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Josiah Middaugh (front) and Leonardo Chacon battle it out for the win at the XTERRA USA Championship.
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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Sept. 23


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XTERRA USA Championship
Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) finished second at the XTERRA USA Championship in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday, earning enough points to claim victory in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series – his first in 10 years on the tour. Middaugh came out of the water with several others before the pack was spread out on the technical bike leg at altitude. Middaugh and Leonardo Chacon of Costa Rica were shoulder-to-shoulder midway through the run course before Chacon eventually turned it up in the final two miles and took the win by 57 seconds. Chacon finished first in 2:32:31 with Middaugh close behind in 2:33:26. Ruben Ruzafa of Spain rounded out the podium in third with a time of 2:33:55.

Emma Garrard (Park City, Utah) was the top American in the women’s race, finishing fourth in 2:59:07.

Life Time Tri Tempe
Temperatures in Tempe, Ariz. forced a non-wetsuit swim in Tempe Town Lake for the Life Time Tri Tempe. Dustin McLarty (Irvine, Calif.) exited the water first with a pack behind him, which included Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) and Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.). Dye quickly moved to the front of the field with the fastest bike split of the day. With a two-minute lead on Maloy and Australian James Seear heading out onto the run, Dye held on to take first with a time of 1:48:16. Maloy was able to slightly close the gap and, with the fastest run split of the day, run himself into second with a time of 1:49:24. Seear took third in 1:49:54. After riding on a flat tire for 15 miles, Kemper, a four-time Olympian, finished sixth.

Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla.) led the pack out of the swim but was overtaken on the bike by Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) who pushed the pace throughout the entire leg with the fastest bike split. Heading into the run, Kaye had a comfortable lead on Denmark’s Helle Fredericksen, who would try to run her down over 10k. Kaye’s strong bike proved too much for Fredericksen, even with the fastest run split of the field. Kaye finished first with a time of 1:57:46, and Fredericksen easily ran into second with a time of 1:58:28. Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) took third in 2:02:58.

Beijing International Triathlon
U.S. elites claimed four of six podium spots on Saturday at the Beijing International Triathlon. For the men, Greg Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) and Brian Fleishmann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished two-three behind 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series champion Javier Gomez. Gomez led out of the swim but was caught by Bennett on the bike leg. Gomez’s strong run came through, however, as he caught Bennett over the 10k to finish first in 1:51:59. Bennett took second in 1:53:37 and Fleishmann came in third with a time of 1:55:32.

In the women’s field, Lisa Norden of Sweden came out of the water back from the lead pack and had to make up for it on the bike. Norden made her way to the front of the pack throughout the bike leg. Jenna Parker (Santa Monica, Calif.) posted a solid bike split to move herself into position for a podium spot. Norden’s lead off the bike proved too much for the legs of her chasers and she took first with a time of 2:05:12. Following a seventh-place finish in London last week, Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) caught Parker during the 10k run, running her way into second in 2:07:03 with Parker close behind in 2:07:20. 

Rev3 Branson
This was the inaugural Rev3 Branson race, held Sunday on a sunny day in Branson, Mo. A fast course suited Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) who was able to cap his race with a 1:13 run split to finish in first with a time of 4:05:00. Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.) was second in 4:07:18, and Australian Leon Griffin rounded out the podium, finishing in 4:08:45. Jennifer Spieldenner (Findlay, Ohio) was the only American on the podium for the women, taking second place in a time of 4:41:12. Radka Vodickova from the Czech Republic finished first in 4:36:39. 

Ironman 70.3 Cozumel
Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the only American on the podium at Ironman 70.3 Cozumel, held Sunday, just two weeks after the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. A late season event, athletes were banking on the gained fitness to perform. South African James Cunnama narrowly took first in 3:44:05 with Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand coming in close behind with a time of 3:44:46. Chrabot took third place after a well-rounded day, logging a time of 3:45:27.

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