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Laura Bennett, seen here at an ITU race, topped the field at Ironman 70.3 Raleigh.
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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: June 3, 2013

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Ironman 70.3 Raleigh
Boulder, Colo.-based Greg and Laura Bennett picked up a pair of wins at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Raleigh on Sunday. This is the second time the pair swept first place at the 70.3 distance, having both won at Ironman 70.3 Augusta in 2009. 

Laura Bennett led the women’s field by more than 90 seconds after the 1.2-mile swim, ahead of New Zealand’s Anna Clever and Great Britain’s Emma Kate Ledbury. On the 56-mile bike, Ledbury moved into the lead, giving herself a 10-minute advantage over L. Bennett heading into T2. Despite this distance, L. Bennett powered her way back into the lead on the run, logging the second-fastest time of 1:25:53 over the 13.1 miles. She finished in 4:17:18, a comfortable distance ahead of Lidbury, who was second in 4:21:14, and Melanie McQuaid of Canada, who took third in 4:26:56. Jessica Jacobs (Green Bay, Wis.), who posted the fastest run split for the women with 1:24:29, was fourth.

In the men’s race, Greg Bennett exited the water with TJ Tollakson (Des Moines, Iowa) and took the lead early on the bike, which led athletes through rural Chatham and Wake Counties before entering downtown Raleigh. G. Bennett then unleashed a 1:17:22 half-marathon to finish more than 13 minutes ahead of the field. Paul Eicher (Cross Plains, Wis.) finished in 4:04:41 for second, and Kyle Pawlaczyk (Richmond, Va.) was third with a time of 4:05:41.

Ironman 70.3 Hawai’i
Australians Craig Alexander and Belinda Granger were victorious in Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 Hawai’i, the only Ironman World Championship qualifier held on the Hawai’i Island. 

Alexander was part of a lead group of five who came out of the water together in a group. He then made his way to the front of the field on the bike, overtaking Paul Matthews (Santa Cruz, Calif.), who had also been in the lead group, by mile 12. Alexander’s lead grew to six minutes by the finish, where he logged a time of 4:05:43. Matthews was second in 4:12:13 and Damon Barnett (Santa Monica, Calif.) finished in 4:14:14 for third.

Bree Wee (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) was the leader of the women’s race from the start, exiting the water with a 1:26 gap on Granger and extending her lead to 7:41 by the end of the bike. When Wee dropped back on the run, Granger moved into the lead and took the tape in 4:44:36. New Zealand’s Julia Grant took second for the pro women in 4:46:46 and Wee was third in 4:51:05. Age-grouper Laura Siddall (GBR) finished second overall in 4:45:56.

Rev3 Quassy
Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) was the lone U.S. podium finisher at Rev3 Quassy in Middlebury, Conn., on Sunday. Her 1:21:26 run split propelled her into second place with a time of 4:23:22, behind Canadian Heather Wurtele. Wurtele won in 4:22:18 and Annabel Luxford from Australia rounded out the podium in 4:26:37. Australian Joe Gambles won on the men’s side with a time of 3:57:22. 

ITU World Triathlon Madrid
USA Triathlon National Team members Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff raced their way to top-10 finishes on Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Madrid, the fourth stop of the eight-race International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) logged a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 44 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course to finish fourth and maintain her No. 1 world ranking. Fellow Olympian Groff (Hanover, N.H.) pushed the pace on the swim and the bike and finished seventh in 2:06:26, her 10th top-10 finish in the World Triathlon Series over the past three seasons.

In the men’s race, Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) finished 35th.

Great Britain’s Non Stanford and Jonathan Brownlee were the overall winners in Madrid. 

Dallas ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup
Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the way for the U.S. on Saturday at the Dallas ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup, where he covered the course in 1:44:49 to take the tape, earning his first career ITU win and second ITU podium finish of the season. In a sweep for the U.S. men, William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) was second in 1:45:30 and Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) took third to round out the podium in 1:46:36.

In the women’s race, Mexico’s Claudia Rivas won by nearly a minute, posting a time of 1:56:11. Elite Triathlon Academy athletes Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.) and Johanna Gartman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished in 1:57:09 and 1:57:42, respectively, to take second and third.

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
June 1: Greg Billington (Dallas ITU Pan American Cup), 1st, 1:44:49
June 1: William Huffman (Dallas ITU Pan American Cup), 2nd, 1:45:30
June 1: Ben Kanute (Dallas ITU Pan American Cup), 3rd, 1:46:36
June 1: Erin Jones (Dallas ITU Pan American Cup), 2nd, 1:57:09
June 1: Johanna Gartman (Dallas ITU Pan American Cup), 3rd, 1:57:42
May 12: Chris Lutz (Juan Dolio PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup), 2nd, 1:54:24
April 21: Erin Jones (Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup), 3rd, 1:03:33
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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