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Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), shown here following a historic third-place finish at ITU Junior Triathlon Worlds in October 2012, finished first on Saturday at the Vila Velha PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships in Brazil.

USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: June 30

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Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake
Greg Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) topped the men’s field at Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, Texas, with a time of 3:48:58. Bennett exited the water in a group with Australian Tim Reed and New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone before putting a gap in the field with a 2:07:49 bike split. Reed’s top run split was not enough to close Bennett’s gap, putting him in second with a time of 3:51:24. Bozzone rounded out the podium with a time of 3:55:20 after falling behind Reed on the bike.

A game of cat-and-mouse characterized the women’s race, but ultimately Canadian Angela Naeth topped the podium with a finishing time of 4:16:08. After exiting the water two minutes behind Laura Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) and Amy Marsh (Austin, Texas), Naeth reeled them both in on the bike and was able to hold onto her lead on the run with Bennett and Marsh in pursuit. Marsh put a gap on Bennett through the bike, but Bennett regained the second-place position in the final miles, putting Marsh in third place. Bennett finished in 4:21:38, with Marsh crossing the line at 4:22:03.

Holten ITU Sprint Triathlon European Cup
At the Holten ITU Sprint Triathlon European Cup in Holton, Netherlands, lone American competitor Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) led the field coming out of the swim. After posting the fastest bike split, Kanute held on to finish in third place in 56:39. The podium was dominated by non-Europeans, with Australia’s Declan Wilson and Brendan Sexton taking first and second, respectively.

Vila Velha PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships
In Itaparica, Vila Velha, Brazil, the U.S. juniors proved that they deserved the highly-selective starting spots in one of the few international events on the 2013 schedule for Junior Elite athletes, scoring 4 of 6 podium finishes at the PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships, held on June 29.

For the U.S. in the Junior Elite men’s race, Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) took first with a time of 58:47, with fellow American Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) close behind in second (58:52). Hunter Honeycutt (Tifton, Ga.) took fourth, finishing seconds behind Mexico’s Eduardo Moreno to barely miss what could have been a U.S.-dominated podium. Complete Junior Elite men’s results are available here.

The Junior Elite women also demonstrated promise on the course with Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) taking first with a time of 1:05:34. Gorman is no stranger to international competition, having earned the first podium finish for a U.S. American junior elite in a world championship when she finished third in Auckland in October 2012. Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa) posted the fastest run split of the day to move her way into second after coming out of the water behind the lead pack. There were four U.S. Junior Elite women in the top 8 in Brazil; complete results are available here.

In the elite men’s race, Jason Pedersen (Simi Valley, Calif.) finished as the top American with fifth place.

5150 St. Louis
Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added another win to an already-successful 2013 season on Saturday at the 5150 St. Louis, held in Innsbrook, Mo. After coming out of the water in the lead group, Billington posted the day's fastest bike split (59:06) and finished the non-drafting Olympic-distance event in 1:52:46, more than a minute ahead of Kaleb Van Ort (Mishawaka, Ind.), who was second in 1:54:02. David Thompson (St. Paul, Minn.) rounded out the podium with a time of 1:54:22.

In the women's race, Jennifer Spieldenner (Findlay, Ohio) stacked together quick swim, bike and run splits to take the tape in 2:07:30. With the fastest run split in the women's race, Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) finished second in 2:08:15, and Abby Geurink (Hudsonville, Mich.) was third with a time of 2:09:47.

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