Spain scores Under23/Junior Mixed Relay World Championship win

by Erin Greene on 17 Sep, 2016 03:10 • Español

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In a thrilling hour of racing that saw constant lead changes until the very last second, Spain proved victorious in the 2016 ITU Under23/Junior Mixed Relay World Championships, just edging Great Britain and Australia for the win. The British team took silver, followed by the Australians.

In a thrilling hour of racing that saw constant lead changes until the very last second, Spain proved victorious in the 2016 ITU Under23/Junior Mixed Relay World Championships, just edging Great Britain and Australia for the win. The British team took silver, followed by the Australians.

Each relay member completed a 250m swim, 5km bike and 1.6km run tagging off in order of woman-man-woman-man.

On the first leg, Spain’s Ines Santiago tagged off to teammate Antonio Serrat Seoane just seconds ahead of France, followed by Korea, but only 30 seconds separated a whopping 15 teams.

It was then Australia, New Zealand, Japan and France that took off on their bikes first in the second leg, with a cluster of teams on their heels. Although Mathew Baker (AUS), Tom Richard (FRA), and Tayler Reid (NZL) got their relays a small lead onto the run, Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra ran through the field to put the Brits back in the mix, tagging off in third just seconds behind.

Although Australia, Great Britain, France and Japan got to their bikes first with the third relay member, the women’s Junior World Champion Taylor Knibb (USA) worked her prowess on the bike to bridge up. She then bypassed the competition just like she did when she won her world title to tag off to Austin Hindman, himself also the 2016 Junior World Champ.

Hindman hung onto the lead through the swim and onto the bike for a four-second lead over Australia and Spain.

After a disappointing showing in the men’s Under23 race, David Castro Fajardo (ESP) redeemed himself with a dominating performance in Mixed Relay, moving Spain into the lead on the bike as the anchor of the Spanish team. Calum Johnson (GBR) joined Castro in passing Hindman when their feet hit pavement.

Castro and Johnson ran stride for stride on the short run, but Castro was able to hold off the Brit in a sprint finish to take the World Championships for Spain. Great Britain flew over next for silver, followed by Australia in bronze.

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Related Event: 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel
11 - 18 Sep, 2016 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Henri Schoeman RSA 01:46:50
2. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:47:08
3. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:47:08
4. Richard Murray RSA 01:47:35
5. Mario Mola ESP 01:47:36
6. Ryan Bailie AUS 01:47:40
7. Crisanto Grajales MEX 01:47:46
8. Jelle Geens BEL 01:47:52
9. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:47:53
10. Adam Bowden GBR 01:47:55
Results: Elite Women
1. Flora Duffy BER 01:57:59
2. Gwen Jorgensen USA 01:59:16
3. Charlotte McShane AUS 01:59:25
4. Helen Jenkins GBR 01:59:28
5. Ai Ueda JPN 01:59:39
6. Vendula Frintova CZE 01:59:44
7. Sarah True USA 01:59:58
8. Non Stanford GBR 02:00:16
9. Mariya Shorets RUS 02:00:21
10. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 02:00:34
Results: U23 Men
1. Jorik Van Egdom NED 01:52:39
2. Manoel Messias BRA 01:53:00
3. Bence Bicsák HUN 01:53:02
4. Simon Viain FRA 01:53:12
5. Tom Richard FRA 01:53:13
6. Cesar Saracho MEX 01:53:19
7. Léo Bergere FRA 01:54:02
8. István Király HUN 01:54:42
9. Xavier Grenier-Talavera CAN 01:54:50
10. Declan Wilson AUS 01:54:56
Results: U23 Women
1. Laura Lindemann GER 01:59:18
2. Leonie Periault FRA 01:59:33
3. Sandra Dodet FRA 02:00:05
4. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 02:00:50
5. Kaidi Kivioja EST 02:01:07
6. Sophie Coldwell GBR 02:01:36
7. Julie Derron SUI 02:01:48
8. Melanie Santos POR 02:02:06
9. Jaz Hedgeland AUS 02:02:25
10. Sara Papais ITA 02:02:44
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