BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fresh off a win at the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, Eric Lagerstrom from the United States wins the 2015 Beijing International Triathlon becoming the first triathlete to win both races back-to-back. Top female professional triathlete Lauren Goss from the United States took first place among the women, giving the United States a first place sweep. This was the first time Lagerstrom and Goss competed in this race. More than 1,600 professional and amateur athletes from more than 23 countries participated in the fourth annual Beijing International Triathlon, on Sunday, September 20.
“I never thought I would ever be racing with ‘the greats’ Greg Bennett and Matt Reed,” said 2015 Beijing International Triathlon Winner Eric Lagerstrom. “I grew up seeing these legends, Greg and Matt, on the covers of Triathlete Magazine and to be racing with them and then sharing the podium here in Beijing is unbelievable.”
|First Place:||Eric Lagerstrom, USA, 1:54:42|
|Lauren Goss, USA, 2:07:16|
|Second Place:||Greg Bennett, AUS, 1:55:06|
|Radka Vodickova, CZE, 2:09:43|
|Third Place:||Matt Reed, USA, 1:56:59|
|Felicity Sheedy-Ryan, AUS, 2:10:07|
“The bike course was technical and the run course too with 600-plus stairs,” said 2015 Beijing International Triathlon Winner Lauren Goss. “This was the most beautiful course I have ever raced and the biggest win of my career.”
For the second year, the race started and finished amongst the beautiful scenery of Garden Expo Park, in the Fengtai district of Beijing. The Olympic distance race featured a 1.5 km swim through Garden Expo Lake; a 40 km bike race through the villages of Fengtai and up Qian Ling Mountain, the highest peak in Southwest Beijing; and a final 10 km run through the scenic trails of the Garden Expo Park, including a 606-step stair climb. A sprint distance race took place on Saturday, September 19, bringing the total number of participants to more than 1,600 as the popularity of triathlon continues to grow in China.
A prestigious field of the world’s top professional triathletes including Olympian Greg Bennett (AUS); Olympian Matt “Boom Boom” Reed (USA); 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Champion Eric Lagerstrom (USA); Josh Amberger (AUS); Graham O’Grady (NZL), Cesc Godoy (ESP); Max Fennell (USA); Ruzhuang She (CHN); Olympian Laura Bennett (USA); Olympian Ricarda Lisk (GER); Lauren Goss (USA); Magali Tisseyre (CAN); Caroline Steffen (SVI); Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS); Radka Vodickova (CZE); Mengying Zhong (CHN); and Yi Zhang (CHN) all competed in the Olympic distance race for $100,000 in prize money.
The 2015 Beijing International Triathlon was presented by the Fengtai Sports Bureau of Beijing and produced by IMG. For more information, visit www.beijinginternationaltriathlon.com or follow at www.facebook.com/BeijingTri and www.twitter.com/Beijing_Tri.