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U.S. Takes Two Paraduathlon Titles to Open ITU Duathlon Worlds
Caruso, Kyle claim paraduathlon gold; Johnston earns silver
NANCY, France — Robin Caruso and David Kyle raced to paraduathlon world titles to highlight day one for the United States at the 2012 ITU Duathlon World Championships.
Caruso (Ridgefield, Conn.) won the women’s TRI-4 category world title with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 24 seconds, while Kyle (Athens, Ala.) claimed the men’s TRI-3 category victory in 1:04:52 on the 5-kilometer run, 20-kilometer bike, 2.5 kilometer run course.
Michael Johnston (San Diego, Calif.) recorded the fastest overall time among U.S. paraduathlon competitors, placing second in the men’s TRI-5 category in 1:02:23 — just 13 seconds behind winner Benjamin Landier of France.
Kyle earned his third consecutive TRI-3 Paraduathlon Worlds podium finish but took home his first title, while Johnston repeated as TRI-5 silver medalist. Caruso claimed her first career ITU world championship medal. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on paraduathlon and paratriathlon, which will make its Paralympic debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.
In Saturday’s elite races, U.S. elite duathlon national champion D’Ann Arthur (Dallas, Texas) was the top finisher, placing 16th in the women’s race in 2:03:13 on the 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run course.
On the men’s side, national champion Dan Hedgecock (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the way for the U.S. with a 26th-place finish in 1:44:17. Other U.S. finishers included: Jason Pedersen (Simi Valley, Calif.), who was 31st in 1:46:38; Ryan Giuliano (Schaumburg, Ill.), who placed 34th in 1:47:14; Josh Merrick (Alamosa, Colo.), who finished 36th in 1:47:56; and Christopher Baird (Boston, Mass.), who took 39th in 1:48:15.
Australia’s Felicity Sheedy-Ryan won the women’s title in 1:52:43, while Spain’s Emilio Martin won a tightly contested men’s race in 1:40:40. Just seven seconds separated the men’s podium finishers. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s recap and a full men’s recap.
The run-bike-run action continues Sunday with 160 U.S. age-groupers representing Team USA, including a talented collection of national champions and world medalists. Age-groupers competing in Nancy qualified for Team USA with a top-18 finish (rolling down to 25th place) at April’s 2012 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championship in Oro Valley, Ariz. Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA in Nancy, including a complete roster.
2012 ITU Duathlon World Championships – Complete Results
Elite Women (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run)
1. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS), 1:52:43
2. Katie Hewison (GBR), 1:53:42
3. Sandra Levenez (FRA), 1:54:20
16. D’Ann Arthur (Dallas, Texas), 2:03:13
DNF Monica Schoeneck (Muskego, Wis.)
DNF Rachel Chambers (Sarasota, Fla.)
DNS Heidi Sarna (Chicago, Ill.)
Elite Men (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run)
1. Emilio Martin (ESP), 1:40:40
2. Antoine Duvivier (BEL), 1:40:43
3. Benoit Nicolas (FRA), 1:40:47
26. Dan Hedgecock (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1:44:17
31. Jason Pedersen (Simi Valley, Calif.), 1:46:38
34. Ryan Giuliano (Schaumburg, Ill.), 1:47:14
36. Josh Merrick (Alamosa, Colo.), 1:47:56
39. Christopher Baird (Boston, Mass.), 1:48:15
DNF Dan Feeney (Wilmington, Del.)
Paraduathlon (5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run)
1. David Kyle (Athens, Ala.), 1:04:52
1. Robin Caruso (Ridgefield, Conn.), 1:13:24
2. Michael Johnston (San Diego, Calif.), 1:02:23
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 4,000 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.