Kitzbühel, Austria – Making his first career ITU World Triathlon Series start, Lukas Verzbicas recorded the day’s second-fastest run split but had to settle for a 32nd-place finish Sunday at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel.
Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run event in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 36 seconds. His 30:35 10k run split was second only to winner Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain, who clocked a 29:51 run en route to a 1:50:13 finishing time.
Rounding out the podium were Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee in 1:51:02 and Spain’s Javier Gomez in 1:51:18. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s recap.
The 19-year-old Verzbicas exited the swim 54 seconds off the pace of leader Igor Polyanskiy of Russia. Once on the bike, Verzbicas and the athletes in a number of small chase packs were unable to bridge up to the fast-riding lead group of 31 cyclists. From there, Verzbicas unleashed his 30:35 run split, which bested the entire field with the exception of the elder Brownlee, who is a medal favorite for the upcoming London Olympic Games.