World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Paris Concludes Racing on Paris 2024 Courses
by USA Triathlon
PARIS — Four days of racing on the courses for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris wrapped on Sunday with the 2023 World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Paris.
The U.S. team of Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) and Taylor Knibb (Boulder, Colo.) placed ninth. The race format was modified to a duathlon (run-bike-run) format due to discrepancies with the water testing in the Seine River.
The Mixed Relay event showcases the fast-paced, team-oriented race format that made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Mixed Relay teams are comprised of four athletes — competing in the order of man, woman, man, woman. In a traditional swim-bike-run relay, each team member completes a 300m swim, 7.4k bike and 2k run before tagging their next teammate.
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the U.S. quartet of Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell, Taylor Knibb and Morgan Pearson won Olympic silver.
On Sunday in Paris, it was Germany who claimed gold – with Laura Lindemann first running down France’s Emma Lombardi and then out-kicking Great Britain’s Beth Potter down the blue carpet to capture the win.
Great Britain finished with the silver and Belgium earned bronze.
Teams from 21 nations competed.
World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Paris
1000m swim, 7.4k bike, 2k run*
*Format switched to duathlon (run-bike-run)
Podium - Complete Results
1. Germany (Tim Hellwig, Lisa Tertsch, Jonas Schomburg, Laura Lindemann), 1:12:18
2. Great Britain (Barclay Izzard, Kate Waugh, Alex Yee, Beth Potter), 1:12:19
3. Belgium (Arnaud Mengal, Jolien Vermeylen, Jelle Geens, Claire Michel), 1:12:36
9. USA (Seth Rider, Taylor Spivey, Darr Smith, Taylor Knibb) 1:13:05
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon, paratriathlon, and indoor and virtual multisport events in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,000 races and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) – to learn more: usatriathlon.org.