Nottingham kicked off an exciting weekend of international racing with the ITU mixed relay, the first opportunity for teams to earn qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Games where Triathlon Mixed Relay is making its debut. The format of the event was a 300m swim, 7.5km (2 laps) bike and then 1.5km (1 lap) run which took place on the Victoria Embankment in front of the War Memorial.
The endur8 team was invited to attend the event and watch the race from the Grandstand as well as enjoy some delicious food and drinks in the VIP section before the race. It was great to see so many people attend the event which promised to excite due to the fast-paced nature of the race. The day began with a mini GO TRI challenge for children at various local schools followed by the amateur triathlete race. After the mass participation race was finished, it was time for the main event. Following the pre-race entertainment, the teams came out waving their national flags and the first athletes lined up to begin the race.
Team USA took an early lead through Kirsten Kasper during the 300m swim, however, it was during the second leg that Pierre Le Corre of Team France managed to break into the lead with Team GBR, New Zealand and USA following. The third leg is where Team USA overtook Team France to regain the lead. Jonathan Brownlee moved Team GBR into second place as the atmosphere grew but Matthew Mcelroy’s lead for Team USA was too big to close as Team USA claimed victory (1:21:16) followed by Team GBR (1:21:45) and then Team France (1:21:57).
The first World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series was an enthralling spectacle and with Hamburg being the next city to host (July 14-15) followed by Edmonton (July 27-29), the introduction of the mixed relay promises to be an exciting addition to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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