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USA Triathlon Monday Notebook: June 25
It was another full slate of domestic elite racing last weekend with events across the globe featuring the United States’ top professional triathletes.
On the ITU circuit, 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team qualifier Sarah Groff continued her preparation for London Saturday with her top performance of the season, a seventh-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel. Groff (Hanover, N.H.) covered the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 20 seconds to record her sixth top-10 World Triathlon Series finish over the past two seasons. Fellow Olympic qualifier Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.) ran her way into 11th place in 2:06:42.
Making his first career ITU World Triathlon Series start, Lukas Verzbicas recorded the day’s second-fastest run split but had to settle for a 32nd-place finish Sunday at the ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel.
In Sunday’s Olympic-distance Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon, the wins went to USA Triathlon National Team member Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) in 1:58:42 and 1:48:48, respectively.
Visit triathlete.com for a photo gallery from Philadelphia, and click here to read Haskins’ race report.
At Sunday’s Olympic-distance New Orleans 5150, Becky Lavelle (Los Gatos, Calif.) and David Thompson (St. Paul, Minn.) were the winners, clocking respective times of 2:11:52 and 1:57:27.
In ultra-distance action Sunday, Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) was the women’s winner at Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 9:21:44. Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) was second on the men’s side in 8:41:36 and was the top U.S. finisher.
Also on Sunday, Amanda Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Michael Lovato (Boulder, Colo.) were the pro winners at the Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs in 4:26:09 and 4:01:15, respectively. However, it was amateur Drew Scott (Boulder, Colo.) — son of Ironman legend Dave Scott — who was the top male finisher in 4:01:13.
Meanwhile, Margaret Shapiro (Herndon, Va.) was fourth at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Syracuse in 4:26:53 to rank as the top American.
On the docket for this coming weekend is the 2012 FISU World University Triathlon Championships in Yilan, Taiwan, with eight Americans in action Saturday, including recent USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship winners Kaitlin Shiver (Gainesville, Fla.), Jessica Broderick (Boulder, Colo.) and Dustin McLarty (Irvine, Calif.).