Reaction from Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay


Team USA claimed gold with Great Britain and France in second and third. Here's what the athletes had to say about the race in Nottingham:

Kirsten Kasper, USA: 
Great event and great fun. I mean having this as an Olympic distance, a tough course on the bike, it’s definitely one of the hardest races, but it was enjoyable and fun.

Katie Zareres, USA:
It was just so much fun with so much energy, it was tough and you never really know what is going to happen. You don’t know how you will do until the end when you come across the finish. It’s great passing the grandstand, the crowds were huge. 

The crowd was fantastic. I’m from Derby, so just down the road from Nottingham. My Mum was here with a load of the kids and it was great to race in front of them and show that a local guy can do on the world stage, so it was really cool.

Vicky Holland, GREAT BRITAIN:
Today was a really good start to our campaign to get our team into the Olympics. Being on the podium, you can’t ask for too much more than that. Obviously, we would have loved to be on the top of the podium, but the Americans were really strong.

Jonathan Brownlee, GREAT BRITAIN: 
Unfortunately, the Americans were just too good for us today, the women especially were very, very strong and the men finished it off very well. It’s probably the worst position to be in, leading with everyone chasing you, but he was strong and I couldn’t catch them.

We need to learn things about aerodynamics, about order, about who are the best athletes to be in the relay, and hopefully today we started to do that.

Leo Bergere, FRANCE:
It was a very exciting race, we started in the first leg in first position and then lost a little contact with the front so had to fight until the end to be on the podium. I am really proud for the whole team and the coaches because it is a real team effort today. 

We know that the British crowds are amazing and today we saw it again. There was amazing cheering for everyone from all countries. We are moving to Leeds tomorrow morning and we can’t wait to race again on British soil.

Mathilde Gautier, FRANCE:
This is my first British competition in the team relay and I am very, very happy for third place! It is great to finish third for Team France, it is a very good team – I am so happy. Nottingham has been good, a great race and amazing organisation -  thank you!

Esther Britten, Head of Major Events at UK Sport: 
Tokyo 2020 feels one step closer, with our elite athletes competing in the first qualification event and working hard to ensure GB is on the start line at the Games. Event hosting partners should feel very proud today, the atmosphere across Nottingham has been fantastic.

Emma McGuigan, Accenture Senior Managing Director:
From crowning our Accenture Mixed Team Challenge winners to cheering on the top triathlon nations as they battled it out for the podium, the City of Nottingham has been treated to a fantastic display of triathlon action today. We are proud to have championed mixed gender team participation in the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham and are delighted to increase opportunities for everyone to take part in the sport.

Andy Salmon, Chief Executive of British Triathlon: 
The city of Nottingham has whole-heartedly got behind the sport’s newest discipline and it was fantastic to see Great Britain put in a show-stopping performance in front of a home crowd, and congratulations to Team USA on the victory.

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