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U.S. Women Earn Team Silver to Close Duathlon Worlds


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EDINBURGH, Scotland – The United States elite women captured the team silver medal, and Sean Jefferson finished eighth in the men’s elite race to lead the American contingent on the final day of the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships Sunday at Holyrood Park.

Each athlete completed a 10-kilometer run, followed by a 38.4-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run.

Led by a trio of top-20 finishers, the U.S. were second only to host Great Britain in the team standings. USA Triathlon Project 2016 program standout Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.), who paced the field through the first of two runs, led the way with a 13th-place finish in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 26 seconds. She was closely followed by 2010 U.S. elite national champion Marisa Asplund (Durango, Colo.), who was 16th in 2:18:06, and Heidi Sarna (Chicago, Ill.), who was 19th in 2:21:51.  

Anne Preisig (Falmouth, Mass.) and Rachel Sears (Richmond, Calif.) grabbed 21st and 24th, respectively, to round out the U.S. women’s competitors. Catriona Morrison of Great Britain won the women’s title in 2:02:48.  

Jefferson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) was the top men’s finisher in 1:53:54 and was joined in the top 20 by David Thompson (St. Paul, Minn.), who was 14th in 1:55:26. Dereck Treadwell (Laurens, N.Y.) finished 19th in 1:57:20, while Matt Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) grabbed 23rd in 1:58:18. Josh Merrick (Alamosa, Colo.) and Matthew Sheeks (Woodinville, Wash.) closed out the U.S. men’s competitors in 35th and 39th, respectively.  

The Belgians swept the men’s podium with Bart Aernouts earning the gold.  

In the men’s junior race, Americans Ryan Peterson (Richmond, Va.) and Hunter Honeycutt (Tifton, Ga.) finished 17th and 20th, respectively, while Brice Winkler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) took 13th in the under-23 race.  

2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland – click here for complete results

Women’s Elite

1. Catriona Morrison (GBR), 2:02:48
2. Sandra Levenez (FRA), 2:03:05
3. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS), 2:06:14
13. Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.), 2:16:26
16. Marisa Asplund (Durango, Colo.), 2:18:06
19. Heidi Sarna (Chicago, Ill.), 2:21:51
21. Anne Preisig (Falmouth, Mass.), 2:23:28
24. Rachel Sears (Richmond, Calif.), 2:29:22  

Men’s Elite

1. Bart Aernouts (BEL), 1:50:22
2. Rob Woestenborghs (BEL), 1:50:24
3. Joerie Vansteelant (BEL), 1:50:30
8. Sean Jefferson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), 1:53:54
14. David Thompson (St. Paul, Minn.), 1:55:26
19. Dereck Treadwell (Laurens, N.Y.), 1:57:20
23. Matt Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.), 1:58:18
35. Josh Merrick (Alamosa, Colo.), 2:03:32
39. Matthew Sheeks (Woodinville, Wash.), 2:06:52  

Men’s Under-23

1. Etienne Diemunsch (FRA), 1:53:33
2. Matthew Gunby (GBR), 1:54:27
3. Oscar Vicente (ESP), 1:56:01
13. Brice Winkler (Santa Rosa, Calif.), 2:14:36  

Men’s Junior

1. Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP), 1:03:52
2. Michael Gosman  (AUS), 1:04:02
3. Jose Luis Cordova (MEX), 1:04:08
17. Ryan Peterson (Richmond, Va.), 1:06:11
20. Hunter Honeycutt (Tifton, Ga.), 1:10:42  

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