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Josiah Middaugh Fourth at ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships

By USA Triathlon | April 30, 2019, 4:49 p.m. (ET)

PONTEVEDRA, Spain — Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) earned a fourth-place finish Tuesday in the elite men’s race at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, held as part of the nine-day ITU Multisport World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.

Middaugh was just 19 seconds off the podium, covering 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.

After exiting the water about two minutes back from the leaders, Middaugh worked his way through the field with a race-leading 1:06:47 bike split. At the second transition, it was Forissier, Kocar, Ruzafa and Middaugh in a pack out front — leaving the podium order to be decided on the run. 

Middaugh’s 25:12 7k run split was enough to get him across the line in fourth, nearly 90 seconds ahead of the fifth-place finisher. 

A 14-time XTERRA U.S. national champion, Middaugh has placed no lower than fifth in his six career ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship appearances. His best showings were runner-up finishes in 2014 (Zittau, Germany) and 2016 (Snowy Mountains, Australia).

Also racing for the U.S. on Tuesday were Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who took 25th in 1:58:23, and Will Kelsay (Boulder, Colo.), 40th in 2:06:05. The women’s elite race had no U.S. competitors. 

The ITU Multisport World Championships are taking place April 26-May 4, featuring races for elite, U23, junior, para and age-group athletes across six multisport disciplines. Visit usatriathlon.org for the full Team USA medal tracker, which lists all podium performances by U.S. athletes on each day of competition.

2019 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
1k swim, 30k bike, 7k run

Elite Men — Complete Results 

1. Arthur Forissier (FRA), 1:48:21
2. Ruben Ruzafa (ESP), 1:48:54
3. Lukas Kocar (CZE), 1:49:05

U.S. Finishers
4. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.), 1:49:24
25. Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:58:23
40. Will Kelsay (Boulder, Colo.), 2:06:05

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