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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Sept. 10
U.S. Olympian Manuel Huerta raced to third place at Sunday’s Guatape ITU Triathlon World Cup to secure his first career ITU World Cup podium finish. Competing for the first time since the 2012 London Olympic Games, Huerta (Miami, Fla.) logged a time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, 24 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course. Mexico swept the first two spots with Crisanto Grajales earning the win in 2:02:14, and Sergio Sarmiento edging Huerta for second in 2:02:23.
The Ironman 70.3 World Championships were contested Sunday in Lake Las Vegas, Nev., with Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) finishing second on the women’s side in 4:29:24 and Timothy O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) taking fourth among the men in 3:56:35 to rank as the top U.S. finishers. Heather Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.) also notched top-five finishes.
Meanwhile at Sunday’s Ironman Wisconsin in Madison, Americans Ben Hoffman (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Elizabeth Lyles (Reno, Nev.) were victorious in 8:32:51 and 9:34:35, respectively.
On the docket this weekend in the 2012 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship, held alongside the Nickel City Triathlon on Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Highlighting the field are Olympians and USA Triathlon National Team members Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Manuel Huerta (Miami, Fla.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) Look for full coverage this weekend at usatriathlon.org.