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USA Triathlon Monday Notebook: August 27

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Last weekend offered one of the fullest slates of top-level elite racing on the 2012 calendar.

The USA Triathlon National Team topped the podium at Sunday’s Life Time Tri Chicago with Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) taking the wins.

Haskins was victorious in 2 hours, 37 seconds for her fourth title in Chicago, while Kemper, who was racing for the first time since his fourth Olympic Games appearance, passed Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) around the midway point of the run to earn the win in 1:48:51. Fellow Olympian Laura Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) was second on the women’s side.

Visit triathlete.com for images from Chicago from Competitive Image.

Americans also swept the podium Sunday at Olympic-distance Rev3 Maine in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, with Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) and Jesse Thomas (Springfield, Ore.) earning convincing victories in 2:02:37 and 1:48:33, respectively.

On the ITU circuit, Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) led the U.S. with a 17th-place finish Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, the sixth of eight stops of the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series. He logged a time of 55:51 on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilomter bike, 5-kilometer run sprint-distance course. He closed with a 14:28 run split to earn his third top-20 finish on the WTS circuit this season.

The U.S. team in Sunday’s ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships did not finish, as Great Britain defended its title.

At Sunday’s Ironman Louisville, Americans Patrick Evoe (Austin, Texas) and Bree Wee (Honolulu, Hawaii) claimed their first career Ironman victories in 8:42:22 and 9:36:27, respectively. 

Also on Sunday, American Matthew Russell (Scottsdale, Ariz.) won Ironman Canada in 8:48:30, while amateur Kendra Lee (Denver, Colo.) posted the fastest overall women’s time of 9:44:58. 

On deck this weekend is the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup on Sunday, featuring the sport’s largest single-day prize purse. The event brings together a cross-section of the triathlon’s biggest names, including USA Triathlon National Team members Bennett, Kemper, Haskins and Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.), who will compete for the first time since placing fourth at the Olympic Games. Click here for a complete start list.

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