McQuaid and Serrano capture ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships

Melanie McQuaid and Francisco Serrano were tops on the trails in taking the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Penticton, Canada.

| August 24, 2017 | NEWS

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Melanie McQuaid (CAN) thrilled the Penticton crowd with a hometown win at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship. The Canadian came out of the water in a group of four that included Jacqueline Slack (GBR), Suzanne Snyder (USA) and Laura Gomez Ramon (ESP, then powered away on the bike and entered T2 with a comfortable lead that she never relinquished as she reclaimed the title she first won in 2011.

“I think it is really special when you can win a World Championships in your home country because you just have that extra support and more of your family and friends around, so it is awesome,” McQuaid said after the race. “I told my coach Kelly that this was the world championship course I always prayed for when I was focusing on the off road stuff, so I really knew it was going to be a great course for me. Then when I went out there it just was one of those magical days where I just was having so much fun, nothing hurt and I just was loving it.”

Slack finished second, while Switzerland's Ladina Buss rounded out the podium.

Serrano claims first world cross title

Ruben Rufaza (ESP) was behind out of the water, but it wasn't long before the three-time cross world champ moved to the front of the race out on the challenging 31 km bike course and arrived in T2 with a 30-second lead on Ben Allen (AUS), Kyle Smith (NZL) and Francisco Serrano (MEX). Then the seemingly impossible happened - Rufaza was run down by a fast-moving Serrano, who blasted through the run to take his first world title, the first time he's ever beaten the Spaniard.

“I can’t believe it, it is a great feeling. I really worked hard for it, I trained for it," Serrano said after the race. "I was confident that I was going to have a great race, I had a good lead up. Everything here went so smooth. Once I got to Penticton, everything is just so beautiful, every single detail went great; the house was good, the bed was perfect, the food was great, the training went perfect, no crashes, no mechanical problems for the race. During the race every single detail came right where it needed to be and I came up with the win. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to beat Ruben (Rufaza), I have never beaten him. So today is a good day to come ahead of him.”

Rufaza added a silver to his impressive list of gold medals, while Smith rounded out the top three.

ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship | Women

August 23, 2017 | Penticton, B.C., Canada

Name

Country

Total

1.5 km Swim

31 km Bike

8 km Run

1

Melanie Mcquaid

CAN

2:34:35

0:22:58

1:31:58

0:37:15

2

Jacqueline Slack

GBR

2:36:40

0:22:54

1:35:47

0:35:33

3

Ladina Buss

SUI

2:39:08

0:25:22

1:34:49

0:36:32

4

Eleonora Peroncini

ITA

2:39:24

0:25:59

1:35:09

0:36:02

5

Penny Slater

AUS

2:40:01

0:25:20

1:34:10

0:38:02

6

Katelyn Button

CAN

2:41:02

0:25:23

1:33:52

0:38:36

7

Kara Lapoint

USA

2:41:59

0:26:43

1:36:31

0:35:50

8

Laura Gomez Ramon

ESP

2:44:30

0:23:01

1:41:38

0:37:11

9

Zoe Dawson

CAN

2:44:42

0:26:40

1:37:40

0:37:14

10

Anne-Sophie Maréchal

BEL

2:47:13

0:26:39

1:40:30

0:37:11

11

Emma Garrard

USA

2:48:24

0:25:19

1:44:12

0:36:04

12

Jessie Roberts

GBR

2:48:49

0:25:21

1:39:10

0:41:21

13

Annie Usher

USA

2:50:15

0:28:07

1:40:59

0:37:48

14

Debby Sullivan

USA

2:54:15

0:27:08

1:44:01

0:39:58

15

Suzanne Snyder

USA

2:54:54

0:23:03

1:47:08

0:41:56

16

Leela Hancox

AUS

2:55:36

0:25:20

1:44:15

0:43:20

17

Kelly Montgomery

USA

3:01:52

0:25:18

1:52:36

0:40:26

18

Annie Bergen

CAN

3:09:31

0:34:22

1:47:07

0:44:37

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Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship | Women

August 23, 2017 | Penticton, B.C., Canada

Name

Country

Total

1.5 km Swim

31 km Bike

8 km Run

1

Francisco Serrano

MEX

2:09:25

0:20:52

1:17:41

0:28:57

2

Ruben Ruzafa

ESP

2:09:36

0:21:39

1:16:01

0:29:53

3

Kyle Smith

NZL

2:10:16

0:20:15

1:18:17

0:29:46

4

Ben Allen

AUS

2:10:42

0:20:18

1:18:09

0:30:12

5

Josiah Middaugh

USA

2:11:02

0:22:31

1:17:30

0:28:55

6

Brice Daubord

FRA

2:11:10

0:20:22

1:19:31

0:29:18

7

Marcello Ugazio

ITA

2:13:53

0:21:44

1:21:21

0:28:41

8

Karsten Madsen

CAN

2:14:39

0:20:44

1:22:27

0:29:30

9

Arthur Forissier

FRA

2:16:09

0:21:39

1:22:44

0:30:03

10

Doug Hall

GBR

2:16:17

0:21:40

1:21:04

0:31:10

11

Filippo Rinaldi

ITA

2:16:29

0:21:46

1:22:28

0:29:59

12

Dominik Wychera

AUT

2:17:47

0:24:08

1:20:05

0:31:23

13

Matt Lieto

USA

2:18:31

0:20:51

1:24:30

0:30:49

14

Branden Rakita

USA

2:18:47

0:20:46

1:22:27

0:33:26

15

Michael Szymoniuk

AUT

2:19:36

0:24:08

1:20:03

0:33:11

16

Mattia De Paoli

ITA

2:19:58

0:23:16

1:22:26

0:31:49

17

Jan Pyott

SUI

2:21:06

0:22:33

1:23:30

0:32:53

18

Henry Sleight

GBR

2:21:48

0:24:06

1:21:01

0:34:32

19

Thomas Kerner

GER

2:26:29

0:25:05

1:27:31

0:31:26

20

Gregory Schott

USA

2:27:06

0:25:46

1:25:16

0:33:43

21

Anthony Flinois

FRA

2:28:14

0:26:01

1:27:05

0:32:43

22

Chris Ganter

USA

2:29:03

0:25:36

1:27:39

0:33:32

23

Michael Nunez

USA

2:32:02

0:22:17

1:28:56

0:37:26

24

Nathan Killam

CAN

2:33:17

0:22:33

1:35:52

0:32:01

25

Jordan Bryden

CAN

2:37:43

0:21:39

1:39:23

0:33:45

26

Tomas Behun

CZE

2:43:31

0:25:29

1:35:03

0:40:22

DNF

Kieran Mcpherson

NZL

DNF

0:21:27

2:00:14

0:00:00

DNF

Will Kelsay

USA

DNF

0:26:29

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNS

Jean-Philippe Thibodeau

CAN

DNS

0:00:00

0:00:00

0:00:00

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