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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Oct. 28

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Ironman 70.3 Austin
U.S. elites dominated the podium this weekend at Ironman 70.3 Austin in Texas, picking up three podium spots between the men’s and women’s races. In the men’s field, Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) came out of the water in a small lead group but Australia’s Richie Cunningham reeled him in throughout the 56-mile bike leg. The two headed out on the run in sight of each other but Chrabot’s fastest run split of the day was too much for his pursuers. Chrabot finished first with a time of 3:48:49. Cunningham took second in 3:51:52 and Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 3:54:56.

In the women’s field, Rebekah Keat of Australia exited the water well ahead of any chase group and she remained untouched for the rest of the day. With a solid bike and run split, Keat had a well-rounded day to finish first in 4:15:59. Canadian Rachel McBride and Mandy McLane (Boulder, Colo.) battled for second place after coming out of the water together. McBride pulled ahead slightly throughout the 56-mile bike course and was able to hold that gap throughout the run. McBride took second in 4:19:24 with McLane in third with a time of 4:20:06.

Guatape ITU World Cup
In the final ITU World Cup of the year in Guatape, Colombia, on Sunday, Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) finished in the top five. Billington fell off the lead group on the bike but posted a solid run split to finish fourth in a time of 1:59:21. Shoemaker headed out on the run behind the lead group but held onto fifth place in a time of 2:00:04. A full recap is available on triathlon.org.

In the women’s race, Lindsey Jerdonick (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) finished sixth in 2:19:36. A complete recap of the women’s race is also available on triathlon.org.

XTERRA World Championship
U.S. elites claimed several spots in the top ten of the XTERRA World Championship in Maui where temperatures reached 90 degrees throughout the day. In the men’s field, Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) was the top American finisher for the third year in a row. Middaugh had the second fastest bike split of the day, putting him in good place to run his way into fourth place with a time of 2:37:45. Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa took first in a time of 2:34:34.

In the women’s field, three Americans finished in the top ten. Emma Garrard (Park City, Utah) took a career-best fifth place with a time of 3:01:49, only six seconds behind the fourth-place finisher. Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) posted the fastest bike split of the field to secure eighth place in a time of 3:05:43. Suzie Snyder (Fredricksburg, Va.) took 10th place in a time of 3:08:32.  Nicky Samuels of New Zealand won the women’s field in 2:57:48.

In the age-group races, Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.) won the overall women’s title for the second year in a row, becoming the first woman to win the overall crown in back-to-back years. She crossed the finish line in 3:11:02 – more than 12 minutes ahead of the other female amateurs.

“It was a perfect race, and that’s really hard to achieve in any XTERRA race,” Finchamp told XTERRA media following the race. “It was like every single thing I trained for came together.”

American age-groupers earning world titles also include:

Elizabeth Gruber Redding (20-24, Redding, Calif.), 3:29:13
Kara Lapoint (25-29, Roseville, Calif.), 3:28:34
Debby Sullivan (30-34, Roseville, Calif.), 3:37:46
Jennifer Todd (Newbury Parks, Calif.), 3:39:33
Mimi Stockton (40-44, Stevensville, Mich.), 3:33:09
Anne Gonzales (50-54, Aspen, Colo.), 3:23:53
Tim Sheeper (50-54, Menlo Park, Calif.), 3:13:38
Lucia Colbert (55-59, Cordova, Tenn.), 4:11:16
Tom Monica (55-59, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), 3:28:18
John Royson (60-64, Albany, Calif.), 3:34:51
Wendy Minor (65-69, Kamuela, Hawaii), 6:09:21
Peter Wood (70-74, La Jolla, Calif.), 5:07:59
Ron Hill (75-79, Hayden, Idaho), 7:12:11
Ed Fattoumy (PC, Honolulu, Hawaii), 3:52:13

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