LONG BEACH, California – Elite triathletes, including Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers and future Olympic hopefuls, raced at the Americas Triathlon Cup in Long Beach on Sunday, wrapping up three days of triathlon racing as part of the Toyota Legacy Triathlon. The elite race took place at Alamitos Beach, the proposed venue for the triathlon competitions of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The men’s and women’s races both ended with thrilling sprint finishes, as Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, NJ) led the way for the US contingent, winning the women’s race, while Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk won the race. masculine.
More than 100 triathletes competed, bringing together elite talent from North, Central and South America to run at Alamitos Beach, the proposed site for triathlon competitions for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. multi-loops covered a distance of 750 meters. swimming, 20 kilometers of cycling and 5 kilometers of running. The race took place in the exciting draft-legal format, in which the athletes work together in tight groups on the bike.
In the women’s race, Tomlin was part of a large group of women on the bike that included World Junior and Under-23 champion Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, SD). Tomlin and Gorman worked together on the race and Tomlin retired late to win with a time of 58 minutes and 8 seconds. Mexican Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal finished in 58:10 and Gorman took third place in 58:12.
“Today has been enriching for me. It’s been a long road over the past two years to recover from injuries so it’s nice to feel I’m back in shape, ”said Tomlin. “It’s always fun to run here in the US and it was a fun experience to run with the young girls. I’m one of the older runners here now so it’s fun to see the new girls coming in.
Among the promising young women in the field was Gina Sereno (Madison, Wisconsin), winner of the 2021 Sarasota-Bradenton Elite Cup, which placed fifth on Sunday. She got her start in triathlon through the USA Triathlon College Recruitment Program, which identifies and recruits top NCAA runners and swimmers for elite triathlon. Many of USA Triathlon’s most successful triathletes, past and present, are CRP rookies – including US Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen, 2016 US Olympian and member of the 2020 US Olympic Triathlon team. Katie Zaferes and other members of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team Summer Rappaport and Morgan Pearson.
“The CRP has been a very united group over the past three years. I was so grateful to be a part of this program and it’s cool to see the success of a lot of older athletes who were in the program and are now part of the national team, ”said Sereno.
The men’s race followed a similar scenario to the women’s race, as a large group of men left the transition together to start the race, setting up a duel between the Tokyo 2020 Olympics bound for Mislawchuk and Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) A United States National Team Athlete and substitute for Tokyo. Mislawchuk escaped in the last kilometer to secure the victory in 52:49.
McElroy was third in 52:57 to lead the men of the United States, just behind Aram Michell Penaflor Moysen of Mexico, who was second in 52:53.
The contingent of American runners who finished behind McElroy offered a glimpse into the future for America’s elite men. Five Americans finished in the top 10, including Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Missouri, fourth), Brent Demarest (hometown, fifth),
Davis Bove (hometown, seventh), Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ind., Ninth) and Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga., 10th).
“It’s amazing to run with these guys. Tyler (Mislawchuk) won the Tokyo test (in 2019) and could be one of the top contenders for a medal. Matt has performed very well in Olympic level competitions. So being here competing with these guys is so much fun and it’s an honor to have my name with them, ”said Hindman who thinks the future is bright for America’s elite men. “Morgan (Pearson, a member of the 2020 US Olympic Triathlon Team) did an amazing job and did amazing things, along with Matt as well. They are leading the way right now and we are following their lead. We work and train as hard as possible. Our goals and our minds are on securing medals at the next Olympic Games and that is what we plan to do. ”
For more information on the Toyota Legacy Triathlon, which included the 2021 Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships and the 2021 United States Triathlon National Aquathlon Championships, visit thelegacytriathlon.com.
2021 Long Beach Americas Triathlon Cup
750 m swimming, 22 km cycling, 5 km running
Elite Men – Full results
1. Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), 52:49
2. Aram Michell Penaflor Moysen (MEX) 52:53
3. Matthew McElroy (Huntington Beach, CA) 52:57
Top 10 American pavers
4. Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Missouri) 52:59
5. Brent Demarest (Charleston, SC) 53:12
7. Davis Bove (Franklin, Tennessee) 53:23
9. Chase McQueen (Columbus, Indiana) 53:34
10. Darr Smith (Atlanta, GA) 53:34
Elite Women – Full results
1. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, New Jersey) 58:08
2. Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal (MEX) 58:10
3. Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, SD) 58:12
Top 10 American pavers
4. Erin Edminister (Lincoln, Neb.) 58:25
5. Gina Sereno (Madison, Wisconsin) 58:40
7. Grace Walther (Indianapolis, Indiana) 58:45
10. Madisen Lavin (Vermillion, SD) 59:03
About the United States Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon, and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions over 4,000 events and connects with over 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multi-sport organization in the world. In addition to its local work with athletes, coaches and race directors – as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation – USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing in international events, including Championships of the world of triathlon, the Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is proud to be a member of the World Triathlon and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).