USA Takes Fourth Place in the Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg
by USA Triathlon
HAMBURG, Germany – The United States claimed fourth place at the Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday, July 16 to conclude three days of elite racing.
The four-person team, made up of U.S. Elite Triathlon National Team Members Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), battled their way to a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 50 seconds – missing the podium by 48 seconds.
With the man-woman-man-woman format, Rider led off the U.S. to take on the 300-meter swim, 7-kilometer bike, 1.75k run. He tagged off to Spivey 28 seconds back of the lead pack.
Spivey turned in an incredible effort to close the gap and catch up to the leaders. By the time she tagged off to McElroy for the third leg, she had put the U.S. only 5 seconds down of the leaders.
The third leg, McElroy, tagged to anchor woman Rappaport, who caught Team Hungary in the last lap to pull the U.S. to fourth.
Team Germany pulled off the home-nation win, crossing the line in 1:22:08. Germany was joined on the podium by New Zealand in second (1:22:27) and Switzerland in third (1:22:35).
The next Mixed Relay event will take place in Paris on Aug. 20 as part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Test Event. The event will be the first opportunity for U.S. elite triathletes to earn automatic qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
2023 World Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships
300m swim | 7k bike | 1.75k run
Elite Mixed Relay Podium - Complete Results
1. Germany (Tim Hellwig, Annika Koch, Simon Henseleit, Laura Lindemann), 1:22:08
2. New Zealand (Hayden Wilde, Ainsley Thorpe, Taylor Reid, Nicole Van Der Kay), 1:22:27
3. Switzerland (Max Studer, Julie Derron, Sylvain Fridelance, Cathia Schär), 1:22:35
4. United States (Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), 1:22:50