STOCKHOLM, Sweden — 2016 U.S. Olympic qualifier and 2012 Olympian Sarah True successfully defended her title at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm on Saturday, winning gold over fellow USA Triathlon National Team member Katie Zaferes, who finished second.
True, of Hanover, N.H., clocked in at 2 hours, 1 minute, 5 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course for her second straight win in Stockholm. The victory is also the second WTS title of True’s career. Zaferes ran her way back into second place, finishing 14 seconds behind True in 2:01:19 for her fifth silver medal of the season. Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand, who finished second here last year, was third in 2:01:26.
True and Zaferes set the pace from the start with Spaniard Carolina Routier, leading the way out of the water with a 30-second gap. In the early part of the nine-lap bike course, the American duo broke away from Routier. They were soon joined by Flora Duffy of Bermuda, but couldn’t keep the distance from the chase pack. True, Zaferes and Duffy were caught by the chase pack, led by London 2012 gold medalist Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, by the start of lap five, and the group of 15 stuck together into the second transition.
Once on the run, True immediately moved to the front of the group, holding her lead throughout the 10k run and logging the fastest run split of the day in 33:14. While the field began to string out behind her on the four-lap run course, due in part to a steep hill at the start of each lap, Zaferes moved back into a prime position by the 5k mark. Though she trailed Hewitt at the start of the final lap, she found the speed she needed to move into the second spot with the second-fastest run time of 33:23.
Photo credit:Sarah True of Hanover captured her second World Triathlon Stockholm title on Saturday. (Janos M Schmidt/ITU) –