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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Aug. 19
In the competitive Ironman North American Championship taking place in rural Canada, U.S. elites claimed two spots on the podium between the men and the women. Continuing a streak of success, Mary Beth Ellis (Boulder, Colo.) journeyed through the race alone at the front of the pack. After exiting the swim in the top three, she quickly pulled ahead on the bike and her lead grew throughout the 112 miles. Posting the fastest bike split of the day, Ellis had a comfortable lead heading onto the run. Australian Rebekah Keat started to reel Ellis in with the fastest run split of the day, but Ellis held out to finish first with a time of 9:07:56.
Brandon Marsh (Austin, Texas) exited the water with the lead pack and settled in on the bike while Luke Bell of Australia pulled out ahead. Marsh posted one of the fastest run splits of the day (2:56:24) but was unable to catch Bell. He held on to second place with a time of 8:31:01.
Ironman 70.3 Timberman
At this Northeast favorite, Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) characteristically led out of the water at Ironman 70.3 Timberman and held his lead throughout the day. Potts held his gap throughout the bike but Leon Griffin of Australia was on his heels after making up precious seconds in transition. However, Griffin could not catch Potts on the run and Potts finished first in a time of 3:53:23. Griffin was second in 3:54:53.
Amanda Stevens (Oklahoma City, Okla.) led the women’s field by over three minutes out of the water. She held her lead through the first leg of the bike before being passed by Australian Melissa Hauschildt. After taking the lead, Hauschildt pulled away on the run to finish first in 4:12:49. Stevens followed in second with a time of 4:21:45 and Amber Ferreira (Concord, N.H.) rounded out the podium in 4:26:54.