USA takes first Tokyo relay qualifier in Nottingham

Qualifying for the first Olympic relay began at the ITU World Triathlon Relay Series event in Nottingham, won by the USA.

| June 7, 2018 | NEWS

Kirsten Kasper, Katie Zaferes, Eli Hamming and Matthew McElroy celebrate on the podium at the ITU Mixed Relay Series Nottingham event.

Kirsten Kasper, Katie Zaferes, Eli Hamming and Matthew McElroy celebrate on the podium at the ITU Mixed Relay Series Nottingham event.

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There was no touching Team USA at the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympic Games Mixed Team Relay in Tokyo as Kirsten Kasper, Eli Hemming, Katie Zaferes and Matthew McElroy held off Great Britain, France and Australia for the title.

The two-women, two-men teams took on a 300 m swim, 7 km bike and a 1.5 km run over a flat, fast course that made for some exciting action. Kasper put the USA in front at the end of the first swim, but it was France's Cassandre Beaugrand who was first to tag off at the end of the first leg. Pierre Le Corre managed to keep France in front through the end of the second leg, but an inspired swim by Katie Zaferes was enough to put the Americans in the lead for good, handing off to McElroy for the final leg with a 30-second lead. 

Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) was able to make a bit of a dent in the American lead once on the bike and run, but never really challenged McElroy. France anchor Leo Bergere managed to outkick Australia's Ryan Baillie to give the French team the final spot on the podium.

ITU Mixed Relay Series Nottingham

June 7, 2018 | Nottingham, England.

Country

Overall

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

1

USA

1:21:16

0:20:51

0:19:46

0:20:55

0:19:43

2

GBR

1:21:45

0:21:03

0:19:35

0:21:28

0:19:37

3

FRA

1:21:57

0:20:43

0:19:38

0:21:58

0:19:38

4

AUS

1:21:58

0:21:38

0:19:15

0:21:09

0:19:55

5

NED

1:22:02

0:21:14

0:19:40

0:21:22

0:19:44

6

SUI

1:22:14

0:21:20

0:19:49

0:21:16

0:19:47

7

CAN

1:22:23

0:21:40

0:19:30

0:21:29

0:19:42

8

DEN

1:22:23

0:21:15

0:19:39

0:21:38

0:19:50

9

ITA

1:22:25

0:21:03

0:19:57

0:21:33

0:19:50

10

GER

1:22:26

0:21:02

0:19:45

0:21:48

0:19:50

11

HUN

1:22:30

0:21:35

0:19:52

0:21:11

0:19:50

12

NZL

1:23:04

0:21:09

0:19:27

0:22:13

0:20:13

13

ESP

1:23:05

0:21:13

0:20:05

0:21:42

0:20:04

14

AUT

1:23:18

0:21:22

0:19:41

0:21:43

0:20:30

15

RSA

1:26:15

0:21:38

0:19:32

0:23:19

0:21:45

16

JPN

1:27:05

0:21:20

0:20:39

0:23:48

0:21:16

LAP

RUS

LAP

0:23:13

0:20:46

0:23:16

0:00:00

LAP

MEX

LAP

0:22:45

0:20:35

0:22:38

0:00:00

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