HAMBURG, Germany – Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) earned her third career ITU World Triathlon Series medal on Saturday with a bronze-medal performance in Hamburg, continuing a streak of a U.S. athlete on the podium at each WTS race this season.
Rappaport joined gold medalist Non Stanford of Great Britain and silver medalist Cassandre Beaugrand of France on the podium.
Rappaport previously earned silver in Yokohama in May and won in Edmonton in 2016. Her finish in Hamburg is her third consecutive podium finish, having skipped two WTS races and won the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup in Mexico last month.
Saturday’s course featured a 750-meter swim through the Alster tributary of the Elbe River, a 21-kilometer bike through the city and a 5-kilometer run finishing in Hamburg’s central square, Rathausmarkt.
Beaugrand got off to a fast start in the swim, with Rappaport several seconds behind in second place. Rappaport pulled even and entered the first transition hot on Beaugrand’s heels.
Great Britain’s Sophie Coldwell took the lead early in the bike, while Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) rounded out the top five.
The rainy conditions wreaked havoc on the bike portion of the race, with crashes taking out several riders, including series leader Zaferes. Zaferes had won four races and finished second at the other this season, but fell to 46th place when her wheel was clipped by another rider and both hit the pavement.
Kasper and Spivey headed into the second transition and into the run in the top five, while Zaferes climbed to 33rd.
Stanford immediately got out to an early lead in the run, with Beaugrand alone in second place and Rappaport chasing in third. Stanford extended her lead to six seconds on Beaugrand, while the real battle was for third place as Rappaport and Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands ran shoulder-to-shoulder several seconds behind.
Stanford held on for her first win since 2016, coming in at 59:24, and Beaugrand came in second a year after winning on this course, finishing in 59:31.
Unable to shake each other for most of the race, Rappaport and Klamer were neck-and-neck in a sprint to the finish. Ultimately, Rappaport was able to hold a slight edge to take bronze in 59:42 over Klamer’s 59:43.
“I think that’s the first sprint finish I’ve ever won in my life, and I really thought she was going to get me,” Rappaport said after the race. “And then I was like, ‘We’ve got to get an American on the podium.’ We’ve had an American on the podium every race this year. And the carpet was so wet, my shoes were slipping, and I’m not sure how I managed to get it done.”
Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown rounded out the top five in 59:49, while Spivey finished sixth in 59:51.
Despite a disappointing 35th-place finish, Zaferes still holds the no. 1 spot in the series ranking and was on hand at the medal ceremony to receive the series leader trophy.
Also competing for the U.S. were Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 16th in 1:00:58; Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), 18th in 1:01:02; and Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), 41st in 1:02:34
No U.S. men raced individually in Hamburg, but two men will contest the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships on Sunday as part of the four-person U.S. team. The race is set for 3:30 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. local time) and will be broadcast live online at triathlon.tv. The U.S. looks to finish on the podium for the fourth consecutive year.
The World Triathlon Series next heads to Edmonton, Alberta, on July 20-21.
ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
750m swim, 21k bike, 5k run
Elite Women — Complete Results
1. Non Stanford (GBR), 59:24
2. Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA), 59:31
3. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), 59:42
3. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), 59:42
6. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 59:51
16. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 1:00:58
18. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass), 1:01:02
35. Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 1:02:12
41. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), 1:02:34
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