ITU World Grand Final, Loads of Coloradans, Steph Popelar Defends Title

Lausanne, Switzerland…Many Coloradans are competing in this weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Grand Final featuring sprint and olympic distances and draft legal sprint distances along with many para categories.

Shannon Dee and Melissa Langworthy with 303’s Khem Suthiwan

Coloradans competing in the Elite, Junior and Para categories are:

Elite
Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.)
Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.)
Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.)

Junior
Liberty Ricca (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Paratriathlon
Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.) — all resident athletes at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

In the age groups, , Steph Popelar (F50-54, Elizabeth, Colo.), defends her world title. The rest of the age group Colorado athletes are:

Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dis AMES Taylor 33 MALE GOLDEN
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Beckman Jeff 47 MALE Golden
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Caldwell Alicia 57 FEMALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist DANDLEY Lori 65 FEMALE denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly dist Dee Shannon 36 FEMALE Littleton
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance DEVINCENZO EVAN 24 MALE Arvada
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Dunn Michael 37 MALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Elliott Katie 39 FEMALE ASPEN
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Framke Kirk 45 MALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance HOBAN Jennifer J 48 FEMALE Parker
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Hodge Christeen 38 FEMALE Boulder
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Hoffmann Heidi 70 FEMALE Aspen
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Isaacson Cora 18 FEMALE Superior
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance KOSTNER Barbara 71 FEMALE Lakewood
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Laney Judith 66 FEMALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Langworthy Melissa 39 FEMALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Lowry Danielle 32 FEMALE GOLDEN
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Maloney Melissa 53 FEMALE Durango
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Mason Jonathan 43 MALE fort collins
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist MATTERN Tess 32 FEMALE FORT COLLINS
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist McDonald Laura 37 FEMALE Castle Rock
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance McLaughlin Neal 59 MALE CENTENNIAL
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Meisner Stephanie 46 FEMALE greenwood village
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Myers Kristy 40 FEMALE Lakewood
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance NEELAN NANETTE 61 FEMALE Lakewood
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Orcutt Paige 29 FEMALE Morrison
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Popelar Steph 52 FEMALE Elizabeth
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Swayze Jetson 34 MALE louisville
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Trujillo Charles 53 MALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Valentyik Peter 50 MALE Boulder
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Vanderstoep Sandy 78 FEMALE Colorado Springs
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Waterman Robin 56 FEMALE Golden
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Welber Jack 81 MALE Boulder
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Wood Lockett 80 MALE Lyons

At the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Team USA raced to 34 world championship medals between the sprint and standard events, including 13 golds, eight silvers and 12 bronzes.

For more information about Team USA, comprised of the amateur athletes who represent the United States in ITU Age Group World Championship events, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, held from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, marks the culmination of the ITU World Triathlon Series by crowning the men’s and women’s elite world champions. The week of racing also features ITU Paratriathlon, Junior and U23 World Championships, in addition to the age-group races. Visit usatriathlon.org for coverage of U.S. performances in all events, and follow @TriathlonLive on Twitter for live updates during each race.

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

Podium Sweep in Yokohama Highlights Great Weekend for USA Triathlon

From USA Triathlon
By Nick Hehemann

Photo: Tommy Zaferes, ITU Media

ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama

Three Americans on the podium and a third straight World Triathlon Series (WTS) victory for Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) made it an incredible weekend for the USA Triathlon women in Yokohama. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) earned silver for the second WTS medal of her career, while Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) continued her impressive 2019 season with a bronze medal to help the red, white and blue round out the podium. It was the fourth U.S. podium sweep in ITU World Triathlon Series history and the first since 2016.

With a perfect start to 2019 — securing wins in Abu Dhabi, Bermuda and Yokohama — Zaferes has a commanding lead in the WTS Standings with 3,000 points. Spivey is tied with Great Britain’s Jessica Learmouth for second with 2,458 points. Rappaport is now in seventh after her podium finish.

Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) was the fourth American to crack the top 10 in the women’s field, finishing ninth overall.

Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) was the top U.S. finisher on the men’s side, placing 15th overall. France’s Vincent Luis broke the tape.

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