ZOFINGEN, Switzerland -- Rising multisport athletes Jenna Hay and Steve Sloan led the way for USA Triathlon's amateur world championships team at the Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships on Sunday, capturing their first-ever world championship titles as Team USA earned a total of eight medals.
Covering a notoriously challenging 10-kilometer run, 150-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, Hay (North Richland Hills, Texas) won the women's 20-24 age group in a time of 10 hours, 42 minutes, 46 seconds, while Sloan (Berkeley, Calif.) picked up the gold medal in the men's 18-19 age group in 7:21:33.
Silver medalists from the U.S. were Pamela Ferguson (women 35-39, Houston, Texas), Manuela Knispel (women 45-49, Shorewood, Minn.) and James Griffis (men 60-64, The Woodlands, Texas). Also winning medals for the U.S. were bronze medalists Melissa Guthrie (women 35-39, Gilbert, Ariz.) and Rebecca Bradley (women 40-44, Dallas, Texas). In total, 40 amateur duathletes competed for Team USA in Zofingen.
The Zofingen Powerman has been held for the past 28 years, and ITU recently renewed its partnership with the event through 2020. In 2015, U.S. athletes picked up six total medals, including two world titles, on the challenging course. Athletes qualified for Zofingen by virtue of their finish positions at the 2015 USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships.
Team USA is comprised of the nation's top multisport amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. The next world championships event is the ITU Age Group Aquathlon, Sprint and Standard World Championships from Sept. 14-18 in Cozumel, Mexico, held as part of the elite ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. Visit USATriathlon.org for more on Team USA.
2016 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships
10k run, 150k bike, 30k run
United States Age Group Medalists
1. Steve Sloan (Berkeley, Calif.), 7:21:33
1. Jenna Hay (North Richland Hills, Texas), 10:42:46
2. Pamela Ferguson (Houston, Texas), 10:02:11
3. Melissa Guthrie (Gilbert, Ariz.), 11:30:43
3. Rebecca Bradley (Dallas, Texas), 9:10:11
2. Manuela Knispel (Shorewood, Minn.), 8:39:41
2. James Griffis (The Woodlands, Texas), 9:08:37
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