Paul “Barny” Matthews (AUS) and Mauricio Mendez (MEX) delivered solid performances to each earn a top five finish at races this weekend. Matthews took 4th place at IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, and Mendez ran to 5th place at the XTERRA European Championship in Zittau, Germany.
“Good job by both Barny and Mauricio for powering through their races. They faced strong competition and challenging courses, and yet the guys still had impressive individual splits. Barny had the fastest swim of the men pros, while Mauricio flipped on his running power to advance through the pack at the right time,” said Michael Cardoza, Human Interest Group Director.
“Even though Barny was hoping for the win he still earned enough points to qualify for Kona, which he’s accepted. Mau has been racing a lot in Europe over the past month, and this was his first non-podium performance, but still very respectable at this championship event. He’s the type of athlete that will take valuable information away from this race and put it towards the World Champs in October.”
Paul Matthews – 4th place IRONMAN Mont Tremblant
Matthews added another top ten finish at an IRONMAN race this year with fourth place at IRONMAN Tremblant. Matthews started the race in dominating fashion by being the first out of the water with a time of 55:22. His bike split of 4:37:55 was the third fastest among the pro men while his run kept him in contention for the podium. Ultimately, Matthews crossed the finish line at 8:39:51 to earn fourth place.
Mauricio Mendez –5th place XTERRA European Championship
The XTERRA European Championship was the fourth race on the XTERRA European Tour for Mendez in as many weeks and the first time that the off-road triathlon phenom did not make the podium. Putting pressure on a strong field, including last year’s European Champion, Mendez exited the swim in the second pro pack with a time of 18:35 and then quickly moved on the bike to catch the leaders. Mendez gained on several competitors during the run, including a chase for fourth place and crossing the finish line at 2:35:26.
Mendez will next compete at XTERRA Denmark on September 4th and then begin his preparations for XTERRA World Championships on October 23rd.
Chris Leiferman (USA) 8:24:59
Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:29:57
Stephen Kilshaw (CAN) 8:34:16
Paul Matthews (AUS) 8:39:51
XTERRA EUROPEAN Championship – Zittau, Germany (1.5km swim, 36km MTB, 9km trail run)
Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) 2:32:27
Sam Osborne (NZL) 2:33:09
Bradley Weiss (RSA) 2:34:43
Brice Daubord (FRA) 2:35:21
Mauricio Mendez (MEX) 2:35:26