Photo by Rich Cruse/ITU (c) 2015
Kevin McDowell, a 22-year-old elite triathlete from Geneva, earned the United States its first silver medal of the 2015 Pan American Games yesterday, taking second place in the Olympic-distance triathlon in 1:48:59.
McDowell was the 19th athlete out of the water after the 1,500-meter swim, 22 seconds behind leader and eventual third-place finisher Irving Perez. McDowell made up time on the 40K bike, his 58:06 time the 12th fastest of the race. McDowell particularly shone in the run, however, finishing the 10K in 30:59, within one second of race champion Crisanto Grajales.
Hunter Kemper and Eric Lagerstrom, the other Team USA representatives in the men’s race, finished eighth and 17th, respectively. Chelsea Burns had the highest Team USA finish in the women’s race, taking fifth, while Sarah Haskins finished eighth and Erin Jones finished in 19th place.
Complete results from the weekend are online at www.toronto2015.org/triathlon