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Team USA Races to 14 Duathlon World Championship Titles
In addition to the 14 gold medals, U.S. athletes combined for eight silver and seven bronze medals in the sprint- and standard-distance run-bike-run events.
Eight Americans were victorious in the 10-kilometer run, 38.4-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run standard-distance world championship. An additional six U.S. athletes won gold in the 5k run, 19.2k bike, 2.5k run sprint-distance event.
U.S. champions Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.) and Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn.) raced their way to world titles in the 35-39 age groups and the day’s fastest overall times in the standard-distance event. Kattouf won her first world title in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds, while Freyre logged a time of 1:47:06 for his first-ever world championship. Both athletes posted the fastest bike splits in their respective age groups.
Repeat world champions from last year’s event were Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.), who won the women’s 45-49 title in 2:06:33, and Edwin Bixenstine (Kent, Ohio), who claimed the men’s 85-89 crown in 3:40:41 for his fifth straight world championship.
Also winning standard-distance world championship titles were: Janet Howard (50-54, Clackamas, Ore.), Marty Stiegmann (50-54, Glen Allen, Va.), Judy Richwine (65-69, San Marcos, Calif.) and Edward Maruna (80-84, Arvada, Colo.).
The sprint-distance event kicked off Sunday’s action, and reigning national champions Kristin Villopoto (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.) were among six world title winners. Villopoto won her second career world championship and first since 2007 in 1:08:18, while Peoples-Resh earned her first-ever world championship in 1:09:01.
Rounding out the sprint-distance world champions were: Dean Maruna (50-54, Arvada, Colo.), Sandra Davis (65-69, Martin, Tenn.), Margaret Bomberg (70-74, Chico, Calif.) and William Walsh (70-74, Bedford Hills, N.Y.).
Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU world championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on the Team USA program.
In additional action Sunday, the U.S. elite squad of Nicole LaSelle (Dayton, Ohio), Josh Merrick (Alamosa, Colo.), Angela Axmann (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Matt Russell (Austin, Texas) finished eighth in 1:28:47.
2011 ITU Duathlon World Championships, Gijon, Spain – Click here for complete results
Sprint Distance (5k run, 19.2k bike, 2.5k run)
United States Medalists
2. Celia Dubey (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), 1:09:20
3. Anu Campbell (Klamath Falls, Ore.), 1:15:02
2. Geraldine Lupini (Milford, Mich.), 1:10:46
1. Kristin Villopoto (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1:08:18
2. Valerie Eipper (Longmont, Colo.), 1:10:35
1. Dean Maruna (Arvada, Colo.), 1:02:58
3. Greg Pelican (Bethel, Colo.), 1:03:20
1. Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.), 1:09:01
2. Shelly Bloom (Durham, N.C.), 1:20:42
2. Russ Jones (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), 1:04:32
1. Sandra Davis (Martin, Tenn.), 1:33:46
1. Margaret Bomberg (Chico, Calif.), 2:23:31
1. William Walsh (Bedford Hills, N.Y.), 1:39:09
Standard Distance (10k run, 38.4k bike, 5k run)
United States Medalists
1. Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.), 2:04:38
1. Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn.), 1:47:06
3. Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 1:50:31
1. Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.), 2:06:33
2. Kirsten Chapman (Edmond, Okla.), 2:07:41
1. Janet Howard (Clackamas, Ore.), 2:14:25
3. Heather Leach (Seattle, Wash.), 2:20:58
1. Marty Stiegmann (Glen Allen, Va.), 2:00:46
3. Scott Hajicek (Lakewood, Colo.), 2:02:46
1. Judy Richwine (San Marcos, Calif.), 2:44:38
3. Phillip Davis (Martin, Tenn.), 2:22:15
2. Marge Rajczewski (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), 3:03:34
2. Warren Taylor (Telford, Pa.), 2:35:56
3. James Girand (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2:47:02
1. Edward Maruna (Arvada, Colo.), 4:35:18
1. Edwin Bixenstine (Kent, Ohio), 3:40:41
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 140,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.