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Team USA Claims Five Titles, 15 Medals in ITU Olympic-Distance Worlds
United States finishes second in the overall medal count
LONDON—Top amateur athletes from the United States faced off against the best in the world at Sunday’s ITU Standard (Olympic-Distance) World Championships, earning five world titles and 15 overall medals in Hyde Park.
Americans who struck gold include:
• Calah Schlabach (25-29, Arlington, Va.)
• Brian Duffy, Jr. (25-29, West Chester, Pa.)
• Ann Davidson (50-54, Portland, Ore.)
• Carol Hassell (60-64, West Palm Beach, Fla.)
• Sharon Roggenbuck (75-79, Hillsborough, N.C.)
Hassell was one of 15 Americans who completed a championship triple over the course of five days, competing in the aquathlon and sprint triathlon events as well. She won medals in all three. “I trained really hard, and I had a great coach who gave me what I needed to do to get here, and it worked,” she said. “To be in Hyde Park and go, ‘I got to do the Olympic course.’ It’s so cool. It was a big thing for why I came here, and it was a great course.”
Ellen Hart (55-59, Denver, Colo.) also competed in the three events, collecting three silver medals.
In all, the Americans picked up 45 medals, including 15 gold, across the three age-group events. Additionally, paratriathletes won three world titles and 12 total medals, and the United States finished second in the overall medal count for all the events, just behind home team Great Britain.
Even though there was a slight break from the rain, the weather still had an impact on the athletes. Originally scheduled to be a 1,500-meter swim, the course was shortened Sunday morning in compliance with ITU standards for air and water temperature, making it a 750-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run event. For some, the change impacted their favorite of the three disciplines.
“I’m a swimmer, so that was tough,” said Lyndsi Bieging (30-34, Addison, Texas). “But other than that, I thought it was a great race. [The course] was pretty awesome. My family thinks I’m like an Olympian, which is pretty cool.”
Over the course of five days of competition, more than 650 Americans were part of Team USA, making it the largest world championships team for an event held outside North America.
“This is my first year doing Team USA, and it’s been really positive. We’ve had a chance to train together, great coaching and great organization,” said Shane Arters (40-44, Morristown, N.J.), who also relished the chance to race in Hyde Park. “You couldn’t have a better venue. It doesn’t get any better than racing on the Olympic course.”
Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU world championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA. Coverage of all the events from London is available at usatriathlon.org/london2013.
2013 ITU Standard (Olympic-Distance) World Championships - Click here for complete results
750m swim, 40k bike, 10k run
United States Age-Group Medalists
2. Brooke Saunders (Newark, Del.), 2:11:23
2. Meghan Degan (Marietta, Ga.), 2:01:42
1. Calah Schlabach (Arlington, Va.), 1:58:27
1. Brian Duffy, Jr. (West Chester, Pa.), 1:45:45
2. Steph Poplar (Parker, Colo.), 2:03:56
1. Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.), 2:05:57
3. Johanna Lawrence (Bedford, N.H.), 2:08:36
2. Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), 2:16:26
1. Carol Hassell (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 2:22:42
2. Karen McKeachie (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 2:24:51
2. Elizabeth Brackett (Chicago, Ill.), 2:47:59
3. Beatrice Burns (Hamden, Conn.), 2:50:04
2. Dave McNeely (Glen Arm, Md.), 2:28:05
3. Robert Plant (Woodside, Calif.), 2:29:47
1. Sharon Roggenbuck (Hillsborough, N.C.), 3:35:44
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).