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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 13, 2013

Americans Earn Podium Finishes in Japan, Dominican Republic

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ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
Just three weeks after a historic win in San Diego, Gwen Jorgensen raced her way to another gold medal Saturday at the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Yokohama, earning the lead in the ITU World Triathlon Series standings.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clocked a time of 1 hour, 57 minutes, 5 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course en route to her second-straight ITU World Triathlon Series win. Australia’s Emma Moffatt finished second in 1:57:19, holding off Jodie Stimpson of Great Britain in a sprint to the finish. Stimpson was third in 1:57:20. A full women’s recap is available on triathlon.org.

Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) picked up a 12th-place finish at the event in 1:47:59. Jonathan Brownlee, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist from Great Britain, topped the podium with a time of 1:44:59. Spain's Javier Gomez was second in 1:45:23 and Joao Silva of Portugal rounded out the podium in 1:46:16. More on the men’s race can be found at triathlon.org.

ITU World Paratriathlon Yokohama
In a field of mostly Japanese athletes, TRI-5 competitor Michael Johnston (San Diego, Calif.) represented the U.S. at Sunday’s ITU World Paratriathlon Yokohama, finishing second in 1:09:42. Johnston logged the fastest run time of the day by more than a minute.

Marcelo Collet of Brazil won the TRI-5 category in 1:08:47, and Japan’s Toshio Furuhata rounded out the podium with a time of 1:11:02.

2013 Juan Dolio PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championships
In his third Continental Cup of the season, Chris Lutz (Auburn Hills, Mich.) recorded the top finish for an American when he picked up a silver medal at the 2013 Juan Dolio PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championships on Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

Lutz finished in 1:54:24, just ahead of Guatemala’s Gerardo Vergara, who took the bronze in 1:54:35. Manuel Huerta, who is wearing the ITU flag this season, won the event in 1:53:47. Colin O'Brady (Portland, Ore.) was 14th.

In the women's race, Florence Chretien (South Salem, N.Y.) was the only American, finishing 10th.

Up Next
Two Americans — Eric Lagerstrom (Gresham, Ore.) and Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) — are set to race in Mexico Sunday at the Huatulco ITU World Cup. No U.S. women are slated to compete.

2013 ITU Podium Finishes by U.S. Elites
World Triathlon Series

May 11: Gwen Jorgensen (Yokohama), 1st, 1:57:05
April 19: Gwen Jorgensen (San Diego), 1st, 1:59:59

World Cups
March 16: Matt Chrabot (Mooloolaba ITU World Cup), 2nd, 1:54:53

Continental Cups
May 12: Chris Lutz (Juan Dolio PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup), 2nd, 1:54:24
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), 3rd, 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

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