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Gorman Races to Bronze in ITU Junior World Championship Debut
Podium finish marks first medal for a U.S. woman at Junior Worlds
AUCKLAND, New Zealand —U.S. junior triathlete Tamara Gorman earned a spot on the podium on Sunday in her world championship debut at the 2012 ITU Junior World Championship at Queen’s Wharf, winning the first medal for the U.S. women on the junior elite world stage.
Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) posted the second fastest run split of the day en route to a bronze medal, crossing the finish line in one hour, eight minutes, 39 seconds for the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course. Fumika Matsumoto won Japan’s first-ever world title in 1:08:33, and Léonie Périault of France was second with a time of 1:08:36.
Exiting the water near the front, Gorman was able to connect with the lead bike pack early. “I got in the lead bike pack and I just stayed in the back,” she said. “I didn’t want to crash. The downhills on the course were really scary. Then on the run I just gave it all I could.”
Heading out on to the run, Gorman was part of a group of five which stuck together through most of the two 2.5k run laps. As the athletes approached the blue carpet, Matsumoto began to sprint, and Gorman followed, running herself to the bronze medal.
Gorman’s podium finish is a first for the U.S. women on the junior world championship stage. She moved up to the junior elite division this year, and was second at USA Triathlon’s Junior National Championship in August, following back-to-back wins at Youth Nationals in 2010 and 2011. Gorman qualified for this event when she finished second at the 2012 PATCO Junior Pan American Championship in July.
With bursts of heavy rain throughout the day, an already technical course became more difficult. Breanna Hemming (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Johanna Gartman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also competed in the women’s race and were in the chase pack, but both were impacted by the slick roads. Hemming was able to get back on her bike and finished 19th.
In the junior men’s race, the U.S. faced tough competition from the start. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) was the first out of the water for the U.S., followed by William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) and last year’s bronze medalist Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) The Americans were unable to bridge up to the lead pack, which was more than a minute ahead heading into T2.
South Africa’s Wian Sullwald took the tape, followed by Simon Viain of France and Constantine Doherty of Ireland to round out the podium. Visit triathlon.org for a full junior men’s recap.
Hemming finished 29th, and Smoragiewicz crossed the line in 34th, a result he said he wished would have gone differently. “Last year’s performance, I didn’t really expect that I’d place that high,” he said. “This year coming in I had high expectations of myself so it’s kind of hard going away with a finish like this, but I still have another year left so I’ll see how it goes next year.”
In the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) came out of the water in 16th place and was part of the chase pack before exiting the course mid-way through the bike due to conditions. 2012 Olympic medalists Javier Gomez from Spain and Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee sprinted to the finish, with Gomez edging out Brownlee at the line, and Sven Riederer of Switzerland finished third. Visit triathlon.org for a recap of the elite men’s race.
The world championship action in Auckland concludes Monday with the paratriathlon and sprint- and Olympic-distance age group triathlon races set to be contested. Nearly 400 members of Team USA will swim, bike and run against the best in the world for world titles and medals. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of the events.
2012 ITU Junior World Championships
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Women – Click here for complete results
1. Fumika Matsumoto (JPN), 1:08:33
2. Léonie Périault (FRA), 1:08:36
3. Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), 1:08:39
19. Breanna Hemming (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:13:25
DNF Johanna Gartman (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Men – Click here for complete results
1. Wian Sullwald (RSA), 1:01:44
2. Simon Viain (FRA), 1:01:58
3. Constantine Doherty (IRL), 1:01:59
29. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.), 1:05:18
34. Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), 1:05:38
DNF William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas)
2012 ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final
1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Elite Men – Click here for complete results
1. Javier Gomez (ESP), 2:00:29
2. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), 2:00:31
3. Sven Riederer (SUI), 2:01:18
DNF Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.)