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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: March 25
At the Asia-Pacific Championship on March 23, two U.S. women claimed podium spots. Mary Beth Ellis (Boulder, Colo.) was first out of the water by just over two minutes, making her comeback following a bike crash in the fall. Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen closed the gap throughout the bike before pulling away on the run to finish first in a time of 8:57:57. Ellis followed with a second-place finish in 3:08:48. Kim Schwabenbauer (Knox, Pa.) came out of the water 13 minutes behind Ellis, but took third place with the fastest run split of the field (3:01:34) to finish in 9:10:06.
Dirk Bockel of Luxembourg had the winning time of the day, topping the podium in 8:01:02. Visit ironman.com for a complete race recap.
La Paz PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup
John O’Neill posted the top U.S. finish in Mexico on Saturday at the La Paz PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup, where three American men finished in the top 10. After coming out of the water behind the lead pack, O’Neill (Vail, Colo.) made headway on the bike to catch up to the leaders, including eventual race winner Cesar Saracho of Mexico. Saracho had the top run split of the day (31:39) and finished first in 1:52:53. Rostyslav Pevtsov, who is racing under the ITU flag this year, took second in 1:53:01 with O’Neill not far behind in third with a time of 1:53:10. Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished fifth in 1:53:34 and Brandon Nied (Phoenix, Ariz.)was seventh in 1:54:17. Visit triathlon.org for full results.