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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Monday, May 27
USA Paratriathlon National Championship
U.S. paratriathletes posted phenomenal performances on Monday en route to national titles at the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Championship, held in conjunction with the Life Time Fitness Tri CapTex.
Athletes competing in seven divisions earned national championship titles as part of the largest field yet for a USA Paratriathlon National Championship. The 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, centered at Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake, showcased the talent emerging in the paratriathlon community. Click here for a complete recap.
Life Time Tri CapTex
Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) topped the podium at the Life Time Tri CapTex, held Monday in Austin, Texas.
Though Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) led the way out of the water in the men’s race, Kemper ran the day’s fastest run split to move himself into the lead on the 10-kilometer run to take the win in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 9 seconds. Maloy was second in 1:50:06 and Ben Collins (Seattle, Wash.) took third with a time of 1:50:36.
Kaye trailed Sarah McLarty (Clermont, Fla.) by nearly two minutes after the swim, but she threw down a tremendous effort on the bike to move herself into the lead. Kaye logged a time of 2:01-flat on the Olympic-distance non-drafting course, more than two minutes clear of the field. Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) was second in 2:03:34 and New Zealand’s Samantha Warriner was third in 2:05:29.
New Orleans Triathlon 5150
Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Kaitlin Donner (Melbourne, Fla.) were victorious at the New Orleans Triathlon, part of the 5150 Triathlon Series.
Billington was dominant throughout the race, exiting the water in the front group and maintaining his lead thanks to a speedy bike split and the fastest run split among the pro men’s field. His winning time of 1:47:32 was nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up Jordan Jones (Golden, Colo.), who was second in 1:49:48.
Women’s winner Donner finished with a time of 2:04:07, a comfortable edge over second-place finisher Andrea Steyn of South Africa. Steyn logged a time of 2:04:37 and Annie Warner (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) rounded out the podium, finishing in 2:04:44.
South America was host to two stunning performances when Americans Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) and Amanda Stevens (Oklahoma City, Okla.) locked up their first Ironman wins at Ironman Brazil on Sunday.
Both O’Donnell and Stevens pieced their division’s second-fastest swim times with the top bike and run splits on the 140.6-mile course to gain distance over their competition. O’Donnell won in convincing fashion, distancing himself from the field to finish in 8:01:32. Stevens took the women’s race in 9:05:53. American Jessie Donavan (Cornwall, Vt.) was third in the women’s race with a time of 9:10:29.
Four U.S. elites will compete at the fourth ITU World Triathlon Series stop of 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) will race Saturday, June 1, followed by Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) and Tommy Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) on Sunday, June 2.
Additionally, the 2013 Dallas ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup is set for Saturday, June 1 and features a field comprised mostly of Americans. More information regarding this event is available on triathlon.org.