Team France took the day in a thrilling race, finishing just ahead of Germany at the ITU Hamburg Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship.
July 9, 2019 | NEWS|
Team France defended its title at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, holding off the host country's team to take the win.
There were 16 teams lined up in the race, taking on the cool conditions that saw most of the athletes wear wetsuits in the 18 degree C water.
The first leg of the race saw Germany (Laura Lindemann) and Australia (Natalie Van Coevreden) push at the front in a group of four with USA and Japan close behind. Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth struggled with her helmet in T1, which put the Brits out of contention early on in the race.
The second leg saw the favorites group together at the front as New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, the Netherlands and USA were all on the bike together. American Eli Hemming was dropped early, though, and on the run a group including Spain (Antonio Serrat Seoane), New Zealand (Tayler Reid), France's Leo Bergere managed to pull away from the Netherlands (Marco Van Der Stel) and Canada (Tyler Mislawchuk).
The third leg saw American Katie Zaferes blast to the day's fastest women's split, but that wasn't enough to get team USA back in the medal mix as France (Cassandre Beaugrand) and Belgium (Claire Michel) led the way alongside Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Germany.
All of which set up an exciting final leg that saw France's Vincent Luis and Germany's Justus Nieschlag duel at the front. The pair left Australia, Spain and Belgium behind on the swim and bike, setting up a sprint for the line. Luis took no chances and pushed from 500 m out to open up a gap on the young German to ensure France made it two world titles in a row.
ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship
July 7, 2019 | Hamburg, Germany