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Verzbicas Posts Second-Fastest Run Split, Finishes 32nd at ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel
19-year-old made first-ever ITU World Triathlon Series start
Kitzbühel, Austria — Making his first career ITU World Triathlon Series start, Lukas Verzbicas recorded the day’s second-fastest run split but had to settle for a 32nd-place finish Sunday at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel.
Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run event in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 36 seconds. His 30:35 10k run split was second only to winner Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain, who clocked a 29:51 run en route to a 1:50:13 finishing time.
Rounding out the podium were Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee in 1:51:02 and Spain’s Javier Gomez in 1:51:18. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s recap.
The 19-year-old Verzbicas exited the swim 54 seconds off the pace of leader Igor Polyanskiy of Russia. Once on the bike, Verzbicas and the athletes in a number of small chase packs were unable to bridge up to the fast-riding lead group of 31 cyclists. From there, Verzbicas unleashed his 30:35 run split, which bested the entire field with the exception of the elder Brownlee, who is a medal favorite for the upcoming London Olympic Games.
Through four ITU World Triathlon Series events in 2012, Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), who did not finish Sunday’s race, stands 17th in the series rankings to lead the U.S. men.
Following the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel, the eight-race ITU World Triathlon Series resumes with the Dextro Energy Triathlon Hamburg, a July 21-22 sprint-distance race which will serve as the final tune-up prior to the Olympic Games for many athletes.
ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel
(1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run)
Men’s Results - Complete Results
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR), 1:50:13
2. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), 1:51:02
3. Javier Gomez (ESP), 1:51:18
32. Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:56:36
DNF Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.)
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 4,000 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.