Akerson and Paterson take Xterra World Championship

Rom Akerson and Lesley Paterson took the Xterra World Championship held in Maui, Hawaii.

| October 29, 2018 | NEWS

The Xterra world title is Lesley Paterson\'s second of the year - she won the ITU Cross title in Fyn in July.

The Xterra world title is Lesley Paterson's second of the year - she won the ITU Cross title in Fyn in July.

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

This year's Xterra World Championship in Maui (Hawaii) saw a new men's champion and a win for a women's champion who last won in 2012. Competing over a course that included 1.5 km of swimming, 32 km on a mountain bike and 10.5 km of cross-country running, Costa Rica's Rom Akerson took the men's race, while Lesley Paterson continued her comeback to racing to take the women's race.

The 34-year-old Akerson finished the race in 2:52:42, 35 seconds ahead of last year's winner Bradley Weiss (RSA), who was considered the favorite going in. Weiss had prepared for the event with, among others, Sebastian Kienle at an altitude training camp in Livigno. Third place went to New Zealand's Sam Osborne (2:54:38). Ruben Ruzafa finished fourth, while Mauricio Mendez (MEX), who won the 2016 Xterra World Championship and finished second last year, finished the race in sixth position (2:57:11) after focusing on middle-distance racing much of this season.

In the women's race, Great Britain's Lesley Paterson continued her comeback after years of sickness and injury to regain the title she last won in 2012 in 3:29:08. Second place went to Mexico's Michelle Flipo (3:39:56). The podium was completed by New Zealand's Lizzie Orchard, who finished in 3:40:54.