After bad luck and mishaps, the German triathletes had to settle for third place in the mixed relay at the end of the World Championships series in Hamburg.
In contrast to missing out on a repeat of the 2021 mixed relay win the day before, the same result had given Lisa Tertsch a career-best result in the elite women’s sprint distance race. In the men’s race, Lasse Lührs took tenth place as the best German.
In the relay race (four times 300 m swimming, 7 km cycling and 1.7 km running) a total of 20 seconds time penalty after mistakes by Tertsch and Lass Nygaard Priester was too high a burden for the hosts. As a result, Laura Lindemann, as the final starter, only crossed the finish line with exactly the deficit she caused herself to the winner Great Britain and also behind Australia. Valentin Wernz was the first German starter to hand over to Tertsch in sixth place.
For the 23-year-old, the setback in the relay was the contrast to her brilliant performance in the individual race. After swimming 750 m, cycling 20 km and running 5 km, Tertsch was only 17 seconds behind Olympic champion Flora Duffy from Bermuda in 58:33 minutes. Behind Tertsch, Lindemann in fifth ensured another top 5 finish.
“Finally all the pieces of the puzzle fit together,” said Tertsch at the finish: “I worked on swimming in the winter, so I was in all the races this year in the first bike group. I’m glad that it’s finally possible with a top result worked.”
The German champion Lührs crossed the finish line in the men’s race in 53:43 minutes 33 seconds behind winner Hayden Wilde from New Zealand.