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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: October 29


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In what ranks as 2012’s final major weekend of multisport action on the domestic racing calendar, a number of American elites claimed podium finishes in races around the United States.

Just two weeks after finishing as the top American and the Ironman World Championship, Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was victorious at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Austin in 3 hours, 51 minutes, 29 seconds. Potts led the race out of the water and passed runner-up T.J. Tollakson (Des Moines, Iowa) on the run to earn the win.

At Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Miami, Margaret Shapiro (Herndon, Va.) was the top U.S. finisher, placing third among the women in 4:09:47.

With the swim cancelled due to a rip tide, Americans Jesse Thomas (Springfield, Ore.) and Becky Lavelle (Los Gatos, Calif.) were the winners at Sunday’s Rev3 Florida. The event was contested as a 1.5-mile run, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run duathlon. Thomas won the men’s race in 3:26:17, while Lavelle took the women’s win in 3:54:00. American Nicole Kelleher (Charlottesville, Va.) was second on the day to secure the women’s Rev3 series title. Thomas finished second in the men’s series rankings.

In off-road action, the 2012 XTERRA World Championship was held Sunday in Hawaii with Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) earning second place on the men’s side in 2:27:41. Olympic silver medalist and ITU standout Javier Gomez of Spain successfully crossed over to off-road racing to the win the title in 2:26:54, while Lesley Patterson of Scotland repeated as women’s champion in 2:44:12. Heather Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.) placed fourth to rank as the top American on the women’s side.

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