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Sara McLarty, Lauren Goss and Kelly Whitley teamed up for second in Brazil. (Photo: @lauren_goss)

USA Triathlon Monday Notebook: Feb. 27

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American Ben Collins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) outdistanced the field by nearly a minute Sunday to win the Lima ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup with a time of 1 hour, 58 minutes, 19 seconds in the Olympic-distance event.

Collins was among the leaders out of the water, broke away on the bike and held on to top the podium. Collins’ victory marked his second career ITU Pan American Cup win and third career podium.

While Collins was the lone U.S. athlete in action Lima, a trio of American women — Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.), Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla.) and Kelly Whitley (Geneva, Ill.) — competed in the unique FAST Triathlon on Sunday in Brazil.

The event featured six nations, each represented by three athletes. The three athletes all completed a 250-meter swim, 4-kilometer bike and 1.3-kilometer run three different times with point totals assigned to their finishes; 18 points went to the winner of each heat, 17 to the runner-up, etc.

When the dust had settled, the U.S. women accumulated 122 points to finish second behind South Africa’s 130 points. Click here for video from the race from Brazil.
 
Up next is Saturday’s Clermont (Fla.) ITU Pan American Cup, held in conjunction with the Draft Legal Challenge at Clermont. USA Triathlon National Team members Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) — and many other top U.S. elites — are on the start list. Look for a preview later this week on usatriathlon.org.

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