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Kevin McDowell records best-ever finish by American male in Olympic triathlon

Kevin McDowell, of Geneva, finishes sixth in the Olympic triathlon, the best-ever finish by an American male, on July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.

(Brian Cassella)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell

USA’s Kevin McDowell prepares to start the triathlon. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell (52) prepares to start the triathlon.

USA’s Kevin McDowell (52) prepares to start the triathlon. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell prepares to start the triathlon.

USA’s Kevin McDowell prepares to start the triathlon. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell (52) and the field dive into Tokyo Bay to start the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male.

USA’s Kevin McDowell (52) and the field dive into Tokyo Bay to start the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
Swimmers begin the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics.

Swimmers begin the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell prepares to start the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male.

USA’s Kevin McDowell prepares to start the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell dives into Tokyo Bay for his second swim lap during the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male.

USA’s Kevin McDowell dives into Tokyo Bay for his second swim lap during the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell exits the water after the swim.

USA’s Kevin McDowell exits the water after the swim. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
Athletes bike during the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics.

Athletes bike during the triathlon Monday, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
American Kevin McDowell (52, left) bikes during the Olympic triathlon.

American Kevin McDowell (52, left) bikes during the Olympic triathlon. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell (52, left) bikes during the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics.

USA’s Kevin McDowell (52, left) bikes during the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
A pack of cyclists passes in front of Rainbow Bridge during the triathlon.

A pack of cyclists passes in front of Rainbow Bridge during the triathlon. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell (52) finishes the bike during the triathlon

USA’s Kevin McDowell (52) finishes the bike during the triathlon (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell goes through the change from bike to run during the triathlon on July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male.

USA’s Kevin McDowell goes through the change from bike to run during the triathlon on July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell (52) runs alongside Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway during the triathlon on July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male, and Blummenfelt took gold.

USA’s Kevin McDowell (52) runs alongside Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway during the triathlon on July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male, and Blummenfelt took gold. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway wins gold in the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics.

Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway wins gold in the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway celebrates his gold medal win while Alex Yee of Britain and Hayden Wilde of New Zealand congratulate each other on finishing second and third in the triathlon on July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics.

Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway celebrates his gold medal win while Alex Yee of Britain and Hayden Wilde of New Zealand congratulate each other on finishing second and third in the triathlon on July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell heads for the finish line.

USA’s Kevin McDowell heads for the finish line. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell finishes the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male.

USA’s Kevin McDowell finishes the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Triathlete Kevin McDowell
USA's Kevin McDowell finishes the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male.

USA’s Kevin McDowell finishes the triathlon, July 26, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park during the Tokyo Olympics. McDowell finished sixth, the best-ever finish for an American male. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

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