Chicago Area Triathletes Medal At Youth Olympic Games

 

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Multisport Madness triathlon team has always been known for producing great age group athletes, as well as hosting one of the best youth triathlons in the country.   This week, two of their young athlets proved that the future of U.S. Triathlon is alive and well as they medaled at the Youth Olympic Games, in Singapore.

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Geneva, Ill., triathlete Kevin McDowell surged into the lead pack on the bike and finished with a strong run to claim the silver medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games on Monday.

McDowell, 18, posted a time of 54 minutes, 55 seconds to finish 14 seconds behind winner Aaron Barclay of New Zealand.

Kelly Whitley (Geneva, Ill.), won the bronze medal Sunday in the women's triathlon, both Multisport Madness athletes.

The athletes covered a sprint-distance course consisting of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run.

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As an encore McDowell and Whitley captured their second medals of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Thursday as team Americas 1 grabbed bronze in the Mixed Team Relay in Singapore.

The Geneva, Ill., tandem paired with Adriana Barraza of Mexico and Lautaro Diaz of Argentina to take third in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 30 seconds - just seven seconds behind the gold-medal winning Europe 1 team and three seconds off the pace of Oceania 1, the runner-up.

All 15 teams were comprised of two female and two male competitors from each continent, according to the athletes' finishing positions in the individual events held Sunday and Monday. Each of the four participants in the relay completed a super-sprint triathlon (250m swim, 7k bike, 1.7k run) before tagging a team member to begin the next leg.

Congratulations to both athletes, their families and to Multisport Madness.

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Parts of this article from press realease.

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