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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: June 10

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Ironman 70.3 Eagleman
Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) picked up the win at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, held in Cambridge, Md. The American led the field out of the water by more than a minute, ahead of David Kahn (Port Jefferson, N.Y.), Brazillian Igor Amorelli and Greg Bennett (Boulder, Colo.). Amorelli and Bennett gained ground on Potts throughout the 56-mile bike course, leaving the race wide open at the start of the 13.1-mile run. However, Potts reclaimed the lead to finish atop the podium with a time of 3:47:46. New Zealand’s James Cunamma was second with 3:49:00, and Ukrainian Victor Zyemtsev took third with a time of 3:53:24, just ahead of Bennett who finished fourth.

On the women’s side, Laura Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) was the top American, due in part to her early lead out of the water with Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.). Despite coming out of the water in 10th, Canadian Angela Naeth posted a monster bike split to overtake the rest of the field. She then posted the fastest run split of the day to win in 4:14:06. Bennett’s time of 4:17:21 was good for second place, and Amber Ferreira (Concord, N.H.) had a solid performance in 4:22:26 for third. 

Ironman 70.3 Kansas
U.S. elites combined for four podium finishes Sunday at the Lawrence, Kan., Ironman 70.3 Kansas. Daniel Bretscher (Greencastle, Ind.) kept his sights on eventual race winner Craig Alexander from Australia, logging the fastest bike split of the day and entering T2 just 45 seconds down from Alexander. The gap widened a bit on the 13.1-mile run, but Bretscher held his second-place position throughout to finish in 3:52:54, roughly 90 seconds back from Alexander. James Hadley of Great Britain finished third with a time of 3:59:07.

Danielle Kehoe (Arvada, Colo.) and Mandy McLane (Boulder, Colo.) finished second and third, respectively, in the women’s race, behind Great Britain’s Emma-Kate Lidbury, who broke away from the field early. Kehoe made up her ground on the bike and the run, posting the fastest splits of the day and gaining back some of the distance lost on the swim. Kehoe’s time of 4:21:47 led to a comfortable second-place finish behind Lidbury, and McLane was third in 4:23:46. 

Ironman 70.3 Boise
Liz Lyles (Reno, Nev.) posted the top performance for the U.S. at the Ironman 70.3 Boise, held Saturday in Boise, Idaho.  The run was the real game-changer for Lyles, who covered the 13.1 miles in 1:23:38, nearly eight minutes faster than Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.), who finished second. Lyles’ blistering run gave her the advantage she needed to take the tape, logging a time of 4:28:37. Jackson, who had the fastest bike split amongst the elite women, finished in 4:32:42, and Uli Bromme (Boulder, Colo.) was third in 4:42:07.

Bevan Docherty of New Zealand was the winner on the men’s side in 3:52:55. Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) was the top American, just missing the podium in fourth.

XTERRA East Championships
Ryan Ignatz (Boulder, Colo.) and Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) each finished on the podium for second place Sunday at the XTERRA East Championships in Richmond, Va.

In only second time in the 15-year history of the event, inclement weather led race organizers to cancel the swim, replacing it with a 1.6-mile run to start the action for the day. The 20-mile bike and 6-mile run that followed were also impacted and the course rerouted to avoid standing water on the original course.

Ignatz used his run speed to his advantage, posting the top splits for each run portion. South African Dan Hugo, who took the win in Virginia, put distance between himself and the rest of the field on the bike, where he posted the top split by more than 6 minutes. Hugo crossed the line in 2:12:47, and Ignatz followed with a time of 2:18:30. Bradley Weiss, also of South Africa, was third in 2:19:07.

Vanlandingham had a solid day at the races, especially on the bike where she posted the top elite women’s time of the day. Scotland’s Lesley Paterson was victorious thanks to her blazing run speed, and she finished first in 2:30:40. Vanlandingham posted a time of 2:33:23, and Canadian Brandi Heisterman was third in 2:36:06.

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