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Team USA Races to 14 Duathlon World Championship Titles

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GIJON, Spain — Team USA athletes impressed on the world multisport stage Sunday by claiming 14 age group world championship titles and 29 total medals at the 2011 ITU Duathlon World Championships.  

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
Female 35-39
2. Celia Dubey (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), 1:09:20
Female 40-44
3. Anu Campbell (Klamath Falls, Ore.), 1:15:02
Female 45-49
2. Geraldine Lupini (Milford, Mich.), 1:10:46
Female 50-54
1. Kristin Villopoto (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1:08:18
2. Valerie Eipper (Longmont, Colo.), 1:10:35
Male 50-54
1. Dean Maruna (Arvada, Colo.), 1:02:58
3. Greg Pelican (Bethel, Colo.), 1:03:20
Female 55-59
1. Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.), 1:09:01
2. Shelly Bloom (Durham, N.C.), 1:20:42
Male 55-59
2. Russ Jones (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), 1:04:32
Female 65-69
1. Sandra Davis (Martin, Tenn.), 1:33:46
Female 70-74
1. Margaret Bomberg (Chico, Calif.), 2:23:31
Male 70-74
1. William Walsh (Bedford Hills, N.Y.), 1:39:09

Standard Distance (10k run, 38.4k bike, 5k run)
United States Medalists
Female 35-39
1. Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.), 2:04:38
Male 35-39
1. Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn.), 1:47:06
Male 40-44
3. Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 1:50:31
Female 45-49
1. Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.), 2:06:33
2. Kirsten Chapman (Edmond, Okla.), 2:07:41
Female 50-54
1. Janet Howard (Clackamas, Ore.), 2:14:25
3. Heather Leach (Seattle, Wash.), 2:20:58
Male 50-54
1. Marty Stiegmann (Glen Allen, Va.), 2:00:46
Male 55-59
3. Scott Hajicek (Lakewood, Colo.), 2:02:46
Female 65-69
1. Judy Richwine (San Marcos, Calif.), 2:44:38
Male 65-69
3. Phillip Davis (Martin, Tenn.), 2:22:15
Female 70-74
2. Marge Rajczewski (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), 3:03:34
Male 70-74
2. Warren Taylor (Telford, Pa.), 2:35:56
3. James Girand (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2:47:02
Male 80-84
1. Edward Maruna (Arvada, Colo.), 4:35:18
Male 85-89
1. Edwin Bixenstine (Kent, Ohio), 3:40:41

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