First ever Age-Group Mixed Relay Championships off to flying start in Montreal

by doug.gray@triathlon.org on 26 Jun, 2022 02:38 • Español
First ever Age-Group Mixed Relay Championships off to flying start in Montreal

The Age Group racing at the 2022 World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships Montreal concluded on Sunday with the first ever Mixed Team Relay across all age categories, and the sense of nervous excitement and enjoyment of a brand new format was palpable.

Four age categories for the over 50s got things underway with the teams starting with men out first, tagging their female teammate, then male, and the final woman taking the squad home. The course consisted of a one-lap, 300m swim, followed by a one-lap, 5km bike and wrapping up with a one-lap, 1.6km run, and the athletes loved their first taste of world championship relay.


The first ever champions across the line were the USA 50-59 year-old team of Peter Valentyik, Juliet Hochman, David Wilson and Katherine Meltzer bringing home the gold, and it is safe to say that for a group of people who hadn’t even met each other 48 hours previously, the moment was incredibly special.

“For those of us who have been doing this a long time, it breathes new life into the sport, which is something I think we are all appreciating,” said Meltzer after the race. “Watching it at the Olympic Games I knew the relay was great for the sport and it just looked so much fun, so as soon as I knew it was a possibility I put my name forward. Honestly, I was just holding on for dear life, I had a fantastic team that put me in a great spot and was thrilled to come across the line first.”

“A couple of days ago we hadn’t even met and now we are World Champions,” said Hochman. “This is one of those experiences i’ll never forget.”

“My first World Championships was 1993 in Manchester, England, so for me this is like a reset for the sport and i’m really excited about it,” added Valentyik. “My first relay was 2 months ago, and it changed the whole sport for me, but today, this took it to a whole new level. I’ll only do the mixed relay and sprint distance now, just because of longevity and how it keeps you fresh and young – it’s more of a lifestyle.”

We were randomly put together as a team, we didn’t know each other, but now we have great relationships for life and hopefully we’ll race together again,” said Wilson. “It’s one of the best experiences of my life. Taking this race to Spain next year will be really fun.”

All the day’s results can be found here.


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Related Event: 2022 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships Montreal
24 - 26 Jun, 2022 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Alex Yee GBR 00:21:55
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:21:58
3. Léo Bergere FRA 00:21:59
4. Jelle Geens BEL 00:22:02
5. Manoel Messias BRA 00:22:05
Results: Elite Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 00:24:04
2. Cassandre Beaugrand FRA 00:24:07
3. Beth Potter GBR 00:24:15
4. Alberte Kjær Pedersen DEN 00:24:25
5. Summer Rappaport USA 00:24:42
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:27:14
2. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:27:37
3. Team I United States USA 01:27:44
4. Team I New Zealand NZL 01:27:53
5. Team I Canada CAN 01:29:06
Results: Junior Men
1. Thomas Hansmaennel FRA 00:51:40
2. Toby Powers AUS 00:51:57
3. Reese Vannerson USA 00:52:00
4. Gaspard Tharreau FRA 00:52:16
5. Pablo Isotton FRA 00:52:17
Results: Junior Women
1. Tilda Månsson SWE 00:57:17
2. Jule Behrens GER 00:57:29
3. Livia Gross SUI 00:58:03
4. Noemie Beaulieu CAN 00:58:14
5. Luna De Bruin NED 00:58:17
Results: Mixed U23-Junior Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:24:07
2. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:24:26
3. Team I Germany GER 01:25:40
4. Team I Hungary HUN 01:26:17
5. Team I Canada CAN 01:26:21
Results: Final Men. Stage 3
1. Alex Yee GBR 00:21:55
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:21:58
3. Léo Bergere FRA 00:21:59
4. Jelle Geens BEL 00:22:02
5. Manoel Messias BRA 00:22:05
Results: Final Men. Stage 2
1. Manoel Messias BRA 00:21:57
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:21:57
3. Alex Yee GBR 00:21:57
4. Jawad Abdelmoula MAR 00:21:58
5. Jelle Geens BEL 00:21:58
Results: Final Men. Stage 1
1. Jelle Geens BEL 00:22:08
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:22:08
3. Manoel Messias BRA 00:22:08
4. Alex Yee GBR 00:22:09
5. Jawad Abdelmoula MAR 00:22:09
Results: Final Women. Stage 3
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 00:24:04
2. Cassandre Beaugrand FRA 00:24:07
3. Beth Potter GBR 00:24:15
4. Alberte Kjær Pedersen DEN 00:24:25
5. Summer Rappaport USA 00:24:42
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