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U.S. Team Takes Fifth at ITU Mixed Relay World Championships


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HAMBURG, Germany — In the sixth edition of the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships, the United States earned fifth-place in a sprint with Germany, while Great Britain picked up their third team title.

Teams were comprised of four athletes (two women, two men), with each athlete completing at 300-meter swim, 6.6-kilometer bike and 1.6-kilometer run. Great Britain’s team of Lucy Hall, Jonathan Brownlee, Vicky Holland and Alistair Brownlee won the event in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 7 seconds, earning the third title for their country since the event began in 2009. France was second in 1:19:21 and Hungary rounded out the podium in 1:19:21.

The U.S. team of Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.), Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Alan Webb (Beaverton, Ore.) clocked in at 1:20:07.

Donner, who ran collegiately for three years at the University of Florida, led off for the U.S. and used her run experience to keep the team in the front pack heading into the second leg. Kanute was part of the lead group on the bike, which was caught by J. Brownlee on the second of two bike laps. Then, on the run, the field strung out as J. Brownlee sprinted to the lead with two athletes left to compete.

On the third leg, Jorgensen was part of the second chase group on the bike, making up ground on the run with her signature run speed. Webb then entered the water with Gregor Buchholz from Germany and the pair worked together to move up even more on the field. Though they couldn’t catch the leaders, they engaged in a sprint to the finish with Webb just outlasting Buchholz at the line.

The ITU World Triathlon Series will resume Aug. 23-24 in Stockholm, Sweden, before heading to Edmonton, Alberta, for the Grand Final.

ITU Mixed Relay World Championships
4x 300m swim, 6.6k bike, 1.6k run - Complete Results

1. Great Britain (Lucy Hall, Jonathan Brownlee, Vicky Holland, Alistair Brownlee), 1:19:07
2. France (Audrey Merle, Dorian Coninx, Cassandre Beaugrand, Vincent Luis), 1:19:21
3. Hungary (Margit Vanek, Tamas Toth, Zsofia Kovacs, Akos Vanek), 1:19:31
5. United States (Kaitlin Donner, Ben Kanute, Gwen Jorgensen, Alan Webb), 1:20:07