LIMA, Peru — The U.S. team of Avery Evenson (Brighton, Mich.), William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), Sophie Chase (Burke, Va.) and Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) finished fourth in the Mixed Relay competition Monday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
A first-time medal event at the Pan American Games, the Mixed Relay is a fast-paced, spectator-friendly discipline in which four athletes (two men, two women) each complete a super-sprint-distance triathlon before tagging off to the next teammate. The event will make its Olympic debut next year at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The four up-and-coming U.S. triathletes each completed a course in Lima featuring a 0.3-kilometer ocean swim off the beach of Agua Dulce, a 6.6-kilometer bike around the Costa Verde Beach Circuit and a 1.5-kilometer run finishing at the Lima Marina Club.
Brazil won the race in a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes, 34 seconds, led by women’s individual gold and silver medalists Luisa Baptista and Vittoria Lopes, and men’s silver medalist Manoel Messias. Canada battled with Brazil at the front after the second leg, and would stay ahead of the chase pack to snag the silver in 1:20:51. Mexico finished six seconds behind to take the bronze and stand atop the podium.
After a blistering 18:51 second leg by Huffman — the fastest split of the day — the U.S. squad was in the mix for the podium. As Chase and Hindman completed legs two and three, they stayed in contention among the top-five. Hindman just missed catching Mexico’s Irving Perez down the finish chute, bringing the U.S. home for a fourth-place finish in 1:21:20. Ecuador finished a distant fifth. Teams from 10 nations competed.
“It’s been such an incredible experience representing the US here in Lima,” Hindman said. “Competing in the Pan Am Games has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, so it’s been amazing to actually be a part of it and race with world-class athletes. I feel very honored and proud to have been in the mixed relay with such an incredible team. I’m proud of the effort we all gave the relay today and am so grateful for the unforgettable memories this trip has given me.”
Held every four years in the year before the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games are the third-largest international multi-sport Games after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. The history of the Pan American Games dates back to 1951, when the Games were first hosted by Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2019 Pan American Games mark the 18th celebration of the Pan American Sports Organization event. The U.S. has hosted the event twice, in Indianapolis in 1987 and Chicago in 1959.
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2019 Pan American Games — Complete Results
4x0.3k swim, 6.6k bike, 1.5k run
1. Brazil, 1:20:34
2. Canada, 1:20:51
3. Mexico, 1:20:57
4. United States (Avery Evenson, William Huffman, Sophie Chase, Austin Hindman) 1:21:20
5. Ecuador, 1:22:47
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