The 16-19 Junior Elite Triathlon World Championships has just finished in Chicago after an almost two hour delay due to a storm that brought strong winds, rain and even hail to Chicago. Due to the weather, the race was changed from a swim, bike, run format to a run, bike, run format over 5km, 20km and 2.5km.
The change did not suit Tyler Smith as his run at this level of competition meant that he trailed the lead group off the first run by 1 min 24 secs finishing in 16 min 20 secs which put him 61 st out of 74 starters and in almost the last group of cyclists.
Typically Tyler’s bike is his strongest discipline but on a very fast course three large packs formed ahead of him and inevitably the small pack he was in did not have other riders to help pull back the groups ahead.
Unfortunately Tyler’s chip appears to have malfunctioned as after lap two of the bike his time never appeared on the live timing. However I did hear his name announced on the live web cam by Greg Welch so think he finished in about 60th place about 7 1/2 minutes down on the winner Manoel Messias of Brazil who won in a thrilling sprint finish by 1 sec from Peer Sonksen of Germany with Leo Bergere of France a further 10 secs back taking the bronze medal.
Hopefully Tyler’s result can be confirmed later this evening.