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Umphenour Wins in Hong Kong
American Joe Umphenour extended his podium streak to three after taking his first career ITU title at the OSIM 2008 Hong Kong ITU Triathlon Asian Cup on November 17.
Fellow Americans Brian Fleischmann and Tim O'Donnell finished fourth and 11th, respectively. Manny Huerta did not finish.
Umphenour came back after being 30 seconds behind coming out of the water. He posted the fastest run split to win by a 10-second margin over Aussie James Seear. Daniil Sapunov, Kazakhstan's double Olympian and last year's winner, took the bronze.
A runner-up at the USAT National Championship in September, Umphenour followed that performance with a silver medal in San Francisco and stepped up for gold in Hong Kong. He has been racing on the ITU circuit consistently since 1997.
Elite Men Results
Gold – Joe Umphenour (USA) 01:57:43
Silver – James Seear (AUS) 01:57:53
Bronze – Daniil Sapunov (KAZ) 01:58:08
4th – Brian Fleischmann 1:58:27
11th – Tim O'Donnell 2:00:19
DNF – Manny Huerta