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Matt Chrabot Runs to Silver at Mooloolaba ITU World Cup
National Team member earns first World Cup podium since 2011
MOOLOOLABA, Australia — Following a challenging 2012 season, Matt Chrabot returned to form Saturday with a stellar runner-up performance at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup.
Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) raced to his first World Cup podium finish since 2011 with a time of 1 hour, 54 minutes, 53 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course. London Olympic Games silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain earned the win in 1:54:32. Chrabot outlasted Australia’s Peter Kerr, who was third in 1:54:55, for second. Visit triathlon.org for a complete race recap.
“I haven’t been on the podium since 2011. I got real sick last year; I just had some thyroid issues and I didn't make the Olympic Team,” Chrabot said. “But I started training under Darren Smith and down in Canberra ..., so Australia has been my home for the past three months, and I just totally blew away my expectations.”
The second-place effort marked Chrabot’s fifth career ITU World Cup podium finish and first since his 2011 win in Huatulco, Mexico.
“For right now, this is the best result I’ve ever had, especially being this time of the year,” said Chrabot, who has been focusing on his run training. “I’m so stoked right now.”
Saturday’s race was a consistent effort for Chrabot, who was eighth out of the water in 19:06. After a handful of breakaway efforts on the bike, Great Britain’s Stuart Hayes and New Zealand’s Mike Phillips carried a 45-second lead into T2 on the chase pack, which included Chrabot.
Once on the run, Chrabot and Kerr engaged in thrilling chase for the podium, dropping Ireland’s Bryan Keane on the final lap before Chrabot made his move to secure silver. He finished with a 33:02 10k run split — good for third on the day.The lone American in the field Saturday, Chrabot plans to return to action at the April 6-7 Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland, the opener of the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series.
Mooloolaba ITU World Cup – Complete Results
(1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run)
Men’s Top 10
1. Javier Gomez (ESP), 1:54:32
2. Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.), 1:54:53
3. Peter Kerr (AUS), 1:54:55
4. Bryan Keane (IRL), 1:55:02
5. Ryan Bailie (AUS), 1:55:20
6. Clark Ellice (NZL), 1:55:23
7. Tony Moulai (FRA), 1:55:48
8. Stuart Hayes (GBR), 1:56:19
9. Nick Kastelein (AUS), 1:56:30
10. Simon De Cuyper (BEL), 1:56:38
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