Plenty of sprint-distance speed and few surprises were the hallmark of Saturday’s first day of Tiszaujvaros World Cup racing, where two women’s and three men’s races boiled down the fields to 30 athletes for each of Sunday’s finals.
Tyler Smith has earned a spot in Sunday’s Final.
Competing in the 3rd Semi-Final Heat, Sergio Baxter Cabrera (ESP) quickly seized control after Mark Devay had put together a typically assured swim to come out of the pond ahead of Darr Smith (USA). With Gergo Dobi (HUN) and Martin Demuth (AUT) for company, the five pulled away to put over a minute into the seven chasers.
That meant a battle for the qualification spots was on, Jannik Schaufler (GER) and Trent Thorpe (NZL) moving well, Tyler Smith (BER) and Gaspar Riveros (CHI) chasing ninth, and it was the Bermudian who was able to dig in over the closing stages to book his place in the final.
Smith clocked a time of 53:09, he clocked 9:01 on the Swim, 26:49 on the Bike, before clocking a time of 15:43 on the Run.