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Team USA Medal Tracker: Pontevedra ITU Multisport World Championships

By USA Triathlon | April 27, 2019, 7:26 p.m. (ET)

PONTEVEDRA, Spain — The third annual ITU Multisport World Championships kicked off Saturday in Pontevedra, Spain. The nine-day event 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 Sprint-Distance Duathlon, Elite Standard-Distance Duathlon 
Saturday’s racing action featured the ITU Age Group Sprint-Distance Duathlon World Championships, as athletes completed a 5-kilometer run, draft-legal 19.4-kilometer bike and 2.5-kilometer run. Nine U.S. age-groupers grabbed podium spots, led by gold medalists Melisa Christian (F40-44), Cynthia Abrami (F50-54) and Ellen Demsky (F75-79). Christian and Abrami both successfully defended their titles from the 2018 World Championships, held in Fyn, Denmark.

Gold Medalists
Melisa Christian (Dallas, Texas), F40-44
Cynthia Abrami (Santa Barbara, Calif.), F50-54
Ellen Demsky (Tarzana, Calif.), F75-79

Silver Medalists
Diane Travis (Clermont, Fla.), F65-69

Bronze Medalists
John Bazaar (Cheshire, Conn.), M16-19
Mark Hecox (Salem, N.H.), M55-59
Kathy Edris (Oro Valley, Ariz.), F60-64
Cynthia Lucking (Greer, S.C.), F65-69
Wayne Fong (Chatsworth, Calif.), M85-89

USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris also represented the U.S. in ITU World Championship competition for the first time Saturday, finishing 36th in the men’s 40-44 age group with a time of 1:12:13.

The Elite and U23 ITU Duathlon World Championships were also held Saturday, featuring a standard-distance 10 run, 40k bike and 5k run. Jonathan McKinley (Berkeley, Calif.) raced in the men’s elite race, finishing 29th with a time of 1:54:25.

Complete results from all of Saturday's races are available at

Day 2: Age-Group Standard-Distance Duathlon, Junior Sprint-Distance Duathlon
On Sunday, nine U.S. age-group athletes earned medals in the standard-distance duathlon, which featured a 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run. Lauren Garriques (F18-19), who medaled for the last three years at the ITU Sprint Duathlon World Championships (silver in 2017 and 2018, bronze in 2016), found success in the standard-distance to claim her first world title. Luke Little (M18-19) brought home a gold in his first ITU World Championship outing, while Tony Marshall (M75-79) claimed his third career ITU Duathlon world title. Marshall returned to the top of the podium for the first time since the 2014 ITU Duathlon World Championships, which were also held in Pontevedra.

Gold Medalists
Lauren Garriques (Lake Forest, Ill.), F18-19
Luke Little (Pacific, Mo.), M18-19
Tony Marshall (Carlsbad, Calif.), M75-79

Silver Medalists
Vanessa Cook (East Lansing, Mich.), F50-54
Suzanne Cordes (Alamo, Calif.), F60-64 

Bronze Medalists
Kristen Hetzel (Santa Monica, Calif.), F40-44 
Kirsten Chapman (Edmond, Okla.), F55-59
Vicki McCloskey (Henniker, N.H.), F70-74
Finn Hassing (Hickory, N.C.), M75-79

Also on Sunday, Cassidy Hickey (Parker, Colo.) toed the line in the ITU Junior Duathlon World Championships and finished ninth in the ultra-competitive field. Hickey covered the 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run in 1:03:16.

Click here for complete results from Sunday's events.

Day 3: Age-Group, Para and Elite Cross Triathlon
Five U.S. athletes reached the podium at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships on Tuesday, including four age-groupers and one paratriathlete. Athletes covered a 1k swim, 3k mountain bike and 7k trail run. Larry Mayse, who earned bronze at the 2018 world championships in Fyn, Denmark, took one step up the podium to claim silver in the men’s 70-74 age group. Barbara Peterson (F60-64) also returned to the podium with a silver medal, two years after winning gold at the 2017 world championships in Penticton, British Columbia.

Judith Abrahams (Anchorage, Alaska) represented the U.S. in the women’s paratriathlon PTS4 division, taking home the gold with a time of 1:58:35.

Gold Medalist
Judith Abrahams (Anchorage, Alaska), PTS4

Silver Medalists
Janet Soule (Davis, Calif.), F55-59
Barbara Peterson (Berkeley, Calif.), F60-64
Sheri Schrock (Cohasset, Minn.), F65-69
Larry Mayse (Milton, Ga.), M70-74

In the men’s elite race, Josiah Middaugh placed fourth — just 19 seconds off the podium. He covered the 1-kilometer swim, 30-kilometer mountain bike and 7-kilometer trail run in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 24 seconds. France’s Arthur Forissier was crowned world champion, breaking the tape in 1:48:21. He was followed by silver medalist Ruben Ruzafa of Spain in 1:48:54, and the Czech Republic’s Lukas Kocar rounded out the podium in 1:49:05. Click here for a complete recap of the elite men's race.

There were no U.S. competitors in the women’s elite race, which was won by Italy’s Eleonora Peroncini.

Click here for complete results from the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships.

Day 4: Elite, Junior and Age-Group Aquathlon

It was a successful day for Team USA at the ITU Aquathlon World Championships, as five U.S. athletes earned world titles and 16 medals overall. Patti Sears, Cynthia Lucking and Karen Wilcox swept the podium in the women’s 65-69 age group, earning gold, silver and bronze respectively. Colleen Burns and Robert Plant were familiar sights at the top of the podium, as Burns earned her fifth consecutive world title and Plant won gold for the third straight year. The course for all athletes featured a 1k swim followed by a 5k run.

Gold Medalists
Lydia Smith (Williamsport, Pa.), F16-19
Julie Demers (Mountain View, Calif.), F30-34
Patti Sears (Danville, Calif.), F65-69
Colleen Burns (McIntosh, N.M.), F70-74
Robert Plant (Woodside, Calif.), M75-79

Silver Medalists
Jonathan Dolan (Atascadero, Calif.), M16-19
Carla Moreno (Plantation, Fla.), F40-44
Katie McCully (Eastham, Mass.), F50-54
Cynthia Lucking (Greer, S.C.), F65-69
Peter Hoyt (Costa Mesa, Calif.), M70-74
June Black (Austin, Texas), F75-79

Bronze Medalists
Pieter Dehart (Jackson, Maine), M40-44
Samantha Forde (Santa Cruz, Calif.), F45-49
Linda Bayne (Sarasota, Fla.), F55-59
Karen Wilcox (Austin, Texas), F65-69
Judith Reiberg (New York, N.Y.), F70-74

Two U.S. athletes, twins Rebeccah Wassner (New York, N.Y.) and Laurel Wassner (New York, N.Y.), competed in the women's elite race. Rebeccah placed 18th with a time of 35:16, and Laurel was just exactly 10 seconds behind her in 19th. In the men's elite race, Thomas Roos (Culver City, Calif.) placed 21st in 30:56, while Zane Grenoble (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) was 46th for elites and ninth in the junior division with a time of 33:21. 

Click here for complete results from the ITU Aquathlon World Championships.

Day 5: Age-Group Aquabike, Age-Group and Elite Long Distance Triathlon


On the final day of racing in Pontevedra, U.S. age-group athletes earned six world titles and 20 medals overall at the ITU Aquabike World Championships. The course featured a 3k swim and a 113k bike. The men’s 50-54 age group saw a U.S. podium sweep, as Blair Saunders, Thomas Emerick and Mike Shaffer took gold, silver and bronze respectively.

Leslie Hancock, last year’s bronze medalist in the women’s 40-44 age group, won her first world title in the 45-49 age group. Barbara Cronin-Stagnari and Robert Smartt, both silver medalists in their age groups last year, won gold medals in the women’s 55-59 age group and men’s 65-69 age group respectively.

Gold Medalists
Leslie Hancock (Simi Valley, Calif.), F45-49
Blair Saunders (Newark, Del.), M50-54
Barbara Cronin-Stagnari (Mineola, N.Y.), F55-59
Robert Smartt (Boulder, Colo.), M65-69
Lauren Binder (Portland, Ore.), F70-74
Francis Schauer (Alexandria, Va.), M75-79

Silver Medalists
Angela Man (Houston, Texas), F30-34
Felicity Joyce (Mill Valley, Calif.), F35-39
Pam Kosanke (Minnetonka, Minn.), F40-44
Kurt Holt (Santa Rosa, Calif.), M40-44
Christina Dorrer (Rockville, Md.), F45-49
Kari Stoever (San Diego, Calif.), F50-54
Thomas Emerick (San Francisco, Calif.), M50-54
Lora Hanks (Atlanta, Ga.), F60-64
David Gearin (Arlington, Va.), M75-79

Bronze Medalists
Amber Smolik (Stafford, Texas), F35-39
Mike Shaffer (Ventura, Calif.), M50-54
Maggie Riley-Hagan (San Marcos, Calif.), F65-69
Duane Fritchie (Lees Summit, Mo.), M65-69
Rob Watson (San Diego, Calif.) M70-74

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

Long Distance Triathlon

Nine Team USA athletes earned hardware at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, which featured a challenging 3k swim, 113k bike and 30k run. Beni Gras-Thompson (F45-49) and Suzanne Mink (F65-69) successfully defended their gold medals from 2018, while Payne Pachuda (M20-24), Dave Slavinski (M45-49) and Antonio Ferreira Da Silva Neto (M40-44) all reached the podium for the third consecutive year. Gail Waldman was also a repeat medalist, defending her bronze medal in the women’s 60-64 age group.

Gold Medalists
Beni Gras-Thompson (Roanoke, Va.), F45-49
Suzanne Mink (Washington, D.C.), F65-69

Silver Medalists

Payne Pachuda (West Chester, Pa.), M20-24
David Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), M45-49
Al Truscott (Gig Harbor, Wash.), F70-74

Bronze Medalists
Paige Vanderpool (Colorado Springs, Colo.), F20-24
Antonio Ferreira Da Silva Neto (Austin, Texas), M40-44
Gail Waldman (Vienna, Va.), F60-64
Mike Wien (Marietta, Ga.), M65-69

In the men’s elite race, Thomas Roos placed 32nd with a time of 6:29:01. The women’s elite race had no U.S. competitors. For complete results from the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, click here.