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Youth Olympic Games Triathlon Wraps up with Mixed Relay Medal Event
U.S. athletes Rider, Jenks finish 6-7 on Americas teams
NANJING, China — Youth Olympic Games medals were awarded Thursday morning in the Triathlon Mixed Relay at Xuanwu Lake, with Team Europe 1 capturing the gold in the final triathlon event of the Games.
Teams in the Mixed Relay were formed based on rankings from the individual events earlier in the week, with teams from the Americas, Oceania, Europe, Asia and Africa. Each team had two women and two men, and all athletes completed a 250-meter swim, 6.6-kilometer bike and 1.8-kilometer run before tagging the next athlete on their team.
Team Europe 1, comprised of individual gold medalist Ben Dijkstra of Great Britain, bronze medalist Emile Dereluan Hansen of Denmark, bronze medalist Emilie Morier of France and fourth-place finisher Kristin Ranwig of Germany, finished in 1 hour 22 minutes, 17 seconds to top the podium by 13 seconds.
“It was a great race. The teamwork was great, with Emil, Kristin and Emilie, and even though we are from different countries we have each other’s flags on, it was a great race,” Dijkstra said in a post-race interview with ITU media.
Team Europe 3 (Great Britain’s Sian Rainsley, Italy’s Guilio Soldati, Spain’s Carmen Gomez Cortes and Hungary’s Lehmann Bence) was second in 1:22:30, and Team Oceania 1 (Australians Brittany Dutton and Jack van Stekelenburg, and New Zealanders Elizabeth Stannard and Daniel Hoy) were third in 1:23:10 for bronze.
American Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) was on the sixth-place Team America 2, which finished in 1:25:40. Rider’s teammates were Canadian Emily Wagner, Colombia’s Eduardo Londoño Naranjo and Chile’s Catalina Salazar. Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa) competed on Team America 1 with Venzeuela’s Katherine Vanesa Clemant Materano, Chile’s Javier Martin and Canada’s Charles Paquet. Team America 1 was seventh in 1:25:41.
The Mixed Relay format is gaining speed worldwide as a fast, fun, spectator-friendly event. In addition to the Youth Olympic Games, the relay event is also contested as an ITU world championship race and was part of this year’s Commonwealth Games for the first time. USA Triathlon has also hosted a relay event at Collegiate National Championships and Youth & Junior National Championships for a number of years.
Next up for Rider and Jenks are the ITU Junior World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, on Aug. 29.
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - 4x Mixed Team Relay Final
1. Europe 1 – 1:22:17
Kristin Ranwig (GER), Emile Dereluan Hansen (DEN), Emilie Morier (FRA), Ben Dijkstra (GBR)
2. Europe 3 – 1:22:30
Sian Rainsley (GBR), Guilio Soldati (ITA), Carmen Gomez Cortes (ESP), Lehmann Bence (HUN)
3. Oceania 1 – 1:23:10
Brittany Dutton (AUS), Jack van Stekelenburg (AUS), Elizabeth Stannard (NZL), Daniel Hoy (NZL)
6. America 2 – 1:25:40
Emily Wagner (CAN), Eduardo Londoño Naranjo (COL), Catalina Salazar (CHI), Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.)
7. America 1 – 1:25:41
Katherine Vanesa Clemant Materano (VEN), Javier Martin (CHI), Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa), Charles Paquet (CAN)