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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Oct. 13

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Tongyeong ITU World Cup
The U.S. had one elite finish in the top five of this late-season ITU World Cup in South Korea on Saturday. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) finished fifth with a time of 1:51:36, missing the podium by just five seconds. Maloy came out of the water with Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.) and Benjamin Shaw, who is racing under the ITU flag, and the trio was well ahead of the chasers, who exited the water 30 seconds back. Maloy suffered a crash late in the 40-kilometer bike course but he was able to connect with the chase pack to keep himself near the front of the field heading into the run. Tony Moulai of France finished first with a time of 1:51:23.

San Juan ITU Pan American Cup
The Americans earned three podium finishes at Sunday’s Pan American Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the men’s race, a large group came out of the water together with eventual winner Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero of Colombia quickly throwing down the hammer heading out into the 40k bike leg. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) shot out of T2 in pursuit, logging the fastest run split of the day, with a number of American teammates not far behind. Quinchara Forero finished first with a time of 1:55:45, and Shoemaker ran his way into second with a time of 1:56:14. Ryan Bice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took third in 1:56:28, earning his first career ITU podium finish, while Kaleb Vanort (Mishawaka, Ind.) and William Huffman (College Station, Texas) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

As the sole American in the women’s race, Brianna Blanchard (Boston, Mass.) finished third in 2:11:37 to grab her first career ITU medal. Blanchard came out of the water with the lead pack, which included Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic and Celine Schaerer of Switzerland, who would go on to finish first and second. After T2 the field started to stretch out on the 10k run, and Blanchard was able to hang on to run her way to a solid third-place finish.

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