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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: June 24
Ironman Coeur D’Alene
Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) took the title at this year’s Ironman Coeur D’Alene, ahead of 2012 winner and 2013 runner-up Viktor Zyemtsev from the Ukraine. Hoffman posted the fastest bike split of the day — 4:30:47 — in the hilly Idaho countryside before he cruised through the marathon to decisively take the win with a time of 8:17:31, a new course record. The previous course record (8:19:48) had been set by Craig Alexander in 2011. The effort gave Hoffman a nearly 9-minute margin over Zyemtsev, who finished in 8:26:01. TJ Tollakson (Des Moines, Iowa) would round out the podium in third, finishing in 8:32:09.
Heather Wurtele of Canada was the champion of the women’s field with a course-record time of 9:16:02, nearly 12 minutes ahead of Caitlin Snow (Brockton, Mass.). Snow, who was recently hospitalized with a lacerated liver, posted an impressive run split to move herself into a 9:28:36 second place, after getting off the bike in fifth. Uli Bromme (Boulder, Colo.) came in 4:26 behind Snow with a time of 9:33:02 to round out the podium.
Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) bested the men’s field on Sunday at the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, held at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pa. Dye posted a solid swim to exit the water near the front before putting in a punishing bike split to distance himself from Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.). Dye held this gap through the run to finish first on this course for the second year in a row with a time of 1:49:02. Only two weeks after his 70.3 win at Eagleman, Potts struggled to close on Dye, finishing in 1:49:37. Reed ran into the final podium spot for the men at 1:52:53. Notable age-grouper Mike Gadzinski (Sicklerville, N.J.) finished fourth overall.
Angela Naeth of Canada took the top podium spot for the women after a day of chasing down Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla.), who would finish third. After coming out of the water unmatched, McLarty held her lead throughout the bike but it dwindled to 90 seconds coming into the bike-run transition with Naeth and Jenna Parker (Santa Monica, Calif.) closing in quickly. The pair pulled away from McLarty through the run, with Naeth finishing at 2:01:41 followed by Parker at 2:02:22. McLarty held off Laurel Wassner (New York, N.Y.) to take the final podium spot in 2:04:22.
Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant
Linsey Corbin (Missoula, Mont.) was the lone American on the podium at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, site of the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Corbin was in the front group of athletes from the start, and extended her lead on the bike and run portions to finish first in 4:26:05. Canadians Magali Tisseyre and Melanie McQuaid finished in 4:29:47 and 4:36:13 for the podium. New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone was the men’s winner in 3:53:12.
Ironman 70.3 Syracuse
2012 ITU World Triathlon Series champion and London Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden of Sweden dominated the women’s field at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse on Sunday with a 22:49 gap on her competitors. Her time of 4:24:37was fast enough to place seventh overall. Americans Heather Leiggi (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) and Molly Roohi (King George, Va.) finished within 15 seconds of each other (4:47:26 and 4:46:41, respectively) to round out the podium for the women.
Joe Gambles of Australia earned a decisive win to top the field with a time of 4:02:58. Gambles, setting personal records in both the bike and run, would finish with a 6:30 margin over runner-up Sam Douglas and 13:50 in front of third-place finisher John Polson in what would be an Australian-swept podium.
At Sunday’s Rev3 Williamsburg, Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) ran her way into first place for the women in a time of 4:23:29. Her running legs would be tested after Margaret Shapiro (Herndon, Va.) commanded the bike, heading into the run with over three minutes on the rest of the field. Williamson and Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) worked to run down Shapiro, with Williamson pulling away in the last mile, only 16 seconds ahead of Shapiro, who finished second in 4:23:45. Goss would hold on to third place with a time of 4:26:19.
In the men’s race, Kyle Leto (Boulder, Colo.) exited the water first with a small gap over the rest of the field, who caught up soon after the first transition. Eric Limkemann (Richmond, Va.) hammered his way to the first-place position, which he held through the bike to enter the run in front. Though Australian Richie Cunningham tried to run him down, Limkemann was able to hold his lead to finish first in 3:53:41. David Thompson (Saint Paul, Minn.) hit the run in fourth, ahead of Cunningham, who was in sixth at T2. Cunningham was able to run his way into second, finishing in 3:59:00, a mere 17 seconds in front of Thompson, who rounded out the podium in 3:59:17.
Mary Beth Ellis (Boulder, Colo.) represented the U.S. well at Ironman France, taking an early lead and finishing first in 9:12:54, a course record. Ellis posted the fastest swim and bike times for the women, giving her a solid edge over the competition. French teammates Jeanne Collonge and Delphine Pelletier were second and third, respectively, finishing nearly eight minutes back from Ellis.
Young triathletes from around the country made their way to Monroe, Wash., for TriMonroe, host to Junior Elite and Youth Elite Cup events. The draft-legal events served to directly qualify the up-and-coming triathletes for the USA Triathlon Junior and Youth National Championships, scheduled for Aug. 2 in West Chester, Ohio.
In the Junior Elite boys division, Dillon Nobbs (La Verne, Calif.) captured first place on the 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run course with a time of 1:00:56. Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) took second in 1:01:15, coming in 19 seconds behind Nobbs. Rounding out the podium was Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) with a time of 1:01:43. Nobbs and Hemming finished in the top 10 at Junior Elite Nationals last August.
For the Junior Elite girls, Victoria Clinton (Elburn, Ill.) posted the fastest run split of the day (19:32) to finish atop the podium in 1:08:34. Katie Gorczyca (Las Vegas, Nev.) was second in 1:09:10, and Hannah Thomas (Urbandale, Iowa) finished in 1:09:37 for third. Clinton moved up to the Junior Elite ranks this year following a second-place finish in the Youth Elite category at nationals in 2012.
Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) was the victor of the Youth Elite boys race with a time of 28:59, finishing a mere two seconds over the second-place finisher Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.). Smith finished in 29:01 and is the defending Youth Elite National Champion. Benjamin Dingman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came out of the water several spots back but made up ground on the run, finishing third in 29:30.
Katie Patrick (Sioux Falls, S.D.) led the Youth Elite girls, finishing first in 32:38 over her Z3 teammate Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.) by a tight finish of a 1.8 second margin. Grace Obando (Herndon, Va.) finished third in 32:51.
Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup
Kaitlin Donner (Melbourne, Fla.) and Kaleb Van Ort (Mishawaka, Ind.) were the top American finishers Sunday at the Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup, battling a tough field of Canadians competing on home soil. Both placed fifth in their respective races.
In Saturday's paratriathlon event, Aaron Scheidies (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.), David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.), Michael Johnston (TRI-5, San Diego, Calif.), Erica Davis (TRI-1, Carlsbad, Calif.), Jacquelyn Owens (TRI-5, Chula Vista, Calif.) and Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt (TRI-6, Philadelphia, Pa.) won their divisions. Visit triathlon.org for full results.
Lindsay Wyskowski contributed to this report.