best 11th in 53:58. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) took 23rd in 54:20, and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) was 46th in 57:43.
5th at #WTSHamburg Average swim and a tough bike getting stuck behind a crash made for an eventful race. I had to ride solo for a lap of the bike to catch back up to the bunch. Things weren’t going my way exactly, but I kept fighting to the end. I was happy to execute a solid 5k run off the bike and take 5th overall. 📸: @tzaferes
To think 3 years ago I was in tears after this race, contemplating if I should quit, I’ve come a long way thanks to coach @pstriathlon and a whole lot of grit. . Raced from the front and finished 9th yesterday at #wtshamburg despite getting caught (again) on the last lap of the bike by the chase pack. . Hats off to @floraduffy for racing like the Champ she is despite coming off an injury. Barely held her wheel for dear life. Impressive as always. 🍻 📷 @tzaferes
For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Hamburg, visit triathlon.org.
Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival
The second annual ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, a nine-day event featuring world championships in six multisport disciplines, concluded on Saturday in Fyn, Denmark. The final day of racing featured the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships and the ITU Aquabike World Championships. 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. 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 were dominant in the aquabike event, earning 30 medals to leave Fyn on a high note. Overall at the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, U.S. athletes claimed 36 world titles and 83 total medals.
Back in the states after an amazing European adventure for Worlds! Looking forward to catching up on what everyone’s been up to and getting back to training! Some of my many favorite moments from the trip were the parade of nations and the locals cheering in the small towns along the 75 mile bike course! . . . . . . . #teamusa #usat #usatriathlon #triathlete #instatri #instatriathlon #multisport #mmalpha #bocogear #fortemultisport #itumultisport #roka #teamrwb #findfaster #findingfast #ituworldchampionships #swimbikerun #enduranceathlete #highfivefyn #denmark2018 #summer18 #longcourse #whywetri #timetotri #tricommunity #denmark #fyn2018
For complete results from Fyn, visit triathlon.org.
Magog CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup
Four U.S. elite athletes snagged podium spots at the Magog CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Canada on Saturday. Amy Cymerman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the women’s race, crossing the line in 1:03:17. Australia’s Sophie Linn earned silver in 1:04:04, while Brittany Warly (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rounded out the podium in 1:04:15.
In the men’s race, Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) came away with the win in 56:03. He was followed in second by Canada’s Martin Sobey, who crossed the line in 56:04. Taking third was Kevin Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.) 1ith a time of 56:08.
Je n’en reviens pas! Brought home some Canadian bacon 🥓in my second ITU start here in Magog, Quebec. In the last 400m, smiling the whole way, I took a moment to reflect on how far I’ve come and how full my heart is when I get to unleash my competitive side 😈🤘🏽 #onestepforward Day MADE sharing podium with Peak ladies @sophielinn and @bwarly 💪🏼 @zizuoptics . . . . #peaknation #itu #triathlon #quebec #magog #fullheart #greatful #progress #patience
The journey has been anything but smooth... which makes this that much sweeter! Held onto 3rd despite a penalty. First ITU podium ✔ Grateful for @kenaxford ; we continue to progress as a team and it's rare you meet a coach who can develop someone from the very start (with zero background in the sport) to this. Motivated to get back to work. Congrats to @sophielinn and @acym16 on your performances to enable a PEAK podium sweep ! Thank you to @keysightoscilloscopes @pikespeakath @ecfitboulder @aquasphere_swim @theinfinitloop @coloradorunningcompany @caferedpoint for your support and belief in me.
Topped the podium in Magog yesterday and shared it with a teammate too! Fun morning of racing in the rain. Off to Vancouver Island for a couple weeks of training before I get a crack at my next WTS race of the season in Edmonton. #SanfordSports #iamspecialized #2020vision #champagneshowers #actuallyapplejuice
For complete results from the Magog CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit triathlon.org.
Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
Three U.S. elite paratriathletes reached the podium at an ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on Saturday, held in conjunction with the CAMTRI event in Magog, Canada. Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.), took gold in the women’s PTWC category, continuing her undefeated elite ITU paratriathlon career. Howie Sanborn (Denver, Colo.) took bronze in the men’s PTWC class, and Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), grabbed silver for the PTS2 men. Brandon Adame (Houston, Texas) was just off the podium in the men’s PTVI category, placing fourth.
For complete results from the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org.