Sterlington High senior Patton Sims won the 16-19 year-old age division at the 2018 Duathlon World Championships on Sunday, July 8, in Fyn, Denmark.

Patton Sims has gained membership into an exclusive fraternity. He now belongs to the select group of athletes who can call themselves World Champions.

Sims won the 16-19 age group on Sunday, July 8 at the Duathlon World Championships in Fyn, Denmark. Beating out 21 other contestants, Sims posted an overall time of 59 minutes, 47 seconds. His 29:48 bike ride was the fastest time among the field of 2,400-plus contestants.

Covering 16.5 total miles, a duathlon consists of a 5-kilometer run, a 20k bike race and a 2.5k run.

Sims was clocked at 18:13 in the first stage, trailing Spain's Joan Colino Calomarde (17:44) and Eduardo Josue Mondragon Pena (18:05) of Mexico.

Making up ground, Sims breezed through the bike course in 29:48 to take the lead before finishing up with an 8:31 in the final running stage.

Colino Calomarde finished runner-up in the overall standings at 1:00.40, followed by Sandy Holl of Great Britain at 1:01.28, Pedro Henrique Gomes of Brazil at 1:02.22 and Tomas Griffiths of Great Britain at 1:02.48.

Danny Russell of Great Britain was the overall champion with a time of 59:47. Madlen Kappeler of Germany produced a time of 1:04.36 to claim the women's world title.

Sims qualified for the World Championships by placing third in the 2017 USA Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Oregon.

He won the USA Duathlon National Championships at Greenville, South Carolina in April.

Sims will defend his world title next July in Spain.

Sims, who is entering his senior year at Sterlington High School, returned home from Denmark for a brief stopover. On the road again, he will compete in the USA Cycling National Championships next week in Hagerstown, Maryland.