Rappaport Victorious at Huatulco ITU World Cup, Pearson Earns Silver

By USA Triathlon | June 09, 2019, 2:26 p.m. (ET)

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HUATULCO, Mexico — Summer Rappaport raced to a podium finish in her second straight race, this time earning the top spot and her first victory of the season with a win at Sunday’s Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup, while Morgan Pearson claimed his first ITU World Cup podium result.

 

Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) led the charge in the women’s race from start to finish, taking advantage of hot and humid conditions on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course to claim the win in 1 hour, 56 seconds. Rappaport posted the fastest swim (9:39) and run (16:59) times en route to gold in her debut on the Huatulco course. The gold medal is Rappaport’s eighth ITU World Cup win in her career, and her 13th podium finish on the ITU World Cup circuit. Rappaport most recently finished second at the ITU World Triathlon Series stop in Yokohama. 


Russia’s Alexandra Razarenova finished second on Sunday in Huatulco with a time of 1:01:05, while Austrian Lisa Perterer rounded out the podium in 1:01:18. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) finished seventh in 1:01:37. 

In the men’s race, Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) led the Americans by racing to his first ITU World Cup podium to take home the silver medal in 55:11. Pearson’s previous World Cup best result was fourth, earned last season on home soil at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup. Pearson had the fastest 5k run split of the day (15:03) and ran out of room to claim the win, finishing just 7 seconds behind race winner Tyler Mislawchuk of Canada, who clocked in at 55:04. Brazil’s Manoel Messias was third in 55:19. 

 

Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished 10th in 55:36, while William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) took 17th in 55:52 and Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) was 18th in 55:55 to round out top-20 results for the U.S.

 

The next ITU Triathlon World Cup event of 2019 is set for next weekend in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

2019 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run

Elite Women – 
Complete Results
1. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), 1:00:56
2. Alexandra Razarenova (RUS), 1:01:05
3. Lisa Perterer (AUT), 1:01:18
 
U.S. Finishers
1. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), 1:00:56
7. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), 1:01:37
30. Mary Alex England (Carlsbad, Calif.), 1:04:48
34. Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah), 1:06:06

 

Elite Men – Complete Results
1. Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), 55:04
2. Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), 55:11

3. Manoel Messias (BRA), 55:19

U.S. Finishers
2. Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), 55:11
10. Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.), 55:36
17. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), 55:52
18. Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), 55:55
37. Derek Oskutis (San Diego, Calif.), 57:22
39. Alec Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif.), 57:41
43. Walter Schafer (Centennial, Colo.), 58:01
DNF Michael Arishita (Boerne, Texas), Kevin Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.)

 

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