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Tamara Gorman Captures ITU Junior World Title
Junior and Under-23 athletes raced in Hyde Park on day two of championship competition
LONDON—U.S. Junior triathlete Tamara Gorman won her first world title on Thursday at the ITU Junior World Championships in Hyde Park.
Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) logged a time of 57 minutes, 8 seconds on the 750-meter swim, 22.5-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course to take the tape and claim victory. Great Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown was second in 57:31, and Germany's Laura Lindemann took third in 57:34.
This is the first Junior Worlds title for an American woman. The last Junior Worlds title won by an American was Lukas Verzbicas in 2011 in Beijing. Gorman also won the first overall medal on the women's side for U.S. Juniors last year in Auckland, when she won a bronze medal.
The rainy conditions Thursday morning were not enough to hold Gorman back. She showed her strength early on, exiting the water first with Lindemann. She then maintained her spot in the lead pack on the bike, and broke away from the field early on the run to log a 17:00 5k, the fastest of the day.
"The run was awesome," Gorman said. "I had to try pretty hard on the bike. It was wet so we had to be careful. I had a really good swim so I can't be unhappy."
Gorman also said she draws inspiration from top U.S. elites, Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, who will be racing in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on Saturday. "Gwen is a huge role model and same with Sarah Groff. She was out there on the course cheering for me and that really helped."
The Junior women's race was the first of the day, followed by Junior men and Under-23 women and men through the afternoon. In the Junior men's race, Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) posted the top finish for an American with 17th place. Demarest came out of the water in the front pack and hung with the lead pack on the bike, but was unable to match the run speed of the leaders out of T2. "The competition is definitely at a much higher level than I'm used to. "The bike was really fast, and that kind of gassed me," said Demarest, who was competing in his first Junior Worlds event.
The chance to race in an iconic triathlon venue was one of the highlights of the day. "It has a history, and you're competing where other elite athletes competed," Demarest said. "It makes you feel special."
Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) missed the lead pack out of the water and rode in the second chase pack on the bike, but posted a 15:05 run split, the fourth fastest in the field.
In the 1.5k swim, 38.4k bike, 10k run U23 races, USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment athlete Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) made her world championship debut as the top American in 22nd place, and William Huffman (College Station, Texas) was the top finisher for the U.S. men, also in 22nd place.
Championship action continues Friday in Hyde Park with the age-group Sprint World Championships in the morning where more than 350 American age-groupers will compete in the sprint event. Then, U.S. paratriathletes will take to the course with more than 40 athletes set to compete, more than any other nation. The ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final will be contested Saturday and Sunday, and age-groupers will also compete in Sunday's Olympic-Distance World Championships. Visit usatriathlon.org/london2013 for event coverage.
ITU Junior World Championships
Junior Women -- Click here for complete results
1. Tamara Gorman (Rapid, City, S.D.), 57:08
2. Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), 57:31
3. Laura Lindemann (GER), 57:34
33. Devon Dabney (Atlanta, Ga.), 1:00:55
47. Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa), 1:02:17
Junior Men -- Click here for complete results
1. Dorian Coninx (FRA), 51:57
2. Marc Austin (GBR), 52:00
3. Grant Sheldon (GBR), 52:01
17. Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.), 52:53
42. Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), 53:59
48. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.), 54:19
ITU Under-23 World Championships
U23 Women -- Click here for complete results
1. Charlotte McShane (AUS), 1:55:38
2. Ellen Pennock (CAN), 1:55:39
3. Amelie Kretz (CAN), 1:55:41
22. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 2:00:08
27. Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.), 2:02:35
U23 Men -- Click here for complete results
1. Pierre Le Corre (FRA), 1:42:47
2. Fernando Alarza (ESP), 1:42:51
3. Declan Wilson (AUS), 1:42:55
22. William Huffman (College Station, Texas), 1:45:14
26. Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.), 1:46:02