Making his International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series debut, American Ben Kanute raced his way to 14th place Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel.
Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) finished the unique 750-meter swim, 11.55-kilometer bike, 2.5-kilometer run course in 58 minutes, 46 seconds. The course, which has been billed as the toughest race on the World Triathlon Series circuit, featured a 1,003-meter climb up the Kitzbühel horn.
U.S. teammates Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) placed 22nd, logging a time of 59:55, while Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 45th in 1:02:52 and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) was 47th in 1:02:57.
London Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain dominated the field to win with a time of 55:23. Spain’s Mario Mola finished second in 56:00 and Switzerland’s Sven Riederer finished in 56:46 to round out the podium. A complete recap of the men’s race is available on triathlon.org.
In the women’s race, Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) was the top finisher for the U.S. when she crossed the line in 18th place, logging a time of 1:07:34. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) was 31st with a time of 1:12:23, and Florence Chretien (South Salem, N.Y) finished in 1:19:11 for 38th.
Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson took her first World Triathlon Series win in 1:03:22 on the challenging course, with Australian Emma Jackson finishing in 1:04:21 for second and Anne Haug of Germany taking third in 1:04:34. Visit triathlon.org for a recap of the women’s race.
After five races, Jorgensen remains the top-ranked American in the World Triathlon Series rankings, though she moves to third behind Haug and Stimpson. Following ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel, series action resumes on July 20-21 in Hamberg, Germany.
ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel
(750m swim, 11.55k bike, 2.5k run)
Men’s Results – Complete Results
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR), 55:23
2. Mario Mola (ESP), 56:00
3. Sven Riederer (SUI), 56:46
14. Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), 58:46
22. Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.), 59:55
45. Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:02:52
47. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), 1:02:57
Women’s Results – Complete Results
1. Jodie Stimpson (GBR), 1:03:22
2. Emma Jackson (AUS), 1:04:21
3. Anne Haug (GER), 1:04:34
18. Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), 1:07:34
31. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H), 1:12:23
38. Florence Chretien (South Salem, N.Y.), 1:19:11