Iowan Stephanie Jenks took second in the Youth Olympic Games triathlon in Nanjing, China, late Saturday Iowa time.
Jenks, the only American in the field, finished 37 seconds behind champion Brittany Dutton of Australia.
Dutton complete the three-event race — swimming, biking and running — in 59 minutes, 56 seconds. Jenks finished in an hour and 33 seconds.
“I’m really happy with it,” Jenks said. “I went out and gave it my all. I raced with no regrets and I couldn’t have done any better.”
Dutton took an early lead. Jenks closed the gap toward the end of the race but was unable to catch her.
“At the first lap, I was kind of wishing I could get some time but I maintained through the first lap,” Jenks said. “I kept working and pushing it, hoping I could get her.”
There were 32 athletes in the field.
Jenks, a state track champion who has competed in international meets in Mexico, England and Brazil, soaked up the atmosphere against the world’s elite.
“One of the girls in my room is a table tennis player, and she went to the London Olympics,” Jenks said. “She was telling us how similar everything was and how this is just like what the Olympics are like. It’s just really great, I love it.”
Lindsay Wyskowski of USATriathlon.org contributed to this story.