Katie Zaferes (pictured above winning the Grand Final in Lausanne in 2019) sent a clear message to the insanely competitive pack of US women trying to qualify for next year’s Olympics – the Olympic bronze medalist is rounding into top form after giving birth to son Kimble last July. On Saturday, at the Americas Triathlon Cup St. Peters Missouri, Zaferes broke away from the rest of the field from the gun, leading the swim by 20 seconds and holding on to a gap of about a minute off the bike, to take the win over 2016 Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen. After the birth of her second child, George, last October, Jorgensen announced that she’d be returning to triathlon in the hunt for a spot at the 2024 Olympics.
“Came out of the water with a bit of a gap, rode solo for the 20k channeling my inner @floraduffy and held my own on the run,” Zaferes wrote on her Instagram page after her win. She more than held her own on the run – the American posted the second-fastest run split (17:28) behind Jorgensen’s 17:07.
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Canada’s Amelie Kretz came out of the water a second behind Jorgensen, and was off the bike with the American as part of the chase pack. Jamnicky came out of the water over 30 seconds behind Jorgensen and Kretz, but was able to make up that time on the bike. Kretz used the day’s third-fastest run split (17:44) to take the final spot on the podium, with Jamnicky taking fourth.
There were 14 Canadian women in the field – you can see the full results from the race here.