Matt Hauser Breaks into Top 3 in World Triathlon Championship Series

Australian triathlete Matt Hauser makes his debut in the top three of the World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) rankings after a thrilling race in Hamburg.

Matt Hauser Breaks into Top 3 in World Triathlon Championship Series

Why it matters: Australia's Matt Hauser has ascended to third place overall in the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS), marking a first for the athlete.

Setting the pace: The World Super Sprint Final, potentially a future Olympic event, was held on the streets of Hamburg. The triathlon attracted thousands of spectators, including IOC president Thomas Bach. The thrilling contest, featuring three elimination stages, ended in a tense 10-person final, where just seven seconds separated the winner from the first five.

What they're saying:

  • "Absolute carnage and madness to great racing and really enjoyable," Yee

By the numbers:

  • Hayden Wilde from New Zealand clinched victory with a time of 19 minutes and 26 seconds.
  • Seven seconds separated the winner and the first five, with Vilaca (19:28), Yee (19:28), Blummenfelt (19:32), and Hauser (19:33) following.
  • Hauser now stands at 2514.86 points in the overall WTCS rankings, behind Vilaca (2938.18) and Wilde (2822.46).

Between transition: The race format included a 300m swim, 7km bike ride, and a 1.75km run. After a dynamite bike performance by Norway's Blummenfelt, Wilde gained precious seconds over the competitors, including Hauser, during the final bike turn. The seamless transition set Wilde apart, securing him the lead.

Through Time: Hauser's recent performance is noteworthy. He finished second to Wilde at last month's WTCS Yokohama, and just two weeks ago, he won his first Series race in Montreal.

The bottom line: Hauser's surge to third place overall in the WTCS rankings highlights his remarkable performance improvement and sets the stage for intense competition in the remaining events of the Series. As the WTCS progresses, it's clear we world should keep a close eye on this rising Australian star.