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Weekend Notebook: July 16

By USA Triathlon | July 16, 2018, 10:07 p.m. (ET)

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.

For complete results from the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, visit

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.

For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Hamburg, visit

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.


For complete results from Fyn, visit

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.

For complete results from the Magog CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit

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

Related Athletes

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Tony Smoragiewicz

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Kirsten Kasper

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Katie Zaferes

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Ben Kanute

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Kevin McDowell

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Taylor Spivey

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Matt McElroy

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Eli Hemming