An action-packed week of festivities in Samorin, Slovakia saw Aquathlon, Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon World Champions crowned for 2022, with the small but mighty Australian team making themselves known in the green and gold.
Slovakia welcomed athletes with stunning conditions on day one of racing with 22.6°C recorded for the air temperature to set up for a fantastic few days of racing.
The Australian Age Group Team produced a mammoth effort across the three disciplines, with six of our 16-strong team among those celebrated for podium victories. Team Flag Bearer, Nick Carling (M35-39 Long Distance), Jack Jeffree (M30-34 Aquabike) and Rowland Cook (M70-74 Aquabike) taking home silver medals and Karen Mays (F55-59 Long Distance), Kay Poletto (65-69 Long Distance) and Ricky Bolmers (M35-39 Aquabike) taking home bronze medals.
In the Elite Women’s World Triathlon Long Distance Championships, current Long Distance Triathlon Australian Champion Grace Thek produced a strong performance from the get-go, exiting the swim leg in the pointy end of the field and continued pushing the pace for the entirety of the 100km distance (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run format) to power home for a fourth-place finish. While in the Elite Men’s field, Tim Reed, who is a champion long course athlete in his own right, was forced to retire from the race, due to an unfortunate mechanical at the commencement of the bike course.
It is fantastic to see sensational racing across all levels of the sport at the second World Multisport Championships for 2022. Congratulations to all members of Team Australia!
2022 World Triathlon Multisport Championships Samorin, Slovakia
Congratulations to our Medal Winners:
Silver- Nick Carling (M35-39 Long Distance)
Silver - Jack Jeffree (M30-34 Aquabike)
Silver - Rowland Cook (M70-74 Aquabike)
Bronze - Karen Mays (F55-59 Long Distance)
Bronze - Kay Poletto (65-69 Long Distance)
Bronze - Ricky Bolmers (M35-39 Aquabike)
As well as our six medal winners, we had a number of athletes place inside the top 5:
4th - Grace Thek (Elite Long Distance)
4th - Cameron Slack-Smith (M30-34 Long Distance)
4th - Ellie Barrett (F30-34 Aquathlon)
4th - Julie Kael (F50-54 Aquabike)
5th - Jenny Scaysbrook (F60-64 Aquabike)
The next stop for Age Group World Championships this year will be the 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Long Distance Duathlon World Championships hosted in Zofingen, Switzerland in September (4th).
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