Eli Hemming of Kiowa To Compete in Worlds Saturday

The ITU World Championship, Olympic distance triathlon is this Saturday, August 31 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 303 will highlight a few Colorado athletes participating. Today we offer you some background on the top U.S. man at the 2018 Championship in Gold Coast, Australia, Colorado’s Eli Hemming.

Eli was a standout track and cross-country runner at Ponderosa High School, earning the Colorado 4A state title in cross country as a senior. He went on to run cross country for Metropolitan State University of Denver, where his older sister Brenna was on the women’s team. Hemming has become an athlete to watch leading in to the 2020 Olympic Games after having several breakthrough races on the ITU circuit over the past year. He was the top American male at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, finishing 16th. Later that year, he earned his first career ITU Triathlon World Cup medals, a silver in Miyazaki, Japan, and a bronze in Tongyeong, South Korea. Hemming then earned his first ITU World Cup victory in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, in July of 2019. He was named the 2016 and 2017 USA Triathlon Under-23 Athlete of the Year, and the 2018 USA Triathlon Men’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year. 

Career Highlights

2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup gold medalist
2018 Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup silver medalist
2018 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup bronze medalist
2018 ITU Mixed Relay Series Nottingham gold medalist
Eight-time CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup medalist (5 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
Three-time CAMTRI Triathlon Mixed Relay American Championships medalist (1 gold, 2 silvers)
2018 Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships gold medalist
2017 USA Triathlon U-23 National Champion
2017 Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Championships silver medalist
2016 West Des Moines CAMTRI Triathlon U23 American Championships silver medalist
2016 Nyon FISU World University Triathlon Championship men’s team bronze medalist
2013 Vila Velha PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships junior men’s silver medalist

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Finished 13th at the Dam an World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on March 8 • Earned silver as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Daman World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Abu Dhabi on March 9 • Finished 39th at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 18 • Finished in 9th as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships on July 7 • Won gold at the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup on July 14 • Placed 27th at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 16

2018: Earned his first two career ITU Triathlon World Cup medals with a bronze in Tongyeong on Oct. 27 and a silver in Miyazaki on Nov. 10 • Placed 16th at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, which was held as a duathlon, on Oct. 13 • Led the U.S. men with a 16th-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 12 • Finished 23rd at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 14 • Placed 20th at ITU World Triathlon Leeds on June 10 • Was part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the first-ever ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series event in Nottingham, England, on June 6, teaming up with Kirsten Kasper, Matt McElroy and Katie Zaferes • Took fifth at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 2 • Placed 11th at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28 • Was part of the gold-medal-winning mixed relay team at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships on March 11 • Started the season with victories at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on March 3 and the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships on March 10 

2017: Earned a silver medal in the men’s elite race and was part of the silver-medal-winning mixed relay team at the Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon and Mixed Relay American Championships • Took the win at the Hamilton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup • Placed seventh at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup • Finished 38th at ITU World Triathlon Leeds • Won gold at the West Des Moines CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, earning the USA Triathlon U-23 national title in the process • Placed 26th at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton • Took 14th at the ITU Under-23 World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands • Placed 23rd at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup

Several Coloradans named Athletes of the Year by USA Triathlon

It is no surprise that a handful of Coloradans have landed on this list. Many triathletes and duathletes call the Centennial State their home, and we just want to recognize their accomplishments.

  • Men’s Junior Triathlete Honorable Mention: Graham Tuohy (Lakewood, CO)
  • Men’s Masters Triathlete Honorable Mention: Bob McRae (Arvada, CO)
  • Women’s Masters Triathlete Honorable Mention: Kelly Phuah (Littleton, CO) and Steph Popelar (Elizabeth, CO)
  • Women’s Off-Road Age-Group Triathlete of the Year: Deanna McCurdy (Littleton, CO)
  • Women’s Off-Road Age Group Triathlete Honorable Mention: Sharon McDowell-Larsen (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Men’s Overall Age-Group Duathlete Honorable Mention: Keith Jackson (Loveland, CO)
  • Women’s Overall Age-Group Duathlete Honorable Mention and Women’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Cassidy Hickey (Parker, CO)
  • Men’s Masters Duathlete Honrable Mention: Kevin Konczak (Boulder, CO)
  • Women’s Grand Masters Duathlete Honorable Mention: Valerie Eipper (Longmont, CO)
  • Women’s Great Grand Masters Duathlete Honorable Mention: Phyllis Yester (Golden, CO)
  • Men’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year: Eli Hemming (Kiowa, CO)
  • Men’s Elite Rookie of the Year: Morgan Pearson (Boulder, CO)
  • Men’s Elite Off-Road Triathlete of the Year: Josiah Middaugh (Vail, CO)

From USA Triathlon

About Athlete of the Year
Each year, elite and age-group multisport athletes are honored for their performances over the past season. USA Triathlon’s Age-Group Athletes of the Year for triathlon and duathlon are selected by the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee and USA Triathlon Duathlon Committee, respectively. USA Triathlon’s Elite Triathletes of the Year, Elite Paratriathletes of the Year and U-23 and Junior Elite Athletes of the Year are selected by the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council.

Check out the full list here

NINE U.S. ELITE ATHLETES SET TO COMPETE AT ITU WORLD TRIATHLON BERMUDA ON SATURDAY

From USA Triathlon

Kasper earned her first career WTS medal in 2017. Scottie T/ITU Media

Kasper leads American contingent at No. 2 on women’s start list

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Nine U.S. elite athletes are set to compete on Saturday at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda, a first-time ITU World Triathlon Series destination.

The Olympic-distance race covers a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. The action begins with a two-lap swim in the calm waters of Hamilton’s harbor. From there, athletes will complete 10 laps of a 4k bike course along the coastline, climbing and descending the infamous “Corkscrew Hill” with each lap. The four-lap run then takes competitors through the spectator-lined streets of downtown Hamilton and into the National Stadium for the finish.

The elite men race first at 12:06 p.m. ET (1:06 p.m. local time), and the elite women follow at 3:06 p.m. ET (4:06 p.m. local time). Both races will be broadcast live online at triathlonlive.tv. Both races will also air on NBC’s Olympic Channel, with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET.

Six U.S. women will toe the line, led by Kristen Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) at No. 2 on the start list. Kasper has had a strong start to the 2018 season, collecting one gold and one silver in ITU World Cup events in addition to a fourth-place finish at the rainy and technical WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi. Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) will be on the hunt for medals after crashing out of the Abi Dhabi race in March. Zaferes finished the 2017 WTS season ranked third overall, and has 11 career podiums in the series to date.

Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) and Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) will also be in the mix. Knibb and Spivey each cracked the WTS podium for the first time last year, earning silver medals in Leeds and Edmonton respectively. Cook was the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton champion and finished last season ranked ninth in the overall WTS standings. Burns has two ITU World Cup podiums to her name, but is still chasing her first WTS hardware.

The women will face a strong international field, headlined by Bermuda’s own two-time ITU world champion Flora Duffy. Duffy won six of the seven WTS races she started last year, and will be hard to beat as she races on the streets of her hometown. Also on the start list is Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands, who is the current WTS leader after taking the win in Abu Dhabi. Other top contenders on the women’s side include 2017 U23 World Championships silver medalist Melanie Santos of Portugal and Canada’s Joanna Brown, who finished the 2017 WTS season ranked seventh overall.

Visit wts.triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.

Representing the U.S. in the men’s race are Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.), Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo). All three athletes had outstanding 2017 seasons, and all three earned USA Triathlon Athlete of the Year recognition (Kanute in the non-drafting category, McDowell in the draft-legal/ITU category and Hemming in the U23 category).

Kanute is coming off a strong 2017, highlighted by a second-place finish at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship and a win at the Island House Triathlon. He opened the 2018 season with a top-20 finish at the WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi, and followed that with a silver-medal performance at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI North American Championships.

McDowell earned two ITU World Cup medals in 2017, and has shown he is still in good form this year by placing top-10 at two ITU World Cup events in March. Hemming has also raced well to open the season. The 2017 U23 national champion topped the podium at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in March, and a week later edged Kanute for the win at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI North American Championships.

Henri Schoeman of South Africa holds the No. 1 spot on the men’s start list. Schoeman has been unstoppable in 2018, taking the win in Abu Dhabi and earning the Commonwealth Games title a month later. Defending world champion Mario Mola of Spain is in the No. 2 position after placing second to Schoeman in Abu Dhabi. Other top contenders on the men’s start list include 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final winner Vincent Luis and 2017 U23 World Championships silver medalist Dorian Coninx, both of France.

Visit wts.triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.

ITU World Triathlon Bermuda is the second of nine stops on the circuit this year, including September’s ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia.