By David Rogers. July 12, 2018. ODENSE, DENMARK — Hans Christian Anderson may be the worldwide godfather of fables, but Blowing Rock’s Joe Carr is the world’s athletic godfather for his age group (75-79) after winning a bronze medal in the 2018 Fyn ITU Duathlon World Championships|Male AG Sprint event in Odense, Denmark. Sine 1991, this is the 24th world championship event in which he has qualified and competed.
A sprint duathlon event consists of running a 5k, biking 20k, then running another 3k.
France’s Jean Claude Pesenti was first in the 75-79 age group, finishing the course in 1:23:43. Heiko Schaefer of Australia took the silver medal in 1:26:53. Carr was third, posting a time of 1:35:55. The international field also featured Gordon Aylesbury (4th, 1:37:50) representing Great Britain and Canada’s Bob Hubbard (5th, 1:56:48).
Seven USA women picked up medals in 13 female age groups. Five U.S. men medaled in 15 male age groups. In both the male and female categories, U.S. athletes did much better in the older age groups.
Odense, the third largest city in Denmark behind Copenhagen and Aarhus, is on the garden island of Fyn. With fairy tales like, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Little Mermaid,” the storyteller Anderson put Odense on the map.
Carr’s history in racing is a pretty good story, too. Look for an interview with Joe Carr in the near future, a Blowing Rock News ONE on ONE exclusive.