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Slavinski Turns in Top U.S. Performance at ITU Long Distance Triathlon Worlds
Weather changed course to 9.5k run, 87k bike, 20k run
BELFORT, France — Dave Slavinski picked up the overall win and the sole medal for the Americans on Saturday at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships.
The race, originally scheduled as a 4-kilometer swim, 120-kilometer bike and 30-kilometer run, was changed due to unexpected cold weather and was contested as a 9.5k run, 87k bike, 20k run event instead.
Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) defended his 40-44 age-group world title at the event, crossing the line as the first overall amateur finisher in 4 hours, 32 minutes, 49 seconds. Known for his run-bike-run prowess, Slavinski adds this win to a collection of other honors, including titles at USA Triathlon’s 2012 Long Course Triathlon Nationals and 2012 Long Course Duathlon Nationals.
In all, more than 70 athletes represented Team USA in Belfort.
“For most of the team, it was their first time completing a duathlon,” said USA Triathlon National Events Manager Breanna Bissell. “With the added challenges of cold, wind, rain and a huge climb on the bike, it left them all with a sense of accomplishment and an experience they will never forget.”Team USA is comprised of the nation's top amateur triathletes who represent the United States at each ITU world championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.
2013 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, Belfort, France
Elite Men - full results
1. Bertrand Billard (FRA), 4:08:45
2. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), 4:10:43
3. Dirk Bockel (LUX), 4:11:51
Elite Women - full results
1. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS), 4:42:38
2. Camilla Pedersen (DEN), 4:44:14
3. Rachel Mcbride (CAN), 4:52:02
United States Age Group Medalists - full results
Overall Winner and Male 40-44
1. David Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 4:32:49