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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: March 31


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Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Canadian Heather Wurtele were the victors of Ironman 70.3 Oceanside on Saturday, each finishing minutes ahead of their closest competition and breaking course records in the process.

In traditional fashion, Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the men out of the water with a small lead heading out onto the bike. Frodeno, the Olympic gold medalist from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, put himself into an ideal position to drop the rest of the field early in the 13.1-mile run, breaking open a gap of more than a minute in the first mile off the bike. Frodeno went on to win in a time of 3:49:25, breaking the course record Potts had set in 2013 by just 20 seconds, while Potts finished second in 3:52:18. Sebastian Kienle of Germany finished third in a time of 3:53:21.

Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) led the women out of the water and onto the bike, followed closely by Great Britain’s Julie Dibens. Defending champion Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore) posted the fastest bike split of the field with Heather Wurtele (CAN) close behind coming into T2. Wurtele pulled away in the run to finish first with a time of 4:13:12. Jackson held on for second place with a time of 4:14:15 and Kessler finished third with a time of 4:19:52.

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Ironman Los Cabos
Linsey Corbin (Missoula, Mont.) earned the top spot at this early-season Ironman in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Sunday, finishing in 9:16:43. Corbin was more than five minutes down at the start of the bike, but made up impressive ground to move into second on the 112-mile bike course. She headed out on the run behind Carrie Lester of Australia, and reeled her in by the 21-mile mark of the marathon to finish first. Lisa Ribes (Tuscon, Ariz.) posted the fastest run split of the day to take her into second place with a time of 9:20:40, and Lester held on to third in 9:26:35. 

The top finishing U.S. male was Patrick Evoe (Austin, Texas) in fifth with a time of 8:40:13. Daniel Fontana of Italy won with a time of 8:26:15.

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XTERRA Costa Rica
The U.S. had two podium finishers between the men and the women at XTERRA Costa Rica on Saturday. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) took second in a time of 2:20:40 behind Leonardo Chacon from Costa Rica, who finished in 2:17:43. Rounding out the podium was Mauricio Mendez (MEX) finishing in 2:21:46.

Shonny Van Landingham (Durango, Colo.) caught swim leader Christine Jeffery from Canada on the bike before puling away in the run to win in a time of 2:51:08. Jeffery finished second in 2:58:23 with Flo Dannah of Great Britain in third in a time of 3:14:53.

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