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Team USA Earns Four Titles, 14 Medals at Duathlon Worlds


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EDINBURGH, Scotland – Paced by world champions Edwin Bixenstine, Ann Davidson, Pat Fossum and Gregory Grosicki, Team USA age-groupers racked up 14 medals Saturday at the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships at Holyrood Park.
The United States' vocal contingent of more than 230 athletes – ranging in age from 18 to 84 – made up more than one-fourth of the field of 800-plus competitors in the run-bike-run event, which featured a 10-kilometer run, a 41.6-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run.

Grosicki (Fairfax, Va.), 22, was victorious in the male 20-24 age group, and his time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 29 seconds was the fastest of the day for the U.S. and the 10th-fastest overall.

The senior member of Team USA, Bixenstine (Kent, Ohio), 84, built on his 2010 U.S. national title with the male 80-84 crown in 3:44:10 for his fifth straight duathlon world championship.

Also a winner at USA Triathlon's 2010 National Duathlon Festival in April in Richmond, Va., Davidson (Portland, Ore.), 47, claimed the female 45-49 world title in 2:24:58.

Fossum (Montgomery, Ala.), 75, earned the female 75-79 championship in 4:07:15 for her third all-time world title. She also claimed a duathlon world title in 2006.

In addition to the quartet of gold medalists, Anne Mitchell (female 55-59, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.), Marge Rajczewski (female 70-74, Ballston Lake, N.Y.), Roger Brockenbrough (male 75-79, Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Edward Maruna (male 80+, Arvada, Colo.) earned silver for the U.S.

Additionally, the USA claimed six bronze medals on the day: Dave Riffe (male 50-54, New Stanton, Pa.), Stacy Creamer (female 50-54, New York, N.Y.), Betsy Henderson (female 55-59, Roanoke, Va.), Steve Ruckert (male 60-64, Woodbine, Md.), Terry Miffleton (female 60-64, Richmond, Va.) and Barb Morgan (female 65-69, Tioga, Pa.).

Brockenbrough, Mitchell and Morgan also claimed U.S. duathlon titles earlier this year.

Team USA will be back in action Sunday at the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships for the elite, under-23 and junior championships. Visit the event website for more information and a full schedule of events.

2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland
United States Age Group Medalists – click here for complete results
Male 20-24
1. Gregory Grosicki (Fairfax, Va.), 2:06:29
Female 45-49
1. Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.), 2:24:58
Male 50-54
3. Dave Riffe (New Stanton, Pa.), 2:16:39
Female 50-54
3. Stacy Creamer (New York, N.Y.), 2:31:06
Female 55-59
2. Anne Mitchell (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.), 2:43:42
3. Betsy Henderson (Roanoke, Va., 2:47:46
Male 60-64
3. Steve Ruckert (Woodbine, Md.), 2:24:00
Female 60-64
3. Terry Miffleton (Richmond, Va.), 3:07:22
Female 65-69
3. Barb Morgan (Tioga, Pa.), 3:31:13
Female 70-74
2. Marge Rajczewski (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), 3:32:22
Male 75-79
2. Roger Brockenbrough (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 3:07:35
Female 75-79
1. Pat Fossum (Montgomery, Ala.), 4:07:15
Male 80+
1. Edwin Bixenstine (Kent, Ohio), 3:44:10
2. Edward Maruna (Arvada, Colo.), 5:02:30
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