Team Europe wins inaugural Collins Cup, largest prize in triathlon history

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The inaugural Collins Cup delivered a thrilling finish over the weekend, with Team Europe’s triathletes coming out on top.

Britain’s Emma Pallant-Browne and Kat Matthews won the final two women’s matches to tilt the scales in Team Europe’s favor, leading to the eventual win with total 42.5 points. Team USA came in second with 31.5 points, while Team Internationals placed third with 25.5 points.

Despite the second-place finish, Team USA delivered some of the day’s most exciting upsets.

In one of 12 races featuring 36 of the world’s top professional triathletes, Team USA’s Taylor Knibb ran away from European star Daniela Ryf, winning by a colossal 16 minutes. She became one of just two athletes to claim the maximum three bonus points in a race.

Lucy Charles-Barclay pulled away from Katie Zaferes in Match 2 to win the run portion of the match for Team Europe. Team USA’s Jackie Hering then continued where Knibb left off, upsetting Ironman world champion Anne Haug.

Ultimately, Team Europe’s power was too much for Team USA to overcome. The Europeans lifted the Collins Cup and took home the $1.5 million prize, the largest ever in the sport.