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Lukas Verzbicas was sixth in his second career ITU World Cup. (Janos Schmidt/ITU)

USA Triathlon’s Rising Stars Shine in Tiszaujvaros

Verzbicas takes sixth in ITU World Cup; Americans go one-two in Junior European Cup


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TISZAUJVAROS, Hungary — Some of the brightest rising stars in the USA Triathlon pipeline excelled against strong international competition Sunday, as Lukas Verzbicas sprinted his way to sixth in the Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup, and William Huffman and Tony Smoragiewicz swept the top two spots in the Tiszaujvaros Junior European Cup.

Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) closed with a blistering run split to finish the sprint-distance event (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) in 52 minutes, 21 seconds — just 11 seconds off the podium. The French swept the podium with Pierre Le Corre lifting the tape in 51:54.

ITU debuted a two-day format in Tiszaujvaros in which athletes raced Saturday to earn a spot in Sunday’s final. Verzbicas was victorious in the first men’s semifinal Saturday in 54:27 and was the lone American to advance to race today.

In the final, Verzbicas exited the swim 39 seconds off the pace of the leader. He rode with the chase pack throughout the 20k bike and exited T2 just over a minute down. Once on the run, he unleashed a 14:42 5k split to move to sixth and finish 28 seconds behind the overall winner. Visit for a complete recap.

Earlier Sunday, Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) was victorious in the super-sprint Junior European Cup (500m swim, 12k bike, 3.2k run) in 37:20. Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) was second nine seconds back in 37:29. Huffman recorded the fastest bike split (19:16), while Smoragiewicz posted the day’s fastest run by 11 seconds (10:09).

The juniors raced the same two-day format as the elites with Huffman winning Saturday’s third semifinal in 35:07, and Smoragiewicz finishing second in the second semifinal in 35:47.

2012 Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup
(750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run)

Men’s Final – Complete Results

1. Pierre Le Corre (FRA), 51:54
2. Aurélien Raphael (FRA), 52:05
3. Anthony Pujades (FRA), 52:10
6. Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 52:21

Women’s Final – Complete Results
1. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), 58:39
2. Maaike Caelers (NED), 58:43
3. Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA), 59:19

Men’s Semifinal 1 (Saturday, U.S. Finishers) – Complete Results
1. Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 54:27
9. Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 55:18
20. Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), 57:05

Men’s Semifinal 3 (Saturday, U.S. Finishers) – Complete Results
11. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J), 54:39

Women’s Semifinal 1 (Saturday, U.S. Finishers) – Compete Results 
15. Kelly Whitley (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:02:13

Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup
(500m swim, 12k bike, 3.2k run)

Junior Men’s Final – Complete Results
1. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), 37:20
2. Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), 37:29

3. Amitai Yonah (ISR), 37:40

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