Boston College alumnus Joe Maloy competed in the men’s triathlon at the Rio Olympics on Thursday, finishing 23rd overall with a time of 1:48:30. Maloy, who finished four seconds behind the next closest competitor, crossed the finish line as the highest-placed American competitor.
Great Britain took home first and second place in the event, with Alistair Brownlee and Jonny Brownlee earning gold and silver, respectively. South Africa’s Henri Shoeman finished third to earn the bronze medal.
The Brownlees finished within six seconds of each other at 1:45:01 and 1:45:07, with Maloy finishing just about three minutes behind them. There were 55 overall athletes competing.
The men’s triathlon included a swim of about one mile, followed by a 27-mile cycle and six-plus mile run. After an open-ocean swim, the cycle and run portion took place along the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Maloy, a 2008 graduate of Boston College, was a distance swimmer on the Eagles swimming team during his tenure at The Heights.