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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: March 18
Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup
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.
Sarasota ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup
Tommy Zaferes led the way for the Americans on Saturday, earning second place in a sprint to the finish at the inaugural Sarasota ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup at Nathan Benderson Park.
Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) was edged out in the last 200 meters of the 1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run course to finish second in 1:44:35 seconds. Joao Pereira of Portugal took the tape in 1:44:33, and Miguel Arraiolos, also of Portugal, rounded out the podium with a time of 1:45:08.
In the women’s race, Canada’s Paula Findlay was first across the line in 1:57:51. Carolina Routier of Spain was second with a time of 1:58:12, and Vendula Frintova from the Czech Republic logged a time of 1:58:44 to finish third. Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) was the top finisher for the U.S. women in sixth place.
Ironman 70.3 San Juan
Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) won Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 San Juan in 3:50:12, with Timothy O'Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) also finishing on the podium, taking third in 3:51:19. Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) was sixth in his Ironman 70.3 debut.
On the women’s side, Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) was the top American finisher, placing fourth in 4:21:52.
Ironman Los Cabos
Lisa Ribes (Tucson, Ariz.) led the Americans in action at the inaugural Ironman Los Cabos on Sunday by finishing third in 9:38:35. Thomas Gerlach (Madison, Wis.) was tops among U.S. men, placing seventh in 8:47:46.
After back-to-back busy weekends on the ITU circuit, no Americans are slated to race until Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Chrabot open the ITU World Triathlon Series on April 6-7 with the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland.
2013 ITU Podium Finishes by U.S. Elites
March 16: Matt Chrabot (Mooloolaba ITU World Cup), 2nd, 1:54:53
March 16: Tommy Zaferes (Sarasota ITU Pan American Cup), 2nd, 1:44:35
March 9: Sarah Groff (Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup), 1st, 1:00:17
March 9: Kaitlin Donner (Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup), 3rd, 1:00:31
March 9: Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup), 54:20
Feb. 23: Gwen Jorgensen (Devonport OTU Sprint Oceania Championships), 2nd, 1:04:27
Feb. 17: William Huffman (Roatan ITU Pan American Cup), 2nd, 2:03:42
Feb. 17: Greg Billington (Roatan ITU Pan American Cup), 3rd, 2:04:18
Jan. 13: Anna Battiata (La Paz ITU Pan American Cup), 3rd, 2:23:31