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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: April 14


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Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won Ironman 70.3 New Orleans on Sunday with a finishing time of 3 hours, 50 minutes, 36 seconds. After coming out of the water first with the fastest swim of the day, he succeeded in holding off Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) who finished in second with a time of 3:51:46. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 3:55:51.

Lauren Barnett (Dallas, Tex.) won the women’s race with a finishing time of 4:21:34. Sarah Piampiano (Cumberland, Maine) took second with a time of 4:22:35 while posting the fastest bike split of the field. Hallie Blunck (Birmingham, Ala.) finished third with a time of 4:23:20.


Ironman 70.3 Florida
It was a podium sweep for the U.S. women at Ironman 70.3 in Haines City on Sunday, with Caitlin Snow (Brockton, Mass.) topping the podium in 4:13:37. Snow posted the fastest run split of the field to run away from second-place finisher Margie Shapiro (Herdon, Va.), who finished with a time of 4:20:13. Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) rounded out the podium in third with a final time of 4:21:44.

Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) claimed victory on the men’s side with a finishing time of 3:54:26, also posting the fastest run split of the day. Greg Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) took second with a finishing time of 3:54:54. Artem Parienko (RUS) finished third with a time of 3:55:18.


Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico
Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) successfully defended his title at Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico with a finishing time of 3:53:30. After pulling ahead on the bike, the American had a solid lead and could not be caught by Will Clarke (GBR) who finished second in 3:54:28. Andi Boecherer (GER) rounded out the podium in 4:03:25

Amanda Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.) claimed an early-season spot on the podium with a third-place finish. Helle Frederiksen (DEN) also defended her 2013 title, clinching the win with a finishing time of 4:14:27. Sofie Goos (BEL) took second in a time of 4:26:50 with Stevens finishing third with a time of 4:35:25. 


XTERRA West Championship
Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) and Flora Duffy (BER) won the XTERRA West Championships, held Sunday just outside of Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev. After coming out of the water behind the lead pack, Middaugh made up ground throughout the bike and run to win in a time of 2:10:07, two minutes ahead of his closest competitior. Bradley Weiss (RSA) took second in a time of 2:12:08 with Mauricio Mendez (MEX) coming in third in 2:13:00.

A two-time Olympian, Duffy excelled in the off-road setting, combining the fastest swim, bike and run times in the field en route to a solid win. Duffy won in 2:25:48. Emma Garrard (Park City, Utah) came in second with a time of 2:37:06, finishing as the top American for the third time in a row. Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) rounded out the podium, logging a time of 2:37:59.


Lifetime Tri Marquee
Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.) earned the win in the Olympic-distance event at the Life Time Tri Marquee on Sunday at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Ariz., breaking the two-minute barrier to finish in 1:59:32. Kanute is no stranger to races at Tempe Beach Park, having won both individual events at the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, held on a similar course. Chelsea Burns (Phoenix, Ariz.), a member of the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program, competed in the elite sprint event, finishing first with a time of 1:08:11.

Alan Webb (Beaverton, Ore.) continues to transition to the sport of triathlon, winning the age-group sprint race in his first competitive attempt at the distance. Webb is new to the sport of triathlon after retiring from his track career earlier this year. This was his second triathlon, having competed in his first race — the Sarasota PATCO Mixed Team Relay Championships — last month.

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